From the Film Vault

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Program Notes: The Right Stuff (1983)

The Right Stuff movie poster

From the vantage point of 30 years, it is now possible to see Phil Kaufman’s The Right Stuff as one of the best films of the Eighties, a slice of Americana filled with the adventure of space exploration.

Sam Shepard: Fool for Cinema

On Mondays and Saturdays all through November, the Kansas City Public Library will be showing films starring, written by, or directed by Sam Shepard. Bob Butler discusses his legacy.

Movie Quiz: In a Few Words

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Movie industry types love to describe films with just a few well-chosen words. Here are 20 well-known movies and thumbnail descriptions. Pair them up.

Program Notes: Paris, Texas (1984)

Paris, Texas movie poster

Sam Shepard doesn’t appear in Paris, Texas (1984), but his fingerprints are all over it. His dramas specialize in American families coming apart under the weight of spiritual emptiness.

New on the DVD Shelves: Exporting Raymond (2010)

Exporting Raymond movie poster

When Everybody Loves Raymond ended its run after nine years and 210 episodes, creator Phil Rosenthal began thinking about whether his TV show about a bickering but basically loving middle-class family might translate to other cultures.