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Summer Preview: 10 Movies You Can’t Miss (None of Them Involving Superheroes)

Summer Preview: 10 Movies You Can't Miss (None of Them Involving Superheroes)

The summer movie season is here, as evidenced by the hundreds of millions of dollars thrown at “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” this past weekend. And while there’s nothing wrong with being excited about a studio blockbuster (we’ll be first in line for “Jurassic World”), our 10 most anticipated is superhero free (unless you want to call Amy Schumer, Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin or the men of “Magic Mike XXL” superheroes — which is all fair enough). 

This is the first in a series of summer previews, with takes on the TV, music and LGBT festivals we’re most pumped for coming in the next week or so… But for now, here’s 10 big reasons to get yourself to a movie theater this summer. 

“The D Train”

Who Made It? Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel wrote and directed it together.

Who’s In It? Jack Black, James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn, Jeffrey Tambor and Mike White.
What’s The Deal? Hot off a very buzzed about debut at Sundance back in January, “The D Train” stars Black as a man who becomes obsessed with getting a famous former classmate (Marsden) to attend their high-school reunion. That’s the simple synopsis, at least. “The D Train” offers a queer twist or two that you should try not to spoil for yourself before you see it.
When’s It Coming? May 8th (this weekend!) 
Watch The Trailer:

“Do I Sound Gay?”
Who Made It? David Thorpe, making his feature film debut.

Who’s In It? Thorpe, Dan Savage, David Sedaris, Margaret Cho, Tim Gunn and George Takei.  
What’s The Deal? An incredibly thought-provoking, funny and layered documentary, “Do I Sound Gay” finds director Thorpe takig a journey of discovery to confront his own anxiety about “sounding gay,” bringing along the likes of Dan Savage, David Sedaris, Margaret Cho and Tim Gunn for perspective. The result is an empowering film on a much more complex issue than we might think.
When’s It Coming? July 10th.
Watch a Clip:


Who Made It? Paul Weitz, who directed “About a Boy” and “American Pie” with his brother Chris and “Little Fockers” and “Admission” (among others) on his own. 

Who’s In It? A whole bunch of fabulous women: Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox and the late great Elizabeth Peña in her final role.
What’s The Deal? Lily Tomlin’ s first leading role in 27 years is a doozy (and hopefully nabs the 75 year old her second Oscar nomination). She plays Ellie, a lesbian poet whose long term partner recently passed away. She decides to go on a road trip with her teenage granddaughter (Garner), each of them coming to terms with themselves en route.
When’s It Coming? August 21st, but it will be on the summer festival circuit.
There’s no trailer yet, but watch Indiewire’s Tribeca Talk with Tomlin:
“Magic Mike XXL”

Who Made It? Gregory Jacobs from a script by Reid Carolin (who also wrote the original) and Channing Tatum himself. Steven Soderbergh shot and edited it.

Who’s In It? Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Amber Heard, Andie Macdowell (yep), Elizabeth Banks, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donald Glover
What’s The Deal? “The strippers take a road trip from Tampa to Myrtle Beach for a stripping convention” is the synopsis and that’s all you need to know.
When’s It Coming? July 1st.
Watch The Trailer:

“Pitch Perfect 2”

Who Made It? “Magic Mike XXL” crossover alert: “Mike” co-star Elizabeth Banks went behind the camera to direct the sequel, from a script by Kay Cannon.

Who’s In It? Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin, Adam DeVine, Anna Camp, Ester Dean, Katey Segal and Banks.
What’s The Deal? Our favorite collegiate cappellas are back! This time, the set up involving an exposure mishap between Fat Amy and the President that finds the Barden Bellas entering a worldwide competition that no U.S. group has ever won inn order to maintain their right to perform.
When’s It Coming? May 15th (soon!)
Watch The Trailer:

“Ricki and the Flash”

Who Made It? Jonathan Demme from a script by Diablo Coby

Who’s In It? Meryl Streep, Mamie Gummer, Kevin Kline, Sebastian Stan, Audra McDonald and none other than Rick Springfield. 
What’s The Deal? Summer gets another dose of music via this reunion between Meryl Streep and her “Sophie’s Choice” co-star Kevin Kline, which finds Streep playing an aging woman who abandoned her family to pursue her dreams of becoming a rock star. Oscar nomination number 286?
When’s It Coming? August 7th.
There’s still no trailer, but here’s a great still:

“Saint Laurent”
Who Made It? Bertrand Bonello

Who’s In It?  Gaspard Ulliel as Yves Saint Laurent, Jérémie Renier as Pierre Bergé and Louis Garrel as Jacques de Bascher. 
What’s The Deal? The superior of two biopics of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent to come out in the past year, Bonello’s take hits U.S. theaters roughly a year after it debuted at Cannes, and follows Saint Laurent’s life from 1967 to 1976, during which time he was at the peak of his career.
When’s It Coming? May 8th.
Watch the trailer below:

“The Stanford Prison Experiment”

Who Made It? Kyle Patrick Alvarez, following up his fantastic David Sedaris adaptation “C.O.G.”

Who’s In It? Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Olivia Thirlby, Nelsan Ellis, Ki Hong Lee, Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Michael Angarano, Jack Kilmer and Nicholas Braun.
What’s The Deal? One of the most acclaimed U.S. films at Sundance this year,  the film tackles the Stanford prison experiment — in which students played the role of a prisoner or a prison guard conducted under supervision of Stanford University psychology professor Philip Zimbardo (Crudup in the film) in 1971.[1]
When’s It Coming? July 17th
There’s still no trailer, but here’s a featurette from Sundance:


Who Made It? Sean S. Baker (on three iPhones!)

Who’s In It? Transgender actresses Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, who met Baker at a Los Angeles LGBT Center had no major acting experience (but are both amazing in the film). 
What’s The Deal? Another Sundance highlight, this is perhaps our #1 recommendation for summer indies. Wonderfully original and surprisingly funny, it follows two transgender prostitutes as they navigate the streets of Hollywood. Indiewire rightfully called it  “a breath of fresh air in an indie landscape that often tends to focus on #WhitePeopleProblems.”
When’s It Coming? July 10th.
Watch the trailer:


Who Made It? Judd Apatow, from a script from the goddess Amy Schumer. 

Who’s In It? Schumer, Bill Hader, Tilda Swinton, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Banessa Bayer, Ezra Miller, Method Man, LeBron James, Barkhad Abdi, Mike Birbiglia, Jon Glaser, Marisa Tomei and Daniel Radcliffe.
What’s The Deal? Amy Schumer continues her well-deserved ascent to major stardom with her first starring role, bringing with her some of our very favorite people (see the list above). Reviews out of SXSW were as fabulous as you’d expect. Just go see this, okay? It means a lot to us that it makes a shitload of money.
When’s It Coming? July 17th
Watch the trailer below, and have a great summer at the movies:


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