It’s Memorial Day weekend — the unofficial start of summer — and the holiday’s top movies at the box-office will likely be X-Men, Godzilla, and Adam Sandler’s Blended, with Spider-Man 2 still swinging through multiplexes. Ever since Jaws sunk its teeth into the sweltering months of 1975, summer has been blockbuster season, and studios now jockey years in advance to lock up the best dates between Memorial Day and Labor Day for their big-budget blockbusters. A few of them turn out to be quite good, but just about all of them tend to be very, very loud.
Perhaps your eyes won’t glaze over this weekend, what with the summer still young; but a month from now, when Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction stomps into 4,000 or so theaters, you might be numb from the relentless roar of CG action that will have pummeled you each and every weekend.
Fortunately, there is hope. Just as there was hope last summer, when Blue Jasmine, Fruitvale Station, Before Midnight, and The Spectacular Now all mercifully poked through the din to save discriminating viewers from perfunctory viewings of After Earth and The Lone Ranger. The summer before, there was Moonrise Kingdom and Beasts of the Southern Wild. See, summers at the movies don’t have to feel like a barrage of Fourth of July fireworks that go on… and on… and on… to diminishing effect.
Below are 10 promising summer movies that lack aliens, animation, robots, and superheroes. Some have come up through the festivals, while others are sitting there undiscovered like seashells on the sand, just waiting for you to pick them up. Hold them up to your ear, and see if they sound better than Godzilla’s roar. READ FULL STORY