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9:31 am
Fri January 7, 2011

Movie Critics: January Edition

Walt Bodine and the Movie Critics return with their reviews of recent releases plus a look back at the best movies of 2010.

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Film
3:25 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

Actor Pete Postlethwaite, 1946-2011

Actor Pete Postlethwaite, who was virtually unknown in America until his Oscar-nominated role in the 1993 film In The Name of the Father, died Jan. 2 after a long battle with cancer. He was 64.

Actor Pete Postlethwaite was a mainstay of the British?theater who came to wider prominence via his roles in the films In the Name of The Father, The Usual Suspects and William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

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Film
8:20 am
Mon December 27, 2010

Flicks, Picked: Best And Worst Films Of 2010

Fresh Air's David Edelstein couldn't limit himself to 10 movies for his Top 10 list ? he put 12 titles on this year's rundown. He picks the top of the year's crop ? and explains why he parted ways with colleagues when it came time to hand out the annual New York Film Critics Circle Awards.

Fresh Air's film critic David Edelstein watches dozens upon dozens (upon dozens) of movies a year. Some are fantastic, some are so-so and some are truly dreck. (We'll save those for last.)

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Film
11:55 am
Wed December 22, 2010

Walker's 3 to See: The King's Speech, True Grit, The Fighter

(12-22-2010) KCUR Arts Reporter Steve Walker sets us straight on which films are worth seeing this week.

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Film
12:15 pm
Fri December 17, 2010

The Movie Critics: December Edition

Walt Bodine's Movie Critics return for a roundup of the latest films showing in our area.

Movie Ratings


Ratings are from one (1) low to five (5) high

The Tourist (PG)
2.5

The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG)
2.5

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (R)
4

Yogi Bear (PG)
2.5

How Do You Know (PG-13)
2

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Film
3:08 pm
Thu December 16, 2010

Walker's Three to See: 127 Hours, The Fighter, Black Swan

(Dec 17, 2010) KCUR Arts Reporter Steve Walker gives us our art, foreign, and documentary film viewing assignments.

127 Hours
Danny Boyle said he wanted to make an action movie about a man that can't move, and he has brilliantly succeeded. James Franco sheds most of his off-screen kookiness and gives a spectacular performance as Aron Ralston, the young man who had to amputate his own arm after getting pinned by a boulder while hiking alone in the desert.

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Film
2:44 pm
Fri December 10, 2010

Walker's Three to See: 127 Hours, A Film Unfinished and Budrus

(Dec 10, 2010) KCUR Arts Reporter Steve Walker gives us our art, foreign, and documentary film viewing assignments.

127 Hours
(Glenwood Arts, Cinemark on the Plaza, and AMC Studio 30)

Danny Boyle said he wanted to make an action movie about a man that can't move, and he has brilliantly succeeded. James Franco sheds most of his off-screen kookiness and gives a spectacular performance as Aron Ralston, the young man who had to amputate his own arm after getting pinned by a boulder while hiking alone in the desert.

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Film
9:30 am
Wed December 1, 2010

Top Art, Independent, Foreign, & Documentary Film of 2010

Up to Date film critics Steve Walker and Cynthia Haines review new movies and share their lists of favorite films from this past year.

December is Oscar season, and a slew of solid films are opening in the next month. Up to Date host Steve Kraske welcomed critics Cynthia Haines and Steve Walker back to the program to review independent, foreign, and documentary films playing on area screens. Plus, Steve and Cynthia share their list of TOP FILMS of 2010.

In no particular order

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Film
2:27 pm
Tue November 30, 2010

Anne Hathaway: From Princesses To Passion

The co-star of Love and Other Drugs describes what it's like to go from the sweet, PG-rated fantasy of The Princess Diaries to shooting some fairly explicit romantic-drama nude scenes with Jake Gyllenhaal.

Anne Hathaway co-stars in Edward Zwick's comedic drama Love and Other Drugs with actor Jake Gyllenhaal, and their onscreen chemistry ? not to mention some fairly explicit nude scenes ? led Entertainment Weekly to proclaim the film "the sexiest movie of the year."

