Film Critics

Jacob Yakob / Dogs of War LLC

If the father figure in your life has more than enough golf clubs, tools and those weird plaques adorned with plastic singing fish, why not consider giving him the gift of great cinema? Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics are here with a new batch of movie recommendations that any dad would enjoy.

Cynthia Haines

I, Daniel Blake, R

Joss Barratt / Entone Group

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

Norma Productions

June has arrived, liberating children from schools all over Kansas City and vexing adults with the impossible task of keeping them entertained. If you're looking for a mental escape from this annual phenomenon, Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics suggest sheltering your mind in the safety of a good movie.

Steve Walker

The Wedding Plan, PG

Music Box Films

What do America's first celebrity chef, a poetry biopic and a heavyweight boxing drama have in common? Hint: They are your weekend plans, courtesy of Up To Date's independent, foreign and documentary film critics. With an extra day off from work comes more time to lay low and take in a film — or four! It'll be well worth your while.

Steve Walker

A Quiet Passion, PG-13

Helen Sloan / IFC Midnight

From a sci-fi drama about survival in a post-apocalyptic world to a documentary about the life of celebrity chef Jeremiah Tower, there's almost too many options now showing in theaters. Fear not! Up To Date's Film Critics are here to help curate the wild world of cinema.

IFC Films

City planning flare-ups, folk-rock, and a poetry biopic ... if these aren't movie topics appropriate for a public radio audience, nothing is. This weekend's recommendations from Up To Date's independent, foreign and documentary film critics will give you the chance to revel in your nerdy-ness, and learn a little history in the process. We'd be lying if we claimed to be too cool for some popcorn and a well-crafted flick that features zero actual explosions.

Steve Walker

Well Go USA Entertainment

Chocolates and flowers are gifts you could give for Mother's Day. But how about a gift you should give? Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics suggest one of these movies for a date night with Mom (dinner plans not included).

Steve Walker

Hounds of Love, Not rated

Aidan Monaghan / LCOZ Holdings, LLC

Rest easy: You don't have to traverse the dense jungle of the Amazon to discover something worth watching this weekend. Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have already surveyed the untamed wilderness of the movie industry, and have emerged with recommendations you can watch from the comfort of your friendly local theater.

Cynthia Haines

Frantz, PG-13

Protagonist Pictures

What better way to spend a dreary weekend than taking in a few good movies at your local independent theater? If you have a hard time making up your mind, let Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics help out with their latest recommendations. They'll ensure your hair stays dry, but maybe not your eyes.

Steve Walker

Graduation, R

Transmission Films

It's not every day you can have a coherent conversation on topics ranging from "Seoul-crushing" monsters to daytime vampires and a movie about making a movie, but Up To Date's film critics manage to pull it off.

www.tommyshonour.com

Steve Walker

Cézanne et Moi​, R

  • Director Daniele Thompson's sumptuous account of the lifelong bromance between artist Paul Cezanne and writer Emile Zola adroitly captures the self-doubt and self-importance that shaped their artistic temperaments.

David Lynch: The Art Life, Not Rated

Kyle Espeleta / The Orchard

After your Easter plans for this weekend are done, gather the extended family together for some movie-binging. Up To Date's indie, foreign, and documentary film critics have recommendations for the whole clan — even that one weird cousin. (You know who we're talking about!) Pro tip: Use the spoils from the Easter egg hunt to save yourself some cash on candy at the theater.

Steve Walker

Tommy's Honour, PG

Toronto International Film Festival

With the Kansas City FilmFest going on this weekend, there's no shortage of great cinema to take in (not to mention the New York Dog Film Festival and Pooch Party). For those of us not lucky enough to get tickets to that event, though, Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a few recommendations that can fill the festival void.

Film Sience, and XYZ Films

This weekend's recommendations will have you tapping into a multitude of emotions. Up To Date's indie, foreign, and documentary film critics are presenting educational and historical documentaries, melancholic dramas, and some very quirky — and at times very dark — comedies. 

Steve Walker

The Last Word, R

Platige Films

It's an exciting year for the Kansas City FilmFest. Today, we preview the high-profile guests coming to town, the inclusion of the Dog Film Festival, and the top Midwest films of the year, like Big Sonia.

