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2:33 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

The Film That Shaped America's JFK Memories

The Zapruder film recorded the moment Kennedy was shot.

The silently haunting images of the Zapruder film captured the moment John F. Kennedy was shot during that famous Dallas parade in 1963. Those images have become part of the mythology that surrounds the event, both for the conspiracy theorists and others. 

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with historian Max Holland, who has analyzed the effect of the film on how the American people understand the 50-year-old assassination.

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Up to Date
1:40 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' Nov. 8-10

Cynthia Haines and Steve Walker both recommend "12 Years a Slave" this weekend.
Credit Fox Searchlight Pictures

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of November 8-10? Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.

Cynthia Haines:

  • Wadjda
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • All is Lost

Steve Walker

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Up to Date
10:59 am
Fri November 8, 2013

A Look At The New KU Basketball Film, 'Jayhawkers'

Kevin Willmott's latest film is 'Jayhawkers.'

KU basketball had a different sort of atmosphere back in the 1950s. In addition to some Phog, one of the things that changed the weather there was a certain player called Wilt Chamberlain.

On Friday's Up to Date, we talk with local filmmaker Kevin Willmott about his newest movie, Jayhawkers, that takes a look at the Chamberlain era and how it changed KU forever. 

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Central Standard Friday
10:05 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Movie Critics: Depictions Of Slavery In Film

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The controversial new film 12 Years a Slave has been touted as the front runner for this year's Best Picture Oscar. It depicts the memoir of a free black man who was kidnapped into slavery.

While some are heralding it as an honest portrait of slavery, others complain that it's an exaggerated work of fiction.

What movies have dealt with depictions of slavery best and which ones have failed? And how has our narrative of slavery changed through cinematic history?

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Up to Date
1:52 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' Nov. 1-3

Wadjda is on Cynthia Haines' list this week.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of Nov. 1-3? Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens. 

  Cynthia Haines:

  • 12 Years A Slave 
  • Wadjda
  • In The Name Of

Steve Walker:

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Film
6:45 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Film Review: '12 Years A Slave' A Portrait Of Dignity Under Extreme Duress

Lupita Nyong'o, Michael Fassbender, and Chiwetel Ejiofor are all excellent in Steve McQueen's '12 Years a Slave.'
Credit Courtesy / Fox Searchlight Pictures

In director Steve McQueen’s thematically brutal yet beautifully composed film 12 Years a Slave, Chiwetel Ejiofor gives an astonishing performance as Solomon Northup, a black musician whose trusting nature leads to the ultimate betrayal when he goes from a free man to a slave. That both director and actor are British and black isn’t an anomaly but rather an obtuse argument that perhaps American filmmakers are too close to the story of slavery in this country to do it justice.

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Up to Date
1:48 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign And Documentary Film, Nov. 1

Chiwetel Ejiofor stars in '12 Years A Slave.'

A young girl in Saudi Arabia searches for a way to make her life better, and a free man finds himself shackled and enslaved for 12 years on a Louisiana plantation. 

On Friday's Up to Date, our independent, foreign and documentary film critics return to review the latest films showing on area screens. We’ll also take a look at some local theaters’ switch from film to digital projectors.

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Classical
9:30 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Haunting Soundtrack For Silent Classic 'The Phantom Of The Opera'

'The Phantom of the Opera' starred Lon Chaney, as the phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House.
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The Phantom of the Opera, a 1925 silent film, tells the story of an organist who lurks beneath an opera house. This Halloween night, organist Aaron David Miller will be in plain sight at the Kauffman Center, when he provides the soundtrack for a screening of this film.

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Up to Date
10:38 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' Oct 25-27

The National Theatre of London's presentation of Frankenstein, on screens at the Tivoli, is on Steve Walker's list this week.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of Oct. 25-27? Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens. 

Cynthia Haines:

  • Salinger
  • Parkland
  • Gravity 3D

Steve Walker:

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Up to Date
11:47 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' Oct 18-20

The JFK assassination film Parkland is on Cynthia Haines' list this week.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of Oct. 18-20? Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens. 