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Film
8:20 am
Tue November 30, 2010

Surely, Fresh Air Remembers Leslie Nielsen

We pause to remember Leslie Nielsen, an actor who knew very well that his job wasn't to say funny things or say things in a funny way ? but who managed to be riotously funny anyway.

Listen to the Story

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Film
11:38 am
Mon November 15, 2010

'Elia Kazan Collection' A Must-Have For Film Fans

Montgomery Clift (center) plays a field administrator for the Tennessee Valley Authority in Elia Kazan's 1960 drama Wild River. Critic John Powers says the film is one of Kazan's finest.

The late director Elia Kazan had a profound influence on American film in the decades after World War II. Critic John Powers says a new box set featuring 15 of his films, including On the Waterfront and Wild River, is a "terrific collection anchored by some of the most mythic performances in film history."

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Film
2:24 pm
Thu November 11, 2010

Latest Art House Films

Host Steve Kraske welcomed critics Cynthia Haines and Steve Walker back to the program to review independent, foreign, and documentary films playing on area screens.

You could probably hang out in one of Kansas City's art-house theaters all day and go from screen to screen without seeing a stinker of a film. That's because independent productions have to be really good to make it to those theaters...and local theater owners are good in picking what runs.

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Film
3:13 pm
Fri November 5, 2010

In The Rush To War, Even A Spy Is 'Fair Game'

A public uproar erupted when CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity was compromised by Bush administration officials in 2003. In a new movie, director Doug Liman dramatizes the private turmoil the furor caused in the lives of Plame and her husband, who decided to strike back at the White House.

Fair Game

* Director: Doug Liman
* Genre: Drama
* Running Time: 108 minutes

Rated PG-13 (for some language).

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Film
1:18 pm
Fri November 5, 2010

'Megamind': Supernature Vs. Supernurture, In 3-D

In a clever take on the standard superhero format, Megamind centers on a bumbling villain who accidentally defeats his heroic nemesis -- and loses his entire reason for being. When a new villain threatens the city, Megamind gets the chance to find a new goal in life.

Megamind

  • Director: Tom McGrath
  • Genre: Animation/Comedy/Family
  • Running Time: 96 minutes

Rated PG for action and some language

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Film
10:09 am
Fri November 5, 2010

Movie Critics: November Edition

Walt Bodine's Movie Critics return for a roundup of the latest films showing in our area.

Movie Ratings


Ratings are from one (1) low to five (5) high

Hereafter (PG)
3.5

Paranormal Activity 2 (R)
1

Catfish (PG-13)
2.5

Conviction (R)
3

The Tillman Story (R)
3

Saw 3-D (R)
0

Due Date (R)
3

Megamind (PG)
3

The Last Train Home (PG)
3.5

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Film
8:21 am
Thu November 4, 2010

Movie Reviews: Walker's Three to See

Arts Reporter Steve Walker reviews three new films, Alamar, Last Train Home and Nowhere Boy.

Alamar (Screenland Crown Center)

Though the subjects of Pedro Gonzales-Rubio's movie are real people playing themselves, the beautiful film transcends both documentary and narrative forms.

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Film
2:07 pm
Thu October 28, 2010

Walker's Review: Heartbreaker

A charming and witty French sex comedy.

See this charming and witty French sex comedy before Hollywood gets its paws on it and turns it into a horrible Matthew McConaughey movie.

Romain Duras plays a professional "breaker-upper" - a man who's hired by concerned family members to seduce their female relative out of romances they feel are destined for failure. His latest challenge is the daughter of a flower tycoon (and probable gangster) who is successful in her own right working for a high-end auction house.

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Film
10:48 am
Thu October 28, 2010

Walker's Review: Howl

James Franco plays beat generation poet, Allen Ginsberg in this film named for the classic poem, "Howl".

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Film
8:42 am
Fri October 15, 2010

The Movie Critics: October Edition

The Movie Critics join Walt Bodine for their tri-weekly visit and share their news, views and reviews on some of the big-screen offerings.

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Film
3:52 pm
Wed October 13, 2010

Walker's Review: Waiting for "Superman"

Oscar-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim takes on the tragic state of public education in poor America.

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim's epic follow-up to the Oscar-winning "An Inconvenient Truth" has generated more national headlines than any Hollywood blockbuster could ever muster.

