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  In a new twist on classic horror films, a sexually transmitted  demon stalks a group of Detroit teenagers in It Follows.  This is just one of the plots our critics review in a roundup of independent, foreign, and documentary film. 

Among the other plots discussed is a young woman in the center of a love triangle, personal stories of vengeance in Argentina, and a British soldier abandoned on the streets of Belfast following a riot. 

The critics weigh in on what's good, what's bad and what's ugly. 

Films discussed during this program: 

One woman is given the weekend to convince her co-workers to give up their bonuses or lose her job, and another becomes obsessed with the suicide of a member in her support group. On Friday's Up To Date, our independent, foreign, and documentary film critics discuss these films and other movies playing now, plus the Oscar nominated live action, documentary, and animated shorts.  Films opening today:

  • Two Days, One Night

Films already showing:

IFC Films

With the Academy Awards quickly approaching on Feb. 22, it may be just the weekend to head out to the theaters to see some of the nominees. Up To Date's Indie, Foreign, and Documentary film critics offer their Oscar nominated suggestions. 

Cynthia Haines:

  • Two Days, One Night
  • Oscar-Nominated Live Action Short Films
  • Boyhood 

Steve Walker:

2014 Entertainment One Films

When independent films feature a small town and a huge corporation at their core, they are usually depicted as foes like David and Goliath – the good and the average against the lumbering giant.

Local Hero from 1983 comes to mind, as does Promised Land, the recent movie about fracking in the Midwest. The Grand Seduction, however, reverses that formula, proving that the battle lines aren’t always drawn that cleanly.

IFC Films

From stories about severe nymphomania to vicious alien femme fatales, our reviewers' material is challenging to say the least.

On Friday's Up to Date, our independent, foreign, and documentary film critics return to look at some of the new films opening on local screens.

In addition to reviewing new films, we talk with "Hateship, Loveship" director Liza Johnson about her decision to cast comedienne Kristin Wiig in a serious role.

Our critics' list:

The 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards was recently held at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. Calif., and was broadcast live by the CW. Up to Date film critic Cynthia Haines attended and chatted with various nominees.

Best & Worst Movies Of 2012

Jan 4, 2013

Was Les Miserables miserable?  Was Jack Reacher a reach?  Should anyone have taken The Guilt Trip?  These answers and more, on this week's edition of Central Standard Friday.

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film

Nov 15, 2012

Ever wonder how someone falls in love with a felon? What about the romantic frustrations of a paralyzed man?

There have been several informative documentaries about the United States' ongoing economic woes -  for instance 2010's Oscar-winning The Inside Job.

The wait is over. You can breathe easy once again. Up to Date's art, independent, foreign and documentary film critics have broken down the year's best flicks and given us their ten favorites from 2011, in no particular order.

All that holiday spending might have you feeling a little dirty in these few weeks between Black Friday and Super Saturday, traditionally the second-biggest shopping day of the year. To help cleanse your soul, and to add a bit more culture to your life than you might get cruising the aisles of Wal-Mart, we've invited our film critics into the studio to  catch you up on the latest independent, foreign and documentary films in area theaters.