'Beginners'
Opening: Friday, June 3 (Limited Release)

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent

What It's About: Director Mike Mills' father came out of the closet as a 75-year-old, and then died of lung cancer not soon after. In "Beginners," Mills' homage to his late father, a quirky love affair between Oliver (McGregor) and Anna (Laurent) plays out amid the memories and the life-lessons of Oliver's recently deceased and recently un-closeted father.




'The Troll Hunter'
Opening: Friday, June 10 (Limited Release)

Starring: Otto Jespersen, Glenn Erland Tosterud

What It's About: Trolls are very much a party of Norwegian folklore, and in 'The Troll Hunter' a group of Norwegian film students search for evidence of trolls in what could be thought of as the Scandinavian "The Blair Witch Project." The film garnered strong reviews after its home-country run, with critics praising its humor and special effects.




'Terri'
Opening: Friday, July 1 (Limited Release)

Starring: Jacob Wysocki, John C. Reilly, Creed Barton

What It's About: Terri (Wyscoki) doesn't have a lot going for him: He's an orphan, who lives with his sick uncle. He's teased mercilessly by his high school classmates, and ignored by his teachers. He's slipped so far into the margins that he wears pajamas to school because they're "comfortable." However, a friendship he forges with another unpopular figure -- the school's vice-principal (Reilly) -- starts to turn his life around. Eventually Terri gains acceptance, on his own pajama-wearing terms.




'Project Nim'
Opening: Friday, July 8 (Limited Release)

What It's About: Oscar-winning 'Man on Wire' director James Marsh's latest documentary tells the story of Nim, a chimp raised by humans from birth to see whether he could acquire sign language. Nim turns into a loveable but strong-willed creature, who likes to drink and smoke, and seems to be studying the humans as closely as the humans are studying him.


'Sarah's Key'
Opening: Friday, July 22 (Limited Release)

Starring: Kristen Scott Thomas, Mélusine Mayance, Niels Arestrup

What It's About: Based on the international best-selling book "Elle s'appelait Sarah," Kirsten Scott Thomas plays a present day American journalist living in France. She figures out that the Parisian house she lives in with her French husband was once home to a Jewish family, who were to be rounded up in 1942 during the Nazi occupation of France. During her investigation into what ultimately happened to the family, she makes some grisly discoveries.



What Summer Indie Are You Most Excited For?
Passion Play2 (0.6%)
Hobo With a Shotgun28 (8.9%)
Daydream Nation20 (6.4%)
Skateland14 (4.5%)
Hesher70 (22.3%)
The Tree of Life92 (29.3%)
Beginners18 (5.7%)
Sarah's Key8 (2.5%)
The Troll Hunter31 (9.9%)
Terri19 (6.1%)
Project Nim12 (3.8%)



Moviefone's Summer Movies 2011 Guide