Steve Walker

Freelance Arts Reporter

Since 1998, Steve Walker has contributed stories and interviews about theater, visual arts, and music as an arts reporter at KCUR. He's also one of Up to Date's regular trio of critics who discuss the latest in art, independent and documentary films playing on area screens. 

In addition, Walker has taught creative writing and film criticism classes at the Kansas City Art Institute and currently teaches at the University of Kansas. His writing has appeared nationally in The Sondheim Review, The Advocate and Theater Week, and locally in The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Business Journal, Ingram's, The Pitch and Review.

IFC Films

City planning flare-ups, folk-rock, and a poetry biopic ... if these aren't movie topics appropriate for a public radio audience, nothing is. This weekend's recommendations from Up To Date's independent, foreign and documentary film critics will give you the chance to revel in your nerdy-ness, and learn a little history in the process. We'd be lying if we claimed to be too cool for some popcorn and a well-crafted flick that features zero actual explosions.

Steve Walker

Well Go USA Entertainment

Chocolates and flowers are gifts you could give for Mother's Day. But how about a gift you should give? Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics suggest one of these movies for a date night with Mom (dinner plans not included).

Steve Walker

Hounds of Love, Not rated

Aidan Monaghan / LCOZ Holdings, LLC

Rest easy: You don't have to traverse the dense jungle of the Amazon to discover something worth watching this weekend. Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have already surveyed the untamed wilderness of the movie industry, and have emerged with recommendations you can watch from the comfort of your friendly local theater.

Cynthia Haines

Frantz, PG-13

Protagonist Pictures

What better way to spend a dreary weekend than taking in a few good movies at your local independent theater? If you have a hard time making up your mind, let Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics help out with their latest recommendations. They'll ensure your hair stays dry, but maybe not your eyes.

Steve Walker

Graduation, R

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Steve Walker

Cézanne et Moi​, R

  • Director Daniele Thompson's sumptuous account of the lifelong bromance between artist Paul Cezanne and writer Emile Zola adroitly captures the self-doubt and self-importance that shaped their artistic temperaments.

David Lynch: The Art Life, Not Rated

Kyle Espeleta / The Orchard

After your Easter plans for this weekend are done, gather the extended family together for some movie-binging. Up To Date's indie, foreign, and documentary film critics have recommendations for the whole clan — even that one weird cousin. (You know who we're talking about!) Pro tip: Use the spoils from the Easter egg hunt to save yourself some cash on candy at the theater.

Steve Walker

Tommy's Honour, PG

Toronto International Film Festival

With the Kansas City FilmFest going on this weekend, there's no shortage of great cinema to take in (not to mention the New York Dog Film Festival and Pooch Party). For those of us not lucky enough to get tickets to that event, though, Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a few recommendations that can fill the festival void.

Mongrel Media

While certain Missouri and K-State backers may have felt a little schadenfreude last weekend, fans of KU basketball had a tougher time, as the team lost to Oregon in an Elite Eight game in Kansas City's Sprint Center. Thanks to Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics, downtrodden Jayhawks fans have something other than the ongoing NCAA basketball tournament to watch this weekend, though their recommendations may not elicit any less emotion.

Steve Walker

Film Sience, and XYZ Films

This weekend's recommendations will have you tapping into a multitude of emotions. Up To Date's indie, foreign, and documentary film critics are presenting educational and historical documentaries, melancholic dramas, and some very quirky — and at times very dark — comedies. 

Steve Walker

The Last Word, R

www.kedifilm.com

For the upcoming weekend, Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics Steve Walker and Bob Butler, are in agreement about their movie recommendations. The picks are sure to appeal to ardent admirers of documentaries and drama. 

Kedi, Unrated

The documentary about the stray cats of Istanbul, Turkey demonstrates -- in vignettes both moving, and yes, even to a dog person, adorable -- why the city's residents feel like they are "on the same frequency" as their beloved felines.

Toronto International Film Festival

It looks like Kansas City is in for another unseasonably warm weekend, which is great for outdoorsy-types and bugs. For those of us who shun the sun, Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critic Steve Walker has some movie recommendations that will please anyone, from action-loving misanthropes to historically-minded hermits. These flicks may not be in theaters for much longer, so catch them while you still can!

The Salesman, PG-13

Daphne Matziaraki

This weekend is your last chance to see this year's Academy Award-nominated movies before the prizes are given out on Sunday evening, and Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics recommend you start with the shorts. In case your Oscar-fatigue is already setting in, there's a zombie flick for the thinking man mixed into the bunch, and an animated film (that's not for just kids) from a celebrated Japanese company, Studio Ghibli.

Sony Pictures Classics

Whether you're looking for just a few minutes of entertainment or a few hours, Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have you covered. Their recommendations for this weekend will get you caught up on all the short films in contention for an Academy Award, and then some. 

