Sure, it’s been a summer movie season that’s brought us such impressive hits as “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Jurassic World” and “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation,” but you still might be feeling a bit blockbustered out. Face it, we’re all suffering from CGI-induced summer movie fatigue — and who can blame you, when “summer” now starts April 1 at the multiplex. But don’t worry, there are plenty of alternatives coming out over the rest of the summer that aren’t filled with explosions.
Joel Edgerton writes, directs and acts creepy as hell in this taut thriller about a unhappily married couple (Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall) letting their social graces get the better of them with a pesky old pal (Edgerton). It’s a genuine, disturbing and delightful surprise.
Filmmaker Noah Baumbach re-teams with his girlfriend, co-writer and muse, Greta Gerwig, looking to recapture some of that “Frances Ha” magic with another story of young women in New York. Go ahead, let Gerwig charm you.
Lily Tomlin follows up her delightful Netflix series “Grace and Frankie” with this off-kilter comedy about a senior citizen lesbian trying to help her down-on-her-luck granddaughter (Julia Garner) scrounge up $600 for an abortion.
Low-budget maestro Joe Swanberg (“Drinking Buddies”) sets “New Girl” star Jake Johnson loose as a slacker house-sitter who finds some troubling evidence of a crime on the property he’s minding and lets his imagination run wild.
“Cairo Time” directorIsabel Coixet finds another sweet tale of people at life’s crossroads with this eight-years-in-the-making drama about a newly single literary agent (Patricia Clarkson) taking driving lessons from a Sikh man (Ben Kingsley) about to enter an arranged marriage.
The ever-charming Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis play one-time lovers who try to pull off the whole “just friends” thing since neither of them can be in a relationship without cheating in this whip-smart romantic comedy.
You don’t need a massive budget to go post-apocalyptic. “Compliance” director CraigZobel offers a love triangle that just so happens to involve the three last people on earth. Oh, and those three people happen to be Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Pine and Margot Robbie. Humanity could do worse.
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