Movie Reviews

Movie Reviews Section

Stay up to date on the latest films with Movie Reviews featured in two short segments — Take Two and Freeze Frame. “Freeze Frame” is a two-minute countdown of films reviewed by Russ Simmons, an award-winning film critic, whose work has been featured on television and in print for nearly two decades. “Take Two” hosts Russ Simmons and Susan Sanders, a former psychotherapist, review independently made films and art-house movies currently showing in Kansas City.

Take Two Air Times:
Friday’s — 12:32pm
Saturday’s — 5:58pm
Wednesday’s — 12:30pm

Freeze Frame Air Times:
Monday’s — 12:30pm

TAKE TWO: “Diary of a Teenage Girl” Film Review ORIGINAL BROADCAST: August 28, 2015 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Susan and Russ discuss "Diary of a Teenage Girl," an unsettling drama about underage sex, based on an autobiographical graphic novel.

FREEZE FRAME: “No Escape,” “Zipper,” “We Are Your Friends,” “Diary of a Teenage Girl,” “Mistress America,” “Z for Zachariah” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: August 28, 2015 | 10:58 am

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Russ gives us an overview of "No Escape," a thriller, "Zipper," a political soap, "We Are Your Friends," a drama about the LA dance scene, "Mistress America," a screwball comedy, "Diary of a Teenage Girl," a coming-of-age drama and "Z for Zachariah," a post-apocalyptic love triangle.

TAKE TWO: “Listen to Me, Marlon” film review ORIGINAL BROADCAST: August 21, 2015 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Susan and Russ share their takes on "Listen to Me, Marlon," a "autobiographical" documentary about one of the cinema's greatest actors.

FREEZE FRAME: “Hitman: Agent 47,” “Listen to Me, Marlon,” “Being Evel” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: August 21, 2015 | 10:58 am

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Russ takes a hit for us by viewing "Hitman: Agent 47," a video game movie and provides the lowdown on two documentaries about two eccentric celebs, "Listen to Me, Marlon" and "Being Evel."

TAKE TWO: “The Gift” is a Thriller ORIGINAL BROADCAST: August 14, 2015 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Susan and Russ get creeped out by "The Gift," a new psychological thriller.

FREEZE FRAME: “Straight Outta Compton,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E” Film Reviews ORIGINAL BROADCAST: August 14, 2015 | 10:58 am

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"Straight Outta Compton," a drama about the rise of rap group NWA and "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," a tongue-in-cheek spy thriller hit theaters this week. Russ gives the scoop.

FREEZE FRAME: “Fantastic Four,” “Irrational Man,” “The Gift,” “Shaun the Sheep.” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: August 7, 2015 | 10:58 am

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Russ marvel's at the failure of "Fantastic Four," Marvel's latest and reviews "Irrational Man," a Woody Allen drama, "The Gift," a psychological thriller and "Shaun the Sheep," an stop-motion animated feature.

TAKE TWO: “The Stanford Prison Experiment” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: July 31, 2015 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Susan and Russ consider "The Stanford Prison Experiment," an unsettling true story about an ill-fated 1970s psychological study.

FREEZE FRAME: “Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation,” “Vacation,” “Infinitely Polar Bear,” “The Stanford Prison Experiment.” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: July 31, 2015 | 10:58 am

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Russ covers "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation," Tom Cruise's latest, "Vacation," the re-boot of a classic comedy, "Infinitely Polar Bear," a Mark Ruffalo drama, and "The Stanford Prison Experiment," the screen version of a textbook psychology experiment.

TAKE TWO: Film Review of “Amy” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: July 24, 2015 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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The tragic life of singer Amy Winehouse is profiled in "Amy," a heartbreaking documentary.

FREEZE FRAME: Film Review of “Pixels” and “Paper Towns” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: July 24, 2015 | 10:58 am

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Russ provides fair warning on "Pixels," Adam Sandler's new sci-fi comedy and "Paper Towns," the latest dramedy aimed at young audiences.

TAKE TWO: “Trainwreck” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: July 17, 2015 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Russ and Susan disagree on "Trainwreck," the outrageous new comedy from Judd Apatow.

FREEZE FRAME: “Ant-Man,” “Mr. Holmes,” “Trainwreck,” “LIla & Eve” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: July 17, 2015 | 10:58 am

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Russ covers "Ant-Man," homeboy Paul Rudd's entry into the Marvel universe, plus "Mr. Holmes," Ian McKellan's take on an aging detective, "Trainwreck," Amy Schumer's movie debut and "Lila & Eve," a thriller with J. Lo and Viola Davis.

TAKE TWO: “Magic Mike XXL” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: July 10, 2015 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Is a sequel to the "Magic Mike" hit about male strippers worth a ladies' night out? Susan and Russ give us the lowdown.

