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1:18 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' December 12-14

'Last Days in Vietnam' made our critics lists this week.
Credit American Experience Films/PBS

If the grey skies are getting you down, why not take a trip to the cinema to lift the gloom? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics have a few recommendations for you:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Force Majeur
  • Birdman
  • Last Days in Vietnam

Steve Walker:

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Up to Date
2:55 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' December 5-7

'Force Majeure' made our critics' lists this week.

Still recovering from Thanksgiving? Try a good film for your relaxation this weekend. Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics have a few recommendations for you:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Force Majeure
  • Nightcrawler
  • Whiplash

Steve Walker:

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Up to Date
1:22 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, December 5

'Pelican Dreams' is just one of the films the critics discussed on Up to Date.

Life on the open prairie can drive you crazy, and Tommy Lee Jones knows it in his latest flick.

On Friday's Up to Date, our independent, foreign and documentary film critics review The Homesman, as well as a new Stephen Hawking biopic, and we check out the story of a scramble to survive an avalanche-- and what that can do to a family.

Also on the agenda: our critics share their top 10 films of the year.

Films discussed during the program:

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Up to Date
11:32 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' November 21-23

'Force Majeure' is on critic Steve Walker's list this week.

With Thanksgiving approaching, lots of movies are opening. If you're looking for an alternative to the latest blockbuster,  check out these suggestions from Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Birdman
  • Skeleton Twins
  • Citizenfour

Steve Walker:

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Up to Date
12:57 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' November 14-16

Bill Murray chills as a child mows his backyard dirt patch in 'St. Vincent.'

The weather's awfully cold, but movie theaters should be nice and toasty this weekend. Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics have a few suggestions for you once you get there:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Birdman
  • St. Vincent
  • Citizenfour

Steve Walker:

  • Citizenfour
  • Nightcrawler
  • Rosewater
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Up to Date
11:57 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' November 7-9

Our critics recommend the Edward Snowden documentary 'Citizenfour.'

Take the chill out of the autumn air with a good film this weekend and check out these recommendations from Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Skeleton Twins
  • St. Vincent
  • Birdman

Steve Walker:

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Up to Date
11:15 am
Fri November 7, 2014

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, November 7

'Birdman' is just one of the films our critics discussed this week.

A marriage proposal leads one woman to hiding out in the home of her 16-year-old best friend, and a young boy finds an unlikely friend in the bawdy, hedonistic veteran next door.

On Friday's Up to Date, our indie, documentary and foreign film critics are back to review the latest films showing on area screens. We also look at the story of Edward Snowden and how an actor tries to make a comeback on Broadway.

The films:

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Up to Date
12:22 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' October 31-November 2

Melissa McCarthy talks with Bill Murray in 'St. Vincent.'

Feeling festive with the Halloween weekend? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorite films showing on area screens:

Cynthia Haines: 

  • Birdman
  • St. Vincent
  • Rudderless

Steve Walker: 

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Up to Date
12:56 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' October 18-20

'The Green Prince' made both our critics' lists this week.

The World Series doesn't start until Tuesday, but area theaters have movies ready now. Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorite films showing on area screens:

Cynthia Haines:

  • The Skeleton Twins
  • The Drop
  • The Green Prince

Steve Walker: 

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Arts & Culture
6:08 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Film Review: A Palestinian Son Spies On His Father In 'The Green Prince'

Mosab Hassan Yousef and Gonen Ben Yitzhak in 'The Green Prince.'
Credit Music Box Films

Is selling one’s soul to a parent’s worst enemy justified if it means avoiding torture, prison, or much worse? Such is the quandary at the crux of Nadav Schirman’s documentary The Green Prince, a tense and dense examination into how Mosab Hassan Yousef, a young Palestinian whose father was a founder of Hamas, ended up an informant for the Israeli security force known as Shin Bet. By the time viewers reach its bittersweet climax, prior documentaries about guarded family secrets will seem like Saturday-morning cartoons.

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Up to Date
1:12 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' October 10-12

'The Notebook' takes a look at the experience of two children during World War II.

Looking for films to see when you're not glued to the Royals games? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorite films showing on area screens:

Steve Walker:

Cynthia Haines

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Up to Date
12:39 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, October 3

'My Old Lady' is just one of the films our critics reviewed on Up to Date this week.

Suicidal siblings become stronger together, Paris isn't the quite paradise you might think and we get an inside look at a money-laundering operation in films showing on area screens this week.

On Friday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with film critics Cynthia Haines, Steve Walker and Bob Butler to get their opinions on these  films:

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Up to Date
12:06 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' October 3-5

'The Drop' made two of out critics' lists this week.

Looking for a great way to get through a cold, rainy weekend? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorite films showing on area screens:

Cynthia Haines:

  • The Skeleton Twins
  • The Drop
  • One Chance 

Steve Walker:

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Up to Date
10:18 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' September 26-28

'The Skeleton Twins' made both Steve Walker's and Cynthia Haines' lists this week.

Looking for a great film to see over the weekend? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:

Cynthia Haines:

  • The Skeleton Twins
  • Trip to Italy
  • Calvary

Steve Walker:

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Film Review: Bill Hader And Kristen Wiig Clean Out Closets In 'The Skeleton Twins'

Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in 'The Skeleton Twins.'
Credit Roadside Attractions

Saturday Night Live fans who've felt a void since Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig departed the show can get sated with The Skeleton Twins. Playing Milo and Maggie, siblings who are rehabilitating their relationship after a 10-year freeze, Hader and Wiig wield comedic chops as well as dramatic ones, reminding SNL viewers that the cast wasn't made up slap-happy stand-up comics but fine actors.

