IMDb Picks: June Indie Picks

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IMDb Picks: June Indie Picks

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Fred Rogers in Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

Won't You Be My Neighbor? | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, June 8

Something magical and, in hindsight, bittersweet happened during my screening of this documentary about the peerless and fearless Fred Rogers: About 30 minutes into the film, nearly the entire small movie theater had broken into audible sobbing and sniffling. Such is the enduring impact of this cultural force of nature. It was a reminder of just how talented and uncanny Rogers was at connecting effortlessly with audiences through a screen. And sadly, it was also a collective realization for those gathered in that theater that we hadn't been spoken to or, as Rogers would say, "mentioned and managed" in such a way for quite some time. Documentaries are rarely this ennobling. — Bret

The Quest of Alain Ducasse (2017)

The Quest of Alain Ducasse | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, June 8

Given some of the horror stories we hear today about larger-than-life chef personalities with tinier-than-appropriate senses of self control, it's refreshing and reassuring that a chef at the top of his culinary game also happens to be a decent and totally admirable human being. This documentary, which follows Alain Ducasse for a period of two years, provides a portrait of a man who is constantly curious about the world around him. What's more, this is a chef who, despite all the accolades accorded him during a lifetime of gastronomic wizardry, doesn't hesitate to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of those he encounters. — Bret

Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons in Hearts Beat Loud (2018)

Hearts Beat Loud | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, June 8

This story seems a bit lighter than director Brett Haley's previous two movies, The Hero and I'll See You in My Dreams, but I want to hear and see what kind of music Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons make together as they work out their father/daughter issues. — Arno

Vivienne Westwood in Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018)

Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, June 8

If you're only familiar with Vivienne Westwood the fashion designer, you're in for the best kind of awakening as this documentary devotes equal time to her life as a direct action political activist. If you're unfamiliar with Westwood in general, perhaps to meet a true, original punk rocker with a humanitarian's heart and soul. — Arno

Alden Ehrenreich in The Yellow Birds (2017)

The Yellow Birds | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, June 15

After his high-profile performance in Solo: A Star Wars Story, Alden Ehrenreich tackles tougher subject matter in this gritty war drama. The Han Solo star plays Brandon Bartle, a young soldier who must navigate the terrors of the Iraq war alongside comrade Daniel Murphy under the command of the troubled Sergeant Sterling. Bartle is also tortured by a promise he made to the mother of Murphy – played by another blockbuster star, Tye Sheridan (Ready Player One) – before their deployment. — Michael

Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie in Leave No Trace (2018)

Leave No Trace | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, June 29

After showcasing the talents of Jennifer Lawrence in Winter's Bone, director Debra Granik has given another complex role to a promising, upcoming actress. Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie plays the teenage daughter of Will (Ben Foster). Together, they live off the grid in a Oregon nature reserve. After being discovered and removed by the police, social services helps secure them a new home. But Will — suffering PTSD — cannot stay still for long, even if his daughter is becoming desperate to stop their continual wandering into the wilderness. It is a film that impressed audiences at Sundance earlier this year, and has since gone on to win prizes at other film festivals. — Michael

David Kellman, Robert Shafran, and Eddy Galland in Three Identical Strangers (2018)

Three Identical Strangers | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, June 29

It's not often that you encounter subject matter that has caused more than one documentarian to cease production on their own project, but that's exactly what has happened to those who have tried to unravel how and why Robert Shafran was separated at birth from his two identical brothers. Prepare to get frustrated and more than a bit upset at this story of Three Identical Strangers. Get your Freud on, too. — Arno