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This time of the year can be heavy with tradition, but don't let yourself get stuck in the past. This weekend, Up To Date 's indie, foreign, and documentary film critics are endorsing several movies that could embolden you to break from the familiar and find your own way in life. During the holiday shopping frenzy, make time to be inspired. Stop by your local theater for a flick with a friend. Cynthia Haines Eagle Huntress , G A visually stunning...

Focus Features

Looking for a way to reward yourself for getting out there and snagging some great deals on Black Friday, or just wanting to avoid the crush of shoppers altogether? Then get to an area theater and see one (or more) of the movies recommended by Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics. Cynthia Haines Moonlight , R The story of a young black man struggling to find and accept himself while growing up in a rough neighborhood in Miami. A Man...

A check-in with Aubrey Paine, whose second grade class in the Hickman Mills School District has changed a lot since the start of the school year: only seven of the original 18 students are there. Plus, we remember the life of Tom Poe: activist, minister, UMKC professor and a KCUR film critic. Guests: Aubrey Paine, second grade teacher, Ingels Elementary Barb Shelly, KCUR contributor CJ Janovy, KCUR arts reporter

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“If you’re going to sin,” the former Methodist minister Tom Poe once told me, “sin boldly.” He was using the words of theologian Martin Luther to justify some sort of subversiveness (I can't remember what we were up to) but I’ll forever quote Poe on that one. Poe, an intellectual center of Kansas City's film community, a beloved associate professor of Film and Media Arts in the Department of Communications Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a pillar of Trinity United Methodist...

Moho Film and Yong Film

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Whether you're looking for a break from grocery shopping, baking, or ornery relatives, Up To Date has the solution; our indie, foreign and documentary film critics are back with movie recommendations for the weekend. Check them out while they're still showing on area screens. Cynthia Haines Moonlight , R The story of a young black man struggling to find and accept himself while growing up in a rough neighborhood in...

When Anthony Ladesich found his father's youthful correspondence with an old Navy friend on a stack of reel-to-reel tapes, he also found so much more: a portal into Kansas City's jazz history, and a way of keeping his dad with him a little longer. Plus, for the first time ever, a student was admitted to UMKC Conservatory's composition program using the computer as his instrument. This is an encore edition of Central Standard. Guests: Anthony Ladesich ,...

A24 Films

It has been a long week for a lot of reasons. If you are looking for a little respite and relief, check out this weekend's recommendations from the Up To Date indie, foreign and documentary film critics before they are no longer available on area big-screens. Cynthia Haines Moonlight, R The story of a young black man struggling to find, and accept, himself while growing up in a rough neighborhood in Miami. A Man Called Ove , PG-13 Based on the...

Byron Newman / Amazon Studios / Magnolia Pictures

No one will blame you for tuning out the presidential campaign and looking for a way to avoid election stress disorder while waiting for November 8th to blow over. In fact, Up To Date 's indie, foreign and documentary film critics' latest recommendations are essentially a prescription for a weekend full of music, movies and popcorn. Maybe the Kansas International Film Festival is what you need to cure your ballot box ills. Cynthia Haines A Man Called Ove ,...

First, a conversation with the co-hosts of Alien Minute , a podcast that takes a minute-by-minute look at the 1979 science-fiction/horror classic, Alien. Then, former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins talks about his latest collection of poetry, The Rain in Portugal . Mitch Brian and John Ingle will host a night of trivia, discussion, and a screening of 'Alien' at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2, at Screenland Armour in North Kansas City. KCUR listeners get a...

First, we get a rundown of what audiences can look forward to at next weekend's Kansas International Film Festival . Then, Up To Date 's film critics review the latest independent, foreign and documentary movies showing in area theaters, including Certain Women , Michael Moore in Trumpland , Denial , A Man Called Ove , American Honey , The Birth of a Nation , and In a Valley of Violence. The Kansas International...

Laurie Sparham

Ghosts and ghouls haunting your mood, or is it just candy that's giving you a stomach ache? Up To Date 's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have you covered either way. You can avoid the Halloween frights by dimming the lights and catching a not-so-spooky movie. This weekend's recommendations are guaranteed to be completely free of witches and warlocks. Cynthia Haines A Man Called Ove , PG-13 The story of a young family that befriends (and...

