A Guide to This Summer's Anti-Blockbuster Movies

Film festival favorites offer an alternative to the typical action-packed summer films.

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Summer at the movies has a reputation for big, loud, explosive and sometimes mind-numbing blockbuster films (rounded up for you here). But for those not into computer-generated robot apocalypses or Vin Diesel's biceps, there are plenty of alternatives, many of them independent films that gained momentum on the festival circuit.

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Here are some of the summer's anti-blockbuster films:


The English Teacher: Julianne Moore plays a high school English teacher who helps a former student produce a play he wrote and – surprise! – she falls for him. Featured at Tribeca Film Festival, "The English Teacher" is already being reviewed as a delightful, if conventional, rom-com. (May 17)


Before Midnight: A favorite on the festival circuit, the affair between Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) – first started in 1995's "Before Sunrise" and continued in 2004's "Before Sunset" – has its latest (and reportedly final) chapter in an idyllic Greek setting. (May 24)


The Kings of Summer: This coming-of-age film garnered rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival. Three teenage boys escape to the woods one summer, with Nick Offerman (of "Parks and Recreation") playing a watchful father. (May 31)


Dirty Wars: This Sundance Festival documentary follows journalist Jeremy Scahill as he investigates some of the most controversial U.S. practices abroad in the global war on terror. (June 7)

The Bling Ring: Indie darling Sofia Coppola takes on the true life tale of a group of L.A. teens who broke in and robbed celebrities' homes, with Emma Watson leading the cast. (June 14)


Some Girl(s): Adam Brody plays a soon-to-be wed man (known only as "Man") who travels around the country seeking closure with his ex-girlfriends. This film adaptation of a Neil LaBute play premiered at the SXSW film festival and features Jennifer Morrison, Mía Maestro, Emily Watson, Zoe Kazan and Kristen Bell. (June 28)


The Way Way Back: Getting mixed-to-positive reviews after its Sundance premiere, the comedy features a teenage boy stuck at the beach with his mom (Toni Collette), her new boyfriend (Steve Carell, in a less-than-likeable role) and his daughter. (July 5)


Girl Most Likely: Kristen Wiig leads this comedy about a woman rebounding from a mental breakdown. Annette Bening plays her mother, Matt Dillon her mother's new boyfriend and Darren Criss (of "Glee") her love interest. (July 19)

Fruitvale Station: This film, a star at the Sundance Film Festival, examines the real-life story of a 22-year-old African-American man shot by a police officer at an Oakland subway station. (July 26)

Lovelace: Amanda Seyfried stars as the infamous porn star Linda Lovelace of "Deep Throat" fame, in a film screened at Sundance and met with decent reviews. (Aug. 9)

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