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Just days after the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Kansas City’s Out Here Now LGBT Film Festival screened two documentaries, Against Hate and An Act of Love, focusing on battling hate speech, homophobia and crimes targeting the LGBT community and their families.

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What does it take for Thomas Wolfe to achieve greatness? Up to Date’s indie, foreign and documentary film critic Steve Walker selected a biopic that helps break the mystery of his phenomenal writing. Dive in to one of these flicks while they're still on area screens.

Genius, PG-13

In 1977, Roots became one of the most-watched TV miniseries of all time. Based on Alex Haley's book about his family's story, from enslavement to liberation, it won a multitude of awards and exposed Americans to the horrors of slavery.

The recent remake of Roots enters into a more complex and nuanced culture of racial representation. We explore the new version, its place in American culture ... and if we needed a remake of such an iconic series.

Guests:

“First crushes are enduring" but celebrity crushes bring “a whole new level of potency" says Dave Singleton, co-author of Crush: Writers Reflect on Love, Longing and the Lasting Power of Their First Celebrity Crush. Up to Date host Steve Kraske, along with KCUR staffers and listeners reveal their celebrity crushes and learn why they endure.

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It's not just temperatures that are rising this weekend. From a controversial examination of the connections (or lack thereof) between vaccines and autism, to the absurdist drama of adults finding a mate before they literally turn into animals, Up To Date's indie, foreign, and documentary film critic Steve Walker's suggestions will get a rise out of viewers, too.

Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe, Unrated

Dumpster-diving for materials was done out of necessity when sculptor Tom Sachs first started, but now he does it by choice. It's just one way the bricolage specialist turns almost anything into art, avoiding perfection in the process. After all, "the only advantage an artist has over industry is her fingerprints," he says.

It's a Weiner and a lobster with a splash. We're not talking culinary delights here but if you're thinking of taking in a movie after dinner this weekend then here are this week's picks from Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critic Steve Walker.

Weiner, R

  • Painfully intimate documentary about how Anthony Weiner's sexual self-destructiveness sabotaged his 2013 NYC mayoral campaign. 

The Lobster, R

Sundance Insistute

This long holiday weekend is the perfect opportunity to go see one of these flicks, recommended by Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critic Steve Walker. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll hopefully avoid getting caught in an unpredictable downpour.

Love & Friendship, PG

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Get in line for your Junior Mints and bag of popcorn, then sit back and enjoy this week's indie, foreign and documentary film recommendations.

Steve Walker

The Man Who Knew Infinity, PG-13

  • This is a flawed, but moving biopic of an impoverished genius mathematician from India who rises through the ranks at Trinity College.

Eye in the Sky, R

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From fairy tale beasts in a mythical land to Napoleon's ghost wandering the halls of the Louvre during World War II, this week's recommendations from Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics provide a great weekend escape. Dive in to one of these flicks while they're still on area screens.

Cynthia Haines

Francofonia, not rated

Up To Date's film critics review the latest independent, foreign and documentary movies showing in area theaters.

Here's a list of the films included in the program:

  • The Man Who Knew Infinity
  • High Rise
  • Rio, I Love You
  • Men & Chicken
  • Tale of Tales
  • Sing Street
  • Francofonia
  • First Monday in May
  • Papa: Hemingway in Cuba
  • Miles Ahead
  • Hologram for the King

Ernest Hemingway honed his writing style as a cub reporter in Kansas City, however, his later years were spent in Cuba. We look at a new movie about that period in Hemingway's life and whether a new generation of readers is finding its way to his works.

Guests:

  • Bob Yari, director of Papa Hemingway in Cuba, the first U.S. film shot entirely in Cuba since 1959.
  • Mariel Hemingway, granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway.
  • Steve Paul is a Hemingway scholar
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The weekend weather report's in... RAIN. So, go ahead and duck into your favorite cinema to indulge in a film fest of your very own. Up To Date's indie, foreign, and documentary film critics share their week's recommendations.

Cynthia Haines

The First Monday in May, PG-13

Sony Pictures Classics

Thank goodness the weekend's finally here! Up To Date's indie, foreign, and documentary film critics are back, too, with this week's recommendations.

Cynthia Haines

Marguerite, R

  • A secretly-snickering audience pushes an off-pitch performer out of her personal bubble and into the limelight.

Miles Ahead, R

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At the end of a long week, it's easy to feel run down. Try to take some comfort in knowing you're not alone. Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have recommendations featuring brilliant but addled and hard-headed (or just plain delusional) leads dealing with some issues of their own.

Cynthia Haines

The Adderall Diaries, R

Up To Date's film critics review the latest independent, foreign and documentary movies showing in area theaters.

