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10:51 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' August 2-4

Fruitvale Station is playing in Kansas City this week.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of August 2-4? Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens. Cynthia Haines: 

  • 20 Feet From Stardom
  • Kon-Tiki
  • Mud

Steve Walker: 

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, August 2

The Way Way Back is on our critics' list this week.

When some surfers get in too deep with drug smugglers, the waves threaten to pull them under, and a shooting by transit police causes controversy in a ripped-from-the-headlines tale.

On Friday's Up to Date, our indie, foreign and documentary film critics take a look at the films open on the silver screen in Kansas City this week.

Films critics Cynthia Haines, Steve Walker, and Bob Butler reviewed:

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Up to Date
9:54 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' July 19-21, 2013

The Israeli drama Fill The Void looks at life in a Haredi community.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of July 19-21? Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens. 

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Up to Date
10:46 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' July 12-14, 2013

The boys vanquish a watermelon in 'The Kings of Summer.'

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of July 12-14? Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens. 

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Up to Date
12:39 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Cool DVDs For A Hot Summer

Up to Date's independent, foreign & documentary film critics recommend The Intouchables on DVD.

If you're trying to escape the summer heat, stay cool indoors with one of our independent, foreign and documentary film critics' recommendations of films recently released on DVD.

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Up to Date
12:31 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' July 5-7, 2013

'We Steal Secrets' is on two of our critics' lists for this weekend's Three to See.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of July 5-7? Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens. 

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Up to Date
9:56 am
Fri July 5, 2013

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, July 5, 2013

'20 Feet From Stardom' is one of our independent, foreign and documentary film critics' picks this week.

A grumpy widower tries to remember his wife by joining her old choir, and a group of Los Angeles teenagers live it up by breaking into celebrity homes. 

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Up to Date
9:28 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' June 28-30, 2013

Cynthia Haines recommends the film Frances Ha this weekend.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of June 28-30?

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Up to Date
11:12 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' June 21-23, 2013

Joss Whedon shot his version of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing in only 12 days.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of June 21-23? Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
11:18 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' June 14-17, 2013

Hava Nagila is one of Steve Walker's picks this weekend.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of June 14-17?

Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.

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1:15 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' June 7-9, 2013

Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's is one of our critics' Three to See.

Looking for a great film to see this weekend, June 7-9, 2013?

Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, June 7

A family man has a dark side… as a Mafia hitman, and one actress turns the camera on her own family as she searches for her biological father. 

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Up to Date
10:06 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See', May 24-27, 2013

Kon-Tiki

  Looking for a great film to see this Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-27, 2013?

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Up to Date
9:45 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See', May 17-19, 2013

In The House

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of May 17-19, 2013?

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11:44 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See', May 10-12, 2013

Renoir

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of May 10-12, 2013?

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9:38 am
Fri May 10, 2013

‘Renoir’ A Portrait Of An Artist In Decline

Michel Bouqet at work as "Renoir"
Courtesy Samuel Goldwyn Films

To look at the collected paintings of Pierre-Auguste Renoir is to see all possible colors and textures made more rich and tactile by the light. Gilles Bourdos’ evocative Renoir is less a comprehensive biography than a portrait of the man in his golden years (played with astonishing physical accuracy by Michel Bouquet) when his output is hardly dented at all by his physical impairments.

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Up To Date
11:47 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See', May 3-5, 2013

Credit Porchlight Films

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of May 3-5, 2013?

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, May 3

The Angels' Share

A rebound romance, a look at the omnipresence of the digital world and a German girl’s confused journey at the end of World War II are all competing for moviegoers’ attention this weekend.

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Up to Date
1:58 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' April 26-28, 2013

"The Gatekeepers" remains on critic Cynthia Haines "Three to See" list.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of April 26-28, 2013?

Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.

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8:05 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Tip A Tumbler Of Fine Scotch To 'The Angels' Share'

The cast of 'The Angels' Share'
Courtesy Sixteen Films/EPA

It takes great skill to make a movie that balances potentially incongruous tones of brutality, comedy and hope. With the marvelous new movie The Angels’ Share, director Ken Loach demonstrates that he is gifted enough to do that.

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5:48 am
Fri April 26, 2013

From A Mucked Up Life, 'Mud' Barrels Through

Matthew McConaughey and Tye Sheridan make unlikely comrades in 'Mud'
Courtesy Roadside Attractions

A 14-year-old Arkansas kid gets mixed up with a murderer while pondering romantic notions about the meaning of love in Jeff Nichols’ assured and beautifully written Southern melodrama Mud.

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Up to Date
11:06 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' April 19-21, 2013

No

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of April 19-21, 2013?

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11:27 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' April 12-14, 2013

Ryan Gosling in 'The Place Beyond The Pines.'

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of April 12-14, 2013?

Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.

Cynthia Haines: The Gatekeepers; No; Quartet

Steve Walker: ​The Place Beyond The Pines; The Gatekeepers; No

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8:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Sins Of The Fathers Echo Throughout 'The Place Beyond The Pines'

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes struggle to define a family in "The Place Beyond the Pines"
Courtesy Focus Features

As stories about sons and fathers go, they can range from the Biblical to mythological - where patricide was the norm - to the searing contemporary take on fatherhood  in the new movie The Place Beyond the Pines by Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance.

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11:36 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' April 5-7, 2013

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of April 5-7, 2013?

Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.

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9:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Multiple Personalities Cross Time And Boundaries in '6 Souls'

Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Julianne Moore headline the eerie "6 Souls"
Courtesy of The Weinstein Company

Made three years ago but only now seeing the light of day - though there’s nary a shaft of light in it 6 Souls is from the Swedish directing team Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein. At times preposterous and blatantly derivative of films like Paranormal Activity and The Exorcist, it’s an effectively creepy psychological thriller that knows how to twist its plot threads around viewers’ necks, and it draws you in in spite of itself.

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6:00 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film

The Gatekeepers

A group of Aboriginal singers get their big break—but it means traveling into the midst of the Vietnam War.

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12:45 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' March 29-31, 2013

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of March 29-31, 2013?

Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' March 22-24, 2013

In 1964 a group of seven-year old children were interviewed for the documentary “Seven Up.” They’ve been filmed every seven years since. Now they are 56.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of March 22-24, 2013?

Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.

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10:30 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Werner Herzog's Year With The 'Happy People' Of Siberia

Hunting Season with Faithful Canine Companion in 'Happy People'
Studio Babelsberg

Being happy is relative and subjective, meaning different things for different people in different parts of the world. And that's certainly the case for the resilient villagers profiled in Werner Herzog's and Dmitry Vasyukov's documentary Happy People: A Year in the Taiga, which tracks all four seasons among a scrappy group who live where few could.

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