New films from Daniel Radcliffe, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska lead a slate of smart, quirky alternatives to blockbusters
Summer is around the corner, which means that blockbuster movies and their ubiquitous brand partnerships will soon stage a full-on assault on your senses. Superheroes, transforming trucks, mutant amphibians — they will be absolutely everywhere.
Luckily, smart moviegoers can find some alternatives if they’re willing to look hard enough.
While spring and fall are generally the best time for independent films to shine, there is a solid list of festival hits and star-driven passion projects that will seem like a cool oasis in the blockbuster desert. Stars like Daniel Radcliffe“>Daniel Radcliffe, Mark Ruffalo“>Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley“>Keira Knightley, Scarlett Johansson“>Scarlett Johansson and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman all have movies coming out this summer — here’s a breakdown of what looks good in the coming months.
Cast: Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffman, Gabe Liedman
Director: Gillian Robespierre
Release Date: June 6
Director: David Michod
Release Date: June 13 (Limited), June 20 (Wide)
Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley, Adam Levine, Catherine Keener
Director: John Carney
Release Date: July 4
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater
Director: Richard Linklater
Release Date: July 11
Cast: Audrey Tautou, Romain Duris
Director: Michel Gondry
Release Date: July 18
Director: Anton Corbijn
Release Date: July 25
Director: Michael Dowse
Release Date: August 1 (Limited)