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This week on the Heartland Labor Forum, we’ll have another candidate for Mayor: Steve Miller, a construction lawyer who says it’s all about connections like transportation, infrastructure and neighborhoods. Then, unions are intended to level the playing field with the boss, but what if workers become their own bosses?  We’ll talk with UMKC economist Erik Olsen about worker cooperatives, and ask if they might be the future for the organized workplace. Tune in Thursday at 6pm, rebroadcast Friday at 5am.


Producer James Cameron and director Robert Rodriguez team up to adapt the Japanese manga comic “Alita: Battle Angel.” In a dystopian future, a cyborg with a human brain is brought back to life to become the hero in a game of super Rollerball. While it’s an impressive visual spectacle, the story plays like a smorgasbord of ideas culled from other, better works. Annoyingly, there’s no climax, so the filmmakers expect us to wait for the sequel with bated breath.

The surprise hit horror flick “Happy Death Day” was a mashup of “Groundhog Day” and “Scream,” about a teenager who repeats that day she was murdered over and over again. The sequel, “Happy Death Day 2 U” may not match up, but it’s better than It has any business being with Jessica Rothe demonstrating a real range of emotion as she’s caught in a time loop with moral conundrums.

“Isn’t it Romantic” is a passable fantasy. Rebel Wilson plays a woman who gets bonked on the head and wakes up in an alternate universe filled with romantic comedy clichés. It feels very strained at times, but good for a few laughs on your Valentine’s Day date.

The harrowing Lebanese film “Capernaum” (CAP-er-nom) is a nominee for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. It’s the brutal tale of a poor little boy living on the streets or Beirut who sues his parents for giving him birth. He befriends an Ethiopian woman and becomes her baby’s unintentional guardian when the woman is detained by immigration authorities. Yes, “Capernaum” is grim, but a beautifully rendered and heartbreaking social drama.

Also opening this week, “Donnybrook” is a drama about desperate people who engage in illicit bare knuckles cage matches. Jamie Bell stars. “The Lears” is a contemporary comic adaptation of “King Lear” and “Lords of Chaos” tells the true story of a murderous death metal band.


When “The LEGO Movie” debuted in 2014, it took audiences and critics by surprise…and the box office by storm! While the sequel “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” lacks the freshness of the original, there’s still plenty of creativity and animated razzle dazzle on display. The LEGO universe has descended into dystopia and must contend with invaders from the cute but deadly DUPLO world. There’s plenty of broad humor for the kids and cheeky cultural references for adults, but the movie is almost undone by frenetic, breakneck editing. Still, “The LEGO Movie 2” delivers all the entertainment one could expect from a 90-minute toy commercial.

Each year, I get the same question. Why should I care about the Oscar-nominated shorts if I can’t see them? Well, you can. The latest compilation has arrived and it’s easy to see why these films have been so honored. There’s no question as to the artistry of these efforts, so film buffs will have plenty to discuss in their post screening coffee talks. One note of caution: Most of these films are very dark and depressing. The best of the animated lot is probably “Bao,” the Pixar film about a dumpling come to life. “Madre,” a harrowing Spanish live short, is a model of taut direction and camerawork. There are three separate showcases at the Tivoli, with the animated and short program opening this week and the documentary short program starting on Feb. 15th.

Also opening this week, “Cold Pursuit” is a revenge thriller starring Liam Neeson. “What Men Want” is a gender flip on the 2001 Mel Gibson comedy. Taraji P. Henson stars as a woman who becomes able to hear men’s thoughts. “The Man Who Killed Hitler and them Big Foot” is an adventure drama starring Sam Elliot. “Tragedy Girls” is a twist on the slasher genre.


The ‘down-on-his-luck cop trying for redemption’ genre gets a gender change in “Destroyer.” Nicole Kidman goes grimy and gritty in this dark character study about an LAPD detective with a lot of personal baggage whose past comes back to haunt her as she tries to unravel a murder mystery. Kidman goes all out in a performance that you’ll either find haunting or overblown. Count me somewhere in the middle. “Destroyer” tries a bit too hard to be grubby.

It’s been 100 years since WWI, but the new documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old” gives the events of the war an immediacy we haven’t seen before. Filmmaker Peter Jackson of “Lord of the Rings” fame has taken old, shaky black-and-white war footage stored at the Imperial War Museum in Great Britain and given it a high-tech update.  This restored film has been speed-rectified, colorized and given impressive sound enhancement. Jackson also employs skillful editing to tell the story of British ground troops who served in the hellish trenches on the Western Front, narrated by the actual survivors whose stories were recorded by the BBC in the 1960s. The resulting film is an emotionally involving experience that will probably be used by history classes for years to come. War is Hell, and “They Shall Not Grow Old” provides vivid proof.

Also opening this week, “Miss Bala” is an action thriller from Catherine Hardwick, best known for “Twilight.” Gina Rodriguez plays a makeup artist who tries to turn the tables on a drug cartel after they kidnap her best friend in Tijuana. “The World Before Your Feet” is a documentary about a man who, over a 6-year period, walked all 8,000 miles of roads in New York City. “Everybody Knows” is a kidnapping drama from Spain starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem.


Steve Coogan (“The Trip to Spain”) and John C. Reilly (“The Sisters Brothers”) play the legendary comedy duo, Laurel and Hardy in the gentle biopic, “Stand & Ollie.” The story deals with their attempted professional comeback in England after years of separation.

Take Two: “Stan and Ollie” (PG)
Episode date : February 8, 2019
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Director Peter Jackson (“The Lord of the Rings”) has taken old WWI film footage and given it a high-tech restoration for the documentary, “They Shall Not Grow Old.” The resulting movie is an immersive, involving history lesson.

Take Two: “They Shall Not Grow Old” (R)
Episode date : February 15, 2019
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Panagioti TsolkasSanaa Abrar: Youth-Led Immigrant Rights Group Demands Congress Defund Trump Deportation Force Agencies
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Anthony Rogers-Wright: Proposed Green New Deal Fails to Include Moratorium on Fossil Fuel Infrastructure
Bob Nixon: This Week’s Under-reported News Summary

Family Separation…
Episode date : February 15, 2019
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It is Valentines Day and our guest will be Cornerstones of Care, Dr. Timothy Post an instructor for their How to Pick a Partner Class.  This is a class for anyone from teenagers to senior citizens.

http://showmehealthyrelationships.com/


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