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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”
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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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TAKE TWO: “I, Tonya” (R)
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January 19, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

The bizarre true story of American ice skater Tony Harding is given the black comedy treatment by filmmaker Craig Gillespie. Margot Robbie ("Goodbye, Christopher Robin") produced and stars as Harding. Allison Janney (TV's "Mom") won a Golden Globe and a Critics' Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress as Harding's pushy, lowlife mom.


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TAKE TWO: “The Post” (PG-13)
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January 12, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

The true story of the Pentagon Papers gets the Steven Spielberg treatment in the involving drama, "The Post." Tom Hanks stars as The Washington Post's gritty editor Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep portrays the newspaper's troubled owner, Katharine Graham.


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TAKE TWO: “All the Money in the World” (R)
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January 5, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

The latest film from Ridley Scott is based on a true story. In 1973, the grandson of billionaire J. Paul Getty was kidnapped in Rome. The notoriously greedy oil baron refused to pay ransom. Christopher Plummer stars as the miserly Getty, Michelle Williams portrays his daughter-in-law who was the kidnapped boy's mother and Mark Whalberg plays an ex-CIA agent hired by Getty to try to retrieve his grandson without paying ransom.


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Take Two: “Darkest Hour” (PG)
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December 22, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

Gary Oldman applies a ton of latex for his performance as Winston Churchill in the new historical drama "Darkest Hour." Directed by Joe Wright ("Atonement"), the film also features Kristen Scott Thomas, Lily James and Ben Mendelsohn in a story that illustrates the political wrangling that occurred behind the scenes in the buildup to WWII.


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Take Two: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri”
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December 15, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

It was shot in North Carolina, but Martin McDonagh's searing comic drama "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri" has a show-me attitude. Susan and Russ agree that Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell give award-worthy performances in this dark tale concerning the aftermath of a murder.


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Take Two: “Big Sonia”
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December 8, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

Sonia Warshawski is a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor who ran a tailor shop in the now-demolished Metcalf South Shopping Center for over 30 years. Her story, and that of her quest to inform people about the Holocaust is chronicled in "Big Sonia" a documentary about her life directed by her granddaughter Leah Warshawski and Leah's husband, Todd Soliday. Susan and Russ agree that it's well worth seeing.


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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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