Freeze Frame: “Minions,” “Amy,” “The Gallows” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: July 10, 2015 | 10:58 am

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Russ covers the movie bases with "Minions," a kids' flick, "Amy," an intriguing documentary about Amy Winehouse, and "The Gallows," a low-budget horror entry.

FREEZE FRAME: Terminator Genisys, Magic Mike XXL ORIGINAL BROADCAST: July 1, 2015 | 10:58 am

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They're both back. Arnold is a time traveling cyborg in "Terminator Genisys" and Channing Tatum is an exotic dancer in "Magic Mike XXL." Russ lets us know if either is worth our time.

TAKE TWO: “Me, Earl & the Dying Girl” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: July 1, 2015 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Susan and Russ tackle "Me, Earl & the Dying Girl," a comic drama about the friendship between teens when one has leukemia.

FREEZE FRAME: Ted 2; Max; Me, Earl & The Dying Girl ORIGINAL BROADCAST: June 26, 2015 | 10:58 am

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Is Ted 2, a film about a raunchy teddy bear bearable? Is "Max" a movie dog? Is "Me, Earl & the Dying Girl," the big winner at Sundance, worth the hype? Russ weighs in.

TAKE TWO: Inside Out ORIGINAL BROADCAST: June 26, 2015 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Russ and Susan (a critic and a psychotherapist) give us the lowdown on how a child's emotions are depicted in "Inside Out," the latest Pixar outing.

Take Two on “Four Way Stop” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: June 19, 2015 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Susan Sanders gives us a look at "Four Way Stop," a drama from the Free State Film Festival.

Freeze Frame: Get the “Dope” on “Inside Out” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: June 19, 2015 | 10:58 am

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Russ covers two films from opposite ends of the cinematic spectrum. "Inside Out" is an animated Pixar offering, and "Dope" is an R-rated Sundance hit.

Take Two: Remembering Brian Wilson in “Love & Mercy” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: June 12, 2015 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Susan and Russ give some love to "Love & Mercy," the Brian Wilson biopic.

Freeze Frame: “Jurassic World,” “About Elly,” “Madame Bovary,” and “Gemma Bovary” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: June 12, 2015 | 10:58 am

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Russ lets us know if "Jurassic World," the latest in the dino franchise has bite and covers "About Elly," a strong Iranian film and two adaptations of Flaubert's classic, "Madame Bovary" and "Gemma Bovary."

Take Two: An Interrogation of “An Honest Liar” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: June 5, 2015 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Susan and Russ give us their perspective on "An Honest Liar," a documentary about magician and professional debunker, The Amazing Randi.

Freeze Frame: “Love & Mercy,” “Spy,” and “Entourage” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: June 5, 2015 | 10:58 am

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Check out reviews of "Love & Mercy," a biopic of Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, "Spy," a secret agent spoof with Melissa McCarthy, and "Entourage," the big screen version of an HBO series get the once-over from Russ Simmons.

Take Two: “Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: May 29, 2015 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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"Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter," a character study about a disturbed Japanese woman gets the once-over from Susan Sanders and Russ Simmons.

Freeze Frame: “San Andreas” and “An Honest Liar” in Theatres ORIGINAL BROADCAST: May 29, 2015 | 10:58 am

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Russ warns us about "San Andreas," a disaster flick starring The Rock and explains why "An Honest Liar," a documentary about magician "The Amazing Randi" is worth your time.

Freeze Frame: “Tomorrowland,” “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter,” “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: May 22, 2015 | 10:58 am

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"Tomorrowland," Disney's big budget sci-fi extravaganza and two art house flicks -- "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter," "The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared" -- are on Russ' agenda this week.

Take Two: Go to a Nearby Theater for “Far from the Madding Crowd” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: May 22, 2015 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Susan and Russ cover "Far from the Madding Crowd," a lushly produced romance adapted from Thomas Hardy's classic 1874 novel.

Freeze Frame: Thumbs-Up for “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” “Far From the Madding Crowd” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: May 15, 2015 | 10:58 am

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In a really unusual week, Russ gives 'thumbs way up' to three new movies, "Mad Max: Fury Road," "Pitch Perfect 2," and "Far From the Madding Crowd."

Take Two: “D Train” Derailed ORIGINAL BROADCAST: May 15, 2015 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Susan and Russ take down a Jack Black comedy, "D Train," that needs to be derailed

Take Two: “The Clouds of Sils Maria” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: May 8, 2015 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Susan and Russ share the reasons why "The Clouds of Sils Maria" is a smart but off-putting movie is a mixed bag.

Freeze Frame: Lame Hollywood Moves with “Hot Pursuit” and “The D Train” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: May 8, 2015 | 10:58 am

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Russ explains that two lame buddy Hollywood comedies -- "Hot Pursuit" and "The D Train" -- are the best that Hollywood can offer us this week.

