Kansas City Film Critics Name “Manchester by the Sea” the Best Film of 2016 During Presentation of 51st Annual James Loutzenhiser Awards

Manchester by the Sea was chosen as the Best Film of 2016 by the Kansas City Film Critics Circle, the second oldest critics group in the country. MediaMikes film critics Michael Smith and Jeremy Werner are members of the group. Smith also serves as the groups secretary and is a member of the governing board. The film was also recognized with the Robert Altman Award for Direction and the film’s star, Casey Affleck, was chosen as the year’s Best Actor. The winners were announced today during a ceremony for the 51st Annual James Loutzenhiser Awards at the Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet Theatre in Kansas City.

Manchester by the Sea led all films with three wins, while Arrival, Hell or High Water and Moonlight each received two awards. Natalie Portman was named Best Actress for her portrayal of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in Jackie while Jeff Bridges was awarded Best Supporting Actor for his work as a grizzled Texas Ranger in Hell or High Water. For the 13th time at least one category resulted in a tie when Viola Davis (Fences) and Naomie Harris (Moonlight) tied in the Best Supporting Actress category. Zootopia was named the year’s Best Animated Feature.

This year the group also awarded the inaugural Tom Poe Award for Best LGBT Film. A beloved associate professor of film and media arts in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Poe, who passed away in November at the age of 70, was a long-time member of the Critics Circle. His reviews were inevitably astute and well-informed yet just as naturally considered and kind, in keeping with his sympathies for both filmmaker and audience. It was Poe’s belief that “great film reviews give rise to thinking about films.” As such, he supported many members of KCFCC through encouragement and dialogue. Tom Poe was our colleague and friend, and it is our intention that this annual award honor his legacy as an advocate for LGBT rights and promote his desire for justice by way of accurate and beneficial representation. The inaugural recipient is Moonlight.

The full list of winners is below:

BEST FILM

Manchester by the Sea

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR

Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea

BEST ACTOR

Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

BEST ACTRESS

Natalie Portman – Jackie

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Viola Davis – Fences and Naomie Harris – Moonlight

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Taylor Sheridan – Hell or High Water

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Eric Heisserer – Arrival

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

The Handmaiden – South Korea

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

OJ: Made in America

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Zootopia

VINCE KOEHLER AWARD FOR BEST SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY or HORROR FILM

Arrival

TOM POE AWARD FOR BEST LGBT FILM

Moonlight

Win Passes to the Kansas City premiere of Richard Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some”

Media Mikes has teamed up with Paramount Pictures to give 30 readers (and a guest) the chance to be among the first to see the new film by Academy Award nominated director Richard Linklater, “Everybody Want’s Some.” A “spiritual sequel” to his hugely popular film “Dazed and Confused,” the film stars Blake Jenner, Glen Powell and Wyatt Russell.

The screening will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2016, at the Screenland Armour Theatre in North Kansas City and will begin at 7:30 p.m.

All you have to do is click here http://www.gofobo.com/uPkUO22545 and register. 30 random entries will be selected and will receive a pass for (2) to the screening. Winners will be notified on April 10. Good luck!

Win Tickets to the Kansas City Premiere of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”

Hey Kansas City! Are you ready for a “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” advance screening giveaway? We have tickets to the Kansas City screening Tuesday, March 22 in IMAX at AMC Barrywoods. To enter for a chance to win, simply go to www.wbtickets.com and enter the code BvSMediaMikes. You have from now until Sunday, March 20 to enter. Five winners will be chosen via a random drawing Monday, March 21. Each winner will receive two tickets. ‪#‎WhoWillWin ‪#‎BvS
Good luck!
SCREENING INFORMATION
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
7:00 p.m.
AMC Barrywoods, Kansas City, Missouri

Win Passes to the Kansas City Premiere of “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”

Media Mikes has teamed with Paramount Pictures to give (30) of their readers and a guest the chance to be among the first in Kansas City to see the new comedy “Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot,” starring Tina Fey and Billy Bob Thornton.

The screening will be held on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 and will begin at 7:30 p.m. The film will be shown at our favorite theatre, the Kansas City Alamo Drafthouse in downtown Kansas City.

All you have to do is go to http://www.gofobo.com/VWdqU69208 and register. (30) lucky entrants will receive a pass for (2) to attend the screening. Winners will be notified by email on Sunday, February 28. Good luck!

Opening Date: Friday, March 4, 2016
Official Website: www.WhiskeyTangoFoxtrotTheMovie.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/WTFTheMovie
Twitter: @WTFTheMovie #WTFTheMovie
Rating: Not yet rated.

