Film http://kcur.org en DVD Gurus: World War II http://kcur.org/post/dvd-gurus-world-war-ii <p></p><p>They fought on the beaches, in the air, on the sea... and on film. World War II made an indelible mark on pop culture, and it's especially evident on the silver screen.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:42:13 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 59126 at http://kcur.org DVD Gurus: World War II A Fistful Of Spaghetti Westerns http://kcur.org/post/fistful-spaghetti-westerns <p></p><p></p><p>A half century ago, nobody expected much of Sergio Leone’s 1964 Italian Western <em>A Fistful of Dollars</em> – not even its young American star, Clint Eastwood. On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date,&nbsp;</em></a>Steve Kraske explores how this film's fiery success ignited the popularity of an entire genre known as "spaghetti westerns".</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Hannah Copeland 58949 at http://kcur.org A Fistful Of Spaghetti Westerns Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' July 11-13 http://kcur.org/post/dates-indie-foreign-doc-critics-three-see-july-11-13 <p>Looking for a great film to see the weekend of July 11-13? <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>'s independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:</p><p><strong>Steve Walker: </strong></p><ul><li><em>Obvious Child</em></li><li><em>Begin Again</em></li><li><em>Ida </em></li></ul><p><strong>Cynthia Haines: </strong></p><ul><li><em>Ida </em></li><li><em>A Hard Day's Night </em></li><li><em>Chef</em></li></ul> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:04:59 +0000 Beth Lipoff 58761 at http://kcur.org Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' July 11-13 What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, July 11 http://kcur.org/post/whats-showing-independent-foreign-documentary-film-july-11 <p></p><p>Examine the personal relationships of three disturbed couples and hear the controversy about the political influence of two conservative Kansas billionaires. &nbsp;</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, our indie, foreign, and documentary film critics examine the latest films showing on area screens.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:56:37 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 58760 at http://kcur.org What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, July 11 Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' June 27 http://kcur.org/post/dates-indie-foreign-doc-critics-three-see-june-27 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date">Up to Date</a></em>'s independent, foreign and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:</p><p><strong>Cynthia Haines:</strong></p><ul><li>Chef</li><li>Belle</li><li>Ida (English subtitles)</li></ul><p><strong>Steve Walker:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://kcur.org/post/film-review-woo-big-factory-tiny-village-plots-grand-seduction" target="_blank">The Grand Seduction</a></li><li>Ida</li><li>Cold in July</li></ul> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 08:10:07 +0000 Danie Alexander & Steve Walker & Cynthia Haines 58076 at http://kcur.org Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' June 27 Film Review: To Woo A Big Factory, Tiny Village Plots 'The Grand Seduction' http://kcur.org/post/film-review-woo-big-factory-tiny-village-plots-grand-seduction <p>When independent films feature a small town and a huge corporation at their core, they are usually depicted as foes like David and Goliath – the good and the average against the lumbering giant.</p><p>"Local Hero" from 1983 comes to mind, as does<em>&nbsp;"</em>Promised Land," the recent movie about fracking in the Midwest.<em>&nbsp;"</em>The Grand Seduction<em>,"&nbsp;</em>however, reverses that formula, proving that the battle lines aren’t always drawn that cleanly.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:05:47 +0000 Steve Walker 57759 at http://kcur.org Film Review: To Woo A Big Factory, Tiny Village Plots 'The Grand Seduction' 4 Films To See At The Kansas City LGBT Film Festival This Weekend http://kcur.org/post/4-films-see-kansas-city-lgbt-film-festival-weekend <p></p><p>As the march toward full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in America advances at varying speeds, there remains a sense that the LGBT community can still be marginalized in the movies. That's what makes film festivals like <em>Out Here Now</em> so relevant to the LGBT communities and their staunch allies.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Steve Walker 57393 at http://kcur.org 4 Films To See At The Kansas City LGBT Film Festival This Weekend Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' June 13 http://kcur.org/post/dates-indie-foreign-doc-critics-three-see-june-13 <p><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>'s independent, foreign and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:</p><p><strong>Cynthia Haines:</strong></p><ul><li><em>Chef</em></li><li><em>Belle</em></li><li><em>For No Good Reason</em></li></ul><p><strong>Steve Walker:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://kcur.org/post/film-review-night-moves-morality-tale-where-environmental-activism-turns-deadly" target="_blank"><em>Night Moves</em></a></li><li><em>Ida</em></li><li><em>The Immigrant</em></li></ul> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Hannah Copeland 57227 at http://kcur.org Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' June 13 Film Review: 'Night Moves' A Morality Tale Where Environmental Activism Turns Deadly http://kcur.org/post/film-review-night-moves-morality-tale-where-environmental-activism-turns-deadly <p>In Kelly Reichardt’s astonishingly good thriller <em>Night Moves</em>, a trio of environmental activists gets trapped in a political and deadly morass of their own making. Played by Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard, they demonstrate to a fault what happens when passion for a cause is trumped by human frailty.