Take Two: “Ex Machina” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: May 1, 2015 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Susan and Russ agree that "Ex Machina," the new science fiction thriller about artificial intelligence is the best movie of the year, so far.

Freeze Frame: “Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “The Clouds of Sils Maria” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: May 1, 2015 | 10:58 am

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Could two films be more divergent? Russ takes on "Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron," the comic book juggernaut, and "The Clouds of Sils Maria," an art film about a aging actress.

Take Two: “Woman in Gold” Sparkles with Helen Mirren ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 24, 2015 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Susan and Russ check out "Woman in Gold," the latest Helen Mirren vehicle, about a woman who attempts to reclaim art stolen by the Nazis.

Freeze Frame: “Ex Machina,” “The Water Diviner,” and “Little Boy” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 24, 2015 | 10:58 am

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Russ thinks "Ex Machina," a new sci-fi effort is the year's best so far. "The Water Diviner," Russell Crowe's directorial debut, and "Little Boy," a new faith-based offering are also covered.

Freeze Frame: You’ll “Like” Horror Flick “Unfriended” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 17, 2015 | 10:58 am

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"Unfriended," a unique and original new horror entry gets a few "likes" from Russ.

Take Two: “Merchants of Doubt” Spin on Climate Change ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 17, 2015 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Susan and Russ weigh in on "Merchants of Doubt," an insightful documentary about climate change spin doctors.

Freeze Frame: “Merchants of Doubt” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 10, 2015 | 10:58 am

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Russ scrutinizes a frightening but important documentary about professional spin doctors who create confusion about the concept of climate change.

Take Two: “Selma” and Racial Stereotyping ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 10, 2015 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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In the aftermath of a racial stereotyping controversy surrounding the film "Get Hard," Susan and Russ take a look back at the recent civil rights flick, "Selma."

Freeze Frame: “Furious 7″ ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 3, 2015 | 10:58 am

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Russ marvels at the empty-headed joys of "Furious 7," the latest action epic in the "Fast and Furious" franchise.

Take Two: “Get Hard” Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 3, 2015 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Susan and Russ have very different takes on "Get Hard," the goofball comedy starring Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell.

Freeze Frame looks at “Get Hard,” “Home,” “It Follows” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: March 27, 2015 | 10:58 am

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Russ wonders about racial stereotypes in the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy, "Get Hard" and covers the animated fantasy, "Home" and the creepy horror entry, "It Follows."

Freeze Frame: “Insurgent,” “The Gunman,” and “Do You Believe?” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: March 20, 2015 | 10:58 am

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"Insurgent," the second installment in the "Divergent" series, "The Gunman," a Sean Penn action flick and "Do You Believe?," a faith-based drama are up for Russ' inspection.

Take Two: “Run All Night” From This Action Thriller ORIGINAL BROADCAST: March 20, 2015 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Susan and Russ take on "Run All Night," Susan and Russ take on Liam Neeson's latest action thriller.

Freeze Frame: “Cinderella,” “Run All Night” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: March 13, 2015 | 10:58 am

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Two movies that couldn't be less alike are in the spotlight this week, "Cinderella," a Disney fairy tale and "Run All Night," a violent mob thriller.

Take Two: “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: March 13, 2015 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Should they have made a sequel to "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," the popular film about British seniors in India? Susan and Russ weigh in.

Freeze Frame: “Hot Tub Time Machine 2″ and “Song of the Sea” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: February 20, 2015 | 10:58 am

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"Hot Tub Time Machine 2," an unnecessary comedic sequel, and "Song of the Sea," an Oscar-nominated animated feature are the subjects of this week's reviews from Russ.

Freeze Frame: “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “Still Alice,” “Mr. Turner” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: February 13, 2015 | 10:58 am

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Russ covers the so-called "hottest" movie of the year, plus a spy spoof, an Oscar contender and an art house flick. Listen to reviews of "Fifty Shades of Grey," "Kingsman: The Secret Service," "Still Alice," and "Mr. Turner" during this episode of Freeze Frame.

Freeze Frame: “Jupiter Ascending,” “Two Days, One Night,” and More ORIGINAL BROADCAST: February 6, 2015 | 10:58 am

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Russ sorts through a sci-fi opus, a French language social drama, a 3-D cartoon and a medieval action fantasy. The movies are: "Jupiter Ascending," "Two Days, One Night," "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water," "Seventh Son."

Take Two: “Black or White” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: February 6, 2015 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Susan and Russ take on "Black or White," Kevin Costner's drama about contemporary race relations.

Take Two: Cake ORIGINAL BROADCAST: January 30, 2015 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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"Cake," Jennifer Aniston's dark drama about a woman addicted to pain killers, is the focus of Russ and Susan's review this week.

