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Movie Critics: What You Should See Right Now

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The Thanksgiving movie releases have provided us with a cornucopia of cinematic offerings to choose from. Do we have a lot to be thankful for or have we been served up a batch of celluloid turkeys?

On Friday's Central Standard, Russ Simmons and fellow movie critics, Marie Asner and Tom Poe, check out the current crop from Hollywood and abroad and let you know what's worth your time and money.

They'll also take a look at what’s right for the family audience and what fare is for adults only.

Movie Reviews (Out of 5 Stars)


  • Scarface (1932) -  Saturday, December 7th at 1:30pm at the Central Library

The Kansas City Public Library is screening this classic 1932 gangster flick. It’s part of the “Muni the Magnificent” series of films starring Oscar-winner Paul Muni, one of the most acclaimed actors of Hollywood’s golden era. Stay tuned for other Muni favorites include “I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang,” “The Story of Louis Pasteur,” and “The Life of Emile Zola.”

Gone With the Wind. The Wizard of Oz. Stagecoach. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Wuthering Heights. Hollywood’s greatest year was 1939, with more memorable movies released than at any other time. Each week throughout 2014, the Library will screen one film from that year: Westerns, musicals, dramas, romances – even titles from the long-running Tarzan, Sherlock Holmes, and Andy Hardy series.

If you're in the holiday spirit, there are tons of Christmas favorites on the big screen this time of year. 


Central Standard movie critics
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.