film review http://kcur.org en 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 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' Film Review: In 'Philomena,' The Cruelties Of Youth Are Forgiven http://kcur.org/post/film-review-philomena-cruelties-youth-are-forgiven <p>In Stephen Frears' heartfelt and moving <em>Philomena</em>, the most effective shots are among the simplest a filmmaker can employ: tight close-ups. In this case, the camera’s focus is on the furrowed, and inspiringly lived-in face of the great Judi Dench. Playing a woman who longs to discover the whereabouts of the son taken from her when she was a teenager, Dench gives the title character a strength and resolve that has gotten her through the fifty years since she last saw her son.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 11:19:00 +0000 Steve Walker 46986 at http://kcur.org Film Review: In 'Philomena,' The Cruelties Of Youth Are Forgiven Movie Critics: The Best Movies Out In June http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-best-movies-out-june <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For years, it seems like Hollywood has been remaking the same films over and over and over again. Have they run out of original ideas? Or is it the movie theaters and the audiences themselves who keep paying for the same movie every summer?</span></p><p>Our movie critics Russ Simmons, Thom Poe, Loey Lockerby, and special guest Justin Scott, director of marketing for Standees&nbsp;theater, talk about the problem of putting all your eggs in one basket, as well as the new and unique movies that Hollywood is making.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 14:44:17 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 38917 at http://kcur.org Movie Critics: The Best Movies Out In June Movie Critics: Your Guide To Movie Releases In May http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-your-guide-movie-releases-may <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s another summer of sequels!</span></p><p>With the release of Iron Man 3, The Hangover Part III, and Fast &amp; Furious 6, it looks like Hollywood is attempting to once again attract people with the familiar and the established.</p><p>The movie critics, Russ Simmons, John Tibbetts, and Alan Rapp, discuss their favorite sequels, as well as the movies that never got a sequel, but deserve one (John Carter, anyone?).</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 23:06:46 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 37504 at http://kcur.org Movie Critics: Your Guide To Movie Releases In May What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film http://kcur.org/post/whats-showing-independent-foreign-documentary-film-1 <p>Ever pretend you were Canadian in a foreign country? A new film based on a true story has a group of Americans doing just that to sneak past Iranian border guards.</p> <p>Friday on Up to Date, indie, foreign and documentary film critics Cynthia Haines and Steve Walker will also review documentaries that track down a ‘70s icon and look at lives all over the world through a colorful, yet silent, lens.</p> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 03:41:22 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 26201 at http://kcur.org What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film What's Showing In Art, Independent, Foreign And Documentary Film http://kcur.org/post/whats-showing-art-independent-foreign-and-documentary-film-4 <p>A dream house, the perfect woman, and one of our greatest singer-songwriters are among the topics of the films being reviewed today.&nbsp; Fri, 24 Aug 2012 07:36:07 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 23352 at http://kcur.org What's Showing In Art, Independent, Foreign And Documentary Film 'Undefeated' & 'First Position' Explore Challenges Of Youth http://kcur.org/post/undefeated-first-position-explore-challenges-youth <p>Two new documentaries arrive in Kansas City this week that look at how a young person&#39;s capability for moxie and dedication can be advantageous in two seemingly disparate fields: high school football and ballet.</p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 24.