Pick of the Litter – May 2017


BLOCKBUSTER OF THE MONTH

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

(Disney/Marvel) Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Kurt Russell. The misfits who saved the Galaxy are on yet another quest to save it again. They’ll be picking up some new members in Moondragon as well as old foes Nebula and Yondu. This time they’ll be setting up the next Avengers film as they meet up with Star Lord’s dad – Ego, the Living Planet – and try to foil the ambitions of Thanos who seeks the Infinity Gems for a gantlet that will allow him to rule the Galaxy. May 5

INDEPENDENT PICKS

Last Men in Aleppo

(Grasshopper) Khalid, Subhi, Mahmoud. Three men who founded the White Helmets of Aleppo live day to day in a city under siege. An organization created to save lives and bring hope to a city where there is little of that, the men fight their own worst fears and heartaches to give meaning to their struggle and create examples for their children. This won Best Documentary at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. May 3

Mr. Chibbs

(Abramorama) Kenny Anderson, Deidre “Spindarella” Roper, Bobby Hurley, Nate Archibald. Ten years after retiring from a stellar pro basketball career, Anderson has made life a party of drugs, alcohol and sex. Still reeling from the death of his mother, he loses a cherished coaching position and finds that in order to move forward he’s going to have to face his own demons for the first time in his life. May 3

Like Crazy

(Strand) Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Micaela Ramazzotti, Valentina Carnelutti, Sergio Albelli. Donatella and Beatrice both reside in a psychiatric facility in Tuscany for mentally disturbed women. They are both there for entirely different reasons but still they become fast friends. During an educational outing, they are presented an opportunity to escape custody and they take it, beginning an adventure that will take them on a road trip that will disclose their past and realize the beauty in imperfection which could potentially change their lives forever. May 5

Manifesto

(FilmRise) Cate Blanchett, Cate Blanchett, Cate Blanchett, Cate Blanchett. A manifesto is a declaration of intent to change the status quo. The Oscar-winning actress takes on a variety of roles; in each she reads a manifesto against a striking background; some modern, some psychedelic, some futuristic. This is not just art, it’s Art. It also played as a Spotlight Selection at this year’s Florida Film Festival. May 10

The Wall

(Roadside Attractions/Amazon) Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena, Laith Nakli, Spencer Thomas. A sniper pins two American soldiers with a crumbling wall between them. As they soon discover, it’s not just war…to the sniper, it is a deadly game. Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow) has concocted an edge of the seat thriller in a wartime setting. May 12

Wakefield

(IFC) Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Garson, Jason O’Mara, Beverly D’Angelo. Howard Wakefield was a responsible husband, loving father and successful lawyer living in a beautiful house in the suburbs. He’s everything he’s supposed to be – until he suffers a nervous breakdown and decides to see what would happen to his family if he removed himself from their lives. He lives in his attic, observing his family and as the days stretch out into months it becomes harder and harder for him to return to the life he once knew, even though he may want to.  May 19

The Commune

(Magnolia) Trine Dyrhholm, Fares Fares, Ulrich Thomsen, Julie Agnete Vang. In the 1970s a group of Danish young people gather in a commune to explore free love and communal living. At first, it’s a gas and the vibe is perfect but as time goes on they begin to clash and the solidarity that existed between them evaporates. This is a new film from Thomas Vinterberg who helmed The Hunt (one of my all-time favorite Florida Film Festival entries) and like that film played at the Florida Film Festival only this year other than a few years back. May 19

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan

(Abramorama) Wendy Whelan, Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Bryan Brooks. Wendy Whelan is one of the most celebrated ballerinas in the history of American ballet. No single artist has had more ballets written specifically for them than her. However at age 47, she must fight an entirely new battle – against the perceptions of her age and her own injured body. May 24

Long Strange Trip

(Amazon Studios) Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann. Although there have been many concert films of the Grateful Dead, there really hasn’t been a comprehensive documentary about the band – until now. Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, the film will get a brief theatrical run before debuting on the Amazon Prime service on June 2. May 26

 

May 2017


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MAY 1, 2017

In the Shadow of Iris – Netflix
Through My Father’s Eyes – Limited
Warning: This Drug May Kill You – HBO

MAY 2, 2017

In Circles – VOD

MAY 3, 2017

I Am Heath Ledger – Limited
Last Men in Aleppo – Limited
Mr. Chibbs – Limited

MAY 5, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy 2
3 Generations – Limited
A Woman’s Life – New York City
Another Evil – Limited
Black Site Delta – Limited
Burden – Limited
Chuck – Limited
The Dinner – Limited
Enter the Warrior’s Gate – Limited
Handsome: A Netflix Murder Mystery – Netflix
Lady Bloodfight – Limited
Like Crazy – New York City
The Lovers – Limited
Risk – Limited
Take Me – Limited

MAY 10, 2017

The Drowning – Limited
Manifesto – Limited

MAY 12, 2017

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Snatched

Dead Awake – Limited
Folk Hero and Funny Guy – Limited
Get Me Roger Stone – Netflix
Hounds of Love – Limited
Jasmine – Limited
The Last Shaman – Limited
Lowriders – Limited
Meri Pyaari Bindu – Limited
Paris Can Wait – New York City/Los Angeles
Tracktown – Limited
Urban Hymn – Limited
The Wall – Limited
The Wedding Plan – Limited

MAY 17, 2017

I Am Heath Ledger – SpikeTV

MAY 19, 2017

Alien: Covenant
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Everything, Everything

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail – Limited
Afterimage – Limited
AWOL – Limited
The Commune – Limited
Elian – Limited
Icaros: A Vision – New York City
Wakefield – Limited
The Woman Who Left – New York City

MAY 23, 2017

The Midnight Matinee – Amazon Prime
Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl – Shudder

MAY 24, 2017

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan – Limited

MAY 25, 2017

Baywatch

MAY 26, 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
96 Souls – Limited
Beautiful Accident – Limited
The Berlin Syndrome – Limited
Black Butterfly – Limited/VOD
Blame! – Netflix
Buena Vista Social Club: Adios – Limited
Drone – Limited
Islamic Exorcist – Limited
Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower – Netflix
Long Strange Trip – Limited/Amazon
War Machine – Netflix
The Women’s Balcony – Limited

MAY 30, 2017

After School Special – Limited

MAY 31, 2017

Turn it Around: The Story of East Bay Punk – Limited