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.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has a knack for making a silk purse out of a cinematic sow’s ear. Can he do the same for the cursed video game genre? Maybe so.  In “Rampage,” based on the Midway arcade game, Johnson plays a primatologist who has to figure out what to do when a genetic experiment goes wrong and his favorite albino gorilla grows to Kong size. The ape and a giant mutated wolf and alligator, head to downtown Chicago in a destructive rage.


It’s as goofy as it sounds, but the visuals are spectacular and Johnson’s outsized charisma helps, too. “Rampage” is better than it has any business being.


Blumhouse, the phenomenally successful production company responsible for a slew of hit horror films, might have finally jumped the shark. “Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare” is an annoying creepfest about a group of teens on spring break in Mexico who play a game of Truth or Dare that’s been overtaken by a demon. Naturally, things turn deadly and the participants desperately try to figure a way out. There are a few scares, but mostly it’s just irritating. The truth is, it’s bad and I wouldn’t watch it again on a dare.


Jon Hamm stars in “Beirut,” an involving thriller about a one-time US diplomat who is forced by CIA operatives Rosamund Pike and Dean Norris to help save a colleague from terrorists in Lebanon the 1980s. Hamm inherits his best role since “Mad Men,” but Pike is wasted in yet another part that doesn’t give her much to work with.


Also opening this week, “Finding Your Feet” is a comic drama from Britain about folks of a certain age who find romance at a community dance class. “Best F(r)iends” is black comedy that reunites the team behind the celebrated bad movie “The Room,” Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero. 

Eccentric filmmaker Wes Anderson (“Rushmore,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Moonlight Kingdom”) tackles his second stop-motion animation effort, following up on the success of “The Fantastic Mr. Fox.” “Isle of Dogs” is a whimsical story set in the near future in Japan. Because of a canine flu, all dogs are banished to a garbage island and one young boy tries to save them. The voice cast includes Brian Cranston, Bill Murray, Yoko Ono, Scarlett Johansson and Edward Norton.

Take Two: “Isle of Dogs” (PG-13)
Episode date : April 20, 2018
On Take Two

An elderly couple take a final Winnebago trip in the road movie, “The Leisure Seeker.” Two of our best actors, Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren, give a big boost to this story involves dementia, family squabbles and other issues that older Americans contend with.

Take Two: “The Leisure Seeker” (R)
Episode date : April 13, 2018
On Take Two

Shots in the Night Radio Theater Productions is broadcast the first Thursday of each month on KKFI 90.1 FM at 7:30 p.m. CST.  We are a laid back, variety show-esque radio theater group that harkens to the old time radio shows prevalent before The World met TV and TV met The World. We are a variety show with a modern day twist, of course!

This week on CounterSpin: The Supreme Court has just ruled that a woman shot four times by a police officer, though she posed no threat to him or anyone else, has no grounds to sue the officer, because he has a kind of immunity that means if he didn’t understand that he was violating her Constitutional rights, he wasn’t. We’ll talk about trying to use law to protect communities from excessive force from law enforcement, with Peter Bibring, director of police practices at the ACLU of Southern California.

Also on the show: A judge has approved an agreement to screen the children in Flint, Michigan, for learning disabilities. US District Judge Arthur Tarnow declared that a “win-win situation for all sides.” Meanwhile, Flint residents will no longer receive free bottled water from the state, whether their tap water is safe or not. But wait, there’s more: Michigan also decided to let Nestle extract more spring water from the state, to sell for profit. Flint residents who now need to buy the bottled water they’re forced to use—for washing, cooking, bathing—don’t have to buy it from Nestle. But that would bring the whole game full circle, wouldn’t it? Peggy Case is president of Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation. We’ll talk to her about Michigan’s—but not only Michigan’s—struggle over the right to water.

Evan Smalley returns to the program to bring us up to speed on water issues, particularly around the Blue River, and tell about some of the most important changes which might be happening with Government to protect our local Parks for 20 years!

But first Guy McPherson (Nature Bats Last) gives us an update on his activities.

Blue RIver Update
Episode date : April 16, 2018
On EcoRadio KC

Mass Support Needed For Julian Assange

Two weeks ago, WikiLeaks founder and internet publisher Julian Assange , who is holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, had his Internet access cut off due to pressure by the British and American governments on Ecuador. Ecuador had granted him political asylum in their embassy where he has been living in two small sunless rooms for five years. Ecuador gave him political asylum after he sought refuge in the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden, which would have sent him to the US. Assange was under protracted investigation for a rape claim, made up by the Swedish police and Swedish prosecutor and denied by the purported women victim. Sweden finally dropped the case, but Assange remains subject to arrest in Britain jumping bail.

Assange and WikiLeaks had been steadily revealing the war crimes and illegalities of the American government since it first published the Iraq war logs eight years ago. The war logs included video footage of American soldiers assassinating Iraqi civilians and a Reuters journalist.Chelsea Manning, who was recently released after seven years in prison, furnished WikiLeaks with the war logs.

The United States government is seeking to capture Assange and bring him back to the United States to stand trial for espionage, a crime which carries the death penalty.

Guest ” John Pilger, an Australian-British journalist based in London. John has worked in many facets of journalism, including a correspondent in the Vietnam War, the Middle East Desk for Reuters in London, a documentary film maker, and a producer for the Independent Television Network in London. Pilger is known for his conscience, bravery and acute historical insight. His articles appear worldwide in newspapers such as the Guardian, the Independent, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times.


You Thought We Wouldn’t Notice: Intellectual Property
Intellectual Property

Laws protecting artwork and intellectual property are increasingly being put to the test amid claims from rising artists marketing their work online whose work is being copied by others.

Art piracy can include music posters, clothing design, book cover art, signage, record sleeve art, and typography.Under copyright law, one artist using another artists idea is generally legal, while one artist using anothers expression of that idea is generally illegal. Only a fact-intensive analysis can provide a bit of clarity, and even that is subject to a judges or jurys review.

Sometimes copyright cases expand into major litigation. A New York judge recently ruled that graffiti, or aerosol artists, were entitled to a $6.7 million verdict after New York developer Gerald Wolkoff destroyed their well-known public work. The claim in the so-called FivePointz case arose under the Visual Artists Rights Act, or VARA. Its the kind of case that attorney Scott Burroughs says rarely goes to trial. Several artists created aerosol art pieces on the walls of an abandoned development in the once downtrodden and now gentrified neighborhood of Long Island City, Queens. Wolkoff destroyed their art as part of a development plan.

Guest – Attorney Scott Burroughs, an advocate for artists rights who curates the art law blog You Thought We Wouldnt Notice and has a weekly copyright law column on legal website Above the Law.


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