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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".

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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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Arts & Culture
12:05 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Film Review: To Woo A Big Factory, Tiny Village Plots 'The Grand Seduction'

Brendan Gleeson and Taylor Kitsch work out some father-son issues in Newfoundland in "The Grand Seduction."
Credit 2014 Entertainment One Films

When independent films feature a small town and a huge corporation at their core, they are usually depicted as foes like David and Goliath – the good and the average against the lumbering giant.

Local Hero from 1983 comes to mind, as does Promised Land, the recent movie about fracking in the Midwest. The Grand Seduction, however, reverses that formula, proving that the battle lines aren’t always drawn that cleanly.

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Arts & Culture
10:00 am
Tue June 24, 2014

4 Films To See At The Kansas City LGBT Film Festival This Weekend

A scene from the film, 'To Be Takei.'
Credit Courtesy of Sundance Institute

As the march toward full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in America advances at varying speeds, there remains a sense that the LGBT community can still be marginalized in the movies. That's what makes film festivals like Out Here Now so relevant to the LGBT communities and their staunch allies.

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Up To Date
9:00 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' June 13

"For No Good Reason" explores the connection between life and art through the eyes of seminal British artist, Ralph Steadman.
Credit Sony Pictures

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

Cynthia Haines:

  • Chef
  • Belle
  • For No Good Reason

Steve Walker:

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Arts & Culture
6:28 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Film Review: 'Night Moves' A Morality Tale Where Environmental Activism Turns Deadly

Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, and Peter Sarsgaard star in 'Night Moves,' directed by Kelly Reichardt.
Credit Courtesy / Tipping Point Productions/Cinedigm.

In Kelly Reichardt’s astonishingly good thriller Night Moves, a trio of environmental activists gets trapped in a political and deadly morass of their own making. Played by Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard, they demonstrate to a fault what happens when passion for a cause is trumped by human frailty.

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Up to Date
12:41 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' June 6

Joaquin Phoenix and Marion Cotillard star in 'The Immigrant.'

Need to take refuge from the downpours this weekend? Up to Date's independent, foreign and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Ida
  • Chef
  • Belle

Steve Walker:

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Up to Date
10:48 am
Fri June 6, 2014

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

The Polish film 'Ida' is on our critics' list this week.

Take a trip with a Polish nun in training, who finds out her family history isn't what she thought, and navigate the murky world of social media with an outspoken chef.

On Friday's Up to Date, the indie, foreign and documentary film critics join us to talk about what hot-- and what's not-- on your local silver screen.

This week, they discussed:

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Up To Date
5:30 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' May 30-June 1

Credit thehornetsnestmovie.com

Looking for a great film to see during the weekend of May 30-June 1? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Fed Up
  • The Hornet's Nest
  • The Lunchbox

Steve Walker:

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Film
6:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Film Review: In East Texas, Blood Runs 'Cold In July'

Sam Shepard, Michael C. Hall, and Don Johnson form an unlikely trio seeking vengeance in 'Cold in July.'
Credit courtesy: IFC Films

There's a deliberate seediness to the Texas noir Cold in July that makes it both entertaining and calculating. Directed by Jim Mickle, it stars Michael C. Hall as Richard, an ordinary man around whom extraordinarily violent things happen, all triggered by an act of self-defense that leaves a home intruder dead and his living room splattered with brain matter like a Jackson Pollock.

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Up to Date
12:24 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Inside The Creative Mind of William Joyce

William Joyce has captivated young audiences and their parents with his whimsical and imaginative characters in film, TV, and in books.  The creator of Rolie Polie Olie and The Guardians of Childhood has a new book and film, The Numberlys.  Joyce talks with Steve Kraske about what inspires the characters he creates.

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Up To Date
4:32 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' May 23-25

Critics Cynthia Haines and Steve Walker recommend "Fed Up," the documentary "that the food industry doesn't want you to see."

Looking for a great film to see during the long holiday weekend of May 23-26? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:

Cynthia Haines:

  • The Hornet's Nest
  • Only Lovers Left Alive
  • The Lunchbox

Steve Walker:

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Harvest Public Media
8:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

'Fed Up' Links Obesity Epidemic to Sugar, Industry, Government

Scene from 'Fed Up,' an activist documentary that focuses on childhood obesity.
Credit RADiUS-TWC

Just who’s to blame for the childhood obesity epidemic? Over the years, the finger has been pointed at parents, video games and vending machines, to name a few.

To the makers of the new activist documentary, “Fed Up,” the bottom line of blame lies with a simple substance poured into our diets every day: sugar. And the pushers of what this film calls a drug and “the new tobacco” are the food industry and our own government.

“What if our whole approach to this epidemic has been dead wrong?” the film’s narrator, TV journalist Katie Couric, says in the film’s open.

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Arts & Culture
6:58 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Film Review: Embedded With U.S. Troops Fighting In 'The Hornet's Nest'

ABC News journalist Mike Boettcher embeds himself and his son with U.S. troops in Afghanistan in "The Hornet's Nest."
Credit Courtesy / HighRoad Media

For all the comic book mayhem thrust on summer movie audiences, there’s never a sense that anything’s at stake besides how much money the studios will bank. That’s what makes the new documentary The Hornet’s Nest – a movie about a real war, not one constructed of computer graphics - essential viewing to people crying out for substance.

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