Author Archives: Jürgen Poessiger

Jack Goes Confidential: ‘HACKSAW RIDGE’—Mel Gibson’s Powerful Return To Hollywood

Let bygones be bygones… What happened almost 10 years ago when Mel Gibson went into a drunken rage against Jews should be forgiven by now. Not only has the gifted director and actor worked diligently on turning the page from those … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Achtung, German Diners!

Not a week goes by without someone asking about a good German restaurant in Greater Kansas City… There really hasn’t been one since several years ago when Nettie closed the doors to The Berliner Bear on Wornall Road. And to be truthful the last few … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Jack’s ‘BEST BETS’ This Holiday Weekend

  The 2016 movie summer is coming to a screeching halt! So here are a few tips from my Recommend List in case you’re planning on taking in a movie this long Labor Day weekend. (Note that the list doesn’t … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Bryan Cranston At His Best As ‘THE INFILTRATOR’

What genius decided to release THE INFILTRATOR during Hollywood’s popcorn summer? It’s one of Bryan Cranston’s best screen roles yet and a true story to boot. Set in the mid-80’s THE INFILTRATOR tells the intriguing story of undercover U.S. Customs agent … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Central Intelligence’—a Little Hart with a Big Johnson

Individually each one of them has a big following. And pairing Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson with Kevin Hart in the same movie is casting genius. So hats off to the brains behind CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE who are giving us this certified … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Gyllenhaal Off-Kilter In ‘Demolition’

Once upon a time, there was Brando… And then came De Niro and Pacino. To my way of thinking, today it’s Jake Gyllenhaal who combines the best of all three masterful actors in almost every new motion picture he associates … Continue reading

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New Jack City: U.S. Elections a License to Print Money

  Don’t try to explain the American way of electing a president to a foreigner… I’ve tried but usually get little more than a blank stare. And as an immigrant—a legal immigrant mind you—I feel their pain. It took me … Continue reading

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New Jack City: AMC Consolidation Boosts Leawood Based Movies Circuit

Former AMC Theatres honcho Stan Durwood has to be celebrating somewhere… The tiny movie theater chain Durwood built with his family decades ago is about to become the largest in the world. Not that AMC wasn’t already a mighty player in the industry, ranking # 2 … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Race’ Bio-Drama Sinks Hitler’s Vision

Sports themed movies have always been a tough sell for Hollywood… Most fail at the box office. One of the more successful sports films in modern times was probably Kevin Costner’s 1989 baseball movie FIELD OF DREAMS which ended up with a … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘THE REVENANT’–A Brilliantly Raw Movie Experience!

On February 22, 2015 Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu stood before Hollywood’s beautiful people at the Dolby Theater to proudly accept the ‘Best Director’ Oscar for his quirky movie BIRDMAN—which would eventually be crowned ‘Best Picture’ of the year… Now, just … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: National Lampoon-Less ‘VACATION’—What Could Go Wrong?

There was a certain comedic magic about NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION… CHRISTMAS VACATION added to the charm. EUROPEAN and VEGAS VACATIONS? Not so much. Can you believe that it’s been 33 years since Clark, Ellen, Rusty and Audrey first headed west … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Gibberish-Spewing ‘MINIONS’ Short On Charm In Prequel

Universal’s MINIONS should—and probably will—storm the box office this weekend to the tune of $100 million-plus in north American ticket sales… But will it hold up the way Pixar’s INSIDE OUT is performing? I don’t think so. So let’s get … Continue reading

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New Jack City: More Carry-On Space, Fewer Space Hogs

I’m taking an unpopular stand, but hear me out… The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced this week new shrinking guidelines for carry-on luggage. If it’s intended for the overhead bins, in the not too distant future carry ons cannot measure more … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Tampax To My Rescue

Now that film is no longer used in most theaters, my dirty little secret can finally be told…  I used to use Tampax at the movies. OK, but hold it, I’ve got an explanation. Back when I managed theaters for Commonwealth Theatres in … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Mockingjay-Part 1’—Franchise Forges Towards Cliffhanger

Even though you KNOW that the movie version of the final HUNGER GAMES book has been split into two parts, it’s still jarring when it actually occurs… A sigh of disappointment swept through our screening audience. However it sure isn’t the … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Early Bird Gets the Worm (aka Best Seats, Resorts)

Americans used to plan vacation travel nine months to a year in advance… Until 9/11 changed that pattern resulting with much smaller travel shopping windows. Most of their vacation plans were planned either last minute or three or four weeks out.  However … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Here Today — Gone Tomorrow (Germany) — And Now Back

Been missing my movie reviews of late? Or maybe those ever-so-meaningful insights to be found on NEW JACK CITY? Well, fear not! JACK GOES CONFIDENTIAL’s coverage of the big screen returns next week, appropriately enough with the movie SEX TAPE. So why the … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Transformers 4’ a Super-Sized Bag of Robotic Summer Popcorn

It’s been three years since movie-meister Michael Bay last unleashed the epic Transformers battles that left Chicago in ruins—but saved the world… Now as humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group surfaces trying to control the direction of history … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Clint Eastwood Tips Hat To Gritty ‘Four Seasons’

Clint Eastwood is back in the director’s chair… The “Man With No Name” has  overseen the stage to screen transformation of JERSEY BOYS which took Broadway by storm almost 10 years ago. And Eastwood produced the project with the assistance of falsetto … Continue reading

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New Jack City: What’s In A Name? Plenty When it’s Jürgen

OK, I’ve made my decision… I’ve finally decided to come out…about my name, that is. Why now? Blame it on the World Cup’s Team America and its reportedly nearly $3 million dollar salaried, celebrity German coach Jürgen Klinsmann. You see my REAL … Continue reading

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