‘20th Century Women’ (June 27)
The writer and director Mike Mills (“Beginners”) based this 2016 coming-of-age story on his own teenage years and the single mother who raised him. In his film, that’s Dorothea (a magnificent Annette Bening), who rents out the spare rooms of their big, shambling house to William, a handsome carpenter (Billy Crudup), and Abbie, a hip young photographer (Greta Gerwig). Hoping to raise her teenage son into a sensitive young man, she asks Abbie 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 plenty of good vibes. But Mills isn’t interested in coasting on what’s come before; this is a knotty, complicated reckoning.
‘Tales of the City’: Season 1 (June 27)
The television adaptations of Armistead Maupin’s richly textured series of San Francisco-set novels have appeared on a variety of networks over more than two decades, most recently with Netflix’s own 2019 revival. But it all began with this 1993 mini-series, in which Mary Ann Singleton (Laura Linney) moves to San Francisco in the summer of 1976. She is but one of the many fascinating characters in Maupin’s tapestry of life in a vibrant period, though. Olympia Dukakis, Barbara Garrick, Mary Kay Place, Ian McKellen, Janeane Garofalo and Chloe Webb are among the packed ensemble cast.
‘A Bridge Too Far’ (June 30)
This 1977 World War II epic from Richard Attenborough is like a who’s who of ’70s stars: Dirk Bogarde, James Caan, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Elliot Gould, Gene Hackman, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Ryan O’Neal, Robert Redford and Liv Ullmann all turn up, and even if precious few of them share scenes, it’s still fun to revel in the sheer wattage of movie stardom on display. Connery makes the most of his time as the British Airborne Division major who realizes that the seemingly slam-dunk mission may not succeed. But Hopkins quietly steals several scenes as a gentleman commanding officer whose manners occasionally interfere with his mission.
‘Bonnie and Clyde’ (June 30)
“This here’s Miss Bonnie Parker, and I’m Clyde Barrow,” Warren Beatty says. “We rob banks.” And so they did, all across the United States during the Great Depression, as the desperation of the times turned them from common criminals into folk heroes. This 1967 crime drama from Arthur Penn took that mythologizing even farther, filling the title roles with glamorous movie stars (Faye Dunaway plays Bonnie) and telling their story with a style and moral malleability borrowed from European art cinema. The results changed American moviemaking, giving birth to a new movement of complicated antiheroes and cinematic experimentation.