Cynthia Haines:

  • Parkland
  • In A World

Steve Walker:

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Film
5:49 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Film Review: Marital Malaise Leads To Sexual Moonlighting In 'Concussion'

Robin Weigert (right) as Abby, a bored suburban wife and mother who becomes a sexual escort for other women in 'Concussion.'
Credit Courtesy Radius-The Weinstein Company

With two kids, a mini-van and a lull in their love life, Abby and Kate are not much different from their suburban neighbors. The fact that they’re a married lesbian couple is beside the point – it is less important than their domestic apathy - yet still central to Stacie Passon’s assured, candid and clever film Concussion.

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

DVD Gurus: Putting A Fright In Halloween Night

Mad Love is on the DVD Gurus' list of their favorite horror films.

That chill in the air isn’t the only thing that will give you goosebumps. With the approach of Halloween, all kinds of spooky stuff is coming your way.

On Friday's Up to Date, DVD Gurus Mitch Brian and Jason Heck join us to share their favorite horror films. We’ll follow the creepy tale of a pair of hands with minds of their own, cower from an invisible demon and duck a mad man’s sharp axe. They’ll leave you wanting to check under the bed before you go to sleep tonight.

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Up to Date
10:03 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' Oct. 11-13

Cynthia Haines recommends 'Salinger,' which centers on the reclusive author.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of Oct. 11-13? Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.  Cynthia Haines:

  • Salinger
  • Parkland
  • Fruitvale Station

Steve Walker:

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Film
6:09 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Film Review: 'Parkland' Offers Fresh Perspective To JFK Assassination

Paul Giamatti behind the camera for what would become the Zapruder film in 'Parkland.'
Credit Courtesy Walleye Productions Inc.

It was a balmy 55 degrees in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963 when the world imploded. In Peter Landesman’s electric docudrama Parkland, President Kennedy’s assassination and the 48 hours just after are handled with care and candor, and it puts viewers into parts of the story that have been historically recorded yet previously out-of-sight.

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, Oct. 4 - 7

Marcia Gay Harden and Zac Efron play a nurse and doctor attending to President Kennedy in 'Parkland.'

A playboy weighs his expectations of love against his relationship to pornography, a voice coach competes to make it big doing voice-overs, plus a hospital staff endures the chaotic hours at Dallas' Parkland Hospital the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

On Friday's Up to Date, our indie, foreign and documentary film critics take a look at the films playing on the silver screen in Kansas City this week.

Films critics Steve Walker and Bob Butler join us to review the latest movies to hit local screens.

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Up to Date
10:29 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' Sept. 27-29

Steve Walker recommends 'Thanks For Sharing' this weekend.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of Sept. 27-29? Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens. 

Cynthia Haines:

  • Short Term 12
  • Salinger
  • In A World

Steve Walker:

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Film
5:35 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Film Review: Empty Nesters Fall Hard In Like In 'Enough Said'

James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus attempt to be a couple on the verge of their kids leaving for college in 'Enough Said.'
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In Nicole Holofcener’s smart and engaging comedy Enough Said, two single parents on the verge of becoming empty nesters meet and fall hard in like. Wonderfully played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini, they’re captured in the foundling stage of a potential companionship and their efforts to make it work are infinitely pleasurable to watch.

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Up to Date
9:45 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' Sept. 20-22

Lake Bell stars in 'In A World'.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of Sept. 20-22? Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.    Cynthia Haines:

  • Short Term 12 
  • In A World
  • Hannah Arendt

Steve Walker:

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Film
5:30 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Film Review: 'Thanks For Sharing' Barrels Through Addiction, Recovery, and Relapse

Mark Ruffalo (center) and Tim Robbins (right) share the woes of sex addiction in 'Thanks for Sharing.'

For a movie about addiction to work, it needs to get its hands dirty. Even if it ends with the sunniest sobriety imaginable, it has to earn it; it has to show a protagonist hitting rock bottom. Thanks for Sharing is such a movie.

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Up to Date
9:48 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' Sept. 13-15

Blue Jasmine is a must-see for both Steve Walker and Cynthia Haines this week.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of Sept. 13-15? Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens. 

