The 10 Must-See Spring and Summer Movies

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It may not feel like it outside, but spring is in full effect and summer is just around the corner. Before you know it you’ll be shedding your mid-season moto jacket for crop tops and cut offs, desperately looking for an air-conditioned oasis between basking in the sun. So what better place to escape into than the comforting confines of a darkened cinema? From Albert Maysles’ incredible portrait of a New York legend with Iris and the Safdie Brothers’ visceral heroin drama Heaven Knows What to Bertrand Bonellos’ sexy biopic Saint Laurent and Mia Hansen-Løve’s latest melancholy wonder Eden, there are a wealth of great new films premiering this spring and summer, there will certainly satisfy any cinematic appetite. We’ve rounded up our 10 must-see movies and why you should start getting excited for them. Enjoy.

IRIS, Albert Maysles
Released on April 29, 2015

Icon. Legend. Muse. Native New Yorker. Iris Apfel, the 93 year old style icon, is the center subject of late Albert Maysles’ documentary. While we’ve seen a fair share of fashion documentaries the last few years (Bill Cunningham New York, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel) it’s about time there’s a documentary on this beautiful woman. This is not to be missed.

Why get excited?
Documentary pioneer Albert Maysles is documentary. Every film of his has life. Revisit his classics such as Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter, Salesman, etc.

— Taylor Ghrist

SAINT LAURENT, Bertrand Bonello
Released on May 8, 2015

Since the last two Saint Laurent biopics were disappointing, we’re sure that this one will take the cake. The trailer, bursting with many pastels and hinting at scandalous moments, leaves you wanting to have this slice of fashionable cinema this summer.

Why get excited?
The film takes on more scandalous aspects of the artist himself and the inner demons he battled. Louis Garrel (The Dreamers) isn’t so bad to look at either.

— Taylor Ghrist

RESULTS, Andrew Bujalski
Released on May 29

Bujalski’s new strange and wonderful romantic workout comedy about two personal trainers whose lives become entwined with a wealthy new client.

Why get excited?

Results is an absolute pleasure to watch. Between Bujalski’s intelligent, well-paced writing and the sincere and strange performances from its cast (Cobie Smulders, Kevin Corrigan, Guy Pearce), the film defies its genre trappings. The storyline moves between the three lives with ease, providing room for the characters to veer off into idiosyncratic and comic tangents, while providing an interesting look at the intersection of depression and self-fulfillment. Kevin Corrigan is a genius —  every small tick and expression that crosses his face is both terribly sad and hilarious as he plays the role with genuine disparity. Bonus: everyone looks wonderful in Under Armor.

—Hillary Weston

HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT, Josh and Benny Safdie
Released on May 29th

Josh and Benny Safdie’s heroin drama based on Arielle Holmes’ memoir Mad Love in New York City. Starring Holmes (in a visceral and possessed performance), the film gives an cutting look into the world of drug addiction on the streets of New York.

Why get excited?

This was one of our favorite films of this year’s New York Film Festival. As we’ve noted previously: “Although indebted to the raw and viscerally haunting drug dramas of cinema’s past, the Safdie’s have elevated their influence to create a brutal and unflinching film that’s entirely its own, and one that’s as artfully composed as it starkly natural in its approach.”Heaven Knows What is enhanced even more by an effervescent and sonically pleasurable synth score by pioneering avant-garde composer Isao Tomita. For all of the films brutality and raw energy, there’s something ethereal and dreamlike about it as well. It takes you inside a never-ending nightmare where nothing ever feels quite real and the only tie to reality is the gnawing itch for more.

—Hillary Weston

EDEN, Mia Hansen-Løve
Released on June 19

Løve’s latest beautiful and heartbreaking film that solidifies she is one of the most interesting voices in modern cinema. Based on the experiences of Løve’s brother (and co-writer) Sven, Eden tells the story of Paul (played wonderfully by Felix de Givry), one of the pioneering DJs of the early 1990s French rave scene.

Why get excited?

As we noted in our interview with Løve: “Epic in scale and possessed by an ineffable beauty, Løve’s delicate and intelligent films are as gracefully crafted as they are saturated with potent feeling, always leaving you with a visceral impression that lingers long after the credits have rolled. With four features to her name, the 33-year-old French filmmaker has so clearly established her voice and her specific cinematic touch in a way that can take others lifetimes to discover—from her quietly haunting familial dramas All Is Forgiven and Father of My Children, to her incredible meditation on heartbreak Goodbye First Love, and now her latest stunning portrait of a generation.”

—Hillary Weston

THE OVERNIGHT, Patrick Brice
Released on June 19

Brice’s dinner party farce meets progressive sex comedy follows what happens when two Los Angeles couples share an unexpected, wild night in.

Why get excited?

As we noted in our interview with Brice: “While commendable for its genuinely great comedic gags, there’s certainly more to The Overnight than what’s hiding below the belt…What begins as a neighborly pizza get-together swiftly turns into a naked (both literally and emotionally) exploration of their relationships—both with their partners and with themselves. Add in some wine, some weed, some skinny-dipping, and a few bottles of champagne and you’ve got one of the most entertaining comedies to emerge on the independent film circuit in a long time, and one that’s as intelligent and cinematically minded as it is scintillating.”

—Hillary Weston

RICKI AND THE FLASH, Jonathan Demme
Released on June 26, 2015

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Jonathan Demme’s Ricki and the Flash tells the story of a musician (Meryl Streep) returning home to make amends with her family.

Why get excited?
Jonathan Demme (The Manchurian Candidate, Rachel Getting Married) is directing. Rick Springfield stars as a band member in love with Meryl. Also, Meryl Streep’s real-life daughter Mamie Gummer stars as the daughter.

—Taylor Ghrist

TRAINWRECK, Judd Apatow

Released on July 17, 2015

Judd Apatow, our comedy king, has Comedy Central’s Amy Schumer on board with the latest screenplay and lead performance for his newest Trainwreck. A magazine writer (Amy Schumer) finds great difficulty accepting the idea of monogamy until she meets a doctor (Bill Hader) who just might change her mind. It’s romantic-comedy material and will most likely be a huge summer hit, considering the success of other Apatow films.

Why get excited?
This will be the first major moment for Amy Schumer so that’s exciting. Judd Apatow is behind the project. Also, did someone say Tilda Swinton?

—Taylor Ghrist

DOPE, Rick Famuyiwa
Released on June 12, 2015

Another stylish addition to this summer’s lineup is the indie darling Dope, directed by Rick Famuyiwa (The Wood, Brown Sugar). Somewhat semi-autobiographical, set in Inglewood, California (where Fumuyiwa grew up), Dope is a coming-of-age story about a Malcom, a geek, and his two friends who get involved in a drug deal gone terribly wrong. It’s hysterical.

Why get excited?
The soundtrack, set design, fashions, and clever script make Dope a crowd-pleaser. It was also a hit at Sundance. The Grand Budapest Hotel’s Tony Revolori (the bellboy) also stars. Look out for A$AP Rocky.

—Taylor Ghrist

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