There are a lot of movies opening this summer. We tend to think of the season as one of big, dumb blockbusters. But for every comic book movie or sequel or Kevin Hart movie, there’s a little movie well worth your time. So we’ve done the nice thing and paired the biggies with the indies, art house and other films without billion dollar ad campaigns.
‘Captain America: Civil War’ (May 6)/‘A Bigger Splash’ (May 6)
Common connection: Hanging with the gods
Believe it or not, there’s only one official Marvel film this summer, and it’s dropped right at the start. Ignore Cap’s name in the title: This is basically an Avengers movie, with many of America’s most beloved icons (plus Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye) getting into a royal rumble. But know who’s cooler than all of them? Tilda Swinton. Instead she’s in her own battle royale: In the Euro vacation pic “A Bigger Splash,” she plays a rocker nonplussed when her vacation is ruined by an old flame (Ralph Fiennes, and his penis).