5 Great Summer Movies You Might Have Missed
It’s not hard a hard thing to do – with more summer blockbusters vying for our attention this year than ever before, countless other worthy films have slipped through the cracks. This is a shame, with lots of indie gems and lesser-promoted movies more ignored than they might have been otherwise – some of which deserved our attention more than the films we all watched (and wished we hadn’t) in our droves.
Here are five movies you might have missed, and that you should definitely think about catching up on:
Only big news for existing Whedon-ites or Shakespeare devotees, Joss Whedon’s take on Much Ado About Nothing was exactly the opposite of what many expected from the director following global domination with The Avengers. It’s a perfect fit, however, with the witty dialogue and wordplay as present in the original text as it is in Whedon’s best-loved work. Featuring lesser-known actors (if you haven’t been following their work since Buffy/Angel/Firefly/Dollhouse) and filmed in Whedon’s own home, it understandably flew under the radar but should be sought out by anyone in the mood for some culturally-acceptable silliness.
Actor Michael B. Jordan is about to be very big news, and this summer’s Fruitvale Station will no doubt be looked back on as one of his early triumphs. Winning the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance 2013, the film follows the true story of Oscar Grant, who was shot by BART police officers on New Year’s Day 2009. Here we follow Oscar through his last day, on which he’s vowed to be a better son, partner and father to his loved ones. Critics have universally praised the film for bringing a big headline back to reality and humanising a man who had become more of a symbol since his death.
Possibly the most feel-bad romantic movie of the year, fans of Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise and Before Sunset were primed for heartbreak when they entered theatres to catch third instalment, Before Midnight. At this point, the joy of watching these movies is to check in on Jesse and Celine’s relationship, and 2013’s peak into their lives might not have been a comforting one, but it was beautifully honest. If you haven’t yet had a chance to check out the trilogy, it comes hugely recommended and, for existing fans, this was well worth the nine-year wait.
Films about sexism in the film industry don’t tend to play well, for obvious reasons, but In a World… deserves an audience simply for its unique perspective on an area of Hollywood that’s rarely, if ever, discussed. Lake Bell stars as the daughter of a legendary trailer voiceover artist who wants to get into the family business herself. She meets obstacles at every turn, not least of all from her own family, and everyone tells her that there simply isn’t a market for a woman in the world of movie promotion. If this sounds a bit heavy, it’s not, and the film continues to be hilarious and entertaining while still commenting on the significant issues it brings up.
Brie Larson stars in this sweet and surprising drama about broken youths, feeling out of place in the summer schedule despite its often optimistic outlook. The film is an expanded version of director Destin Daniel Cretton’s 2008 short, which follows two care workers in their 20s, also in a secret and struggling relationship, who spend their lives working with at-risk teenagers. Short Term 12 is a joy because of its handling of difficult and contentious subject matter, maintaining a subtlety and hopeful tone that stops it from becoming too saccharine or melodramatic.
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