Freeze Frame: “A Most Violent Year,” “Black or White, “Project Almanac” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: January 30, 2015 | 10:58 am

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Russ fills us in on an 80s-style crime movie, a social drama about race relations and a teen time travel opus when he reviews "A Most Violent Year," "Black or White, and "Project Almanac."

Take Two: “American Sniper” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: January 30, 2015 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Susan and Russ cover "American Sniper," the biggest war movie in box-office history.

Freeze Frame: “The Boy Next Door,” “Song One” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: January 23, 2015 | 10:58 am

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Can J-Lo generate the thrills? Is Song One worth singing about? Russ chimes in on both "The Boy Next Door," "Song One."

Freeze Frame: Reviews of “American Sniper” and “Foxcatcher” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: January 16, 2015 | 10:58 am

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Russ reviews two tragic true stories, one of a Navy Seal sharpshooter and the other about a paranoid schizophrenic millionaire.

Take Two: “Big Eyes” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: January 9, 2015 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Susan and Russ check out the bizarre true story of 60s era artists, Margaret and Walter Keane.

Freeze Frame: “Selma,” “Inherent Vice” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: January 9, 2015 | 10:58 am

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Is "Selma" worth marching to? "Inherent Vice" nice? Russ weighs in on these very different films.

TAKE TWO: “The Interview” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: January 2, 2015 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Susan and Russ have very different opinions about the most controversial movie of the year.

FREEZE FRAME: “The Best Movies of 2014″ ORIGINAL BROADCAST: January 2, 2015 | 10:58 am

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Russ does his annual Top Ten countdown of the year's finest cinematic offerings.

Take Two Goes on a “Wild” Trek ORIGINAL BROADCAST: December 26, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Russ and Susan share their views of the big-screen adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's bestselling memoir about her harrowing 1100 mile trek on the Pacific Crest Trail.

“Unbroken, “Into the Woods,” “The Imitation Game,” “Big Eyes” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: December 26, 2014 | 10:58 am

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Russ reviews the Christmas Day openings, including Angelina Jolie's directorial effort and the adaptation of the Broadway musical, "Into the Woods."

Take Two Reviews “Top Five” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: December 19, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Russ and Susan examine the raunchy big-screen comedy, "Top Five," written, directed by and starring Chris Rock.

“The Hobbit 2,” “Night at the Museum 3,” “Wild” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: December 19, 2014 | 10:58 am

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Russ takes a look at the finales of two popular movie franchises as well as a new drama starring Reese Witherspoon.

Swank, Jones Star in “The Homesman” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: December 12, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Russ and Susan seek common ground on a bleak Western entry.

Films: “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” “Top Five,” “The Bobadook” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: December 12, 2014 | 10:58 am

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Russ reviews Ridley Scott's revisionist version of the Biblical story of Moses, Chris Rock's edgy comedy and an Australian horror flick.

Russ Simmons Reviews “Homesman” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: December 5, 2014 | 10:58 am

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Tommy Lee Jones directs Hillary Swank in a dark Western based on the 1988 novel by Glendon Swarthout. Russ has a review.

Review of “Rosewater” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: December 5, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Russ and Susan share their views on the directorial debut of Jon Stewart from "The Daily Show."

Take Two Reviews “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1″ ORIGINAL BROADCAST: November 21, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Russ and Susan find common ground on this film about the dystopian future.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 ORIGINAL BROADCAST: November 21, 2014 | 10:58 am

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Russ covers the latest in the wildly popular YA sci-fi movie series starring Jennifer Lawrence.

“Rosewater” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: November 14, 2014 | 10:58 am

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Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show" makes his filmmaking debut with the new drama, "Rosewater."

Sneak Peak on “Film Noir” Festival ORIGINAL BROADCAST: November 14, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Russ and Susan give us a sneak peak at the Film Noir offerings at the Alamo Drafthous

“Citizenfour”, “Interstellar” and “Big Hero 6″ Reviews ORIGINAL BROADCAST: November 7, 2014 | 10:58 am

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Russ reviews the latest from filmmaker Christopher Nolan, a zippy Disney animated flick and a documentary about Edward Snowden.

‘St. Vincent’ with Bill Murray ORIGINAL BROADCAST: October 31, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Russ and Susan have slightly different perspectives on the sentimental Bill Murray comedy, "St. Vincent."

Reviews of ‘Birdman’ and ‘Nightcrawler’ ORIGINAL BROADCAST: October 31, 2014 | 10:58 am

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Russ Simmons gives us the latest on a couple of possible Oscar contenders open this week, including the eccentric black comedy, "Birdman" starring Michael Keaton and the dark thriller, "Nightcrawler" with Jake Gyllenhaal.

“Men, Women and Children” and “Fury” Movie Reviews – Freeze Frame ORIGINAL BROADCAST: October 17, 2014 | 10:58 am

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Russ covers the brutal Brad Pitt WWII flick, "Fury" and the ensemble drama "Men, Women & Children," starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Garner.

