Russ Simmons

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

Movie Critics: Special Effects

Credit Scott Swigart / Flikr - CC

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 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
12:00 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Your Memories of Walt Bodine

Walt Bodine, legendary Kansas City broadcaster and icon of the city, died Sunday at the age of 92. To celebrate the life and career of Bodine, Central Standard invites his fans, friends and colleagues to call in and share their memories of former Walt Bodine Show host both on and off the air.

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Central Standard Friday
3:24 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Movie Critics: A Look At The Oscars

(L to R) Best actor Daniel Day-Lewis, Best actress Jennifer Lawrence, Best supporting actress Anne Hathaway and best supporting actor Christoph Waltz

The 85th annual Academy Awards are now history. Hollywood’s most glamorous event was yet another extravaganza of self-congratulation. We take a look at favorites slighted and just rewards reaped.  And we discuss the significance of Seth MacFarlane performance as host.  Movie critics Russ Simmons, Marie Asner and John Tibbots take us through the Oscars and this moth's latest releases.


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Central Standard Friday
4:41 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Best & Worst Movies Of 2012

Was Les Miserables miserable?  Was Jack Reacher a reach?  Should anyone have taken The Guilt Trip?  These answers and more, on this week's edition of Central Standard Friday.

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Central Standard Friday
6:48 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Movie Critics: Best Films Of 2012

Join Central Standard Friday as our movie critics Russ Simmons of KKFI and Fox 4 News, Marie Asner of Metro Voice, On Air Prep & Phantom Tollbooth, and John Tibbets, Associate Professor of Theater and Film at KU, discuss the recent releases and look for your feelings about what have been the best movies and performances of 2012.

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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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Thank You, Walt
1:48 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

The Last Walt Bodine Show

Thank you all for joining KCUR this Friday morning at 10 a.m. for the very last Walt Bodine Show, and showing such outstanding support for Walt, and his contributions to local journalism.

Walt was join for the hour by his friends Monroe Dodd, Charles Ferruzza and Russ Simmons. The three have known Walt over the years as regular guests and co-hosts, and will talk with Walt today about his influence in Kansas City.

 

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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
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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New Movie Releases
7:00 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

The Movie Critics: What's New in Theaters

Russ Simmons and the Movie Critics join Walt Bodine for a look at recent movie releases, including The Decedents, The Muppets and New Year's Eve. Plus, we want to know what new releases you're hoping to see before the year ends.

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