movie critics http://kcur.org en Movie Critics: Reviews Of March Releases Plus A Look At the Kansas City FilmFest http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-reviews-march-releases-plus-look-kansas-city-filmfest <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From the over-the-top, young-adult heroics of "Divergent"&nbsp;to the eccentric comedy of "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and the intriguing examination of obsession in the documentary "Tim’s </span>Vermeer<em style="line-height: 1.5;">"</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;the offerings over the last month at local movie theaters has certainly been diverse. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:43:39 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton 53354 at http://kcur.org Movie Critics: Reviews Of March Releases Plus A Look At the Kansas City FilmFest Movie Critics: Oscars 2014 http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-oscars-2014 <p></p><p>Best Picture:</p><ul><li>"American Hustle"</li><li>"Captain Phillips"</li><li>"Dallas Buyers Club"</li><li>"Gravity"</li><li>"Her"</li><li>"Nebraska"</li><li>"Philomena"</li><li>"12 Years a Slave"</li><li>"The Wolf of Wall Street"</li></ul><p>Best Supporting Actor:</p><ul><li>Barkhad Abdi, "Captain Phillips"</li><li>Bradley Cooper, "American Hustle"</li><li>Jonah Hill, "The Wolf of Wall Street"</li><li>Michael Fassbender, "12 Years a Slave"</li><li>Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club"</li></ul><p>Best Supporting Actress:</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:24:55 +0000 Christie Garton 51966 at http://kcur.org Movie Critics: Oscars 2014 Movie Critics: What Makes A 'Cult' Film? http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-what-makes-cult-film <p>From <em>The Rocky Horror Picture Show</em> to&nbsp;<em>Monty Python and the Holy Grail</em> to&nbsp;<em>Eraserhead</em>​, cult films seem to last forever.</p><p>But, what exactly is a cult film and what keeps them going? Which ones deserve to live in our memories and up on the big screen?</p><p>On Friday's Central Standard, Russ Simmons is joined by fellow movie critics, Thom Poe and Loey Lockerby&nbsp;to discuss what it takes to become a cult film and chat about the local venues that screen them.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:18:16 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 50576 at http://kcur.org Movie Critics: What Makes A 'Cult' Film? Movie Critics: The Best (And Worst) Movies Of 2013 http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-best-and-worst-movies-2013 <p>This was another record-breaking year at the box office for the film industry and on Friday's Central Standard, the movie critics gather 'round to share what they felt were the best (and worst) movies of 2013.</p><p><strong>The Top Five Films of the Year: &nbsp;</strong></p><p>John Tibbetts:</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 17:26:12 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 49201 at http://kcur.org Movie Critics: The Best (And Worst) Movies Of 2013 Movie Critics: What You Should See Right Now http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-what-you-should-see-right-now <p>The Thanksgiving movie releases have provided us with a cornucopia of cinematic offerings to choose from. Do we have a lot to be thankful for or have we been served up a batch of celluloid turkeys?</p><p>On Friday's Central Standard, Russ Simmons and fellow movie critics, Marie Asner and Tom Poe, check out the current crop from Hollywood and abroad and let you know what's worth your time and money.</p><p>They'll also take a look at what’s right for the family audience and what fare is for adults only.</p><p><strong>Movie Reviews (Out of 5 Stars)</strong></p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:43:19 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 47919 at http://kcur.org Movie Critics: What You Should See Right Now Movie Critics: The Changing Fall Movie Season http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-changing-fall-movie-season <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The fall movie season is upon us, which means more movies aimed at adult audiences and those held back for awards consideration. That&#39;s great news for movie buffs, but is it great news for the theater operators. Will these movies be good enough to draw audiences like the Summer blockbusters?</span></p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 14:55:39 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 45065 at http://kcur.org Movie Critics: The Changing Fall Movie Season Film Critics: Real Life On The Screen http://kcur.org/post/film-critics-real-life-screen <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For more than a century writers and directors have based films on real life events. From the life of Thomas Edison to the battle of Gettysburg — actual events and real-life stories often make the best films.</span></p><p>Friday on Central Standard movie critics Russ Simmons, Loey Lockerby and John Tibbets&nbsp;share reviews of movies out right now, plus they'll discuss how Hollywood handles real-life events. When is making a film too soon after the event? When has Hollywood gotten it right, and when have they gotten it wrong?</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 13:39:55 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton 42075 at http://kcur.org Film Critics: Real Life On The Screen 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: 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 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 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 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: Nice Start, 2012 http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-nice-start-2012 <p>Don&#39;t you think it&#39;s a perfect time of year if you like to go to the movies? There&rsquo;s no holiday shopping to do, no garden to tend, no snow to shovel, and no nice weather to miss. But when it comes to picking what films to see, that&rsquo;s where the Movie Critics come in.</p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 18:59:10 +0000 Andrea Silenzi 11125 at http://kcur.org The Movie Critics: Nice Start, 2012 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