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Some days are harder than others, but a little help from a loved one — or a stranger — can make all the difference. What better way to repay the favor than treating your friend to a film? This week, Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a selection of movies about vulnerable people in a seemingly callous world. 

Cynthia Haines

The Innocents, PG-13

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Longtime Kansas City film producer and director Rick Cowan died of a heart attack around 2 a.m. on Monday. Cowan’s wife, Wendy Thompson, announced the news on Facebook.

The two had shared a nice evening together before he started feeling poorly, Thompson tells KCUR.

Cowan had worked in Kansas City’s film industry since arriving in town in the late 1970s.

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From somber to sunny, this week's selections from Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics are sure to get you right in the feels. Grab your box of tissues, a sweet treat or two, and get to know a few future classics before they end their run in local theaters.

Cynthia Haines

The Innocents, PG-13

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With the exception of Oscar-nominated shorts and the occasional Pixar release, films under thirty minutes go largely unseen by general audiences in the United States. The presenters of a new First Friday Film Festival hope Kansas City will become an exception to that rule.

While she comes from a writing family, Delia Ephron didn't start her writing career until her thirties. Since then she's made up for lost time, writing and producing screenplays, plays, books for children and adults and movies. Her latest novel, Siracusa, is already being adapted into a film.

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Caught in between Republican and Democratic national conventions during this presidential election cycle, Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a few picks this weekend to help you unplug from the political skirmishes across the nation. 

Robert Butler

Wiener-Dog, R

Up To Date's film critics return to review the latest independent, foreign and documentary movies showing on area screens. Here's a list of the films included in the program:

  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  • Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
  • Equals
  • The Music of Strangers
  • Wiener-Dog
  • Tickled
  • Swiss Army Man
  • The Infiltrator
  • Traitor
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For some people, music is a language that can be communicated without words. Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics add a new pick this weekend, that explains the beauty and power of music that speaks for itself.

Cynthia Haines

The Music of Strangers, PG-13

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You may not be able to go out and blow stuff up with the same vim and vigor, but that doesn't mean you have to let the wet forecast put a damper on your Independence Day weekend. Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a few recommendations to keep you entertained — and dry! — while the rain passes through.

Cynthia Haynes

NUTS!, Not rated

Two-time candidate for Kansas governor, radio pioneer and ... goat gland doctor? John Romulus Brinkley may not have been a real medical doctor but he was a helluva salesman. Filmmaker Penny Lane's latest documentary, NUTS!, explores the life of the 1920s flimflam man who became a millionaire "curing" impotence and built the most powerful radio station of its day.

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Up To Date's indie, foreign & documentary film critics' latest picks cover a lot of ground. From a 1990s dance troupe that finds confidence and acceptance while on tour, to the 1790s and a devious widow who ruffles feathers in her relentless search for a rich husband, these movies are a great excuse to sit in the dark and be transported through time.

Cynthia Haynes

Strike a Pose, unrated

Up To Date's film critics review the latest independent, foreign and documentary movies showing in area theaters.

Here's a list of the films reviewed on the program:

  • Retake
  • Strike a Pose
  • Women He's Undressed
  • The Duel
  • Free State of Jones
  • Genius
  • Dark Horse
  • Maggie's Plan
  • The Lobster
  • Love & Friendship
  • The Meddler

Retake

Jun 22, 2016

We hear the story behind two men who discovered their KC connection on a movie set in Los Angeles. Their film, Retake, will make its local debut tomorrow night at the Kansas City LGBT Film Festival.

Guests:

Religion remains central to many lives in Kansas City, despite a continued rise in the number of people not affiliated with a particular faith. A new documentary called Beyond Belief, produced by Steve Mencher, examines how some locals are using their faith as a bridge to connect seemingly disparate communities.

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Just days after the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Kansas City’s Out Here Now LGBT Film Festival screened two documentaries, Against Hate and An Act of Love, focusing on battling hate speech, homophobia and crimes targeting the LGBT community and their families.

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What does it take for Thomas Wolfe to achieve greatness? Up to Date’s indie, foreign and documentary film critic Steve Walker selected a biopic that helps break the mystery of his phenomenal writing. Dive in to one of these flicks while they're still on area screens.

Genius, PG-13

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In 1977, Roots became one of the most-watched TV miniseries of all time. Based on Alex Haley's book about his family's story, from enslavement to liberation, it won a multitude of awards and exposed Americans to the horrors of slavery.

