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Is there life in “Life?” This sci-fi thriller features Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds as astronauts who confront a deadly new species on their voyage to Mars. The film owes a bit too much of its inspiration to the classic “Alien,” but thanks to a good cast and competent execution, “Life” nearly overcomes most of its genre clichés.

 

Hollywood legend Shirley MacLaine is perfectly cast as a nasty old lady in the comic drama, “The Last Word.” Since no one has anything nice to say about her, an unlikable octogenarian hires a writer, played by Amanda Seyfried, to pen a flattering obituary. The actors are fine, but the effort seems labored. “The Last Word” misses the opportunity to mine an interesting, original premise.

 

Woody Harrelson plays the misanthropic title character in “Wilson,” a bleak, R-rated adaptation of Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel. The film attempts a very uneasy mix of mean-spiritedness and cloying sentimentality. While the cast is terrific, the characters in this dark comedy are so clueless and unlikable that their actions elicit more groans than laughs.

 

Also opening this week, “Slamma Jamma” is a faith-based drama about a wrongfully imprisoned ex-con who attempts a comeback through a slam-dunk competition. Chris Staples stars. “Song to Song” is a Terrance Malick drama about struggling songwriters. Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman star. “The Lure” is a Polish film about two mermaid sisters in a love triangle. “Personal Shopper” is a horror flick with Kristen Stewart as the titular servant to a celebrity. “Power Rangers” is a live action revival of the 1990s kids TV show. “CHiPS” is a raunchy, R-rated reboot of the 70s TV series.

 

 

The 20th annual Kansas City Film Festival takes place April 5th-9th at the Cinemark Palace on the Plaza. Info is available at kcfilmfest.org.


Can a youthful mistake be amended in one’s old age? What if the memory of it is unreliable? These are the central questions behind the British art house entry, “The Sense of an Ending.” Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent plays a man whose former girlfriend’s mother leaves him a mysterious diary in her will. Problem is, the old girlfriend refuses to give it to him. While the movie never quite mines the depth it seeks, it’s an interesting effort that’s impeccably acted.

TAKE TWO: “The Sense of an Ending”
Episode date : March 24, 2017
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For Women’s History Month we’re discussing Paula Martinac’sThe Ada Decades on the Sandra Moran Radio Book club with panelists Paula, Kris Bryant, and Nancy Heredia.

 


Radical economist and renowned author Dr Richard Wolff explains how a candidate as outrageous as Donald J Trump was able to appeal to the most oppressed working class voters to win the 2016 presidential election.  This engaging analysis sets the stage for the appearance of Prof Wolff at the KKFI fundraising event on Friday, March 24th, in a public lecture entitled TRUMP’S ECONOMIC STRATEGY AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT. Further details at http://kkfi.ticketfly.com/ or click on events box on the KKFI website.

 


Audre Lorde (1934-1992) was a Caribbean-American lesbian activist, writer, poet, teacher, and visionary. She was deeply involved with several social justice movements in the United States. Panelists Annette Billings, Rashaan Gilmore, and Mercedes Lewis join host Elizabeth Andersen to talk about Zami: A New Spelling of My Name.


Sheri Hall and Jessica Ayala, 2 Poets: Life Like It Is

Reading the history books will make you think history is shaped by political leaders, generals, people’s movements and the like, but it is the artists, the novelist, THE POETS, that carry the heartbeat of history in their hands. It is the telling of the story that moves people, nations, mountains. Sheri Hall, Samantha Slupski and Jessica Ayala are 3 Poets who give us Life Like It Is and inspire those who raise their families, go to work every day, build communities and so much more.

Host Margot Patterson will spend the hour with Sheri Hall and Jessica Ayala. Their words paint the community and our lives as they are today and the dreams of what it can be tomorrow. Please listen in and open up your hearts and minds to these wordsmiths.

Jessica Ayala
Website – https://www.jessicaeayala.com/
** Jessica will be the featured artist in the POP Poetry Series on August 26th
at Prospero’s Books, 39th and Bell, KCMO. – FB – https://www.facebook.com/Prosperos-Books-36723487766/

Sheri Hall
Website – https://www.spokenpurpose.com/

JoJR Calendar –

MO CURE will have their regular meeting Monday, March 20th at the Lucille Bluford Library from 6pm – 7:45pm. MO Cure works with prisoners to inform the public of conditions in our institutions, inform prisoners of efforts to create legislation in support of human rights and to bring forth credible claims of innocence.
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The KC chapter of Mothers in Charge, Healing Support Group will be meeting Thursday – from 5-7 PM at the Robert J Mohart Multipurpose Center, Suite 124 W, 3200 Wayne Ave, KCMO. This group is for people who have lost loved ones to murder and violence. The first hour will be sharing of experiences and in the second hour therapists and others who can who can help navigate the emotional and legal terrain will be available. For more information you can find them on the web at www.kcmothersincharge.org or call them at 816-912-2601.
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The Kansas Coalition Against The Death Penalty and the KC Chapter of Amnesty International presents, A Journey Into the US Death Penalty Through Photos and Stories, Thursday March 23rd, 6:30 – 8 PM at the Matt Ross Community Center, Crown Room, 8101 Marty St, Overland Park, KS. This presentation of Scott Langley’s art and journalism highlights his efforts as an independent photo journalist and human rights activist. The event is open to the public. For more information call 785-235-2237 or email [email protected]


It’s a tale as old as time, but when Disney goes back to the well it’s usually worth the trip. The 1991 animated classic “Beauty and the Beast” gets a rousing ‘live-action’ reboot, although I use the term “Live-action” loosely when there’s this much computer animation involved. Emma Watson steps out of the world of Harry Potter and into the role of Belle, the provincial French beauty who warms the heart of a cursed beast, played by “Downton Abby’s” Dan Stevens.

 

The production values are first rate, the terrific music by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman is mostly well delivered, but the addition of some unnecessary new tunes by Menken and Tim Rice slows things down, ballooning the running time from the original’s 85 minutes to two hours and nine minutes.

 

Yet, there’s plenty of movie magic and heart-tugging sentiment in this $160 million 3-D extravaganza. While it doesn’t live up to the standard of the Oscar-winning original, this new “Beast” has a “Beauty” all its own and hits an emotional bull’s-eye.

 

Can a youthful mistake be amended in one’s old age? What if the memory of it is unreliable? These are the central questions behind the British art house entry, “The Sense of an Ending.” Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent plays a man whose former girlfriend’s mother leaves him a mysterious diary in her will. Problem is, the old girlfriend refuses to give it to him. While the movie never quite mines the depth it seeks, it’s an interesting effort that’s impeccably acted.

 

Also opening this week, “Wolves” is a drama about a high school basketball player whose meddling, unethical father, played by Michael Shannon, threatens to upend his dreams before they even begin.

 

The 20th annual Kansas City Film Festival takes place April 5th-9th at the Cinemark Palace on the Plaza. Info is available at kcfilmfest.org.


In an unusual turn, Susan and Russ take a look at a Hollywood blockbuster, “Kong: Skull Island.” This is the second in a series of ‘reboots’ that started with the remake of “Godzilla” in 2014. (Look for “Kong vs Godzilla” in the near future.) Tom HIddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly lead the stellar cast in this big budget monster flick.

TAKE TWO: “Kong: Skull Island”
Episode date : March 17, 2017
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