Flavorwire’s Reasonable, Low-Expectation Summer Movie Preview

Much of the summer slate is dire indeed - but we've plucked out a few strong possibilities, and a couple of confirmed gems.

The Big Sick (June 23)

Your correspondent got a look at this little beauty back in January at Sundance, and it is a real treat – and demonstrably commercial, fitting into producer Judd Apatow’s traditional early-summer-sleeper-hit slot (previously filled by Bridesmaids, Trainwreck, Knocked Up, etc.) It’s a terrific little domestic comedy, dramatizing the rather unconventional courtship of writers Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon; Nanjiani plays himself, while Zoe Kazan steps in as Emily. A total charmer, boasting terrific supporting turns by Holly Hunter and Ray Romano, and lead performances that could (if there’s any justice in the world) make Nanjiani and Kazan into legit movie stars.