Synopsis:
When reporter Kim Barker’s (Tina Fey) life needs something more, she decides to ‘shake it all up’ by taking an assignment in a war zone. There, in the midst of chaos, she finds the strength she never knew she had. Sometimes it takes saying ‘WTF’ to find the life you were always destined to have. Also starring Margo Robbie, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina and Billy Bob Thornton, the film is directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (“Crazy, Stupid, Love”) from a screenplay by Robert Carlock (“Saturday Night Live,” “30 Rock”).

Kansas City Film Critics Name “Mad Max: Fury Road” the Best Film of 2015 During Presentation of 50th Annual James Loutzenhiser Awards

Mad Max: Fury Road was chosen as the Best Film of 2015 by The Kansas City Film Critics Circle, the 2nd oldest critics group in the country. The winners were announced this afternoon during a ceremony at the Alamo Drafthouse Theatre in Kansas City. Among the voters were MediaMikes own Michael Smith and Jeremy Werner.

The film, which had been nominated in four categories by the group, also took home the Robert Altman Award for Best Director for George Miller and Best Actress for Charlize Theron. The film was the only multiple winner announced by the group. The directing award is named in honor of seven-time Academy Award nominee and Kansas City native Robert Altman.

Leonardo DiCaprio was named Best Actor for his work in The Revenant. In the supporting categories, Michael Shannon received the Best Supporting Actor prize for 99 Homes while Alicia Vikander was named Best Supporting Actress for Ex Machina. PIXAR’s Inside Out was named the year’s Best Animated Feature.

Below is a complete list of winners:

BEST PICTURE: Mad Max: Fury Road

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR: George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST ACTOR: Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant

BEST ACTRESS: Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Michael Shannon – 99 Homes

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy – Spotlight

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Charles Randolph and Adam McKay – The Big Short
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: Inside Out

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Phoenix (Germany)

BEST DOCUMENTARY: Amy

VINCE KOEHLER AWARD FOR BEST SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY or HORROR FILM: Ex Machina

Kansas City Film Critics Announces Nominees for the 50th Annual James Loutzenhiser Awards

Kansas City, Missouri – The Kansas City Film Critics Circle, of which both Moviemike and Jeremy Werner are members, and the second oldest film critic organization in the country, released their nominees for the 50th Annual James Loutzenhiser Awards, recognizing the best in film for 2015.

Sicario, a fall release that addressed the war on drugs in both the United States and Mexico, led all films with five nominations including Best Picture and Best Director for Denis Villenueve. The film also earned nods for Emily Blunt for Best Actress, Benicio Del Toro for Best Supporting and Original Screenplay.

Right behind are the summer action film Mad Max: Fury Road and the upcoming Leonardo DiCaprio film, The Revenant, which each earned four nominations, including Best Picture. Also earning Best Picture nominations: Room and Spotlight. DiCaprio was nominated as one of the year’s Best Actors, along with Steve Carell (The Big Short), Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs) and last year’s Academy Award winner in this category, Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl).

Charlize Theron was nominated as Best Actress for her role as Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road. Nominated alongside her and Blunt are Cate Blanchett (Carol), Bel Powley (The Diary of a Teenage Girl) and Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn).

Besides Del Toro, the list of nominees for Best Supporting Actor include Tom Hardy (The Revenant), Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies), Michael Shannon (99 Homes) and Sylvester Stallone, reprising his role of Rocky Balboa in Creed. In 1976 the group named Stallone the year’s Best Actor for playing Balboa in Rocky.

Blanchett’s Carol co-star, Rooney Mara, earned a nod for Best Supporting Actress, alongside Elizabeth Banks (Love and Mercy), Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) and Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs).

Directors joining Villenueve in competition for the Robert Altman Award for Best Director are Alex Garland (Ex Machina), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (The Revenant), Tom McCarthy (Spotlight) and George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road).

The group also handed out nominations for Best Animated Feature, Original Screenplay, Adapted Screenplay, Foreign Film, Documentary Feature and for the Vince Koehler Award, which is chosen as the year’s best Science Fiction, Horror or Fantasy Film.

Winners will be voted on and the results released this Sunday, December 20th.

