War Horse – Everywhere
About a horse who won WWI, met President Kennedy, and started a billion dollar shrimp company. It’s epic and cheesy, one of those movies you’re supposed to think is “weighty” and “resonant” but really, the soundtrack is fully orchestrating how you feel. For reference, please see Titanic, Braveheart, Schindler’s List. Or don’t, whatevs! It’ll be nominated for ten billion Academy Awards, and win five billion of those.
Eames: The Architect and the Painter – Roxie
A documentary about the talented and fascinating husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames. If you follow American design at all, you will most likely see this. And bring a notepad, because who knows what ideas you can
steal glean from a background chalkboard. Narrated by James Franco because, why not?
Pariah – Embarcadero
A coming-of-age-slash-horrible-rites-of-passage drama about Alike, a young black lesbian in present-day Brooklyn. It’s a topic that’s not much discussed in cinema, and that makes it extra compelling watching. On top of that, it’s beautifully acted and beautifully shot, and you’ll want to jump into the screen, give Alike a hug, and hold her hand while you watch about ten million “It Gets Better” videos together.