1) THE TRIP TO ITALY
In this sequel to “The Trip,” Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon play versions of themselves taking an editorial excursion through Italy. The first movie was scenic, smooth and well worth watching these two actors try to out-funny each other with Michael Caine impersonations. Yes, Michael Caine. And yes, it’s hilaaarious.
2) JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE
Shiiiiiit. Andre 3000 is totally channeling the spirit of Hendrix. And since the Jimi Hendrix family is immensely protective of his legacy, this must be THE bio to watch.
Elijah Wood stars as a substitute teacher in this comedy-horror hybrid, in which kids at an isolated elementary school turn savage when they’re infected by a mysterious virus. I could find no trailer! But here’s a so-so interview.
4) DEAR WHITE PEOPLE
Set in the now, this satire is about the black population at an Ivy-league school lifting their voice, led by the “angry baby” of “Spike Lee and Oprah Winfrey.” It looks pretty funny. Someone at Indiewire called it “A smart, hilarious satire of the Obama age,” which means that it’s one of those time capsule movies that captures an era, like “School Daze” or “Higher Learning.”
5) ST. VINCENT
So I’m a big fan of movies in which someone’s life is derailing, and an outside influence comes along and helps get it back on track. This is also why I liked “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” (This also sounds like the topic of a future Top 5!) St. Vincent stars Bill Murray with a NY accent, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts with an Eastern European accent, and Chris O’Dowd with his own dreamy Irish accent.