32 (Non-Superhero) Movies You Should See This Summer

Stars like Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Steve Carell, and Saorise Ronan have smart comedies on the way that you may not know about. See the new Superman flick, but check these out too.

Starring: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver, Michael Zegen
Directed by: Noah Baumbach
Log line: “A story that follows a New York woman (who doesn’t really have an apartment), apprentices for a dance company (though she’s not really a dancer), and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles.”
Out: May 17, still in theaters
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Starring: Sarah Polley
Directed by: Sarah Polley
Log line: “The documentary weaves together home movies, interviews and narration to examine the repercussions of her family’s long-held secrets that finally are coming to light.”
Out: May 17, still in theaters
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Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
Directed by: Richard Linklater
Log line: “The drama picks up with Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) two decades after their first meeting on a train bound for Venice. This time, the story of the star-crossed lovers takes place just before the clock strikes midnight.”
Out: May 24, still in theaters
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4. We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks

Starring: Julian Assange, Bradley Manning
Directed by: Alex Gibney
Log line: “A multi-layered tale about transparency in the information age and our ever-elusive search for the truth. Detailing the creation of Julian Assange’s controversial website, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history, the film charts the enigmatic Assange’s rise and fall in parallel with that of Pfc. Bradley Manning.”
Out: May 24, still in theaters
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Starring: Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough, Gillian Anderson
Directed by: James Marsh
Log line: “Single mother Collette McVeigh is a Republican living in Belfast with her mother and hardliner IRA brothers. When she is arrested for her part in an aborted IRA bomb plot in London, an MI5 officer (Mac) offers her a choice: lose everything and go to prison for 25 years or return to Belfast to spy on her own family. With her son’s life in her hands, Collette chooses to place her trust in Mac and return home…”
Out: May 31, still in theaters and VOD

Starring: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard, Ellen Page, Patricia Clarkson
Directed by: Zal Batmanglij
Log line: “Sarah Moss (Marling) is a brilliant operative for an elite private intelligence firm whose top objective is to ruthlessly protect the interests of their A-list corporate clientele. She is assigned to go undercover to infiltrate an anarchist collective known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations. Living amongst them in an effort to get closer to their members, Sarah finds herself unexpectedly torn between two worlds.”
Out: May 31, still in theaters
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Starring: Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Gabriel Basso, Nick Robinson, Moises Arias
Directed by: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Log line: Follows three teenage friends — Joe (Nick Robinson), Patrick (Gabriel Basso) and the eccentric and unpredictable Biaggio (Moises Arias) — who, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land.
Out: May 31, still in theaters
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8. Much Ado About Nothing

Starring: Fran Kranz, Clark Gregg, Jillian Morgese, Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Sean Maher
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Log line: “Leonato, the governor of Messina, is visited by his friend Don Pedro who is returning from a victorious campaign against his rebellious brother Don John. Accompanying Don Pedro are two of his officers: Benedick and Claudio. While in Messina, Claudio falls for Leonato’s daughter Hero, while Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice, the governor’s niece. The budding love between Claudio and Hero prompts Don Pedro to arrange with Leonato for a marriage.”
Out: June 7
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Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Alexis Bledel, James Gandolfini
Directed by: Geoffrey Fletcher
Log line: “Two young, pop culture-obsessed assassins in New York City who accept what they think will be a quick and easy job until an unexpected target, played by James Gandolfini, throws their plan into chaos.”
Out: June 7

Starring: Martina Gedeck, Wolfgang M. Bauer, Ulrike Beimpold
Directed by: James Polsler
Log line: “An unnamed woman inexplicably finds herself cut off from all human contact when an invisible, unyielding wall suddenly surrounds the beautiful Austrian mountainside where she is vacationing. Accompanied by her loyal dog Lynx, she becomes immersed in a world untouched by civilization and ruled by the laws of nature.”
Out: May 31 in NY, June 14 in LA

Starring: Emma Watson, Leslie Mann, Taisa Farmiga, Katie Chang, Israel Boussard, Claire Julien
Directed by: Sofia Coppola
Log line: “Depicts the story of a real-life group of kids from an affluent neighborhood in the valley that continually robbed the Hollywood homes of wealthy celebrities for almost a year before finally being caught.”
Out: June 14
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12. Twenty Feet From Stardom

Starring: Cait Rogers
Directed by: Morgan Neville
Log line: “The untold story of backup singers in popular music. It is a celebration of the voices from the edge, which brought shape and style to the soundtracks of our lives.”
Out: June 14
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Starring: Elijah Wood, Nora Amazeder
Directed by: Franck Khalfoun
Log line: “A 21st century Jack the Ripper set in the present day, Maniac is a reboot of the cult film considered by many to be the most suspenseful slasher movie ever made. Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition.”
Out: June 21

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, Sam Riley, Johnny Lee Miller, Caleb Landry Jones
Directed by: Neil Jordan
Log line: “Mother and daughter vampires arrive in a small British town revealing their secret. A teenager dying of leukemia struggles with his mortality, causing the teen vampire to struggle with her own immortality.”
Out: June 28

15. The Secret Disco Revolution

Directed by: Jamie Kastner
Log line: “Gloria Gaynor, Village People, Kool and the Gang, KC and the Sunshine Band, and more appear in the documentary about the birth of disco in the ’70s and the part the music movement played in the liberation of gays, blacks, and women.”
Out: June 28

