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Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three to See,' May 5-7

Aidan Monaghan
LCOZ Holdings, LLC

Rest easy: You don't have to traverse the dense jungle of the Amazon to discover something worth watching this weekend. Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have already surveyed the untamed wilderness of the movie industry, and have emerged with recommendations you can watch from the comfort of your friendly local theater.

Cynthia 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.

Lost City of Z, PG-13

  • Written and directed by James Gray, this adventure film retraces the quest of Percy Fawcett, a British explorer who disappeared in Bolivia in the 1920s while trying to find a mythical Amazonian city.

Tommy's Honour, PG

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

Steve Walker

Graduation, R

  • A doctor in an economically dying Romanian town is intent on ensuring his daughter aces her pre-college exams and, to that end, makes a series of morally bankrupt trade-offs.

The Transfiguration, Not rated

  • An orphaned, friendless African-American teenage boy living in a housing project in Queens is obsessed with vampires — perhaps because he desperately wants to be one.

Their Finest, R

  • A lovely movie about movies. Director Lone Scherfig focuses on the crew making a 1940 British war movie about Dunkirk, including a female co-writer played by Gemma Arterton, an egomaniacal actor (Bill Nighy) and a bleached blonde American soldier who can’t act.
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.