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Don't ask Todd Sheets about the first horror film that he made. "It's godawful," he told host Gina Kaufmann on KCUR's Central Standard . "Anything I made before '93 I kind of disowned." Sheets started making horror movies in the late 1980s in Kansas City. He quickly earned a cult following; he was even dubbed the "Prince of Gore." He grew up going to movies. His first childhood memory was of seeing Night of the Living Dead on a triple bill. From that point, he was...

Todd Sheets started making horror movies in KC in the late 1980s. He stopped after a close friend died at the Catacombs Haunted House. A health scare — a heart attack and quadruple bypass surgery — inspired him, in part, to make movies again. His latest, Dreaming Purple Neon , has its world premiere tomorrow night at Screenland Armour . Plus, a chat with musician Rachel Mallin, and an encore presentation on lizards. Guests: Todd Sheets, director, ...

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The Missouri painter George Caleb Bingham is already famous enough to have his work in the National Gallery of Art , as well as many other esteemed institutions. But to his hometown of Arrow Rock, population 56, he could stand to be more famous. Arrow Rock sits on a Missouri River bluff about an hour and a half east of Kansas City. A small brick house Bingham built there in the 1830s is among the 19th century structures that have earned the whole town designation as a National Historic...

As sous chef at Café Sebastienne , Janet Ross prepares ruby trout with a root vegetable hash. As a contestant on Cutthroat Kitchen: Tournament of Terror , she uses murder weapons to prepare Halloween-themed meals like liver and brains. How does she transition between the two? Plus, a local fashion prodigy who had a luxury label before he even graduated from high school , and the tale of a long-lost film featuring an all Native American cast and the man who found it. Guests: ...

In a time of diminishing budgets, guest host Brian Ellison learns how fine-arts program Harmony Project is helping underserved kids in Kansas City do better in school. Then, actor Bryan Cranston says a large part of his successful career has to do with hard work and good luck. This week's Local Listen features the classic rock band Kansas, touring in support of its first album since 2000. Margaret Martin, Harmony Project's founder, will discuss her work, and the power of music, at the...

This week, Kansas Citians have an opportunity to see an extraordinary film that’s been publicly screened fewer than a dozen times since its original release in 1920. For decades, film historians figured it was lost. The film's journey to Kansas City started back in 2004, when Brian Hearn was the film curator of the Oklahoma City Museum and received a strange call from a private investigator in North Carolina. “This guy had a client whose grandfather had owned a silent movie theater,” says...

Music Box Films

Nobody can stay on top of the world forever, and there's nothing like a well-timed helping hand when you're feeling a little down. This weekend's recommendations from Up To Date 's indie, foreign and documentary film critics prove it's not just animals that sometimes require a rescue. Whether it's a lonesome neighbor or a long-lost schoolmate — all the lonely people — grab a friend and get to an area theater before these films are gone from screens for good. Cynthia...

Jacob Blickenstaff

Millions of people will tune their TVs to the second presidential debate this Sunday, but maybe you're looking for something on the big screen instead. If so, check out this weekend's non-political movie recommendations from Up To Date 's indie, foreign and documentary film critics. Steve Walker Mia Madre, R During the shoot of her new film, an accomplished Italian film director (Margherita Buy) grapples with an egocentric American actor, played by John...

Teen films from the 1980s (think Fast Times at Ridgemont High and 16 Candles ) helped define a generation, but their influence on American culture lasted much longer than the decade in which they were released.

The 2006 film Idiocracy has become shorthand for the dumbing down of American culture. What are we really saying when we reference the movie? Guests: Russ Simmons, resident film critic Anthony Sze-Fai Shiu, Associate Professor, Department of English at UMKC Will Averill, Founder, "Bleep" You, I'm From Kansas

Magnolia Pictures

If the excitement of the first presidential debate left you with a little drama fix you need to itch, Up to Date has your prescription. This week, our film critics return to bring you the latest indie, foreign and documentary films showing on local screens. Robert Butler Hell or High Water , R Chris Pine and Ben Foster play brothers who seek revenge on a bank that threatens their family’s land. The chase of Sheriff Hamilton, played by Jeff Bridges, makes...

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