As an extension of our last month's summer movie preview, Indiewire is offering the second of four monthly summer "must-see" lists to make cinematic decision-making as easy as possible this summer.
From Marina Abramovic and Woody Allen to time travel and the apocalypse, check out Indiewire's picks for your 7 best options, and then check out June's full calendar, as there are many worthy films that didn't end up making this list.
Director: Benh Zeitlin
Cast: Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Why is it a "Must See"? Winner of the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize for US Narrative Filmmaking (not to mention the Camera d'Or at Cannes last week), "Beasts of the Southern Wild" follows an impressive line of recent winners including "Frozen River," "Precious" and "Winter's Bone." And with good reason. This gorgeous, lyrical fable of a film won over pretty much everyone that saw it at Sundance, and is likely to be one of the year's most acclaimed indies. It follows six-year-old Hushpuppy (Wallis, in a remarkable performance), who leaves faces great obstacles in her father's fading health, impending environmental doom and a search for her mother. It all culminates in a sequence sure to leave you breathless, and in awe of newcomer Zeitlin's directorial capabilities. Sure to be one of the year's most acclaimed films, this is perhaps the must see of the entire summer.
Check out Indiewire's review, and the film's trailer:
Director: Sarah Polley
Cast: Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby and Sarah Silverman
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Why is it a "Must See"? Sarah Polley's highly anticipated directorial follow-up to "Away From Her," "Take This Waltz" stars Michelle Williams as Margot, a 28 year-old aspiring writer married for 5 years to Lou (Seth Rogen), a chicken cookbook author who clearly adores her. But their relationship is somewhat stagnant despite its sweetness, and Margot is definitely not entirely satisfied with Lou, or with anything. Enter sexy artist dude Daniel (Luke Kirby), who she meets and flirts with on a work trip only to find out he lives across the street. And of course, here comes trouble. But it's not the sort of trouble you might expect. Polley handles the narrative distinctly, never relying on convention. A sort of anti-romantic comedy, you won't regret taking this "Waltz."
Check out the film's trailer: