Russ Simmons http://kcur.org en Movie Critics: Special Effects http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-special-effects <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Current movie hits like “Pacific Rim” and “Despicable Me 2” are loaded with computer generated imagery (CGI).</span></p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 15:09:49 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 40489 at http://kcur.org Movie Critics: Special Effects 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: What Are The Best Movies Out Right Now? http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-what-are-best-movies-out-right-now <p>Movie Critics Russ Simmons, Marie Asner and Thom Poe gather round during KCUR's spring pledge drive to discuss the best and worst of the recent film releases.&nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 22:29:22 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton 35823 at http://kcur.org Movie Critics: What Are The Best Movies Out Right Now? Movie Critics: Book Adaptations http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-book-adaptations <p>The “Twilight” series was a big hit both on the bestseller list and on the big screen. Now, Stephanie Myer has another adaptation hitting area theaters, “The Host.” Other versions of famous books, “Oz, the Great and Powerful” and “On the Road” are currently at the movies, too.&nbsp;&nbsp; On Central Standard Friday, <strong>Russ Simmons</strong>, <strong>Loey Lockerby</strong>, and <strong>Eric Melin</strong> take a look at the newest films and explore the world of book adaptations.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 22:45:49 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton 34314 at http://kcur.org Movie Critics: Book Adaptations Your Memories of Walt Bodine http://kcur.org/post/your-memories-walt-bodine <p>Walt Bodine, legendary Kansas City broadcaster and icon of the city, died Sunday at the age of 92. To celebrate the life and career of Bodine, Central Standard invites his fans, friends and colleagues to call in and share their memories of former Walt Bodine Show host both on and off the air.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Bill Anderson & Matthew Long-Middleton 34094 at http://kcur.org Your Memories of Walt Bodine Movie Critics: A Look At The Oscars http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-look-oscars <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>85th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> annual Academy Awards are now history. Hollywood’s most glamorous event was yet another extravaganza of self-congratulation. We take a look at favorites slighted and just rewards </span>reaped.&nbsp; <span style="line-height: 1.5;">And we discuss the significance of Seth </span>MacFarlane<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> performance as host.&nbsp; Movie critics <strong>Russ Simmons</strong>, <strong>Marie </strong></span><strong>Asner</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and <strong>John </strong></span><strong>Tibbots</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong> </strong>take us through the Oscars and this moth's latest releases.</span></p><p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 21:24:21 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton 32818 at http://kcur.org Movie Critics: A Look At The Oscars Best & Worst Movies Of 2012 http://kcur.org/post/best-worst-movies-2012 <p>Was <em>Les Miserables</em> miserable?&nbsp; Was <em>Jack Reacher</em> a reach?&nbsp; Should anyone have taken <em>The Guilt Trip</em>?<em>&nbsp; </em>These answers and more, on this week's edition of <strong>Central Standard Friday</strong>.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 22:41:36 +0000 Jeffrey Harvey & Russ Simmons 29966 at http://kcur.org Best & Worst Movies Of 2012 Movie Critics: Best Films Of 2012 http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-best-films-2012 <p>Join <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard-friday" target="_blank">Central Standard Friday</a> as our movie critics <strong>Russ Simmons</strong> of <a href="http://www.kkfi.org" target="_blank">KKFI</a> and <a href="http://www.fox4kc.com" target="_blank">Fox 4 News</a>, <b>Marie Asner</b> of <a href="http://www.metrovoicenews.com/" target="_blank">Metro Voice</a>, <a href="http://www.onairprep.com/" target="_blank">On Air Prep </a>&amp; <a href="http://www.phantomtollbooth.org/" target="_blank">Phantom </a><a href="http://www.phantomtollbooth.org/" target="_blank">Tollbooth</a>, and<strong> John Tibbets</strong>, <a href="http://www.johnctibbetts.com/" target="_blank">Associate Professor of Theater and Film at KU</a>, discuss the recent releases and look for your feelings about what have been the best movies and performances of 2012.