Author Archives: Jack Poessiger

New Jack City: ‘The Book of Mormon’ @ The Music Hall, Kansas City

 No display ads for the show in the newspaper lately… Hardly any TV commercials either. Did THE BOOK OF MORMON really make it to Kansas City? You bet it did—and for a two week run no less! The Tony Award … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Hold On To Your Stubs, Here Comes the Bottom of the Barrel—The Razzies!

Not everything was glitz and polish in Hollywood this weekend… Oscar Eve ushered in the 35th annual Golden Raspberry Awards—the RAZZIES. It’s Tinsel Town’s tackiest trophy derby honoring the worst of everything the film industry had to offer during the … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Kevin Costner Scores With Sports Drama

Sure Kevin Costner turns in sound performances and usually scores well with critics… Sadly though some of his more recent movies haven’t fared as well with the ticket buying public. Both DRAFT DAY and BLACK OR WHITE under performed at … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Forget the Rest, There’s Only One Oscar!

It’s that time of year again. Time for my not so fearless predictions for Sunday’s 87th Academy Awards. You’ll note that I only place my picks in the top six categories. And that what passes for my “reasoning” usually results in me to … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ – Softcore, Hanky-Panky Fetish

I’m obviously the wrong person to review this decadent BDSM, Cinderella melodrama… And I’m totally the wrong demographic for this (love) story of  fetish sex. I haven’t even read the books, for crying out loud. Still I’m NOT letting those small … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Hooray For Y’allywood

Do you know what motion pictures and television programs like THE DUFF, HUNGER GAMES MOCKINGJAY, ANCHORMAN 2, THE WALKING DEAD, LAWLESS, THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE, DIVERGENT, TAKEN 3, SELMA, FAST & FURIOUS 7 and ANT MAN have in common? They were all filmed in Georgia … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Mommy Porn – ‘Mr. Grey Will See You Now’

This Valentine’s Day why not give that special someone a whip? That’s Hollywood’s wish, anyway. There hasn’t been this much excitement about an erotic fantasy movie targeted largely to married women over 30 since 2012’s MAGIC MIKE. And we all remember that one, … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Obama Slums It @ Holiday Inn Lawrence

Perception is everything… But President Obama overnighting at the Holiday Inn during his visit to Lawrence? Give me a break. Was it the indoor pool at the Holidome? The daily housekeeping, the self-laundry facilities, ATM or limited fitness center that … Continue reading

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New Jack City: ‘AMERICAN SNIPER’ SMASHES RECORDS!

This just in… Clint Eastwood’s movie American Sniper took in $90.2 million domestic 3-day opening weekend – double the industry’s prediicted numbers. The anticipated 4-day Martin Luther King weekend gross: $105 million. Exit poll scoring: A to A+. Warner Brothers distribution chief … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Obsessive ‘Foxcatcher’ Disturbs & Fascinates

Two amazing motion pictures both opening in KC on the same date! Coincidence? Not really. After all it’s Hollywood’s Oscar nominations weekend and both films are taking advantage of the extra buzz and publicity. The first, of course, is the earlier reviewed … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Clint Eastwood Brilliantly Directs Bradley Cooper As ‘American Sniper’

Years ago the actor Clint Eastwood uttered his now famous words, “Make My Day.” Today the phrase could easily be attached to producer-director Eastwood’s latest contribution to the American cinema scene. With AMERICAN SNIPER the 84 year-old filmmaker flawlessly lays bare the account … Continue reading

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New Jack City: So Much for Airline Service Out of Topeka

    Remember when I chuckled at the announcement of United Airlines non-stop service out of T-Town to Chicago about this time last year? Two small jet round trips a day, to be exact. I predicted at the time that without a continued … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Selma’ – Powerful Story of Painful American Movement

Some naysayers have blasted SELMA for its supposed inaccuracies… They say the film distorts the REAL goings-on during those painful days in 1965 when Martin Luther King was well into his campaign for equal rights and passage of the all important … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Sony Entertainment, Now What?

My final thoughts on THE INTERVIEW debacle… Bear in mind that I fully supported the nation’s top theater circuits for having taken their tough hands off stand in not showing the movie. In my opinion it’s got nothing to do with … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘The Imitation Game’—Eccentric Tale Of Code Cracker

Much of the credit for World War II ending in 1945 instead possibly a couple of years later can be attributed to a gentleman named Alan Turing… Benedict Cumberbatch portrays the brilliant British mathematician and cryptanalyst responsible for breaking the Nazi’s … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Big Eyes’ Paints Imbalanced Courtroom Showdown

Whenever Tim Burton’s name is attached to a movie, curiosity drives me to want to check it out… So it is with Burton’s latest outing, BIG EYES. And yet, but for the fact that it’s a true story I probably would have … Continue reading

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New Jack City: ‘The Interview’—Not In Your Backyard?

If you want to see that raunchy, goofball comedy THE INTERVIEW, it may take a road trip… Is it a case of freedom of speech with the big movie theater chains? I don’t think so. I believe it’s a matter … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Exhibitors Were Right to Pull the Plug on ‘The Interview’

My take on movie exhibitors pulling THE INTERVIEW from their screens for Christmas? It was the right thing to do. Ultimately the circuits dumping the movie led to Sony Entertainment scrapping the picture for good. Yet as late as early yesterday afternoon,  evening press … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Reese Witherspoon Captivates In Gritty ‘Wild’

If you read Cheryl Strayed’s book Wild: From Lost To Found On The Pacific Crest Trail you’ll be happy to hear that the film follows the book quite closely… You may also be wondering how well WILD translates to the screen. Rest assured that DALLAS … Continue reading

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New Jack City: “Birdman’ Tops 48th Annual KC Critics Awards

The 24 members of Kansas City’s Film Critics Circle have spoken… Representing local and regional radio, television, newspaper and on-line media outlets— they  voted Sunday for The Best On Film for 2014. And the KC’s Critics Circle’s top pick this year was “BIRDMAN” … Continue reading

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