Pick of the Litter – May 2019


BLOCKBUSTER OF THE MONTH

Godzilla: King of Monsters

(Warner Brothers) Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Charles Dance, Sally Hawkins The awakening of Godzilla has led to a return of other titans, many thought to be myth. Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidoreh all vie for supremacy opposed by the mighty Godzilla with the fate of the human race hanging in the balance. May 31

INDEPENDENT PICKS

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

(Netflix) Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Angela Sarafyan, John Malkovich. The story of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy as seen through the eyes of his girlfriend Liz Kendall. This was one of the big pick-ups at this year’s Sundance and it also played Tribeca this past month. May 3

Non-Fiction

(Sundance Selects) Guillaume Canet, Juliette Binoche, Vincent Macaigne, Christa Thėret. A Parisian author details his marital infidelities in a new book in an effort to re-energize his career, including an affair with the actress wife of his editor. The French excel at sexy comedies and this bright and breezy concoction is directed by Olivier Assayas, one of the finest directors working in France currently. May 3

Ask Dr. Ruth

(Magnolia/Hulu) Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer. In the 1980s, a tiny German woman, a survivor of the Holocaust, became a household name because she spoke frankly and openly about all things sexual. She essentially became America’s sex education teacher, letting people know it was okay to ask questions about such a natural yet taboo act. Even today when she is in her 90s, Dr. Ruth remains first and foremost an educator, preaching the gospel of good sex. May 3

Tolkien

(Fox Searchlight) Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, Derek Jacobi. Author J.R.R. Tolkien changed literature and indeed the entire world with his tales of Middle Earth. This film explores his formative years as the orphaned outcast makes a fast group of friends in school, then undergoes the horrors of the First World War that would later inform his work. May 10

The Professor and the Madman

(Vertical) Mel Gibson, Sean Penn, Natalie Dormer, Ioan Gruffud. The compiling of the Oxford English Dictionary was a mammoth job that many felt was impossible; the language was changing at a faster rate than the researchers could keep up with. Salvation though came from an unlikely source; an inmate at the Broadmoor Prison for the Criminally Insane. May 10

The Serengeti Rules

(Abramorama) Greg Kriek, Ashlyn Jade Lopez, Jonathan Newport, Mary Power. In the 1960s, a group of scientists set out into some of the most remote places on Earth to examine how nature works. Their discoveries turned our understanding of ecology upside down and may hold the key to saving our planet in the wake of climate change. May 10

Mosul

(Gravitas Ventures) Ali Mula, Anouar H. Smaine. The incredible story of local militias, international forces and uneasy allies who banded together to liberate Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city of over a million people, from the clutches of ISIS amidst rumors of sectarian violence among the ranks. May 14

Trial by Fire

(Roadside Attractions) Jack O’Connell, Laura Dern, Emily Meade, Jason Douglas. Cameron Todd Willingham is accused of the most heinous crime imaginable; of deliberately setting his house on fire and burning his three daughters alive inside of it. He proclaims his innocence but the forensic evidence points to his guilt, so he’s convicted and sentenced to death. Nobody believes his protestations until he befriends a writer who begins to suspect that the evidence might not be pointing in the right direction. May 17

Echo in the Canyon

(Greenwich) Jakob Dylan, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Michelle Phillips. In the 1960s a group of musicians found a home in Laurel Canyon near Los Angeles. The music that they made would change the direction of rock music forever, influencing even the Beatles themselves. This played the Florida Film Festival in April. May 24

Funny Story

(Blue Fox) Matthew Glave, Emily Bett Rickards, Jana Winternitz, Reginald VelJohnson. A dad in the midst of a raging midlife crisis decides to reconnect with his estranged daughter by visiting her at her Big Sur cabin. Along the way there he offers a ride to a young woman in the midst of a crisis of her own and ends up bonding with her in ways that will upset the lives of everyone around them. May 24

Deadwood: The Movie

(HBO) Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Kim Dickens, Brad Dourif. The critically acclaimed revisionist Western returns in a movie that brings back together the denizens of Deadwood, Montana as a corrupt senator seeks to take over the town.. May 31

Free Trip to Egypt

(Kindness) Adam Saleh, Ahmed Hassan, Jenna Day, Tarek Mounib. An Egyptian-American seeks out random Americans who harbor a fear of Islam and offers them a free trip to Egypt to get a better understanding of the people who live there. May 31

May 2019


Godzilla King of Monsters

MAY 1, 2019

Knock Down the House – Netflix
Liberation Heroes: The Last Eyewitnesses – History Channel
Savant – Limited

