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.
By Fresh Air/ NPR
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.
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.)
(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.
(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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
By Up to Date
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.
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.
By Kenneth Turan/NPR
* Director: Doug Liman * Genre: Drama * Running Time: 108 minutes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Fresh Air/ NPR
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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.
By Bob Mondello/ NPR
The Social Network
Director: David Fincher
Running Time: 120 minutes
PG-13 for sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and language
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.
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.
By Mark Jenkins/ NPR
Director: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady, Alex Gibney, Seth Gordon, Eugene Jarecki, Morgan Spurlock
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.
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.
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.
Actor Ben Affleck directs and stars in this gritty new release.
Actor Ben Affleck's directorial debut, "Gone Baby Gone" in 2008, was a confident and much lauded independent film that garnered an Oscar nomination for Amy Ryan as the drug-addled mother of a missing boy.