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2:56 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

A Conversation With 'Rudderless' Screenwriter Casey Twenter

In Rudderless, a grieving father played by Billy Crudup is confronted by his son's girlfriend, played by Selena Gomez.
Credit Samuel Goldwyn Films and Paramount Home Media Distribution

When Casey Twenter came up with the idea for the movie Rudderless, starring Billy Crudup and directed by William H. Macy, he was a Kansas City guy working at an advertising agency. This conversation shares Twenter's story and offers insight into his on-screen exploration of parenthood and loss, love and guilt.

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Up to Date
12:56 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' October 18-20

'The Green Prince' made both our critics' lists this week.

The World Series doesn't start until Tuesday, but area theaters have movies ready now. Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorite films showing on area screens:

Cynthia Haines:

  • The Skeleton Twins
  • The Drop
  • The Green Prince

Steve Walker: 

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Arts & Culture
3:48 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Now That Kansas City Has A Film Office, Maybe Directors Will Film Here

Reese Witherspoon plays a woman who helps four Sudanese refugees resettle in the United States. It was filmed in Atlanta, Georgia, and South Africa.
Credit Bob Mahoney / courtesy: Warner Brothers

Kansas City has been missing out on valuable economic development – and image enhancement – opportunities by not having a fully staffed film office, but that should change now that Stephane Scupham has joined the Visit KC tourism office as film and new media manager.

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Up to Date
1:12 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' October 10-12

'The Notebook' takes a look at the experience of two children during World War II.

Looking for films to see when you're not glued to the Royals games? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorite films showing on area screens:

Steve Walker:

Cynthia Haines

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Central Standard
4:32 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Searching For Complexity: Portrayals Of American Indians In Film

"Daughter of the Dawn" is the first film in a series of Friday night screenings at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art this fall.
Credit Courtesy: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

"We're still here," says Gaylene Crouser of the Kansas City Indian Center. That's one of the many things she'd like people to understand about American Indians, a detail they might not pick up from mainstream movies. How have recurring characters on-screen shaped our perceptions of what it means to be indigenous in America? 

Guests:

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Up to Date
12:06 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' October 3-5

'The Drop' made two of out critics' lists this week.

Looking for a great way to get through a cold, rainy weekend? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorite films showing on area screens:

Cynthia Haines:

  • The Skeleton Twins
  • The Drop
  • One Chance 

Steve Walker:

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Arts & Culture
2:58 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Three ‘Gone Girl’ Places In Cape Girardeau, Missouri

This scene from 'Gone Girl' with (from left to right) Ben Affleck, Lisa Banes and David Clennon was filmed in the gazebo in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Credit 20th Century Fox

Gone Girl, a new film based on the best-selling thriller by Kansas City native Gillian Flynn, opens this Friday.

It's directed by David Fincher (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Fight Club, Seven), and Flynn wrote the screenplay. Cape Girardeau, Mo., on the banks of the Mississippi River, was a stand-in for the fictional North Carthage, Mo. 

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Up to Date
10:18 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' September 26-28

'The Skeleton Twins' made both Steve Walker's and Cynthia Haines' lists this week.

Looking for a great film to see over the weekend? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:

Cynthia Haines:

  • The Skeleton Twins
  • Trip to Italy
  • Calvary

Steve Walker:

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Up To Date
5:01 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' September 19-21

James Gandolfini (left) and Tom Hardy in "The Drop".
Credit Fox Searchlight Pictures

Looking for a great film to see over the weekend? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Alive Inside
  • A Most Wanted Man
  • The Trip to Italy

Steve Walker:

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Up To Date
5:04 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' September 12-14

Brendan Gleeson as Father James in "Calvary."
Credit Reprisal Films

Looking for a great film to see over the weekend? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:

Cynthia Haines:

  • The Trip to Italy
  • Boyhood
  • A Most Wanted Man

Steve Walker:

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Up to Date
12:29 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' September 5-7

Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan star in 'The Trip to Italy'.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of Sept.5-7? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:

Steve Walker:

Cynthia Haines:

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Up to Date
11:29 am
Fri September 5, 2014

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, September 5

Our critics review 'What If?' and many other films on area screens.

Two people who just want to be friends might get more than they bargained for, a married couple go on a retreat to salvage their marriage and Errol Flynn's last days are recreated on film.

We look at those film plots and more on Friday's Up to Date with our indie, foreign and documentary film critics.

Here's a list of the films they discussed:

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Arts & Culture
2:48 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Film Review: A Hotel Inspector Doesn't Exactly Enjoy Her 'Five Star Life'

Margherita Buy is a hotel inspector seemingly living 'A Five Star Life.'
Credit Courtesy Music Box Films

Everyone who’s ever stayed at a hotel turns into a hotel inspector as soon as the bellman closes the door. Does the bedspread look plush or threadbare? Is the bathroom gleaming or grungy? Will room service arrive promptly and hot or late and cold? In the new Italian film A Five Star Life, Margherita Buy wonders these and other things as a hotel inspector beginning to question the constriction and loneliness of a career that looks awfully glamorous from the outside.

