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Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' July 15-17

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For some people, music is a language that can be communicated without words. Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics add a new pick this weekend, that explains the beauty and power of music that speaks for itself.

Cynthia Haines

The Music of Strangers, PG-13

  • The Silk Road Ensemble, led by stand-out cellist Yo-Yo Ma, followed the ancient trade route linking Asia, Europe and Africa, and orchestrated music with cross-cultural elements.

Tickled, R

  • A documentary about an online fetish competition that centers on tickling. The film resulted in lawsuits and threats to the director.

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 Music of Strangers, PG-13

  • Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble feature in a stirring, globe-trotting documentary following the great cellist's gathering of musicians from all over the world to create a "universal music language."

Tickled, R

  • Engrossing and increasingly bizarre documentary follows an investigative journalist's hunt for the powers-that-be behind a subculture of tickling fetishists.

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 animal
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.