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May 3

Can You Ever Forgive Me? R 1 hour 40 minutes

Melissa McCarthy plays a best-selling celebrity biographer who sets up a scam when she is no longer in vogue as an author. A.O. Scott, The New York Times: “Melissa McCarthy is criminally good.”

May 10

Green Book PG-13 2 hours 10 minutes

Viggo Mortensen plays a white bouncer from the Bronx, hired to drive and protect a black world-class concert pianist played by Mahershala Ali, as they go on tour in the South of 1962. They rely on The Green Book to guide them to the few establishments to stay or eat then safe for African-Americans. The focus is more on the friendship that develops than on the danger for these two men in that place at that time.

Rex Reed, Observer: “One of the best films of the decade.”

May 17

Final Portrait R 1 hour 30 minutes

In 1964, artist Alberto Giacometti asked writer James Lord to sit for a portrait that was supposed to take only a day. Lord’s perspective reveals a unique insight into the beauty, frustration, profundity, and even chaos of the artistic process. Based on Lord’s book “A Giacometti Portrait” and produced by Stanley Tucci. Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Clemence Poesy, Tony Shaloub, Sylvie Testuo.

Owen Gleiberman, Variety: “Vibrant! A capitating portrait of an artist.”

May 24

Bohemian Rhapsody PG-13 2 hours 15 minutes

An enthralling celebration of Queen, their music, and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and convention. Rami Malek won a best-actor Oscar for this performance.

Since the movie is so long, I’ll be playing some of the special feature–Queen’s Live Aid Concert– in the minutes before the film starts.

Simon Thompson, Forbes: “Every inch a classic.”

 May 31

La Cage Aux Folles R 1 hour 37 minutes

Robin Williams starred in The Birdcage, the American version of this French film. People who didn’t like subtitles missed out on this great French comedy. Ugo Tognazzi and Michel Serrault play the couple. Serrault’s impersonation of John Wayne is one highlight of the film. This is a tour de force: a straight actor playing a gay man playing a straight woman. This—and The Closet—is one of the funniest comedies in the fourteen years of Friday Night Films, both by Francis Veber.

Screenplay and adaptation (from the play) by Francis Veber.

Time: “…giddy, unpretentious, and an entirely lovable film.”