The Movie Critics join Walt Bodine for their tri-weekly visit and share news, views and reviews on recent big-screen offerings. Movies up for review include "Limitless," "The Lincoln Lawyer," "Source Code," and some very divided impressions of "Sucker Punch." One caller says that "Sucker Punch" sucker punched his wallet!
This moderately diverting bit of fluff stars Matt Damon as a loose-cannon politician who is watched by mysterious, nattily dressed men after he strays from his chosen destiny to find Emily Blunt, the woman he loves.
By Jeannette Catsoulis/NPR
The Adjustment Bureau
Director: George Nolfi
Genre: Romantic thriller
Running Time: 99 minutes
Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexuality and a violent image.
Johnny Depp gives voice to an animated, terrarium-raised lizard who changes his stripes and becomes sheriff of a ramshackle desert town. Directed by Gore Verbinski, Rango is a kid flick that's chock-full of delights for movie nuts.
By Bob Mondello/ NPR
Director: Gore Verbinski
Genre: Animated action
Running Time: 107 minutes
Rated PG for rude humor, language, action and smoking
With: Johnny Depp, Abigail Breslin, Isla Fisher, Alfred Molina
After eight years in existence, the weekend-long festival in Columbia, Missouri is becoming a destination for documentary film-makers.
By Sylvia Maria Gross
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In two weeks, connoisseurs and creators of documentary films will be coming from around the world to Columbia, Missouri for the True/False Film Fest. The event is becoming known as a low-key, DYI alternative to Sundance or Cannes.
Walt Bodine's Movie Critics return for a roundup of the latest films showing in our area. Co-host Russ Simmons says that his biggest surprise of the year is - no, not the fall of Mubarak - but the discovery that the new Justin Bieber movie "Never Say Never" is GOOD.
So, it's just after Valentine's Day, and you don't want to be too obvious about your intentions. The truth is you'd like to heat up the flavored body oil for dessert and get things moving, if you catch our drift.
Shot on a tight budget in southwest Missouri, Winter's Bone has earned four Oscar nominations, including a nod for Best Picture. And though it tells a dark story, the success of the small indie film is a source of pride throughout the Ozarks.
By Missy Shelton/NPR
It's not too often that people in the hills of Southern Missouri have a particular reason to celebrate come Oscar time. Winter's Bone ? a bleak but much-praised drama set in the harsh landscape of the Missouri Ozarks ? has given them one very big reason this year.
We've pulled together the basics of all ten Best Picture nominees, from the fundamentals of production to what our reviewers thought to a wealth of interviews with actors and filmmakers to some nifty supplemental material.
Longtime KCUR movie critic Maria Asner shares her winners and tells us why.
By Maria Asner
Middle of winter, 2011 and it is time for the 2010 Academy Award nominations. The debate will go on from now until Sunday, February 27, 2011, the day of the 83rd presentation. Who Will Win is sometimes sidelined to What Will They Wear? This is the time for the Academy of Arts and Sciences to honor their own, and the Academy always does it in style.
This morning's Oscar nominations were headed up by The King's Speech with 12, followed by True Grit with 10. There weren't many surprises, although Inception missed out on one major award.
Screen royalty: Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush both earned Academy Award nominations ? along with co-star Helena Bonham Carter and director Tom Hooper ? for The King's Speech. With 12 nominations, the film leads at the 2011 Oscar derby.
Peter Weir's latest follows a group of Siberian prisoners whose escape plans encompass thousands of miles of stunning landscape ? but not nearly enough in the way of personality.
By Bob Mondello/NPR
The Long Route Home: Colin Farrell (left) and Ed Harris star in director Peter Weir's survival epic, about a group of prisoners banished to a Siberian gulag ? and their astonishing march across thousands of miles to India.
The beloved children's author made just one movie -- a surreal musical about a diabolical music master with a piano so gigantic he has to kidnap kids to play it. It was not a hit -- but as you might imagine, it has developed a wildly enthusiastic cult.
By Jeff Lunden/NPR
The surreal Terwilliker Institute, featuring a 5,000-key piano, is the backdrop of Seuss' zany cult classic.
NPR's Bob Mondello Rustles Up a Western Movie Starter Kit
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Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder in 1974's Blazing Saddles.
Black hats, white hats, guns, a frontier code of honor, big-sky country ? all have been Hollywood staples since at least 1903, when The Great Train Robbery sent gunslingers galloping across the plains of New Jersey.
Joel and Ethan Coen's latest film is an adaptation of the Charles Portis western novel True Grit. The filmmakers and writers discuss the making of the film and the difficulties of working with both child actors and horses.
Gwyneth Paltrow plays against type in Country Strong, the tale of a troubled country star whose opportunist husband pulls her out of rehab to revive her career. The pair take two young up-and-comers on tour, where romance -- and relationships -- begin to burn under the spotlight.