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Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' July 13-15

Scott Green
Sundance Institute Pro
In "Leave No Trace," Ben Foster's character, Will, only finds peace in his daughter and the solitude of nature, after a fraught military tour in Iraq.

In the middle of another blockbuster summer you may find yourself feeling entertainment fatigue. Up To Date's Film Critics, though, have a remedy for the mainstream movie circuit. They've got recommendations for the best indie, foreign and documentary flicks with a cerebral punch that you can catch this weekend in your local cinema. 

Steve Walker

"Leave No Trace," PG

  • "Winter's Bone" director Debra Granik steers this taut drama about an Iraqi war vet, played by Ben Foster, and his teenage daughter living off the land in an Oregon park until the authorities try to quash their lifestyle choices.

"Three Identical Strangers," PG-13

  • This tragic and ironic documentary about triplets seperated at birth celebrates their stanger-than-fiction reunion at age 19, then uncovers the nefarious agenda of the adoption agency that placed them.

"Nancy," not rated

  • When an emotionaly adrift young women sees a story about the 20th anniversary of a child abduction case, she reaches out to the parents with a special proposal that she may in fact be their daughter.

Cynthia Haines 

"Three Identical Strangers," PG-13

  • A documentary of powerful reporting, with shocking revelations about identical triplets, seperated at birth, who reunited as adults only to discover the ominous inner-machinations of their adoption agency.

"Leave No Trace," PG

  • A father and daughter are pursued by police as they search for a quiet place to live in the deciduous forests of Oregon in this slow-burning thriller from the director of "Winter's Bone." 

"Won't You Be My Neighbor," PG-13

  • Fred Rogers of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" is the subject of this documentary from Morgan Neville, which explores the novel social justice undertones of the show that ran for 31 seasons.
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.