Take Two: “Fury” with Brad Pitt ORIGINAL BROADCAST: October 17, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Russ and Susan weigh in on the ultra-violent Brad Pitt war drama, "Fury."

Take Two: “Gone Girl” Movie Review ORIGINAL BROADCAST: October 10, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Kansas City native Gillian Flynn's novel "Gone Girl" is the top movie at the box office and Russ and Susan agree that it's an early Oscar contender.

Film Reviews: The Judge, The Notebook, and Kill the Messenger ORIGINAL BROADCAST: October 3, 2014 | 10:58 am

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Freeze Frame with Russ Simmons reviews three films: The Judge with Robert Downey, Jr and Robert Duvall, The Notebook, an ultra bleak Czech film, not to be confused with the love story film of the same title, and Kill the Messenger, a film following a journalist in the 1980's who broke a story about a twisted CIA-sponsored program to arm the Nicaraguan contras through introduction of crack cocaine in the U.S. in the 1980's.

Gone Girl: “What have we done to each other?” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: October 3, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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This review covers "Gone Girl," a movie getting a lot of well-deserved attention, based on the book of the same title by Missouri author Gillian Flynn.

Movie Review: “The Good Lie” Has a KC Link ORIGINAL BROADCAST: October 3, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Russ and Susan check out "The Good Lie," a film about Sudanese refugees that takes place in Kansas City.

The Drop: James Gandolfini’s Last Film ORIGINAL BROADCAST: September 19, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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The Drop is a 2014 American crime drama film directed by Michaël R. Roskam and written by Dennis Lehane. The film is based on Dennis Lehane's 2009 short story "Animal Rescue". Lehane also adapted the script into a 2014 novel of the same name. The film stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini, Matthias Schoenaerts, John Ortiz and James Frecheville. It was screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, and was released theatrically on September 12, 2014.

“Life Of Crime” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: September 6, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Fox 4's Russ Simmons and KKFI's Susan Sanders give their takes on the offbeat new comedy Life Of Crime, starring Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, and Mos Def.

“And So It Goes” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: August 5, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Susan Sanders and Russ Simmons review Rob Reiner's new film, And So It Goes, starring Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas.

“Boyhood”, “Get On Up”, and “Guardians Of The Galaxy” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: August 4, 2014 | 10:58 am

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Russ Simmons gives us a preview of Richard Linklater's epic 12-year project, "Boyhood", featuring Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, and Ellar Coltrane, as well as the new James Brown biopic "Get On Up", starring Chadwick Bozeman, and Chris Pratt in the eagerly-anticipated Marvel flick "Guardians Of The Galaxy".

“Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: July 29, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Russ Simmons and Susan Sanders review the provocative, academic documentary Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia, directed by Nicholas D. Wrathall.

“Lucy”, “And So It Goes”, “Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia”, and more ORIGINAL BROADCAST: July 28, 2014 | 10:58 am

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Russ Simmons gives us a look into Scarlet Johansson's sci-fi thrill ride "Lucy", directed by Luc Besson, as well as the new Rob Reiner/Diane Keaton/Michael Douglas vehicle "And So It Goes".

Top Two Favorite Films of 2014 ORIGINAL BROADCAST: July 22, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Russ and Susan give their picks at the halfway point of the year for their top two favorite films of the year: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Locke, and Gravity.

“The Purge: Anarchy”, “Venus In Furs”, KC Fringe Fest and more! ORIGINAL BROADCAST: July 21, 2014 | 10:58 am

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Fox 4's Russ Simmons gives us a sneak peek into the sequel The Purge: Anarchy, Roman Polanski's Venus In Furs, the Roger Ebert biopic Life Itself, Planes, Fire & Rescue, Sex Tape, a look into the films premiering at the KC Fringe Festival, and much more.

“Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes”, “Third Person” & The KC Fringe Fest ORIGINAL BROADCAST: July 14, 2014 | 10:58 am

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Russ Simmons gives us a preview of the sequel "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes", starring Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, and Keri Russell, Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis' "Third Person" as well as a glimpse at the KC Fringe Festival.

Susan and Russ chat about the pros and cons of Melissa McCarthy’s road comedy, “Tammy.” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: July 6, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Susan and Russ chat about the pros and cons of Melissa McCarthy's road comedy, "Tammy."

Russ takes a look at Melissa McCarthy’s comedy, “Tammy” and the sci-fi flick for kids, “Earth to Echo.” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: July 7, 2014 | 10:58 am

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Russ Simmons gives us a peek at Melissa McCarthy's screenwriting debut, "Tammy", as well as "E.T." redux "Earth To Echo", as well as "The Double", "Begin Again", and "Deliver Us From Evil".

“The Rover” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: June 24, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Susan and Russ review the new Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce film, the Mad Max-esque Australian film The Rover.

