Now that "Captain America: Civil War" has introduced summer movie season, we'd like to spotlight a few titles that won't drum up $182 million in opening-weekend grosses. Which isn't to say they shouldn't: These 15 films, mostly independent projects, are antidotes to the big-budget spectacles that will flood theaters across the next four months.
Instead of another gaudy "Alice in Wonderland," try the shape-shifting dystopia of "The Lobster." Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson have a bro comedy coming in June, but we suspect you'll laugh far more at "Love & Friendship," "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" and "Don't Think Twice." And as global threats take hold in "Independence Day: Resurgence" and "Jason Bourne," you might opt to see Bryan Cranston bring Pablo Escobar to his knees in "The Infiltrator" and Michael Keaton bring McDonald's to its feet in "The Founder." You can even have your blockbusters and eat the indie gems too. Best of both words! Here are 15 smaller releases to prioritize this summer. Sorry to all the Angry Birds who were harmed in the process.
(All release dates are subject to change.)