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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.
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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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Film
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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Film
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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Film
9:49 am
Fri September 17, 2010

Walker's Review: The Town

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.

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Film
12:08 pm
Fri September 10, 2010

Walker's Review: Mao's Last Dancer

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

Director Bruce Beresford ("Tender Mercies") helms this rocky but ultimately moving drama chronicling the true-life journey of Chinese dancer Li Cunxin from his impoverished childhood in a rural village to a stint with the Houston Ballet. There are cliched moments you'd find in many a "coming to America" comedy but the film takes itself and cultural exchange seriously.

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Film
1:53 pm
Wed September 8, 2010

Walker's Review: Cairo Time

Arts Reporter Steve Walker reviews recent art house movies

Indie queen Patricia Clarkson is radiant - seemingly lit from within - as an American woman who travels alone to Cairo to spend time with her husband, a United Nations operative.

When turbulent doings in Gaza force him to stand her up, she still manages to experience the city in all its chaos and beauty thanks to a native guide (Alexander Siddig).

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Film
3:57 pm
Fri September 3, 2010

The Movie Critics: September Reviews

Walt Bodine welcomes back our resident movie specialists for their take on new movies playing in our area.

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Film
1:29 pm
Fri August 27, 2010

Farewell: A Review

KCUR Arts Reporter Steve Walker share's his impressions of current movies.

Farewell

RATED PG13

IN FRENCH & RUSSIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

This political thriller - in Russian, French and English - will remind many of Steven Spielberg's "Munich" in the way it covers a global event through the lives of just a handful of characters.

Here, the situation in question is the fall of the Soviet Union and how two less-than-perfect but more-than-human spies bring it down (before others break it up).

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Film
11:02 am
Fri August 27, 2010

Get Low: A Review

KCUR Arts Reporter Steve Walker share's his impressions of current movies.

Get Low
Rated PG-13

The great Robert Duvall is perfection as Felix Bush, a curmudgeonly hermit living outside a small town in the 1930s who devises a plan to be present - and alive - at his own funeral.

Colorful support is provided by Bill Murray as the funeral director, Lucas Black as his prot?g?e, and Sissy Spacek as Bush's old flame.

The movie looks great and is aptly evocative of a more genteel time and, for an hour, it works very well.

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Film
8:25 am
Fri August 27, 2010

DVD Gurus: The Ancient World in Film

Strap on those sandals and mount your chariot for a selection of films featuring chesty heroes, voluptuous damsels and many armed goddesses with swords.

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Film
2:57 pm
Fri August 20, 2010

Walker's Review: Wild Grass

A wallet lost and found sets the premise for French Director Alan Resnais' new release.

Renowned French director Alain Resnais, now in his 80s, crafts a film about how a dropped wallet opens people up to stalking, fresh love, and dentistry.

Where the odd film works best is in how it makes a group of strangers' lives intersect without resorting to unbelievable conveniences.

Overall, though, it's fairly slow and not particularly earth-shattering.

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Film
1:06 pm
Fri August 20, 2010

'The Tillman Story': One Family's Quest For The Truth

A new documentary takes a close look at the life and death of Pat Tillman, who famously walked away from a multimillion-dollar contract with the Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the Army. NPR's Bob Mondello says The Tillman Story is a "riveting detective story" -- but also a compelling portrait of Tillman himself.

The Tillman Story

  • Director: Amir Bar-Lev
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Running Time: 94 minutes

Rated R for language

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Film
1:14 pm
Wed August 18, 2010

'Scott Pilgrim' Versus The Unfortunate Tendency To Review The Audience

Michael Cera is Scott Pilgrim in a new film that has prompted some naysayers to wonder: "Sure, there's the movie. But wouldn't it be more fun to talk about the people I think will like the movie?"

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World may be one of the most heavily previewed movies in years. Promo screenings, preview screenings, Comic-Con ... it feels at times like everyone who really cares about it has seen it by now ? and the reviews have been rolling in for quite some time.

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Film
11:19 am
Mon August 16, 2010

Peepli Live

The fact that a reported 182,000 farmers in India committed suicide from 1997 to 2007 (because of the country's agrarian downturn) wouldn't seem like the ideal springboard for movie. (UTV Motion Pictures)

Dark humor rises from tragedy in this new release from India

The Hindi film Peepli Live is about two brothers in the heart of rural India who seek the help of a local politician because of fears they will lose their farm.

Unconcerned the politician mockingly suggests that the brothers commit suicide and benefit from a government scheme that aids the families of indebted farmers who have done so.

The World's Jeb Sharp speaks to the film's producer Aamir Khan.

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Film
11:30 am
Fri August 13, 2010

The Movie Critics: August Reviews

Walt Bodine welcomes back the movie critics with a look at the latest and greatest films playing in local theaters.

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Film
12:12 pm
Thu August 5, 2010

Walker's Review: Cropsey

What begins as a documentary about a myth turns into one about a nightmare.

