‘Women of the 20th Century’ (June 27)
Writer and director Mike Mills (“The Beginners”) based this 2016 coming-of-age story about his teenage years and his raising single mother. In her film, she stars Dorothea (a brilliant Annette Bening), who rents spare rooms of their large, dilapidated home to William, a handsome carpenter (Billy Crudup) and Abby, a hip young photographer (Greta Gerwig). Hoping to raise her teenage son as a sensitive young man, she enlists Abby and her son’s best friend, Julie (Elle Fanning), to lend a hand. The late 1970s setting sets the stage for nostalgia, and the sunny Southern California setting promises great vibes. But Mills isn’t interested in coasting on what’s come before; It’s a complicated, complicated calculation.
‘Tales of the City’: Season 1 (June 27)
Television adaptations of Armistice Maupin’s richly textured series of San Francisco-set novels have appeared on various networks in more than two decades, most recently with its 2019 revival of Netflix. But it all started with this 1993 mini-series, in which Mary Ann Singleton (Laura Linney) moved to San Francisco in the summer of 1976. He is one of many fascinating characters in the tapestry of Maupin’s life in a vibrant period, though . Olympia Dukakis, Barbara Garrick, Mary Kay Place, Ian McKellen, Jayne Garofalo and Chloe Webb are among the packed ensemble.
“A Bridge Too Far” (June 30)
This 1977 World War II epic by Richard Attenborough stars the stars of the ’70s: Dirk Bogard, James Caan, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Elliot Gould, Gene Hackman, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Ryan O’Neill, Robert Redford and Liv Ullman all come to the fore, and even though some of them share precious scenes, it’s still fun to take in the huge wattage of movie stardom on display. Connery makes the most of his time as British Airborne Division chief, who discovers that the seemingly slam-dunk mission may not be successful. But Hopkins quietly steals several scenes as a gentleman commanding officer whose manners sometimes interfere with his mission.
“Bonnie & Clyde” (June 30)
“It’s Miss Bonnie Parker here, and I’m Clyde Barrow,” Warren Beatty says. “We rob banks.” And so they did during the Great Depression across the United States, as the desperation of the times turned them from ordinary criminals into folk heroes. This 1967 crime drama by Arthur Penn takes the mythology even further, filling the title roles with glamorous film stars (Faye Dunaway played Bonnie) and lending its story a style and moral borrowed from European art cinema Told with flexibility. The results transformed American filmmaking, giving rise to a new movement of complex anti-heroes and cinematic experimentation.