Kiss chases a Phantom, Baskin goes to hell, Jackie Robinson premieres, and more must-sees


Thursday 4.7

Stay in tonight and enjoy the low-key comic brilliance of Christopher Guest’s unofficial improvisatory repertory company (featuring Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Michael McKean and Jane Lynch, among others) in his dog-show tribute, Best in Show, new on Netflix this month. 


It’s a treat to watch this again, almost 16 years after its release, and realize that it’s still better than most of the mockumentary-style TV shows and movies that have aped it.


Friday 4.8
I saw the extraordinary drama Krisha last year at the Free State Film Festival in Lawrence, and it has stayed with with me ever since. The directorial debut of Trey Edward Shults, Krisha is shot from the point of view of a damaged woman (Krisha Fairchild) who returns to her family for Thanksgiving. The movie mirrors her deteriorating mental state. With lots of extended takes and creative camerawork, it’s a true low-budget indie wonder and should not be missed. Krisha opens today exclusively at Tivoli Cinemas (4050 Pennsylvania).


Saturday 4.9

Last night, buzzy Turkish horror film Baskin opened at the Screenland Armour (408 Armour Road, North Kansas City). This gory descent into hell isn’t a slam-dunk, but director Can Evrenol at least has a couple of interesting ideas and shows total tonal control. Cops enter an abandoned building and lose touch with reality as a nightmarish cult captures and tortures them. Is there more to it than the gore that ensues? Sure. But just barely.


Sunday 4.10

It’s hard to get too excited about tonight’s Season 2 premiere of Fear the Walking Dead. Season 1 was hit-or-miss, and even The Walking Dead sometimes seems like it’s running out of zombie apocalypse–related stories to tell. This season should make or break this prequel spinoff, so maybe it’s best to set the DVR and record the next seven weeks. By then, word will be out on whether it’s worth binge watching.


Monday 4.11

Just in time for the new Major League Baseball season, Ken Burns returns to PBS for the premiere of his latest event documentary, the two-night Jackie Robinson. Burns calls Robinson “without a doubt, the most important person in the history of baseball.” Speaking of important people, Burns nabbed the Obamas as interviewees for the film, which is appropriate given that much of the doc focuses on Robinson’s relationship with his wife, Rachel (now 93), and how they braved — and affected — the civil rights movement. Jackie Robinson concludes tomorrow night on PBS.


Tuesday 4.12

In the fall of 1978, NBC gave the world the Hanna-Barbera TV movie Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park. Featuring the grease-painted rock gods as real-life superheroes who derive special powers from mystical talismans and crack wise, it’s an unintentionally hilarious cult classic that the band has been trying to live down ever since. Tonight at 7:30, Screenland Crossroads (1701 McGee) offers the rare opportunity to celebrate this travesty on a big screen. I’ve probably seen it 50 times, so I’ll be there, hosting and giving away stuff, of course.


Wednesday 4.13

The Kansas City FilmFest kicks off at Cinemark on the Plaza tonight with a red-carpet screening of Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer, a documentary about the controversial fashion designer, who began his life in rural Missouri and is now the creative director for Italian brand Moschino. Scott — as well as the film’s director and producer — attend the event, with a Q&A following the screening. The KC FilmFest runs through Sunday, with an assortment of docs, features and shorts, plus student and local films. See kcfilmfest.org for a full schedule.