April Indie Picks: 5 Movies on Our Radar

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April Indie Picks: 5 Movies on Our Radar

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Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams in Disobedience (2017)

Disobedience | In U.S. theaters Friday, April 27

It's not often that we get to see two actresses of this caliber tackle themes of faith and queerness, so I'm seeking out this indie this month despite reviews that are warm but not praiseworthy. One thing is for sure: Director Sebastián Lelio, who just snagged the Best Foreign Language Oscar with A Fantastic Woman, knows how to spark a conversation about his movies. The major talk here focuses on a sex scene where Rachel Weisz spits into Rachel McAdams's mouth. Who's thirsty? — Arno

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André the Giant and Vince McMahon in Andre the Giant (2018)

"Andre the Giant" | Premieres Tuesday, April 10, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HBO

For nearly all of the 46 years of his life, André the Giant, born André René Roussimoff, was a genuine wonder and gift to those around him, largely because of his unusual size (caused by a hormonal disorder) but also because of his bigger-than-usual personality. This documentary explores the character beneath the gargantuan frame and what propelled the "8th Wonder of the World" to captivate the public and his fellow combatants so strongly. Yes, the movie delves into some of the more notorious urban (drinking and eating) legends about André the Giant. But it also provides insight into motivations of a public figure, whose appetite and wrestling persona masked significant physical pain and anguish. — Bret

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Brady Jandreau in The Rider (2017)

The Rider | In U.S. theaters Friday, April 13

Critics have included Chloé Zhao's identity drama in their argument that 2018 has been front-loaded with exceptional movies. Zhao developed this script around her star Brady Jandreau's real-life head injury he experienced after falling from a horse. Many people thought an Oscar nomination was likely, though I expect the movie to stand on its own legs throughout the spring. — Arno

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Al Pacino in Paterno (2018)

"Paterno" | Premieres Saturday, April 7, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on HBO

You need only look at daily entertainment headlines to see that we live in a time of conspicuous moral reckoning, where public figures are forced to confront the consequences of their individual choices. And you could argue that the demise of college football coach Joe Paterno in late 2011 was one of the tipping points that forever changed the way we scrutinize celebrities. In this HBO movie directed by Barry Levinson, Al Pacino plays the tragic Penn State titan like a character out of Greek tragedy: On the one hand, Paterno, the winningest coach in NCAA Division I football, is a paragon of success on the sidelines and as a leader of young men; and on the other, a sexual abuse scandal of unimaginable horror has been allowed to persist under his watch. The movie focuses on Paterno's final chapter, as he comes to terms with his personal and public responsibilities in an increasingly unforgiving public arena. — Bret

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Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson in The Endless (2017)

The Endless | In U.S. theaters Friday, April 6

To me there's nothing better than the idea of a movie about cults that has a supernatural element. The Endless has been having a moment because of its effective trailer and the presence of Callie Hernandez, who is having an It-Girl Moment. Oh, and the co-directors are the dudes who made Spring.— Arno