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9:44 am
Mon April 4, 2011

Kansas Citian Produces Film in Kenya

Behind the scenes of Togetherness Supreme. Photo courtesy of the Hot Sun Foundation.

Hear why Kansas City native Pamela Collett and her son Nathan Collett started a film school in Kibera, one of the largest slums in Kenya, just outside of Nairobi.

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Film
11:19 am
Fri April 1, 2011

Walker's Three to See: Bill Cunningham New York

KCUR Arts Reporter Steve Walker shares his top movie pick of the week.

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Film
8:12 am
Fri April 1, 2011

The Movie Critics: April Fools and Films

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!

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Film
8:50 am
Thu March 24, 2011

Walker's Three to See: Ready, Set, Bag!

KCUR Arts Reporter Steve Walker shares his top movie pick of the week.

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Film
9:56 am
Fri March 18, 2011

Walker's Three To See: The Last Lions

KCUR Arts Reporter Steve Walker shares his top movie pick of the week

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Film
1:19 pm
Fri March 11, 2011

The Movie Critics: March Movies

One caller liked Battle: LA, but the movie critics gave it a 2.5 rating. What did you think?

After the Oscars, what movies are standing out to our Film Critics? Co-host Russ Simmons hosts a conversation about what's big on the big screen.

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Film
10:08 am
Fri March 11, 2011

Walker's to See: White Material

(March 11, 2011) KCUR Arts Reporter Steve Walker shares his top movie pick of the week.

White Material

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Film
3:42 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

Metaphysical Red Tape Foils 'The Adjustment Bureau'

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.

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.

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Film
8:08 am
Fri March 4, 2011

Ride 'Em, Chameleon! 'Rango' A Wild, Wacky Western

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.

Rango

  • 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

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Film
9:20 am
Mon February 28, 2011

And The Oscars Go To ...

The odds-on favorite won Best Picture and dominated Sunday night's Oscars ? but the telecast itself suffered from lackluster hosting, odd musical numbers and disjointed production.

And The Oscars Go To ...

Best Art Direction

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Film
9:33 am
Mon February 21, 2011

True/False Exhibits Creativity of Contemporary Documentary

After eight years in existence, the weekend-long festival in Columbia, Missouri is becoming a destination for documentary film-makers.

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.

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Film
2:06 pm
Fri February 18, 2011

The Movie Critics: A Blah Time of Year for Film

JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER (G) 3.5

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.

Movie Ratings


Ratings are from one (1) low to five (5) high

THE ROOMATE (PG-13)
1.5

THE ILLUSIONIST (PG)
3.5

SANCTUM (R)
2.5

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Film
8:37 am
Fri February 18, 2011

Walker's Three to See: Oscar Shorts, Somewhere and King's Speech

(Feb 18, 2011) KCUR Arts Reporter Steve Walker offers his top film picks for this week.

Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Animation and Live Action

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Film
12:27 pm
Tue February 15, 2011

Films To Get You In The Mood

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.

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Film
9:18 am
Fri February 11, 2011

Walker's Three to See: Oscar Shorts, Another Year, King's Speech

(Feb 11, 2011) KCUR Arts Reporter Steve Walker shares his film picks for the weekend.

Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Animation and Live Action

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Film
9:10 am
Wed February 9, 2011

An Oscar For The Ozarks? 'Winter's Bone' Hits Home

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.

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.

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Film
11:40 am
Fri February 4, 2011

Art, Independent and Foreign Film Reviews

A review of this year's Oscar contenders and the latest in great film. Plus, a listing of special film events in our area.

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Film
3:37 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

Javier Bardem On A 'Biutiful' Acting Career

The Spanish actor received his third Academy Award nomination for his performance in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's new film.

Listen to the Story

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Film
12:26 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

The Movie Critics

(January 29, 2011) The Movie Critics join Walt Bodine to share news, views and reviews on recent big-screen offerings.

GUESTS:
Russ Simmons, co-host, KKFI, Fox 4 News, and KC Tribune
Marie Asner, Metro Voice
John Tibbets, Associate Professor of Theater and Film, University of Kansas

Ratings are from one (1) low to five (5) high

Rabbit Hole (R)
3

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Film
2:45 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

A Best Picture Cheat Sheet: What You Need To Know About The Ten Nominees

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.

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Film
12:32 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

2011 Oscar Nominations: This is It

Longtime KCUR movie critic Maria Asner shares her winners and tells us why.

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.

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Film
10:56 am
Tue January 25, 2011

'King's Speech' Earns Most Oscar Nominations

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.

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Film
8:31 am
Tue January 25, 2011

Walker's Three to See: Another Year, Biutiful, The King's Speech

KCUR Arts Reporter Steve Walker keeps us abreast of the best in area films.

Another Year

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Film
3:25 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

'The Way Back': An Epic Escape, Short On Drama

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.


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 Way Back

Director: Peter Weir

Genre: Drama

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Film
1:55 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

Walker's Three to See

KCUR Arts Reporter Steve Walker sets us straight on which films are worth seeing this week.

Made in Dagenham

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Film
8:11 am
Tue January 18, 2011

'5000 Fingers' Sings Again: A Seuss Rarity Revisited

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.

The surreal Terwilliker Institute, featuring a 5,000-key piano, is the backdrop of Seuss' zany cult classic.

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Film
3:56 pm
Fri January 14, 2011

The Return of the DVD Gurus

Jason Heck and Mitch Brian return with their favorite thriller films involving ordinary people thrown into extraordinary circumstances.

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Film
2:28 pm
Fri January 14, 2011

Git Along, Little Dogies: A Western Starter Kit

NPR's Bob Mondello Rustles Up a Western Movie Starter Kit

Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder in 1974's Blazing Saddles.

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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.

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Film
2:14 pm
Wed January 12, 2011

Coen Bros. On Wet Horses, Kid Stars: It's A Wild West

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.

January 12, 2011

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Film
9:49 am
Fri January 7, 2011

Love In The Limelight, Fitfully Illuminated

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.

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