Summer is just around the corner, which rarely proves to be a conducive time of year for indie film releases. But between the superhero Marvel Films and highly-anticipated Incredibles 2, here are 5 films that you might not have heard about yet but should definitely add to your must-see list ASAP!
The Seagull (May 11)
Love gets complicated in The Seagull, an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s classic 1895 play. Annette Bening plays aging actress Irina, who becomes aware that her younger lover has fallen in love with Nina (Saoirse Ronan). With such a strong cast (which also includes Elisabeth Moss) and Tony-winning director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening) at the helm, we are sure to see knockout performances from these women!
On Chesil Beach (May 18)
Saorise Ronan seems to be having a busy Summer, starring in not one but two highly anticipated films. In this one, she plays a British newlywed on her honeymoon in 1962. The film is an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s 2007 novella about the repressed time period and two seemingly repressed yet in love characters, sure to transport the audience entirely.
A Kid Like Jake (June 1)
This film seems to tackle the difficulties and demands of being a parent in today’s society. When Brooklyn couple Alex and Greg (played by Claire Danes and Jim Parsons) are told by their four-year-old son’s preschool director that their child’s gender-nonconformity isn’t something he will grow out of, new questions on parenting arise. It’s a contemporary issue that more and more parents face today, and for a film to come out and be a part of the conversation makes it one to watch.
Sorry To Bother You (July 6)
Written and directed by Botos Riley, this science-fiction comedy tells the story of a young African-American telemarketer, Cassius (LaKeith Stanfield), who adapts a white accent in order to succeed at his job. Cassius soon gains upward mobility with his job, forcing the audience to consider the changes in work and society that need to be made. The cast is stellar, which includes Tessa Thompson as his girlfriend, Terry Crews as his uncle, and Danny Glover, who makes a scene-stealing appearance as the cubicle-mate who recommends the accent in the first place.
Christopher Robin (August 3)
Disney is jumping on the bandwagon of Winnie the Pooh-inspired films, coming off the coattails of Fox’s recent release Goodbye Christopher Robin, with it’s own tale. This film follows Christopher as a grown adult who has lost his sense of imagination. Pooh and the other animals in the Hundred Acre Woods work to re-enter Robin’s life and help him regain that imagination. Ewan McGregor stars as the adult title character of the live-action adaptation, and that reason alone is enough to heighten the anticipation for the movie.