“Neighbors” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: May 13, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Fox 4's Russ Simmons and KKFI's Susan Sanders review the raunchy new Zac Efron and Seth Rogen comedy, Neighbors.

“The Railway Man” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: May 6, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Susan Sanders and Russ Simmons give their opinions on Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman's British WWII drama, The Railway Man.

“Under The Skin” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 29, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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The new erotic-sci fi thriller Under The Skin with Scarlett Johansson is analyzed by Susan and Russ.

“The Unknown Known” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 22, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Errol Morris' documentary on the controversial former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, The Unknown Known, is given the once-over by Fox 4's Russ Simmons and KKFI's Susan Sanders.

“Draft Day” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 15, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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KKFI's Susan Sanders and Russ Simmons review Kevin Costner's new movie, Draft Day, a manipulative, soap-y story about the front office of an NFL team.

“Draft Day”, “Oculus”, “The Unknown Known”, plus more ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 14, 2014 | 10:58 am

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Russ Simmons profiles Kevin Costner's latest flick Draft Day, creepfest Oculus, Errol Morris' documentary The Unknown Known, about Donald Rumsfeld, and Rio 2, as well as Lunchbox, Rob The Mob, and much more.

“Noah” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 8, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Mad Max meets Titanic meets the Bible as FOX 4's Russ Simmons and KKFI's Susan Sanders review Darren Aronofsky's Noah, starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly.

Captain, Particle Fever and KC Film Fest ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 7, 2014 | 10:58 am

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Russ Simmons profiles Captain America: The Winter Soldier with Chris Evans, the Higgs-Boson documentary Particle Fever, and gives us an update on the Kansas City Film Fest happening this month.

“300: Rise Of An Empire” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: March 25, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Fox 4's Russ Simmons and KKFI's Susan Sanders review gladiator action flick 300: Rise Of An Empire, starring Aussie actor Sullivan Stapleton and Eva Green.

Movie Reviews: Need for Speed, Single Mom’s Club, and Others ORIGINAL BROADCAST: March 17, 2014 | 10:58 am

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Russ Simmons previews the latest movies opening this week: Need For Speed starring Aaron Paul, indie film Tim's Vermeer, biopic Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, Tyler Perry's Single Mom's Club, starring Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Better Living Through Chemistry starring Sam Rockwell and Olivia Wilde.

“Divergent, “Grand Budapest Hotel,” and “Muppets: Most Wanted” Film Reviews ORIGINAL BROADCAST: March 24, 2014 | 10:58 am

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FOX 4 film critic Russ Simmons breaks down for you the latest films opening at your local theater this week: sci-fi film Divergent, starring Kate Winslet, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, starring Ralph Fiennes, indie horror flick Enemy starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Muppets: Most Wanted, and Blood Ties starring Clive Owen and Marion Cotillard.

“Tim’s Vermeer” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: March 18, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Russ Simmons and Susan Sanders review Penn & Teller's documentary, Tim's Vermeer, about inventor Tim Jenison's efforts to duplicate the painting techniques of Johannes Vermeer.

“The Wind Rises” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: March 11, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Russ Simmons and Susan Sanders review the Impressionistic Japanese animated film by Hayao Miyazaki, The Wind Rises, a look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.

Freeze Frame: 3-7-14 to 3-13-14 ORIGINAL BROADCAST: March 10, 2014 | 10:58 am

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Russ Simmons previews anticipated sequel 300: Rise Of An Empire, the family-friendly Peabody & Sherman, French export Stranger By The Lake, and restaurant documentary Spinning Plates.

“In Secret” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: March 4, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Russ Simmons and Susan Sanders review the adaptation of Émile Zola's novel Thérèse Raquin, the film In Secret, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Jessica Lange.

Freeze Frame: 2-28-14 through 3-6-14 ORIGINAL BROADCAST: March 3, 2014 | 10:58 am

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KKFI and Fox's Russ Simmons profiles Son Of God, the Oscar-nominated Japanese animated film The Wind Rises, and Nonstop featuring Liam Neeson.

Movie Review: “The Past” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: February 25, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Russ Simmons and Susan Sanders give their takes on Asghar Farhadi's Iran-via-Paris drama The Past (Le Passé), starring Bérénice Bejo and Tahar Rahim.

Movie Reviews: Pompeii, 3 Days to Kill, Barefoot ORIGINAL BROADCAST: February 24, 2014 | 10:58 am

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Russ Simmons gives us a look at visual epic Pompeii, In Secret with Jessica Lange, Kevin Costner's Three Days To Kill, and romantic drama Barefoot.

Movie Review: “The Monuments Men” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: February 18, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Russ and Susan review The Monuments Men, directed and acted in by George Clooney, about the men who risked their lives to protect international treasures and works of art from the Nazis in WWII.

