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Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' April 20-22

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Wes Anderson's stop-motion film 'Isle of Dogs' features an all-star cast, including Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, and Yoko Ono.

With the seemingly endless stream of state and national news stories, you might be looking for a break from it all. Luckily, there are plenty of options awaiting you at the local theater. From Hungarian wedding plans gone very awry to estranged sisters looking to bridge old divides, http://www.kcur.org/uptodateUp To Date's indie, foreign, and documentary Film Critics have a few recommendations for your next trip to the cinema.

Steve Walker

"Finding Your Feet," PG-13

  • This cheeky comedy, with seasoned British actors like Imelda Staunton and Timothy Spall, centers around a priggish woman who leaves her cheating husband of 35 years and moves in with her bohemian sister.

"1945," not rated

  • Shot in beautifully crisp black and white, this Hungarian film finds a microcosm of European tensions between nationalists, Russians and Jews in a small village on an important wedding day.

"Isle of Dogs," PG-13

  • Wes Anderson's wildly creative animated film is a bittersweet tale about a human and canine revolt after al the dogs in a Japanese town are deported to Trash Island, a locale as grim and grimey as its name.

Cynthia Haines

"Finding Your Feet," PG-13

  • A newly-discovered affair on the part of her husband sends Sandra Abbott, played by Ismelda Staunton, to London, where she and her estranged sister struggle to find common ground and help Sandra forget her philandering partner.

"1945" not rated

  • In a Hungarian village shortly after World War II, a troubled clerk hopes his son's wedding can help get the family back to normal. But an unexpected visit from two Jewish men with a mysterious trunk forces the town to fret over their wartime misdeeds.

"Isle of Dogs," PG-13

  • Wes Anderson's unmistakable stye is front and center in this stop-motion fantasy feature, which follows a plucky group of intelligible dogs attempting to help a lost boy find his exiled canine companion.
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.