Film

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.

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see this weekend?

Thanksgiving marks the start of something special.  No, not the shopping frenzy, or the decorating, or the baking.  It marks the season of movies released in time for holiday viewing!  Just in time to let you know what's out there, our film critics gather round with their picks and pans from the latest in independent, foreign and documentary films.

Photo by Greg Gorman

  Filmmaker John Waters grew up in Baltimore in the 1950s and began making silent 8mm and 16mm films in the mid 1960s, screened in rented church halls and attended by underground audiences who heard of the films by word-of-mouth and leaflets. His first success: the 1972 film Pink Flamingos starring Divine.

Hairspray opened Tuesday, March 29 at the Music Hall and runs through April 10, 2005.

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