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Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' March 1-3

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Returning home for a wedding turns chaotic in "Everybody Knows," when a past relationship reveals family secrets.

Do the potholes on area roads have you down, literally? Well Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary Film Critics' have just the ticket to pick you up. It's worth testing your driving skills to get to your local theater and catch one of their recommended flicks this weekend.

Cynthia Haines

"The World Before Your Feet," not rated

  • One man gives up his traditional life for an 8,000-mile trek through the streets of New York City. Matt Green spends his nights couch surfing with friends and strangers while exploring every nook and cranny of the city.

"Everybody Knows," R

  • A trip to a sister's wedding was supposed to be a joyful occassion, but an unexpected event turns a family reunion into a tense situation. Secrets arise and lines are drawn as a family deals with the chaos.

"The Favourite," R

  • In the early 18th century, a fragile, yet tempestuous Queen Anne reigns. But behind her throne are two women who tend to her health and calm her bouts of rage. Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz bring this period piece to a modern audience with witty dialouge and spicy rivalry.

Steve Walker

"Everybody Knows," R

  • Director Asghar Farhadi's new film - set in Spain rather than his native Iran - features Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem as ex-lovers whose past could impact the fate of Cruz's missing daughter.  

"Never Look Away," R

  • German history from the 1930s to the 1960s is creatively chronicled through two superimposed stories: that of a young artist hungry to dive into modern art and his father-in-law, who oversaw female sterilization programs for the Nazis.

"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 mercurial Queen Anne, played to the hilt by Olivia Colman, who earlier this week won the Oscar for Best Actress. .


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.