Thursdays at Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

Take Two

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The “Take Two” short segment reviews independently made films and art-house movies currently showing in Kansas City. Take Two first went on the air in 2012 and is co-hosted by Russ Simmons, producer of the “Freeze Frame” short segment, and Susan Sanders, former psychotherapist in the Kansas City area.

The segment airs at the following times:

  • Thursdays at 10:58 am
  • Fridays at 12:30 pm during “Anything Goes”
  • Saturdays at 5:58 pm between “Guess Who’s Coming to KC” and “Roots-Wise Reggae”
Upcoming episodes

Take Two: “I Feel Petty” (PG-13)
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April 27, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

The topic of body image takes center stage in the new Amy Schumer comedy, "I Feel Pretty." The story involves an insecure woman who falls, bumps her head, and imagines that she's a raging beauty, giving her newfound confidence. While Susan found its social message muddled, Russ enjoyed Schumer's performance.


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Recent episodes

Take Two: “Isle of Dogs” (PG-13)
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April 20, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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.


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Take Two: “The Leisure Seeker” (R)
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April 13, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

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.


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TAKE TWO: “The Death of Stalin” (R)
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March 30, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

Armando Iannucci, the satirist behind TV's "Veep," focuses his cynical eye on 1953 Russia in the nasty, pitch black comedy, "The Death of Stalin." When the dictator dies in 1953, his underlings begin their back-stabbing manipulations to replace him. Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor and a crack cast of British actors reenact the mayhem.


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Take Two: “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” (Not rated)
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March 16, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

Hedy Lamarr was a glamorous Hollywood star of the 1940s and 50s. Often cited as the most beautiful woman in the world, she's probably best known for the Cecil B. DeMille classic, "Samson and Delilah." She had a unusual secret. She was also a brilliant inventor who developed 'frequency hopping' technology and donated it to the US military during WWII, never receiving a dime. That technology enables cell phones, bluetooth, wi-fi...an industry worth $64 billion today. It's a story stranger than fiction.


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Take Two: “Red Sparrow” (R)
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March 9, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

Jennifer Lawrence ("The Hunger Games") stars in a spy thriller based on the novel by ex-CIA agent, Jason Matthews. Joel Edgerton, Jeremy Irons, Charlotte Rampling, Matthias Schoenaerts and Mary Louise Parker co-star.


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Take Two: “Black Panther” (PG-13)
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March 2, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

The Marvel superhero juggernaut "Black Panther" has been setting box office records around the world. Chadwick Boseman ("Marshall") plays the king of a secretive, technologically advanced African nation. He's called upon to defend his country and thw world from internal and external threats. Directed by Ryan Coogler ("Creed"), the film also stars Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett and Sterling K. Brown.


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Take Two: “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” (R)
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February 16, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

The last days of Oscar-winning actress Gloria Grahame are the focus of "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool." Graham won fame in the 1940s and 50s for her femme fatale roles in film noir thrillers like "The Big Heat" and "Sudden Fear" and won an Academy Award for "The Bad and the Beautiful." Annette Bening ("20th Century Women") plays Grahame in the last days of her life while dating a much younger man, played by Jamie Bell ("King Kong").


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TAKE TWO: “Molly’s Game” (R)
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February 9, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

"Molly's Game" tells the true story of an Olympic hopeful who, after an injury, hosted big money poker games that featured Hollywood stars, business tycoons and Russian mobsters. Jessica Chastain stars as Molly Bloom in this film written by Aaron Sorkin who makes his directorial debut here. Idris Elba plays her lawyer and Kevin Costner portrays Molly's dad.


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TAKE TWO: “Hostiles” (R)
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February 2, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

"Hostiles" is a revisionist Western that hews more closely to the truth than most. Christian Bale stars as an Army captain who is ordered to escort a group of Cheyenne prisoners on a torturous journey from New Mexico to Wyoming. Wes Studie plays a dying Cheyenne war chief and Rosamund Pike is a woman whose family was brutally murdered by renegades. The film was written and directed by Scott Cooper ("Black Mass:).


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Take Two: “Call Me by Your Name” (R)
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January 26, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

"Call Me by Your Name" is a coming of age drama based on the novel by André Aciman. The film has garnered an Oscar nomination for the screenplay adaptation by James Ivory ("Remains of the Day") and was directed by Luca Guadagnino ("A Bigger Splash.) Timothee Chalamet is also an Oscar nominee for his performance as a teenager who falls in love with a grad student (Armie Hammer) who visits his parents' 17th Century Italian villa in the 1980s.


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Programmer
Susan Sanders | Email me

Although I don't produce my own show, I participate in other people's shows and I simply love the comraderie. On the "Pioneer Series" for Heartland Labor Forum, I've interviewed women in traditionally male-identified jobs: a female pilot, firefighter, drummer, mail carrier, electrician. For the "Tenth Voice", I interviewed a woman in a gay marriage who shared candidly about the validity as well as travails of seeking recognition for her committed bond. I also wrote and starred with Tom Edmondson in a four-episode soap opera called: "Fatal Femmes and the Derringer Dame". With Bill Clause, I conducted a class in writing comedy for the radio. This effort resulted in a one hour success called "Radio for Laughs". With Russ Simmons, I co-host the "Take Two" spot which involves reviewing independently made films and art-house movies currently showing in Kansas City.


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