Captain America: Civil War was just released in theaters, and it looks like May will not be too hot on the movie calendar. However, if you’re looking for something other than superhero movies, here are some lesser-marketed films that you should be on a lookout for.
Born in Germany in 1935, artist Eva Hesse was nearly 2 years old when her family fled the Holocaust and came to New York, and it is there that she grew up. Over three decades later, she went back to the country her family fled from, this time, with her husband, who got a year-long artist residency in her home country.
The film is a celebration of Hesse’s work, especially the post-minimalist sculptures that she created out of industrial materials such as latex and fiberglass, the type of work that made her a major figure in feminist art. Touching through the important aspects of her life—her development as an artist, her marriage, and her death—the film gave Hesse a voice, via her real journals, as read by Selma Blair.
The film is playing on limited release in New York and around the US only.
First Monday in May
The MET Gala is one of the biggest events of the year, but does anyone know why it has a strange parade of outfits? This is a film for fashion enthusiasts, and last year’s theme, China: Through the Looking Glass, was among the most controversial ones that it is trying to wrap itself around. Last year’s gala, organized by curator Andrew Bolton and iconic Vogue commandant Anna Wintour, oversaw the event that was supposed to show “the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion.”
First Monday in May is playing in limited release, and available for digital rental.
The predominantly Puerto Rican Brooklyn neighborhood in South Williamsburg in the 1980s was the subject of Diego Echeverria’s documentary. Being one of the poorest areas in that decade, the residents deal with gangs, unemployment, and drugs. The film, which runs just under an hour, centers on the lives of five people: three women and two men that were portraits of love and pain.
Los Sures depicts a close community where family is put foremost, and the streets are spilling with life. Given a theatrical release 32 years after it was first made in 1984. It also serves as a film of melancholy, considering that South Williamsburg is no longer the poor area in New York. These days, the area is filled of hip restaurants and glassy condos—radically different from what it was only three decades ago.
Los Sures is playing in the Metrograph theater in New York, and will also be opening in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and South Florida in the next few weeks.
Men & Chicken
Mads Mikkelsen is a man of many talents. From a former musketeer to an adulterous doctor, to a serial killer, he can do it all. Still, it’s still pretty hard to imagine him as a mustached, compulsive . . . masturbator.
Yes, he’s been tragic and villainous on-screen, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that he can also do funny. Yet there is something endearing about playing a misfit who is still trying to find his place in the world.
He and his brothers share a decrepit house with some farm animals, as they settle their disagreements in a Three Stooges type of beat-up humor. While odd, it does have several off-beat comedy that you will like watching once you’re used to its strangeness.
Men & Chicken is open in limited release.
In 1980s Dublin, a teenager named Cosmo starts a band to impress a girl. Their romance is charming, but the music is even better. Cosmo’s recruits were shifting their styles from being a mere cover band to being their own songwriters. The group grows as a band, but the members are still struggling with everyday problems teenagers face, like impeding parent divorces and school bullies—and turning their rocky experiences into the music as fuel to run their passion.
Sing Street will be playing in theaters to a limited release.
These movies may not be the kind you think you’d watch, but there’s a first time for everything, and this could be the first time you watch something without a superhero in it.