At Cafe 6
(Taiwan/China) Adapted from the popular Taiwanese novel, “At Cafe 6” is a light hearted coming of age film about a group of high school students who are deeply in love and trying to figure out how to continue their lives after graduation.
(UK/Canada/USA) Steven Spielberg brings the beloved Roald Dahl novel about a bullied gentle giant to the big screen: Young orphan Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) is snatched from her bed into a land where roam behemoth troglodytes hungry for “human beans.” It’s a cinematic feast for the eyes, and a rollicking romp into the Giant Country of our childhoods.
Call of Heroes
(Hong Kong) Sean Lau heads this explosive new period action film by Benny Chan, along with Louis Koo and Eddie Peng. Set after the collapse of the Qing dynasty when warlords ruled, a group of villagers bands together to overthrow an invading tyrant.
The First Monday in May
(USA) Documentarist Andrew Rossi (“Page One”) takes audiences into one of the most glamorous events of the year, the Met Gala, and the most attended fashion exhibit in the history of The Metropolitan Museum of Art: “China: Through the Looking Glass.” Beautifully shot with some killer footage of Anna Wintour, but struggles to deal with its subject matter without seeming Orientalist.
Florence Foster Jenkins
(UK) A gilded Age-era New York socialite’s (Meryl Streep) aspirations of becoming a famous opera singer are not to be held back by anything—not even her total inability to carry a tune.
(UK/USA) “Genius” takes audiences back to the Roaring 20s, and all the heavy hitters make an appearance: Hemingway, the Fitzgeralds, and the man who cleaned up their greatest works, Max Perkins (Colin Firth). His next biggest project? “Look Homeward, Angel,” by the exceedingly promising (if not slightly longwinded) Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law).
(Hong Kong) In this new film by Andy Lo, a lost man finds himself in Hong Kong, rejected by his father and mourning the death of his mother. He befriends a reclusive and temperamental auntie, but their relationship deepens after she is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s.
A Hologram for the King
(UK/USA/France) Tom Hanks is a postrecession salesman peddling holographic tech to a pre-Arab Spring government. He just about manages to hold up this lackluster shamble through the desert, which may have been intended as a rumination on the pressures of old age and responsibility—but turns out to be a succession of shots of our protagonist looking glum in a series of different rooms.