MAX‏ Opens June 26! Enter to Win Passes to the St. Louis Advance Screening!
Jun 2015 16

Enter for your chance to receive a pass for two to a special advance screening!

Max War Dog Movie PosterA dog that helped US Marines in Afghanistan returns to the U.S. and is adopted by his handler’s family after suffering a traumatic experience.

Cast: Robbie Amell, Lauren Graham, Thomas Haden Church
Director: Boaz Yakin

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ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL‏ Opens June 12! Enter to Win Passes to the St. Louis Advance Screening!
Jun 2015 16

Enter for your chance to receive a pass for two to a special advance screening!

ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL PosterWinner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is the uniquely funny, moving story of Greg (Thomas Mann), a high school senior who is trying to blend in anonymously, avoiding deeper relationships as a survival strategy for navigating the social minefield that is teenage life. He even describes his constant companion Earl (RJ Cyler), with whom he makes short film parodies of classic movies, as more of a “co-worker” than a best friend. But when Greg’s mom (Connie Britton) insists he spend time with Rachel (Olivia Cooke)—a girl in his class who has just been diagnosed with cancer—he slowly discovers how worthwhile the true bonds of friendship can be.

Cast: Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, RJ Cyler, Nick Offerman, Molly Shannon, Jon Bernthal, Connie Britton
Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

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Movie Review: ‘Jurassic World’ Starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard
Jun 2015 11

Jurassic-World-Poster-Official22 years exactly after Jurassic Park comes Jurassic World, the fourth film in the franchise, and possibly the best one since the original.  Jurassic World takes us back to the island from the first film, where the idea of cloned dinosaurs has been resurrected and expanded. Audiences flock from over the world to see wondrous exhibits presented by corporate sponsors.  The park is owned by an eccentric billionaire (as if there is any other kind), and run by the bullheaded and independent Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard). Despite having finally introduced the world safely to animals once thought to be extinct, the thrill just isn’t there any more. The park is seeing less growth every year as the novelty fades. Audiences want more danger, and bigger spectacle. Jurassic World intends to deliver by genetically modifying a new dinosaur, more dangerous than one we’ve ever seen before. As you can guess, things go pretty awry from here, and only Veloci-whisperer (Chris Pratt) can hope to stop it. Oh, and just for giggles, a subplot about Claire’s nephews is thrown in so younger audience members can find a character within their wheelhouse.

Jurassic World, come for the story, stay for the spectacle. The story is just really an excuse to throw the audience into a modern day monster thriller. The characters aren’t particularly deep, but really is that what you came to this movie for? Sure, Chris Pratt continues to show after his breakout in Guardians of the Galaxy, that he is in fact a enthralling leading man. Pratt has the comedic chops to keep audiences entertained, and the dramatic chops to make even a far fetched character believable.  His counterpart in Bryce Dallas Howard manages to hit the right notes, despite her character being a mesh of somewhat offensive female-centric tropes. Howard makes the best of it, despite not changing out of her heels for the duration of the film. Supporting the two leads are Ty Sympkins and Nick Robinson, who play much the same role as the children from the first film. Adults might find them a bit grating at times, but they are essential to some of the dangerous elements of the plot.

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Kimbo Slice and Ken Shamrock Ready To Fight
Jun 2015 11

KimboVsKen.0.0This fight has been seven years in the making.
Kimbo Slice and Ken Shamrock will finally square off Friday, June 19 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
“This is a fight that should have happened many years ago,” Bellator President Scott Coker said. “I know that it’s a fight that’s been under everybody’s skin for several years.”
Shamrock and Slice were scheduled to fight in 2008, but just days before the fight, Shamrock suffered a cut during training and was forced to withdraw.
“I’m not even going to comment on that,” Slice said. “I just hope he fights. I hope he don’t pussy out. You do stuff like that when you’re scared.”
Shamrock, 51, said training for this fight was the most difficult thing he’s ever had to endure.
“I’ve always trained hard and been in pretty good shape,” Shamrock said. “This was the toughest and most difficult thing I’ve had to do in my career. I’ve been tested more than I’ve ever been tested training for a fight. Any athlete who has ever been in this position is either made or broken in the training.”

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97: ‘Love & Mercy’ Starring John Cusack and Paul Dano as Brian Wilson
Jun 2015 10

Love and Mercy PosterThis week we welcome Randy Raley, the owner and proprietor of Planet Radio.

If you grew up in St. Louis you probably know him from his tenure at KSHE-95 or Kansas City folks might remember him from his time with KY 102. Either way he’s spent the better part of 40-years playing rock records (longer if you count the time he spent his bedroom as a child). And since this week’s movie is the Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy we figured who better to discuss The Beach Boys and their place in the rock pantheon.

So join us for a tangent filled discussion about some of the best music ever written and its impact.

It’s Reel Spoilers #97 – Love & Mercy

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Randy Raley, Tom O’Keefe, Blake Fehl, Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 1hr 50min

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