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SPRING MOVIE PREVIEW Line-up includes blockbusters, LGBT gems, film fest
by Jerry Nunn, Windy City Times
2018-03-28

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Finally, the weather is changing in Chicago and things are heating up in the spring. This year there's not been much of a lull at the cinema after the Oscars, thanks to heavy hitter Black Panther, which has earned more than 600 million dollars ( not including overseas dollars ) and counting.

April will shower us with diverse movies and May flowers into big blockbusters heading right into summer. Look out below for some notable new flicks over the next two months.

April

—The 34th Chicago Latino Film Festival will take place April 5-19 at the AMC River East with over 100 films from Latin American regions.

Films with LGBT content include Las malcogidas, a musical comedy with body-shaming and gender transition as subject matter; Good Manners, a werewolf story with women falling for each other; Venezuela's aging drag queen tale Barbara; and Last Days of Havana, a film set in Cuba that's about a busboy who takes care of his bedridden neighbor, who suffers from AIDS. Local director Tadeo Garcia's En Algun Lugar returns for another Chicago screening as part of the festival.

There are also plenty of LGBT short films, including Before Today, Not Yet, Elena and Frozen Princess. For a full schedule, visit ChicagoLatinoFilmFestival.org .

—Miseducation of Cameron Post has Chloe Grace Moretz undergoing conversion therapy after being caught in with another woman. The film has already won awards in the festival circuit, with more on the way possibly after more screenings on April 7 at the San Francisco International Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival on April 22.

—Avengers: Infinity War is the third installment from the superhero franchise that was 10 years in the making. This one uses about every star from the Marvel cinematic universe with a sequel slated to be released in May 2019. This one will be in theaters April 27.

—Disobedience, hopefully, is not squashed by the Avengers. A Fantastic Woman's director Sebastian Lelio has Rachel Weisz romantically involved with Rachel McAdams. Word has it the sex scenes are mind-blowing. It will be released in select cities April 27, with a Chicago release date in May.

—Speaking of A Fantastic Woman, the Oscar-winning trans-centered film will screen at the Gene Siskel Film Center April 6-12 as part of the Panorama Latinx outreach and programing initiative.

May

—U.S. Supreme Court justice and LGBT-rights supporter Ruth Bader Ginsburg's legacy is captured in a documentary called RBG on May 4.

—There will be an Overboard remake, with the genders flipped from the original Goldie Hawn vehicle. All aboard the love boat that stars Eugenio Derbez and Anna Faris on May 4.

—Deadpool 2, from 20th Century Fox, hopes to not have a superhero sophomore slump on May 18. The sequel adds Josh Brolin as futuristic soldier Cable and the X-Force team to the mix.

—Book Club turns the pages with some popular golden girls reading Fifty Shades of Grey. This page-turner has stars such as Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen reading between the lines on May 18.

—Solo: A Star Wars Story has a young Han Solo meeting Lando Calrissian for the first time on May 25. The real-life backstory centered around some movie-production problems that may affect the end result—but who doesn't love a Wookie?


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