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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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Hearne: Non-Review Review of ‘The Interview’

I’ll keep this short… First let me say though that the controversial Seth Rogan, James Franco movie “The Interview” should definitely be high on your list of holiday must-see movies. And go see it at a movie theater, the massive screen … 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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Hearne: Star Flubs Telling Readers Where to See ‘The Interview’ Christmas Day

My wife and I will be going to see “The Interview” on Christmas Day… And although Jack warned me I’d have to stay up for a late, late show if I wanted to see it – and  Tim Engle at the Star choked … 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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New Jack City: Holiday Air Travel Tips—Read ‘Em & Don’t Weep!

A few holiday angst travel avoidance reminders… With the legacy carriers all booked to the brim during the upcoming holiday peak travel period, here are a few last minute tips that may keep you from experiencing a ruined Christmas trip. First … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Horrible Bosses 2′ Lowers The Bar—And Then Some

Were there REALLY any good reason for a sequel to 2011’s raunchy ensemble comedy HORRIBLE BOSSES? OK, I keep forgetting the business end. After all the first one grossed $118 million domesticly and another $92 million worldwide. Making it a … 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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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Dumb And Dumber To’ Lives Down to Expectations

Go in thinking stupid and you’ll feel right at home… In 1994 the Farrelly Brothers took stupidity to new heights—or lows as some might suggest. They called it DUMB AND DUMBER which debuted to an impressive $16.4 million opening weekend. The farce would ultimately enjoy … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Interstellar’—Psychological Mind Bending Melodrama

If there is a single word that best describes INTERSTELLAR it would  be AMBITIOUS… Ambitious in the movie’s approach of marrying human emotions and sci-fi physic theories. And if there’s a central theme, it has to be, do not go gently into that … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Jake Gyllenhaal Unhinged In ‘Nightcrawler’

Welcome to major market television news where If It Bleeds It Leads… Especially during Sweep Weeks! But how do you GET all the graphic footage? And more importantly GET IT FIRST! That’s where ambitious Lou Bloom comes into the picture. He’s … Continue reading

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