Here's a list of the films included in the program:

  • Marguerite
  • Krisha
  • Midnight Special
  • Demolition
  • Baskin
  • King Georges
  • I Saw the Light
  • City of Gold
  • Eye in the Sky
  • Hello, My Name is Doris
  • Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict
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The Kansas City FilmFest starts April 13, so it's time to bone up on the latest flicks. Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics recommend these movies to get you started.

Cynthia Haines

Marguerite, R

  • A secretly-snickering audience pushes an off-pitch performer out of her personal bubble and into the limelight.

King Georges, unrated

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The spring assignment for a small class of Kansas City Art Institute students: Spend six weeks making art about Brush Creek. The results: 19 experimental video documentaries — none longer than five minutes — screen on Tuesday night.

Most of the 19 students in the Mapping Brush Creek workshop had never made videos until they took his class, says Steve Snell, an assistant professor in the Art Institute's freshman foundations program.

A Kansas City-based filmmaker talks short films, mothers-in-law and wanting to knock an obnoxious guy's chair over at a picnic. Her most recent short film, I Was a Teenage Girl, Apparently, is making its local premiere

Guest:

  • Lynn Elliot, filmmaker 
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The cool and cloudy weather this weekend makes for a perfect excuse to hole-up in a theater and take in a film. Steer clear of the long lines for Superman v Batman and check out these recommendations from the Up To Date film critics.

Cynthia Haines

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict, Not Rated

The Lady in the Van, PG-13

Spotlight, R

Steve Walker

The Lady in the Van

Submarine Deluxe

Just when you thought it was safe to go out and enjoy the warm weather this weekend, the temperatures are set to take a dive. So ward off the chill  at a neighborhood theater showing one of these films recommended by the Up to Date film critics.

Cynthia Haines

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict, Not Rated

Embrace of the Serpent, Not Rated

Lady in the Van, PG-13

Steve Walker

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict

Up To Date's film critics review the latest independent, foreign and documentary movies showing in area theaters.

Here's a list of films discussed during the show:

  • Hitchcock/Truffaut
  • Rolling Papers
  • Embrace of the Serpent
  • The Boy and The Beast
  • The Witch
  • Triple 9
  • Lady in the Van
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Awards season is over, which means there's a fresh crop of independent, foreign and documentary films for you to take in this weekend.  With pollen counts so high, who wants to go outside anyway? Whether you're looking for something creepy or something sweet, Up To Date's film critics have a suggestion for you. 

Cynthia Haines

Hitchcock/Truffaut, PG-13

Remembering Fred Andrews, who helped build Kansas City's filmmaking community.

Guests:

Feeling the need to cram before the Oscars are presented this Sunday? Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics suggest a few nominees to get you caught up.

Cynthia Haines

Mustang, PG-13

  • After innocently playing with boys on a beach, five orphan girls, their scandalized guardians confine them and arrange forced marriages.

45 Years, R

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Pretty in Pink, the classic John Hughes film, turns 30 this Sunday. We talk about class differences, high school culture, the mystique of the record store ... and prom (of course).

Guests:

Al Pitzner

Kansas City Mayor Sly James established Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, as "Fred Andrews Day" to honor Andrews's 20-year commitment to the city's film community. 

But as friends gathered to celebrate, Fred Andrews was not there. He died on Wednesday after a six-year struggle with cancer.

In 1996, Andrews had an idea for a film festival. And the following year, he made it happen on the campus of University of Missouri-Kansas City — in collaboration with other area universities, the Independent Filmmakers Coalition, and the Film Society of Kansas City — on a shoestring budget. 

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A proposal for tax incentives to bring production of films, television series episodes and major TV commercials to Kansas City cleared a City Council committee Wednesday.

The details of the plan have been in the making for several months at the Film and Media Office of the city's Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Development chair Scott Taylor told the Finance Committee that Kansas City is losing talent and production contracts to cities that offer the incentives. A particularly frustrating case, he said was losing a movie set in Kansas City to Atlanta.

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A proposal that would give rebates to film and television companies for working in Kansas City, Missouri goes to a City Council committee for consideration on Wednesday.

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On a Monday night, Main Street in Lyons, Nebraska, is closed — for a movie, according to signs on the barricades. A crowd has gathered on the brick pavement. Suddenly, what appears to be an empty storefront begins to move. People watch with anticipation as the facade leans forward, lowering toward the street.

After the façade comes down, a stand of bleacher seats slides forward from the empty building, creating outdoor seating for 80 people. Lyons’ Storefront Theater has become a reality. The crowd claps and cheers.

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