Movie Reviews: Robocops, About Last Night, Gloria, and More ORIGINAL BROADCAST: February 17, 2014 | 10:58 am

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The remakes of Robocop and About Last Night are previewed by Russ Simmons, as is A Winter's Tale with Colin Farrell, Asghar Farhadi's The Past, Chilean film Gloria, and the remake of 1981's Endless Love.

Movie Review: “Labor Day” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: February 11, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Russ Simmons gives us a look at visual epic Pompeii, In Secret with Jessica Lange, Kevin Costner's Three Days To Kill, and romantic drama Barefoot.

Movie Reviews: Legos, Monuments, Vampires and A Field in England ORIGINAL BROADCAST: February 10, 2014 | 10:58 am

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Russ Simmons profiles cartoon satire The Lego Movie, The Monuments Men starring George Clooney, teen comedy Vampire Academy, and horror film A Field In England, set in 1648.

Take Two: “Her” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: January 21, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Susan Sanders and Russ Simmons discuss the Oscar-nominated science-fiction romance Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlet Johansson.

Movie Reviews: August: Osage County, Her, Lone Survivor, and Jack Ryan ORIGINAL BROADCAST: January 20, 2014 | 10:58 am

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Russ Simmons gives us a preview of August: Osage County with Meryl Streep, Her starring Joaquin Phoenix, and much more.

Russ Simmons Reviews the Worst Movies of 2013 ORIGINAL BROADCAST: January 14, 2014 | 10:58 am

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Russ Simmons gives his Worst Of… picks for 2013.

Take Two: “The Great Beauty” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: January 14, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Russ and Susan discuss Italian film A Great Beauty by Jep Cambardella.

Take Two: “The Wolf Of Wall Street” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: January 7, 2014 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Russ Simmons and Susan Sanders chat about Martin Scorcese's raunchy, Oscar-nominated film The Wolf Of Wall Street

Movie Reviews: Fruitvale Station, American Hustle and More ORIGINAL BROADCAST: January 6, 2014 | 10:58 am

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Russ gives his picks for Best Films of 2013.

Take Two: “Out Of The Furnace” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: December 24, 2013 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Russ and Susan chat about Scott Cooper's Out Of The Furnace, starring Christian Bale and Casey Affleck.

Anchorman 2, American Hustle, Saving Mr Banks, Inside Llewyn Davis and More ORIGINAL BROADCAST: December 23, 2013 | 10:58 am

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Films highlighted this week include Anchorman 2, Walking With Dinosaurs, Saving Mr. Banks, and American Hustle.

Movie Reviews: The Hobbit, Armstrong Lie, Madea’s Christmas ORIGINAL BROADCAST: December 16, 2013 | 10:58 am

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The Hobbit's second installment, The Armstrong Lie and Madea's Christmas are highlighted.

Take Two: “Philomena” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: December 10, 2013 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Russ Simmons and Susan Sanders give their reviews of Philomena, based on a true story and starring Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.

Movie Review: Out of the Furnace and Tivoli’s Kickstarter ORIGINAL BROADCAST: December 9, 2013 | 10:58 am

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Christian Bale's new movie is discussed, along with the Tivoli Theatre's Kickstarter campaign.

Take Two: “Nebraska” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: December 17, 2013 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Russ Simmons and Susan Sanders tackle Bruce Dern's latest movie, the melancholy Nebraska, directed by Alexander Payne, and also starring Will Forte.

Freeze Frame: November 22-28, 2013 ORIGINAL BROADCAST: November 25, 2013 | 10:58 am

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Delivery Man, Dallas Buyers Club and Kill Your Darlings are covered.

Take Two: November 22-28, 2013 ORIGINAL BROADCAST: November 25, 2013 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Controversial film "Blue Is The Warmest Color" is highlighted.

“All Is Lost” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: November 18, 2013 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Russ and Susan chat about Robert Redford's solo turn in the movie All Is Lost, an American survival film written and directed by J. C. Chandor.

“12 Years A Slave” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: November 11, 2013 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Russ Simmons and Susan Sanders discuss their takes on 12 Years A Slave, a British-American epic historical drama film.

“12 Years A Slave”, “Ender’s Game”, “Last Vegas”, “About Time”, “Wadjda”, “Muscle Shoals” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: November 4, 2013 | 10:58 am

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Today's films covered by host Russ Simmons are 12 Years A Slave starring Michael Fassbender, Ender's Game starring Harrison Ford, the geriatric comedy Last Vegas starring Robert DeNiro, About Time starring Bill Nighy and Rachael McAdams, the Saudi Arabian film Wadjda starring Waad Mohammed, and the collaborative music film Muscle Shoals.

