4. A Hijacking (June 21)

Tobias Lindholm 
Cast: Pilou Asbæk, Søren Malling, Dar Salim, Roland Møller, Gary Skjoldmose Porter, Abdihakin Asgar, Amalie Alstrup
Distributor: Magnolia

Criticwire Average: 19 critics gave it a B+ average.

Why is it a "Must See"? Tobias Lindholm's story of a Danish ship attacked by Somali pirates, "A Hijacking," has won awards at festivals around the world.  A thriller with contemplative moments, the film teases out anticipation as the pirates must negotiate with officials in Copenhagen.  The film -- which leads with a fairly unknown cast from an internationally untested director -- has proven to be a breakout for Lindholm.  Whether American audiences embrace it remains to be seen, but we certainly recommend they do.

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5. Laurence Anyways (June 28)

Director: Xavier Dolan
Cast: Melvil Poupaud, Susanne Clement, Nathalie Baye, Monia Chokri
Distributor: Breaking Glass

Criticwire Average: 27 critics gave it a B average

Why is it a "Must See"? The young Canadian filmmaker dazzled us with his unique, honest style in his breakout film “I Killed My Mother” in 2009 and with his gorgeous follow-up “Heartbeats.” While Xavier Dolan has only released two films so far, we’re all still dying to see what he’s bringing next with his latest film “Laurence Anyways," which comes to theaters this summer after premiering at Cannes a year ago. Continuing Dolan’s style of following the lives of LGBT characters and the struggles they encounter with their identity, “Laurence” is a portrait of a male-to-female transexual in the 80s. Melvil Poupaud plays Laurence, a high school teacher who decides to undergo a sex change all while fighting to hold on to his relationship with girlfriend Fred (Suzanne Clément) -- Dolan keeps switching up gender norms and we love it! Whether you’re already a part of the Dolan craze or you haven't heard of him yet, “Laurence Anyways” is sure to get you hooked.

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6. Twenty Feet From Stardom (June 14)

Director: Morgan Neville
Distributor: RADiUS-TWC

Criticwire Average: 4 critics gave it a B+ average

Why is it a "Must See"? A crowdpleasing doc that got a lot of attention when it debuted at Sundance earlier this year, Morgan Neville's "Twenty Feet From Stardom" follows Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Táta Vega, Judith Hill and Claudia Lennear. It's unlikely you've heard of any of them by name, but you've very likely heard their voices. They are the backup singers behind some of the world's biggest musicians (including Bruce Springsteen and Bette Midler), and their stories make "Twenty Feet From a Stardom" both a heartbreaking and heartwarming documentary that's a perfect antidote to summer blockbuster fare.

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7. Berberian Sound Studio (June 14)

Director: Peter Strickland
Toby Jones, Tonia Sotiropoulou, Susanna Cappellaro, Cosimo Fusco, Eugenia Caruso
Distributor: IFC Films

Criticwire Average: 33 critics gave it a B average

Why is it a "Must See"? Already an indie hit in its native Britain (it won Best Director and Best Actor at last year's 2012 British Independent Film Awards), Peter Strickland's follow-up to his directorial debut "Katalin Varga"  is heading Stateside this June.  A psychological thriller set in a 1970s Italian horror film studio, it stars Toby Jones as a British foley artist working on the audio track for an Italian giallo film called "The Equestrian Vortex." When it had its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival last summer, Indiewire's Eric Kohn gave the film a rave review, calling it "a largely satisfying enigma in terms of both its story and its structure." You can see for yourself on June 14th.

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