Cynthia Haines

2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animated

Pixar

If you're wanting to get a jump on Valentine's Day  with a special someone this weekend, look no further. These recommendations from Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics could be a great date. They also have a few special recommendations  you can check out just in time for the Oscars.

Steve Walker

2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action, Not rated

Sony Pictures Classics

Plenty of people will be tuning in to a certain "big game" on Sunday but, for those looking for something off the beaten path, these recommendations from Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics could be just the ticket. There may be fewer cheerleaders and a lot less Lady Gaga, but on the bright side, there are fewer cheerleaders and a lot less Lady Gaga.

A24 Films

Academy Award nominations for this year were announced on Tuesday, so there's no better time to catch the selected movies you may have missed. This weekend's round of recommendations from Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics include movies nominated for best picture, best actor, best actress and plenty more. The clock is ticking: Cinephiles have just under a month before the Oscars are awarded on Sunday, February 26!

Sony Pictures Classics

Most of the Kansas City region will be experiencing treacherous travel conditions from Friday afternoon through Sunday, so we wouldn't blame you for wanting to stay snuggled on the couch.

Pablo Larrain / Twentieth Century Fox

Free samples are awesome, face tattoos should be avoided at all costs, and puppies

Paramount Pictures

Many of us opt for a movie during the holiday weekend and Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics agree on all three of this week's recommendations.

Manchester by the Sea, R

  • A poignant drama starring Casey Affleck, who plays down-and-out janitor Lee. His life is changed when his brother dies and Lee takes over as guardian for his teenage nephew.

Jackie, R

Atlas Films

Sorry to remind you, but Christmas is next weekend and New Year's Day is the weekend after that! Your time to see the best films of 2016 is quickly running out. Get a start on the list by heading to your local cinema and checking out one (or a few) of this weekend's recommendations from Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics.

Amazon Studios

Mother Nature spoiled us with a warm November, but Old Man Winter is making us pay this week! Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have suggestions on what to watch that will make you brave the cold winds to reach the comfort of a movie theater. 

Cynthia Haines

Moonlight, R

  • The story of a young black man struggling to find and accept himself while growing up in a rough neighborhood in Miami.

Manchester by the Sea, R

Sony Picture Classics

This time of the year can be heavy with tradition, but don't let yourself get stuck in the past. This weekend, Up To Date's indie, foreign, and documentary film critics are endorsing several movies that could embolden you to break from the familiar and find your own way in life. During the holiday shopping frenzy, make time to be inspired. Stop by your local theater for a flick with a friend.

Cynthia Haines

Eagle Huntress, G

Focus Features

Looking for a way to reward yourself for getting out there and snagging some great deals on Black Friday, or  just wanting to avoid the crush of shoppers altogether?  Then get to an area theater and see one (or more) of the movies recommended by Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics. 

Cynthia Haines

Moonlight, R

Moho Film and Yong Film

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Whether you're looking for a break from grocery shopping, baking, or ornery relatives, Up To Date has the solution; our indie, foreign and documentary film critics are back with movie recommendations for the weekend. Check them out while they're still showing on area screens.

Cynthia Haines

Moonlight, R

A24 Films

It has been a long week for a lot of reasons. If you are looking for a little respite and relief, check out this weekend's recommendations from the Up To Date indie, foreign and documentary film critics before they are no longer available on area big-screens. 

Cynthia Haines

Moonlight, R

  • The story of a young black man struggling to find, and accept, himself while growing up in a rough neighborhood in Miami.

A Man Called Ove, PG-13

Byron Newman / Amazon Studios / Magnolia Pictures

No one will blame you for tuning out the presidential campaign and looking for a way to avoid election stress disorder while waiting for November 8th to blow over. In fact, Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics' latest recommendations are essentially a prescription for a weekend full of music, movies and popcorn.

Laurie Sparham

Ghosts and ghouls haunting your mood, or is it just candy that's giving you a stomach ache? Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have you covered either way. You can avoid the Halloween frights by dimming the lights and catching a not-so-spooky movie. This weekend's recommendations are guaranteed to be completely free of witches and warlocks.

Cynthia Haines

A Man Called Ove, PG-13

Music Box Films

Nobody can stay on top of the world forever, and there's nothing like a well-timed helping hand when you're feeling a little down. This weekend's recommendations from Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics prove it's not just animals that sometimes require a rescue. Whether it's a lonesome neighbor or a long-lost schoolmate — all the lonely people — grab a friend and get to an area theater before these films are gone from screens for good.

Cynthia Haines

Jacob Blickenstaff

Millions of people will tune their TVs to the second presidential debate this Sunday, but maybe you're looking for something on the big screen instead. If so, check out this weekend's non-political movie recommendations from Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics. 

Steve Walker

Mia Madre, R

Magnolia Pictures

If the excitement of the first presidential debate left you with a little drama fix you need to itch, Up to Date has your prescription. This week, our film critics return to bring you the latest indie, foreign and documentary films showing on local screens. 

Robert Butler

Hell or High Water, R

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