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Central Standard
5:09 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Movie Critics: Films Of August 2014

Jeff Bridges (at left) plays the role of the Giver in the new film based on the book, The Giver, by Lois Lowry.
Credit courtesy: Walden Media

The new sci-fi thriller The Giver joins a growing parade of dystopian young adult novels that have been adapted to the big screen. Discover why the future looks so bleak, then cheer up with reviews of films to be released in August.

Opened August 1:

  • BOYHOOD (R) - 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • GET ON UP (R) - 3 out of 5 stars
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (PG-13)  - 3 out of 5 stars

​Opened August 8:

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Central Standard
4:51 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Movie Critics: Films Of July 2014

With the first days passing 100 degrees Fahrenheit on the heat index, summer is in full swing. And with summer, comes a plethora of fun, escapist flicks. But July has also brought films with depth, humor and insight. On Friday's Central Standardthe movie critics give their take on what's moving movies forward and what can be left to burn up in the sun.

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Central Standard
2:06 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Movie Critics: Time Loopers

The current Tom Cruise blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow is the latest example of time warp cinema, a story with loops in time and narrative. Other examples include Sliding Doors, Donnie Darko, and, of course, Groundhog Day.

On Friday's Central Standard, Russ Simmons and the film critics return to review flicks currently showing at your local cineplex, and discuss the best time loop films.

Guests:

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Central Standard
4:49 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Movie Critics: May 2014

On Friday's Central Standard, Friday host Russ Simmons and the film critics examine the diversity of films that have arrived in the cinema this May. Plus they investigate the changing designed and amenities of theaters discussing if having food and alcohol served actually enhance the movie experience.

Opens May 2:

  • The Amazing Spider-man 2 (PG-13) - 2.5 out of 5

Opens May 9:

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Movie Critics: Hollywood Embraces Religious Films

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier"
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The movie critics are here to discuss new releases. The critics tell us which movies to see and which ones to skip. Later in the show, host Russ Simmons explores the faith-based film phenomenon. 

Released April 4:

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Central Standard
7:43 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Movie Critics: Reviews Of March Releases Plus A Look At the Kansas City FilmFest

Credit Fox Serchlight

From the over-the-top, young-adult heroics of "Divergent" to the eccentric comedy of "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and the intriguing examination of obsession in the documentary "Tim’s Vermeer" the offerings over the last month at local movie theaters has certainly been diverse. And that horn of plenty continues to overflow as the 18th annual Kansas City FilmFest begins in earnest next week.

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Central Standard
10:24 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Movie Critics: Oscars 2014

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Best Picture:

  • "American Hustle"
  • "Captain Phillips"
  • "Dallas Buyers Club"
  • "Gravity"
  • "Her"
  • "Nebraska"
  • "Philomena"
  • "12 Years a Slave"
  • "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Best Supporting Actor:

  • Barkhad Abdi, "Captain Phillips"
  • Bradley Cooper, "American Hustle"
  • Jonah Hill, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
  • Michael Fassbender, "12 Years a Slave"
  • Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club"

Best Supporting Actress:

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Central Standard
3:18 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Movie Critics: What Makes A 'Cult' Film?

Credit Edward D. Wood, Jr. / Wikimedia Commons - CC

From The Rocky Horror Picture Show to Monty Python and the Holy Grail to Eraserhead​, cult films seem to last forever.

But, what exactly is a cult film and what keeps them going? Which ones deserve to live in our memories and up on the big screen?

On Friday's Central Standard, Russ Simmons is joined by fellow movie critics, Thom Poe and Loey Lockerby to discuss what it takes to become a cult film and chat about the local venues that screen them.

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Central Standard
11:26 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Movie Critics: The Best (And Worst) Movies Of 2013

Gravity made many of our movie critics' top film lists this year.
Credit Warner Bros. Pictures / IMP Awards

This was another record-breaking year at the box office for the film industry and on Friday's Central Standard, the movie critics gather 'round to share what they felt were the best (and worst) movies of 2013.

The Top Five Films of the Year:  

John Tibbetts:

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Central Standard
10:43 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Movie Critics: What You Should See Right Now

Actor Jennifer Lawrence has found big success with the Hunger Games film franchise.
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The Thanksgiving movie releases have provided us with a cornucopia of cinematic offerings to choose from. Do we have a lot to be thankful for or have we been served up a batch of celluloid turkeys?

On Friday's Central Standard, Russ Simmons and fellow movie critics, Marie Asner and Tom Poe, check out the current crop from Hollywood and abroad and let you know what's worth your time and money.

They'll also take a look at what’s right for the family audience and what fare is for adults only.

Movie Reviews (Out of 5 Stars)

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Central Standard Friday
9:55 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Movie Critics: The Changing Fall Movie Season

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The fall movie season is upon us, which means more movies aimed at adult audiences and those held back for awards consideration. That's great news for movie buffs, but is it great news for the theater operators. Will these movies be good enough to draw audiences like the Summer blockbusters?

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Central Standard Friday
8:39 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Film Critics: Real Life On The Screen

Fruitvale Station was released on July 26 and depicts the life of Oscar Grant who was shot and killed by a BART police officer in 2009.
Credit Significant Productions

For more than a century writers and directors have based films on real life events. From the life of Thomas Edison to the battle of Gettysburg — actual events and real-life stories often make the best films.

Friday on Central Standard movie critics Russ Simmons, Loey Lockerby and John Tibbets share reviews of movies out right now, plus they'll discuss how Hollywood handles real-life events. When is making a film too soon after the event? When has Hollywood gotten it right, and when have they gotten it wrong?

