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Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' February 10-12


If you're wanting to get a jump on Valentine's Day  with a special someone this weekend, look no further. These recommendations from Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics could be a great date. They also have a few special recommendations  you can check out just in time for the Oscars.

Steve Walker

2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action, Not rated

  • The best of the five are a rhapsodic Swiss film starring Jane Birken, pop icon of London's Swinging Sixties, a timely French entry about an Algerian man’s pre-citizenship interview, and a mini-musical set in a parking garage that shows in fifteen minutes more creativity and inventiveness than in all of La-La Land.

Julieta, R

  • Pedro Almodóvar’s beautiful new film casts Emma Suárez and Adriana Ugarte in the title role, captured twenty-five years apart, of a free-thinking woman whose daughter severs their relationship out of spiritual conviction.

Elle, R

  • Isabelle Huppert cements her reputation as the most fearless actress working today by playing the CEO of a company specializing in violent video games who exhibits complicated reactions to the man who rapes her and the act itself.

Cynthia Haines

2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animated, Not rated

  • If you're a fan of those shorts that used to play before a Pixar movie, the top five 2017 animated shorts are right down your alley. From hilarious to heart warming and even a tad somber, these movies are brief but effective at delivering a message.

2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action, Not rated

  • All five of the 2017 nominated live action shorts are from foreign countries and bring their own culture's flare. For example, the movie "Sing" displays insight into the life of a schoolgirl in Hungary, who must deal with an overly demanding choir instructor.

Julieta, R

  • Director Pedro Almodóvar's 20th feature film is about fate, guilt, and uncertainty. After her daughter abandons her to search for a "spiritual dimension" in life, Julieta moves on and settles down but, thirty years later, her life is derailed by a chance encounter.
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.