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Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' August 3-5

Fred Rogers wearing his trademark sweater sitting next to a toy trolley car on the set of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.
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Fred Rogers hosted PBS' children's program "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" and taught children that each of us is unique but we all share many qualities.

The summer is winding down and throughout the season we've kept you abreast of the best in art house circuit movies. Before school is back in session, our film critics offer their picks of the best flicks of the week. 

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.

"Generation Wealth" R

  • Lauren Greenfield, director of the eye-opening documentary "Queen of Versailles," looks anew at the modern phenomenon of how lots of money allows people to commodify anything, including themselves.

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

  • Gus Van Sant's adaptation of catoonist John Callahan's autobiogaphy features Joaquin Phoenix as a depressed, paralyzed alcoholic who finds substance in drawing surreal newspaper cartoons that come to represent fragments of an artist's inner monolougue. 

Cynthia Haines

"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.

"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. 


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.