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Up To Date
5:01 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' September 19-21

James Gandolfini (left) and Tom Hardy in "The Drop".
Credit Fox Searchlight Pictures

Looking for a great film to see over the weekend? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Alive Inside
  • A Most Wanted Man
  • The Trip to Italy

Steve Walker:

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Up To Date
5:04 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' September 12-14

Brendan Gleeson as Father James in "Calvary."
Credit Reprisal Films

Looking for a great film to see over the weekend? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:

Cynthia Haines:

  • The Trip to Italy
  • Boyhood
  • A Most Wanted Man

Steve Walker:

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Up to Date
12:29 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' September 5-7

Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan star in 'The Trip to Italy'.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of Sept.5-7? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:

Steve Walker:

Cynthia Haines:

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Up to Date
11:29 am
Fri September 5, 2014

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, September 5

Our critics review 'What If?' and many other films on area screens.

Two people who just want to be friends might get more than they bargained for, a married couple go on a retreat to salvage their marriage and Errol Flynn's last days are recreated on film.

We look at those film plots and more on Friday's Up to Date with our indie, foreign and documentary film critics.

Here's a list of the films they discussed:

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Arts & Culture
2:48 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Film Review: A Hotel Inspector Doesn't Exactly Enjoy Her 'Five Star Life'

Margherita Buy is a hotel inspector seemingly living 'A Five Star Life.'
Credit Courtesy Music Box Films

Everyone who’s ever stayed at a hotel turns into a hotel inspector as soon as the bellman closes the door. Does the bedspread look plush or threadbare? Is the bathroom gleaming or grungy? Will room service arrive promptly and hot or late and cold? In the new Italian film A Five Star Life, Margherita Buy wonders these and other things as a hotel inspector beginning to question the constriction and loneliness of a career that looks awfully glamorous from the outside.

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Up to Date
11:55 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' August 29-September 1

'A Five Star Life' made both of our critics' lists this week.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of Aug. 29-Sept.1? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:

Steve Walker:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Alive Inside
  • A Five Star Life
  • A Most Wanted Man
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Up to Date
12:29 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' August 22-24

'A Most Wanted Man' is on critic Cynthia Haines' list this weekend.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of Aug. 22-24? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:

Steve Walker:

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Arts & Culture
9:30 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Film Review: Anna Kendrick's Flakiness Complicates Her Family's 'Happy Christmas'

Lena Dunham and Anna Kendrick attempt a babysitting job with Jude Swanberg in "Happy Christmas."
Credit Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

The new dysfunctional family comedy Happy Christmas may have modest goals, but it makes an impact thanks to several lively and well-crafted performances. Chief among those is Anna Kendrick. The Oscar nominee from Up in the Air is delightfully scattered as Jenny, a young woman fresh off a break-up who retreats to her brother’s home in Chicago in hopes of reconnecting with old friends and sustaining a semi-permanent buzz.

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Up To Date
12:43 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, August 8

I Origins, a film showing this weekend, is a science-fiction drama about a biologist studying the human eye who makes a startling discovery.
Credit I Origins

On Friday's Up to Date, our indie, foreign, and documentary film critics review the latest films showing on area screens.

Philip Seymour Hoffman plays an old-school German spy heading up a post 9/11 operation. By the time A Most Wanted Man was released, Hoffman was dead from a drug overdose.

Listen for the scoop on that film, along with two documentaries looking at the lives of author Gore Vidal and film critic Roger Ebert, a science-fiction drama, and the latest offering from Zach Braff.

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Up to Date
12:30 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' August 8-10

Rich Hill follows the lives of people in a small town in Missouri.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of Aug. 8-10? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:

Cynthia Haines

  • Boyhood
  • A Most Wanted Man
  • Rich Hill

Steve Walker

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Up to Date
3:33 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' Aug. 1-3

'Boyhood' is on film critic Cynthia Haines' list this weekend.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of Aug. 1-3? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Boyhood
  • A Most Wanted Man
  • Life Itself

Steve Walker:

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Arts & Culture
9:52 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Film Review: The French-English Hybrid 'Chinese Puzzle' Celebrates Complicated Lives

Cécile De France, Romain Duris, Kelly Reilly, and Audrey Tautou in 'Chinese Puzzle.'
Credit courtesy of Cohen Media Group

There's a scene in Cédric Klapisch's warm, exuberant comedy Chinese Puzzle that perfectly captures both the beauty and complications of a life well lived. A discussion between two men (one living, one a hallucination) proposes that a piece of embroidery is an apt metaphor for the human condition: on one side is a lovely picture of a moment captured in time. But turned over, one sees all of the knotty entanglements.

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Arts & Culture
1:25 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Film Review: 'Venus in Fur' Tests The Limits Of Dominance And Submission

Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Seigner in 'Venus in Fur.'
Credit Guy Ferrandis / IFC Films

Despite director Roman Polanski's checkered personal history, his film resume is nearly blot-free.

From Rosemary's Baby to Chinatown to The Pianist, Polanski films examine our capacity to strive and dream in the face of brutal outside influences.

While his adaptation of David Ives' Tony Award-winning play Venus in Fur isn't at the level of those movies, it has a familiar and intoxicatingly dark tone and pulse.

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Up to Date
1:04 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' July 11-13

'Begin Again' made Steve Walker's list for this weekend.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of July 11-13? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:

Steve Walker:

  • Obvious Child
  • Begin Again
  • Ida

Cynthia Haines:

  • Ida
  • A Hard Day's Night
  • Chef
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Up to Date
12:56 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, July 11

Critics Cynthia Haines and Bob Butler weigh in on films showing on area screens, including 'The Love Punch.'

Examine the personal relationships of three disturbed couples and hear the controversy about the political influence of two conservative Kansas billionaires.  

On Friday's Up to Date, our indie, foreign, and documentary film critics examine the latest films showing on area screens.

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