“Three-to-see” is a monthly column where I pick three films coming out within a month that intrigues me. May is mere days away and that can only mean one thing: the season of the summer blockbusters. While there are plenty of movies that gets my attention, there are a couple of flicks being released this month that I was able to catch this past March at the Miami International Film Festival.
- “Captain America: Civil War” (May 6)
One of the most anticipated films this summer is a superhero mashup of epic proportions that promises to be better than “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” In the umpteenth entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) are no longer seeing eye-to-eye as political interference causes a rift between the two heroes and the Avengers. “Captain America: Civil War” will feature some familiar faces and some new faces in the MCU including Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther and Tom Holland as Peter Parker aka The Amazing Spider-Man. The majority of the critics who have seen this movie have declared this movie as the best Marvel film thus far. Will “Captain America: Civil War” live up to the hype?
- “The Lobster” (May 13)
“The Lobster” is the most original and unique romantic film to grace the silver screen since 2004’s “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (“Dogtooth”), the movie is set in a dystopian future where single folks are rounded up and sent to a hotel where they must find a mate within 45 days or they are transformed into a beast of their choosing. Once you are fully emerged into this world, the strange premise is brilliantly executed complete with some awkward moments that will make you laugh. “The Lobster” has a fantastic cast that includes John C. Reily, Lea Seydoux and Ben Whishaw, but it is Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz who deliver fantastic performances as two people who fall in love with one another in a bizarre world.
- “Weiner” (May 20)
On the surface, “Weiner” may look and sound like your typical documentary about politics. However, this particular doc provides a peek into what happens when a politician’s election campaign becomes secondary compare to the sexting scandal he found himself entrenched in courtesy of the media frenzy. It’s an insightful, funny and heartbreaking portrait of a charismatic politician’s fall from grace. While we have heard this story many times courtesy of relentless media coverage and endless jokes from late night comedians, “Weiner” gives former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner a chance to tell his story as filmmakers Josh Kreigman and Elyse Steinberg followed him as through the trials and tribulation he endured during mayoral campaign in 2013.