Summer movies: The 30 coolest things to see this summer

From high-fiber docs to hot-buttered-popcorn blockbusters, we’ve got the lowdown on the movies you need to see this summer.

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We love summer movies and all the wonderful, elephantine nonsense they supply. Still, it must be said, our definition of summer movies has changed. Sure, as office cubicles get chillier, we can expect plenty of large-scale dumbness: Superman returns in Man of Steel, the Wolverine returns in The Wolverine and zombies return in World War Z. But we'd be lying if we told you we didn't have our eye on the counterprogramming that ensures a cinema fan's balanced diet: Computer Chess, set during an '80s-era tournament, is a lo-fi geek's paradise; Sofia Coppola is back with more spoiled rich kids in The Bling Ring; and Michael Cera apparently hunts for hallucinogens in Crystal Fairy. Add to this a retrospective devoted to the majestic work of Yasujiro Ozu—and another one showcasing Jackie Chan flicks—and we'd say our plate is full. So what's a summer movie? Let's just say it's a movie and it comes out during the summer. Here are 30 of them worth seeing.


Before Midnight

Before Midnight

When we left Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in Before Sunset (2004), they were contemplating their future in Paris. This third part of Richard Linklater’s series picks up nine years later—and tackles notions of adult responsibilities, regret and fading passions with characteristic grace. (May 24)

Fill the Void

Fill the Void

Among Tel Aviv’s ultra-Orthodox Haredi, the men make the decisions and the women look on respectfully. But in Rama Burshtein’s quiet powder keg of a drama, a teenager defies the marital wishes of her community and draws unusual power from her resistance to tradition. (May 24)

Now You See Me

Now You See Me

A group of magicians make money disappear from banks and reappear in their audience’s pockets. We’re hopeful that this star-studded conjurers thriller—featuring everyone from Jesse Eisenberg and Mark Ruffalo to Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine—will be truly enchanting, as opposed to the same old hocus-pocus. (May 31)

After Earth

After Earth

These days, it’s tough being an M. Night Shyamalan fan (we’re still scrubbing The Last Airbender from our minds). But this father-son science-fiction adventure, starring Will and Jaden Smith as starship-crash survivors trapped on postapocalyptic Earth, looks like an action-packed return to form. (May 31)

Dirty Wars

Dirty Wars

Investigative journalist and author Jeremy Scahill takes viewers on a tour of the world of black-ops military raids, “kill lists” and secret assassinations in this damning political documentary. Dirty warfare, indeed. (June 7)

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

That playful wit Joss Whedon, fresh off his audience-delighting blockbuster The Avengers, helms a modern-day, black-and-white take on the Bard’s classic romantic roundelay. There are few artists better equipped to tackle both spandex superheroes and William Shakespeare. (June 7)

"Ozu" at Film Forum

“Ozu” series at Film Forum

The downtown venue devotes four weeks to the Japanese filmmaker who gave us such classic tearjerkers as Tokyo Story and Late Spring. If you’ve never seen this master’s work, plan on getting your mail forwarded to Film Forum. (June 7–27)

This Is the End

This Is the End

The apocalypse is here, and unfortunately, it coincides with a celeb-studded party at James Franco’s house. (Michael Cera macking on Rihanna, that cad!) Seth Rogen cowrites, codirects and costars in what looks to be a bad-mannered, gut-busting good time, Armageddon or no. (June 12)

Berberian Sound Studio

Berberian Sound Studio

A fastidious sound engineer (Toby Jones) heads to 1970s Rome for a gig on a squishy horror movie. Amid all the screaming and melon-crushing—his backstage craft is lovingly detailed—there’s a distinct possibility that the guy might be going nuts. A one-of-a-kind thinker. (June 14)

The Bling Ring

The Bling Ring

Sofia Coppola brings her twin strengths of celebrity sympathy and punkish abandon to a fitting tale, based on the real-life exploits of gang of teen thieves raiding wealthy Hollywood homes for a taste of the luxe life. Harry Potter’s Emma Watson continues to take worthwhile postfranchise risks. (June 14)



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Abigail Hirsch
Abigail Hirsch

For those of you in NYC June 13 - 20th, You can watch all the latest films at the New York City International Film Festival, the NYC response to Cannes. My documentary, "Yiddish: A tale of survival" will be screened for the first time on June 18th. NYCIFF Check it out.