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Up To Date's Indie, Foreign &Doc Critics' 'Three to See,' April 14-16

Kyle Espeleta
The Orchard

After your Easter plans for this weekend are done, gather the extended family together for some movie-binging. Up To Date's indie, foreign, and documentary film critics have recommendations for the whole clan — even that one weird cousin. (You know who we're talking about!) Pro tip: Use the spoils from the Easter egg hunt to save yourself some cash on candy at the theater.

Steve Walker

Tommy's Honour, PG

  • Biopic about Tommy Morris, Jr., considered the best golfer of the 19th century and still the youngest majors champion ever, whose personal life necessitated pushing boundaries of class and status.

Donald Cried, Not rated

  • A successful New York banker returns to his hometown after his grandmother dies and awkwardly reconnects with the childhood friend who's stuck in geeky adolescence.

Frantz, PG-13

  • In this smart, gorgeous film from François Ozon, a potential romance between a French soldier and a German woman who share a tragic bond is thwarted by the post-World War I animosity between their respective countries.

Bob Butler

Get Out, R

  • Jordan Peele writes and directs an incredibly witty and troubling film, centered on a black man meeting his white girlfriend's family on a weekend getaway. It's sure to make any viewer question the idea of a post-racial society.

Personal Shopper, R

  • Kristen Stewart works for an affluent, aloof woman while attempting to communicate with her recently-deceased twin brother. Olivier Assayas won best director at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival for this contemporary ghost story.

Donald Cried, Not rated

  • In this awkward buddy comedy, uptight banker Peter reconnects with his former childhood friend, a greasy man-boy named Donald, when he loses his wallet on a trip back home to settle family affairs after the death of his grandmother.

Cindy Haines

Frantz, PG-13

  • A black and white depiction of a romance that is anything but black and white. Following World War I, a German woman and French man become romantically involved as the couple navigates survivor's guilt, death and a resentful community. 

Tommy's Honour, PG

  • A historical drama centered on the complexities that played a role in "Young" Tommy Morris's golfing career. While fighting to maintain a jovial appearance, Morris battles personal tragedy, difficult familial relationships and the very groups that lead him to success in the first place. 

Donald Cried, Not rated

  • Two childhood best friends reconnect in their stomping grounds. One, in the process of becoming an adult, left his past behind and is now a Wall Street banker. The other is the same boy he was decades earlier.
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.