8 Indie Picks for May

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8 Indie Picks for May

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Elle Fanning and Alex Sharp in How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2017)

How to Talk to Girls at Parties | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, May 25

Cool kids will probably eye roll at Hedwig filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell putting his creative stamp on the circa-1977 UK punk scene since the once dangerous and vital movement has gone the way of museum retrospectives and vinyl reissues at Urban Outfitters. To me, there's a "Doctor Who"/Big Lebowski-sort of weirdness to this trailer that reels me in until I'm trapped in Nicole Kidman's taut-and-teasy wig. I'm entering this environment with lowered expectations and hoping for some pleasant, weird surprises. — Arno

Ruth Bader Ginsburg in RBG (2018)

RBG | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, May 4

It's not often that a U.S. Supreme Court Justice cultivates a rabid following on social media and among the Millennial set, but Ruth Bader Ginsburg has done just that and is particularly deserving of the focus of this documentary, which frames a life of hugely consequential public service and a mind that's ceaselessly courageous. She's worth celebrating no matter your affiliations. — Bret

The Gospel According to André (2017)

The Gospel According to André | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, May 25

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more incisive and eloquent badass than André Leon Talley, who's been serving up viral soundbites longer than social media's been around. Even if you're not a studied follower of high fashion, you're likely to be impressed by the titanic personality and mordant wit, if not the inspiring life story. — Bret

Saoirse Ronan in On Chesil Beach (2017)

On Chesil Beach | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, May 18

After her Oscar-nominated performance in Lady Bird, Saoirse Ronan returns to period drama territory. Set in early 1960s England, the story centers on a young couple whose beautiful romance is challenged by the growing pressures of sexual freedom and societal pressure, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night. Written by Ian McEwan, it brings things somewhat full circle for Ronan, who first came to widespread attention in an another McEwan adaptation, Atonement. – Michael

Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried in First Reformed (2017)

First Reformed | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, May 18

I'm happy to see Paul Schrader, who essentially has always been a faith-based filmmakers of sorts, get some of the strongest reviews of his career with this story of a man's belief system in conflict with his personal desires. And it feels good to say that Ethan Hawke is somehow one of the most prolific and under-rated actors working today. — Arno

Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz in Revenge (2017)

Revenge | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, May 11

Writer-director Coralie Fargeat might be treading over familiar genre territory with this story of a ferociously resourceful young woman who goes after the men who assaulted her and left her for dead, but Fargeat has exceeded critical expectations at nearly every turn with a fresh take on the scenario that isn't afraid to have a sense of humor about itself. Normally a movie like this might have slipped from my summer radar but usually hardened critics have backed the film and made helped it find a path to breakout success. — Arno

The Misandrists (2017)

The Misandrists | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, May 25

The time feels right for a Bruce La Bruce statement. The textbook definition of an independent filmmaker, La Bruce nearly flirted with the mainstream a decade ago with Otto; or, Up With Dead People before entering a transitional period where he dared to tone down his approach for a hot second. With The Misandrists, however, it seems the underground legend is back in visual-assault mode with a story about female liberation that relentlessly campaigns for our attention. — Arno

Iris Bry in The Guardians (2017)

The Guardians | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, May 4

A number of stories have come to the screen in recent years that focus on the experiences of the women who were left behind when men were recruited en masse to fight in World Wars I and II. Most recent is the French film The Guardians, directed by Cannes grand prix winner Xavier Beauvois. Adapted from the 1924 novel by Ernest Perochon, the story focuses on the family matriarch, Hortense (Nathalie Baye), her daughter Solange (Laura Smet), and the new farmhand, Fancine (Iris Bry). The subtle storytelling, gorgeous cinematography (by Caroline Champetier), and resonant themes make this one a must-see. — Pam