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

Samuel Maoz
Sony Pictures
The Israeli film "Foxtrot" won the Grand Jury Prize award at the Venice Film Festival in 2017.

Spring has sprung! Sure, that means you can spend more time outside, but did you forget about the havoc wreaked by allergies? What about the blinding brightness of the sun? Have you ever met a bee you liked? We probably haven't convinced you not to welcome the warm weather with open arms, but Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary Film Critics are making a valiant effort to keep you inside for at least a few hours with this weekend's movie recommendations.

Cynthia Haines

"Foxtrot," R

  • This award-winning Israeli film tells the tale of a family dealing with tensions and grief at home while their son is stationed away at a desolate military post on the border. 

"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. 

"The Isle of Dogs," PG-13

  • Wes Anderson's unmistakable style 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. 

Steve Walker

"Foxtrot," R

  • Named best foreign film for 2017 by the National Board of Review, this inventive, quirky and, at times, harrowing Israeli film tells of a soldier monitoring a mostly uneventful border crossing while his parents squabble back home. 

"Love After Love," not rated

  • In this homage to the gritty 1970s indie movement led by John Cassavetes, Andie McDowell channels Gena Rowlands as a new widow whose grown sons' behavior complicates her healing. 

"Lean On Pete," R

  • The horse of the title, nearing its retirement from the bottom-tier circuit, finds an advocate in Charlie, a neglected teenager who has sustained more losses in his young life than anyone deserves. 
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.