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Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' February 17-19

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Whether you're looking for just a few minutes of entertainment or a few hours, Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have you covered. Their recommendations for this weekend will get you caught up on all the short films in contention for an Academy Award, and then some. 

Cynthia Haines

2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animated

  • If you're a fan of those shorts that play before a Pixar movie, these 5 films 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

  • All 5 of these films are from foreign countries and bring their own culture's flare. For example, Sing displays insight into the life of a schoolgirl in Hungary who must deal with an overly demanding choir instructor.

2017 Oscar Nominated Documentaries: Short Subject

  • From the bombed-out streets of Syria to a New York City classroom, these films take a fearless look at the world around us, and the true stories of the people who inhabit it.

Steve Walker

Toni Erdmann, R

  • Germany's foreign film Oscar nominee is a caustic comedy about an ambitious businesswomen alternately nurtured and embarrassed by her odd prankster of a father.

Neruda, R

  • From the director of Jackie comes this cat-and-mouse story about the Chilean Communist poet and politician Pablo Neruda and the police officer, played by Gabriel García Bernal, charged with bringing him into custody.

2017 Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Live Action

  • The best of the 5 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.
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.
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.