Here, he aggressively tackles the mostly tragic but sometimes inspirational state of public education in poor America by focusing on such heroes as Geoffrey Canada with the Harlem Children's Zone project and Michelle Rhee, the outgoing head of schools in the Washington D.C.

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Film
1:51 pm
Tue October 12, 2010

The 'Inside Job' Behind An Economic Nightmare

Inside Job is an efficiently designed, powerful documentary that examines the causes behind the 2008 financial collapse. New angles keep the film from being a rerun of the media coverage, and personal interviews add depth.

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Film
10:39 am
Wed October 6, 2010

Walker's Reviews: It's Kind of a Funny Story, Jack Goes Boating, Never Let me Go

KCUR Arts Reporter Steve Walker keeps us up-to-date on current art-house showings

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Film
1:09 pm
Tue October 5, 2010

James Franco, Modern-Day Renaissance Man

Aaron Tveit and James Franco star as Peter Orlovsky and Allen Ginsberg

James Franco doesn't just spend his time acting in the movies. The star of Milk, Howl and the forthcoming 127 Hours is also an accomplished writer and graduate student. He explains how he juggles his many roles -- and why he continues to take on new challenges.

Palo Alto: Stories
By James Franco
Hardcover, 208 pages
Scribner
List Price: $24
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Film
10:20 am
Mon October 4, 2010

'Social Network': Fact Or Fiction, A Tangled Web

The Social Network may or may not reveal the inner life of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, but it tells a great story. Director David Fincher creates a thriller out of a tale about business ethics among back-stabbing computer geeks, and the result may end up being the best picture of the year.

The Social Network

  • Director: David Fincher
  • Genre: Drama
  • Running Time: 120 minutes

PG-13 for sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and language

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Film
8:58 am
Mon October 4, 2010

'Let Me In': Same Vampires, More Sentiment

A serviceable adaptation of the creepier Swedish original -- in which a lonely, bullied boy befriends a girl who's really a vampire -- Matt Reeves' film adds some nice touches, but doesn't quite have the style of the first version.

Let Me In

  • Director: Matt Reeves
  • Genre: Horror
  • Running Time: 115 minutes

Rated R for bloody violence, partial nudity

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Film
8:07 am
Mon October 4, 2010

Post-Recession, A 'Freakonomics' Without Its Spark

Mostly faithful to the hit-or-miss best-seller but with some interesting additions, Freakonomics is a visually creative overview of the authors' argument. It's unlikely to convert skeptics, however -- and its premise has lost appeal in recent years.

Freakonomics

  • Director: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady, Alex Gibney, Seth Gordon, Eugene Jarecki, Morgan Spurlock
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Running Time: 93 minutes

Rated PG-13 for adult themes and profanity.

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Film
10:20 am
Fri September 24, 2010

Sjaak the World

Sjaak (pronounced "shock") Lucassen is no ordinary motorcyclist. He's an extreme cyclist who rode around the world.

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Film
12:37 pm
Wed September 22, 2010

Woody Allen: A 'Stranger' Always, And Mortal Too

Woody Allen's new creation is a tale of two married couples' extramarital pursuit of happiness.
Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Europe

Woody Allen's films tend to involve rococo relationships, which is probably why questions about the autobiographical impulse tend to dog him in interviews. But he says the characters in "You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger" come mostly from his imagination -- though he won't entirely discount his unconscious obsessions.

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10:40 am
Tue September 21, 2010

'The Town': Pulpy Filmmaking At Its Entertaining Best

Well shot, with pungent dialogue, Ben Affleck's new crime drama is more fun than your average action flick. When Affleck's Doug falls for the Boston bank manager he robs, the class differences -- and the tension with his short-fuse partner -- make for taut drama.

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1:04 pm
Fri September 17, 2010

Walker's Review: I'm Still Here

A strange, yet entertaining look at Joaquin Phoenix's supposed downward spiral.

From the moment two-time Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix announced he was quitting acting to pursue a career in hip-hop, his brother-in-law, actor Casey Affleck, has been filming him. The result is a "documentary" about this career shift, with emphasis on the quote marks around the word documentary.

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