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From fairy tale beasts in a mythical land to Napoleon's ghost wandering the halls of the Louvre during World War II, this week's recommendations from Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics provide a great weekend escape. Dive in to one of these flicks while they're still on area screens.

Cynthia Haines

Francofonia, not rated

Sony Pictures Classics

Thank goodness the weekend's finally here! Up To Date's indie, foreign, and documentary film critics are back, too, with this week's recommendations.

Cynthia Haines

Marguerite, R

  • A secretly-snickering audience pushes an off-pitch performer out of her personal bubble and into the limelight.

Miles Ahead, R

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At the end of a long week, it's easy to feel run down. Try to take some comfort in knowing you're not alone. Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have recommendations featuring brilliant but addled and hard-headed (or just plain delusional) leads dealing with some issues of their own.

Cynthia Haines

The Adderall Diaries, R

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The Kansas City FilmFest starts April 13, so it's time to bone up on the latest flicks. Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics recommend these movies to get you started.

Cynthia Haines

Marguerite, R

  • A secretly-snickering audience pushes an off-pitch performer out of her personal bubble and into the limelight.

King Georges, unrated

There are more than just spring gardens abloom this weekend. Up To Date's indie, foreign, and documentary film critics come with a bouquet of movie choices for your weekend.

Cynthia Haines

The Witch, R

  • An unsettling, but not graphic horror film, set in 1600s at the edge of an eerie forest where the lives of a religiously conservative family unravel.

City of Gold, R

What better place to shelter from those March winds? Your local movie theater, of course! Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have suggestions that'll entertain and help keep your hair more manageable.

Cynthia Haines

Mustang, PG-13

  • After innocently playing with boys on a beach, five orphan girls, their scandalized guardians confine them and arrange forced marriages.

45 Years, R

Feeling the need to cram before the Oscars are presented this Sunday? Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics suggest a few nominees to get you caught up.

Cynthia Haines

Mustang, PG-13

  • After innocently playing with boys on a beach, five orphan girls, their scandalized guardians confine them and arrange forced marriages.

45 Years, R

Does the warm weather have you in a festive mood? Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a few ideas to celebrate with some current cinema offerings.

Cynthia Haines

Room, R

  • A young woman and her son are imprisoned in a shed.

Spotlight, R

  • Reporters working for the Boston Globe uncover evidence of the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal.

Rolling Papers, not rated (showing at Liberty Hall)

Cuddle up with your sweetheart, a box of chocolate and a good film this Valentine's Day weekend. Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a few ideas to fill your screen.

Cynthia Haines

Son of Saul, R

  • It has been nominated for best foreign film, and I would maybe put money on it (winning). This is (the director's) first feature film, which is absolutely incredible to realize. 

45 Years, R

If your weekend isn't consumed with conversation of the gridiron, Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have some suggestions to make your weekend entertainment a touchdown.

Cynthia Haines

45 Years, R

  • Approaching their 45th anniversary, a couple confronts a secret from their past.

The Animated and Live Action Short Films nominated for Oscars

Spotlight, R

We're walking on sunshine with a warmer weekend ahead, but if you're not feeling outdoorsy, Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a few ideas to light your fire.

Cynthia Haines

The Animated, Live Action and Documentary Short Films nominated for Oscars

Theeb, not rated

  • During World War I, a Bedouin boy guides a British officer on a perilous journey across the desert

Spotlight, R

Brrr, it's cold outside. Let's warm up with a box of popcorn and a great film. Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have some suggestions that will fire up your imagination.

Cynthia Haines

Theeb, not rated

Brooklyn, PG-13

  • An young Irish immigrant is torn between her new home in Brooklyn and her life back in Ireland.

Spotlight, R

Energized by the Oscar nominations this week? Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have some suggestions to shape your weekend cinematic experience.

Cynthia Haines

Brooklyn, PG-13

  • An young Irish immigrant is torn between her new home in Brooklyn and her life back in Ireland.

Room, R

  • A young woman and her son are imprisoned in a shed. 

Spotlight, R

Need to relax after the shock of being back at work after the holidays? Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have just the thing this weekend.

Cynthia Haines

Spotlight, R

  • Reporters working for the Boston Globe uncover evidence of the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal. 

Brooklyn, PG-13

  • An young Irish immigrant is torn between her new home in Brooklyn and her life back in Ireland.

The Danish Girl, R

The holiday weekend means plenty of time to catch a film . . . or two! If you're undecided which to see, here's some suggestions from one of Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics.

Cynthia Haines

Spotlight, R

  • Reporters working for the Boston Globe uncover evidence of the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal.

Brooklyn, PG-13

  • An young Irish immigrant is torn between her new home in Brooklyn and her life back in Ireland.

Carol, R

Whether you're anticipating the arrival of St. Nick or just enjoying a few days off from work, Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a few ideas about how to spend your vacation. 