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 00:48:14 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton 28649 at http://kcur.org Movie Critics: Best Films Of 2012 Movie Critics: Fall Flicks http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-fall-flicks <p>Join the Movie Critics for a look at new releases in theaters near you, including <em>Looper, ARGO </em>and <em>End of Watch.</em></p><p>This week for <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/central-standard-friday" target="_blank"><em>Central Standard Friday,</em></a> we've got host <b>Russ Simmons</b> of <a href="http://www.kkfi.org/" target="_blank">KKFI</a>, <a href="http://www.fox4kc.com/about/station/newsteam/wdaf-russ-simmons-bio,0,5981562.story" target="_blank">Fox 4 News</a>, <strong>Eric Melin</strong><em> </em>of <a href="http://www.lawrence.com/">Lawrence.com</a> and <a href="http://www.scene-stealers.com/" target="_blank">Scene-Stealers.com</a> and <strong>John Tibbetts</strong>, <a href="http://www.johnctibbetts.com/" target="_blank">Associate Professor of Theater and Film at KU</a>.</p><p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 21:29:04 +0000 Tomeka Weatherspoon & Russ Simmons 25860 at http://kcur.org Movie Critics: Fall Flicks Movie Critics: Lawless, Not Flawless http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-lawless-not-flawless <p>On this week's <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/waltbodineshow"> <em>Central Standard Friday</em></a>, join host Russ Simmons and the Movie Critics for a look at what's new in a theater near you, including <em>Lawless, The Bachelorette, Cosmopolis</em> and <em>The Words</em>.</p><p>Plus, our critics discuss the re-release of <em>Finding Nemo 3D</em>. Is it worth seeing again?</p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 13:16:01 +0000 Tomeka Weatherspoon & Russ Simmons 24461 at http://kcur.org Movie Critics: Lawless, Not Flawless Movie Critics: Films For 50+ http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-films-50 <p>For this week's <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/waltbodineshow"> <em>Central Standard Friday </em></a>join host Russ Simmons and the Movie Critics for a look at what's new in a theater near you, including <em>The Bourne Legacy, Hope Springs </em>and <em>The Campaign.</em> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 14:00:50 +0000 Andrea Silenzi & Russ Simmons 22986 at http://kcur.org Movie Critics: Films For 50+ Movie Critics: The Acceptable Spiderman http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-acceptable-spiderman <p>For this week&#39;s <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/waltbodineshow"> <em>Central Standard Friday</em></a>, join host Russ Simmons and the Movie Critics for a look at what&#39;s new in a theater near you, including <em>The Amazing Spiderman, </em><em>Moonrise Kingdom, Ice Age: Continental Drift </em>and <em>Ted.</em> Also, in light of<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/07/20/157090121/real-life-horror-many-killed-dozens-wounded-at-colorado-movie-theater"> the Aurora, Colorado tragedy</a>, our critics will discuss how the news has changed the way they understand <em>The Dark Knight Rises.</em></p><p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 14:56:28 +0000 Andrea Silenzi & Russ Simmons 21361 at http://kcur.org Movie Critics: The Acceptable Spiderman Movie Critics: Get Thee To A Chilly Theater http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-get-thee-chilly-theater <p>For this week&#39;s <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/waltbodineshow"> <em>Central Standard Friday </em></a>join host Russ Simmons and the Movie Critics for a look at what&#39;s new in a theater near you, including <em>Prometheus, Brave, The Intouchables </em>and <em>Rock of Ages.</em></p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 21:01:14 +0000 Andrea Silenzi 19800 at http://kcur.org Movie Critics: Get Thee To A Chilly Theater Movie Critics: Summer Blockbusters http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-summer-blockbusters <p>For this week&#39;s <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/waltbodineshow"> <em><strong>Central Standard Friday </strong></em></a>join host <strong>Russ Simmons</strong> and the <strong>Movie Critics</strong> for a look at what&#39;s new in a theater near you, including <em>Dark Shadows</em>, <em>The Dictator</em> and <em>Men in Black 3. </em></p><p> Thu, 24 May 2012 21:06:36 +0000 Charlie Upchurch & Andrea Silenzi 18264 at http://kcur.org Movie Critics: Summer Blockbusters Movie Critics: Avengers, Summer Blockbusters http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-avengers-summer-blockbusters <p>In this hour of<a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/waltbodineshow"> <em><strong>Central Standard Friday</strong></em></a>, join host <strong>Russ Simmons</strong><span style="font-weight: bold;"> </span>and the <strong>Movie Critics</strong> for a look at what&#39;s new in the box office, including <em>Marvel&#39;s The Avengers</em>.