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Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' September 11-13

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With a new face, a woman confronts past betrayals in 'Phoenix.'

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

  • It’s very Hitchcockian in a way. It reminds me of Vertigo.

Jimmy's Hall, PG-13

  • One of the most romantic scenes I’ve seen in a movie in a very long time is a moment when his former girlfriend changes into a dress he brought her from the United States, and they dance together in the moonlight.

Steve Walker

Phoenix, PG-13

  • After gunshots suffered in a concentration camp necessitate facial reconstruction surgery, a woman tries to reconnect with her husband.

Meru, R

  • Breathtaking documentary about the perilous relationship between three men and a mountain

Mistress America, R

  • Greta Gerwig is a bubbly wreck in Noah Baumbach's quick-witted New York comedy.