Cropsey was the name of Staten Island's urban legend, a bogeyman killing machine whose agenda was batted about at various keggers and campfires. But when five children go missing, the community wonders if there's more truth than fiction to Cropsey's repertoire.

The movie is an homage to the fictional film "The Blair Witch Project," and just as creepy. But it also competently unfolds in the manner of chilling crime documentaries like "Paradise Lost." - Steve Walker


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Film
8:51 am
Thu August 5, 2010

Walker's Review: Restrepo

Perhaps the most important film that you can see this year.

Journalist Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington are embedded with the U.S. military at a dusty, deadly posting in Afghanistan's unforgiving Korengal Valley and their resulting film is a harrowing documentary that they hope will "make viewers feel as they have just been through a 94-minute deployment."

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Film
10:31 am
Fri July 30, 2010

Walker's Review: The Girl that Played with Fire

Arts Reporter Steve Walkers takes a look at new films showing in KC.


The Girl Who Played With Fire

Right on the heels of the DVD release of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" comes the second film adaptation of Steig Larrson's Swedish crime epic about Lisbeth Sanders, a bisexual computer hacker, and the journalist who can't get her out of his system.

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Film
8:28 am
Fri July 30, 2010

Walker's Review: The Kids are Alright

Arts Reporter Steve Walkers takes a look at new films showing in KC.

The Kids Are All Right

Annette Bening delivers a thrilling, Oscar-worthy performance as the bread-winning half of a lesbian couple whose grip on their family grows slack when their teenage kids learn the identity of the sperm donor (a stellar Mark Ruffalo).

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Film
3:00 pm
Fri July 23, 2010

Walker's Review: Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

Comic legend Joan Rivers allowed filmmakers Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg into her life for a year, and this alternately hilarious and sad film is the fascinating result.

It's a frank, brutal and profane (Rivers curses much more than you'd think) peek behind the iron curtain that publicists routinely use to shield their show biz clients.

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Film
11:35 am
Fri July 23, 2010

The Movie Critics: July Reviews

Summer drags on, but new movies come out every week. Still, soaking up all that air conditioning can come with too high a price if the movie you see, well, isn't so hot.

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Walt Bodine welcomed back the movie critics with a look at the latest and greatest films playing in local theaters. Listeners' share their picks and pans, too.


Guests:


Russ Simmons, co-host, KKFI, Fox 4 News, and KC Tribune

Marie Asner, Metro Voice

John Tibbetts, Kansas Public Radio, University of Kansas

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Film
12:42 pm
Fri July 16, 2010

Cyrus, Coco and Igor

KCUR Arts Reporter Steve Walker walks us through two new movies full of dysfunction, style and fine furnishings.

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Film
11:27 am
Fri July 9, 2010

Two to See: Film Reviews

Arts Reporter Steve Walkers takes a look at two new films showing in KC.

Micmacs

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Film
11:57 am
Fri June 25, 2010

Three to See

Film critics Cynthia Haines and Steve Walker discuss the latest in art, independent, foreign and documentary films playing in area theaters.

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Film
12:38 pm
Thu June 17, 2010

Walker's 2: Film Reviews

Actresses Catherine Keener and newcomer Jennifer Lawrence give us good reasons to visit the movie houses this week.

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Film
1:05 pm
Mon June 14, 2010

The Latest from The Movie Critics

Make sure your night out on the town is a hit, not a bomb. Walt Bodine welcomes back the Movie Critics for a roundup of the best and worst of films playing on area screens, as well as upcoming film festivals and other movie news.

Movie Critics:

Russ Simmons, co-host, KKFI and Fox 4 News

Loey Lockerbie, The Kansas City Star

Sex and the City 2 (R)

Prince of Persia (PG-13)

The Secret in Their Eyes (R)

Get Him to the Greek (R)

Marmaduke (G)

Splice (R)

Killers (PG-13)

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Film
8:30 am
Mon June 14, 2010

Walker's 5 Film Reviews

KCUR Arts Reporter Steve Walker walks us through some of the Art, Foreign and Documentary films showing in our area.

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Film
1:00 pm
Fri May 28, 2010

Art, Independent, and Foreign Film Reviews

(5-28-10) Steve Kraske welcomes the return of film critics Cynthia Haines and Steve Walker to review the latest art, independent, foreign, and documentary films showing on area screens.

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Film
11:24 am
Fri May 21, 2010

Bong Joon-Ho's "Mother" - A Review

Never underestimate the frightening determination of a Korean mother.

Mother (R)

Ingenious Korean director Bong Joon-Ho's last film was a sea-creature-gone-berserk fright film with a sense of humor. Here, he tops himself as a master of chilling cinema with a wink.

Kim Hye-Ja (said to be the Donna Reed of Korean television) is magnificent as a woman fighting with every fiber of her being to free her son's name for a murder he probably didn't commit.

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