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Alt-Summer Film Preview 2014: 20 Non-Blockbuster Movies to Check Out

From Afropop music docs to quirky indie thrillers, here's a guide to what else is playing in a theater near you this summer

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'Night Moves' (May 30)

A young environmentalist (The Social Network's Jesse Eisenberg) and his female companion (Dakota Fanning) meet up with a reclusive, off-the-grid ex-Marine (Peter Sarsgaard). Identities are assigned, "ingredients" are procured, maps are consulted regarding some sort of locale — but what exactly is their goal here? Anyone familiar with filmmaker Kelly Reichardt's work (Wendy and Lucy, Meek's Cutoff) knows to expect atmosphere over easy answers, but the bigger questions she brings up in this slowburn thriller — at what point does activism become terrorism? Do the ends always justify the means? — leave a banquet's worth of food for thought.

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