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Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' June 24-26


Up To Date's indie, foreign & documentary film critics' latest picks cover a lot of ground. From a 1990s dance troupe that finds confidence and acceptance while on tour, to the 1790s and a devious widow who ruffles feathers in her relentless search for a rich husband, these movies are a great excuse to sit in the dark and be transported through time.

Cynthia Haynes

Strike a Pose, unrated

  • A group of gay and straight dancers on tour with Madonna in 1990 find the courage to overcome their own shame and accept their true selves.

Women He's Undressed, unrated

  • Orry-Kelly designed costumes for many stars of the silver screen, most famously Marilyn Monroe. This documentary zeros in on how the Oscar-winner's gay identity affected his Hollywood career.

Love & Friendship, PG

  • Kate Beckinsale plays Jane Austen’s Lady Susan, a young English widow who uses rich men as a vehicle for her climb toward wealth and status.

Steve Walker

The Duel, R

  • This Western/psychological thriller hybrid pits two men who represent moral certitude (Liam Hemsworth) and twisted religiosity (Woody Harrelson) against each other.

The Lobster, R

  • Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz in a dark, absurdist tale about a near future where single people must partner up lest they be turned into animals.

Love & Friendship, PG

  • A wry comedy of manners based on Jane Austen's novella Lady Susan, featuring a delicious Kate Beckinsale as a diabolical snob.
Since 1998, Steve Walker has contributed stories and interviews about theater, visual arts, and music as an arts reporter at KCUR. He's also one of Up to Date's regular trio of critics who discuss the latest in art, independent and documentary films playing on area screens.
As culture editor, I oversee KCUR’s coverage of race, culture, the arts, food and sports. I work with reporters to make sure our stories reflect the fullest view of the place we call home, so listeners and readers feel primed to explore the places, projects and people who make up a vibrant Kansas City. Email me at luke@kcur.org.