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Film Review
10:07 am
Thu April 5, 2012

A Quest For Excellence In 'Jiro Dreams Of Sushi'

Chef Jiro Ono surrounded by his art.

"What defines deliciousness?" is the first line of David Gelb's splendid documentary about Jiro Ono, the oldest chef on the planet to be awarded three Michelin Guide stars, the restaurant world's top honor.

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Film Review
9:12 am
Thu April 5, 2012

'Once Upon A Time In Anatolia' An Autopsy Of A Crime

Scene of the crime in "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

 An American audience spoon-fed on quick-paced television crime dramas may find the Turkish film Once Upon a Time in Anatolia a bit snoozy.

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Up to Date
2:26 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film

Looking for a good film to see this weekend or beyond? Perhaps one that makes you think....or *gasp* - spend time with friends after the lights go up talking about the film in-depth?

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Up to Date
11:29 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Up To Date's Film Critics' "Three To See"

A scene from the film "In Darkness."

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of March 30-April 1, 2012?

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Up to Date
3:52 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Up to Date's Film Critics' "Three To See"

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of March 23-25, 2012?

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

DVD Gurus: Roger Corman Films

He's made a film in two days.

And some people will say that it shows. Others will proudly defend the low-budget work of B-movie director Roger Corman. He even won an Honorary Academy Award in 2009 for his body of work.

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Central Standard
12:54 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

The History Of Gospel Music In KC

Genetter Bradley at the Apollo Theatre

Back in the 1940-60s, Black gospel music gave a voice to people living in troubled times.

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Up to Date's Film Critics' "Three To See"

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of March 9-11, 2012?

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

What's Showing In Art, Independent, Foreign and Documentary Film

Adepero Oduye in writer/director Dee Rees' Pariah.
Focus Features

Car companies that destroyed their electric cars in 2006 are now scrambling to be the best producer of the vehicles. A young woman coming of age as an African-American lesbian living in Brooklyn. Two single people who take a different route to parenthood from their married friends.

These are just some of the latest topics being addressed by independent, foreign and documentary films.  Friday on Up to Date, critics Cynthia Haines, Steve Walker, and Bob Butler tell us how well these films do in shedding light on their subjects.

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Central Standard
9:56 am
Tue March 6, 2012

"Kick Me" Kicking Off in KC

Mitch Brian, Leone Reeves, Elizabeth Constance Gran, Santiago Vasquez, Angel Lemus, Gary Huggins
Charlie Upchurch KCUR

In the second half of this Tuesday's Central Standard, we interrogate a KCK cop about his emerging career as an indie film star, before he becomes famous.

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Up to Date
10:06 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Up to Date's Film Critics' "Three To See"

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of March 3-5, 2012?

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Walt Bodine Show
9:42 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Movie Critics: Academy Awards Recap, New Releases

From the film "A Seperation"

On this Friday's Walt Bodine Show, co-host Russ Simmons and the Movie Critics will review the results of this year’s Academy Awards. Plus, reviews of recent movie releases, including Wanderlust, Act of Valor, and A Separation.

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Up to Date
9:11 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Up to Date's Film Critics' "Three To See"

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of February 24-26, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

You can click on the highlighted links for Steve Walker's reviews.

Cynthia Haines: Pina, Oscar-Nominated Shorts, The Iron Lady

Up to Date
12:45 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Up to Date's Film Critics' "Three To See"

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of February 10-12, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

You can click on the highlighted links for Steve Walker's reviews.

Cynthia Haines: Pina, The Iron Lady, Hugo

Up to Date
8:43 am
Fri February 10, 2012

A Fan's Notes: And The Oscar Goes To....

The nominations have all been announced and the Academy Awards are almost here. As any sports fan knows, the thrill of athletic competition is the stuff dreams--and movies--are often made of.

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Central Standard
1:36 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Should Black History Month Exist?

On this Wednesday's Central Standard, a look at a documentary that argues that Black History is American History.

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Up to Date
11:49 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Up To Date's Film Critics' "Three To See"

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of February 3-5, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
10:07 am
Fri February 3, 2012

What's Showing In Art, Independent, Foreign and Documentary Film

Last week’s Oscar nominations came as no surprise to Up to Date's art, independent, foreign, and documentary critics. As has been the case in recent years, a number of the top award competitors fit within their sphere of cinema.  So if you’re wondering who to lay your bets on this year, Friday's show is a good time to tune in.

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Up to Date
10:50 am
Fri January 27, 2012

DVD Gurus: 50 Years Ago

What was happening on the cinema scene a half century ago? And how have movies changed and in what ways have they remained the same?

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Art, Independent, Foreign, and Documentary Film
8:40 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Film Review: "Shame"

If anyone doubted sex and intimacy were mutually exclusive, "Shame" is proof-positive they can be light years apart.

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Film
11:12 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Kansas City Film Critics Circle Announces 2012 Awards

On January 8th, 2012, the Kansas City Film Critics Circle announced its choices for the 45th Annual Loutzenhiser Awards, named for late local critic James Loutzenhiser.

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Up to Date
4:19 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

What's Showing In Art, Independent, Foreign and Documentary Film

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will name its Oscar nominees on January 24th.  No, our own critics aren't involved in the nominating process, but that doesn't mean they don't have opinions on which films should receive accolades!

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Art, Independent, Foreign, and Documentary Film
8:32 am
Fri December 30, 2011

Film Review: "Le Havre"

In the true spirit of global cinema comes a charming and sweet French movie by a Finnish director (Aki Kaurismäki) about a young African refugee.

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Walt Bodine Show
3:54 pm
Thu December 29, 2011

The Movie Critics: Best Films of 2011

On the Walt Bodine Show Friday, co-host Russ Simmons and the Movie Critics will take a look at recent movie releases, including The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, We Bought a Zoo, and War Horse. Plus, we'll hear our critics favorite films of 2011.

TELL US:
What's been your favorite film of 2011?

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Film
10:00 am
Fri December 23, 2011

DVD Gurus: The Gift Of Movies

 

If you're still looking for that perfect gift, it may not be too late.  Sure, you could buy some clothing, jewelry, or (men - don't do this), blender, but why not pick something meaningful for your friend or loved one - something that matches their personal taste?  Here's an idea: the gift of movies.

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Film
8:00 am
Fri December 23, 2011

Film Review: "The Artist"

To write off Michel Hazanavicius's black-and-white silent film as a gimmick is to miss a creative, touching, and beautiful movie about movies at the end of the silent film era.  Jean Dujardin stars as Georges Valentin, a dashing silent hero - he looks like Gene Kelly crossed with Errol Flynn-  whose career is about to be made obsolete by the talkies.

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Art, Independent, Foreign, and Documentary Film
9:58 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Film Review: "Young Adult"

In Charlize Theron's Oscar-winning role in "Monster,"  she played a serial killer whose unbridled rage was targeted on others. In her new film, "Young Adult," she's also very convincing - and perhaps more unlikable -  as a woman whose hurt is mainly turned inward.

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Arts
5:20 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Reviews of the Latest Art, Independent, Foreign & Documentary Films

Thanksgiving marks the start of something special.  No, not the shopping frenzy, or the decorating, or the baking.  It marks the season of movies released in time for holiday viewing!  Just in time to let you know what's out there, our film critics gather round with their picks and pans from the latest in independent, foreign and documentary films.

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Film
1:09 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

Walker's Three To See: <i>Martha Marcy May Marlene</i>

KCUR's Steve Walker shares his top movie picks of the week.

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Film
12:07 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Walker's Three to See: <i>Take Shelter</i>

KCUR's Steve Walker shares his top movie picks of the week.

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