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15 Films to See in May

Written by on May 2, 2018 

10. Tully (Jason Reitman; May 4)


Synopsis: Marlo, a mother of three, is gifted a night nanny by her brother. Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully.


Why You Should See It: Marking a reunion for Jason Reitman, Diablo Cody, and Charlize Theron after Young Adult, Tully premiered to a great deal of acclaim as Sundance’s secret screening this year, and now it’ll get a fairly wide release off the bat this weekend. Looking to be a bounce-back for the director from Men, Women & Children and Labor Day, it also looks to be a strong acting showcase for not only Theron, but Mackenzie Davis (Black Mirror, Blade Runner 2049) as well.

9. Angels Wear White (Vivian Qu; May 4)


Synopsis: In a quiet seaside village in China, two victims of a brutal assault find themselves trapped in a web of danger and violence.


Why You Should See It: One of our festival favorites from last year, Angels Wear White will get a theatrical run starting this week. “Let’s think about the title to Vivian Qu’s sophomore effort Angels Wear White because the meaning goes far beyond the words themselves,” Jared Mobarak said in his review. “On the surface it’s simply describing religious iconography and the idea that angels wear flowing white linens with halos on heads and harps in hands. But we’ve taken this concept and brought it into real life too. “White” has become synonymous with purity, trust, and expertise. We see a white lab coat on a doctor and automatically provide him/her a reverence built on nothing but an article of clothing. We don’t know them. We merely assume they have our best interests in mind. That white sheen doesn’t mean they’re incorruptible, though. Anyone can be bought or sold despite appearances. Everyone has a price.”

8. Sollers Point (Matthew Porterfield; May 11)


Synopsis: Keith is a 24-year-old drug dealer who is newly released from prison and living with his father under house arrest in Baltimore. He struggles to re-establish himself in a community scarred by unemployment, neglect and segregation.


Why You Should See It: With his small-scale, deeply felt, and wonderfully-realized dramas, Matthew Porterfield has carved out an impressive eye for a Baltimore we don’t often see on screen. After earning acclaim on the festival circuit and elsewhere with Putty Hill and I Used to Be Darker, the director returns this summer with Sollers Point. Premiering at San Sebastián International Film Festival last fall and touring around, Oscilloscope Laboratories will release it this month. The drama, starring Jim Belushi, McCaul Lombardi, and Zazie Beetz, follows a man under house arrest who must reacquaint himself with both his family and the community at large.

7. RBG (Betsy West and Julie Cohen; May 4)

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Synopsis: A look at the life and work of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


Why You Should See It: As we wade through the pits of political morass in the current government, we could use some uplifting figures to show there have been people fighting the good fight. RBG is an essential documentary for the adoring fans of Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg aka The Notorious RBG, according to some millennials,” John Fink said in his review. “They have created an entire mythology out of a quiet, brilliant women who rose to the rank of the court’s chief dissenter post Bush v. Gore. Directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West have crafted an engaging documentary to hold us over until she, like fellow pioneer of civil rights Thurgood Marshall, gets a biopic of her own later this year.”

6. Lu Over the Wall (Masaaki Yuasa; May 11)


Synopsis: The story centers on Kai, a gloomy middle school student whose life changes after meeting Lu, a mermaid


Why You Should See It: Masaaki Yuasa, director of one the century’s best animated films thus farMind Game (which recently enjoyed a theatrical re-release), is back this month with a new feature, Lu Over the Wall. We caught up with the Annecy prize winner at Sundance, where Dan Schindel said in his review that it “demonstrates everything that makes Yuasa one of the best contemporary anime filmmakers. It’s an energetic, frequently hilarious, always visually riveting ride.”

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