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:28:00 +0000 Steve Walker 56925 at http://kcur.org Film Review: 'Night Moves' A Morality Tale Where Environmental Activism Turns Deadly Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' June 6 http://kcur.org/post/dates-indie-foreign-doc-critics-three-see-june-6 <p>Need to take refuge from the downpours this weekend? <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>'s independent, foreign and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:</p><p><strong>Cynthia Haines:</strong></p><ul><li><em>Ida</em></li><li><em>Chef</em></li><li><em>Belle</em></li></ul><p><strong>Steve Walker:</strong></p><ul><li><em>Ida</em></li><li><em>The Immigrant</em></li><li><a href="http://kcur.org/post/film-review-embedded-us-troops-fighting-hornets-nest" target="_blank"><em>The Hornet's Nest</em></a></li></ul> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 17:41:39 +0000 Beth Lipoff 56939 at http://kcur.org Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' June 6 What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, June 6 http://kcur.org/post/whats-showing-independent-foreign-documentary-film-june-6-0 <p></p><p>Take a trip with a Polish nun in training, who finds out her family history isn't what she thought, and navigate the murky world of social media with an outspoken chef.</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, the indie, foreign and documentary film critics join us to talk about what hot-- and what's not-- on your local silver screen.</p><p>This week, they discussed:</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 15:48:05 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 56928 at http://kcur.org What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, June 6 Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' May 30-June 1 http://kcur.org/post/dates-indie-foreign-doc-critics-three-see-may-30-june-1 <p></p><p>Looking for a great film to see during the weekend of May 30-June 1? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:</p><p><strong>Cynthia Haines</strong>:</p><ul><li>Fed Up</li><li>The Hornet's Nest</li><li>The Lunchbox</li></ul><p><strong>Steve Walker</strong>:</p><ul><li><a href="http://kcur.org/post/film-review-east-texas-blood-runs-cold-july" target="_blank">Cold in July</a></li><li>The Hornet's Nest</li><li>The Immigrant</li></ul> Fri, 30 May 2014 22:30:54 +0000 Danie Alexander 56602 at http://kcur.org Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' May 30-June 1 Film Review: In East Texas, Blood Runs 'Cold In July' http://kcur.org/post/film-review-east-texas-blood-runs-cold-july <p>There's a deliberate seediness to the Texas noir<em> Cold in July </em>that makes it both entertaining and calculating. Directed by Jim Mickle, it stars Michael C. Hall as Richard, an ordinary man around whom extraordinarily violent things happen, all triggered by an act of self-defense that leaves a home intruder dead and his living room splattered with brain matter like a Jackson Pollock.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Steve Walker 56458 at http://kcur.org Film Review: In East Texas, Blood Runs 'Cold In July' Inside The Creative Mind of William Joyce http://kcur.org/post/inside-creative-mind-william-joyce <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">William Joyce has captivated young audiences and their parents with his whimsical and imaginative characters in film, TV, and in books. &nbsp;The creator of <em>Rolie&nbsp;Polie Olie </em>and <em>The Guardians of Childhood </em>has a new book and film,&nbsp;<em>The Numberlys</em>. &nbsp;Joyce talks with Steve Kraske about what inspires the characters he creates.</span></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 17:24:59 +0000 Steve Kraske & Jenny Whitty 56446 at http://kcur.org Inside The Creative Mind of William Joyce Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' May 23-25 http://kcur.org/post/dates-indie-foreign-doc-critics-three-see-may-23-25 <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Looking for a great film to see during the long holiday weekend of May 23-26?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Up to Date</em></a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; Fri, 23 May 2014 21:32:12 +0000 Stephen Steigman 56250 at http://kcur.org Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' May 23-25 'Fed Up' Links Obesity Epidemic to Sugar, Industry, Government http://kcur.org/post/fed-links-obesity-epidemic-sugar-industry-government <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Just who’s to blame for the childhood obesity epidemic? Over the years, the finger has been pointed at parents, video games and vending machines, to name a few.</span></p><p>To the makers of the new activist documentary, “Fed Up,” the bottom line of blame lies with a simple substance poured into our diets every day: sugar. And the pushers of what this film calls a drug and “the new tobacco” are the food industry and our own government.