with Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne, director Tom Harper
A wealthy young widow and a headstrong scientist mount a balloon
expedition to fly higher than anyone in history. As their perilous
ascent reveals their true selves, this unlikely pair discover things
about each other - and themselves - that helps each of them find their
place in the world they have left behind.
BY THE GRACE OF GOD
with Melvil Poupaud, Denis Menochet, director Francois Ozon
Ozon tackles the appalling silence and complicity of the Church in a torn-from-the-headlines, fact-based drama. While this film has not yet been released in the United States, the Catholic Church in France made efforts to block its domestic release there.
with Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, director Alma Har'el
Appearing as a complex version of his own father, Shia LaBeouf shares an egoless retelling of his own childhood, inviting audiences to witness the trauma that shaped him.
with Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, director Taika Waititi
An awkward young German boy (Roman Griffin Davis) raised by a single mother (Scarlett Johansson) has a single ally, his imaginary friend Hitler (Taika Waititi). His naïve patriotism is upended when he meets a young girl (Thomasin McKenzie).
with Emilia Clarke, Emma Thompson, director Paul Feig
Dubbed a dramatic romantic comedy by director Feig, "It's got the idea of romance, but also of somebody trying to repair their life of familial tensions and how a family is falling apart and what it takes to put a family back together and dealing with the aftermath of difficult situations."
LUCY IN THE SKY
with Natalie Portman, Dan Stevens, director Noah Hawley
Astronaut Lucy Cola (Natalie Portman) returns to Earth after a transcendent experience during a mission to space - and begins to lose touch with reality in a world that now seems too small.
with Kang-ho Song, director Bong Joon-ho
Returning to home turf after a run of international features, South Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho launches a sustained attack on the lifestyles of the rich and shameless with an amazing film that captured the Palme d'Or at Cannes.
RAISE HELL: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MOLLY IVINS
director Janice Engel
Media firebrand Molly Ivins has often been compared to Mark Twain. In her own words, "My fellow citizens, we live in a great nation. It occasional resemblance to a lunatic asylum is purely coincidental and doubtlessly not the intention of the author of us all."
with Adam Driver, Annette Bening, director Scott Z. Burns
A large-scale saga of corruption, justice, and overwhelming relevance that's at once gripping, eye-opening, and cinematically cut from the same cloth as the great politcal thrillers from the 1970s like All the President's Men and Three Days of the Condor.
with Vlad Ivanov, Catrinel Marion, dir Corneliu Porumboiu
A major hit at the Cannes Film Festival, this movie takes its inspiration from an archaic whistling language used on the island of La Gomera. Said Porumboiu, "In the beginning, I was attracted by the strangeness of this language, and at the same time, a certain type of poetry. The plot turns on whether that wordless dialect can help the protagonists pull off a remarkable heist, but the caper is only the beginning."