The first live-action adaptation of the phenomenally popular Japanese manga comic and anime series “Ghost in the Shell” finally reaches the big screen. Scarlett Johansson plays a woman who is given cyber-enhancement after a near fatal accident. She’s then recruited as a crime fighter, but like Jason Bourne, seeks to recover her true identity.

This fantasy is a step up for filmmaker Rupert Sanders, best known for the over the top TV commercials. His last effort was the big budget opus, “Snow White and the Huntsman.” He captures the comic’s strange, dark tone of paranoia, but “Ghost in the Shell” is uniquely Japanese, so they should have cast it that way.

“Land of Mine” is an Oscar-nominated Danish drama about one of the shameful moments in Denmark’s history. Right after WWII, a group of German POWs, mostly boys, was forced into what was essentially a suicide mission. Their task was to remove hundreds of active mines on the Danish coastline that were left there by German troops. Although it is a wrenching and disturbing film to watch, it underscores how hatred and bitterness can cloud our thinking. It also shows that it’s possible to grow out of it.

Also opening this week, “Personal Shopper” is an art house horror thriller starring Kristen Stewart as the shopper for a European celebrity. “T2: Trainspotting” is the long-awaited sequel to Danny Boyle’s acclaimed drama about Scottish heroine addicts. “The Zookeeper’s Wife” stars Jessica Chastain in the true story of a Polish woman who worked with the Resistance during WWII. “Boss Baby” is an animated spoof voiced by Alec Baldwin. “The Devil’s Candy” is a haunted house flick starring Ethan Embry.

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.

Susan and Russ take on a comic drama based upon a popular graphic novel. “Wilson” stars Woody Harrelson as a misanthrope whose ex-wife informs him that he has a teenage daughter. Director Craig Johnson (“The Skeleton Twins”) and the story’s creator, Daniel Clowes (“Ghost World”) stay true to the story’s dour tone.

TAKE TWO: “Wilson”
Episode date : March 31, 2017
On Take Two

Our guests will be Jamie Kacz and Pastor Ron Birmingham. The two are unrelated but both will discuss how we change “the system” in America. Is Marijuana NORML?  :)  Jamie and the other folks at NORML are trying to change the way our lawmakers view marijuana possession (question 5 to be answered on Tuesday, April 4). Ron Birmingham will join in a general discussion about how to change “the system.” Ron is a pastor and a radio talk show host. As always, we’ll be taking your calls… Atheists, we need your voice too!

Momma On A Mission – Working Eliminate Murder In Our Community

Momma On a Mission, Inc is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) advocacy program for the families of homicide victims: helping them with emotional support, awareness of services, and organizing community activities to solve crimes.
Momma On a Mission, Inc. was organized to help families by providing emotional and community support while seeking legal justice.

Momma On a Mission, Inc is willing to help with:

Funeral Arrangements
Community Resources
Social Media Campaigns
Counseling Referrals
Networking with your local Police
Networking with your local Government Officials
Creating and Printing Flyers
Billboard Placement
And more…

Host David Bell talks with another local hero, Monique Willis of Momma On A Mission about their work helping loved ones of murder victims and their 3rd annual fundraising event – Walk A Mile In My Shoes 2017. The link below will take you to information about the event.


Momma on a Mission can be found online at their website – http://mommaonamissioninc.com/ and Face Book – https://www.facebook.com/4MommaOnaMission/

Veronica’s Voice – Working To Help Women Get Out Of The Sex Industry

In July, 2000, supported by a start-up grant from the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Kristy Childs launched a new program of services offered specifically to prostituted persons in Kansas City in honor of Veronica Neverdusky, a victim of commercial sexual exploitation murdered in 1993. It began in Kristy’s dining room. Early services included staffing a 24-hour crisis line with survivors of prostitution to address victims’ needs for urgent care support, and reaching out to women on the streets with peer support and personal items. That organization is Veronica’s Voice.

Through the years Veronica’s Voice has grown and its mission has expanded. The most recent development is Magdalene KC a residential facility, educational program and safe place for women trying to free themselves from sexual exploitation. Here is part of what Kristy has to say about Magdalene KC.

Magdalene KC is a two-year residential program for women who have survived lives of prostitution, trafficking, violence, addiction, and life on the streets. We will offer housing, food, medical and dental needs, trauma informed therapy, education, and job training without charging the residents. Many prostituted women have spent decades on the streets or precariously housed and have never experienced a home. A simple thing like having an address is a big deal. It means stability and security for many, the first time in their lives.

Host Jeff Humfeld talks with Kristy Childs, Founder and Director of Veronica’s Voice about their mission and the realization of a longtime goal that is Magdalene KC. More on Magdalene KC at link below.


Veronica’s Voice can be found online at – https://www.veronicasvoice.org/ and on Face Book at https://www.facebook.com/veronicasvoice/

Veronica’s Voice –
Phone – 816-483-7101
To Volunteer – [email protected]

Magdalene KC is based on a model developed by Thistle Farms in Tennessee, to find out more about them go to – https://thistlefarms.org/

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
On Take Two

Kansas City Women In Technology-KCWIT is here!

Sarah Duitsman, Program Director for KCWIT’s Coding and Cocktails program and Bill Ayakatubby, KCWIT’s Program Director for CoderDoJo join us to discuss what’s going on with Women in the Tech world.

In our second segment, Heather Ousley with the Kansas People’s Agenda discusses The Walk To Restore Revenue.

KC Women In Tech & Walk To Restore
Episode date : March 25, 2017
On Every Woman

Wendy Doyle, President and CEO of Women’s Foundation, shares information from the newly released Status of Women In Missouri research.  How are we doing with women as it relates to pay equity, leadership positions and more?

In our second segment, we shift our focus to GLOW–Girls Leading Our World, Inc. Executive Directors, Cynthia A. Saddler and LaVeeda C. Simmons, share their inspiring work to promote professional and personal growth for girls and young women in Kansas City.

Women & Girls Leading
Episode date : March 18, 2017
On Every Woman

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