By Brenden Lee
1985 – April 25
Stories from the past often resonate with even more vibrancy when told through the lens of reflection. Directed by Yen Tan, 1985 is the story of Adrian, played by Cory Michael Smith, a young man who returns home to Texas to tell his family and friends of his contraction of AIDS during the 80s epidemic.
Ága – May 9
A film almost as much about the cold, harsh environment of the Russian far-North as the indigenous Yakut people who live there. We follow Nanook and Sedna, two elderly Yakuts who do their best to cling to the old ways, while everyone – and everything – slowly slips away. Directed by Milko Lazarov, Ága closed out the 2018 Berlin Film Festival.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters – May 31
In what sounds like every kid’s dream come to life no matter their generation, Godzilla returns in all his CGI glory and must battle his long-time nemesis’ Rodan, Mothra, and the three-headed dragon, King Ghodirah. It’s wish-fulfillment with an interesting cast including Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobbie Brown and Sally Hawkins.
Rocket Man – May 31
Taron Egerton has gone all in with the Elton John ‘biopic’ he has described as not so much a biopic but an R-rated fantasy musical. Committing to the role by singing – not miming – every song, and doing his best at mastering the piano, Egerton plays Elton as the film takes our hand through various moments in the life that saw a child prodigy emerge as a musical legend. Will we see more music biopic Bohemian Rhapsody magic here?
Good Omens – May 29 (Amazon Prime)
It was 1990 when beloved authors Neil Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett published the epic, eccentric, and wholly unique Good Omens novel. Now, after years in development, and after a posthumous letter from Pratchett to Gaiman that urged him to continue with the series after his death, Crowley the demon and Arizaphale the angel are now ready for prime time. The story follows the two representatives of Heaven and Hell on Earth (played by Michael Sheen and David Tennant), as each must work in unison as the world prepares for the coming of the antichrist. With the six part miniseries penned and showrun by Gaiman himself, the series promises to be proficiently ‘out there.’
When They See Us – May 29 (Netflix)
In 1989, five juvenile males were falsely convicted of brutally raping a jogger, and the media had them vilified. Despite flimsy evidence and false confessions, the teenagers spent between six and 13 years behind bars — then private citizen Trump wanted them executed. This is their story. Created, written, and directed by Avu DuVernay (Wrinkle in Time), the limited series boasts a strong ensemble cast and emerges in a current climate where truth and accuracy in the news and the justice system has never been more important.