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Brrr, it's cold outside. Let's warm up with a box of popcorn and a great film. Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have some suggestions that will fire up your imagination.

Cynthia Haines

Theeb, not rated

Brooklyn, PG-13

  • An young Irish immigrant is torn between her new home in Brooklyn and her life back in Ireland.

Spotlight, R

Energized by the Oscar nominations this week? Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have some suggestions to shape your weekend cinematic experience.

Cynthia Haines

Brooklyn, PG-13

  • An young Irish immigrant is torn between her new home in Brooklyn and her life back in Ireland.

Room, R

  • A young woman and her son are imprisoned in a shed. 

Spotlight, R

Need to relax after the shock of being back at work after the holidays? Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have just the thing this weekend.

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.

The Danish Girl, R

The holiday weekend means plenty of time to catch a film . . . or two! If you're undecided which to see, here's some suggestions from one of Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics.

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.

Carol, R

Whether you're anticipating the arrival of St. Nick or just enjoying a few days off from work, Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a few ideas about how to spend your vacation. 

Cynthia Haines

Brooklyn, PG-13

  • An young Irish immigrant is torn between her new home in Brooklyn and her life back in Ireland.

Spotlight, R

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

spotlightthefilm.com

It's the most wonderful time of the year — for movie lovers, that is. Awards season is around the corner and many of the year's most-anticipated titles are arriving at area cinemas. You can enjoy the season too, by hitting the movie theaters this weekend. Here are Up To Date's film critics' suggestions from the crop of indie, foreign and documentary films playing now.

Cynthia Haines

Spotlight, R

It's that holding period between the blockbuster releases for Thanksgiving and Christmas, so why not take the opportunity to see an indie film? Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics are in complete agreement for their suggestions this week.

Cynthia Haines

Spotlight, R

  • Reporters working for the Boston Globe uncover evidence of the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal.

Brooklyn, PG-13

Stuffed with turkey and exhausted from shopping? Chill out the rest of your holiday weekend with these suggestions from Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics:

Cynthia Haines

Brooklyn, PG-13

Room, R

  • A young woman and her son are imprisoned in a shed. 

Spotlight, R

  • Reporters working for the Boston Globe uncover evidence of the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal.

Steve Walker

Uncover a dark secret with a group of journalists or have a laugh about blind dates. This week, Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have myriad choices for your pre-Thanksgiving viewing.

Cynthia Haines

Spotlight, R

  • Reporters working for the Boston Globe uncover evidence of the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal.

Labyrinth of Lies, R (German)

  • During the 1950s, a young German prosecutor pursues Nazis.

Room, R

Lead the charge for women's right to vote or head up a different fight in 1950s Germany. This week, Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a selection of fiery movies to keep you warm as that November chill sets in.

Cynthia Haines

Labyrinth of Lies, R (German) 

  • During the 1950s, a German prosecutor pursues Nazi war criminals.

99 Homes, R

Whether you want to tackle life in China after the Cultural Revolution or sit back and take in a dark comedy about two friends going through a tough time, Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have choices for you this weekend.

Cynthia Haines

The Second Mother, R (Portuguese with English subtitles)

  • Brazilian housekeeper's daughter moves in and causes havoc.

The Assassin, not rated (Mandarin)

Shed some light on what it's like to twirl and leap for a major ballet company and see how a housekeeper's daughter brings chaos to the life of a family in Brazil. This week, Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a few treats — but no tricks — for your Halloween weekend.

Cynthia Haines

Coming Home, PG-13

  • The affect the Chinese Cultural Revolution has on a Chinese family

The Second Mother, R (Portuguese with English subtitles)

Tread carefully through China after the Cultural Revolution and learn how Malala became so brave. Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics are feeling an international vibe this week, and there's something for everyone on this list.

Cynthia Haines

Coming Home, PG-13 

  • The affect the Chinese Cultural Revolution has on a Chinese family 

He Named Me Malala, PG-13

Discover how a library connects two people across international boundaries, and see what it's like when your parents want to arrange your marriage for you. Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a variety of choices to spruce up your weekend.

Cynthia Haines

Sicario, R

Search for a Spanish serial killer or shiver at the creepy tale of a mother who comes home very different after a surgery. If you're feeling adventurous or you're ready for a few chills before Halloween, Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have just the thing for you.

Cynthia Haines

Marshland, not rated, (Spanish with English subtitles) 

  • Detectives pursue a serial killer in southern Spain.