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 13:00:58 +0000 Peggy Lowe 56121 at http://kcur.org 'Fed Up' Links Obesity Epidemic to Sugar, Industry, Government Film Review: Embedded With U.S. Troops Fighting In 'The Hornet's Nest' http://kcur.org/post/film-review-embedded-us-troops-fighting-hornets-nest <p>For all the comic book mayhem thrust on summer movie audiences, there’s never a sense that anything’s at stake besides how much money the studios will bank. That’s what makes the new documentary<em> The Hornet’s Nest</em> – a movie about a real war, not one constructed of computer graphics - essential viewing to people crying out for substance.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 11:58:00 +0000 Steve Walker 56092 at http://kcur.org Film Review: Embedded With U.S. Troops Fighting In 'The Hornet's Nest' Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' May 16-18 http://kcur.org/post/dates-indie-foreign-doc-critics-three-see-may-16-18 <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Looking for a great film to see the weekend of May 16-18?&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Up to Date</em></a>'s independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Stephen Steigman 55832 at http://kcur.org Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' May 16-18 Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' May 9-11 http://kcur.org/post/dates-indie-foreign-doc-critics-three-see-may-9-11 <p>Looking for a great film to see the weekend of May 9-11? <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>'s independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:</p><p><strong>Cynthia Haines: </strong></p><ul><li><em>Finding Vivian Maier </em></li><li><em>Joe </em></li><li><em>Particle Fever </em></li></ul><p><strong>Steve Walker: </strong></p> Fri, 09 May 2014 16:36:41 +0000 Beth Lipoff 55478 at http://kcur.org Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' May 9-11 Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' May 2-4 http://kcur.org/post/dates-indie-foreign-doc-critics-three-see-may-2-4 <p>Looking for a great film to see the weekend of May 2-4?&nbsp;<em>Up to Date's&nbsp;</em>independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:</p><p><strong>Cynthia Haines:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://kcur.org/post/film-review-finding-vivian-maier-opens-lens-gifted-and-mysterious-photographer" target="_blank"><em>Finding Vivian Maier</em></a></li><li><em>The Lunchbox</em></li><li><em>Particle Fever</em></li></ul><p><strong>Steve Walker:</strong></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 17:25:09 +0000 Steve Kraske & Cody Newill 55130 at http://kcur.org Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' May 2-4 What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, May 2 http://kcur.org/post/whats-showing-independent-foreign-documentary-film-may-2 <p>From stories about severe nymphomania to vicious alien femme fatales, our reviewers' material is challenging to say the least.</p><p>On Friday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, our independent, foreign, and documentary film critics return to look at some of the new films opening on local screens.</p><p>In addition to reviewing new films, we talk with "Hateship, Loveship" director<strong> Liza Johnson</strong> about her decision to cast comedienne Kristin Wiig&nbsp;in a serious role.</p><p>Our critics' list:</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 17:14:02 +0000 Steve Kraske & Cody Newill 55129 at http://kcur.org What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, May 2 Film Review: 'Finding Vivian Maier' Opens A Lens On Gifted And Mysterious Photographer http://kcur.org/post/film-review-finding-vivian-maier-opens-lens-gifted-and-mysterious-photographer <p>By their very nature, photographs are loaded with backstory. There's the image itself, deemed important in a moment that becomes frozen for eternity.</p><p>And there's the person who snapped the picture, for reasons that are as personal as they are mysterious.</p><p>In the fascinating new documentary<em> Finding Vivian Maier</em>, the title character's exceptional photographs are brought to light after years of being hidden away from any and all scrutiny.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 13:10:00 +0000 Steve Walker 54704 at http://kcur.org Film Review: 'Finding Vivian Maier' Opens A Lens On Gifted And Mysterious Photographer Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' April 25 - 27 http://kcur.org/post/dates-indie-foreign-doc-critics-three-see-april-25-27 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Looking for a great film to see the weekend of&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">April 25 - 27</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Up to Date</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">'s indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.</span></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cynthia Haines:</span></strong></p> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 00:30:32 +0000 Danie Alexander 54796 at http://kcur.org Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' April 25 - 27 Film Review: New Lars Von Trier Film Chronicles The Making Of A 'Nymphomaniac' http://kcur.org/post/film-review-new-lars-von-trier-film-chronicles-making-nymphomaniac <p><em>Nymphomaniac: Volumes I and II&nbsp;</em>may be the most sexually explicit coming-of-age movie ever seen outside an adult book store. But to call it pornography would minimize and tarnish its cinematic worth.