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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: “First Reformed” (R)
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June 15, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

Faith has played a major role in a number of movies from filmmaker Paul Schrader. He's responsible for the screenplays of "The Last Temptation of Christ," "Taxi Driver" and "Raging Bull." He's also both writer and director of "Hardcore," "Dominion," "Affliction" and "American Gigolo."

"First Reformed" stars Ethan Hawke as a protestant pastor whose crisis of faith dovetails with the suicide of one of his parishioners, an environmentalist. The cast also includes Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer and Van Hansis.


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Take Two: “Adrift” (PG-13)
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June 8, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

A true-life survival story is at the core of the new film, "Adrift." Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin star as a couple who contract to sail a private boat from Tahiti to San Diego, only to hit a monster storm, blow way off course. They battle the elements in an epic fight for life.


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Take Two: “Let the Sunshine In” (R)
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June 1, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

French superstar Juliette Binoche stars in the latest arthouse offering from filmmaker Claire Denis. Binoche plays a woman who has a series of affairs but is unable to make a meaningful connection with any of her lovers. Susan and Russ give the 411 on this French language entry.


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Take Two: “Disobedience” (R)
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May 25, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

Susan and Russ have two very different takes on "Disobedience," starring Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola. The director is Sebastian Lielio, whose Chilean film "A Fantastic Woman" won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film this year. Weisz plays a worldly photographer who returns to her stifling Orthodox Jewish community upon the death of her father. She rekindles a lesbian romance with McAdams, the wife of a young rabbi.


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Take Two: “RBG” (PG)
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May 18, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

The liberal lion of the US Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is the subject of a loving documentary "RBG." The film focuses on her rise to prominence and her feminist perspective. While it can be a bit fawning, Russ and Susan agree that it's a compelling look at a fascinating individual.


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Take Two: “Life of the Party” (PG-13)
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May 11, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

Melissa McCarthy is a funny lady. Can the force of her personality propel the farce "Life of the Party?" Susan and Russ give the lowdown on this back-to-school comedy about a woman who, after divorce, decides to attend the same college as her daughter. McCarthy co-wrote the script with her husband Ben Falcone who also served as director.


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Take Two: “Tully” (R)
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May 4, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)

Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody is reunited with Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron in "Tully," an offbeat comic drama about, of all things, postpartum depression. Theron plays a woman who delivers her third child. Because of exhaustion, she agrees to let her wealthy brother pay for a night nanny, played by Mackenzie Davis. The plot focuses on the relationship that develops between these two.


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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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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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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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