Movie News & Reviews

September 3, 2014

Movies opening this week: ‘The Warriors,’ ‘The Identical’

Special events

“The Warriors” — Walter Hill’s 1979 iconic action classic is getting special screenings at 7 and 10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Warren Old Town, 353 N. Mead. The story: A charismatic street gang leader summons the gangs of New York City to call for a truce. But when he is killed, a street gang known as the Warriors is falsely blamed for the murder. They now must fight their way home while every other gang is hunting them down. Tickets are $5. More special screenings, headed by Wichita filmmaker Leif Jonker, are being planned. For more information, go to

“Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour” — This is a traveling festival that features films about exploring and adventure, mountain culture and action sports that take place in exotic landscapes and remote places. The program starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. Tickets are $15, available at the door or in advance at Backwoods, Bicycle Pedaler or Select-a-Seat outlets. For more information, go to

Opening Friday

“Forrest Gump” — The Best Picture Oscar winner celebrates its 20th anniversary with a one-week IMAX release at the east Warren Theatre. Tom Hanks stars as the titular guy who wanders from one historical moment to the next while trying to navigate life’s curve balls.

“The Identical” — Suppose Elvis Presley had a stillborn twin who lived, was raised separately and was unaware that he had a brother, and eventually turned into a world-class Elvis impersonator. I am not making this up. Really.

Watch me online

Check out my new three-minute online movie show “Screen Scene with Rod Pocowatchit,” where I show clips from new movies opening. Also this week, some friends and I re-enact an iconic scene from “The Warriors.” Go to, hover over “entertainment,” then click on “Movie Maniac” under “blogs & columns.”

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