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Indiewire's epic summer movie preview continues today with part 3 of our 5 part series highlight 50 indie films we think you should see this summer. Head back over to part 1 for a full introduction and the first batch of films and to part 2 for the previous set (both of which are, like below, listed in alphabetical order).

The Hunt (July 12)

Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Alexandra Rapaport, Annika Wedderkopp
Distributor: Magnolia

Criticwire Average: 35 critics gave it a B average

Why is it a "Must See"? Thomas Vinterberg's latest received a fair amount of critical praise upon its premiere at Cannes last year, including a Best Actor win for star Mads Mikkelsen. Now, almost a year later, the film has premiered in every major European market and has screenings at a variety of festivals since Cannes, including a North American premiere at Toronto, and its finally gearing up for a US theatrical release this July through TrustNordisk. Mikkelsen stars as Lucas, who after a rough divorce finally begins to get his life back together with a new girlfriend and a new job at a local kindergarten. But a random lie by one of his students quickly turns the town hysterical, with Lucas facing false claims against him and finding very few still standing on his side. While far from traditional summer fare, Vinterberg has crafted a harrowing portrayal of a torn community and a man fighting for his dignity against impossible odds, along the way landing on many 2012 end of the year lists. [Cameron Sinz]

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The Iceman (May 3)

Director: Ariel Vroman
Cast: Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta, David Schwimmer, James Franco
Distributor: Millennium

Criticwire Average: 19 critics gave it a B- average

Why is it a "Must See"? Michael Shannon plays the titular Richard "The Iceman" Kuklinski, the real-life hitman who killed more than 100 people and had a particular talent for disguising the time and cause of death of his victims by skillfully using freezers. But this writer's "must see" interest lies in the presence of Winona Ryder as  his devoted and seemingly oblivious wife Deborah, who takes care of their daughters under the assumption her husband is heading to the office each morning. "A lot of my other roles were characters that were searching for the truth - the truth of who they are, or their lives - they’re just searching," Ryder told Indiewire in an interview for the film. "This woman was the opposite. She was avoiding it. That was appealing. But I was definitely reluctant because of the violence. I’m very sensitive to that. I purposely stay away from it.  I mean, if it’s done really well, like 'The Godfather' or 'Goodfellas,' I've watched. But being a part of it made me a little scared of it being romanticized or exploited.  These are real people." [Peter Knegt]

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I'm So Excited (June 28)

Director: Pedro Almodovar
Cast:  Javier Cámara, Cecilia Roth, Lola Dueñas, Raúl Arévalo, Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Criticwire Average: The film has yet to receive any grades, but check back here.

Why is it a "Must See"? How could you not be so excited for Pedro Almodovar's new film? A narrative is set almost entirely on an airplane, it reteams Almodovar with Javier Cámara ("Talk To Her"), Cecilia Roth ("All About My Mother"), Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas (though the latter two in cameo roles) and judging from the below trailer it looks a campy return to Almodovar's delightfully comic roots. The film is already a hit in Almodovar's native Spain, and will open the LA Film Festival before heading into theaters at the end of June.  [Peter Knegt]

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