Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' December 15-17

Dec 15, 2017

People the world over will be rushing out to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi this week, but a select few will get to watch from space. NASA confirmed the movie will be screened for astronauts in-orbit on the International Space Station. If you can’t afford a ticket on a Soyuz rocket, hitch a ride on a SpaceX Dragon — or if endless strings of prequels just aren’t your cup of tea — Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary Film Critics have got you covered.

Steve Walker

The Shape of Water, R

  • In Guillermo del Toro's science fiction fantasy, an amphibious man-like creature is held captive inside an insidious laboratory while a mute cleaning woman, played superbly by Sally Hawkins, emerges as a possible savior.

Lady Bird, R

  • This sublime, tart comedy, written and directed by Greta Gerwig, features flawless performances from Laurie Metcalf as a stressed-out mom and Saoirse Ronan as a bohemian high school senior circa 2002 wishing she was anywhere but Sacramento.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, R

  • In Martin McDonagh's twisted black comedy, Frances McDormand piercingly plays a grieving mother who turns her despair into outrage at the local police who haven't solved her daughter's murder.

Cynthia Haines

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, R

  • When her daughter's murder isn't solved, Mildred Hayes, played by Frances McDormand, lets the local police department, and the fictional town, know how she really feels about it. 

Lady Bird, R

  • Greta Gerwig's first solo effort as writer/director is a heartfelt dedication to her NorCal hometown, and a masterful, funny examination of the mercurial relationship between a mother and her high school-aged daughter.

The Shape of Water, R

  • Guillermo del Toro directs this surreal fantasy which centers on the discoveries a mute janitor makes at the cold-war era research facility where she works as a janitor.

Robert Butler

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, R

  • Frances McDormand shines in Martin McDonagh's fourth full-length film about an anguished mother who makes a 15-foot-tall statement to her local law enforcement about their inability to find her daughter's killer.

The Shape of Water, R

  • This dark romance-fantasy follows a relationship night-shift janitor Elisa Esposito, played by Sally Hawkins, forges with a strange creature housed in a secret government lab where she works.

The Florida Project, R

  • In this comedy-drama by director Sean Baker, 6-year-old Moonee and her friends explore the wonders of their Florida town as their parents struggle with bad times in the shadow of Disney World.