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

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"Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot," tells the story of a quadriplegic who becomes a cartoonist.

The August primaries are quickly approaching. Soon heads will be spinning in a last-minute frenzy of deciding which candidates deserve a vote. Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary Film Critics have recommendations for the best movies of the weekend. Better take one in before your mind grows overcrowded with election thoughts!

Steve Walker

"Hot Summer Nights," R

  • Timothée Chalamet stars in this cleverly deceptive movie that starts like an early 1990s teen beach comedy and develops into something more sinister with blood and bullets aplenty. 

"Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot," R

  • In Gus Van Sant's biopic of quadriplegic, recovering alcoholic, cartoonist John Callahan, Joaquin Phoenix and Jonah Hill are terrific as the artist who satirized his and others' disabilities and his flamboyant AA sponsor. 

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

  • Morgan Neville's moving documentary about Fred Rogers, the low-key host of the PBS children's show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" is a welcome salute to kindness, intelligence and civility. 

Cynthia Haines 

"Leave No Trace," PG

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

"Three Identical Strangers," PG-13

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

"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. 

Bob Butler

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

  • Director Morgan Neville illuminates the life of the beloved Fred Rogers, host of the television show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," in a beautiful tribute to the legacy he left behind.

"Three Identical Strangers," PG-13

  • In this compelling documentary, Tim Wardle intricately tells the complicated story behind three identical twins who finally meet in adulthood and discover the shocking truth behind their childhood separation.

"Leave No Trace," PG

  •  As heart-warming as it is heart-breaking, director Debra Granik tells the story of a father scarred by war trying to keep his daughter safe living in the depths of the forest.
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.