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The Other Summer Movies

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Photograph courtesy of François Duhamel

Four much needed cinematic antidotes to a season of killer robots, CGI dinosaurs, and Katherine Heigl. David Walters

Away We Go (pictured above)
An expecting couple (John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph) embark on an existential-crisis-fueled road trip replete with the nutty characters and twee music you'd expect from Dave Eggers' first script. If Garden State perfectly encapsulated your twentysomething anxieties, this has your thirties covered.

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Photograph Courtesy of Summit Entertainment


The Hurt Locker
The gritty tale of a U.S. Army bomb squad in Iraq, this film conveys⿿without restoring to preachiness⿿the emotional distress caused by defusing IEDs. As you white-knuckle the armrests, try to appreciate the nuanced performances by Jeremy Renner (28 Weeks Later) and Anthony Mackie (Notorious).

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Photograph Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Food Inc.
This documentary exposé of the "farm-fresh: commercial food industry casts light on a complicity Food and Drug Administration and genetically modified freak chickens collapsing under their own weight⿿because An Inconvenient Truth didn't give you enough to be absolutely terrified of.

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Photograph Courtesy of Ted Speaker

Humpday
Motivated by midlife crises and juvenile one-upsmanship, a pair of old college buddies make a pact to star in an amateur porno together, their heterosexuality be damned. A wry and witty contribution to the mublecore movement (and don't let that dissuade you), It's I Love You, Man for the hyperliteralist.

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