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Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' July 1-3


You may not be able to go out and blow stuff up with the same vim and vigor, but that doesn't mean you have to let the wet forecast put a damper on your Independence Day weekend. Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a few recommendations to keep you entertained — and dry! — while the rain passes through.

Cynthia Haynes

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?

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.

Genius, PG-13

  • A dramatic look at the life of editor Max Perkins, who discovered F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, and his tumultuous relationship with Thomas Wolfe and his mistress.

Steve Walker

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.

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.

Genius, PG-13

  • This exuberantly cerebral biopic features Colin Firth, Jude Law and Nicole Kidman as, respectively, esteemed editor Max Perkins, his frenetic protégé Thomas Wolfe, and Wolfe's unbalanced mistress.
The Kansas City region has long been a place where different ways of life collide. I tell the stories of people living and working where race, culture and ethnicity intersect. I examine racial equity and disparity, highlight the area's ethnic groups and communities of color, and invite all of Kansas City to explore meaningful ways to bond with and embrace cultures different from their own. Email me at luke@kcur.org.
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.