To get your summer off to a heated start, check out this French scorcher starring two of Europe's best-looking performers, Monica Belluci ("Irreversible") and Louis Garrel ("The Dreamers"), in a romance that's easy on the eyes. Directed by prolific filmmaker Philippe Garrel ("La frontiere de l'aube"), "A Burning Hot Summer" concerns a Paris-based artsy couple who venture off to Rome with two new friends, only to see their emotions shift with the change of scenery.
A hit on the festival circuit, Angela Tucker's documentary "(A)Sexual" sheds a revealing light on the asexual community, one that claims to experience no sexual attraction. Tucker centers her film on David Jay, founder and webmaster of the Asexual Visibility and Education Network, who proves to be an equally fascinating and divisive figure. No matter what your stance is on the subject, you'll be surprised by the stories Tucker weaves together in her entertaining and informative expose.
A hit at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival, "A Bag of Hammers" from first-time director Brian Crano stars Jason Ritter ("The Event") and Jake Sandvid ("Easy A") as Ben and Lan, two slacker scam artists who befriend a neglected young boy next door. Things get hairy for duo when Alan's well meaning sister ("The Town" star Rebecca Hall) interferes by calling child services to check on the boy.