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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘The Jungle Book’–An Instant New Classic

Can the Disney empire do no wrong? Sure seems like it. With ZOOTOPIA still performing at the box office after six weeks in release, the Mouse House this weekend serves up yet another certified winner. Almost 50 years after Disney’s … 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: An Ode To KC’s ‘OZONER’ Drive-In Movies

Movie industry trade paper Variety called them Ozoners when the first Drive-In theater opened in Camden, NJ… That was back in 1933. And even though you couldn’t quite tell it by the thermometer this morning, Spring is just around the corner with two of … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ’10 CLOVERFIELD LANE’—Tension-Filled Doomsday Thriller

   Make no mistake, 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE is really weird, and it’s really SCARY! What it’s NOT is a sequel to 2008’s CLOVERFIELD. nor is it CLOVERFIELD 2. Let’s just say that producer J.J. Abrams‘ new sci-fi shocker is a … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Missouri Senator Fights Hotel Deception

Hats off to Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill… She’s taking on the hotel industry which likes to add all those hidden charges to your bill. They call them “Resort Fees” and other fancy names. But basically they’re fees tagged on to your … 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: ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’—Tina Fey Goes to War

True story? Up to a point… WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT is based loosely on New York Times reporter Kim Barker‘s 2011 non-fiction book ‘The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan.’ Uh, very loosely. Because in real life Barker was a print journalist … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘London Has Fallen’—So Has The Acting

  Was there REALLY any good reason for a sequel to OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN? The 2013 action-thriller grossed just under $100 million domestically and did another $51.1 million at the international box office—not to mention $35 million in the domestic … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Triple 9’—The Code on the Street is Never Black & White!

TRIPLE 9—strange title… It’s actually the police code (999) for “officer down.” And what we’ve got here is a bad-ass criminal gang made up of ex-Special Forces pros taken in by the Russian Mob to rob banks. Then there are … 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: ‘Deadpool’ a Wild Adult Super Hero Romp

DEADPOOL is definitely NOT a kid-friendly Marvel movie character adaptation! Maybe, ANT-MAN WITH SEX? Yeah, that’s the ticket—up to a point. So how do we do justice to Marvel Comics’ most unconventional and lesser known anti-hero? Simple. By predicting that … Continue reading

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New Jack City: The NOT So Super Super Bowl Ads

I was NOT impressed! Is it just me or has creativity of the TV commercials produced for their initial airing during the Super Bowl been steadily going downhill? With this year’s batch being some of the poorest? Here they come – the … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘ANOMALISA’—Graphic Puppet Sex & Then Some

I’m having a real hard time trying to describe ANOMALISA to you… The first hint of this surreal outing was the film’s creator Charlie Kaufman who got the cinematic project off the ground thanks to Kickstarter. Never heard of Kaufman? … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ’13 HOURS’ — Benghazi Eye-Opener!

“You’re NOT C.I.A.—You’re Hired Help!” That statement from 13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI pretty well describes what the security contractors found themselves in upon their arrival in Benghazi. 13 HOURS is producer-director Michael Bay’s dramatic action-thriller about the attack … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Jack Poessiger’s 2015 Movies Wrap

This is not another Top 10 list. It’s just my thoughts, surprises and disappointments experienced while spending countless hours watching movies in dark auditoriums this past year. Sure I fall for the Hollywood hype sometimes only to be pleasantly surprised … Continue reading

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New Jack City: A Sneak Peek @ Hollywood’s Holiday Season

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN! With this weekend’s kick-off to Hollywood’s Holiday Movie Season, here’s the upcoming celluloid lineup for the greater Kansas City market. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘CHI-RAQ’—Spike Lee’s City of Brotherly Murder

Never underestimate anything that AMAZON bets on… For example, the giant company’s latest venture is into theatrical movie production via its new subsidiary AMAZON STUDIOS. And long as they’re getting thing going, why start off with a bang and a touch of … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Tarantino Forces Film–And Then Some

Say what you will about Quentin Tarantino, he’s become one of America’s hardest hitting directors and filmmakers… Many of Tarantino’s cinematic achievements have reached cult status! From DJANGO UNCHAINED to INGLOURIOUS BASTARDS, RESERVOIR DOGS to KILL BILL: VOLUMES I & II and PULP … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Creed’ Scores Big for Stallone & Jordan

I’m going to be honest… I almost skipped the critic’s screening of CREED a couple of weeks back. Did I really need to see another ROCKY? But I am here to tell you that missing that movie would have been … Continue reading

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