The recent remake of Roots enters into a more complex and nuanced culture of racial representation. We explore the new version, its place in American culture ... and if we needed a remake of such an iconic series.

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“First crushes are enduring" but celebrity crushes bring “a whole new level of potency" says Dave Singleton, co-author of Crush: Writers Reflect on Love, Longing and the Lasting Power of Their First Celebrity Crush. Up to Date host Steve Kraske, along with KCUR staffers and listeners reveal their celebrity crushes and learn why they endure.

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It's not just temperatures that are rising this weekend. From a controversial examination of the connections (or lack thereof) between vaccines and autism, to the absurdist drama of adults finding a mate before they literally turn into animals, Up To Date's indie, foreign, and documentary film critic Steve Walker's suggestions will get a rise out of viewers, too.

Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe, Unrated

Dumpster-diving for materials was done out of necessity when sculptor Tom Sachs first started, but now he does it by choice. It's just one way the bricolage specialist turns almost anything into art, avoiding perfection in the process. After all, "the only advantage an artist has over industry is her fingerprints," he says.

It's a Weiner and a lobster with a splash. We're not talking culinary delights here but if you're thinking of taking in a movie after dinner this weekend then here are this week's picks from Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critic Steve Walker.

Weiner, R

  • Painfully intimate documentary about how Anthony Weiner's sexual self-destructiveness sabotaged his 2013 NYC mayoral campaign. 

The Lobster, R

Sundance Insistute

This long holiday weekend is the perfect opportunity to go see one of these flicks, recommended by Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critic Steve Walker. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll hopefully avoid getting caught in an unpredictable downpour.

Love & Friendship, PG

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Get in line for your Junior Mints and bag of popcorn, then sit back and enjoy this week's indie, foreign and documentary film recommendations.

Steve Walker

The Man Who Knew Infinity, PG-13

  • This is a flawed, but moving biopic of an impoverished genius mathematician from India who rises through the ranks at Trinity College.

Eye in the Sky, R

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From fairy tale beasts in a mythical land to Napoleon's ghost wandering the halls of the Louvre during World War II, this week's recommendations from Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics provide a great weekend escape. Dive in to one of these flicks while they're still on area screens.

Cynthia Haines

Francofonia, not rated

Up To Date's film critics review the latest independent, foreign and documentary movies showing in area theaters.

Here's a list of the films included in the program:

  • The Man Who Knew Infinity
  • High Rise
  • Rio, I Love You
  • Men & Chicken
  • Tale of Tales
  • Sing Street
  • Francofonia
  • First Monday in May
  • Papa: Hemingway in Cuba
  • Miles Ahead
  • Hologram for the King

Ernest Hemingway honed his writing style as a cub reporter in Kansas City, however, his later years were spent in Cuba. We look at a new movie about that period in Hemingway's life and whether a new generation of readers is finding its way to his works.

Guests:

  • Bob Yari, director of Papa Hemingway in Cuba, the first U.S. film shot entirely in Cuba since 1959.
  • Mariel Hemingway, granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway.
  • Steve Paul is a Hemingway scholar
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The weekend weather report's in... RAIN. So, go ahead and duck into your favorite cinema to indulge in a film fest of your very own. Up To Date's indie, foreign, and documentary film critics share their week's recommendations.

Cynthia Haines

The First Monday in May, PG-13

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Thank goodness the weekend's finally here! Up To Date's indie, foreign, and documentary film critics are back, too, with this week's recommendations.

Cynthia Haines

Marguerite, R

  • A secretly-snickering audience pushes an off-pitch performer out of her personal bubble and into the limelight.

Miles Ahead, R

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At the end of a long week, it's easy to feel run down. Try to take some comfort in knowing you're not alone. Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have recommendations featuring brilliant but addled and hard-headed (or just plain delusional) leads dealing with some issues of their own.

Cynthia Haines

The Adderall Diaries, R

Up To Date's film critics review the latest independent, foreign and documentary movies showing in area theaters.

Here's a list of the films included in the program:

  • Marguerite
  • Krisha
  • Midnight Special
  • Demolition
  • Baskin
  • King Georges
  • I Saw the Light
  • City of Gold
  • Eye in the Sky
  • Hello, My Name is Doris
  • Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict

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