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“Avengers: Infinity War” (PG-13), “The Endless” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 27, 2018 | Noon on "Arts Magazine"
If "more" equals "better," then "Avengers: Infinity War" is everything a Marvel fanboy could hope for. However, in spite of some impressive scenes and spirited individual performances, "Avengers: Infinity War" is just what you'd expect from a $300 million, 2 hour and 40 minute superhero extravaganza. No more, no less.
To call it busy and over-packed with characters would be an understatement. On the upside, Josh Brolin's motion-capture performance as the villainous Thanos provides a bit of gravitas and an appearance by Peter Dinklage is a memorable one…and we’ll just leave it at that. But the filmmakers' insistence on an ambiguous ending...one that won't be resolved for at least a year...will infuriate a lot of viewers, me included.
“Avengers: Infinity War” has a lot going for it. It just seems content to go on to infinity.
The sci-fi thriller “The Endless” is, in some ways the “Ying” to The Avengers “Yang. This low-budget entry is about a pair of brothers, escapees from a UFO cult, who return to the commune’s site after receiving a mysterious videotape. Naturally, they become entangled once again. Whereas “The Avengers” is all action, “The Endless” is a little too low key for its own good. Yet, this clever entry manages to build plenty of paranoid tension.
Also opening this week, “Foxtrot” is an Israeli drama about a soldier’s harrowing experience, his family’s reaction and the cover up of a war crime. It won the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. “Kings” is a social drama starring Halle Berry and Daniel Craig about racial tensions that ran high just after the Rodney King incident in LA. “The Devil and Father Amorth” is a documentary about exorcism from director William Friedkin, the filmmaker behind the 1973 horror classic, “The Exorcist.”
Take Two: “I Feel Petty” (PG-13) ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 27, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
The topic of body image takes center stage in the new Amy Schumer comedy, "I Feel Pretty." The story involves an insecure woman who falls, bumps her head, and imagines that she's a raging beauty, giving her newfound confidence. While Susan found its social message muddled, Russ enjoyed Schumer's performance.
Denny Laine Returns ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 25, 2018 | 6:00 am
Moody Blues and Wings founder, Denny Laine joins Mike Murphy once again in advance of his appearance in KC this Thursday.
Greg Shupak on Syrian Airstrikes ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 24, 2018 | 6:30pm
As corporate media talk about Syria, where a recent airstrike by the US, legality be damned, is meant to represent the US doing the right thing in the world, are the principles supposedly guiding US intervention in Syria really principles—in the sense of being universally applied?
Between Floods ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 23, 2018 | 6:00 pm
Neighbors in KCK's Argentine district suffered from extreme flooding on several occasions last year. Will it happen again?
Native Spirt with Rhonda LeValdo 4/22/2018 ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 22, 2018 | 5:00 pm
Rhonda LeValdo, Native Spirit radio host interviews Zhooniya about his music and his time at the Standing Rock camp in North Dakota
Daze of Justice ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 26, 2018 | 12:30 pm
Daze of Justice is the intimate story of trailblazing Cambodian-American women who break decades of silence, abandoning the security of their American homes on a journey back into Cambodia's killing fields, only this time not as victims but as witnesses.
Guns Are Just One Reason Why Children Die; and The Institute for Criminal Justice Training Reform ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 23, 2018 | 9:00 am
Natalia Pane of Child Trends talks about her study of childhood deaths from guns to poisoning. Randy Shrewsberry of the ICJTR will discuss what reforms are necessary to produce better-trained police, safer streets and fewer deaths and injuries.
Supporting Palestinian Rights ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 3, 2018 | 06:00 pm
Jamie Jackson will interview guests that have been advocating against pending Missouri legislation that would criminalize the BDS movement, including lobbying legislators in Jefferson City and educating them on the unconstitutionality of the legislation.
Freeze Frame: “I Feel Pretty” (PG-13), “Super Troopers 2 (R),” “Lean on Pete” (R) ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 20, 2018 | Noon on "Arts Magazine"
Amy Schumer takes on the issue of body image in the likable comic fantasy, “I Feel Pretty.” She plays an insecure woman who falls and bumps her head and comes to believe that she’s a raging beauty. Although the screenwriters’ template is pretty obvious, Schumer gives a shrewd performance proving she has real acting chops.
It’s no accident that the stoner comedy sequel “Super Troopers 2” is being released on 4/20. The original raunchy farce from the comedy group “Broken Lizard” was released in 2002 and was a modest hit. Fans of the original will know exactly what kind of lowbrow humor they’re in for.
Some inept Vermont Highway Patrol troopers are sent to work in Canada as part of a border dispute. They come across plenty of contraband, but can they keep from ingesting it before they catch the culprits? It’s a little unnerving to see these middle-aged guys displaying the same childish behavioral issues after all these years. While it has some shamelessly funny moments, much of “Super Troopers 2” feels like a bad flashback.
“Lean on Pete” is an austere but moving drama about a teenager from a troubled background who works at a stable and befriends and tries to save an aging race horse bound for the slaughterhouse. Charlie Plummer gives a believable and tender performance in this low-key story that also stars Steve Buscemi and Chloe Sevigny.
Also opening this week, an alien invades the body of an adult film star in the unrated sci-fi opus, “Imitation Girl.” “Wilding” is a horror entry about a disturbed young woman raised to believe that homicidal monster roams outside her home. “They Remain” is a suspense drama about scientists analyzing an area where a murderous cult once lived. Geoffrey Rush and Army Hammer star in “Final Portrait,” about the friendship of an American writer and artist Alberto Giacometti.