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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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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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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Hidden Figures’ Has the Right Stuff 

You can’t make up stuff like this… Yet just about everything about this movie is true. HIDDEN FIGURES is the fascinating, little known story behind America’s space race telling of how three spunky black women served as “The Brains behind … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘FENCES’ Promises—And Delivers!

It is not often that we are treated to this calibre of acting… Adapted from August Wilson’s stage play where it won a Pulitzer prize as well as a Tony award, director Denzel Washington elevates FENCES to even greater heights. It’s hard … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Nocturnal Animals’—Quirky Dark Tale Of Love & Cruelty

The 2016 holiday movie season kicks off this weekend with a bizarre psychological tale of double-revenge… Think thriller with romantic eccentricities. The first CLUE? A weird opening sequence of overweight, middle-aged women performing  burlesque dances. My reaction: What have I gotten myself into? But … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Who’s On First?

Ever notice how much influence Southwest Airlines seems to have over local leaders these days? They sneeze and Kansas City’s movers and shakers are right there with the handkerchief—and a hardy Gesundheit. Okay, that may be slightly overstating our relationship … Continue reading

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New Jack City: (Motion) Picture Perfect Holidays

Welcome to Hollywood’s annual Bye-Week… It’s the week after Thanksgiving when the major studios pretty well release—NOTHING. It’s also the weekend before the first of the major Christmas releases hit local screens on December 9th. So it’s a good time to … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Espionage Thriller ‘Behind Enemy Lines’

MR. AND MRS. SMITH it’s not… That said,  did ALLIED spell the end for BranJelina? Was French siren Marion Cotillard the final straw? Guess we’ll never know. ALLIED is another World War II entry for Brad Pitt playing a Canadian intelligence officer who … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Howard Hughes: Warren Beatty Style

Warren Beatty… He’s still doing what he likes best—making movies. And give the guy credit, for his latest project called RULES DON’T APPLY, he takes on an extra load by not only starring in the film but directing, producing and … Continue reading

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New Jack City: (Hold) The Envelope. Please…….

It’s that time again. The movie awards season has arrived… * The Golden Globe nominations will be announced on December 12. * Golden Globe awards night is January 8. – – – – – – – – – – – – … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘The Edge Of Seventeen’— New Coming-of-Age Classic!

Bet you wish Hollywood still produced those great coming-of-age dramedies John Hughes served up in the late 1980’s… Who can forget the likes of SIXTEEN CANDLES and THE BREAKFAST CLUB. Well, there’s good news and bad news. The bad news is growing up hasn’t … Continue reading

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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: Double-Dosing (Dipping?) On Political Ads

Let’s not kid one another… Major television media companies are still a great investment with their enormous holdings throughout the country. Sure there are ongoing signs of diminishing returns for TV stations as other delivery systems make inroads on local affiliates. … Continue reading

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New Jack City: ‘American Honey’ Stiffs; Is KC Ready For Its Close-Up?

There’s an old show biz saying that goes something like this… If people don’t want to see it—there’s no stopping them. I guess one could apply that expression to the latest feature motion picture to be partially filmed in Kansas City and … Continue reading

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NEW JACK CITY: Jack Meets Up With ‘American Honey’

This is not really a movie review… But since AMERICAN HONEY filmed some of its scenes in Kansas City and Johnson County, I felt that I better touch on it—all 2:42 hours of it. First off, the basic story line … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘The Accountant’—What You See ISN’T What You Get!

THE ACCOUNTANT is not who you think he is—or WHAT he appears to be… In one sense he’s an accounting specialist who offers savant-like skills with numbers to some of the world’s most dangerous outfits. His other side is one driven … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Troubled ‘Girl On The Train’ Turns Obsessive Thrill-Ride

At first glance most fans of the genre will want to compare director Tate Taylor’s THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN to David Fincher’s modern marriage gone wrong thriller GONE GIRL… Well I’m here to tell you that THE GIRL ON THE … Continue reading

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