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 adaptation or sequel or Kevin Hart vehicle, there’s a little movie well worth your time. So we’ve paired the biggies with the indies, art house and other films without billion-dollar ad campaigns. This is for the back half of the season; for our first part, click here.
‘The BFG’ (July 1)/‘Swiss Army Man’ (June 24)
Common connection: Friendship
Steven Spielberg drags his “Bridge of Spies” Oscar-winner Mark Rylance into the whimsical but mordant world of Roald Dahl, for this mostly nice tale of a little girl who happens upon an enormous friend. Meanwhile, Paul Dano makes a pal of his own in the Sundance shocker “Swiss Army Man.” It just turns out to be a farting corpse (Daniel Radcliffe).
‘The Legend of Tarzan’ (July 1)/‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ (June 24)
Common connection: Into the wild
Unseen on screen since a 2013 Kellan Lutz movie you didn’t know existed, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ shirtless man-ape returns for a swanky spectacular, starring super tall Alexander Skarsgaard and Margot Robbie as Jane. Or there’s “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” in which Sam Neill and a kid get lost in the New Zealand bush, from the terrific Taika Waititi (“What We Do in the Shadows”).