Podcast - Freeze Frame

Russ Simmons gives his take on upcoming movies.

Freeze Frame: “Violent Night” (R), “Bones and All” (R), “The Inspection” (R), “Darby and the Dead” (PG-13)

Had enough heartwarming holiday fare? If so, then the dark R-rated comedy "Violent Night" might be more to your liking. David Harbour of "Stranger Things" fame plays a tired, inebriated, and belligerent Santa Claus who is forced to kick some backside when a group of mercenaries holds a family hostage on...

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Freeze Frame: “The Fabelmans” (PG-13), “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” (R), “Strange World” (PG-13), “Slumberland” (PG)

For fifty years, Steven Spielberg has been Hollywood's preeminent filmmaker. His latest movie, "The Fabelmans," is his most personal yet. This semi-autobiographical story is about a young boy who discovers the magic of filmmaking. But more than that, it's about how his thorny family dynamics shaped him as an artist....

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Freeze Frame: “She Said” (R), “Spirited” (PG-13), “Disenchanted” (PG), “The Menu” (R), “A Christmas Story Christmas” (PG)

"She Said" is a timely journalist procedural in the fashion of "All the President's Men" and "Spotlight." It depicts the efforts of two New York Times reporters, played by Carrie Mulligan and Zoe Kazan, to expose the sexual misconduct allegations surrounding movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Their discoveries helped spark the...

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Freeze Frame: “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (PG-13), “My Father’s Dragon” (PG)

The highly anticipated sequel "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" is a sprawling, action-packed and overlong Marvel epic, redeemed by filmmaker Ryan Coogler's vision that serves as an earnest salute to the late Chadwick Boseman, who initially played the title character. It’s also a thoughtful commentary on colonialism. Laticia Wright takes the...

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Freeze Frame: The Banshees of Inisherin” (R), “Enola Holmes 2” (PG-13), “Causeway” (R), “Louis Armstrong’s Black and Blues”

Watching the pitch-black comedy of writer/director Martin McDonough can sometimes feel like an assault. His latest effort, “The Banshees of Inisherin” is no exception. Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson give compelling performances as two friends living on an isolated island off the coast of Ireland. Things degenerate violently when one...

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Freeze Frame: “Till” (PG-13), “The Good Nurse” (R), “Wendell & Wild” (PG-13)

An important story respectfully told. That's the bottom line for the heartbreaking historical drama "Till." Danielle Deadwyler gives a riveting performance as the mother of Emmit Till, the black teen murdered by white racists in Mississippi in 1955, the event that ignited the Civil Rights movement. You can count on seeing...

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Freeze Frame: “Black Adam” (PG-13), “Ticket to Paradise” (PG-13), “The School for Good and Evil” (PG-13)

The DC Cinematic Universe adds yet another larger-than-life character to its ever-expanding lineup. Dwayne Johnson is "Black Adam," a superpowered antihero from the Middle Eastern nation of Kahndaq, who becomes the nemesis of the Justice Society. After being entombed for 5000 years, Black Adam is released and his existence endangers the...

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Freeze Frame: “Halloween Ends” (R), “Rosaline” (PG-13), “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone” (PG-13)

The title of the movie is "Halloween Ends." And if you believe that, I've got a bridge in Bonner Springs to sell you. After 11 films over 44 years, Jamie Lee Curtis is still being menaced by boogeyman Michael Meyers in theaters and on Peacock. Curtis is back as Laurie...

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