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Summer Movie Preview: The 50 Indies You Must See (Part 2)


Girl Most Likely (July 19)

Director: Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman
Cast: Kristin Wiig, Annette Bening, Darren Criss, Matt Dillon
Distributor: Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate

Criticwire Average: 9 critics have it a C average.

Why is it a "Must See"? Another film with a title change, "Girl Most Likely" was "Imogene" when it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last fall. Picked up by Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate, the film -- from directing team Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman ("American Splendor") -- stars Kristin Wiig as a moderately successful New York playwright who stages a fake suicide attempt in order to win back her ex-boyfriend — only to end up being forced into the custody of her gambling-addicted mother (Annette Bening) who is also boarding a cute boy (Darren Criss) in Wiig's old room. Sold. [Peter Knegt]

The trailer's not yet available but check out this Q&A from its Toronto premiere:


The Grandmaster (August 23)

Director: Wong Kar-Wai
Cast: Tony Leung, Ziyi Zhang, Chang Chen
Distributor: The Weinstein Company

Criticwire Average: 11 critics gave it a C+ average

Why is it a "Must See"? Match the stunning, bold visuals of Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai (“In the Mood for Love,” “Chunking Express”) with martial arts and you’ve got both a beautiful and thrilling summer film. “The Grandmaster,” starring none other than Wong’s usual frontman Tony Leung (“In the Mood for Love,” “2046”), tells the story of the famous Wing Chun martial artist Ip Man who went on to train Bruce Lee. The film, which Indiewire’s Eric Kohn called a “visual marvel” in his Berlin review, opened in Hong Kong and China earlier this year and became the director’s highest-grossing film yet. For kung-fu lovers, Wong fans, and those who just want to be dazzled in the cinema, “The Grandmaster” is definitely a film to look forward to. [Erin Whitney]

Check out the film's trailer:


Greetings From Tim Buckley (May 3)

Director: Dan Algrant
Cast: Penn Badgley, Imogen Poots, Ben Rosenfield
Distributor: Tribeca Film

Criticwire Average: 7 critics gave it a B- average.

Why is it a "Must See"? The first of two planned Jeff Buckley films, "Greetings From Tim Buckley" has been described as more than a biopic and instead an examination of father and son through music. The film stars Penn Badgley ("Gossip Girl") as Jeff Buckley, the singer-songwriter of the '90s who died at age 30. He was the son of the great American musician Tim Buckley, played by newcomer Ben Rosenfield. The film -- which screened at Toronto last year -- leads up to Jeff's famous 1991 singing debut at his father's tribute concert in St. Anne's Church in Brooklyn. Jeff struggles with his bitterness toward his father who abandoned him and died at age 28 in 1977. The film charts both Jeff in 1991 as he prepares for the concert and falls in love with Allie (Imogen Poots), and Tim in the '70s during his son's birth. [Erin Whitney]

Check out the film's trailer:


READ MORE: Summer Movie Preview: The 50 Indies You Must See (Part 1)







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