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

Zeitgeist Films
Hailed Hollywood actress Hedy Lemarr was also an underappreciated inventor, as documented in Alexandra Dean's "Bombshell."

As spring inches closer and the weather warms up, it's time to escape from under the blankets and venture into the world outside. After all, there are only so many films to stream for free from your couch. Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary Film Critics share their three must-see movies to get out and watch this weekend.

Steve Walker

"A Fantastic Woman," R

  • This year's Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film is a moving melodrama from Chile that stars transgender actress Daniela Vega as a nightclub singer shunned and shamed by the survivors of the lover who dies after one of their trysts.

"Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story," Not rated

  • A documentary about the actress who went from white-hot glamour girl to a shoplifting arrest, pausing along the way to become the co-inventor of the "frequency hopping" technology that now operates modern conveniences like Wi-Fi and GPS.

"The Cured," R

  • In this novel take on the zombie genre, the discovery of a cure for flesh-eating tendencies fails to erase the societal stigma of former zombies, including within the relationship between Ellen Page and her afflicted brother.

Cynthia Haines

"Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story," Not rated

  • You likely remember her as a glamorous Hollywood actress, but this documentary, written and directed by journalist Alexandra Dean, also explores the innovative and inventive legacy of "the most beautiful woman in the world," as she was often billed.

"A Fantastic Woman," R

  • After her older boyfriend dies unexpectedly, a transgender woman in Santiago, Chile, struggles to make sense of her relationship, retain her respect and mourn her partner. This drama won director Sebastián Lelio his first Oscar for Foreign Language Film.

"The Darkest Hour," PG-13

  • With the fate of western Europe in te 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.
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.