Below is a complete list of nominees:

BEST PICTURE: Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant, Room, Sicario, Spotlight

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR: Alex Garland (Ex Machina), George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (The Revenant), Denis Villenueve (Sicario), Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)

BEST ACTOR: Steve Carell (The Big Short), Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)

BEST ACTRESS: Cate Blanchett (Carol), Emily Blunt (Sicario), Bel Powley (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Benicio Del Toro (Sicario), Tom Hardy (The Revenant), Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies), Michael Shannon (99 Homes), Sylvester Stallone (Creed)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Elizabeth Banks (Love and Mercy), Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Rooney Mara (Carol), Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina), Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Ex Machina, The Hateful Eight, Inside Out, Sicario, Spotlight, Trainwreck

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: The Big Short, Carol, The Martian, Room, Steve Jobs

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: Anomalisa, Inside Out, Minions, The Peanuts Movie, Shaun the Sheep

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: The Assassin, Goodnight Mommy, Phoenix, Son of Saul, The Tribe, White God

BEST DOCUMENTARY: Amy, Best of Enemies, The Look of Silence, Where to Invade Next, The Wrecking Crew

VINCE KOEHLER AWARD FOR BEST SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY or HORROR FILM: Ex Machina, Goodnight Mommy, It Follows, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian

Win Tickets to Attend the Kansas City Premiere of “Spotlight”

Media Mikes and Open Road Films have teamed up to give (25) readers and a guest the chance to be among the first to see the new film, “Spotlight,’ at a special advance screening on Thursday, November 19, 2015.

The film, starring Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton, will be shown at the AMC Independence Commons 20 and will begin at 7:00 pm.

All you need to do is go to http://www.gofobo.com/SPOTMM. The first (25) people to do so will receive a pair of tickets to the screening. Tickets are on a first come/first serve basis. Good luck!

SCREENING INFORMATION

Spotlight
Thursday, November 19, 2015
AMC Independence Commons 20, Independence, Missouri
7:00 pm

Win Tickets to Attend the Kansas City Premiere of “Creed”

Media Mikes and Warner Bros. have teamed up to give (20) readers and a guest the chance to be among the first to see the new film, “Creed,’ at a special advance screening on Wednesday, November 18, 2015.

The film, starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, will be shown at the Cinemark Palace on the Plaza and will begin at 7:30 pm.

All you need to do is go to http://www.wbtickets.com/CREEDMM. The first (20) people to do so will receive a pair of tickets to the screening. Tickets are on a first come/first serve basis. Good luck!

SCREENING INFORMATION

“Creed”
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
Cinemark Palace on the Plaza, Kansas City, Missouri
7:30pm

Win Passes to the Kansas City Premiere of “The 33”


Media Mikes has teamed up with Warner Bros. to give (25) readers and a guest the chance to be among the first to see the new film “The 33” on Tuesday, November 10th at the B & B Theatres Lee’s Summit. The film, starring Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro and James Brolin and based on the real events of the 2010 Chilean mining disaster, begins at 7:30 p.m.

All you have to do is go to http://www.wbtickets.com/The33MM and download your pass. The first (25) people to do so will receive a pass for them and a guest to attend the screening. Tickets are first-come, first served. Good luck!

SCREENING INFORMATION

Place: B & B Lee’s Summit Theatre
Lee’s Summit, Missouri

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Latest Video for “The Blame Game” from City of the Weak


“The Blame Game” is the latest video from the Minneapolis, MN based rock band City of the Weak. Directed / Edited by: Cody Hoffman & City of the Weak the video showcases not only the band’s music but also the immense visual appeal that the band carries. The group is currently touring the US through October as special guests on the “Not So Sound” tour with Solice. Be sure to check https://www.cityoftheweak.wordpress.com for a full list of dates.

Win Passes to the Kansas City Premiere of “The Intern”

Media Mikes has teamed up with Warner Brothers to give (50) readers and a guest the chance to be among the first to see the upcoming comedy, “The Intern,” starring Academy Award winners Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway.

All you have to do is go to http://www.wbtickets.com/LaughKC and download your “Admit Two” ticket.

The screening will be held this Monday, September 21, at the B&B Theatres in Overland Park, Kansas and will start at 7:30

Tickets are available on a first come-first serve basis. Good luck!

Win Passes to the Kansas City Premiere of “Black Mass”

Media Mikes has teamed up with Warner Bros. to give (10) lucky readers and a guest the chance to be among the first to see the new film “Black Mass,” starring Johnny Depp.

The screening will be held on Monday, September 14th at the Cinemark Palace on the Plaza in Kansas City and will start at 7:30 p.m.

Enter here to get tickets now through Friday, Sept 11th. 10 winners and a guest will be notified on Saturday, Sept 12th.

Good luck!

BLACK MASS   In theaters on September 18

(Warner Bros. Pictures/Cross Creek Pictures/RatPac-Dune Entertainment)

Director:          Scott Cooper

Writers:            Screenplay by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth

Based on the book by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill     

Producers:       John Lesher, Brian Oliver, Scott Cooper, Patrick McCormick, Tyler Thompson

Executive Producers:   Brett Ratner, James Packer, Peter Mallouk, Ray Mallouk, Christopher Woodrow, Brett Granstaff, Gary Granstaff, Phil Hunt, Compton Ross

Cast:    Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Cochrane, Jesse Plemons, Kevin Bacon, W. Earl Brown, David Harbour, Dakota Johnson, Julianne Nicholson, Corey Stoll, Peter Sarsgaard, Adam Scott, Juno Temple

Drama.  In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob.  The drama tells the story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.

