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Jack Goes Confidential: With Latest ‘PIRATES’ Disney Gets It Right

Let’s be honest, Captain Jack Sparrow had become a bit long in the tooth… Disney’s slightly pickled and down-on-his-luck swashbuckler didn’t fare very well the last time we met up with him some six years ago. Sparrow’s search for the fountain of … Continue reading

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New Jack City: More Non-Stops @ KCI – Who’s Kidding Whom?

Much as I favor a new, modern, single terminal at KCI… Don’t believe for a minute that we’ll see a noticeable uptick in arrivals and departures because of it. Does anybody actually think our international service beyond Toronto and Cancun will … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Amy Schumer Unfiltered In ‘SNATCHED’

When did so-called chick flick comedies take a sharp turn to the left with heavy doses of sex—and raunchy language? To my way of thinking it happened six years ago. BRIDESMAIDS set the stage when Melissa McCarthy and gang potty-mouthed their ways across … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Marvel’s ‘Guardians’ to Rule Box Office

It’s that time again… The season of change from everyday movies to studio tentpoles. (Translation: Hollywood’s summer movie season is upon us!) For the past several years that high velocity popcorn timeframe has been ushered in by the latest Marvel … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘FURIOUS 8’—Hell-Bent Popcorn Flick

  THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS is obviously not intended for critical analysis by reviewers… But what the heck, I’ll give you an overview of this eighth installment in the blockbuster franchise anyway—the first one without its late co-star Paul Walker. … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘GIFTED’—Emotionally Spirited Comedic-Drama

  It’s gotta be tough always being the pretty boy… After all he IS Captain America! So it’s nice seeing Chris Evans in a small film for a change—in a role that has him a little more grounded. In GIFTED he … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Whole Foods to Exit Metcalf Location

The rumors have been swirling for some time… Unfortunately, now I have learned that they are true! WHOLE FOODS MARKET will be closing its popular Overland Park store at 91st and Metcalf at the end of the year. It’s something the … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘WILSON’—An Offbeat Delight

Dude, where’s my life? No, I’m not talking about the new POWER RANGERS or CHIPS movie. I’m focused on WILSON, a movie based on a graphic novel by Daniel Clowes. Here crusty, lonely, hilariously honest middle-aged blowhard Woody Harrelson sets out … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: This Beast—A Magical Beauty

Say what you will about kids movies, this is Hollywood magic at its best… Could BEAUTY AND THE BEAST be the best Disney (live) family fantasy film ever made? Some people already think so—and you can include me. The $64 … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Just for Laughs

  I’m often asked what my favorite all-time movies are… But I have trouble coming up with a solid list, even though “DR. ZHIVAGO” and “ELMER GANTRY” continue to rank very high with me. When it comes to comedies though, there are … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Weekend Staycation @ The Movies

Need an escape from the daily Trump tweets and subsequent media bashings? Here are six cinematic big screen escapes—none of which are Trump related! * “KONG: SKULL ISLAND” – (Iconic Kong re-imagined) * “LOGAN” – (The Wolverine’s futuristic swan song) … Continue reading

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New Jack City: What’s This, A Gay ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Character?

Sometimes the media really gets to me… Case in point: The current groundswell and utterly ridiculous targeting of the stunning new life-action motion picture adaptation of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST starring Emma Watson that opens March 17. For the record, I’ve seen the … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Hugh Jackman’s Gripping ‘Logan’ Sendoff

Say it ain’t so… That LUCAS marks the end of the road for the Wolverine. Well, things sure seem headed that way. However if there’s one aspect of the movie biz I’ve learned through the years it has to be: Never Say Never.’ … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Sunday’s ‘Oscars’—Choices versus Picks

  There definitely IS a difference! My personal preferences are not necessarily what I am actually picking to win in Sunday night’s 89th annual ACADEMY AWARDS hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. I believe the only real contest this year is in the … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘A Cure For Wellness’—Diagnosis: WEIRD!

Let me be perfectly honest… There were several moments during this overlong – 146 minute – movie where I was ready to bolt, but didn’t. The reasons I stayed? No. 1: It’s from director Gore Verbinski who had previously served-up three PIRATES … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Little Bricks Create Manic Laffs In ‘LEGO BATMAN MOVIE’

From the get go you just know this thing is gonna be off-kilter… I’m talking, from the moment the Warner Brothers company logo first appears on the screen. That and the films’ dramatic black screen opening, coupled with some very funny voice-overs, had … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Driven By ‘GOLD’

Give credit where credit is due…  Matthew McConaughey can change his physical persona better than any other actor I know. Definition of persona: the outer personality or facade presented to others by an individual. Think about it. From FOOL’s GOLD to … Continue reading

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New Jack City: New ‘Basic Economy’ Fares—Buyer Beware!

It can come as quite a shock… You’re doing a fast trip out of town – get a good ticket price on a discount airline – no checked luggage – just a carry-on. You head straight for the gate—only to be … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘The Founder’—Relentless Burger Capitalist

THE FOUNDER was originally planned for a nationwide rollout last summer… The Weinstein Company had set it for release on August 5th—not necessarily a good time for thoughtful, intriguing cinema. However, following strong audience reaction to the picture at test screenings, … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘PATRIOTS DAY’ *** Boston Strong Tribute Thriller

Terrorist attacks on society today are sadly turning into common events. So when a filmmaker like Peter Berg  sets his sights on a rather recent such occurrence like the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, some people may feel it is … Continue reading

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