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3:05 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' February 20-22

'Song of the Sea' is on Cynthia Haines' list this week.

Up to Date's indie, foreign, and documentary film critics are getting into the Oscar spirit. If you want to do the same, check out one of their favorites playing on area screens.

Cynthia Haines:

  • Mr. Turner
  • Two Days, One Night
  • Song of the Sea

Steve Walker:

  • Still Alice
  • Mr. Turner
  • Two Days, One Night
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Up To Date
1:42 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Controversy And Racism In "The Birth Of A Nation"

In 1915, a famous director and an aggressive journalist battled over the inherent racism in the film, The Birth of a Nation. On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with author Dick Lehr about the controversy behind this influential and infamous film. 

Guest:

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Up to Date
10:47 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' February 13-15

'Mr. Turner' made our critics' lists this week.

Whether you want to celebrate Valentine's Day with dinner and a movie or distract yourself from the day of Cupid, Up to Date's indie, foreign, and documentary film critics have a few ideas of what you can see on the silver screen.

Cynthia Haines:  

  • Two Days, One Night
  • Mr. Turner 
  • Oscar-nominated short films

Steve Walker:

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Up To Date
2:54 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign, & Documentary Film, February 6

'Feast' is one of the films in consideration for an award in the animated short film category.

One woman is given the weekend to convince her co-workers to give up their bonuses or lose her job, and another becomes obsessed with the suicide of a member in her support group. On Friday's Up To Date, our independent, foreign, and documentary film critics discuss these films and other movies playing now, plus the Oscar nominated live action, documentary, and animated shorts.  Films opening today:

  • Two Days, One Night

Films already showing:

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Up To Date
12:34 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign And Doc Critics' 'Three To See' February 6-8

Marion Cotillard is nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role for 'Two Days, One Night'.
Credit IFC Films

With the Academy Awards quickly approaching on Feb. 22, it may be just the weekend to head out to the theaters to see some of the nominees. Up To Date's Indie, Foreign, and Documentary film critics offer their Oscar nominated suggestions. 

Cynthia Haines:

  • Two Days, One Night
  • Oscar-Nominated Live Action Short Films
  • Boyhood 

Steve Walker:

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Film Review: Humiliated Factory Worker Gets 'Two Days, One Night' To Keep Her Job

Marion Cotillard and her co-workers after a harrowing 'Two Days, One Night.'
Credit IFC Films

In Two Days, One Night, the new film from the Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Marion Cotillard gives a complex, tough performance as a wife and mother scrambling to keep her job.

On a Friday, Cotillard's Sandra learns that sixteen of her co-workers at a solar panel factory have voted to take a bonus of 1,000 euros rather than keep her on the payroll. Devastated yet not defeated, she spends all Saturday and Sunday on a desperate and humble but hopeful campaign to personally convince each colleague to change his or her mind before a Monday-morning vote.

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Up To Date
3:44 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign And Doc Critics' 'Three To See' January 23-25

Steve Carell portrays John du Pont in "Foxcatcher."
Credit Sony Pictures Classic

  The weather forecast for the next few days makes getting out and about a no-brainer.  Top off your weekend  by taking in a movie.  Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary critics offer their picks to see this weekend.

Cynthia Haines:

  • Selma
  • Boyhood
  • Birdman

Steve Walker:

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Up To Date
11:11 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign And Doc Critics' 'Three To See' January 16-18

'Selma' got a Best Picture nomination from the Academy, and a top pick from the indie, foreign and documentary film critics.
Credit Paramount Pictures

The Academy has announced it's picks for this year's Oscars. Now, Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary critics announce their picks to see this weekend. Drumroll please...

Cynthia Haines:

  • Selma
  • Wild
  • American Sniper

Steve Walker:

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Arts & Culture
9:36 am
Thu January 15, 2015

The Glenwood Arts Theatre Closes On Metcalf

Mark Mossman changed the Glenwood Arts marquee on Thursday to announce the move from the (closed) Metcalf South Mall. Plans calls for merging with Leawood Theatre to become the Glenwood Arts at 95th and Mission Road.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

When the Glenwood Arts Theatre at the Metcalf South Shopping Center closes on Jan. 25, it marks the end of an era, nearly 50 years of a Glenwood theater on Metcalf. 

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Arts & Culture
12:57 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign, and Doc critics' 'Three To See' January 9-11

After the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother Cheryl Strayed (Witherspoon) decides to hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in "Wild".
Credit Fox Searchlight

From a thousand-mile journey of self-exploration to a raunchy bromance that has the nation talking, Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics suggest some films they think are worth heading to the theaters this weekend:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Boyhood
  • The Interview
  • Whiplash 

Steve Walker:

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Arts & Culture
8:55 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Filmmaker Exposes Her Family's 'Little White Lie,' Hopes For Honest Talk About Race

Filmmaker Lacey Schwartz
Credit Courtesy / Lacey Schwartz, Truth Aid Media

“White people will think anything,” says a guy named Matt in Lacey Schwartz’s documentary, Little White Lie.

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Central Standard
2:19 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

The Future Is Now: How 2015 Stacks Up Against Predictions

We don't have flying cars, and futurists guess we never will. That's an infrastructure thing. On the other hand, leaps in communication technology have changed our lives in ways that surpass most of our wildest dreams. How does the 2015 we are living in compare to the 2015 visited by Marty McFly in Back to the Future Part II? Up next: Blade Runner, 2019.

