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Filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón can go ahead and make space on his mantle for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar he’ll receive for “Roma,” a fond recollection of his childhood in Mexico City. Newcomer Yalitza Aparicio leads the film as Cuarón’s beloved nanny, Cleo, an indigenous woman with more than her share of problems. There isn’t much of a plot to speak of, but it’s a heartfelt and beautifully photographed black-and-white cinematic memoir.

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is a wildly imaginative, energetic animated Marvel epic that finally captures Spider-Man’s cheeky humor. This is as close to a comic book come to life as you’re likely to ever see on the big screen. Involving and fun, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is the best animated film of 2018.

Olivia Coleman’s splendid performance as Queen Anne is the best thing about “The Favourite,” an over-directed period piece that plays like an 18th century version of “All About Eve.” Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz are also fine as two ladies of the court who employ Machiavellian means as they vie for the queen’s favor. It’s a nasty battle of wits and wills.

“Mortal Engines” is an oddball cinematic spectacular based on Philp Reeve’s sci-fi novel. In a steampunk post-apocalyptic future, a movie gets swallowed whole by its own gargantuan production design. There isn’t a moment in this spectacle that is the least bit interesting. “Mortal Engines” is the first novel of a quartet. Let’s hope they leave this overwrought opus a solo.

Also opening this week, “The Mule” is the latest drama from filmmaker Clint Eastwood. He stars in the true story of a 90-year-old man who becomes an unwitting drug runner. “Once Upon a Deadpool” is a PG-13 re-edited version of this year’s earlier R-rated Marvel hit, “Deadpool 2.”


Celebrated operatic diva Maria Callas tells her own story in the documentary “Maria By Callas.” Footage from home movies, interviews and film and television appearances are edited together to allow the tempestuous star to profile herself. Her letters are read by another celebrated soprano, Kansas City’s own Joyce DiDonato.

Take Two: “Maria By Callas” (PG)
Episode date : December 14, 2018
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A strong performance by Wilem Defoe is the main attraction of the eccentric biopic “At Eternity’s Gate,” the story of the last days in the life of Vincent Van Gogh. Filmmaker Julian Schnabel is also a renowned artist, so this ambitious arthouse entry may have special appeal to aesthetes.

 

While lofty pretentions aren’t a bad thing, Schnabel’s instance on herky-jerky camera work and glacial pace gets a little tiring. Individual scenes work beautifully, particularly a conversation Van Gogh has with a priest, played by Mads Mikkelsen, who must decide whether or not to release the troubled artist from an asylum.

 

But “At Eternity’s Gate” may be a bit too affected for its own good.

 

The most acclaimed operatic diva of her time is the subject of the documentary “Maria By Callas.” Footage from TV interviews and home movies allows Callas to tell her own story. Callas’ letters are read by famed soprano and KC native Joyce DiDonato. The film covers her insulated youth, her rise to fame, the heat of the spotlight and her on-and-off romance with Aristotle Onassis. “Maria by Callas” is intriguing even for non-opera fans.

 

Ron Perlman plays an aging hit man in “Asher,” a violent thriller that also stars Famke Janssen as a woman he falls for. While it’s competent, there are more than a few moments that stretch credibility and the whole affair seems a bit too familiar. “Asher” just misses the target.

 

Also opening this week, “Never-ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki” is a documentary about Japan’s most famous and acclaimed anime director. “The Mercy” is a drama that tells the true story of an amateur sailor’s disastrous attempt to win a solo around-the-world yacht race in 1968 in a desperate attempt to save his failing business with the cash prize. Oscar winners Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz star.


Director Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) and screenwriter Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”) join forces for a gritty, realistic heist film, “Widows.” Viola Davis plays a woman whose husband (Liam Neeson) leads a successful crime ring. Things get complicated when one of their robberies goes wrong and the wives are blackmailed by a ruthless gangster. The cast also includes Robert Duvall, Danile Kaluuya, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez, Brian Tyree Henry, Cynthia Erivo and Elizabeth Debicki.

Take Two: “Widows” (R)
Episode date : December 7, 2018
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We’re joined by Kit Miller, Executive Director of the MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, who catches our listeners up to speed on the Nonviolence Now! Campain. Then, a quick look at emergency preparedness and nonviolence before we turn to an in-depth look at nonviolence in the news.

Nonviolence Now!
Episode date : December 13, 2018
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Democracy Now! broadcasts all week from the climate talks in Poland.

COP 24
Episode date : December 13, 2018
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Democracy Now! broadcasts all week from the climate talks in Poland.

COP24
Episode date : December 12, 2018
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This week on CounterSpin: Early this year, Congress approved a budget of some $700 billion for the Department of Defense, more than the Trump administration even requested. Corporate media, for whom proposals like free college tuition or universal healthcare are all about the price tag, didn’t even blink. The Pentagon budget was “a rare act of bipartisanship,” the New York Times told readers, that “sets forth a muscular vision of America as a global power.” That article had three sources—two approving state officials and a rep from a thinktank funded by Defense contractors, who said the US military is underfunded. The Times didn’t find it relevant that the US already spent more on “defense” than the next eight countries combined, six of whom are US allies—and the idea of standing that $700 billion alongside the estimate, of the UN and others, that it would cost just $30 billion per year to end world hunger—well, don’t be silly.

But if serious people are not supposed to consider Pentagon spending in any sort of context, or conversation about priorities, can we at least ask why it’s not just hard, but impossible, to find out how much the Pentagon spends and on what? Elite media reception of new research in that arena suggests they’d just as soon keep the whole thing under wraps—while reserving their right to entertain complaints about food stamps, however.

We’ll talk about Pentagon accounting—and accountability—with investigative reporter Dave Lindorff, author of that new expose, exclusive to The Nation magazine and the cover story in their new print edition. Lindorff is a veteran investigative reporter and author, and a founding member of the news collective This Can’t Be Happening.

Dave Lindorff on Pentagon Fraud
Episode date : December 11, 2018
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KKFI Jazz Calendar for March 21 – March 27

March 20, 2016 By KKFI 90.1 FM Comments Off on KKFI Jazz Calendar for March 21 – March 27
KKFI Jazz Calendar for March 21 – March 27

This is the KKFI Jazz Event Calendar for the week of Monday, March 21st to Sunday, March 27th. This is shared for the benefit of jazz music lovers. Please check with the music venue to confirm details of the event. …

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March 17, 2016 By KKFI 90.1 FM Comments Off on The Quivers Sugar Tease Release with the Thunderclaps
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Back on the first Friday of March, the Quivers released their long-awaited follow-up to 2014’s “Hot Young Mess” with “Sugar Tease”. The show took place at the midtown swap shop Holy Cow Market.  The Thunderclaps opened with a great set …

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March 13, 2016 By KKFI 90.1 FM Comments Off on KKFI Jazz Calendar for March 14 – March 20
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This is the KKFI Jazz Event Calendar for the week of Monday, March 14th to Sunday, March 20th. This is shared for the benefit of jazz music lovers. Please check with the music venue to confirm details of the event. …

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