Steve Walker

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 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.

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Up to Date
11:42 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Up To Date's Film Critics' 'Three To See'

"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" - one of Up to Date's Film Critics' "Three to See"

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of May 11-13, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
7:53 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film Reviews

An ensemble of some of England’s finest actors, a satire on contemporary American culture, the latest from the unique mind of filmmaker Guy Maddin, the relationship between the newly elected Pope …and his therapist.

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Film Review
8:14 am
Thu May 10, 2012

A Pleasant Stay At 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

Judi Dench on passage to India in "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"

On the heels of Downton Abbey, the National Theatre of London's HD broadcasts at the Tivoli, and Adele, it seems everything British is hot again.

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Up to Date
11:44 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Up To Date's Film Critics' "Three To See"

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of May 4-6, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.You can click on the highlighted links for Steve Walker's film reviews.

Cynthia Haines: A Separation, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Film
11:08 am
Thu May 3, 2012

'We Have a Pope' - But Not Just Yet

Nanni Moretti in session with Michel Piccoli's reluctant Pope

Nanni Moretti's new film We Have a Pope opens inside the Vatican, where Catholic church officials from all corners of the globe are gathered to select a new pope. At first, the proceeding is solemn and serious, as one imagines such an event would be.

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Up to Date
11:00 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Up To Date's Film Critics' 'Three To See'

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of April 27-29, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Film
5:00 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Passions Emerge From 'The Deep Blue Sea'

Tom Hiddleston & Rachel Weisz in "The Deep Blue Sea"

In the opening scene of  Terence Davies' new film The Deep Blue Sea, Oscar-winning actress Rachel Weisz is a mass of contradictions. 

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The Theater
5:00 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Man-Eating Plant Rocks KC Rep's 'Little Shop of Horrors'

Joseph Medeiros as Seymour.
Don Ipock Courtesy of Kansas City Rep

When first introduced in 1960, Little Shop of Horrors was a cheesy, low-budget movie about a meek floral shop apprentice who accidentally cultivates a man-eating plant.

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Up to Date
11:44 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Up To Date's Film Critics' "Three To See"

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of April 20-22, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
9:27 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film Reviews

Looking for a great film to see this weekend?  How about one that will make you laugh, cry, and yes, think?

Then look further than Friday's Up to Date, as independent, foreign and documentary film critics Cynthia Haines, Steve Walker and Bob Butler return to review the best films showing in area theaters.

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The Theater
9:55 am
Wed April 18, 2012

'Sweeney Todd' Brings Don Richard Back To Kansas City

Don Richard plays "Sweeney Todd"
Sharon Harter

With actor Don Richard's return to Kansas City in the starring role of Sweeney Todd, he's making a nostalgic visit back to the city where his career first took off.

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Up to Date
2:47 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Up To Date's Film Critics' 'Three To See'

Thomas Doret plays Cyril in “The Kid With a Bike.’’
Sundance Selects

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of April 13-15, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Film
8:40 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Taking Care Of 'The Kid With A Bike'

Jeremie Renier and Thomas Doret in "The Kid with a Bike"

There have been many classic foreign films about scrappy kids left to their own devices, from Francois Truffaut's The 400 Blows to Hector Babenco's Pixote.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Up To Date's Film Critics' 'Three To See'

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of April 6-8, 2012?

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Film Review
10:07 am
Thu April 5, 2012

A Quest For Excellence In 'Jiro Dreams Of Sushi'

Chef Jiro Ono surrounded by his art.

"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.

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Film Review
9:12 am
Thu April 5, 2012

'Once Upon A Time In Anatolia' An Autopsy Of A Crime

Scene of the crime in "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

 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.

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Performance
7:52 am
Wed April 4, 2012

David Henry Hwang Honored At 2012 Inge Festival

Inge Theater Festival honoree David Henry Hwang
Lia Chang

 The four-day William Inge Theatre Festival in Independence, Kansas includes dozens of plays, readings and workshops, and concludes with a salute to a particular playwright or composer.  

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Up to Date
11:29 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Up To Date's Film Critics' "Three To See"

A scene from the film "In Darkness."

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of March 30-April 1, 2012?

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Film Review
9:10 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Families' Bitter Feud Feeds 'The Forgiveness of Blood'

Albanian brothers confined to their home in "The Forgiveness of Blood"
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In a village in modern Albania, the tough life of a poor family gets significantly tougher in The Forgiveness of Blood, a fascinating and moving new film from Joshua Marston, the American-born director of Maria Full of Grace.

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Up to Date
3:52 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Up to Date's Film Critics' "Three To See"

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of March 23-25, 2012?

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Film Review
9:00 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Going Underground 'In Darkness'

Finding the light of day in "In Darkness"

Though director Agnieszka Holland has been working a lot in America on such acclaimed HBO series as Treme and The Wire, she's very comfortable making movies about World War II.

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Film Review
1:19 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

'We Need To Talk About Kevin' A Modern Horror Story

Tilda Swinton tests a mother's courage in "...Kevin."

In the opening scene of We Need to Talk About Kevin,  Lynne Ramsay's film about the aftermath of a mass murder at a high school, people are sensually writhing in what looks like pulpy blood.

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The Theater
5:00 am
Wed March 21, 2012

'Bus Stop' Staged In Lee's Summit Eatery

Jennifer Davis & Jon Pierson face off in "Bus Stop"
Steve Walker KCUR

It's been a decade since the Lee's Summit area has had its own community theater. A new company, called Summit Theatre Group, marks its debut with Bus Stop, the William Inge play set in a snowed-in roadhouse diner. 

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Film Review
1:55 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Son's Illness Provokes A 'Declaration Of War'

Valerie Donzelli and Jeremie Elkaim as parents at war.

In the fresh and edgy new French film Declaration of War, young parents become consumed with the fear that their son's constant shrieking and wobbly, delayed steps signify something frightening.

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Theater/Performance
3:54 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Actor Jim Korinke Plays Against Type - And Gender

Actor Jim Korinke as Lady Bracknell in "The Importance of Being Earnest."
courtesy of American Heartland Theatre

At one point or another, most theater troupes buck tradition by employing the concept of non-traditional casting - that is, hiring actors to play roles written for a different age, gender or race. One example coming to Broadway in April is a version of "A Streetcar Named Desire" with an African-American cast. Playing with gender can be tricky, but American Heartland Theatre's current production of an Oscar Wilde classic features as the female lead the male actor Jim Korinke.

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Film Fest
8:30 am
Mon March 5, 2012

True/False Film Festival Explores Art And Artifice

Rise and fall of the American dream in "The Queen of Versailles."

The power of art and the fallibility of artifice met head on at this weekend's 9th annual True/False documentary film festival in Columbia, Missouri.

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Film Review
5:30 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Harrelson's Dark Side Shines In "Rampart"

Woody Harrelson's mean streaks in "Rampart."

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.

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Film Review
11:33 am
Thu March 1, 2012

'The Women On The 6th Floor' Channels Almodovar Of Yore

Maids to order in "The Women on the 6th Floor"

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.

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Film Review
11:16 am
Wed February 29, 2012

'A Separation' Offers Peek Into Contemporary Iran

An Iranian couple plead their case for "A Separation."

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.

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Up to Date
9:11 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Up to Date's Film Critics' "Three To See"

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of February 24-26, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

You can click on the highlighted links for Steve Walker's reviews.

Cynthia Haines: Pina, Oscar-Nominated Shorts, The Iron Lady

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