Hoping for something different in the hot months?
In theaters: July 10
Director: Sean Baker
Cast: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian, Mickey O'Hagan, James Ransone
Why it's a must see: Shot completely on iPhones (really), Sean Baker's new drama will give you a whole new perspective on 21st Century Hollywood (well, maybe just the 2.7 mile stretch between Santa Monica & Highland and Santa Monica & Vermont). The story of a transgender hooker (Rodriguez) trying to discover whether her boyfriend/pimp is cheating on her is one of the most visceral, energetic and entertaining films of the year. It shook up the Sundance Film Festival this past January and could be the surprise art house hit of the summer.
- Gregory Ellwood