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 Sarah Polley to Greta Gerwig to Henry James (sort of), check out Indiewire's picks for your 10 best options, and then check out May's full calendar, as there are many worthy films that didn't end up making this list (including some studio efforts).
1. Before Midnight (May 24)
Director: Richard Linklater
Cast: Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Why is it a "Must See"? This might just be the must see of the
summer, as far as we and probably a lot of other folks are concerned.
The second sequel to Richard Linklater's beloved 1995 "Before Sunrise"
(and first to his perhaps even more beloved 2004 film "Before Sunset"),
"Before Midnight" reunites us with Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Céline (Julie
Delpy) almost two decades after they met on a train bound for Vienna.
Now in their early 40s, "Midnight" finds the couple reuniting in Greece
and likely facing a time constraint related to 12am, though try not to
let yourself know much more than that going in. The less known the
better as we enter the third chapter of one of the great love stories of
American indie cinema (which is coming off of extremely well received
screenings in Sundance, Berlin, Tribeca and SXSW). [Peter Knegt]
We'd prefer not to post the film's trailer (it gives away more than we'd want you to see), so check out this interview Indiewire did with the "Midnight" team at Sundance:
2. Stories We Tell (May 10)
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 May 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.
Check out the film's trailer:
3. Frances Ha (May 17)
Why is it a "Must See"? Greta Gerwig gives her most appealing performance yet in Noah Baumbach’s seemingly effortless black-and-white comedy that, yes, does share a lot of similarities to Lena Dunham’s hit HBO show “Girls.” Centered on the bumbling life of Frances (Gerwig), a struggling post-modern dancer living and loving in the Big Apple, “Frances Ha” doesn’t tell a story, so much as force you to get to know the protagonist. As written by both Baumbach and Gerwig, Frances is a hot mess, but an endearing, awkward and hilarious one. [Nigel M. Smith]Check out the film's trailer: