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

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”

Lemonade

While working in the US on a temporary visa as a caretaker, Mara, a 30 year-old single mother from Romania, marries Daniel, an American. After the arrival of her son Dragos, everything seems to have fallen perfectly into place. When the process of getting a green card veers unexpectedly off course, however, Mara is faced with abuses of power on every level and forced to “Lemonade”

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

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

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”

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

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

Loveling

Devoted mom Irene raises four rambunctious sons in a physically-crumbling but warm and happy home. As she supports her husband through a financial crisis and plans her own long-awaited high school graduation, eldest son Fernando suddenly announces he has been recruited to play handball in Germany and will be leaving in just three weeks. Consummate caretaker Irene prickles at the idea of emancipating the boy “Loveling”

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”