Mapplethorpe

Matt Smith (The Crown, Doctor Who) plays Robert Mapplethorpe in this compelling biopic about arguably one of the most controversial photographers in American history. From the artist’s early days as best friend to Patti Smith to his relationship with curator Sam Wagstaff, MAPPLETHORPE looks at the time as he was embracing his sexuality in the gay scene of 1970s New York and as he was “Mapplethorpe”

2018, USA, 95 minutes, Directed by Ondi Timoner
Cast: Matt Smith, Marianne Rendón, John Benjamin Hickey

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Cameron Post looks the part of a perfect high school girl. After she’s caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night, Cameron is shipped off to a conversion therapy center that treats teens “struggling with same-sex attraction.” Balancing out inherent drama with understated humor, writer/director Desiree Akhavan (Appropriate Behavior) and co-writer Cecilia Frugiuele sensitively adapt Emily Danforth’s acclaimed eponymous “The Miseducation of Cameron Post”

2017, USA, 90 minutes, Directed by Desiree Akhavan
Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, John Gallagher Jr., Jennifer Ehle

Wild Nights With Emily

WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY is the story of the secret life of Emily Dickinson (Molly Shannon) and explores the vivacious, irreverent side of her that was covered up for many years and recently revealed–most notably Emily’s lifelong romance with another woman, Susan Dickinson, the wife of Emily’s brother. A fierce rivalry between Emily’s beloved and her brother’s mistress in making known the work of this “Wild Nights With Emily”

2018, USA, 84 minutes, Directed by Madeleine Olnek
Cast: Molly Shannon, Amy Seimetz, Susan Ziegler, Brett Gelman, Jackie Monahan

Leave No Trace

Will (Ben Foster) is a veteran living blissfully off the grid with his teen daughter Tom (Thomasin McKensie) in a vast urban park in Portland, Oregon. They enjoy a paradisiacal existence before a small mistake sets in motion a series of events that changes their lives forever. Co-written and directed by Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone) with an acute eye for discovering breakout actresses, LEAVE NO “Leave No Trace”

1985

Inspired by the award-winning short film of the same name, 1985 follows Adrian (“Gotham” star Cory Michael Smith), a closeted young man returning to his Texas hometown for Christmas during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. Burdened with an unspeakable tragedy in New York, Adrian reconnects with his brother and estranged childhood friend as he struggles to divulge his dire circumstances to his religious “1985”

2018, USA, 85 minutes, Directed by Yen Tan
Cast: Cory Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen, Michael Chiklis, Aidan Langford, Jamie Chung

Blindspotting

Collin must make it through his final days of probation for a chance at a new beginning. His childhood best friend, Miles, is always by his side, but when Collin witnesses a police shooting, their friendship is tested as they grapple with identity and their changed realities in the rapidly-gentrifying neighborhood they grew up in. Lead actors Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal co-wrote and star “Blindspotting”

2018, USA, 95 minutes, Directed by Carlos López Estrada
Cast: Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot

John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix) has a lust for life, a talent for off-color jokes, and a drinking problem. When an all-night bender ends in a catastrophic car accident, the last thing he intends to do is give up drinking. But when he reluctantly enters treatment —with encouragement from his girlfriend (Rooney Mara) and a charismatic sponsor (Jonah Hill) —Callahan discovers a gift for drawing edgy, “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot”

2018, USA, 113 minutes, Directed by Gus Van Sant
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black

Eighth Grade

Eighth-grader Kayla always has her phone in hand, hoping to find connections online that might make up for those she’s unable to forge in everyday life. In the final week of a thus-far-disastrous school year, Kayla struggles to bridge the gap between how she perceives herself and who she believes she should be.  Writer-director Boston-native comedian Bo Burnham, making his feature film debut, delivers a “Eighth Grade”

2017, USA, 94 minutes, Directed by Bo Burnham
Cast: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton

Hearts Beat Loud

Single dad (and aging hipster) Frank prepares to send his hardworking daughter Sam to college. Hoping to stay connected through their shared love of music, he urges her to turn their weekly “jam sesh” into an actual band.  They soon find that their collaboration’s unexpected success complicates each’s plans for their future. Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons provide genuine warmth and chemistry as father and “Hearts Beat Loud”

2018, USA, 97 minutes, Directed by Brett Haley
Cast: Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Toni Collette, Ted Danson, Blythe Danner

A Kid Like Jake

Loving parents Alex and Greg are faced with the daunting task of applying to private kindergartens in NYC for their 4-year-old, Jake. Competing in this cutthroat environment means focusing on what is most unique about a child, forcing Alex and Greg to consider Jake’s love of dresses, fairy tales, and princesses. As parents, Alex and Greg must find a way to support Jake’s identity without “A Kid Like Jake”

2018, USA, 92 minutes, Directed by Silas Howard
Cast: Claire Danes, Jim Parsons, Octavia Spencer, Priyanka Chopra, Ann Dowd, Amy Landecker