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

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

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

And Breathe Normally

In Iceland, Lara trains as an airport border patrol officer. Despite struggling financially and fighting personal demons, she’s a devoted mother to her young son. One day on the job, Lara spots a suspicious passport, resulting in Adja, a female refugee from Guinea-Bissau, being detained. Despite cultural differences, the two women find a bond that rests on a moment when Lara is faced with a “And Breathe Normally”

The Cakemaker

A closeted baker distraught by the death of his married lover travels to his late boyfriend’s hometown of Jerusalem, where he takes a job at a bakery run by the boyfriend’s widow. As they slowly grow to know each other, each finds a refuge in each other’s company—their secretly shared grief binding them in ways neither fully understands. THE CAKEMAKER is a compelling meditation on “The Cakemaker”

The Children Act

As her marriage to Jack (Stanley Tucci) flounders, High Court judge Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) has a life-changing decision to make: should she force a teenage boy to have the blood transfusion that will save his life? Her unorthodox visit to his hospital bedside has a profound impact on them both, stirring strong new emotions in the boy and long-buried feelings in her. Featuring flawless “The Children Act”

2017, United Kingdom, 105 minutes, Directed by Richard Eyre
Cast: Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci

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

The Guilty

When police officer Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren) is demoted to deskwork, he expects a sleepy beat as an emergency dispatcher. That all changes when he answers a panicked phone call from a kidnapped woman. Asger is forced to use others as his eyes and ears as the severity of the crime slowly becomes clear. The search to find the missing woman and her assailant will “The Guilty”

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