Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' June 9-11

Jun 9, 2017

After a heart attack puts him out of a job, a wizened carpenter challenges the failure of England's welfare system in Ken Loach's 'I, Daniel Blake.'
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If you're tired of all the politics on television this week, you may want to try watching something on a different, slightly bigger screen. Up To Date's indie, foreign, and documentary film critics are here with a new batch of weekend suggestions. They're sure to get you off that mind-suppressing couch and into an enthralling local independent theater. 

Steve Walker

I, Daniel Blake, R

  • In the best movie this critic has seen all year, an unemployed carpenter and a single mom bond over the indignity of being unemployed and hungry in today’s England. Ken Loach’s humane yet devastating film won top honors at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

I Love You Both, Not rated

  • In an astute comedy written by Kristin and Doug Archibald, the real-life siblings play twins whose lifelong bond gets complicated when a bisexual bohemian splits his affections between the both of them.

The Wedding Plan, PG

  • Jilted by her fiancé, the owner of a mobile petting zoo in Jerusalem vows to find a replacement groom for her pre-planned ceremony that's less than a month away.

Cynthia Haines

A Quiet Passion, PG-13

  • This telling biopic about Emily Dickinson paints a portrait of a poetic genius ahead of her time, whose life was woven with intelligence and wit.

I, Daniel Blake, R

  • A widower woodworker and single mother of two work together to challenge England's failing welfare system in this heartfelt drama.

Norman, R

  • Small-time wheeler-dealer Norman Oppenheimer's life in New York  is transformed when a close friendship with a foreign dignitary called Eshel falls by the wayside after Eshel becomes prime minister of Israel.