Sunday, May 20, 2012

Trailer Watch: Summer movie alternatives '12

As with last summer, the coming blockbuster season has a plethora of popcorn mega-hits slated for release—but also plenty of exciting, albeit less-explosion-having indies headed to the art house. Here are a few potential breakouts:

Screened at Tribeca last year, the Canadian sci-fi throwback Beyond the Black Rainbow finally got a proper limited U.S. release this weekend. Writer-director Panos Cosmatos's debut effectively channels the film's lo-fi '80s influences with a synthy score and trippy visuals, promising at least an interesting-looking experience.  

Winner of the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, Beasts of the Southern Wild seems to evoke Where the Wild Things Are by way of Terrence Malick. First-time director Benh Zeitlin co-wrote the screenplay with Lucy Alibar, upon whose bayou-set play Juicy and Delicious the movie is loosely based. Expect a limited release June 27, followed by a much-wider rollout.

From the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction files comes The Imposter, TV documentary director Bart Layton's stylish feature debut. The doc dives into the sometimes-iffy territory of staged reenactments, though their purposes here aren't for Errol Morris-style ends, but to enhance the unbelievable story's thematic refrain. In the process, Layton appears to have pulled off something special. Riding strong Sundance buzz, The Imposter opens July 13.

See you in the air-conditioned theater!

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