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Two woman dressed in 18th century dresses, one is doing the other's hair.
Yorgos Lanthimos / Fox Searchlight

And, suddenly, 2019 is nearly upon us! For those looking to ignore the trials of time gone by, Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary Film Critics have recommendations sure to wisk you away. Immerse yourself in early 18th-century England, amongst wars and queens, experience the mundanity of life in 1970s Mexico City, or maybe something closer a little closer to home. Whatever you chose, take a break this weekend from the exhaustive final weeks of 2018.

Steve Walker

Vanilafeel / Wikimedia Commons

Whether you're looking for relief from intense Christmas gift-buying or you're seeking escape from all the things you have yet to get done, this weekend's recommendations from Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary Film Critics should offer some respite. Consider the luxe life of a Greek-American opera goddess, give thanks your life of letters isn't built on a fraud, or get caught up with an officer manning an emergency dispatch line.

A blonde women with short hair and glasses sits at a microphone. She is wearing a black blouse and floral shirt.
Luke X. Martin / KCUR 89.3

Segment 1: Two-term Jackson County prosecuter is vying for additional role as Missouri Democratic Party leader.

A blonde woman wearing an eyepatch and all black stands in front of a map with pins in it.
Aviron Pictures

Don't settle for a cold and rainy Kansas City this weekend! Travel the world with esteemed journalist Marie Colven, immerse yourself in Nordic lifestyle, or tag along on a crime investigation in Copenhagen. The latest recommendations from Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary Film Critics will take you on a global adventure.

Steve Walker

"The Guilty," R

Dante

Variety shows aren’t all gongs and spangles.

Besides simply being entertaining, such shows are ways for artists to help build their fan bases by “cross-pollinating audiences,” says Stephanie Roberts, a theater professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

She first saw this work when she lived in Seattle and was part of a company called Annex Theatre, which hosted a variety show called “Spin the Bottle.”

A female security guard stands in front a man with shoulder length hair. He is wearing a brown jakcet. The security guard is checking his bag.
TriArt

Feeling stuffed but unsatisfied after the big Thanksgving meal? Recommendations from Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary Film Critics have just what you need to feed your emotions. Whether it's family tradition to see a Thanksgiving movie, or you just want an escape from the fridge of leftovers and your own lack of self-control, these are the best movies to see this holiday weekend. 

Two teenager boys lay in bed facing each other. Both have brown hair are wearing t-shirts.
Focus Features

The weekend before Thanksgiving is often filled with meal prepping, house cleaning and, of course, family. If you're looking from an escape from whatever household drama that could entail, films about familial hardships might give you some persepctive. This weekend's recommendations from Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary Film Critics portray what happens when families fall apart and, sometimes, come back together. 

Steve Walker

"Boy Erased," R

A middle aged woman sits at a cluttered desk typing on a type writer.
Mary Cybulski / Fox Searchlight Pictures

Snow is falling and winter is coming, which means the season of cozy sweaters and good movies is nearly here. This weekend's recommendations from Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary Film Critics gives you the perfect excuse to escape from the cold and take a trip to your favorite heated local theater.   

Steve Walker 

"Wildlife," PG-13

Two white men in brimmed hats and suit coats sit on a city bench.
Sony Classics

Writers, whether fictional or in real life, always seem to have fascinating stories to tell. This weekend's recommendations from Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary Film Critics tell those stories of writers themselves. Take another look at Oscar Wilde's last days, hear how Lee Israel battled writer's block, or see the thrilling journey of a journalist captured by terrorists. 

Steve Walker 

"Can You Ever Forgive Me?" R

Luke X. Martin / KCUR 89.3

Segment 1: Veteran Chicago firefighter begins stint in Kansas City, Kansas, with 100-day plan.

Two months in as chief of the Kansas City Kansas Fire Department and Mike Callahan figures he's 60 percent done with his goal "to visit every fire station on every shift to hear from the field what their concerns are about the department." He's met the command staff and his counterparts in law enforcement, and is working through evaluating equipment in the stations.  "The need here," he says of the department, "is some structure, consistency and discipline."

A man stands at the edge of a cliff, looking down.
National Geographic

Battles, triumphs, and defying the odds are all common themes in life, and in film. Some survive Auschwitz, while another climbs a 3,000-foot rock wall with nothing but his hands and feet. An astonishing survival story, or just one of personal triumph, is exactly what Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary Film Critics offer this weekend. 

Steve Walker

 "After Auschwitz," not rated

A police officer stands in front of a casket at his mother's funeral.
South by Southwest

As the leaves turn color and autumn comes in to full swing, movies about change and time seem fitting. Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary Film Critics' recommendations this weekend are filled with laughter, aging and the end of life. So pull on your favorite sweater, buy some popcorn and fall into the season at your local theater. 

Steve Walker 

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