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Freeze Frame is a weekly show reviewing the latest movies from Hollywood's best to independent and arthouse movies.
||“Avengers: Infinity War” (PG-13), “The Endless”||If “more” equals “better,” then “Avengers: Infinity War” is everything a Marvel fanboy could hope for. However, in spite of some impressive scenes and spirited individual performances, “Avengers: Infinity War” is just what you’d expect||4/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Freeze Frame: “I Feel Pretty” (PG-13), “Super Troopers 2 (R),” “Lean on Pete” (R)||Amy Schumer takes on the issue of body image in the likable comic fantasy, “I Feel Pretty.” She plays an insecure woman who falls and bumps her head and comes to believe that she’s a raging beauty. Although the screenwriters’ …||4/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Freeze Frame: “Rampage” (PG-13), “Truth or Dare” (PG-13), “Beirut” (R)||Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has a knack for making a silk purse out of a cinematic sow’s ear. Can he do the same for the cursed video game genre? Maybe so. In “Rampage,” based on the Midway arcade game, Johnson …||4/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||FREEZE FRAME: “Ready Player One” (PG-13), “Loveless” (R)||There probably isn’t a director better suited to adapting Ernest Cline’s pop novel “Ready Player One” for the big screen than Steven Spielberg. It’s the sort of visual-heavy sci-fi extravaganza that a lesser filmmaker like Michael Bay would ha||3/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||FREEZE FRAME: “Tomb Raider” (PG-13), “Love, Simon” (PG-13), “7 Days in Entebbe” (PG-13)||One day, someone will make a truly good movie based on a video game. We’re still waiting. Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander is the latest to log in for a paycheck. “Tomb Raider” reboots the old Angelina Jolie franchise and the …||3/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Freeze Frame: “A Wrinkle in Time,” “A Fantastic Woman,” “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story”||“A Wrinkle in Time,” the classic, 1962 award-winning science fantasy novel has finally made it to the big screen. Director Ava DuVernay’s $103 million adaptation is colorful, well meaning and, ultimately, bland. Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon,||3/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Freeze Frame: “Red Sparrow” (R)||Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence has proven that she’s got the acting chops and personal charisma to elevate so-so material. That ability is sorely needed in the new suspense thriller, “Red Sparrow,” based on the novel by Jason Matthews.||3/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||FREEZE FRAME: “Game Night” (R)||Pulling off a screwball comedy is as difficult as pulling out the last block in Jenga. There’s always a good chance the whole thing will come toppling down. The goofy farce “Game Night” somehow remains standing even though it’s not …||2/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Freeze Frame: “Black Panther” (PG-13), “Early Man” (PG), “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” (R)||Marvel’s superhero “Black Panther” finally gets his proper feature-length movie introduction and it’s a rousing, involving adventure. The fact that most of the folks in front of and behind the camera are black makes it all the more compelling. C||2/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||FREEZE FRAME: “Fifty Shades Freed” (R), “Oscar Shorts” (not rated), “Happy End” (R)||The final chapter in the big screen adaptation of E.L. James’ kinky S&M bestseller “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy finally hits theaters this week. Like its predecessors, “Fifty Shades Freed” isn’t bad enough to be campy fun and is about …||2/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||FREEZE FRAME: “Black History Month” movie suggestions||February is “Black History Month,” and people have asked me to put together a list of movie suggestions to commemorate the annual observance. So, here are some films that are, I believe, apt viewing choices. “12 Years a Slave” …||2/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||FREEZE FRAME: “Hostiles” (R), “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” (PG-13)||The clichés and stereotypes that populate most Westerns are upended in “Hostiles,” a brutal, challenging and beautifully filmed drama. Christian Bale leads a terrific cast in the story of a war weary Army captain who, in the late 1800s, reluctantly||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||FREEZE FRAME: “12 Strong” (R), “Phantom Thread” (R), “Call Me by Your Name” (R), “Small Town Crime” (R)||Chris Hemsworth moves from superhero to war hero in“12 Strong,” a tale inspired by the true story of the Green Beret soldiers who were the first sent into action in Afghanistan after 9/11. Historians may quibble about the accuracy of …||1/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||FREEZE FRAME: “The Post” (PG-13), “The Commuter” (PG-13)||One of the year’s most acclaimed movies has finally gotten its Kansas City release. It’s hard to imagine a timelier movie about freedom of the press than “The Post.” Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep star in Steven Spielberg’s riveting drama …||1/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||FREEZE FRAME: Russ’ Top Ten Movies of 2017||As we leap into 2018 it’s time to look back the best movies the year had to offer. Here’s my list of the cream of the cinematic crop. 10) THE FLORIDA PROJECT (R) The poor who live on the …||1/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
A good quick dose
It's not really a podcast, but a small clip for general listeneres to know what's out in the movies in the Kansas City area. It's not in depth at 2 minutes, but it's a decent distraction between podcasts.