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica"> Fri, 25 May 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Walker 18182 at http://kcur.org 'Undefeated' & 'First Position' Explore Challenges Of Youth Jack Black Finesses Black Comedy In 'Bernie' http://kcur.org/post/jack-black-finesses-black-comedy-bernie <p>Director Richard Linklater&#39;s&nbsp;terrific new film, <em>Bernie</em>, unleashes actor Jack Black from his <em>Kung Fu Panda</em> pajamas only to find - &nbsp;lest we&#39;d forgotten - that he&#39;s a really good actor.</p><p> Wed, 23 May 2012 19:03:16 +0000 Steve Walker 18184 at http://kcur.org Jack Black Finesses Black Comedy In 'Bernie' A Pleasant Stay At 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' http://kcur.org/post/pleasant-stay-best-exotic-marigold-hotel <p>On the heels of&nbsp;<em>Downton&nbsp;Abbey,&nbsp;</em>the National&nbsp;Theatre&nbsp;of London&#39;s HD broadcasts at the Tivoli, and Adele, it seems everything British is hot again.</p><p> Thu, 10 May 2012 13:14:38 +0000 Steve Walker 17386 at http://kcur.org A Pleasant Stay At 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' A Quest For Excellence In 'Jiro Dreams Of Sushi' http://kcur.org/post/quest-excellence-jiro-dreams-sushi <p>"What defines deliciousness?" is the first line of David Gelb's splendid documentary about Jiro Ono, the oldest chef on the planet to be awarded three Michelin Guide stars, the restaurant world's top honor. Whether or not you're seduced by the artfully composed slivers of fish resting atop perfectly cooked rice is immaterial because the movie's less about sushi than a life defined by pursuing excellence.</p> Thu, 05 Apr 2012 15:07:11 +0000 Steve Walker 15256 at http://kcur.org A Quest For Excellence In 'Jiro Dreams Of Sushi' 'Once Upon A Time In Anatolia' An Autopsy Of A Crime http://kcur.org/post/once-upon-time-anatolia-autopsy-crime <p>An American audience spoon-fed on quick-paced television crime dramas may find the Turkish film Once Upon a Time in Anatolia a bit snoozy. But what director Nuri Bilge Ceylan achieves with the powerful and profound film is an honest examination of how people who deal with murder every day cope with the alternately morbid and banal details.</p> Thu, 05 Apr 2012 14:12:38 +0000 Steve Walker 15260 at http://kcur.org 'Once Upon A Time In Anatolia' An Autopsy Of A Crime Harrelson's Dark Side Shines In "Rampart" http://kcur.org/post/harrelsons-dark-side-shines-rampart <p>Rampart, featuring a shattering performance by Woody Harrelson as a messed-up Los Angeles cop with a mean streak and a pitiful capacity for self-harm, is the second Harrelson film to be directed by Oren Moverman (The Messenger brought Harrelson an Oscar nomination in 2011) and his first collaboration with former Kansas Citian James Ellroy. As a single-minded unit, the trio bravely bring to the screen a contemporary film noir bearing the slick sheen of something you wouldn't want to touch but cannot ignore.</p> Fri, 02 Mar 2012 11:30:00 +0000 Steve Walker 12985 at http://kcur.org Harrelson's Dark Side Shines In "Rampart" 'The Women On The 6th Floor' Channels Almodovar Of Yore http://kcur.org/post/women-6th-floor-channels-almodovar-yore <p>Fans of Spanish director Pedro Almodovar either loved his last movie, The Skin I Live In, or found it cold and bereft of the mirth and merriment of most of his previous work. He doesn't have a new film but Phillipe Le Guay does, and The Women on the 6th Floor plays like the farcical Almodovar of yore in a way that's more homage than copycat.</p> Thu, 01 Mar 2012 17:33:52 +0000 Steve Walker 12987 at http://kcur.org 'The Women On The 6th Floor' Channels Almodovar Of Yore 'A Separation' Offers Peek Into Contemporary Iran http://kcur.org/post/separation-offers-peek-contemporary-iran <p>When the Kansas City Film Critics Circle gathered in early January to honor the year in film, only about half the room had seen the Iranian movie A Separation yet it managed to win the group's Best Foreign Film prize. And last weekend, the Academy Award voters agreed with the sentiment that Asghar Faradi's brilliant story-telling deserved the Oscar and offers everything you want in a great movie experience.</p> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 17:16:56 +0000 Steve Walker 12948 at http://kcur.org 'A Separation' Offers Peek Into Contemporary Iran