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Sundance Selects

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of April 13-15, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

Who Killed Commercial Radio?

Apr 9, 2012

On this Tuesday's Central Standard get to know two local filmmakers who asked, "What happened to the radio industry, and what's the cost to our communities?"

Urbanized

Apr 8, 2012

More than half the world’s population now lives in an urban area, and 75 percent will call a city home by 2050.

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of April 6-8, 2012?

"What defines deliciousness?" is the first line of David Gelb's splendid documentary about Jiro Ono, the oldest chef on the planet to be awarded three Michelin Guide stars, the restaurant world's top honor.

 An American audience spoon-fed on quick-paced television crime dramas may find the Turkish film Once Upon a Time in Anatolia a bit snoozy.

Looking for a good film to see this weekend or beyond? Perhaps one that makes you think....or *gasp* - spend time with friends after the lights go up talking about the film in-depth?

Up To Date's Film Critics' "Three To See"

Mar 30, 2012

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of March 30-April 1, 2012?

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of March 23-25, 2012?

He's made a film in two days.

And some people will say that it shows. Others will proudly defend the low-budget work of B-movie director Roger Corman. He even won an Honorary Academy Award in 2009 for his body of work.

The History Of Gospel Music In KC

Mar 20, 2012

Back in the 1940-60s, Black gospel music gave a voice to people living in troubled times.

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

Focus Features

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?

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