Starring: Penelope Cruz, Paz Vega, Carlos Areces, Lola Duenas, Javier Camara
Directed by: Pedro Almodovar
Log line: “A very varied group of people are in a precarious situation aboard a plane flying to Mexico City.”
Out: June 28

Starring: Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Rob Corddry, Amanda Peet
Directed by: Nat Faxon and Jim Rash
Log line: “A lonely teenage boy comes into his own over the course of a summer through an unlikely friendship with a man in charge of a local water park.”
Out: July 5

18. Fruitvale Station

Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Tristan Wilds, Octavia Spencer, Chad Michael Murray
Directed by: Ryan Coogler
Log line: “On New Year’s Day 2009, Bay Area Rapid Transit police detained Oscar Grant, a young black man and then shot him in the back and killed him with many bystanders recording the event on their cell phone cameras. Protests and riots surrounded the ensuing trial and its verdict.”
Out: July 12

19. Dealing with Idiots

Starring: Jeff Garlin, Christopher Guest, Fred Willard, Bob Odenkirk, JB Smoove, Gina Gershon
Directed by: Jeff Garlin
Log line: Faced with the absurd competitiveness surrounding his son’s youth league baseball team, Max Morris, a famous comedian, decides to get to know the colorful parents and coaches of the team better in an attempt to find the inspiration for his next movie.
Out: July 12

Starring: Kelsy Abbott, Hannah Al Rashid, Fachry Albar
Directed by: Adam Wingard, Gareth Evans, Simon Barrett, Gregg Hale, Eduardo Sanchez, Timo Tjahjanto
Log line: “Inside a darkened house looms a column of TVs littered with VHS tapes, a pagan shrine to forgotten analog gods. The screens crackle and pop endlessly with monochrome vistas of static — white noise permeating the brain and fogging concentration. But you must fight the urge to relax: this is no mere movie night. Those obsolete spools contain more than just magnetic tape. They are imprinted with the very soul of evil.”
Out: July 12

Starring: Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Darren Criss, Matt Dillon
Directed by: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Log line: A moderately successful Gotham playwright who stages a fake suicide attempt to win back her ex-boyfriend, only to end up forced into the custody of her gambling-addict mother.
Out: July 19

Directed by: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Log line: A film about the notorious killer whale Tilikum that is responsible for the deaths of three individuals.
Out: July 26

Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Bill Hader, Alia Shawkat, Andy Samberg, Clark Gregg, Donald Glover, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Rachel Bilson
Directed by: Maggie Carey
Log line: “Set in 1993, valedictorian Brandy Klark wants to shed her uptight image before college, so she assembles a to-do list of all the ‘activities’ she missed out on in high school. Quickly realizing that she’s way out of her depth, Brandy solicits her best friends, older sister and burnt-out boss for their help and advice. If the group is going to complete the list by September they’ll need plenty of imagination and very open minds.”
Out: July 26

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Sally Hawkins
Directed by: Woody Allen
Log line: [Unknown]
Out: July 26

25. The Spectacular Now

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Brie Larson, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bob Odenkirk
Directed by: James Ponsoldt
Log line: A hard-partying high school senior’s philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical “nice girl.”
Out: August 2

Starring: Sharlto Copley, Michael Nyqvist, Daniel Wu, Christian Camargo
Directed by: Sebastian Cordero
Log line: A crew of international astronauts are sent on a private mission to Jupiter’s fourth moon.
Out: August 2

Starring: Lake Bell, Ken Marino, Demetri Martin, Rob Corddry, Fred Malamed
Directed by: Lake Bell
Log line: Set in the culture of movie trailer voice-over artists, this follows a young female voice coach who enters an all-male race to be the voice of the new hot trailer of a blockbuster.
Out: August 9

Starring: Amanda Seyfried, James Franco, Peter Sarsgard, Wes Bentley, Juno Temple, Sharon Stone
Directed by: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Log line: “Story follows Linda Boreman’s rise to fame as iconic porn star Linda Lovelace, and her subsequent transformation into feminist, anti-pornography supporter Linda Marchiano.”
Out: August 9

29. The Patience Stone

Starring: Golshifteh Farahani, Hamid Djavadan, Hassina Burgan
Directed by: Atiq Rahimi
Log line: “Golshifteh Farahani plays a soft-spoken woman in an unnamed, war-torn Middle Eastern country. As war rages around her, her husband lies in a coma and she is forced to send her two children to live with her aunt, she struggles to keep her husband alive. After falling into a relationship with a young soldier, she begins a secret dialogue with her ailing husband as a means of freeing herself.”
Out: August 14

Starring: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, Cuba Gooding Jr., John Cusack, Robin Williams, James Marsden, Minka Kelly, Jane Fonda, Melissa Leo
Directed by: Lee Daniels
Log line: “The Butler is inspired by Wil Haygood’s Washington Post article about an African-American man who served as a butler to eight Presidents in the White House for over thirty years. From this unique vantage point, The Butler traces the dramatic changes that swept American society, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family.”
Out: August 16

31. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

Starring: Rooney Mara, Ben Foster, Casey Affleck, Nate Parker, Keith Carradine
Directed by: David Lowery
Log line: Story follows an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met.
Out: August 16

Starring: Keri Russell, JJ Feild, Bret McKenzie, Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Seymour, Rupert Vansittart
Directed by: Jerusha Hess
Log line: “Follows 30-something, single Jane Hayes (Keri Russell), a seemingly normal young woman with a secret: her obsession with all things Jane Austen. But when she decides to spend her life savings on a trip to an English resort catering to Austen–crazed women, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency–era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined.”
Out: August 16

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