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Movie Critics: The Changing Fall Movie Season

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The fall movie season is upon us, which means more movies aimed at adult audiences and those held back for awards consideration. That's great news for movie buffs, but is it great news for the theater operators. Will these movies be good enough to draw audiences like the Summer blockbusters?

Movie Critics Russ Simmons, Loey Lockerby, and Michael Smith take a look at the current crop of films and try to answer that question.  They also talk with Susan Ruiz, the real-life daughter of Harold Finch, the man portrayed by Fred Thompson in the new movie UNLIMITED, which had its world premiere in Kansas City on Thursday night. 


Movie Reviews (Out of 5 stars)


 Special Panel Discussion with UMKC law professor William Black, author of "The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One" and Mary Lindsay of Kansas City Move to Amend follows the film. Screening at 7:30pm on Friday, October 11 at the Tivoli.

The National Gallery, London, is offering a fresh look at one of the most startling and fascinating artists of all — Johannes Vermeer, painter of the famous Girl with a Pearl Earring. Tim Marlow goes beyond the exhibition to tell the entire story of Vermeer'ss life — and, in doing so, shows in fabulous HD detail many other of the artist's captivating works. Screening at various times between October 24 and November 3rd at the Tivoli.

“Small Small Thing,” about a 9-year-old Liberian girl who suffered complications from a rape. For seeking help outside the tribe, she and her mother are shunned. Winner of the Kansas International Film Festival Jury Prize for Documentary.
“The K Effect, Stalin's Editor” a fictional hybrid movie about a childhood friend of filmmaking pioneer Sergei Eisenstein, who became a spy in Hollywood. Winner of the Kansas International Film Festival Jury Prize for Narrative.

Both of these films will receive a run at the Glenwood ArtsTheatre very soon.

Both the 1969 (John Wayne) and 2010 (Jeff Bridges) screen adaptations of the classic Western “True Grit” will receive multiple screenings at various KC Library locations.

"Withered World" changed the landscape of local film collaboration; bringing together some of the best filmmakers in KC, each with the objective of writing and directing an episode that takes place on the last day of the Earth’s existence. The complete web series will air at 7:30 pm on October 17th at the Screenland Crown Center


  • Susan Ruiz, daughter of Harold Finch, the main character in Unlimited
Matthew Long-Middleton has been a talk-show producer, community producer, Media Training Manager and now the Community Engagement Manager at KCUR. You can reach him at Matthew@kcur.org, or on Twitter @MLMIndustries.
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