Movie Preview Extravaganza

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Movie Preview Extravaganza

By Scott Pukos
scott@thelittle.org

I really enjoy the challenge of reviewing a movie via Twitter.  The allotted 140 characters really forces me to boil down my thoughts into a short, concise statement (which are really the best types of sentences anyway).  Here are a few recent examples:

THE INVITATION is the horror cousin of COHERENCE. A slow burn w/ a tense, exciting payoff (even if you guess the twist)

ELSTREE 1976 runs a little long, but features some fun & whimsical behind-the-scenes Star Wars stories. Fans will dig it.

Suffice to say, both are great movies, and you should check them out. If you have any reviews you want me to tweet out from The Little account, email me at scott@thelittle.org (just remember to keep it short).

Aside from reviews, I'm also an avid reader of movie previews. I love to scope out the films I want to see days, weeks, or months from now. If you're like me, you'll like this next part. The following is a list of movies we're getting in the next month. This isn't a complete list - there are always late additions - and this is subject to change. Having said that, it's a good start for you to plan future dates with the Little Popcorn. I've included a short description, but be sure to click the hyperlinks for trailers and more.

May 13: Sing Street From the director of Once, Sing Street is a rocking amalgamation of lust, teen angst, and 80s music. Set in Dublin, this is one critics are loving.

May 13: The Man Who Knew Infinity Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons dive into the story of a mathematics genius and his tutor. Abacus not included.

May 20: The Meddler Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne supply this dramedy about a widow and her daughter with plenty of affability.

May 27: Love & Friendship Based on Jane Austen's novella Lady Susan, Love & Friendship is a charmer. The film is directed by Whit Stillman and stars Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, and Xavier Samuel.

June 3: The Lobster This tops my personal list. The premise (find true love ... or be turned into an animal) is incredibly creative. The trailer remains original despite giving off a major Being John Malkovich-vibe.

June 3: A Bigger Splash An erotic thriller (a term that puts other thrillers to shame) starring Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and Dakota Johnson as complicated humans vacationing on a Sicilian island. No mermaids (that I know of) in this one.

June 3: Dark Horse You hear "inspirational true story" often in movie advertising. Often enough that you may even gloss right over that phrase. While this is my lead-up to tell you that Dark Horse is indeed an inspirational documentary, it's so much more than just that clichéd sentence. It follows people in a small Welsh mining village who pool their resources to breed and raise a racehorse - a dark horse, if you will.

June 3: Holy Hell  This doc sounds bonkers (in the best way possible). I'll just let the official synopsis pitch you on this one: "In 1985, recent film school graduate Will Allen became a member of The Buddhafield -- a Los Angeles area spiritual group. Also acting as the group's official videographer, he began to document their activities, which centered on the mysterious leader they called Michel, or The Teacher. Over time, the group's dark side began to surface as total devotion turned to paranoia, until finally, unexpected truths about their enlightened leader were revealed--all in front of Allen's camera." Whoa!

June 3: April and the Extraordinary World Another GKids film at The Little! This French animated gem takes viewers on a sci-fi adventure through an alternate steampunk world. Also, there's a talking cat. To recap: An awesome heroine + a talking cat. What's not to love?

June 6: The Fits If you're keen to the various film festivals that take place throughout the year, you've probably heard a lot of positive buzz about this one.  The Fits is a psychological portrait of an 11-year-old girl who joins a dance team in Cincinnati. Seems normal -- dramatic pause -- that is until a mysterious outbreak of fainting spells begins to plague the team.

June 10: Maggie's Plan The always fantastic Greta Gerwig is the title's Maggie, so this one is already veering toward the win column. Gerwig plays a New Yorker who decides to inseminate herself with the help of a former college acquaintance. Solid plan, Maggie, solid plan.

June 17: Genius This film is stealing the title of my future memoir, but that's okay because it looks Oscar-worthy. Friendships can be complex, and this film highlights that by delving into the kinship of literary mega icons and their editor. F. Scott Fitzgerald (Guy Pearce) and Ernest Hemingway (Dominic West) are among the all-star lineup of authors.