If superhero movie fatigue has set in, with films like the Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2 and Black Panther dominating the box office, these new protagonists may rescue you this summer.
Memorial Day weekend typically kicks off the summer movie season, and this year, there are films featuring some different voices. While most of these movies don’t deal specifically with entrepreneurship, each highlights an important leadership lesson or theme.
1. Eighth Grade
Whether the memories of eighth grade make you shudder with humiliation or make you nostalgic for your adolescence, the last year of middle school is full of important life lessons. Director Bo Burnham captures some of these emotions in his new movie. Elsie Fisher plays Kayla, a 13-year-old who offers insight on building self-confidence to her meager social-media followers while struggling to take her own advice. The important takeaway from this film is that we are too hard on ourselves, no matter our age.
2. The Hustle
Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star in the female-centered remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), that focuses on two con artists engaging in a “loser leaves town” contest. Few details about the film have been announced, but it’s bound to be full of “creative” ways for dealing with competition in the workplace (Inc. does not recommend swindling schemes or illegal activity).
3. The Gospel According to Andre
Director Kate Novack gives viewers an intimate portrayal of Andre Leon Talley, a fashion icon, in this upcoming documentary. Novack tracks Talley’s life, starting as a child in Jim Crow-era North Carolina and following him to New York City, where he worked the reception desk of Andy Warhol’s Factory before becoming the mentee of Vogue editor Diana Vreeland. Talley details the racism and homophobia he’s faced in his life and how he overcame those challenges to became a fixture in the fashion world.
4. Ocean’s 8
What do you need to achieve your goals? A strong team that’s willing to support you. That’s the legal takeaway from the latest film in the Ocean’s franchise–which otherwise treats crime as some sort of career goal. Debbie Ocean, played by Sandra Bullock, is granted parole for her previous misbehavior and quickly assembles a squad to pull off the biggest heist of her life: robbing an actress at the Met Gala.
5. Won’t You Be My Neighbor
Firmly on the good-guy side of the ledger is Morgan Neville’s documentary celebrating the legacy of Fred Rogers, the Pittsburgh educational television producer, director, and creator of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. He would play Mister Rogers for more than 30 years and become an unlikely television legend. Rogers, who died in 2003 at age 74, wasn’t afraid to feature difficult topics on his program. He mined divorce, war, and death for teachable moments. The show celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, but the lessons that Rogers’ shared are timeless.
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