Process Media

St. Patrick's Day Weekend is here! Wear your green proudly as Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critic Steve Walker leads you to a movie pot of gold at the end of the cinematic rainbow!

Steve Walker

Wolves, R

Typical sports movie clichés are superseded by a strong script, director, and cast (headed by Michael Shannon) telling a gritty story about a high school basketball phenom and his alcoholic, gambler father and enabling mother.

www.kedifilm.com

For the upcoming weekend, Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics Steve Walker and Bob Butler, are in agreement about their movie recommendations. The picks are sure to appeal to ardent admirers of documentaries and drama. 

Kedi, Unrated

The documentary about the stray cats of Istanbul, Turkey demonstrates -- in vignettes both moving, and yes, even to a dog person, adorable -- why the city's residents feel like they are "on the same frequency" as their beloved felines.

Sony Pictures Classics

Plenty of people will be tuning in to a certain "big game" on Sunday but, for those looking for something off the beaten path, these recommendations from Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics could be just the ticket. There may be fewer cheerleaders and a lot less Lady Gaga, but on the bright side, there are fewer cheerleaders and a lot less Lady Gaga.

A24 Films

Academy Award nominations for this year were announced on Tuesday, so there's no better time to catch the selected movies you may have missed. This weekend's round of recommendations from Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics include movies nominated for best picture, best actor, best actress and plenty more. The clock is ticking: Cinephiles have just under a month before the Oscars are awarded on Sunday, February 26!

Sony Pictures Classics

Most of the Kansas City region will be experiencing treacherous travel conditions from Friday afternoon through Sunday, so we wouldn't blame you for wanting to stay snuggled on the couch.

Eva Hesse / evahessedoc.com

Fall is technically here, despite the sizzling summer weather that has decided to stick around a while longer. Enjoy the first “fall” weekend cozied up on your couch with a mix of comedy, tragedy and history movies recommended by Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics.

Steve Walker

Other People, PG-13

Apple Corps

Has the upcoming election got you feeling burnt out already? Get some relief from the political smear ads of the small screen by watching a movie or two on the big one. This week's picks from Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics will make the decision of what to watch a little easier.

Cynthia Haines

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years, Not rated

The Orchard

After you've had your fill of NFL brutes bashing bodies during the opening weekend of pro football, be sure to check out one of the films recommended by Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics. They may not prominently feature physical acumen, but they do display emotional bouts with the complexity of modern life and the mind.

Cynthia Haines

Life, Animated, PG

Paramount Pictures

As the dog days of summer start to fizzle out and the rain comes down, hold out on building that ark. This week, Up to Date’s indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a few good movies to keep you warm, cozy and indoors.

Robert Butler

Hell or High Water, R

Up To Date's film critics review the latest independent, foreign and documentary movies showing in area theaters.

Here's a list of the films reviewed on the program:

gleasonmovie.com

Some days are harder than others, but a little help from a loved one — or a stranger — can make all the difference. What better way to repay the favor than treating your friend to a film? This week, Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a selection of movies about vulnerable people in a seemingly callous world. 

Cynthia Haines

The Innocents, PG-13

imdb.com

From somber to sunny, this week's selections from Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics are sure to get you right in the feels. Grab your box of tissues, a sweet treat or two, and get to know a few future classics before they end their run in local theaters.

Cynthia Haines

The Innocents, PG-13

www.cafesocietymovie.com

From Norway to New Zealand, this week's picks from Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics will have your mind stretched in time and place. 

Cynthia Haines

Cafe Society, PG-13

  • Bobby Dorfman, a Bronx native, moves from New York to Hollywood in the 1930s, and falls in love. As he heads back to New York, he finds himself swept up in the glamor of high society nightlife.

Tallulah, Not rated

Up To Date's film critics return to review the latest independent, foreign and documentary movies showing on area screens. Here's a list of the films included in the program:

  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  • Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
  • Equals
  • The Music of Strangers
  • Wiener-Dog
  • Tickled
  • Swiss Army Man
  • The Infiltrator
  • Traitor

www.nerdist.com

Although we don't have a Weekend To-Do List this week, Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a few new recommendations that might leave you bewildered.

Cynthia Haines

NUTS!, not rated

  • Dr. John Romulus Brinkley was an eccentric/flimflam man who made a fortune "curing" impotence with goat gonads. Need we say more?

Tickled, R

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