'Frank' (August 15)
All the young, aspiring musician Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) wants is to pen a hit and become a superstar. Then he hooks up with a dirge-rock band led by a genuine genius named Frank (Michael Fassbender) — the kind of once-in-a-generation singer-songwriter that woud put Dylan and Leonard Cohen to shame. Did we mention that Frank also wears a gigantic paper-mâché head at all times, even when he sleeps? Loosely based on the real-life story of Chris Sievey, Lenny Abrahamson's comedy makes the most of its cracked premise — and proves that Fassbender may be the only working actor who can effectively emote from beneath a Mardi Gras-parade worthy noggin.