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May 30, 2013 1:33 PM
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The 10 Indie Films You Must See This June

June is about to offer quite the selection to movie-goers, with over 30 films listed on Indiewire's June calendar.

As an extension of our recent summer movie preview, Indiewire is offering the first of four monthly summer "must-see" lists to make cinematic decision-making as easy as possible this summer.

From William Shakespeare by way of Joss Whedon to Paris Hilton by way of Sofia Coppola (sort of), check out Indiewire's picks for your 10 best options, and then check out June's full calendar, as there are many worthy films that didn't end up making this list (including some studio efforts).

1. Much Ado About Nothing (June 7)

Director: Joss Whedon
Cast: Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Reed Diamond, Fran Kranz, Sean Maher, Spencer Treat Clark
Distributor: Roadside Attractions

Criticwire Average: 21 critics gave it a B+ average.

Why is it a "Must See"? After directing one of the biggest box office hits of all time with last year's "The Avengers," it's hard to blame Joss Whedon for wanting to return to his indie roots for his next film, but just how far he went remains surprising for the man who brought us "Buffy" and "Firefly." Shot over 12 days at his Los Angeles home, the film, shot in black and white and starring many of his close friends, is a reworking of The Bard's classic comedy in modern day and just about as far away from the excess of Marvel's multiple-film master plan as possible. It's also one of the most fun and sexy Shakespeare adaptations in years and a stark reminder of Whedon's directorial abilities, and after receiving raves at Toronto and SXSW is finally receiving a theatrical release this June.

Check out the film's trailer:


2. The Bling Ring (June 14)

Director: Sofia Coppola
Cast:  Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga and Claire Julien.
Distributor: A24

Criticwire Average: 17 critics gave it a B- average

Why is it a "Must See"?  Following her Venice award-winning character study "Somewhere," Sofia Coppola is back with "The Bling Ring," a film that on paper seems like new territory for the Oscar-winner. While still centered on the wealthy class like "Lost in Translation," "Marie Antoinette" and "Somewhere," "The Bling Ring" is essentially a crime caper, a genre Coppola has never mined before. The film is based on the true story of a group of rich Californian teens who decided to start a heist gang and begin robbing celebrity's houses (including those of Lindsay Lohan and Megan Fox). Lohan doesn't star, but Emma Watson does, along with Leslie Mann in a project that's has nothing to do with Judd Apatow. It opened the Un Certain Regard program in Cannes two weeks ago, but US audiences will get to see for themselves soon after when it opens this month.

Check out the film's trailer:


3. 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: 5 critics gave it a B average.

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 on June 28th.

Check out the film's trailer:

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  • Luke | May 30, 2013 8:50 PMReply

    Laurence Anyways has this rapid-fire engagement with the senses; a tumblr aesthetic. It's beautiful to watch but it doesn't really go all that far to really explore its characters, specifically its lead. I found the film really vapid. Which is exactly how i felt about Heartbeats, too.

  • Luke | May 30, 2013 8:50 PMReply

    Laurence Anyways has this rapid-fire engagement with the senses; a tumblr aesthetic. It's beautiful to watch but it doesn't really go all that far to really explore its characters, specifically its lead. I found the film really vapid. Which is exactly how i felt about Heartbeats, too.

  • John | May 30, 2013 5:15 PMReply

    Jem Cohen's MUSEUM HOURS conspicuously absent...

    It's fantastic.

  • jg | May 30, 2013 3:43 PMReply

    I always skip these posts because 10 is too many. It sounds like you threw together a group of moderately interesting movies and tried to pass it off as "must see." That torpedoes your credibility right off the bat. If it was 1 must see, I would pay attention. Even 3 I might be able to convince myself to check out. Beyond that, you're abusing the language and into the realm of hype and bullshit.

    I don't like hype and bullshit.

  • Co | May 30, 2013 1:44 PMReply

    Bling Ring? No thanks. Don't need other version of Spring Breakers.