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Paul Dano plays the young Brian Wilson in the film 'Love and Mercy.' Photo © 2015 Roadside Attractions

WATCH LIST: JUNE 2015

By Observer Staff

Love and Mercy
DIRECTED BY BILL POHLAD, STARRING JOHN CUSACK, PAUL DANO AND ELIZABETH BANKS
(Roadside Attractions)


The Beach Boys surfed to stardom in the 1960s on a wave of pop hits with irresistible harmonies. But the sunny lyrics of lead singer-songwriter Brian Wilson belied his struggle with mental illness. Weaving between two key periods in Wilson’s life, Love and Mercy spotlights his rise to fame and his creative and spiritual resurgence in the 1980s. June 5

Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World
BY MATTHIEU RICARD
(Little, Brown and Company)


Following up his international bestseller Happiness, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard turns his focus from the personal to the collective, arguing that altruism holds the key to many of the world’s most pressing challenges, such as economic inequality and climate change. By cultivating our compassion for others, we will help ourselves and our society bloom. June 2

In the Unlikely Event
BY JUDY BLUME
(Doubleday Canada)


Best known for her young adult classic Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, the beloved Judy Blume returns with her first adult novel since 1998’s Summer Sisters. Set in the early 1950s, In the Unlikely Event explores a string of mysterious plane crashes in New Jersey, and how the aftermath of the tragedies touches three generations of families, friends and strangers. June 2

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
DIRECTED BY ALFONSO GOMEZ-REJON, STARRING OLIVIA COOKE, THOMAS MANN AND RONALD CYLER II
(Indian Paintbrush)


Forced by his mother to reach out to a classmate with leukemia, Greg, an awkward high school senior and aspiring filmmaker, begins spending time with the newly diagnosed Rachel. To their mutual surprise, a genuine friendship grows. By turns hilarious and touching, this is a coming-of-age story filled with wit and heart. June 15


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