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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘GET HARD’—Crash Course For Raunchy Prison Stretch

I had seen it far too often… A high concept storyline that can easily be described in a single paragraph. Back it by a hefty TV advertising blitz and Hollywood serves up yet another goofy quickie comedy. So you can imagine … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Are There Any Kodak Moments Left?

Someone asked me recently how the theater conversion process from film to digital was coming along… Well, I’m happy to report that the transition in Kansas City is now complete. That’s not to say that a few local theaters haven’t kept … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Low Euro Makes for Cheap Euro-Vacations

Can parity be far behind? It’s sure looking that way when it comes to the exchange rate between the U.S. Dollar and the Euro. On my most recent trip to Europe last summer, I was still paying approximately $1.37 for each Euro. … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Cinderella’s’ Once Upon A Time—Is Now!

The 1950’s CINDERELLA is one of Walt Disney’s most beloved animated fairytales ever… But that was then and this is now. And just like with ALICE IN WONDERLAND and MALEFICENT, Disney goes back to the well to bring the story’s original message of … Continue reading

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New Jack City: 2015 Drive-In Season On Track To Break Records

We’re not quite there yet… The excellent weather of late may be fooling us but Spring doesn’t arrive until the Drive-In Movies are back for the season. And that first date is Friday, March 20—which coincidentally just happens to be the real … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Vince Vaughn Disappoints In ‘Unfinished Business’

You think it’s easy being a critic? Think again. It’s a job that leaves yourself wide open for many a disappointment. Case in point. I’ve been a fan of Vince Vaughn’s brand of comedy for quite some time now. Loved … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’—Is Just That,

2011’s BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL was a real charmer! It brought out the Medicare crowd in droves. It also had what the industry calls legs. Translation: The film didn’t burn out at the box office after just a couple of … Continue reading

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New Jack City: ‘The Book of Mormon’ @ The Music Hall, Kansas City

 No display ads for the show in the newspaper lately… Hardly any TV commercials either. Did THE BOOK OF MORMON really make it to Kansas City? You bet it did—and for a two week run no less! The Tony Award … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Hold On To Your Stubs, Here Comes the Bottom of the Barrel—The Razzies!

Not everything was glitz and polish in Hollywood this weekend… Oscar Eve ushered in the 35th annual Golden Raspberry Awards—the RAZZIES. It’s Tinsel Town’s tackiest trophy derby honoring the worst of everything the film industry had to offer during the … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Kevin Costner Scores With Sports Drama

Sure Kevin Costner turns in sound performances and usually scores well with critics… Sadly though some of his more recent movies haven’t fared as well with the ticket buying public. Both DRAFT DAY and BLACK OR WHITE under performed at … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ – Softcore, Hanky-Panky Fetish

I’m obviously the wrong person to review this decadent BDSM, Cinderella melodrama… And I’m totally the wrong demographic for this (love) story of  fetish sex. I haven’t even read the books, for crying out loud. Still I’m NOT letting those small … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Mommy Porn – ‘Mr. Grey Will See You Now’

This Valentine’s Day why not give that special someone a whip? That’s Hollywood’s wish, anyway. There hasn’t been this much excitement about an erotic fantasy movie targeted largely to married women over 30 since 2012’s MAGIC MIKE. And we all remember that one, … Continue reading

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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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