Indie Picks: 5 Movies We Want to See in April

by IMDb-Editors | created - 15 Mar 2016 | updated - 04 Apr 2016 | Public

Here are five specialty releases that we most want to see this month.

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1. Miles Ahead (2015)

R | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Music

64 Metascore

An exploration of the life and music of Miles Davis.

Director: Don Cheadle | Stars: Don Cheadle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Ewan McGregor, Michael Stuhlbarg

Votes: 8,423 | Gross: $2.61M

Don Cheadle makes his directorial debut in this biopic about Miles Davis, one of the more enigmatic cultural figures of the last century. The film must have been a true labor of love for the acclaimed actor because Cheadle helped pen the script in addition to portraying the iconic trumpeter in the lead role. There have been plenty of movies in recent months that have brought to life some of popular music's most illustrious minds and personalities. But, perhaps because of the sizable figure that Davis casts on the history of 20th century jazz in addition to Cheadle's expanded role in developing the story, this film in particular seems worthy of a particularly close look. — Bret

Opens in limited release on Friday, April 1

2. Standing Tall (2015)

R | 120 min | Drama

59 Metascore

A juvenile judge and a special educator are convinced that they can save the young delinquent Malony from himself and his violent ways.

Director: Emmanuelle Bercot | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Rod Paradot, Benoît Magimel, Sara Forestier

Votes: 2,855 | Gross: $0.02M

Catherine Deneuve starring in the César Award-winning latest film from director/actress Emmanuelle Bercot could result in Bercot's best Stateside showing to date, even if the critical consensus is supportive but not exuberant about its troubled-teen drama. — Arno

Opens in limited release on Friday, April 1

3. Louder Than Bombs (2015)

R | 109 min | Drama

70 Metascore

The fractious family of a father and his two sons confront their different feelings and memories of their deceased wife and mother, a famed war photographer.

Director: Joachim Trier | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne, Isabelle Huppert, Devin Druid

Votes: 10,625 | Gross: $0.16M

Norwegian director Joachim Trier's first two movies, Reprise and Oslo, August 31st, rank as some of my favorites from the last decade, and he makes his English-language debut here with a story about, among other things, how a family constructs its collective and individual ideas of truth. We learn the truth of Isabelle Huppert's character's fate early in the story, and Trier then reveals how her death was processed as a memory by the members of her family. Along the way he also constructs some elaborate fantasy sequences that illustrate why he's one of the most promising directors working today. — Arno

Opens in limited release on Friday, April 8

4. Sing Street (2016)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

79 Metascore

A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes.

Director: John Carney | Stars: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Jack Reynor

Votes: 73,852 | Gross: $3.24M

A movie about a band of young talented Irishmen coming together to make some tuneful music? No, it's not The Commitments but looks to be just as charming. It's Once director John Carney's latest offering, which follows the story of a young band of pop-singing Dubliners. If the trailer is any indication, expect some winsome characters and earworms aplenty. — Bret

Opens in limited release on Friday, April 15

5. Viva (2015)

R | 100 min | Drama

69 Metascore

When his estranged father returns, a hairdresser is forced to quit performing at the local drag club.

Director: Paddy Breathnach | Stars: Héctor Medina, Jorge Perugorría, Luis Alberto García, Renata Maikel Machin Blanco

Votes: 1,465 | Gross: $0.18M

Now that drag has fully come into the mainstream here in the U.S., what a better time to get a look at a culture where it's a little less easy for a man to teeter outside his door in a pair of heels? With senses of humor and drama that bring Almodóvar to mind, Irish director Paddy Breathnach dove into a Cuban subculture and emerged with a film that made the shortlist for the Best Foreign Language Oscar last year. — Arno

Opens in limited release on Friday, April 29

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