Cynthia Haines

Brooklyn, PG-13

  • An young Irish immigrant is torn between her new home in Brooklyn and her life back in Ireland.

Spotlight, R

Independent Lens

Last-minute preparations for the holidays can be exhausting. Take a break this weekend and go see an indie or documentary film. Up To Date's  film critics share their recommendations:

Cynthia Haines

Spotlight, R

  • Reporters working for the Boston Globe uncover evidence of the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal.

Brooklyn, PG-13

  • An young Irish immigrant is torn between her new home in Brooklyn and her life back in Ireland.

Room, R

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It's the most wonderful time of the year — for movie lovers, that is. Awards season is around the corner and many of the year's most-anticipated titles are arriving at area cinemas. You can enjoy the season too, by hitting the movie theaters this weekend. Here are Up To Date's film critics' suggestions from the crop of indie, foreign and documentary films playing now.

Cynthia Haines

Spotlight, R

It's that holding period between the blockbuster releases for Thanksgiving and Christmas, so why not take the opportunity to see an indie film? Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics are in complete agreement for their suggestions this week.

Cynthia Haines

Spotlight, R

  • Reporters working for the Boston Globe uncover evidence of the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal.

Brooklyn, PG-13

Stuffed with turkey and exhausted from shopping? Chill out the rest of your holiday weekend with these suggestions from Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics:

Cynthia Haines

Brooklyn, PG-13

Room, R

  • A young woman and her son are imprisoned in a shed. 

Spotlight, R

  • Reporters working for the Boston Globe uncover evidence of the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal.

Steve Walker

Uncover a dark secret with a group of journalists or have a laugh about blind dates. This week, Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have myriad choices for your pre-Thanksgiving viewing.

Cynthia Haines

Spotlight, R

  • Reporters working for the Boston Globe uncover evidence of the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal.

Labyrinth of Lies, R (German)

  • During the 1950s, a young German prosecutor pursues Nazis.

Room, R

Lead the charge for women's right to vote or head up a different fight in 1950s Germany. This week, Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a selection of fiery movies to keep you warm as that November chill sets in.

Cynthia Haines

Labyrinth of Lies, R (German) 

  • During the 1950s, a German prosecutor pursues Nazi war criminals.

99 Homes, R

Whether you want to tackle life in China after the Cultural Revolution or sit back and take in a dark comedy about two friends going through a tough time, Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have choices for you this weekend.

Cynthia Haines

The Second Mother, R (Portuguese with English subtitles)

  • Brazilian housekeeper's daughter moves in and causes havoc.

The Assassin, not rated (Mandarin)

Shed some light on what it's like to twirl and leap for a major ballet company and see how a housekeeper's daughter brings chaos to the life of a family in Brazil. This week, Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a few treats — but no tricks — for your Halloween weekend.

Cynthia Haines

Coming Home, PG-13

  • The affect the Chinese Cultural Revolution has on a Chinese family

The Second Mother, R (Portuguese with English subtitles)

Tread carefully through China after the Cultural Revolution and learn how Malala became so brave. Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics are feeling an international vibe this week, and there's something for everyone on this list.

Cynthia Haines

Coming Home, PG-13 

  • The affect the Chinese Cultural Revolution has on a Chinese family 

He Named Me Malala, PG-13

Discover how a library connects two people across international boundaries, and see what it's like when your parents want to arrange your marriage for you. Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a variety of choices to spruce up your weekend.

Cynthia Haines

Sicario, R

Search for a Spanish serial killer or shiver at the creepy tale of a mother who comes home very different after a surgery. If you're feeling adventurous or you're ready for a few chills before Halloween, Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have just the thing for you.

Cynthia Haines

Marshland, not rated, (Spanish with English subtitles) 

  • Detectives pursue a serial killer in southern Spain.

Phoenix, PG-13

This weekend, take a walk — on a wire thousands of feet up in the air. Or just go to a movie and experience it from your seat. KCUR's independent, foreign and documentary film critics give us the picks they deem worthy of your time. 

Cynthia Haines

Mississippi Grind, R

  • I think if they changed the title it might attract a larger audience, and it should — because Ben Mendelsohn's performance is just great. 

Learning To Drive, R

Get some vicarious adrenaline with a group of mountaineers and take a road trip with an unusual grandma in Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics' choices this weekend.

Cynthia Haines

Meru, R

  • It is visually stunning. It is incredibly intense, suspenseful— it’s got everything going for it. I would put Meru on the top of any list that has to do with mountaineering.

Phoenix, PG-13

An Irish dance hall stands for so much more, a group of mountaineers makes a hazardous trek and a woman confronts ghosts of her past in post-war Germany in Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics' choices this weekend.

Cynthia Haines

Meru, R

  • It is visually stunning. It is incredibly intense, suspenseful— it’s got everything going for it. I would put Meru on the top of any list that has to do with mountaineering.

Phoenix, PG-13

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