</p><p>Like most of Lars von Trier’s films, it’s provocative, audacious, weird, challenging, and hypnotizing – sometimes all at once.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 11:50:00 +0000 Steve Walker 54574 at http://kcur.org Film Review: New Lars Von Trier Film Chronicles The Making Of A 'Nymphomaniac' Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' April 18-20 http://kcur.org/post/dates-indie-foreign-doc-critics-three-see-april-18-20 <p>Looking for a great film to see the weekend of April 18-20? <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>'s indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Cynthia Haines:</strong></p><ul><li><em>Particle Fever </em></li><li><em>Gloria </em></li><li><em>Lunchbox</em></li></ul><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Steve Walker:</strong></p><ul><li><em>The Unknown Known</em></li><li><em>The Grand Budapest Hotel</em></li><li><em>Particle Fever</em></li></ul><p></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:16:49 +0000 Beth Lipoff 54400 at http://kcur.org Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' April 18-20 DVD Gurus: When Good Directors Go Bad http://kcur.org/post/dvd-gurus-when-good-directors-go-bad <p></p><p>For every Million Dollar Baby, there’s a film like The Rookie. Even Steven Spielberg, who climbed the heights of Hollywood with E.T., Indiana Jones and Saving Private Ryan hit the bottom with 1941.</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, the DVD Gurus return to examine how even a great director can come out with a flop. In their sights are Clint Eastwood, Mike Nichols, John Boorman and other directors who have been silver screen darlings and rotten tomato rejects. We look at films that range from completely bizarre to just plain bad.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:52:31 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 54385 at http://kcur.org DVD Gurus: When Good Directors Go Bad Actor And Activist Edward James Olmos http://kcur.org/post/actor-and-activist-edward-james-olmos <p></p><p>Science fiction fans will recognize him as Commander William Adama from <em>Battlestar Galactica</em>, but <strong>Edward James Olmos</strong>&nbsp;is also well known for his activism in the Latino and Chicano community.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>On the first half of Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><i>Up to Date</i></a>, host Steve Kraske sits down with Olmos to discuss his long career in Hollywood and his numerous efforts to reach out to Chicano youth. Olmos&nbsp;gave the Cesar Chavez Lecture at the University of Missouri-Kansas City on Tuesday.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:11:50 +0000 Steve Kraske & Cody Newill 54267 at http://kcur.org Actor And Activist Edward James Olmos Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' April 11-13 http://kcur.org/post/dates-indie-foreign-doc-critics-three-see-april-11-13 <p>Here are <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>'s critics' favorite indie, doc and foreign films showing on Kansas City-area screens the weekend of April 11-13.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cynthia Haines:</span></strong></p><ul><li><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lunch Box</span></em></li><li><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Particle Fever</span></em></li><li><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Unknown Known</span></em></li></ul><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Steve Walker: </span></strong></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:12:56 +0000 Beth Lipoff 54053 at http://kcur.org Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' April 11-13 What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, April 11 http://kcur.org/post/whats-showing-independent-foreign-documentary-film-april-11 <p></p><p>Take a peek at the inner-workings of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, and get a look into the life of labor leader Cesar Chavez. When it’s on the silver screen, you’ve got an all-access pass.</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, our independent, foreign and documentary film critics take a look at the latest films opening in Kansas City.</p><p>Our critics' list:</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 53982 at http://kcur.org What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, April 11 Africa World Documentary Film Festival Brings Global Stories To Lawrence http://kcur.org/post/africa-world-documentary-film-festival-brings-global-stories-lawrence <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The University of Kansas is hosting the Africa World Documentary Film Festival this Thursday, April 10 through Saturday, April 12.</span></p><p>The convener of that festival, Daniel Atkinson, visited the KCUR studios to talk about the films he chose to show and the ideas he hoped to convey through the wide range of stories these documentaries tell.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:53:19 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 53854 at http://kcur.org Africa World Documentary Film Festival Brings Global Stories To Lawrence