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Ten years ago, the harrowing Romanian abortion drama “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” marked the arrival of a major new talent, filmmaker Christian Mungiu (Chris-tee-ann Mon-JEEW). His latest effort, “Graduation,” won him the Best Director Award at the most recent Cannes Film Festival. Starkly realistic and involving, “Graduation” examines what occurs when good people compromise their principles when faced with a moral dilemma.

 

Adrian Titieni plays Romeo, a middle-aged doctor who wants only the best for his bright and ambitious daughter, hoping he can get her out of repressed Romania and into a prestigious British university. She can get a scholarship if she aces her high school exit exams. Just before exams day, however, she’s sexually assaulted and the emotionally drained girl underperforms on her tests. Her frustrated dad decides to pull some strings that could help her cheat on her follow-up tests.

 

Mungiu’s naturalistic story is complex and compelling as it fills us in on the details of Romeo’s life. The tension mounts as we come to understand his motives and put ourselves in his shoes. Would we act differently? What are the compromises we might make to ensure the success and safety of our children? “Graduation” is an intelligent drama that will stick with you.

 

Also opening this week, “The Circle” is a thriller starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks about shady goings on at a powerful social media company. Surprisingly, critics were not allowed to see it in advance…usually a bad sign. “How to Be a Latin Lover” is a broad comedy that features Salma Hayek and Raquel Welch. “After the Storm” is an art house Japanese entry about an author turned private detective who tries to reconnect with his estranged family. “The Transfiguration” is a low budget thriller about a troubled teen with a fixation on vampires.

FREEZE FRAME: “Graduation”
Episode date : April 28, 2017
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“The Promise” is the second war drama to open in the last few weeks that’s set in Turkey during the run up to WWI. The earlier film, “The Ottoman Lieutenant,” gives the Turkish point of view, minimizing the cost of the conflict to the Armenian people. “The Promise” supports the view of an Armenian genocide. “The Promise” is a romantic triangle about an Armenian medical student, played by Oscar Isaac, who falls for an Armenian nanny, played by Charlotte Le Bon. Problem is, the nanny’s boyfriend is an American journalist, played by Christian Bale, and the Turks are about to wipe them all out.

TAKE TWO: “The Promise”
Episode date : April 28, 2017
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Why Boycott Driscolls & An Economy Without Immigrants. It’s strawberry season, but before you bake that pie, look for the Driscoll label and don’t. There’s a boycott by workers in Mexico who are paid $6-12 a day. Find out more on The Heartland Labor Forum. Then, May Day is being forecast as a Day without immigrants. We’ll look at how important immigrants are to our local economy.


This episode of RadioActive Magazine asks the question: should science inform your politics…or is your mind already made up?  This two part episode features an interview with James Webb, President, Community of Reason, plus commentary from among the marchers who attended the rally in support of science on March 22.  Are you opinions based on reason or rather on already decided opinions?  Tune in for an informative and interesting discussion..


KOCH Industries For Criminal Justice and Prison Reform?

The Koch brothers are known for their support of the American Legislative Exchange Council that pushes the interests of business and socially conservative legislation. ALEC has written numerous pieces of legislation that support private prison expansion, privatizing prison administration and services, as well as long sentences for any number of crimes. So why is the Charles Koch Institute supporting an effort to reform the Criminal Justice system and the Prison Industrial Complex? Should we trust that they have the best interest of the public as their motivation or does profit have a role to play?

Host Craig Lubow will talk with Mark Holden, general counsel and senior Vice President at Koch Industries. He will discuss the initiatives they are promoting for sentencing reform and prison reform in the criminal justice system.

Find more on the The Charles Koch Institute webpage – https://www.charleskochinstitute.org/issues/criminal-justice-policing-reform/

More on our guest Mark Holden’s effort at reform – http://kochstories.com/articles/and-justice-for-all

Missouri Supreme Court Rules Felony Stealing Statute Invalid

A ruling from last year’s Missouri Supreme Court session totally escaped us and it has made a lot of work for Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys across the state. In the case State vs Bazell a woman who was convicted of stealing guns, electronics, jewelry and other items adding up to about $8,000 challenged the felony stealing statute. The justices found a fatal contradiction between two subparagraphs in the section defining criminal theft in a 2002 legislative adjustment to the criminal code. The court found that “The definition of stealing in section 570.030.1 is clear and unambiguous,” and that a later subsection setting a dollar amount to determine felony theft to be contradictory. As a result of this ruling all stealing offenses in the State of Missouri were ruled to be misdemeanors and the felony charges and convictions must be reversed. The question is what are prosecutors and defense attorneys public and private doing to comply with this ruling?

Host Latahra Smith talks with Tommy Simmons, Para Legal and formerly incarcerated citizen about the impact of this ruling in Jackson County and what can be done to hold our Prosecutor accountable for rectifying the cases already prosecuted and the pending cases on their books.

KC Freedom Project –
Website – http://kcfreedomproject.org/
Phone – 816-456-9776

Riverfront Times article on invalidated statute – http://www.riverfronttimes.com/newsblog/2016/08/26/missouri-supreme-court-strikes-law-for-felony-stealing-after-legislative-blunder


Former federal law enforcement agent, Jon Adams (MBA), discusses his experience and philosophy on the state and history of U.S. incarceration. From his unique experience as an Immigration Agent and Deputy U.S. Marshal to his time working with offenders as an undercover inmate, Jon provides insight to the current state of law enforcement and to the dangers of proposed government policies.


It’s no accident that “The Promise” is the second war drama to open in the last few weeks that’s set in Turkey during the run up to WWI. The earlier film, “The Ottoman Lieutenant,” gives the Turkish point of view, minimizing the cost of the conflict to the Armenian people. “The Promise” supports the view of an Armenian genocide. “The Promise” is a romantic triangle about an Armenian medical student, played by Oscar Isaac, who falls for an Armenian nanny, played by Charlotte Le Bon. Problem is, the nanny’s boyfriend is an American journalist, played by Christian Bale, and the Turks are about to wipe them all out. Beautifully acted and produced, this respectable historical epic is far better than “The Ottoman Lieutenant,” but still never quite catches fire, romantically or politically.

 

“The Lost City of Z” is based on the true story of a British explorer who may have been the inspiration for Indiana Jones. Charlie Hunnam plays Percy Fawcett, the man who risked life and limb to repeatedly explore the Amazon rainforest in the early 1900s in order to prove his theory that an advanced civilization once thrived there. A slowly paced epic that clocks in at two hours and twenty minutes, “The Lost City of Z” focuses on intellect and mystery instead of thrills and adventure.

 

Also opening this week, “Free Fire” is a violent throwback action flick set in the 1970s. “Unforgettable” is a drama about a wacko ex-wife who goes after her ex-husband’s fiancee. Disney returns with another nature documentary about wildlife in the Far East. It’s called “Born in China.” “Phoenix Forgotten” is a sci-fi flick involving UFOs in 1997. “Their Finest” is a WWII drama about the production of British war movies. “Cezanne et Moi” involves the impressionist Paul Cezanne and his pal Emile Zola. “David Lynch, The Art Life” is a behind the scenes documentary about the cult classic, “Eraserhead.”


Susan and Russ check out the new comedy from director Zach Braff. “Going in Style” is a loose remake of the 1979 comic drama that starred George Burns. This new version is much lighter, starring Oscar winners Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin as three retirees who, faced with financial difficulties, decide to rob a bank. The film also features Ann-Margaret in a supporting role.

TAKE TWO: “Going in Style”
Episode date : April 21, 2017
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