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1. Inglourious Basterds (available 5/21)
It is the first year of Germany’s occupation of France. Allied officer Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) assembles a team of Jewish soldiers to commit violent acts of retribution against the Nazis, including the taking of their scalps. He and his men join forces with Bridget von Hammersmark, a German actress and undercover agent, to bring down the leaders of the Third Reich. Their fates converge with theater owner Shosanna Dreyfus, who seeks to avenge the Nazis’ execution of her family. | This may not be Quentin Tarantino’s best film, but it’s pretty damn close. It’s certainly one of his most accomplished — a film that pulls out all the stops and unleashes every cinematic trick Tarantino has in his bag.
2. The Prestige
An illusion gone horribly wrong pits two 19th-century magicians, Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) and Rupert Angier (Hugh Jackman), against each other in a bitter battle for supremacy. Terrible consequences loom when the pair escalate their feud, each seeking not just to outwit — but to destroy — the other man. | Inglourious Basterds may not be Tarantino’s best film, but The Prestige is certainly Christopher Nolan’s.
3. Don’t Think Twice
Turmoil strikes a New York improv troupe (Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia) when one member leaves to star in a television show. | This movie has one of the most-likable casts in recent memory.
4. Marvel’s Doctor Strange (available 5/30)
Dr. Stephen Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) life changes after a car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he looks for healing, and hope, in a mysterious enclave. He quickly learns that the enclave is at the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying reality. Before long, Strange is forced to choose between his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence. | Though it’s essentially Iron Man-lite, Doctor Strange is an entertaining-enough film with some great visuals and a stellar supporting cast. And even though Benedict Cumberbatch gets a lot of guff for playing the same cold, analytical jerks again and again, he’s really good at it.
5. Southside With You
Chronicling a fateful summer day in 1989 when a Harvard Law student wooed a pretty young attorney by taking her on a memorable South Side Chicago date, this engaging romantic drama charts the beginnings of Barack and Michelle Obama’s relationship. | A charming, breezy, romantic film that just happens to be about Barack and Michelle Obama.