movies

  • Fri
    Dec 26
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  • Sun
    Dec 28
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Elf posterHeld over at the Orpheum: The Theory Of Everything, starring Eddie Redmayne as the young astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. "I saw The Theory of Everything tonight, glad I went. Very powerfully done!"- Ken "Special K" Chawkin

We'll alert you to the new releases, including the on, then off, now on again release of The Interview. I agree with Mike Hale of the New York Times who wrote “the only real mystery is how something this ordinary could have caused so much agitation.”

I've watched Elf, starring Will Ferrell twice this holiday season and it remains my favorite Christmas movie. I laugh, I'm entertained and best of all, it rallies the Christmas spirit. I'll offer why I feel this is a holiday classic. "One of those rare Christmas comedies that has a heart, a brain and a wicked sense of humor" - Roger Ebert. "Jon Favreau's direction has a relaxed, swinging rhythm, a reflection of the hipster nonchalance that has defined his acting style." - AO Scott, N.Y. Times. "Funny and intelligently made, a film for kids and adults that's both sweet and sardonic. It takes the clash between the world as we know it and the world as it exists in Christmas stories and exploits that contrast to expert comic effect. - Mick LaSalle, S.F. Chronicle. "Elf's an example of the good things that can happen when hipsters do it on the square. It manages to be both genuinely sweet and just a teensy bit wised up, bringing sophisticated glee and a sense of innocent fun to what could have been a moribund traditional family film."- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

We'll talk about this and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions", Fridays at 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings 11:30. "This holiday, discover your inner elf"

  • Fri
    Dec 19
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  • Sun
    Dec 21
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

At the Orpheum is The Theory Of Everything, starring Eddie Redmayne in a The Theory Of Everything posterprobable Oscar nominated performance as astrophysicist Steven Hawking, "who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of - time." "A brainy bio that exerts a gravitational pull on the heartstrings."- Joe Williams, St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Chris Busch has reviews of three intriguing new films movie fans will be interested in: The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, in "an intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man who was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany's World War II Enigma machine."

Also: Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon in the true story of Cheryl Strayed. "After years of reckless, destructive behavior, Strayed makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone." "Imitation Game and Wild are two of the best movies of the year." - Chris Busch, Filmosopher

The third film: Top Five, written and directed by Chris Rock. Mingling echoes of Woody Allen and Dick Gregory Top Five digs under the surface of show business, politics, rap, and the exigencies of being black."

We'll also cover other new releases and more, on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays 12:30, again Sunday mornings 11:30. "There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there's life, there is hope." - Steven Hawking, The Theory Of Everything

  • Fri
    Dec 12
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    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Dec 14
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Boyhood posterHeld over this week at the Orpheum Theatre: Rosewater. "Timely, solidly acted, and unabashedly earnest, Rosewater serves as an impressive calling card for first-time director Jon Stewart."

This is the time of year when most award worthy films are released, so they'll be fresh in the voters minds. Director Richard Linklater's Boyhood was released last July, in the middle of summer blockbuster season. We found it so profoundly groundbreaking we predicted it would win the Oscars for Best Motion Picture and Best Director, seven months before the Oscars, without even knowing it's "competition". How do we feel about our predictions five months later? This article from Indiwire, published December 11th: 

"We've long since stopped trying to keep a tally, but chalk up yet another win for Richard Linklater's "Boyhood." The movie has been pretty much unstoppable this month, topping lists of critics, various publications and more, and has gone from dark horse contender to serious frontrunner. Well, you can add another tally mark for the film.

The New York Times film critic A.O. Scott revealed his top ten films of the year today, and Boyhood of course, is at the top and he is over the moon for it. "In my 15 years of professional movie reviewing, I can’t think of any film that has affected me the way 'Boyhood' did. It is not just that I was moved — I’m frequently moved — but that my critical impulse seemed to collapse, along with my ability to find the boundary between art and life," he wrote, adding: "...it took a second and a third viewing for me to appreciate the ingenuity of Richard Linklater’s idea and the artistry of his methods….It opens on American life and offers a progress report on our spiritual condition."

We'll talk about that, new releases, including films from Ridley Scott and Paul Thomas Anderson, what we've seen and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions", Fridays at 12:30 pm again Sunday mornings 11:30. "It's like, it's always right now." - Mason, Boyhood

  • Fri
    Nov 28
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    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Nov 30
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    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Our great friend, sometime guest and movie buff Al Green is back in town and we're Dumb and Dumber To poster excited that he'll be joining us on the show. Al has recently seen Birdman, which is building award season momentum. He'll give us his review (hint- it's good :) and talk about whatever else has inspired him.

