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Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' March 3-5

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Toronto International Film Festival

It looks like Kansas City is in for another unseasonably warm weekend, which is great for outdoorsy-types and bugs. For those of us who shun the sun, Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critic Steve Walker has some movie recommendations that will please anyone, from action-loving misanthropes to historically-minded hermits. These flicks may not be in theaters for much longer, so catch them while you still can!

The Salesman, PG-13

  • This Foreign Film Oscar-winner from A Separation director Asghar Farhadi is a stunning achievement about an Iranian couple, acting in a production of Death of a Salesman, who undergo a traumatic incident and become alternately immobilized and empowered.

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  • This visceral exercise in stylized hyper-violence from Indonesia pits a crime boss against the man he taught to be a killer. There will be blood, and you will never see the office paper-cutter the same way again.

I Am Not Your Negro, PG-13

  • A whip-smart documentary portrait of writer James Baldwin that combines archival footage of speeches and talk show appearances with passages from his unfinished book about Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Medgar Evers.
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.