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Up to Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' January 25-27

In 'If Beale Street Could Talk,' a young couple's love is tested after a wrongful arrest sends the father-to-be to jail.

Is anyone else excited that this weekends temperatures may creep above freezing? Up To Date's indie, foreign, and documentary Film Critics say you should definitely take advantage of the warmer weather and check out one of their recommended movies. So head to your local theater, grab some popcorn and Junior Mints and enjoy one of this weekend's "Three to See."

Cynthia Haines

"Shoplifters," R

  • The "resourcefulness" of a Japanese family of small-time crooks comes into question after they take in a beleaguered young girl they find in the cold.

"On the Basis of Sex,"  PG-13

  • Based on a true story, Felicity Jones plays Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she builds a legal career marked by cases aimed at overturning a century of gender discrimination. Mimi Leder's drama comes as the associate justice of the Supreme Court celebrates 25 years on the bench.

"If Beale Street Could Talk," R

  • Set in the 1970s, a couples relationship faces turmoil as the fiance of a young, pregnant woman is arrested for a crime he didn't commit.

Steve Walker

"Stan and Ollie," PG

  • An upredictable biopic about Laurel and Hardy's last grasps of relevance is electrified every time the actresses, Nina Arianda and Shirley Henderson appear on screen as their fiercely supportive spouses.

"Shoplifters," R

  • In this winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, a Japanese family of grifters, gamblers and thieves forms indelible bonds until a twist begs the question: What really defines a family?

"The Favourite," R

  • This delightfully vulgar, lavishly designed romp from director Yorgos Lanthimos stars Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone as ruthless ladies-in-waiting vying for the attentions of a maladjusted Queen Anne, played to the hilt by Olivia Coleman.

Bob Butler

"Vice," R

  • Adam McKay, who directed the Will Ferrell vehicles "Anchorman," "Talladega Nights," and "Step Brothers," turns his sights on the George W. Bush administration's most powerful player — Vice President Dick Cheney.

"Cold War," R

  • A couple with no reason to fall in love comes together in the ruins of the Cold War. Their turbulent relationship last decades despite the obstacles they face while traveling across the European countryside.

"If Beale Street Could Talk," R

  • Set in early 1970s Harlem, a young mother-to-be works to make ends meet as she battles to free her wrongly-incarcerated fiance. The drama is Barry Jenkins follow-up to his 2016 release "Moonlight," which won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
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.