Film Critics

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

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:

  • Retake
  • Strike a Pose
  • Women He's Undressed
  • The Duel
  • Free State of Jones
  • Genius
  • Dark Horse
  • Maggie's Plan
  • The Lobster
  • Love & Friendship
  • The Meddler

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 included in the program:

  • The Man Who Knew Infinity
  • High Rise
  • Rio, I Love You
  • Men & Chicken
  • Tale of Tales
  • Sing Street
  • Francofonia
  • First Monday in May
  • Papa: Hemingway in Cuba
  • Miles Ahead
  • Hologram for the King

The cool and cloudy weather this weekend makes for a perfect excuse to hole-up in a theater and take in a film. Steer clear of the long lines for Superman v Batman and check out these recommendations from the Up To Date film critics.

Cynthia Haines

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict, Not Rated

The Lady in the Van, PG-13

Spotlight, R

Steve Walker

The Lady in the Van

Submarine Deluxe

Just when you thought it was safe to go out and enjoy the warm weather this weekend, the temperatures are set to take a dive. So ward off the chill  at a neighborhood theater showing one of these films recommended by the Up to Date film critics.

Cynthia Haines

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict, Not Rated

Embrace of the Serpent, Not Rated

Lady in the Van, PG-13

Steve Walker

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict

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

Here's a list of films discussed during the show:

  • Hitchcock/Truffaut
  • Rolling Papers
  • Embrace of the Serpent
  • The Boy and The Beast
  • The Witch
  • Triple 9
  • Lady in the Van
Rooks Nest Entertainment

Awards season is over, which means there's a fresh crop of independent, foreign and documentary films for you to take in this weekend.  With pollen counts so high, who wants to go outside anyway? Whether you're looking for something creepy or something sweet, Up To Date's film critics have a suggestion for you. 

Cynthia Haines

Hitchcock/Truffaut, PG-13

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


Fall is officially here, and along with the cooler weather — is a new array of independent, foreign and documentary films. So grab an autumnal coffee blend and head to a theater near you. KCUR's film critics share their reviews and recommendations of movies now in area cinemas.

Sleeping With Other People, R

Radius TWC

  In a new twist on classic horror films, a sexually transmitted  demon stalks a group of Detroit teenagers in It Follows.  This is just one of the plots our critics review in a roundup of independent, foreign, and documentary film. 

Among the other plots discussed is a young woman in the center of a love triangle, personal stories of vengeance in Argentina, and a British soldier abandoned on the streets of Belfast following a riot. 

The critics weigh in on what's good, what's bad and what's ugly. 

Films discussed during this program: 

One woman is given the weekend to convince her co-workers to give up their bonuses or lose her job, and another becomes obsessed with the suicide of a member in her support group. On Friday's Up To Date, our independent, foreign, and documentary film critics discuss these films and other movies playing now, plus the Oscar nominated live action, documentary, and animated shorts.  Films opening today:

  • Two Days, One Night

Films already showing:

IFC Films

With the Academy Awards quickly approaching on Feb. 22, it may be just the weekend to head out to the theaters to see some of the nominees. Up To Date's Indie, Foreign, and Documentary film critics offer their Oscar nominated suggestions. 

Cynthia Haines:

  • Two Days, One Night
  • Oscar-Nominated Live Action Short Films
  • Boyhood 

Steve Walker:

2014 Entertainment One Films

When independent films feature a small town and a huge corporation at their core, they are usually depicted as foes like David and Goliath – the good and the average against the lumbering giant.

Local Hero from 1983 comes to mind, as does Promised Land, the recent movie about fracking in the Midwest. The Grand Seduction, however, reverses that formula, proving that the battle lines aren’t always drawn that cleanly.

IFC Films

From stories about severe nymphomania to vicious alien femme fatales, our reviewers' material is challenging to say the least.

On Friday's Up to Date, our independent, foreign, and documentary film critics return to look at some of the new films opening on local screens.

In addition to reviewing new films, we talk with "Hateship, Loveship" director Liza Johnson about her decision to cast comedienne Kristin Wiig in a serious role.

Our critics' list:

The 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards was recently held at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. Calif., and was broadcast live by the CW. Up to Date film critic Cynthia Haines attended and chatted with various nominees.

Best & Worst Movies Of 2012

Jan 4, 2013

Was Les Miserables miserable?  Was Jack Reacher a reach?  Should anyone have taken The Guilt Trip?  These answers and more, on this week's edition of Central Standard Friday.

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film

Nov 15, 2012

Ever wonder how someone falls in love with a felon? What about the romantic frustrations of a paralyzed man?

There have been several informative documentaries about the United States' ongoing economic woes -  for instance 2010's Oscar-winning The Inside Job.

The wait is over. You can breathe easy once again. Up to Date's art, independent, foreign and documentary film critics have broken down the year's best flicks and given us their ten favorites from 2011, in no particular order.

All that holiday spending might have you feeling a little dirty in these few weeks between Black Friday and Super Saturday, traditionally the second-biggest shopping day of the year. To help cleanse your soul, and to add a bit more culture to your life than you might get cruising the aisles of Wal-Mart, we've invited our film critics into the studio to  catch you up on the latest independent, foreign and documentary films in area theaters.