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The 9 Indie Films You Must See This July

By Indiewire | Indiewire July 3, 2013 at 10:38AM

July is about to offer quite the selection to movie-goers, and not just if you're into superheroes and sequels. As an extension of our recent summer movie preview, Indiewire is offering the third of four monthly summer indie "must-see" lists to make cinematic decision-making as easy as possible this summer.
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4. Only God Forgives (July 19)

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm
Distributor: RADiUS-TWC

Criticwire Average: 16 critics gave it a B average.

Why is it a "Must See"? Danish director Refn and omnipresent heartthrob Ryan Gosling's last team-up, "Drive," has since become one of the most hotly debated films of the last few years; a slick, stylized blood fest that has earned lovers and deriders in equal measure. Their second outing seems to be delivering more of the same, with its neon-dappled cinematography and hip Cliff Martinez score. But after two dazzling trailers, we can't really blame them. A revenge thriller set in the world of underground Thai boxing, we'd expect Gosling to be back in silent, brooding anti-hero mode, but early screenings make it clear that Kristin Scott Thomas steals the show as Gosling's bloodthirsty gangster mother. The film debuted Cannes, but US audiences thankfully only have to wait until July 19th to see if Refn's latest helping of pulp is as sweet as the last (both in theaters and on VOD). [Mark E. Lukenbill]

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5. The Way, Way Back (July 5)

Director: Jim Rash, Nat Faxon
Cast: Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell, AnnaSophia Robb, Amanda Peet, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Maya Rudolph, Liam James
Distributor: Fox Searchlight

Criticwire Average: 15 critics gave it a B+ average.

Why is it a "Must See"? The biggest buy at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Fox Searchlight has a lot riding on Jim Rash and Nat Faxon's directorial debut "The Way, Way Back." But the summer vacation family portrait should fit nicely as some midsummer counter-programming. The film follows 14-year-old Duncan (Liam James) as he spends summer vacation with his mother (Toni Collette) and her overbearing boyfriend (Steve Carell) in a resort town.  To escape the dysfunction of that scenario, Duncan takes a job offer from Owen (Sam Rockwell), the manager of the Water Wizz water park... And coming-of-age ensues. [Peter Knegt]

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6. Computer Chess (July 17)

Director: Andrew Bujalski
Cast:  Patrick Riester, Myles Paige, James Curry, Robin Schwartz, Gerald Peary, Wiley Wiggins
Distributor: Kino Lorber

Criticwire Average: 14 critics gave it a B- average

Why is it a "Must See"? "Computer Chess" is the first film in five years from writer-director Andrew Bujalski -- best known for pioneering the mumblecore genre with his 2002 comedy "Funny Ha Ha." The film follows a group of chess software programmers in 1980 as they converge for a weekend chess programming tournament. The film -- self-described as an "artificially intelligent comedy" -- was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Award at Sundance, honoring films whose theme is science or technology. Sounds a bit nerdy, but according to Indiewire's Sundance review, the film falls in line with Bujalski's previous work "while achieving much funnier, offbeat results." [Peter Knegt]

Check out the trailer below:

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This article is related to: Lists, Fruitvale Station, Only God Forgives, Blue Jasmine, The Way, Way Back





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