IMDb Picks: May Indie Picks

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 11 months ago

Our editors focus in on the indie, foreign, and documentary releases they most want to see this May.

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Melora Walters and Tracy Letts in Porn (1994)

The Lovers

One of the more intriguing premises of the season (and easily one of the best trailers as well) finds Azazel Jacobs, who directed the underrated HBO series "Doll & Em," partnering with A24, the hottest indie studio around. And the cast? Superb. Look beyond the easy appeal of Debra Winger playing one half of a long-married couple who seem to rekindle their relationship after they've both found passion with other people, and there just might be a solid story with fine performances about what it takes to truly experience a separation. —Arno

Opens in limited release Friday, May 5

Chris Burden in Burden (2016)


If you've visited the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in recent years, you'll surely remember "Urban Light," the art installation of 202 antique street lights arranged in a phalanx to greet and delight visitors at its entrance. The artist behind that postcard-ready public art is Chris Burden. And you may be surprised to know that, before serving up works with wide popular appeal, he was quite the controversial performance artist. This documentary traces the artist's evolution from young provocateur to an esteemed fixture of the global art community. From the looks of the trailer, this is a compelling and complex transformation, and I look forward to being pushed to see the world in challenging and novel ways. —Bret

Opens in limited release Friday, May 5

Julian Barratt in Mindhorn (2016)


Fans of Alan Partridge and "The Mighty Boosh" should get a kick out of this raucous comedy. "Boosh" comedian Julian Barratt plays a former TV action star who finds himself back in the spotlight when a seemingly delusional killer demands to speak to his most famous character – Mindhorn. The starry supporting cast includes Kenneth Branagh, Steve Coogan, and Andrea Riseborough. —Michael

Available on Netflix from May 12, following a UK theatrical release on May 5

John Cena and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in The Wall (2017)

The Wall

Director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow) returns with this war film about two American soldiers who are pinned down by an Iraqi sniper. It's the first ever original spec script bought by Amazon Studios, who picked it up after it appeared on the 2014 Black List of hot un-produced screenplays. Impressively, Liman shot the picture in six weeks. —Arno

Opens in limited release Friday, May 12

Wyatt Russell, Alex Karpovsky, and Meredith Hagner in Folk Hero & Funny Guy (2016)

Folk Hero & Funny Guy

At first glance, this comedy for the Millennial set seems to hit on a couple of familiar tropes. On the one hand, it's a road movie. But it's also a buddy flick, matching two mismatched friends heading in opposite directions when it comes to romance and careers. And, too, it appears a thoughtful exploration of what it means to (re)define personal success. I'm excited to see Alex Karpovsky and Wyatt Russell share screen time ... in addition to all the funny and occasionally uncomfortable moments that are sure to arise. —Bret

Opens in limited release Friday, May 12

Trine Dyrholm, Fares Fares, Ulrich Thomsen, Lars Ranthe, Magnus Millang, Helene Reingaard Neumann, Julie Agnete Vang, Martha Sofie Wallstrøm Hansen, Anne Gry Henningsen, and Sebastian Grønnegaard Milbrat in The Commune (2016)

The Commune

The latest film from Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt) finally gets a US release, more than a year after playing in competition at the Berlin Film Festival. The film, set in a commune in Denmark in the 1970s, includes an outstanding performance from Trine Dryholm, who won the best actress prize when it played in Berlin. —Michael

On limited release from Friday, May 19