Summer is movie season, and in a chaotic era of remakes, reboots, trilogies, and $14 movie tickets, it’s nice to have a guide. We’ve gathered a mix of big names, indies that aren’t disastrous (we saw a few while we were out at Sundance) and some sneaky under-the-radar flicks, all of which should be worth your while. Oh, and we threw the rest together in a sidebar for you to stream
illegally after a long day at the pool.
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane
Director:Michaël R. Roskam
Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Reilly and Chris O’Dowd
|22 JUMP STREET
Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Dave Franco
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
|MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT
Starring: Emma Stone and Colin Firth
These films are all solid flicks, but they were either already out of theaters or will be released in extremely limited circulation, so we figured it was best to throw them together for streaming on a summer night.
Locke – Tom Hardy is the only character on screen, and with the weight of the movie on his shoulders he truly kills it. A unique performance from one of the fastest rising actors.
Love Is Strange – Was one of the best performers at the Tribeca Film Festival. John Lithgow and Alfred Molina are a gay couple living in New York and facing new difficulties after their marriage.
Ida – This black and white film follows an orphaned young nun in 1960s Poland as she realizes secrets about her family and her past.
The One I Love – A romantic comedy that guys should find both funny and realistic.
Night Moves – Jesse Eisenberg is one of a team of three radical environmentalists trying to blow up a hydroelectric dam.
The Raid 2 – The must-see action packed sequel to the must-see action packed original The Raid, in which an entire apartment building becomes a hand-to-hand battlefield.
Search Party – From the guy who wrote Old School, a group of friends to try to reunite their friend and the woman he was going to marry.
Neighbors – Zac Efron is a frat bro living next to family man Seth Rogen and conflict escalates, quickly.
The Trip To Italy – British comedy in which two friends go for a road trip around Italy, in a sequel to the successful original The Trip.
Only Lovers Left Alive – Jim Jarmusch imparts his weird but amazing cinematic style in this fresh take on a vampire movie.
|SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR
Director: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez
|DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
Starring: Gary Oldman, Keri Russell and Judy Greer
Director: David Michôd
Starring: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell and Tilda Swinton
|X-MEN: DAY OF FUTURE PAST
Director: Bryan Singer
|THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Director: James Gunn
|TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT
Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
|THE GREAT BEAUTY
Director: Paolo Sorrentino