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Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of March 9-11, 2012?

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Car companies that destroyed their electric cars in 2006 are now scrambling to be the best producer of the vehicles. A young woman coming of age as an African-American lesbian living in Brooklyn. Two single people who take a different route to parenthood from their married friends.

These are just some of the latest topics being addressed by independent, foreign and documentary films.  Friday on Up to Date, critics Cynthia Haines, Steve Walker, and Bob Butler tell us how well these films do in shedding light on their subjects.

"Kick Me" Kicking Off in KC

Mar 6, 2012
Charlie Upchurch / KCUR

In the second half of this Tuesday's Central Standard, we interrogate a KCK cop about his emerging career as an indie film star, before he becomes famous.

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of March 3-5, 2012?

Movie Critics: Academy Awards Recap, New Releases

Mar 2, 2012

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.

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of February 24-26, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

You can click on the highlighted links for Steve Walker's reviews.

Cynthia Haines: Pina, Oscar-Nominated Shorts, The Iron Lady

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of February 10-12, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

You can click on the highlighted links for Steve Walker's reviews.

Cynthia Haines: Pina, The Iron Lady, Hugo

The nominations have all been announced and the Academy Awards are almost here. As any sports fan knows, the thrill of athletic competition is the stuff dreams--and movies--are often made of.

Should Black History Month Exist?

Feb 8, 2012

On this Wednesday's Central Standard, a look at a documentary that argues that Black History is American History.

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of February 3-5, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

Last week’s Oscar nominations came as no surprise to Up to Date's art, independent, foreign, and documentary critics. As has been the case in recent years, a number of the top award competitors fit within their sphere of cinema.  So if you’re wondering who to lay your bets on this year, Friday's show is a good time to tune in.

What was happening on the cinema scene a half century ago? And how have movies changed and in what ways have they remained the same?

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of January 20-22, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

Film Review: "Shame"

Jan 20, 2012

If anyone doubted sex and intimacy were mutually exclusive, "Shame" is proof-positive they can be light years apart.

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of January 13-15, 2012?

Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

Cynthia Haines: The Artist, Hugo, The Hedgehog

Steve Walker: The Iron Lady, Melancholia, The Artist

On January 8th, 2012, the Kansas City Film Critics Circle announced its choices for the 45th Annual Loutzenhiser Awards, named for late local critic James Loutzenhiser.

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of January 7-8, 2012?

Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

Cynthia Haines: The Artist, Le Havre, Being Elmo

Bob Butler: The Artist, Le Havre, Being Elmo

Steve Walker: The Artist, Le Havre, Young Adult

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will name its Oscar nominees on January 24th.  No, our own critics aren't involved in the nominating process, but that doesn't mean they don't have opinions on which films should receive accolades!

In the true spirit of global cinema comes a charming and sweet French movie by a Finnish director (Aki Kaurismäki) about a young African refugee.

The Movie Critics: Best Films of 2011

Dec 29, 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?

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of December 24-25, 2011?

Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

 

If you're still looking for that perfect gift, it may not be too late.  Sure, you could buy some clothing, jewelry, or (men - don't do this), blender, but why not pick something meaningful for your friend or loved one - something that matches their personal taste?  Here's an idea: the gift of movies.

To write off Michel Hazanavicius's black-and-white silent film as a gimmick is to miss a creative, touching, and beautiful movie about movies at the end of the silent film era.  Jean Dujardin stars as Georges Valentin, a dashing silent hero - he looks like Gene Kelly crossed with Errol Flynn-  whose career is about to be made obsolete by the talkies.

The wait is over. You can breathe easy once again. Up to Date's art, independent, foreign and documentary film critics have broken down the year's best flicks and given us their ten favorites from 2011, in no particular order.

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of December 16-18, 2011?

Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

In Charlize Theron's Oscar-winning role in "Monster,"  she played a serial killer whose unbridled rage was targeted on others. In her new film, "Young Adult," she's also very convincing - and perhaps more unlikable -  as a woman whose hurt is mainly turned inward.

All that holiday spending might have you feeling a little dirty in these few weeks between Black Friday and Super Saturday, traditionally the second-biggest shopping day of the year. To help cleanse your soul, and to add a bit more culture to your life than you might get cruising the aisles of Wal-Mart, we've invited our film critics into the studio to  catch you up on the latest independent, foreign and documentary films in area theaters.

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