The Summer Movies You Didn't See

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

We all went to see The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. Everyone loves the superhero movies. But can we assume the big head-liners were the only good ones this summer? Maybe a few went under the radar. Here, presented to you, are some astonishingly excellent films that were run over by the Bat Mobile:

Moonrise Kingdom


This is an amazingly whimsical and beautiful tale about two twelve-year-olds who fall in love and run away to an island inlet in the wilderness. Various authorities try to hunt them down as odd things start occurring in their small home town. “Romantic and absurdly funny....its message is simple: Love is love, whenever it happens (Alynda Wheat, People)." Moonrise Kingdom was quirky, hilarious—and was definitely my favorite film to watch this summer.

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts is an extraordinarily powerful and truth-telling film.   A fierce storm leaves an African community in wreckage.  But a brave young girl with incredible optimism and imagination is desperate to repair her village, heal her father, and save her sinking home.  “It's unlikely there will be a film as visually stunning or poetic this year -- or perhaps any year -- to rival 'Beasts of the Southern Wild’ (Claudia Puig, USA Today).” For me, this movie was very inspiring. I would call it the best of the summer.

Safety Not Guaranteed (R)

An unusual classified ad inspires three curious Seattle magazine employees to investigate. They discover the mysterious Kenneth, a paranoid supermarket clerk who thinks he has unlocked the secret of time travel. Together, they embark on a hilarious yet heartfelt journey.  This film was very enjoyable and unexpectedly original—and it also received high ratings.

Ruby Sparks (R)

Calvin, a young novelist is struggling with writer’s block and his own romantic life. When he finally comes up with a character, Ruby Sparks, he is suddenly inspired, and he falls madly in love with her. And when a girl oddly similar to Ruby appears in his kitchen, Calvin questions the power of his imagination. Far from some cliché love story, this quirky romantic comedy is a smart, fun, and very different tale.

As Roger Ebert once said, “Sometimes miraculous films come into being, made by people you've never heard of, starring unknown faces, blindsiding you with creative genius." Make sure to rent these wonderful movies sometime when you don’t have 80 pounds of homework.


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