Phoenix, PG-13

This weekend, take a walk — on a wire thousands of feet up in the air. Or just go to a movie and experience it from your seat. KCUR's independent, foreign and documentary film critics give us the picks they deem worthy of your time. 

Cynthia Haines

Mississippi Grind, R

  • I think if they changed the title it might attract a larger audience, and it should — because Ben Mendelsohn's performance is just great. 

Learning To Drive, R

Get some vicarious adrenaline with a group of mountaineers and take a road trip with an unusual grandma in Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics' choices this weekend.

Cynthia Haines

Meru, R

  • It is visually stunning. It is incredibly intense, suspenseful— it’s got everything going for it. I would put Meru on the top of any list that has to do with mountaineering.

Phoenix, PG-13

An Irish dance hall stands for so much more, a group of mountaineers makes a hazardous trek and a woman confronts ghosts of her past in post-war Germany in Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics' choices this weekend.

Cynthia Haines

Meru, R

  • It is visually stunning. It is incredibly intense, suspenseful— it’s got everything going for it. I would put Meru on the top of any list that has to do with mountaineering.

Phoenix, PG-13

From a beautiful but treacherous mountaintop to post-World War II Germany to a contemporary senior home, Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics' choices will take you far and wide on your holiday weekend.

Cynthia Haines

Meru, R

  • It is visually stunning. It is incredibly intense, suspenseful— it’s got everything going for it. I would put Meru on the top of any list that has to do with mountaineering.

Phoenix, PG-13

Explore the world of David Foster Wallace. Find out if you really can tell someone's sexuality by their voice. Jump into the fiery rhetoric as it flies between Gore Vidal and William Buckley. Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary critics have found a wide variety of options to spice up your weekend.

Cynthia Haines  

Listen To Me Marlon, not rated

The documentaries are thick on the ground this week, whether you want to explore of the life of Marlon Brando, take on the warring voices of Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley or watch a man confront the effects of a genocide. Or, if you're not in the mood for serious contemplation, Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary critics also have a comedy in mind for you.

Cynthia Haines

Best of Enemies, R

The kids have gone back to school, and maybe it's time for you to go back to the movie theater. Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a few ideas to spruce up your weekend.

Cynthia Haines

Best of Enemies, R

  • The thing that’s quite amusing is the pompous attitudes of these men and their accents.

Mr. Holmes, PG

A tale about murder takes a dark turn in Kansas, and on another screen, Robin Williams gives his final cinematic performance. This week's selections from Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics are all over the board when it comes to emotions.

Cynthia Haines

Boulevard, R

  • A closeted gay man forms a bond with a young male prostitute

Tangerine, R

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Check out the story of two transgender prostitutes or duck gunfire from Mexican drug cartels. This week's selections from Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics take you to many different worlds.

Cynthia Haines

Amy, R

  • Searing documentary about singer Amy Winehouse

Tangerine, R

  • Dramedy about two transgender prostitutes in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, PG-13 

The only thing as hot as the weather are the films being touted by the Up to Date indie, foreign and documentary film critics.  Beat the heat with some cool films.

Cynthia Haines

Amy, R

  • Searing documentary about singer Amy Winehouse

Tangerine, R

  • Dramedy about two transgender prostitutes in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, PG-13 

Follow the downward spiral of singer Amy Winehouse or fight Argentinian mercenaries this weekend-- but do it from the comfort of an air-conditioned movie theater. Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics can steer you to the right vicarious adventure this weekend.

Cynthia Haines

Amy, R

  • Searing documentary about singer Amy Winehouse

Ardor, R

You can go back in time with Kate Winslet and Alan Rickman or stay in the present with a group of teenagers facing a serious issue. Whatever your preference, Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have options for your weekend film-viewing.

Cynthia Haines

Wolfpack, R

Whether you're in the mood for a senior citizen romance or set on a journey to the 17th century, Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics can help you navigate the many movie listings to find one that fits you.

Cynthia Haines

Wolfpack, R

A Hollywood idol filled the spotlight but had to hide his feelings from the world, and a widow discovers she can turn over a new leaf. Emotions swell in Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics' choices this week. Whether you need a good cry or a hearty laugh, they've got a suggestions for you.

Cynthia Haines

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, PG-13

  • A teenager befriends a classmate diagnosed with cancer.

Ex Machina​, R

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