The summer blockbuster surge may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still movies to be seen! Ditch the 3D glasses and check out these upcoming independent films coming your way this month.
The Spectacular Now / Directed by James Ponsoldt / Starring Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Brie Larson
Release Date: August 2nd (limited release)
Similar Films: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, American Graffiti
Coming-of-age stories are a dime a dozen, but The Spectacular Now sidesteps cliches and sappiness to create a starkly original story of two high school seniors who couldn’t be more different, yet find themselves drawn to each other anyway. Written by Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter, the duo behind 2009’s indie sleeper hit (500) Days of Summer, the film has that healthy dose of bittersweet nostalgia that one would expect from a high school dramedy, but is refreshingly honest in its approach.
Amanda Seyfried star as Linda Boreman, better known by the stage name Linda Lovelace, an adult film actress made famous by the 1972’s Deep Throat. Word is that Seyfriend gives an incredible performance as the guileless actress, sucked into the seedy world of adult film by her abusive husband, Chuck Traynor. Also, James Franco as Hugh Hefner – need I say more?
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints / Directed by David Lowery / Starring Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara
Release Date: August 16th (limited release)
Similar Films: Badlands, Bonnie and Clyde, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival to an overwhelmingly positive response, and was later selected to compete in the International Critics’ Week section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Written and directed by David Lowery, the Western romance takes place in 1970s Texas Hill Country, depicting a doomed young couple on the wrong side of a law. It’s a good old-fashioned Bonnie and Clyde tale that promises to impress with its sweeping landscapes and strong lead performances.
Drew Struzan is, without question, one of the most influential movie poster artists of our time. His body of work includes iconic poster artwork for movies like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Blade Runner, The Thing, and Back to the Future, in addition to comic books, album covers, collectibles, and limited-edition art. Drew: The Man Behind the Poster is a documentary chronicling Struzan’s career, featuring interviews with artists, actors, and filmmakers, including Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Guillermo del Toro, and Harrison Ford. Check the movie’s official website for screening dates and locations.