Cynthia Haines: 

  • Hannah Arendt
  • 20 Feet From Stardom
  • Blue Jasmine

Steve Walker:

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Film
9:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Film Review: 'Hannah Arendt' Discovers In Nazi Trial The Banality Of Evil

Barbara Sukowa is a complicated and problematic writer in 'Hannah Arendt.'
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Political writer Hannah Arendt was born in 1906 into a family of German Jews, perhaps narrow justification for why the editors of The New Yorker deemed her the perfect candidate to cover the 1961 trial of Hitler henchman Adolf Eichmann. 

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Up to Date
10:57 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' Sept. 6-8

Museum Hours is on critic Steve Walker's list this week.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of Sept. 6-8? Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens. Cynthia Haines:

  • 20 Feet From Stardom 
  • Blackfish
  • The Audience

 Steve Walker:

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Film
7:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Finding Human Connections And Artistic Pleasure During 'Museum Hours'

Bobby Sommer plays an introspective museum guard in Vienna open to new friends in Jem Cohen's 'Museum Hours.'
Credit Little Magnet Films

People visit the great art museums of the world hoping to find meaning by getting lost in the work. In Jem Cohen's lovely Austrian film Museum Hours, two solitary souls fall into a deep yet temporary friendship under the watchful yet passive gaze of subjects long dead but forever frozen in paint.

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Up To Date
3:00 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, August 30 - September 3

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The story of the man who trained Bruce Lee, the life of a White House butler who served eight Presidents, and a pub crawl develops into a struggle for humankind’s survival.

On Friday's Up to Date, our indie, foreign and documentary film critics take a look at the films playing on the silver screen in Kansas City this week.

Films critics Cynthia Haines, Steve Walker, and Bob Butler reviewed:

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Up to Date
11:00 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' August 16-18

The Audience, starring Helen Mirren, is on Cynthia Haines' list this week.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of August 16-18? 

Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.

Cynthia Haines:

  • The Hunt
  • 20 Feet From Stardom
  • The Audience

Steve Walker:

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Up to Date
11:42 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' August 9-11

Fruitvale Station is on Cynthia Haines' list this weekend.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of August 9-11?  Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens. Cynthia Haines: 

  • 20 Feet From Stardom
  • Fruitvale Station
  • Mud

 Steve Walker: 

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Up to Date
10:51 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' August 2-4

Fruitvale Station is playing in Kansas City this week.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of August 2-4? Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens. Cynthia Haines: 

  • 20 Feet From Stardom
  • Kon-Tiki
  • Mud

Steve Walker: 

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, August 2

The Way Way Back is on our critics' list this week.

When some surfers get in too deep with drug smugglers, the waves threaten to pull them under, and a shooting by transit police causes controversy in a ripped-from-the-headlines tale.

On Friday's Up to Date, our indie, foreign and documentary film critics take a look at the films open on the silver screen in Kansas City this week.

Films critics Cynthia Haines, Steve Walker, and Bob Butler reviewed:

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Central Standard
8:39 am
Thu August 1, 2013

The History And Future Of Drive-Ins

The Beverly Drive-In in Mississippi, featured in April Wright's documentary.
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Drive-in movie theaters were once a staple of American popular culture, but over the decades, they've been closing across the country. Kansas City, however, seems to be an epicenter for the disappearing relic across the rest of the United States - we've got three.

This hour, filmmaker and director April Wright joined us from Los Angeles to talk about her documentary Going Attractions, which covers the history and future of drive-ins. Wright spent seven years putting the film together, and she visited almost every state in the process.

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Central Standard
5:26 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

The Man Who Helped Put America On Everest

Credit Kansas City Public Library

When Nawang Gombu reached the top of Mount Everest, he was only 17 years old. Many people talk about the beauty and the majesty of seeing the world beneath your feet. But, his first thought was, “How do I get down?” Film maker and former Kansas City television reporter, Bev Chapman,  who recently completed a documentary on Gombu, shares the story of this extraordinary man.  Nawang's inspiring story begins when he escaped from a Buddhist monastery when he was only 11. Punishments were very strict for children who didn’t excel academically, so Gombu felt he had no choice but to escape.

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