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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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Hearne: Four Thumbs Up for Spirit Airlines

Allow me to stick it to Man Jack for just a minute…. You know, KCC’s resident movie, travel and sex-for-hire expert. That’s because I had the pleasure of flying Spirit Airlines to Chicago last week and in spite of the gentle German’s … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential:  Sad Sack Bill Murray Scores As ‘St. Vincent’

I’ll admit it… I had a smile on my face throughout most of ST. VINCENT’s one hour and 42 minutes long running time. That doesn’t make it a great movie by any means—but certainly an enjoyable one. I defy anyone watching it not … Continue reading

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New Jack City: The X-Rated Upside of Unemployment, Old Age & Going Green

Forget about legalizing marijuana, that’s childsplay… While many Americans wrestle with unemployment, the cost of going green and Medicare, their German counterparts are getting off…literally. Senior’s discounts at Denny’s are one thing, but they don’t compare to Germany, where prostitution is legal, and retirees can soak … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Travel Tips from the Inside Out

One of the most oft asked questions I receive as a travel agent pertains to the best time to purchase travel…. For cruises and vacation packages—both domestic and international—the further out you book, the better the price. Many suppliers offer extra ‘early … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Will Somebody Resurrect KY-102…Again?

Can a radio station be beloved? I don’t really know the answer to that question, but the closest I’ve seen was probably KY-102. From the moment it signed on in 1974 until the plug was pulled by a new ownership group in … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Gone Girl’—Let the Punishment Fit the Crime

GONE GIRL is a terrific mystery thriller! Think of it as a modern day Hitchcock movie as its mesmerizing storyline zig-zags through almost two and a half hours of misdirection. Here ex-Kansas Citian Gillian Flynn adapts her own global best selling novel … 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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Jack Goes Confidential: Denzel’s ‘Equalizer’ Evens the Score

In the mid 1980s British actor Edward Woodward played a retired intelligence agent turned private detective on a CBS series called, The Equalizer… You remember, he was the dude who helped various threatened clients to equalize the odds. Now Denzel Washington leaves his past behind … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Fall Movie Season Explodes with Smart, Bittersweet Comedy & More

The recent movie drought is over! The fall film season officially kicks in this weekend with three diverse cinematic entries. The first—A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES—has Liam Neeson playing an ex-New York City cop who’s now working as an undercover … Continue reading

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New Jack City:’ The Identical’ – Faith-Based Bomb Offers Up Bogus Quotes

Faith-based movies don’t by definition have to be bad movies… Yet time and time again these low budget “message movies” lack good writing, direction, production values and/or acting. The word cheesy often comes into play when reviewing them. And since much … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Super Bowl Rock ‘n’ Roll Money Grab

What took the NFL so long? A story last week suggested that the NFL was looking into the possibility of having major musical acts interested in performing during the Super Bowl halftime show to pay for that privilege. And why not? It’s … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘When The Game Stands Tall’—The Streak Of A Winning Machine

From the outset “WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL” looked like this year’s “FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS”  A closer look however reveals that the Sony release is pointed more in a faith-based sports direction. With its emphasis on character, hard work and love, the film’s … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘The Giver’—The Power of Memory in an Alternate Reality

I knew the basic storyline of THE GIVER even though I’d never read Lois Lowry’s best selling utopian sci-fi novel which hit bookshelves in 1994… Added to which a name cast of Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Alexander Skarsgard and Taylor Swift (all in … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’—Fulfilling Fanboy Dreams

Just another space adventure? Think again. It’s the start of a new major Marvel Studios franchise! Comic fans have been stoked out about this 10th installment in Marvel’s cinematic universe for ages. (Well, that’s maybe overstating it a bit.) But the … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Chadwick Boseman Scores As ‘Godfather Of Soul’

Two musical biopics in one season, who would’ve thunk it? However that’s just what the summer of 2014 has bestowed on moviegoers. The first of course was Clint Eastwood’s screen adaptation of the Broadway hit JERSEY BOYS, which pretty well filled its cast … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Star Adds Insult To Delivery Injury with Phony Cruise Scam

Something for nothing, anybody? To say my newspaper delivery has been irregular at best would be charitable. I’ve been keeping the phone numbers to the customer service departments of both the Kansas City Star and USA Today handy because I know I’ll be needing … Continue reading

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