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Jack Goes Confidential: Fall Movie Season Explodes with Smart, Bittersweet Comedy & More

The recent movie drought is over! The fall film season officially kicks in this weekend with three diverse cinematic entries. The first—A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES—has Liam Neeson playing an ex-New York City cop who’s now working as an undercover … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Atlanta Serves as ‘Peachy’ Movie Stand-In For Kansas City

The Hollywood publicity machine will soon be churning out the merits of Warner Brother’s THE GOOD LIE starring Reese Witherspoon… And rightfully so….. THE GOOD LIE, co-produced by  Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, is based on the true story of … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: “THE DROP” – A Mob Drama With Heart  

THE DROP is not so much a mobster movie as it is a character study… And make no mistake, that character is Tom Hardy playing the part of a Brooklyn bartender caught in the middle between the mob and the … Continue reading

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New Jack City:’ The Identical’ – Faith-Based Bomb Offers Up Bogus Quotes

Faith-based movies don’t by definition have to be bad movies… Yet time and time again these low budget “message movies” lack good writing, direction, production values and/or acting. The word cheesy often comes into play when reviewing them. And since much … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘The Identical’—And Now You Know the Rest of the Story

The weekend after Labor Day is traditionally THE worst period for moviegoing of the entire year… Why? Simple, the mindset just isn’t there. The public is sidetracked by other weekend activities like Friday night high school football. Saturday college games. Sunday’s … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Summer 2014 Movies Fizzle at the Box office

Many moons from now when we look back to the movie summer of 2014, we’ll still be asking ourselves, WHAT HAPPENED? However, the answer is really quite simple. As a wise man so brilliantly put it: “IF PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO SEE IT, … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Pierce Brosnan Plays Russian Roulette as ‘The November Man’

Forget Bond, James Bond… As ex-CIA agent Peter Devereaux, Pierce Brosnan is a lot edgier—taking on the bad guys in an R-rated, no rules kind of way. Code named THE NOVEMBER MAN, Brosnan is surprisingly lethal despite that he’s enjoying the quiet … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘When The Game Stands Tall’—The Streak Of A Winning Machine

From the outset “WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL” looked like this year’s “FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS”  A closer look however reveals that the Sony release is pointed more in a faith-based sports direction. With its emphasis on character, hard work and love, the film’s … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘The Giver’—The Power of Memory in an Alternate Reality

I knew the basic storyline of THE GIVER even though I’d never read Lois Lowry’s best selling utopian sci-fi novel which hit bookshelves in 1994… Added to which a name cast of Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Alexander Skarsgard and Taylor Swift (all in … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: OMG – ‘Expendables’ Destined to Become Deleteables?

THE EXPENDABLES 3 merges old school with new blood… Combining aging beefcake with newly recruited fighters in a PG-13 rated mission to take down Mel Gibson who co-founded the Expendables but went rogue—and in a BIG way! A new era … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’—A Culinary Gem

CHOCOLAT director Lasse Hallstrom’s delicious culture clash in THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY makes for this summer’s most charming new surprise… If you enjoy old world foodie fairy tales and loved THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL then this one’s for you. Helen … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Looking Past a Disappointing 2014 in the Movie Biz

Face it, 2014 has been a tough year for the movie industry… Statistics show the domestic box office down some 7% thus far this year and 20 percent for the summer as of last week. That after enjoying four consecutive up years. However many industries … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Elephant Nuptials Sign of the Times @ O.P. City Council Meeting

Noted an item of interest on this yesterday’s City of Overland Park mayor and council agenda at City Hall… Under “Planning Commission-Regular Agenda” was the following: “Special event permit No. 2014-374, 10800 Metcalf. A special event permit is requested to allow … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’—Fulfilling Fanboy Dreams

Just another space adventure? Think again. It’s the start of a new major Marvel Studios franchise! Comic fans have been stoked out about this 10th installment in Marvel’s cinematic universe for ages. (Well, that’s maybe overstating it a bit.) But the … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Chadwick Boseman Scores As ‘Godfather Of Soul’

Two musical biopics in one season, who would’ve thunk it? However that’s just what the summer of 2014 has bestowed on moviegoers. The first of course was Clint Eastwood’s screen adaptation of the Broadway hit JERSEY BOYS, which pretty well filled its cast … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Obama Disappoints with Paint-By-Numbers Approach

Am I missing something here? With the world situation in total turmoil the President heads to Kansas City to give a – what – rah-rah speech? Not about sanctions against Russia, Israel, the Gaza Strip, the shot down Malaysian aircraft—just … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Star Adds Insult To Delivery Injury with Phony Cruise Scam

Something for nothing, anybody? To say my newspaper delivery has been irregular at best would be charitable. I’ve been keeping the phone numbers to the customer service departments of both the Kansas City Star and USA Today handy because I know I’ll be needing … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘And So It Goes’ – Geriatric Dramedy Aiming for the Social Security Set

The pickings have been slim for older audiences so far this year… Sure we’ve had LAST VEGAS, CHEF and JERSEY BOYS, but nothing to match previous geriatric breakout hits like THE BUCKET LIST and THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL. This weekend marks … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Coming Soon—Spirit Airlines—Release the Hate

Buckle up! The wait’s almost over and we’re in for new, ultra-cheap fares in a couple weeks. Because on August 7th SPIRIT AIRLINES spreads its wings to KCI with a single daily non-stop departure to four cities (Service to the 5th—Houston—begins August 8.) … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Sparkless ‘Sex Tape’ Triggers Viral Coitus Cornucopia

Jason Segel to Cameron Diaz: “Do you remember erections?…..We should have sex sometime.” But 10 years earlier things sure were different. They couldn’t keep their hands off each other—doing the deed in all kinds of places, settings and positions. That’s … Continue reading

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