Sunday at 8:58 am (and Tuesday at 12:02 pm)

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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.

The segment airs at the following times:

  • Sundays at 8:58 am between “Psychic Talk” and the “Coffeehouse Radio Show”
  • Tuesdays at 12:02 pm during “Interfaith Voices”
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Susan and Russ chat about the pros and cons of Melissa McCarthy’s road comedy, “Tammy.”
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July 6, 2014 | 8:58 am (and Tuesday at 12:02 pm)

Susan and Russ chat about the pros and cons of Melissa McCarthy's road comedy, "Tammy."
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“Draft Day”
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April 15, 2014 | 8:58 am (and Tuesday at 12:02 pm)

KKFI's Susan Sanders and Russ Simmons review Kevin Costner's new movie, Draft Day, a manipulative, soap-y story about the front office of an NFL team.
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“Noah”
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April 8, 2014 | 8:58 am (and Tuesday at 12:02 pm)

Mad Max meets Titanic meets the Bible as FOX 4's Russ Simmons and KKFI's Susan Sanders review Darren Aronofsky's Noah, starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly.
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“300: Rise Of An Empire”
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March 25, 2014 | 8:58 am (and Tuesday at 12:02 pm)

Fox 4's Russ Simmons and KKFI's Susan Sanders review gladiator action flick 300: Rise Of An Empire, starring Aussie actor Sullivan Stapleton and Eva Green.
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“Tim’s Vermeer”
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March 18, 2014 | 8:58 am (and Tuesday at 12:02 pm)

Russ Simmons and Susan Sanders review Penn & Teller's documentary, Tim's Vermeer, about inventor Tim Jenison's efforts to duplicate the painting techniques of Johannes Vermeer.
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“The Wind Rises”
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March 11, 2014 | 8:58 am (and Tuesday at 12:02 pm)

Russ Simmons and Susan Sanders review the Impressionistic Japanese animated film by Hayao Miyazaki, The Wind Rises, a look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.
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“In Secret”
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March 4, 2014 | 8:58 am (and Tuesday at 12:02 pm)

Russ Simmons and Susan Sanders review the adaptation of Émile Zola's novel Thérèse Raquin, the film In Secret, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Jessica Lange.
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Movie Review: “The Past”
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February 25, 2014 | 8:58 am (and Tuesday at 12:02 pm)

Russ Simmons and Susan Sanders give their takes on Asghar Farhadi's Iran-via-Paris drama The Past (Le Passé), starring Bérénice Bejo and Tahar Rahim.
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Movie Review: “The Monuments Men”
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February 18, 2014 | 8:58 am (and Tuesday at 12:02 pm)

Russ and Susan review The Monuments Men, directed and acted in by George Clooney, about the men who risked their lives to protect international treasures and works of art from the Nazis in WWII.
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Movie Review: “Labor Day”
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February 11, 2014 | 8:58 am (and Tuesday at 12:02 pm)

Russ Simmons gives us a look at visual epic Pompeii, In Secret with Jessica Lange, Kevin Costner's Three Days To Kill, and romantic drama Barefoot.
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Take Two: “Her”
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January 21, 2014 | 8:58 am (and Tuesday at 12:02 pm)

Susan Sanders and Russ Simmons discuss the Oscar-nominated science-fiction romance Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlet Johansson.
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Take Two: “The Great Beauty”
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January 14, 2014 | 8:58 am (and Tuesday at 12:02 pm)

Russ and Susan discuss Italian film A Great Beauty by Jep Cambardella.
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Take Two: “The Wolf Of Wall Street”
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January 7, 2014 | 8:58 am (and Tuesday at 12:02 pm)

Russ Simmons and Susan Sanders chat about Martin Scorcese's raunchy, Oscar-nominated film The Wolf Of Wall Street
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Take Two: “Out Of The Furnace”
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December 24, 2013 | 8:58 am (and Tuesday at 12:02 pm)

Russ and Susan chat about Scott Cooper's Out Of The Furnace, starring Christian Bale and Casey Affleck.
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Take Two: “Nebraska”
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December 17, 2013 | 8:58 am (and Tuesday at 12:02 pm)

Russ Simmons and Susan Sanders tackle Bruce Dern's latest movie, the melancholy Nebraska, directed by Alexander Payne, and also starring Will Forte.
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Take Two: “Philomena”
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December 10, 2013 | 8:58 am (and Tuesday at 12:02 pm)

Russ Simmons and Susan Sanders give their reviews of Philomena, based on a true story and starring Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.
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Take Two: November 22-28, 2013
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November 25, 2013 | 8:58 am (and Tuesday at 12:02 pm)

Controversial film "Blue Is The Warmest Color" is highlighted.
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“All Is Lost”
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November 18, 2013 | 8:58 am (and Tuesday at 12:02 pm)

Russ and Susan chat about Robert Redford's solo turn in the movie All Is Lost, an American survival film written and directed by J. C. Chandor.
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“12 Years A Slave”
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November 11, 2013 | 8:58 am (and Tuesday at 12:02 pm)

Russ Simmons and Susan Sanders discuss their takes on 12 Years A Slave, a British-American epic historical drama film.
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“Captain Phillips”
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October 21, 2013 | 8:58 am (and Tuesday at 12:02 pm)

Russ Simmons and Susan Sanders chat about Captain Phillips, an American action thriller based on real events surrounding the Somalian pirate takeover of a cargo ship, directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi.
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“Prisoners”
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October 7, 2013 | 8:58 am (and Tuesday at 12:02 pm)

Russ and Susan analyze Prisoners, an American thriller film directed by Denis Villeneuve.
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“Hannah Arendt”
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September 30, 2013 | 8:58 am (and Tuesday at 12:02 pm)

This week's review is of the biopic Hannah Arendt, a German-Luxembourgian-French drama film about German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt directed by Margarethe von Trotta and starring Barbara Sukowa.
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“In A World”
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September 23, 2013 | 8:58 am (and Tuesday at 12:02 pm)

This week on Take Two, Russ Simmons and Susan Sanders review In A World, directed by and starring Lake Bell in her feature-length writing, directing, and producing debut. The film follows a young woman doing voice-over work for film trailers.
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You get it all in one film – France, crime, comedy, the mob, Tommy Lee, Pfeiffer and De Niro
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September 16, 2013 | 8:58 am (and Tuesday at 12:02 pm)

The Family, also known as Malavita, is a 2013 English-language French action crime comedy film based on a novel by Tonino Benacquista and directed by Luc Besson, starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, and Dianna Agron.
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“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”
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September 9, 2013 | 8:58 am (and Tuesday at 12:02 pm)

On Take Two today, Russ Simmons and Susan Sanders review Ain't Them Bodies Saints, an American romantic crime drama film written and directed by David Lowery, starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara.
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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. This "Take Two" is my newest venture with KKFI.
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