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Summer Movie Preview: The 50 Indies You Must See (Part 4)

By Indiewire | Indiewire April 25, 2013 at 12:56PM

Indiewire's epic summer movie preview continues today with part 3 of our 5-part series highlighting 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 and part 3 for the previous sets (all of which are, like below, listed in alphabetical order).
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Short Term 12 (August TBD)

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Cast: Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr., Kaitlyn Dever, Melora Walters, Rami Malek, Keith Stanfield, Kevin Hernandez, Melora Walters, Stephanie Beatriz, Lydia Du Veaux, Alex Calloway
Distributor: Cinedigm

Criticwire Average: 5 critics gave it an A average.

Why is it a "Must See"? Broadway star John Gallagher Jr. and up-and-coming actress Brie Larson star in this film about a supervisor at a foster care facility who is navigating her stressful work and managing her relationship. The film won big at this year's SXSW, taking the Grand Jury and Audience Prizes.  The film is Destin Daniel Crettin's follow up to his Sundance film "I Am Not a Hipster."  [Bryce J. Renninger]

The film has yet to release a trailer.

Sightseers (May 10)

Director: Ben Wheatley
Cast: Alice Lowe, Steve Oram
Distributor: IFC Films

Criticwire Average: 37 critics gave it a B+ average.

Why is it a "Must See"? Anyone who was irreparably disturbed by British weirdo auteur Ben Wheatley's last effort, the intensely haunting "Kill List," can breath a sigh of relief. Wheatley has gone for something decidedly more comedic this time around, and in doing so seems to have hit the sweet spot between horror and comedy, based on the serious amount of praise it earned at the Director's Fortnight at Cannes. The film stars Alice Lowe and Steve Oram as a pair of bumbling lovers who take a roadtrip through the Yorkshire countryside that inadvertently turns into a killing spree, so it's a perfect fit for Wheatley's twisted sense of humor. It also bears the mark of executive producer (and "Shaun of the Dead" director) Edgar Wright, who has a penchant for picking out fresh and original voices in British genre comedy, as seen with Joe Cornish's brilliant "Attack the Block." [Mark E Lukenbill]

Check out the film's trailer:


Something In The Air (May 3)

Director: Olivier Assayas
Cast: Clement Metayer, Lola Creton, Felix Armand, Carole Combes, India Menuez
Distributor: IFC Films

Criticwire Average: 33 critics gave it a B+ average.

Why is it a "Must See"? On the heels of the international acclaim of his five-hour 2010 epic "Carlos," Olivier Assayas appears to be returning to the extremely personal dramas that first gained him a following with "Something in the Air," an autobiographical account of a young filmmaker's experience in the world of radical activism in 1971 France. A standout on the 2012 festival circuit after its Venice premiere, where Assayas received an award for best screenplay, the film has consistently received raves for its sense of revolutionary atmosphere and gorgeous style, with many likening it to the director's earlier "Summer Hours." The film's young cast, starring Clement Metayer and Lola Creton have also received their raves for their portrayals of teens pulled into the radical political climate, purportedly heavily influenced by Assayas' own activism-filled youth. [Cameron Sinz]

Check out the film's trailer:


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