Indiewire's epic summer movie preview is completed today with part 5 of our 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 and part 4 for the previous sets (all of which are, like below, listed in alphabetical order).
The Spectacular Now (August 2)
Director: James Ponsoldt
Cast: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kyle Chandler
Criticwire Average: 23 critics gave it an A- average.
Why is it a "Must See"? This Sundance alum -- one of the definite highlights of the fest -- features an intriguing collaboration between James Ponsoldt, whose “Off the Black” and “Smashed” were keenly observed dramas, and screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, whose “(500) Days of Summer” brought true independent spirit to the romantic comedy genre. Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley -- who won acting prizes at Sundance -- help tell the story, adapted from the Tim Tharp novel, of a freewheeling high school senior and the nice-girl female introvert he attempts to "save” — with mixed results. A24 is releasing the film in August, continuing the distributor's quest to be the go-to folks for quality youth based films. [Peter Knegt]
The film has yet to release a trailer.
Stories We Tell (May 10)
Director: Sarah Polley
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Why is it a "Must See"? One of the most acclaimed films from this past fall's festival circuit, Sarah Polley's deeply personal documentary about her own family is coming to theaters this year care of Roadside Attractions. Polley uses home movies, new interviews and voice-over narration to explore secrets in her own family in the incredibly moving doc, which will give you yet another reason to love the Canadian child actress turned woman who can clearly do anything. [Peter Knegt]
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Sun Don't Shine (April 26)
Director: Amy Seimetz
Cast: Kate Lyn Sheil, Kentucker Audley, AJ Bowen
Distributor: Factory 25
Why is it a "Must See"? Former indie best-kept-secret Amy Seimetz is about to be everywhere. After years of making a name for herself in low budget films like Joe Swanberg's "Alexander the Last," Seimetz brought in 2013 with a starring role in Shane Carruth's inherently discussable "Upstream Color," landed a role on both AMC and Netflix's resurrection of "The Killing" and HBO's Christopher Guest comedy "Family Tree," and later this month will see the release of her debut feature as a filmmaker.
"Sun Don't Shine," executive produced in part by Carruth, is a nightmarish, visceral noir set in a sweltering and scuzzy central Florida. Indie character actors and rising talents Kate Lyn Sheil and Kentucker Audley star as a couple on a tense and mysterious road trip.
The film was nominated for a Gotham Award this year after playing last year at SXSW, Edinburgh, Sarasota, and others, with the general consensus being that it's a hellish trip worth taking. [Mark E.
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