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Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' July 22-24

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Caught in between Republican and Democratic national conventions during this presidential election cycle, Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a few picks this weekend to help you unplug from the political skirmishes across the nation. 

Robert Butler

Wiener-Dog, R

  • A dachshund, who is handed over from one oddball owner to another, interrupts the dysfunctional lives of a vet tech, a floundering film professor, an embittered elderly woman and her needy granddaughter.

The Infiltrator, R

  • Posing as a sick, money-laundering businessman, a federal agent goes undercover in a drug lord's network and builds a case to indict drug trafficking criminals and corrupt bankers. 

Hunt for the Wilderpeople, PG-13

  • A New Zealand science fiction film about a rebellious teenager's journey in the wild bush with his illiterate foster uncle. 

Cynthia Haines

Hunt for the Wilderpeople, PG-13

  • A national manhunt is launched when a defiant city kid, Ricky, goes missing in the woods with his reluctant foster uncle, Hec. 

The Infiltrator, R

  • Based on a true story in 1980s Florida, a federal agent infiltrates a Colombian drug lord's criminal network and builds a case leading to the convictions of drug lords and the collapse of a bank. 

The Music of Strangers, PG-13

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

Steve Walker

Hunt for the Wilderpeople, PG-13

  • Accomplished New Zealand film about a troubled teenager and his headline-making adventure with a reluctant foster father.

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." 

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.
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.