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Up To Date’s Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics’ ‘Three to See,’ January 6-8

Pablo Larrain
Twentieth Century Fox

Free samples are awesome, face tattoos should be avoided at all costs, and puppies are adorable. These are things on which all people can agree. Cinema is not. However, Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics were able to reach a consensus. They've recommended the same set of movies to see before the weekend is over, so grab a friend (and some tissue) and get yourself to a local theater to catch a great flick.

Fences, PG-13

  • The big-screen adaptation of August Wilson's most accessible play soars thanks to magnificent performances by Denzel Washington and Viola Davis as a married couple in love and at war.

Manchester by the Sea, R

  • Kenneth Lonergan's keenly felt script and sensitive direction are bolstered by Casey Affleck's devastating performance as a man whose sealed off grief finds pockets of air after he becomes his teenage nephew's guardian.

Jackie, R

  • Natalie Portman impressively channels the breathy entitlement and brutal traumatization of Mrs. Kennedy in the hours before and days after her husband's assassination.
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.