</p><p> Fri, 04 May 2012 14:25:56 +0000 Andrea Silenzi 17099 at http://kcur.org Movie Critics: Avengers, Summer Blockbusters The Last Walt Bodine Show http://kcur.org/post/last-walt-bodine-show-0 <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Thank you all for joining KCUR this Friday morning at 10 a.m. for the very last <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/walt-bodine-show"><em>Walt Bodine Show</em></a>, and showing such outstanding support for Walt, and his contributions to local journalism.</p><p>Walt was join for the hour by his friends <strong>Monroe Dodd</strong>, <strong>Charles Ferruzza</strong> and <strong>Russ Simmons</strong>. The three have known Walt over the years as regular guests and co-hosts, and will talk with Walt today about his influence in Kansas City.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 18:48:58 +0000 Andrea Silenzi 16718 at http://kcur.org The Last Walt Bodine Show Movie Critics: What's New in Theaters, KC FilmFest http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-whats-new-theaters-kc-filmfest <p>On this Friday&#39;s<a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/waltbodineshow"> <em><strong>Walt Bodine Show</strong></em></a>, co-host <strong>Russ Simmons</strong> and the <strong>Movie Critics</strong> take a look at what&#39;s new in the box office, including a few highlights from <a href="http://2012.kcfilmfest.org/"><strong>Kansas City FilmFest</strong></a>.</p><p> Thu, 12 Apr 2012 22:01:52 +0000 Andrea Silenzi 15885 at http://kcur.org Movie Critics: What's New in Theaters, KC FilmFest Movie Critics: New Releases, Hunger Games http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-new-releases-hunger-games <p>On this Friday&#39;s<a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/waltbodineshow"> <em><strong>Walt Bodine Show</strong></em></a>, co-host <strong>Russ Simmons</strong> and the <strong>Movie Critics</strong> will review recent movie releases, including <em>John Carter, Jeff Who Lives At Home, 21 Jump Street, The Hunger Games, </em>and <em>We Need To Talk About Kevin.</em></p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 21:11:25 +0000 Andrea Silenzi 14681 at http://kcur.org Movie Critics: New Releases, Hunger Games Movie Critics: Academy Awards Recap, New Releases http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-academy-awards-recap-new-releases <p>On this Friday&#39;s<a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/waltbodineshow"> <em><strong>Walt Bodine Show</strong></em></a>, co-host <strong>Russ Simmons</strong> and the <strong>Movie Critics</strong> will review the results of this year&rsquo;s Academy Awards. Plus, reviews of recent movie releases, including <em>Wanderlust, Act of Valor, </em>and <em>A Separation</em>.</p><p> Fri, 02 Mar 2012 15:42:11 +0000 Andrea Silenzi 13524 at http://kcur.org Movie Critics: Academy Awards Recap, New Releases The Movie Critics: Academy Awards Predictions http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-academy-awards-predictions <p>On this Friday's Walt Bodine Show, co-host Russ Simmons and the Movie Critics will take a look at recent movie releases, including A Dangerous Method, The Grey, Big Miracle, and Star Wars Episode 1 3-D. Plus, their thoughts on why there are only 9 nominees for this year's Best Picture Oscar at the Academy Awards, and predictions for which films could take Best Picture.</p> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 18:51:10 +0000 Andrea Silenzi 12306 at http://kcur.org The Movie Critics: Academy Awards Predictions The Movie Critics: Best Films of 2011 http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-best-films-2011 <p>On the<a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/waltbodineshow"> <em><strong>Walt Bodine Show </strong></em></a>Friday, co-host <strong>Russ Simmons</strong> and the Movie Critics will take a look at recent movie releases, including<em> </em><em>The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo</em>,<em> We Bought a Zoo</em>, and <em>War Horse</em><i>. </i>Plus, we&#39;ll hear our critics favorite films of 2011.</p><p><strong>TELL US:</strong><br />What&#39;s been your favorite film of 2011?</p> Thu, 29 Dec 2011 21:54:08 +0000 Andrea Silenzi 9875 at http://kcur.org The Movie Critics: Best Films of 2011 The Movie Critics: What's New in Theaters http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-whats-new-theaters <p><font face="Verdana" size="2"><font size="2"><font face="Verdana">Russ Simmons and the Movie Critics join <b>Walt Bodine</b> for a look at recent movie releases, including<em> </em></font></font></font><em>The Decedents,</em> <em>The Muppets</em> and <em>New Year&#39;s Eve</em><font face="Verdana" size="2"><font size="2"><font face="Verdana"><i>. </i>Plus, we want to know what new releases you&#39;re hoping to see before the year ends.</font></font></font></p> Fri, 09 Dec 2011 01:00:00 +0000 Walt Bodine & Tomeka Weatherspoon 8612 at http://kcur.org The Movie Critics: What's New in Theaters