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What's Showing In Art, Independent, Foreign and Documentary Film

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.

Friday on Up to Date, critics Steve Walker, Cynthia Haines, and Bob Butler review the latest independent, foreign, and documentary films showing on area screens.  We’ll take on Meryl Streep as she takes on Britain’s formidable Margaret Thatcher, focus in on Glenn Close as she plays a 19th Century woman who masquerades as man to find work, and discuss a love triangle involving two of the world’s most infamous psychologists .….two Brooklyn couples attempting to handle their sons’ schoolyard fight … a man dealing with a sex addiction … and a special ops agent looking for revenge.

Have you recently seen a good (or bad) art, independent, foreign, or documentary film in KC? Give us a call at 816 235 2888 or email us at uptodate@kcur.org. You can also post comments on KCUR's Facebook page or Tweet us at @KCURUpToDate.

Our Reviewed Films:

The Iron Lady

Albert Nobbs

A Dangerous Method




Coming Attractions:

In the Land of Blood and Honey


A Separation

We Need To Talk About Kevin



DVD Suggestions of 2012 Oscar Nominated Films:

Best Picture: Moneyball, The Help, Midnight in Paris, Tree of Life, Hugo

Adapted Screenplay: The Ides of March, Bridesmaids

Other Categories: Drive (sound), Beginners (supporting actor: Christopher Plummer), Warrior (supporting actor: Nick Nolte), A Better Life (best actor: Damian Bashir), Margin Call (original screenplay), Rango (animated film)


Bob Butler is a former Kansas City Star critic and now film blogger of Butlerscinemascene.wordpress.com. He is a member of the Kansas City Film Critics Circle.  His work has appeared in The Arizona Republic, The Contra Costa Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Houston Chronicle, The Kansas City Star, and The Sunday Mail (Australia). Cynthia Haines, a photographer, film critic and scholar, retired as an Associate Professor of Film Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso where she taught for ten years. She has a B.A. degree from Stanford University and an M.A. from U.T. El Paso and attended the Stanford University Broadcast and Film Institute. She is the author/photographer of Literature and Landscape: Writers of the Southwest and Showtime! From Opera Houses to Picture Palaces in El Paso. Steve Walker is a contributing arts reporter at KCUR. In addition, he teaches creative writing classes at the Kansas City Art Institute, and is a consultant and trainer in peer counseling and HIV prevention programs for area high schools. His writing has appeared in The Sondheim Review, The Advocate and Theater Week, The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Business Journal, Ingram's, The Pitch and Review.

Stephen Steigman is director of Classical KC and chief of broadcast operations for KCUR 89.3 and 91.9 Classical KC. You can email him at stephen@kcur.org.
When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.