The BEST Movies You Didn’t See This Summer
Not a flop, not yet a success — “Battleship” was cloaked in “John Carter” ennui, but it was actually every bit as good as both “Transformers” and “Armageddon,” two summertime favorites.
“Little Miss Sunshine” didn’t have as much luck at the box office with their second feature, which is too bad since “Ruby Sparks” is possibly better than the 2006 Best Picture nominee.
“Safety Not Guaranteed” was a favorite at Sundance and SXSW.
Another Sundance favorite, “Celeste and Jesse Forever” is the type of smart and thoughtful romantic comedy that could only come from outside the studio system. Written by and starring Rashida Jones (in a breakout performance that’s leaps above her great work on “Parks and Recreation”), the film follows what happens to the title couple after they divorce. Think “(500) Days of Summer,” but without that awful ending.
Comedian Mike Birbiglia co-wrote, co-directed and stars in “Sleepwalk With Me,” which is based on his battles with REM sleep disorder and a sputtering long-term relationship. Funny, sharply observed and honest, “Sleepwalk With Me” recalls vintage Woody Allen.