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Movie Critics: Special Effects

Scott Swigart
Flikr - CC

Current movie hits like “Pacific Rim” and “Despicable Me 2” are loaded with computer generated imagery (CGI).

But did you know that Kansas City has become something of a hub for computer animation that finds its way to Hollywood? On today's Central Standard,  host Russ Simmons will talk with fellow film critics Marie Asner and Eric Melin as well as Jim Lammers from Trinity Animation and Bruce Branit from Branit FX about their contributions to some of your favorite movies and TV shows.

REVIEWS (Out of 5 Stars)

The Heat - 1.5 Stars

White House Down - 2.5 Stars

Despicable Me 2 - 3 Stars

The Lone Ranger - 2.5 Stars

Stuck in Love - 2.5 Stars

Pacific Rim - 3 Stars

Grown Ups 2 - 1.5 Stars

Turbo - 3 Stars

The Way, Way Back - 3.5 Stars

Red 2 - 3.5 stars

The Conjuring - 3.5 Stars

A Hijacking - 4 Stars


1) 2013 KC FRINGE FESTIVAL MOVIES: July 18th - 28th

-Art Saved My Life


-Cinema KC Showcase (Check out Branit's short film!)

-First Cut: Storytellers of Tomorrow Presents "Molly"

-IFC at the Fringe

-Just Some Guy Productions

-Liftand Other Films

-Zirkus Der Schmerzen (Circus of Pain)

All films will screen at the Screenland Crown Center.

2) GATHR Film Series at the Glenwood Arts - July 25th

-The Artist and the Model

3) NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE broadcasts - July 10 – August 4

-The Audience

Screening at the Tivoli

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