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

Jul 14, 2017

A couple attempt to save their struggling marriage by starting a band in the raunchy comedy 'Band Aid.' Zoe Lister-Jones directed, wrote and stars in the film.
Credit IFC Films

The ancient Greeks divided storytelling into two major pillars: drama and comedy. Thousands of years later, Up To Date's indie, foreign, and documentary film critics continue to apply their wisdom to the movie reviewing process. Whether it's a movie that will leave you crying from laughter or sobbing genuine tears, you won't want to miss these films.

Steve Walker

Band Aid, Not rated

  • Having written and directed this exuberantly profane comedy, Zoe Lister-Jones also stars as half of a couple who strive to save their marriage by starting a band and turning their fights into songs.

The Big Sick, R

  • This alternately witty and wrenching autobiographical comedy about a Pakistani stand-up comic and a health scare endured by his Caucasian girlfriend stars Silicon Valley's Kumail Nanjiani, who co-wrote it with his wife, Emily V. Gordon.

The Exception, R

  • Fueled by ferocious performances by Christopher Plummer and Janet McTeer as Kaiser Wilhelm and his regal wife, respectively, a high-stakes battle between the disgraced monarchy and the Third Reich entangles a sympathetic Nazi captain and a Jewish house servant.

Cynthia Haines

The Tree, Not rated

  • Directed by local filmmaker and UMKC professor Stephen W. Pruitt, this film tells the story of an aging widow's spontaneous road trip to visit a childhood friend. Local actress Joicie Appell plays the leading role.

The Exception, R

  • A German soldier played by Jai Courtney falls in love with a Jewish maid while investigating the manse of exiled monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II. The romance confronts him with a choice: follow his country or his heart.

Megan Leavey, PG-13

  • The true story of a young Marine and her military combat dog, Rex. While deployed in Iraq, an IED explosion injures them both, leading to a heart-wrenching turn of fate.