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The Movie Critics meet with us to give their ratings on the latest films.

Kansas City , MO – The Movie Critics are:
John Tibbetts, Associate Professor of Theatre and Film at the University of Kansas
Tom Poe, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at UMKC
Marie Asner, Metro Voice News

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Movie Ratings for February 13th, 2009

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Steve Kraske discusses romantic comedies with video gurus Mitch Brian and Jason Heck.

Kansas City , Mo. – From classics like The Apartment and The Philadelphia Story to more modern offerings like Groundhog Day, Jason and Mitch give us insight on what makes this genre so popular and enduring. Only in a romantic comedy could a hit man find love when his work and high school reunion coincide or three sisters play musical spouses and still come out all right.

Walt Bodine's Movie Critics drop in to review new movie releases.

Kansas City, MO – Movie Ratings for January 30, 2009

(A score of 1 is the lowest and 5 is the highest)

Inkheart (PG) 3

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (R) 2

The Univited (PG-13) 3

Taken (PG-13) 3

New in Town (PG-13) 1.5

Anita O'Day (PG-13) 4

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Start the weekend right with tips on what movies to see at the theaters and which ones you might prefer to miss.

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Movie Critics Ratings for January 16, 2009

Four years ago, film director and KU professor Kevin Willmott wowed audiences at the Sundance Film Festival with his film CSA: The Confederate States of America. This week, he'll return to Sundance - where they're showcasing his latest project, The Only Good Indian.

Critics Cynthia Haines and Steve Walker review the latest art, independent, and foreign films playing on area screens.

Kansas City, MO – Critics Cynthia Haines and Steve Walker review the latest art, independent, and foreign films playing on area screens, including Milk, Frost/Nixon, Vicki Cristina Barcelona, Slumdog Millionaire, Nothing Like the Holidays, Cadillac Records, Synecdoche, Boy in the Striped Pajamas and many more.

Russ Simmons, Tom Poe and Maria Asner, the Movie Critics on The Walt Bodine Show, review new movies as well as share their choices for winners and losers of 2008.

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Movie Critics Ratings for December 19, 2008

Still courtesy of Lisa Marie Evans.

Lisa Marie Evans explores the issue of gender identity, following four transgender people in the Kansas City area in her film The Same, But Different.

Every other Friday on The Walt Bodine Show, the Movie Critics return keep you up to date on all the recent releases and help you decide which movie you simply must see.

Critics Cynthia Haines and Steve Walker visited the KCUR studios to review the latest art, independent, documentary, and foreign films to show on area screens.

Kansas City, MO – Today's movie reviews included Rachel Getting Married, Happy Go Lucky, What Just Happened, Changeling, RocknRolla, W and The Secret Life of Bees.

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Every other Friday on The Walt Bodine Show, the Movie Critics return keep you up to date on all the recent releases and help you decide which movie you simply must see.

Kansas City, MO – Movie Critic Ratings for October 31, 2008

Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story 4
High School Musical 3 (G) 3
Changeling 3.5
RocknRolla 3.5
What Just Happened 2.5
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (R) 3
Happy-Go-Lucky (R) 4

Every other Friday on The Walt Bodine Show, the Movie Critics return keep you up to date on all the recent releases and help you decide which movie you simply must see.

Kansas City, MO – The Movie Critics Ratings:
July 25, 2008
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photo: Laura Spencer, KCUR

The term "silent film" is in some ways a misnomer since musical accompaniment was always a part of the viewing experience. The Sounds of Silents film series at the Kansas City Public Library pairs short films and a full-length feature with unique scoring by a local composer.

For Grand Arts, photographer and video artist Laurel Nakadate shot her first feature length film in Kansas City last summer. It's called Stay The Same Never Change and notably doesn't include the artist on screen, but instead uses amateur and first-time actors.

The debate coach in the film The Great Debaters is a graduate of Kansas City's Lincoln High School. Sylvia Maria Gross talks to a UMKC professor who wrote a biography of Missouri poet Melvin Tolson, played by Denzel Washington in the film.

A new film examines the struggle between Tribal Nations and the US Army Corps of Engineers in the development of the Missouri River since 1927.

Poet Stacey Tolbert and filmmaker Annie Walsh decided to interview a diverse group of women about their feelings about their chests. They spoke to KCUR's Delores Jones in 2006 about the film, which will be screened on Wednesday.

As a commemoration of Black History Month this February, the Gem Theatre will be screening double headers of "old-school" and "new school" movies from the history of black film.

Kansas City filmmaker Gary Huggins joined Up to Date host Steve Kraske recently to discuss the film First Date. It's been selected for this year's Sundance Film Festival and the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in France.

The Latin American Film Festival begins in Kansas City this month.

Latin American Cinema Festival of Kansas City

Anna White

Local filmmakers Rodney Thompson and Stenson McClendon want to preserve the tradition of the KC Two-Step in a documentary about the two-stepping community.

Kansas City Two-Step

Photo by Greg Gorman

  Filmmaker John Waters grew up in Baltimore in the 1950s and began making silent 8mm and 16mm films in the mid 1960s, screened in rented church halls and attended by underground audiences who heard of the films by word-of-mouth and leaflets. His first success: the 1972 film Pink Flamingos starring Divine.

Hairspray opened Tuesday, March 29 at the Music Hall and runs through April 10, 2005.

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