This film has been rated R for  brutal violence, language throughout, some sexual references and brief drug use.

BlackMassTheMovie.com

Kansas City Comic Con Debuts as Strong as Gates BBQ Sauce

Kansas City already has some established fan conventions with Naka-Kon (for anime and manga fans) in March, Planet Comicon in May and Crypticon for horror in August. With all of those events happening every year, it’s fair to ask if Kansas City, which has a population of roughly half a million could accommodate yet another con.

If the crowds and the events at this year’s inaugural Kansas City Comic Con two weeks ago are any indication, the area can indeed host more events like this without saturating the market. With lively panels, highly sought after guests, a good location and a seemingly endless amount of well-crafted, imaginative cosplay, it’s no wonder that organizers say that 10,000 people attended.

Kansas City Comic Con, which ran from August 7-9th at Bartle Hall had a daily admission price that was comparable to the daily rate Dragon Con in Atlanta and featured stars like blaxploitation and Quentin Tarantino leading lady Pam Grier, Highlander alumnus Adrian Paul, former Eddie Munster Butch Patrick and Hodor from Game of Thrones, Kristian Nairn.

The event even attracted gaming legend Billy Mitchell, who was unfairly maligned in last summer’s turkey Pixels. Normally it would be flattering if Peter Dinklage played you. There were even some vintage arcade games on hand should anyone wish to match or beat Mitchell’s records.

Billy Mitchell and Twin Galaxies head honcho Walter Day meet fans. The event also attracted The Walking Dead illustrator Tony Moore, Thor and Wolverine veteran Jason Aaron and James O’Barr, the creator of The Crow.

 

Mitchell and Day were on hand for a screening of The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters at Screenland, and Grier introduced Jackie Brown at the nearby Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet. Grier and Astin each took part in panels and shared candid incidents when filmmaking proved the opposite of glamorous. Astin recalled frequently being in pain from the rigors of making The
Lord of the Rings, while Grier shared some delightfully NSFW moments from the making of Jackie Brown.

The lines for autographs moved with remarkable speed. You could still share a moment with a star, a writer or an artist, and you didn’t have to waste longer than the lifespans of some animalsto get there.

Bartle Hall had plenty of space and adequate lighting and wi-fi. Despite some stray birds who came to take part in the cosplay (even though they wren’t in disguise), it was still a far better venue than the decaying hotel that houses Crypticon in KC. Participants at Kansas City Comic Con didn’t have to scramble to find an adequate room the way they did at Crypticon.

While it was great to have real stars in our midst, the real delight for me was seeing how well people could pass as their favorite movie characters. This woman, for example, was a dead ringer for Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road.

It would be intriguing to see how Kansas City Comic Con might do in the future. The talent seemed happy there, so others are likely to follow in their footsteps. It’s safe to say that Scarlet Overkill won’t be alone at KCCC next year.

Win Passes to the Kansas City IMAX Premiere of “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” [ENDED]

Media Mikes has teamed up with Warner Bros. to give (25) readers and a guest a chance to be among the first in Kansas City to see the new film “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” in IMAX on Thursday, August 6, 2015.

The screening will be held at the AMC Barrywoods 24 theatre and will begain at 7:30 p.m.

All you have to do is go to www.wbtickets.com/MANMM and register.  The first (25) people to do this will receive a pass for (2) to attend the screening.  Passes are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis so don’t delay!

SYNOPSIS                           

 Henry Cavill (“Man of Steel”) stars as Napoleon Solo opposite Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”) as Illya Kuryakin in director Guy Ritchie’s action adventure “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” a fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television series. Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” centers on CIA agent Solo and KGB agent Kuryakin.  Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology.  The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe.

MPAA RATING:               

 PG-13 for action violence, some suggestive content, and partial nudity

SOCIAL MEDIA:

 #ManFromUNCLE

“THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.” OPENS NATIONWIDE ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 14.

Win Passes to Kansas City Premiere of “Vacation” [ENDED]

Media Mikes has teamed up with Warner Brothers to give (25) readers (and a guest) the chance to be among the first to see the new comedy, “Vacation,” this coming Thursday, July 23.

All you have to do is go to http://www.wbtickets.com/VacayMM and download your passes. The first (25) readers will receive a pass for two to attend the screening. Passes are available on a first come/first serve basis and are limited to (25).

The screening will be held at the Cinemark Merriam 20 Theatre in Merriam, Kansas and will start at 7:30 p.m.

“Vacation,” starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate, opens nationwide on Wednesday, July 29.

Good luck!