MAY 3, 2019

The Intruder
Long Shot
UglyDolls

If the Dancer Dances – Expands to Los Angeles
All In My Family – Netflix
Always Miss You – Limited
Ask Dr. Ruth – Limited
Bolden – Limited
Clara – Limited
Code Grass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection – Limited
The Convent – Limited
Dead Trigger – Limited
Dil Diysn Gallan – Limited
The Dirty Kind – Limited
El Chicano – Limited
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile – Netflix/Limited
The Last Summer – Netflix
Meeting Gorbachev – Limited
Non-Fiction – Limited
Pasolini – Limited
Redcon-1 – Limited
The River and the Wall – Limited
Shadow – Limited
Submission – Limited
Tell It to the Bees – Limited

MAY 4, 2019

Stripped – Lifetime Movies
Surviving R. Kelly: The Impact – Lifetime
We Gotta Get Out of Here – Limited/VOD
Wig -HBO

MAY 7, 2019

Bee Team 2 – VOD
Reinventing Rosalee – VOD
Strawberry Flavored Plastic – Limited/VOD

MAY 8, 2019

The Silence of Others – Limited
Wine Country – Netflix

MAY 9, 2019

The Past is Never Dead – Amazon Prime

MAY 10, 2019

Detective Pikachu
The Hustle
Poms
Tolkien

15 Lakh Kadon Aauga – Limited
All is True – New York City/Los Angeles
Am I a Serial Killer? – Lifetime
Asako I & II – Limited
The Biggest Little Farm – Limited
Charlie Says – Limited
General Magic – Limited
Just Say Goodbye – Limited
My Son – Limited
Origin Story – Limited
The Professor and the Madman – Limited
Student of the Year 2 – Limited

MAY 13, 2019

Firstborn – VOD
Long Time Coming – Netflix
Malibu Rescue: The Movie – Netflix

MAY 14, 2019

American Exit – VOD
Extra Innings – New York City
Life Like – VOD
Mosul – Limited
Ogre – VOD

MAY 15, 2019

Parallel Love: The Story of a Band Called Luxury – New York City
The Third Wife – Limited

MAY 16, 2019

The Gathering – VOD
Good Sam – Netflix

MAY 17, 2019

A Dog’s Journey
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
The Sun is Also a Star

A Violent Separation – Limited/VOD
All Creatures Here Below – Limited
Amaurosis – Limited
Aniara – Limited
Ask for Jane – Limited
De De Pyaar De – Limited
Extracurricular Activities – Los Angeles
The Haunting of La Llorona – Limited
Meanest Man in Texas – Limited
Perfect – Limited
Photograph – Limited
The Professor – Limited
Room 37: The Mysterious Death of Johnny Thunders – Limited
See You Yesterday – Netflix
Shed of the Dead – Limited
The Souvenir – Limited
Trial By Fire – Limited
Walking on Water – Limited
The Wandering Soap Opera – Limited
We Have Always Lived in the Castle – Limited
Zilla and Zoe – Limited

MAY 20, 2019

Mod Kids USA – Amazon Prime

MAY 21, 2019

Father’s Day – VOD
No Doubt – Limited

MAY 22, 2019

August at Akiko’s – Limited
The Tomorrow Man – Limited

MAY 23, 2019

The Cold Blue – HBO

MAY 24, 2019

Aladdin
Booksmart
BrightBurn

All is True – Expands to Limited Release
Assimilate – Limited
Avengement – Limited
Barbara Rubin and the Exploding NY Underground – Limited
Chandigarh Amritsar Chandigarh – Limited
Diamantino – Limited
Echo in the Canyon – Limited
Funny Story – Limited
Halston – Limited
In the Aisles – Limited
India’s Most Wanted – Limited
Isabelle – Limited
The Lumber Baron – Los Angeles
The Poison Rose – Limited/VOD
The Proposal – Limited
Q Ball – VOD
Rim of the World – Netflix
The Spy Behind Home Plate – Limited
Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation – Limited/VOD

MAY 28, 2019

D-Day Assassins – VOD
The Garden – Limited
General Commander – VOD
Heavenly Deposit – VOD/Limited

MAY 29, 2019

Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank – Limited

MAY 31, 2019

Godzilla: King of Monsters
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Rocketman

Always Be My Maybe – Netflix
Deadwood: The Movie – HBO
Domino – Limited
The Fall of the American Empire – Limited
For the Birds – New York City
Free Trip to Egypt – New York City
Leto – Limited
Loners – Limited
Mayday Life 3D – Limited
Mouthpiece – Limited
Renegade Dreamers – Limited
Too Late to Die Young – Limited
Yommedine – Limited