The Darkest Minds (PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and mature themes) Adaptation of Alexandra Bracken’s futuristic best seller set in the U.S. in the wake of a pandemic which has killed 98% of children under 20 and where the survivors are being rounded up by the government. Plot revolves around the runaway teen (Amandla Stenberg) leading the resistance. Ensemble includes Harris Dickinson, Mandy Moore, Bradley Whitford, Patrick Gibson and Skylan Brooks.
Christopher Robin (PG for action) Ewan McGregor handles the title role in this musical fantasy revolving around Winnie the Pooh’s pal’s (Jim Cummings) return as an adult to the forest which captured his imagination as a child. With Hayley Atwell, Brad Garrett Toby Jones and Sophie Okonedo.
Death of a Nation (PG-13 for profanity, violence, disturbing images, mature themes and brief drug use) Political documentary, written, directed and narrated by recently-pardoned, conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza, drawing parallels between the presidencies of Donald Trump and Abraham Lincoln. Featuring commentary by Debbie D’Souza and Angela Primm.
Eighth Grade (R for profanity and sexuality) Coming-of-age dramedy chronicling a tormented 13 year-old’s (Elsie Fisher) disastrous last week of middle school. With Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson and Missy Yager.
The Spy Who Dumped Me (R for violence, crude humor, pervasive profanity, graphic sexuality and frontal nudity) James Bond 007 spoof revolving around a couple of California BFFs (Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis) who find themselves recruited as spies when one’s ex-boyfriend (Justin Theroux) shows up at their apartment unannounced with a team of assassins on his trail. Supporting cast includes Sam Heughan, Gillian Anderson and Ivanna Sakhno.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN
Calling All Earthlings (Unrated) Conspiracy theory documentary speculating about whatever happened to George Van Tassel and his Integratron, the time machine he was building in the California desert back in the Fifties until the FBI intervened. Featuring commentary by Daniel Boone, Victoria williams and The Animals’ Eric Burdon.
King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen (Unrated) Reverential retrospective revisiting the career of maverick Larry Cohen, director of such Blaxploitation Era classics as Black Caesar, Hell Up in Harlem and Bone.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Unrated) Chloe Grace Moretz plays the title character in this adaptation of Emily M. Danforth’s coming-of-age novel of the same name, set in 1993, about a lesbian orphan forced by her aunt (Kerry Butler) to undergo conversion therapy after being caught kissing her high school’s prom queen (Quinn Shephard) in the back of a car. With Sasha Lane, Forrest Goodluck and Jennifer Ehle.
Never Goin’ Back (R for crude sexuality, pervasive profanity, brief nudity and drug use) Coming-of-age drama chronicling the madcap misadventures of a couple of suburban Dallas waitresses (Camila Morrone and Maia Mitchell) trying to relocate to Galveston. Supporting cast features Kyle Mooney, Aristotle Abraham II and Joel Allen.
Nico, 1988 (R for sexuality, profanity and drug use) “The good die young” biopic revisiting the last year in the life of Nico (Trine Dyrholm), the German singer/actress who fell on hard times after recording with the Velvet Underground and appearing in films directed by Fellini and Andy Warhol back in the Sixties. With John Gordon Sinclair, Karina Fernandez and Calvin Demba. (In English, German, French and Czech with subtitles)