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In theaters: June 27 (limited release)
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Cast: Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Ed Harris, Alison Pill, Octavia Spencer
Why it's a must see: This one has already taken on a mythic quality in the cinephile set as there has been plenty of discussion about editing the critically acclaimed cut that was released in Asia. Nevertheless, casual watchers may not be aware. Here's the futuristic premise: a failed global warming experiment kills off all life on the planet save for the lucky passengers of the globe-trotting train Snowpiercer. A class system evolves on the locomotive and, well, obviously there's some fascinating social dissection to be done with something like this. If that's not enough, Bong already gave us singular visions in films like "Mother," "The Host" and "Memories of Murder." He's worth taking a chance on at the multiplex while everyone else is packing it in for another "Transformers" movie.
- Kristopher Tapley