Who says the Orpheum isn't bringing in mainstream movies? Dumb And Dumber To, starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels starts Friday in the cultural district. Well... maybe "cultural" and "Dumb"... oh nevermind.

We'll talk about the new releases, including The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch who may get a Best Actor nom for this. Also, two well reviewed docs: The Kingdom Of Dreams And Madness, the "riveting behind-the-scenes documentary (which) offers some comfort for viewers facing a world without new feature films directed by Studio Ghibli anime legend Hayao Miyazaki." Plus: Antarctica A year On Ice. "A stunning look at the beauty and challenges of Earth's most mysterious continent."

We invite you to join us on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch, special guest Al Green & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions" Fridays 12:30 PM again Sunday mornings at 11:30.

  • Fri
    Oct 24
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  • Sun
    Oct 26
    10:30 am -
    11:00 am

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Starting Friday at the Orpheum Theatre: Kill The Messenger. Two-time AcademyKill The Messenger poster Award nominee Jeremy Renner (The Bourne Legacy) in a thriller based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb." "A serious, interesting film about a very simple concept: The Truth. And how very complicated that can sometimes become." "Crisp, smart and gutsy; intriguing, chilling and briskly paced." "Jeremy Renner's best performance since 'The Hurt Locker."Also, The Boxtrolls is held over, "packed with enough offbeat wit and visual splendor to offer a healthy dose of all-ages entertainment." - RT Keanu Reeves new release- John Wick is getting good buzz- "An underworld fantasy that grafts crisp action on to Rian Johnson-esque world-building, producing one of the more fully realized shoot-'em-up flicks in recent memory."Citizenfour is yet another example of the golden age of documentaries: "In January 2013, Laura Poitras was several years into making a film about surveillance in the post-9/11 era when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as "citizen four," who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden." "Whether you think Edward Snowden is a hero or a traitor, you should see this riveting documentary." - Washington Post "It's a tense and frightening thriller."- A.O. Scott, New York Times. "Buy a ticket to this film... and use your credit card, so the NSA knows you care about this stuff...." Christopher Nolan's (Inception) new "mindbending" film Interstellar opens in just two weeks and it's about time the Filmosopher's start banging the drum for this. "A team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars." All this and more on the Filmosophers movie talk, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions". Fridays, 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings 11:30. - This is a true story. - Some stories are just too true to tell... Kill The Messenger

  • Fri
    Jul 04
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  • Sun
    Jul 06
    10:30 am -
    11:00 am

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Held over for a second big- that's really big- week at the Orpheum Theatre is Transformers: AOE posterTransformers: Age Of Extinction. Not only are the Transformers big to look at, but it had the biggest box office opening weekend of the year.

Among the new releases, we're excited to tell movie fans about Life Itself, "a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert." "Far more than just a tribute to the career of the world's most famous and influential film critic, the often revelatory Life Itself is also a remarkably intimate portrait of a life well lived -- right up to the very last moment."

We'll also talk about other new releases, what we've seen and more on the Filmosophers Movie Talk, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays, 12:30 PM Central, again Sunday mornings 11:30. "We don't have a home, Dad. It blew up." - Tessa, Transformers: Age Of Extinction

  • Fri
    Jun 20
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  • Sun
    Jun 22
    10:30 am -
    11:00 am

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

FAIRfest '14 starts Friday "with a roar. Three days of fabulous free music in a vibrant community renowned for its cultural arts and smarts--that's FAIRfest in a nutshell," says James Moore, festival founding member, adding with a smile, "We may be small but we got it all. There's nothing small about this year's musical lineup." Get complete FAIRfest '14 info and the latest news (a parade! :) at fairfestiowa.com HTTYD2 poster

How To Train Your Dragon 2 is held over for another big week at the Orpheum. But not as big as I predicted. I confidently said last week HTTYD2 would win the weekend and be one of the top 3-5 box office films of the year. I was wrong about the weekend and may be for the year. 22 Jump Street did roughly 60 million to Dragon's 50. Now, without a major blockbuster opening Friday the industry narrative becomes: who wins this weekend? Which of these sequels will drop the least in their second weekend? Kevin Hart's ("this generation's Eddie Murphy") new release Think Like a Man Too (yet another sequel) is tracking to do well. “It’s a close three-way race for first,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at Box Office.

If “Think Like a Man Too” manages to usurp the crown from last weekend’s champ, “22 Jump Street,” it will be the ninth weekend in a row with a new release at the top of the box office charts. That’s a record in the modern summer blockbuster era. - Variety

We'll cover other new releases, what we've seen and if time permits, more summer movie preview, now in the month of August. We're the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays 12:30 PM again Sunday mornings 11:30." 