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Central Standard Friday
10:09 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Movie Critics: Special Effects

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Current movie hits like “Pacific Rim” and “Despicable Me 2” are loaded with computer generated imagery (CGI).

But did you know that Kansas City has become something of a hub for computer animation that finds its way to Hollywood? On today's Central Standard,  host Russ Simmons will talk with fellow film critics Marie Asner and Eric Melin as well as Jim Lammers from Trinity Animation and Bruce Branit from Branit FX about their contributions to some of your favorite movies and TV shows.

REVIEWS (Out of 5 Stars)

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Central Standard Friday
9:44 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Movie Critics: The Best Movies Out In June

For years, it seems like Hollywood has been remaking the same films over and over and over again. Have they run out of original ideas? Or is it the movie theaters and the audiences themselves who keep paying for the same movie every summer?

Our movie critics Russ Simmons, Thom Poe, Loey Lockerby, and special guest Justin Scott, director of marketing for Standees theater, talk about the problem of putting all your eggs in one basket, as well as the new and unique movies that Hollywood is making.

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Central Standard
6:06 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Movie Critics: Your Guide To Movie Releases In May

It’s another summer of sequels!

With the release of Iron Man 3, The Hangover Part III, and Fast & Furious 6, it looks like Hollywood is attempting to once again attract people with the familiar and the established.

The movie critics, Russ Simmons, John Tibbetts, and Alan Rapp, discuss their favorite sequels, as well as the movies that never got a sequel, but deserve one (John Carter, anyone?).

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Central Standard Friday
5:29 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

Movie Critics: What Are The Best Movies Out Right Now?

Movie Critics Russ Simmons, Marie Asner and Thom Poe gather round during KCUR's spring pledge drive to discuss the best and worst of the recent film releases. 


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Central Standard Friday
5:45 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Movie Critics: Book Adaptations

Oz the Great and Powerful

The “Twilight” series was a big hit both on the bestseller list and on the big screen. Now, Stephanie Myer has another adaptation hitting area theaters, “The Host.” Other versions of famous books, “Oz, the Great and Powerful” and “On the Road” are currently at the movies, too.   On Central Standard Friday, Russ Simmons, Loey Lockerby, and Eric Melin take a look at the newest films and explore the world of book adaptations.

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Central Standard Friday
4:29 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Movie Critics: Fall Flicks

Join the Movie Critics for a look at new releases in theaters near you, including Looper, ARGO and End of Watch.

This week for Central Standard Friday, we've got host Russ Simmons of KKFI, Fox 4 News, Eric Melin of Lawrence.com and Scene-Stealers.com and John Tibbetts, Associate Professor of Theater and Film at KU.

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Central Standard Friday
8:16 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Movie Critics: Lawless, Not Flawless

On this week's Central Standard Friday, join host Russ Simmons and the Movie Critics for a look at what's new in a theater near you, including Lawless, The Bachelorette, Cosmopolis and The Words.

Plus, our critics discuss the re-release of Finding Nemo 3D. Is it worth seeing again?

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Central Standard Friday
9:00 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Movie Critics: Films For 50+

For this week's Central Standard Friday join host Russ Simmons and the Movie Critics for a look at what's new in a theater near you, including The Bourne Legacy, Hope Springs and The Campaign.

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Central Standard Friday
9:56 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Movie Critics: The Acceptable Spiderman

For this week's Central Standard Friday, join host Russ Simmons and the Movie Critics for a look at what's new in a theater near you, including The Amazing Spiderman, Moonrise Kingdom, Ice Age: Continental Drift and Ted. Also, in light of the Aurora, Colorado tragedy, our critics will discuss how the news has changed the way they understand The Dark Knight Rises.

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Central Standard Friday
4:01 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Movie Critics: Get Thee To A Chilly Theater

Tom Cruise is creeping us out.
Rock of Ages

For this week's Central Standard Friday join host Russ Simmons and the Movie Critics for a look at what's new in a theater near you, including Prometheus, Brave, The Intouchables and Rock of Ages.

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Central Standard Friday
4:06 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Movie Critics: Summer Blockbusters

For this week's Central Standard Friday join host Russ Simmons and the Movie Critics for a look at what's new in a theater near you, including Dark Shadows, The Dictator and Men in Black 3.

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Central Standard Friday
9:25 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Movie Critics: Avengers, Summer Blockbusters

In this hour of Central Standard Friday, join host Russ Simmons and the Movie Critics for a look at what's new in the box office, including Marvel's The Avengers.

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Walt Bodine Show
5:01 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Movie Critics: What's New in Theaters, KC FilmFest

On this Friday's Walt Bodine Show, co-host Russ Simmons and the Movie Critics take a look at what's new in the box office, including a few highlights from Kansas City FilmFest.

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Walt Bodine Show
4:11 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Movie Critics: New Releases, Hunger Games

On this Friday's Walt Bodine Show, co-host Russ Simmons and the Movie Critics will review recent movie releases, including John Carter, Jeff Who Lives At Home, 21 Jump Street, The Hunger Games, and We Need To Talk About Kevin.

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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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Walt Bodine Show
12:51 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

The Movie Critics: Academy Awards Predictions

On this Friday's Walt Bodine Show, co-host Russ Simmons and the Movie Critics will take a look at recent movie releases, including A Dangerous Method, The Grey, Big Miracle,  and Star Wars Episode 1 3-D.

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Walt Bodine Show
12:59 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

The Movie Critics: Nice Start, 2012

Gary Oldman stars in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Don't you think it's a perfect time of year if you like to go to the movies? There’s no holiday shopping to do, no garden to tend, no snow to shovel, and no nice weather to miss. But when it comes to picking what films to see, that’s where the Movie Critics come in.

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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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