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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: “A Star is Born” (R)
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October 12, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

The fourth big screen adaptation of the old Hollywood backstage story is both a critical and box office hit. Bradley Cooper ("The Hangover") and pop music's Lady Gaga play romantically linked musicians in "A Star is Born." Cooper produced, directed and co-wrote the film as well as providing his own music.


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Take Two: “The Children Act” (R)
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October 5, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

Two-time Oscar winner Emma Thompson stars in "The Children Act," based on the novel by Ian McEwan. Thompson plays an English judge whose marriage to her professor husband (Stanley Tucci) is on the rocks. This complicates her work presiding over the case of an underage cancer patient, played Fionn Whitehead, whose Jehovah's Witness parents refuse to allow him a life-saving blood transfusion.


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Take Two: “Crazy Rich Asians” (PG-13)
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September 28, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

The surprise box office hit "Crazy Rich Asians" features an international cast of actors, all of Chinese ancestry. This familiar but fun romantic comedy treads new ground only in one way: It's the first US production that features an all asian cast since 1993's "Joy Luck Club."


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Take Two: “A Simple Favor” (R)
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September 21, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

A new film noir thriller has a comic touch. "A Simple Favor" stars Anna Kendrick ("Pitch Perfect") as a widowed housewife and Blake Lively ("The Shallows") as a femme fatal with a dark secret. Director Paul Feig ("Bridesmaids," "Spy") departs from his usual comedy genre.


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Take Two: “Searching” (PG-13)
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September 14, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

The new thriller "Searching" stars John Cho ("Star Trek") and Debra Messing (TV's "Will and Grace"). Cho plays a father whose teenage daughter goes missing. He breaks into her computer and uses the internet and online tools in a desperate attempt to find her. The film is unique in that no movie cameras were used, only online technology. It was written and directed by newcomer Aneesch Chaganty.


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Take Two: “Operation Finale” (PG-13)
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September 7, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

"Operation Finale" is a historical drama from filmmaker Chris Weitz ("About a Boy"). It tells the true story of Israel's intelligence agency Mossad and their efforts to capture the Nazi SS officer Adolph Eichmann, the architect of the Holocaust, who was hiding out in Argentina after WWII. Sir Ben Kingsley ("Schindler's List") plays Eichmann and Oscar Isaac ("Star Wars: The Last Jedi") plays Peter Malkin, one of his pursuers.


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Take Two: “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” (R)
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August 31, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

Chloë Grace Moretz ("The Equalizer") stars in a coming of age drama adapted from Emily M. Danforth's novel,"The Miseducation of Cameron Post," that received acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival. Moretz plays a lesbian teen sent by her family to a Christian conversion therapy camp. The film also stars Jennifer Ehle ("Zero Dark Thirty) and John Gallagher, Jr. ("10 Cloverfield Lane") and was adapted for the screen by Desiree Akhavan.


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Take Two: “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood” (R)
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August 24, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

Scotty Bowers published a book in 2012 called "Full Service" that claimed to have chronicled his life as a pimp during Hollywood's golden age and how he operated a brothel out of a gas station that catered to gay men. He also alleges that he had carried on a ménage à trois with Cary Grant and Randolph Scott AND Lana Turner and Ava Gardner! Now, at age 95, he relates these stories and more in the documentary "Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood" because none of the other participants are alive to defend themselves.


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Take Two: “BlacKkKlansman”
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August 17, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

The remarkable true story of Ron Stallworth has been brought to the big screen by director Spike Lee and co-writer Kevin Willmott, who is professor of film at KU. John David Washington ("Ballers") plays Stallworth, a black Colorado police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. Adam Driver ("Star Wars: The Last Jedi") plays a Jewish police officer who posed as Stallworth in his face-to-face encounters with the Klan. Topher Grace ("That 70s Show") plays Klan leader, David Duke.


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Take Two: “Eighth Grade” (R)
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August 10, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

Writer/director Bo Burnham who achieved celebrity through is internet postings, offers his first feature-length dramatic film, "Eighth Grade," the story of an angst-ridden teen in the age of social media. Elsie Fisher ("McFarland, USA") plays a 15-year-old who posts helpful advice on the internet. If only she'd listen to her own counsel. Josh Hamilton ("Frances Ha") is her ineffectual dad.


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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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