  • Fri
    Jun 13
    11:30 am -
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  • Sun
    Jun 15
    10:30 am -
    11:00 am

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Opening "on the break" at the Orpheum, certainly the biggest film of the weekend HTTYD2 posterand possibly one of the biggest of the year: How To Train Your Dragon 2. (6/15 update- 22 Jump Street wins #1 box office weekend) By all accounts, HTTYD2 is a sequel maybe as good as the original. "Most sequels get made for commercial reasons, whether or not the world needs them. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a movie the world needs." - Wall Street Journal. "Dragon 2, like The Empire Strikes Back, takes sequels to a new level of imagination and innovation. It truly is a high-flying, depth-charging wonder to behold."- Rolling Stone. "This is a richer story that dares to go darker and is thus more rewarding." - Arizona Republic.

Friday is this month's FREE movie at the Fairfield Library: The Monuments Men, directed by and starring George Clooney, "based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners."  "This is a sturdy, old-school, big-scale Greatest Generation war movie. It's great escapism." - Minneapolis Star Tribune. Doors open at 7:00, film at 7:30. Organic popcorn and bottled water go for a buck each, helping the library maintain their movies license.

We'll talk about other new releases, the evolving box office story of 2014 and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays, 12:30 PM again Sunday mornings 11:30. "Life here is amazing. Dragons used to be a bit of a problem, but now they've all moved in! And with Vikings on the backs of dragons, the world just got a whole lot bigger. - Hiccup, HTTYD2

  • Fri
    Jun 06
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  • Sun
    Jun 08
    10:30 am -
    11:00 am

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Held over at the Orpheum Theatre for a second big week: X-Men: Days Of  X-Men: Days Of Future Past posterFuture Past. "Time travel, Peter Dinklage and 1970s kitsch top a very long list of what makes this such a blast." - LA Times

The two big new releases may expand a developing box office narrative. Beginning in May, all of the summer season's biggest "tentpole" films, including Spider Man, Godzilla and X-Men have only been able to finish number one at the box office their opening weekend. Now, this weeks action blockbuster Edge Of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise may not even win it's opening weekend. Edge and Cruise are getting great reviews- "Breathlessly exciting, wildly entertaining, with the kind of smarts, wit, filmmaking and force too many other summer films can only dream of. Cruise delivers a one-man master class in his own fascinatingly protean screen presence. One of the most surprising and satisfying films of the year so far." Also opening is The Fault In Our Stars, based upon the bestselling  young-adult novel by John Green. This is a teen romance film about a couple who meet in a high school cancer support group. Although well reviewed and highly anticipated by fans of the book, normally there's no way this film would do more opening weekend business than the big-budget action thriller Edge Of Tomorrow. But the "tracking" indicates differently. We shall see.

We'll talk about that, other new releases, what we've seen and more on  Filmosophers Movie Talk, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions". Fridays 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings 11:30. "What I am about to tell you sounds crazy, but the longer I talk the more rational it's going to appear." - Edge Of Tomorrow

  • Fri
    May 30
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  • Sun
    Jun 01
    10:30 am -
    11:00 am

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

The number one movie in the world comes to the Orpheum Friday: X-Men: Days Of X-Men: Days Of Future Past posterFuture Past. Come see what all the fuss is about. "Step up, cynics, and see the summer 2014 blockbuster that gets damn near everything right."- Peter Travers, "Rolling Stone"

There will be a special Monday night showing of the Oscar nominated short subject documentary Prison Terminal: The Last Days Of Private Jack Hall.  Director Edgar Barens will be here to introduce the film. Jennifer Hamilton will tell us more on the show. "Prison Terminal draws from footage shot over a six-month period behind the walls of the Iowa State Penitentiary and provides a fascinating, poignant account of how the hospice experience can profoundly touch even the forsaken lives of the incarcerated."  "The film is most moving as a case study of a decorated WWII vet and German POW who killed his late son’s drug dealer. He’s a tough bird and so are the volunteers, convicted murderers all, who care for him in his final illness, but “Prison Terminal” turns out to be a profoundly tender experience." - Ty Burr, "The Boston Globe". “When I started hospice I thought it would be about what I could give to the patient or what I could do for the patient to make them feel better. But when you do what you do; the feeling you get back from them, you can't even describe it. I get the feeling in the inside that for once I’m somebody that nobody thought I could be” -inmate hospice volunteer.

We'll talk about that and more on the Filmosophers movie-appreciator talk, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions" Fridays at 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings, 11:30. “When you find yourself doing a life sentence, the thought of your death comes to mind. So when the prison administration started looking for guys to do volunteer work in the hospice program, I said  sign me up.”- Prison Terminal