3. To Rome, With Love (June 22)
Director: Woody Allen
Cast: Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz, Roberto Benigni, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Greta Gerwig and Allen himself
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Why Is It a "Must See"? "Rome" marks Woody Allen's first acting role in one of his films since 2006's "Scoop," and he's joined by a typically expansive cast that includes previous collaborators Cruz and Davis. Few have seen it, but the film is said to be told in four vignettes, each set in Rome. It's unclear what the quality level will be, as Allen clearly hits ("Midnight in Paris") as much as he misses ("You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger") these days, and two in a row seems like asking a bit much. But a Woody Allen film is still a Woody Allen film either way, and it seems pretty impossible to not enjoy watching this cast.
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4. Your Sister's Sister (June 15) & 5. Safety Not Guaranteed (June 8)
Directors: Lynn Shelton ("Sister"); Colin Trevorrow ("Safety")
Cast: Emily Blunt, Rosemarie Dewitt and Mark Duplass ("Sister"); Aubrey Plaza, Jake M. Johnson and Mark Duplass again ("Safety)
Distributors: Sundance Selects ("Sister"); Film District ("Safety")
Why Are They "Must Sees"? Mark Duplass double feature! Though the similarities pretty much end there, save the fact that both have had well-recieved runs on the festival circuit.
The "Jeff Who Lives at Home" writer and director stars in two indie films this summer (in addition to studio offering "People Like Us" and the release of Mark and brother Jay Duplass's first film "The Do-Deca-Pentathlon"), Lynn Shelton's "Your Sister's Sister" and Colin Trevorrow's "Safety Not Guaranteed." The former sees him starring alongside Emily Blunt and Rosemarie Dewitt in a heavily improvised comedic drama about a revealing weekend at the cottage between two sisters and their friend. The latter is based on an internet meme that originated from a newspaper classified ad by a person (played by Duplass in the film) asking for someone to accompany him in time travel. Both are unlike anything else playing in theaters this summer, and that's a good thing.