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10 Star-Filled Summer Movies You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

Did you know Claire Danes, Adam Brody and Robert De Niro had movies out this summer? Many summer flicks are pretty much kept secret; some are even purposely kept off screens in favor of the more promising video on demand.

1. As Cool As I Am

Starring: Claire Danes, James Marsden, Sarah Bolger, Jeremy Sisto
Synopsis: “A smart teenage girl comes of age in a small town with her self-centered parents who had her when they were teenagers.”
Release Date: June 7 in one NYC theater; June 10 on VOD.
Box Office: Played two theaters, numbers unavailable.

2. Some Girls

Starring: Adam Brody, Kristen Bell, Zoe Kazan, Jennifer Morrison, Emily Watson, Mia Maestro
Synopsis: “Based on his play by the same name, Neil LaBute’s script follows a successful writer (Adam Brody) who, on the eve of his wedding, travels across the country to meet up with ex-lovers in an attempt to make amends for past relationship transgressions.”
Release Date: June 27; also on VOD
Box Office: Unavailable
Fun Fact: This was one of the first movies released on Vimeo on Demand, another competing VOD platform. That was its main release strategy.

3. Killing Season

Starring: Robert De Niro, John Travolta
Synopsis: “Set in the Smoky Mountains, the film follows an American military veteran (Robert De Niro) who has retreated to a remote cabin in the woods. When a rare visitor, a European tourist (John Travolta), appears on the scene, the two men strike up an unlikely friendship. But, in fact, the visitor is a former Serbian soldier bent on revenge.”
Release Date: July 12
Box Office $27,000 from 12 theaters in one week.

4. Coffee Town

Starring: Glen Howerton, Josh Groban, Adrianne Palicki, Jake Johnson, Ben Schwartz
Synopsis: “Coffee Town is an updated workplace comedy for the generation that works out of coffee shops. Will (Glenn Howerton) is a 30-something website manager who uses a local café, Coffee Town, as his office. When the owners of the shop discuss plans to convert Coffee Town into a bar, Will enlists the help of his two best friends Chad and Gino (Steve Little and Ben Schwartz) to save his freeloading existence. In order to thwart the plans of Coffee Town’s owners, the trio stages a robbery to create the illusion of an unsafe neighborhood not suitable for the proposed venue.”
Release Date: July 9; streaming online and VOD too.
Box Office: Unavailable
Fun Fact: This is one of College Humor’s first full-length features and was purposely made for streaming.

5. Hot Flashes

Starring: Brooke Shields, Daryl Hannah, Virginia Hadsen, Wanda Sykes, Camryn Manheim
Synopsis: “An unlikely basketball team of unappreciated middle-aged Texas women, all former high school champs, who challenge the current arrogant high school girls’ state champs to raise money for breast cancer prevention.”
Release Date: July 12
Box Office: Unavailable

6. Vehicle 19

Starring: Paul Walker
Synopsis: “A foreign traveler (Paul Walker) unknowingly picks up a rental car that will tie him to a web of corrupt local police.”
Release Date: June 14
Box Office U.S. data unavailable, but it did strangely well in the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia. Also out on VOD.

7. Compulsion

Starring: Heather Graham, Kevin Dillon
Synopsis: “Amy (Heather Graham) is a vivacious and charismatic gourmet chef, with a dangerous appetite. She uses the most sensual of cuisine to lure her prey and turn them into victims of her twisted methods of controlling relationships and creating intimacy.”
Release Date: June 21
Box Office Data unavailable; also out on VOD.

8. Best Man Down

Starring: Justin Long, Shelley Long, Tyler Labine, Jess Weixler
Synopsis: “The best man at Scott and Kristin’s wedding, Lumpy, is the life of the party, until a long, indulgent night leads to his untimely death.”
Release Date: TBD; will be on VOD before theaters.
Box Office TBD

9. Generation Um

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Adelaide Clemens, Bojana Novakovic
Synopsis: “The end of another night out sets the stage for an intimate unfolding of the relationships John, Violet and Mia have, with each other and the city around them. As the day fades into night, secrets are revealed, compromises are made, loneliness is acknowledged, laughter is cherished, lies are dispelled and disappointment is dealt with.”
Release Date: May 2; May 28 on DVD.
Box Office: Unavailable

10. Between Us

Starring: Julia Stiles, Taye Diggs, Melissa George, David Harbour
Synopsis: “Two couples reunite over two incendiary evenings where anything can happen. Grace and Carlo are a newly married New York couple who visit their old friends Sharyl and Joel in their huge Midwestern home. Despite their wealth, the hosts are in a bitterly destructive marriage. A few years later, the couples reunite in New York, only to find tables turned.”
Release Date: June 14
Box Office: Unavailable

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