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Up to Date
11:55 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' August 29-September 1

'A Five Star Life' made both of our critics' lists this week.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of Aug. 29-Sept.1? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:

Steve Walker:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Alive Inside
  • A Five Star Life
  • A Most Wanted Man
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Literature
9:28 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Writer Lois Lowry On 'The Giver'

Author Lois Lowry. Her 1993 children's novel, The Giver, has been turned into a film.
Credit courtesy: NEH

Acclaimed Newbery Award-winning children's author Lois Lowry's book for young people, The Giver, is now a film. 

"The Giver was the first book that I wrote that veered out of the realistic, and tiptoed a bit into fantasy. Some people call it science fiction. I don't like to think of it that way," Lowry tells our New Letters on the Air host Angela Elam.

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Up to Date
12:29 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' August 22-24

'A Most Wanted Man' is on critic Cynthia Haines' list this weekend.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of Aug. 22-24? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:

Steve Walker:

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Arts & Culture
9:30 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Film Review: Anna Kendrick's Flakiness Complicates Her Family's 'Happy Christmas'

Lena Dunham and Anna Kendrick attempt a babysitting job with Jude Swanberg in "Happy Christmas."
Credit Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

The new dysfunctional family comedy Happy Christmas may have modest goals, but it makes an impact thanks to several lively and well-crafted performances. Chief among those is Anna Kendrick. The Oscar nominee from Up in the Air is delightfully scattered as Jenny, a young woman fresh off a break-up who retreats to her brother’s home in Chicago in hopes of reconnecting with old friends and sustaining a semi-permanent buzz.

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Arts & Culture
9:30 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Film Review: 'The Dog' Introduces Inspiration For Iconic Al Pacino Role

Al Pacino plays John in " Dog Day Afternoon."
Credit Courtesy: Drafthouse Films

Those whose movie addiction firmly took hold in the 1970s have a deep affinity for such films as Nashville, Taxi Driver, and Dog Day Afternoon, three perfect melds of storytelling and cinematic virtuosity. What many may forget about the latter film - directed by Sidney Lumet and with a volcanic Al Pacino at its core - is that it was based on a real bank robbery concocted by a real person, now the subject of The Dog.

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Up to Date
12:30 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' August 8-10

Rich Hill follows the lives of people in a small town in Missouri.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of Aug. 8-10? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:

Cynthia Haines

  • Boyhood
  • A Most Wanted Man
  • Rich Hill

Steve Walker

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Up to Date
3:33 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' Aug. 1-3

'Boyhood' is on film critic Cynthia Haines' list this weekend.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of Aug. 1-3? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Boyhood
  • A Most Wanted Man
  • Life Itself

Steve Walker:

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Arts & Culture
9:55 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Film Review: An Extraordinary Film Tracks An Ordinary 'Boyhood'

Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" was filmed over more than a decade. Ellar Coltrane, shown here throughout the years, played Mason.
Credit Matt Lankes / courtesy of IFC Films

The fact that Richard Linklater’s extraordinary movie Boyhood was filmed over the course of 12 years could come off as a gimmick. Yet this amazing accomplishment is no trick and, thanks to powerful performances and a seamless narrative, it packs an emotional wallop that is both unexpected and hard to shake.

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Arts & Culture
9:52 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Film Review: The French-English Hybrid 'Chinese Puzzle' Celebrates Complicated Lives

Cécile De France, Romain Duris, Kelly Reilly, and Audrey Tautou in 'Chinese Puzzle.'
Credit courtesy of Cohen Media Group

There's a scene in Cédric Klapisch's warm, exuberant comedy Chinese Puzzle that perfectly captures both the beauty and complications of a life well lived. A discussion between two men (one living, one a hallucination) proposes that a piece of embroidery is an apt metaphor for the human condition: on one side is a lovely picture of a moment captured in time. But turned over, one sees all of the knotty entanglements.

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Up to Date
10:42 am
Fri July 18, 2014

DVD Gurus: World War II

'Sink the Bismarck!' is on our DVD Gurus' list of World War II flicks.

They fought on the beaches, in the air, on the sea... and on film. World War II made an indelible mark on pop culture, and it's especially evident on the silver screen.

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Up To Date
9:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

A Fistful Of Spaghetti Westerns

Clint Eastwood, the young American star in the 1964 Italian Western, "A Fistful of Dollars"
Credit Clint Eastwood for A Fistful of Dollars / Wikimedia Commons

A half century ago, nobody expected much of Sergio Leone’s 1964 Italian Western A Fistful of Dollars – not even its young American star, Clint Eastwood. On Wednesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske explores how this film's fiery success ignited the popularity of an entire genre known as "spaghetti westerns".

Guests:

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Up to Date
1:04 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' July 11-13

'Begin Again' made Steve Walker's list for this weekend.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of July 11-13? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:

Steve Walker:

  • Obvious Child
  • Begin Again
  • Ida

Cynthia Haines:

  • Ida
  • A Hard Day's Night
  • Chef
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Up to Date
12:56 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, July 11

Critics Cynthia Haines and Bob Butler weigh in on films showing on area screens, including 'The Love Punch.'

Examine the personal relationships of three disturbed couples and hear the controversy about the political influence of two conservative Kansas billionaires.  

On Friday's Up to Date, our indie, foreign, and documentary film critics examine the latest films showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
3:10 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' June 27

Credit Canal+ Polska

  Up to Date's independent, foreign and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Chef
  • Belle
  • Ida (English subtitles)

Steve Walker:

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