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Arts & Culture
10:19 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' January 2-4

Miles Teller (left) is an aspiring drummer and J.K. Simmons his demanding teacher in "Whiplash".
Credit Miramax

Weather reports are calling for bitter temperatures this weekend so a warm movie theater may be just the place to spend some time.  The Up to Date independent, foreign, and documentary film critics have some suggestions that will make it worth getting in the car:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Boyhood
  • Wild
  • Whiplash

Steve Walker:

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Up To Date
10:52 am
Fri December 26, 2014

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

Benedict Cumberbatch (left) as Alan Turing and Charles Dance (right) as Commander Denniston in "The Imitation Game".
Credit Black Bear Pictures

It is a tradition for many to take in a movie over the holiday weekend.  If you're trying to decide which to see, Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics have a few suggestions for you:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Boyhood
  • Wild
  • Whiplash

Steve Walker:

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Up To Date
10:28 am
Fri December 26, 2014

The Best Independent, Documentary And Foreign Films of 2014

"Boyhood" was the only film that made all three Top Ten lists of the Up to Date reviewers.
Credit IFC Entertainment

For those who prefer art houses for their film viewing, it's been a very good year. From the class system that develops on a train of the future to musician Nick Cave marking his 20,000th day on the planet to a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland,  independent, documentary and foreign filmmakers have given moviegoers plenty to choose from.

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Up to Date
10:42 am
Fri December 19, 2014

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

Both of our critics recommend giving 'Wild' a try this weekend.

Looking for a break from the holiday craziness? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics have a few suggestions for you:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Wild
  • Birdman
  • St. Vincent

Steve Walker:

  • Wild
  • The Theory of Everything 
  • The Babadook
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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Film Review: Reese Witherspoon Takes A Brutal Walk On The 'Wild' Side

Reese WItherspoon in 'Wild.'
Credit Fox Searchlight

Cheryl Strayed's best-selling memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail suggested to more than a million readers that the way to tame inner demons is to redefine what it means to navigate a wild life. Jean-Marc Vallee, the director of last year's Oscar-winning Dallas Buyers Club, has adapted Strayed's book into a beautiful and gritty film with a transformative performance by Reese Witherspoon at its core.

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Up To Date
1:18 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

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

'Last Days in Vietnam' made our critics lists this week.
Credit American Experience Films/PBS

If the grey skies are getting you down, why not take a trip to the cinema to lift the gloom? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics have a few recommendations for you:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Force Majeur
  • Birdman
  • Last Days in Vietnam

Steve Walker:

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Arts & Culture
7:52 am
Tue December 9, 2014

For Kansas City Art Institute Film And Animation Students, It's Showtime

A still from 'Dictum,' by Kansas City Art Institute filmmaking student Ayah Abdul-Rauf.
Credit Ayah Abdul-Rauf / Kansas City Art Institute

Film and animation students at the Kansas City Art Institute get some big-screen time – and a chance to see how their work goes over with a live audience – at their end-of-semester show on Wednesday at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in downtown Kansas City, Mo.

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Up to Date
2:55 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

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

'Force Majeure' made our critics' lists this week.

Still recovering from Thanksgiving? Try a good film for your relaxation this weekend. Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics have a few recommendations for you:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Force Majeure
  • Nightcrawler
  • Whiplash

Steve Walker:

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Up to Date
11:32 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' November 21-23

'Force Majeure' is on critic Steve Walker's list this week.

With Thanksgiving approaching, lots of movies are opening. If you're looking for an alternative to the latest blockbuster,  check out these suggestions from Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Birdman
  • Skeleton Twins
  • Citizenfour

Steve Walker:

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Up to Date
1:29 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

DVD Gurus: Film Noir

Actress Peggy Cummins joined Steve Kraske and the DVD Gurus in the studio.
Credit Beth Lipoff / KCUR

Beautiful women, crime and doomed lovers dominate the screen when it comes to film noir. At their height, these films featured star players, such as Humphrey Bogart, Burt Lancaster and Marilyn Monroe.

On Friday's Up to Date, our DVD Gurus highlighted their favorites of the genre. We also talked with a few special guests from the Noir City film festival.

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Up to Date
12:57 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' November 14-16

Bill Murray chills as a child mows his backyard dirt patch in 'St. Vincent.'

The weather's awfully cold, but movie theaters should be nice and toasty this weekend. Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics have a few suggestions for you once you get there:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Birdman
  • St. Vincent
  • Citizenfour

Steve Walker:

  • Citizenfour
  • Nightcrawler
  • Rosewater
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Up to Date
11:57 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' November 7-9

Our critics recommend the Edward Snowden documentary 'Citizenfour.'

Take the chill out of the autumn air with a good film this weekend and check out these recommendations from Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Skeleton Twins
  • St. Vincent
  • Birdman

Steve Walker:

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Arts & Culture
9:42 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Film Review: 'Dinosaur 13' Documentary Millions Of Years In The Making

Sue Hendrickson, namesake of the nearly complete T. rex skeleton discovered in South Dakota in 1990.
Credit Courtesy Dogwoof Pictures

Prior to 1990, scientists had unearthed only twelve Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons, none of them more than 40 percent complete. In August of that year, Sue – the titular T. rex in the riveting new documentary Dinosaur 13 – changed everything.

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Up to Date
12:22 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' October 31-November 2

Melissa McCarthy talks with Bill Murray in 'St. Vincent.'

Feeling festive with the Halloween weekend? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorite films showing on area screens:

Cynthia Haines: 

  • Birdman
  • St. Vincent
  • Rudderless

Steve Walker: 

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Central Standard
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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