It’s May 1st, and the summer blockbuster season begins with explosions and superheroes galore this Friday as The Avengers hits theaters. And though we’re looking forward to that and a few other big summer movies, it’s easy — particularly in this season — to overlook the smaller and more challenging movies that are rolling into your local multiplexes and arthouses. Thus, we’re kicking off a new monthly feature here at Flavorwire, where we’ll take a look at some of the exciting indies of the month to a come, and a few smaller titles from previous weeks that you might’ve missed. Check them out after the jump!
God Bless America
RELEASE: May 11th (limited), on VOD now
DIRECTOR: Bobcat Goldthwait
CAST: Joel Murray, Tara Lynne Barr, Mackenzie Brooke Smith, Melinda Page Hamilton, Tom Kenny, Larry Miller
IN BRIEF: In comedian-turned-indie-filmmaker Goldthwait’s pitch-black comedy, a terminally ill curmudgeon (Murray, best known as Freddie Rumson on Mad Men) decides to go out with a bang — and clean up a decaying culture while he’s at it — by going on a killing spree. The result is one of the riskiest and darkest American films in years, maybe in decades; ultra-violent and comically nihilistic, it’s going to upset all sorts of people. However, it’s not just some empty-minded revenge fantasy, or troublesome call to violence — it’s an honest and angry plea to look at what the hell we’ve become, and to worry about where we’re going