Don’t you love summer movie guides? Thank god every paper in the world is telling us when Spiderman and Dark Knight Rises will be released because the 8 million commercials and billboards we are constantly forced to see are not already doing the trick.
So, with all due respect to the world of explosions and plot holes, here are ten smaller films everyone should check out this summer and their trailers. Trust us, you will feel much better after watching these than 90% of the blockbuster films coming our way.
Polisse — May 18
The Jury Prize winner at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, Polisse tells the story of journalist covering police assigned to a juvenile division who begins an affair with one of her subjects. It is an incredibly upsetting film, mostly because it is based on actual Parisian cases. So check it out but don’t take a date.
Hysteria — May 18
Now here is a good date movie coming out the same day as Polisse about the invention of the vibrator. It has a cute cast that includes Hugh Dancy, Rupert Everett, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Felicity Jones and features old ladies showing off their O-face. Everyone wins.
Virginia — May 18
Or go see this third option on May 18 that seems funny and sad at the same time. Virginia tells the story of a single mother trying to raise her son, robbing a bank and having an affair with the town sheriff. It stars Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris and was written and directed by Dustin Lance Black so it can’t be that bad.
Jack and Diane — June 1
Just a beautiful story about two young girls falling in love and one of those girls maybe turning into a werewolf. Originally set to star Ellen Page and Olivia Thirlby a few years back, the film now features up and comers Juno Temple and Riley Keough.
Lola Versus — June 8
Does the plot really even matter here? Take a look at the cast: Greta Gerwig, Zoe Lister-Jones, Joel Kinnaman, Hamish Linklater and Ebon Moss-Bachrach. Oh and Debra Winger. This is already one of our favorite movies of 2012 and we have only seen the trailer.
Peace, Love & Misunderstanding — June 8
We are not totally sold on this film and it has been sitting on the shelf since it premiered at Toronto, but with Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener and Elizabeth Olsen playing three generations we feel like it will win us over in the end. Chace Crawford certainly doesn’t hurt either.
Safety Not Guaranteed — June 8
The very funny and very cute Aubrey Plaza and Jake M. Johnson team up for this time traveling pic that looks to have the perfect blend of comedy and heart. We know that sound cliche but deal with it. Also, Mark Duplass is pretty adorable.
Your Sister’s Sister — June 22
Hey, speaking of our pal Mark Duplass, here he is alongside Emily Blunt and the insanely underrated Rosemarie DeWitt in a film about two sisters and one best friend alone in an island vacation home. There is drinking and tears, just like every family vacation.
Beasts of the Southern Wild — June 27
See it because it won everything at Sundance, but see it more because it stars the amazing Quvenzhané Wallis.
Take This Waltz — June 29
Michelle Williams starring in a film written and directed by Sarah Polley. Dream. Come. True. Also featuring Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman and Luke Kirby who was great on Tell Me You Love Me.