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by Peter Knegt
May 1, 2013 10:25 AM
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The 10 Indie Films You Must See This May

"Before Midnight" Sony Pictures Classics
May is about to offer quite the selection to movie-goers, with over 30 films listed on Indiewire's May 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 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

Criticwire Average: 38 critics gave it an A average.

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)

Director: Sarah Polley
Distributor: Roadside Attractions

Criticwire Average: 31 critics gave it a A average

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. [Peter Knegt]

Check out the film's trailer:

3. Frances Ha (May 17)

Director: Noah Baumbach
Cast: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver
Distributor: IFC Films

Criticwire Average: 38 critics gave it an A- average.

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:


  • Ula Stoeckl | May 2, 2013 11:44 AMReply

    Thank you for listening the 10 must-see films. However, only one woman, Sarah Polley, made it in this list. Can you please, tell me how much feature films of male directors versus female directors are in the program? What is the relation between the numbers of male/female submissions?
    Thank you very much for informing me.

  • XXX | May 1, 2013 9:02 PMReply

    How many of these are gonna be available on demand?