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Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' February 9-11

Off Road Films
The 2018 Oscar-nominated short film "DeKalb Elementary," based on true events, follows the story of a mentally unstable man who brings a semiautomatic gun into an elementary school and takes the receptionist hostage.

Production companies and movie studios may have laid low during Super Bowl week, but the Eagles victory in Minneapolis means more folks will be watching movies again. Along with a suite of stories set overseas, Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary Film Critics suggest seeing some superb short films this weekend. Given the length of the Super Bowl broadcast, it may be just what you need to recalibrate your attention span.

Steve Walker

Happy End, R

  • Isabelle Huppert stars in Austrian provocateur Michael Haneke's latest film, an intricate drama where a construction site accident, an overdose, and suicidal ideation figure in a family's struggle to maintain its status.

2018 Oscar-nominated short films: Animation

Call Me by Your Name, R

  • Timothée Chalamet gives a break-out performance as a gifted, multi-lingual, sexually-fluid teenager who, over six weeks of an Italian summer, falls in love with his father's graduate student, a charismatic American played by Armie Hammer.

Cynthia Haines

2018 Oscar-nominated short films: Animated

2018 Oscar-nominated short films: Live action

Darkest Hour, PG-13

  • With the fate of western Europe in the balance, newly-appointed Prime Minister Winston Churchill, played by Gary Oldman, must decide whether to negotiate with the rapidly expanding Third Reich or unite his countrymen and take up arms.
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.
As culture editor, I oversee KCUR’s coverage of race, culture, the arts, food and sports. I work with reporters to make sure our stories reflect the fullest view of the place we call home, so listeners and readers feel primed to explore the places, projects and people who make up a vibrant Kansas City. Email me at luke@kcur.org.