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Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' October 27-29

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Refugees travel by the hundreds to escape homelands ravaged by famine and war in Ai Weiwei's "Human Flow."

Galloping gargoyles, wicked witches and frightful fiends! If the haunts and terrors of an approaching All Hallow's Eve have you hiding under the sheets, be brave! Up To Date's indie, foreign, and documentary film critics are here to treat you with a trick to ward off menacing ghouls and goblins. Let their recommendations help you plan your escape to an area theater featuring the best films now showing.

Steve Walker

Human Flow, PG-13

  • The worldwide humanitarian crisis marked by 65 million displaced refugees gets the keen, pointed focus of firebrand Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who provides no answers but dozens of indelible images.

78/52, Not rated

  • The 78 camera set-ups and 52 edits that comprise the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho are deconstructed, celebrated and psychoanalyzed in an Alexandre Philippe documentary that's catnip for movie lovers.

Victoria and Abdul, PG-13

  • Twenty years after she first played Queen Victoria in Mrs. Brown, Judi Dench again reigns supreme as the monarch at 81, who, despite intense opposition, befriends a Muslim man from India as tutor and confidante.

Cynthia Haines

Human Flow, PG-13

  • Detailing the greatest human migration since World War II, this poignant documentary is a heart-wrenching tale about the millions of refugees across the globe searching for a new home.

78/52, Not rated

  • This documentary pulls back the (shower) curtain on the 78 camera set-ups and 52 edits it took to sculpt the three minutes of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho that redefined screen violence and horror forever.

Loving Vincent, PG-13

  • A creative interpretation of the life and allegedly mysterious death of Vincent Van Gogh, depicted in more than 65,000 oil-painted animations that mirror the artist's own style.
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.