Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Movies You Need to See in June

Our mini-reviews of 'Won't You Be My Neighbor,' 'Hereditary,' 'Hearts Beat Loud,' and more of this month's best.

Summer is here, and there’s so much to see at the multiplex! I mean, sure, Solo is on half the screens, and Infinity War is on most of the rest, but I’m sure they’ll move out of the way for (peers at IMDb) oh boy, another Jurassic World. So yes, once again, the art house comes to the rescue with a very crowded slate of summer counter-programming; here are a few of the indies and docs worth tracking down this month.

Who We Are Now

DIRECTOR: Matthew Newton
CAST: Julianne Nicholson, Emma Roberts, Jimmy Smits, Zachary Quinto, Jess Weixler, Lea Thompson

“Hey, one of us disappeared for ten years. It’s weird!” So says Beth (Julianne Nicholson) to her old friends in the midst of a night of wine-drinking and awkward conversational faux pas – one of many such scenes in writer/director Matthew Newton’s keenly observed and masterfully acted drama. It boasts a sturdy ensemble, but this is Nicholson’s show, and she’s dynamite; filled with resentment and rage, easily triggered and immediately apologetic, her Beth is a vehicle for the kind of tension and emotion that is, for the viewer, both uncomfortable and riveting. The entire ensemble shines, though Roberts, Smits, and Quinto are the stand-outs.