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Russ and Susan take a look at “45 Years,” a haunting drama about marriage. It features an Oscar-nominated performance from Charlotte Rampling as a woman who makes a discover that brings her to believe that her 45 year marriage may have been a sham. It also features a fine performance from Tom Courtenay as her husband who has hidden something from her for decades.

 

TAKE TWO: “45 Years” #FilmReview
Episode date : February 12, 2016
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First, the bad news: The edgy R-rated Marvel superhero movie “Deadpool” is smutty, vulgar, tasteless and perverse. Now, the good news: “Deadpool” is funny, sharply made and Ryan Reynolds is terrific as the X-Men’s snarky, wisecracking antihero. If you’re not easily offended, “Deadpool” could prove to be a shamelessly raunchy guilty pleasure. Just leave the kids at home.

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson return as the fashion world’s dumbest male models in “Zoolander 2,” the sequel to the 2001 comedy that developed a cult following on video. An endless parade of celebrity cameos is the most amusing thing about this long-delayed follow-up that plays like an overextended sketch. Even fans of the original may find it lame.

“How to be Single” is a bawdy R-rated sex comedy that may make you want to shun the single life. A likable cast that includes Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Allison Brie and Leslie Mann give the movie a boost, but this episodic and meandering movie plays out like a de-glamorized episode of “Sex and the City.”

“Where to Invade Next” is the latest documentary from left wing activist Michael Moore. Moore goes a number of other countries to see how they’re coping with –and overcoming- some of the same problems that plague the USA. It’s smart and very informative, but Moore’s preachiness can become a distraction.

“Son of Saul” is the likely winner of this year’s Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. This stark and powerful drama from Poland is about a Jew forced to do dirty work for the Nazis at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Things get complicated when he’s ordered to burn the body of a boy who may or may not be his son. Uniquely filmed, “Son of Saul” somehow manages to be simultaneously off-putting and riveting.


Join host Craig Lubow to hear about the state of Civil Liberties in Missouri with his guest Jeff Mittman, Director of the Missouri Chapter of the ACLU.

Civil Liberties in Missouri
Episode date : February 9, 2016
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MARC, KCATA and other partners are updating the Smart Moves plan. RideKC will provide better transit access to jobs, support development in activity centers and corridors, and provide intra-city mobility—suburbs and core—throughout the region. Ron Achelpohl, MARC’s director of transportation and environment, will discuss the RideKC plan to redefine transit in the region.


Today’s show includes interviews with a Burns Paiute tribal councilman Jarvis Kennedy and his take on the Oregon standoff going on their tribal lands. Also Haskell student Simona Charles and her connection to the Burns Paiute people and the situation going on. I also do an update on the Kansas City Public Library’s “Frozen in Time” exhibit and my own opinion on the display of certain pictures.


Janet Brown Moss Awaken has worked in the Kansas City area as an “agent for change” since 1972.

Founder of BridgeWorks, Janet has done contract consulting, training and project management for corporate, not-for-profit organizations, government agencies, faith communities, school districts and medical schools.

BridgeWorks helps folks across lines of difference work together to make a difference.


Susan and Russ fill us in on a poke in the eye to old Hollywood that features an all-star cast.

 


Russ covers the latest farce from the Coen Brothers as well as an Oscar-nominated British drama.

 


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