Scene Stealers

Overstuffed 'Avengers' sequel at odds with itself

Eric Melin

The weight of responsibility hangs over every character in Marvel’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.” It is a weight no doubt felt by writer/director **Joss Whedon**, who not only shepherded 2012’s “The Avengers” to its place as the third-biggest movie ever, but who also looked over and touched up scripts ...

'Ex Machina' disturbs, 'The Wrecking Crew' rocks

Eric Melin

There are a lot of very uncomfortable gender issues being raised in **“Ex Machina,”** the directorial debut of novelist/screenwriter **Alex Garland** now playing in theaters across Kansas City. Taking on the point of view of a lonely programmer named Caleb (**Domnhall Gleeson**) — who codes for Bluebook, a technology company ...

Why Netflix's 'Daredevil' is the best Marvel show yet

Eric Melin

Can't wait for "The Avengers"? Tide yourself over with "Daredevil." In his video blog, Scene Stealers film critic Eric Melin explains why the raw, gritty "Daredevil" is Marvel's best TV show to date. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7pi9MoMs2g

1152-Hour Film Fest gives filmmakers time in more ways than one

Eric Melin

This is the fifth year that Lawrence resident and Kansas University graduate **Bradley Cook** has made a short film for the annual Wild West Film Fest. Like the previous four years, his new film **“Descent 5: The Illusory Descension of Infinity”** was produced as part of a series, but can ...

'The Last Unicorn' a rare kind of kids movie

Eric Melin

This next sentence is going to sound like a massive name-dropping brain dump, but bear with me, because if you are a fan of nostalgic pop culture, it will probably at least arouse your curiosity: In 1982, the team of **Arthur Rankin Jr.** and **Jules Bass** — who made all ...

Don't be 'Furious,' it's only fantasy!

Eric Melin

This weekend, millions of filmgoers will enter a fantasy world where beautiful, fantastical creatures unburdened by the laws of physics will frolic in the richest kingdom on their planet and pilot customized, futuristic machinery that flies through the air. The story they will see is headlined by a monosyllabic troll ...

The best movies and TV shows coming to Netflix instant in April

Eric Melin

From indie horror gems to "Hot Fuzz" to a new Marvel TV show, film critic Eric Melin recommends the movies and TV shows you should add to your Netflix streaming queue this April. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AN4MLTDH2iM

'It Follows' a different kind of teenage horror flick

Eric Melin

There’s a lot of dread associated with sex when you’re a teenager. Your body is changing, you’re experiencing urges for the first time, there’s and cultural and peer pressure to start experimenting. Meanwhile, the threat of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases looms heavy over every thought. If these feelings ...

What lives in the shadows? Goofy vampires

Eric Melin

The New Zealand-shot mockumentary comedy **“What We Do in the Shadows,”** now playing at [Liberty Hall,][1] is proof that vampires are alive and well (or undead and loving it) in the collective imagination. Thanks to “Underworld,” “True Blood” and the “Twilight” series (and no thanks to “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”), ...

Stream away the March movie blues with great suspense thrillers

Eric Melin

The mid-March blues are officially in full swing, film fans. If this post-Oscar, pre-summer netherworld of humdrum movie releases has got you down, it might be a good time to catch up on some home viewing. Nothing can cure this feeling quite like a solid, enthralling suspense thriller, so here’s ...

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