“The Counselor”, “Bad Grandpa”, “A Touch Of Sin”, “The Summit”, Glenwood Arts Theatre showing KAN Film Fest selections ORIGINAL BROADCAST: October 28, 2013 | 10:58 am

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Russ Simmons previews new movies opening this week: The Counselor starring Michael Fassbender, Johnny Knoxville's Bad Grandpa, Chinese-language film A Touch of Sin, and true-life climbing adventure The Summit. Also, he tells of the KAN Film Festival selections receiving a limited edition screening at the Glenwood Arts Theatre.

“Carrie”, “The Fifth Estate”, “The Escape Plan”, “Concussion” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: October 21, 2013 | 10:58 am

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Today on Freeze Frame, Russ Simmons gives us a glimpse into the upcoming films Carrie, the reboot starring Chloe Grace Moretz, WikiLeaks biopic The Fifth Estate starring Benedict Cumberbatch, The Escape Plan starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, and Concussion starring Robin Weigert.

“Captain Phillips” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: October 21, 2013 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Russ Simmons and Susan Sanders chat about Captain Phillips, an American action thriller based on real events surrounding the Somalian pirate takeover of a cargo ship, directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi.

“Captain Phillips”, “Machete Kills”, “Inequality For All”, “Escape From Tomorrow”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Red Wing” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: October 14, 2013 | 10:58 am

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Russ gives us a look at movies opening this week, including true-life adventure Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks, Grindhouse-inspired sequel Machete Kills starring Charlie Sheen and Sofia Vergara, income disparity documentary Inequality For All with Robert Reich, sci-fi flick Escape From Tomorrow directed by Randy Moore, Julian Fellowes' take on Romeo and Juliet, and Red Wing starring Bill Paxton.

“Prisoners” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: October 7, 2013 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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Russ and Susan analyze Prisoners, an American thriller film directed by Denis Villeneuve.

“Gravity”, “Runner Runner”, “Good Old Frieda”, “Parkland”, “Hot Cuisine”, and 13th KAN Film Festival ORIGINAL BROADCAST: October 7, 2013 | 10:58 am

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This week, Russ Simmons gives us a look at Gravity starring Sandra Bullock, Runner Runner starring Justin Timberlake, Good Ol' Freda starring Zac Efron, JFK drama Parkland with Paul Giamatti, French-language film Hot Cuisine, and a glimpse into the 13th annual KAN Film Festival.

“Hannah Arendt” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: September 30, 2013 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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This week's review is of the biopic Hannah Arendt, a German-Luxembourgian-French drama film about German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt directed by Margarethe von Trotta and starring Barbara Sukowa.

“Rush”, “Don Jon”, “Enough Said”, “Baggage Claim”, “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2″, “Cutie And The Boxer” and the Kansas International Film Festival ORIGINAL BROADCAST: September 30, 2013 | 10:58 am

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Today, Russ Simmons tells us about Rush starring Chris Hemsworth, Don Jon with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Enough Said with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini, Baggage Claim with Paula Patton, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 starring Bill Hader, Cutie And The Boxer starring Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, and also news about the Kansas International Film Festival.

“In A World” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: September 23, 2013 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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This week on Take Two, Russ Simmons and Susan Sanders review In A World, directed by and starring Lake Bell in her feature-length writing, directing, and producing debut. The film follows a young woman doing voice-over work for film trailers.

“Prisoners”, “Short Term 12″, “Thanks For Sharing”, “Battle Of The Year”, “Populaire”, “Salinger”, and “Wizard of Oz: IMAX” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: September 23, 2013 | 10:58 am

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Russ gives his take on Prisoners starring Hugh Jackman and Maria Bello, Short Term 12 starring Brie Larson, Thanks For Sharing starring Mark Ruffalo, Battle of the Year starring Josh Holloway, Populaire starring Berenice Bejo, Salinger starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Wizard of Oz in its digitally-remastered IMAX debut.

“The Family”, “Insidious: Chapter 2″, “Austenland”, “In A World” and “Hannah Arendt” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: September 16, 2013 | 10:58 am

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Russ Simmons gives his take on The Family, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert DeNiro and Tommy Lee Jones, Insidious: Chapter 2 starring Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson, Austenland starring Keri Russell, In A World starring Lake Bell, and Hannah Arendt starring Barbara Sukowa.

You get it all in one film – France, crime, comedy, the mob, Tommy Lee, Pfeiffer and De Niro ORIGINAL BROADCAST: September 16, 2013 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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The Family, also known as Malavita, is a 2013 English-language French action crime comedy film based on a novel by Tonino Benacquista and directed by Luc Besson, starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, and Dianna Agron.

“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: September 9, 2013 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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On Take Two today, Russ Simmons and Susan Sanders review Ain't Them Bodies Saints, an American romantic crime drama film written and directed by David Lowery, starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara.

“Riddick”, “Museum Hours”, and “Adore” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: September 9, 2013 | 10:58 am

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Russ Simmons gives his take on Riddick, a British-American science fiction film and the third installment in the The Chronicles of Riddick film series, starring Vin Diesel.