'Eighth Grade' (Jul. 13)
Heads up, Oscars: Here's one of the best and transfixing of the year, not just the summer. Eighth Grade gets inside the head and bruised heart of Kayla (a phenomenal Elsie Fisher), a 13-year-old about to enter high school. She ignores her single dad (Josh Hamilton), dotes on classmates who pretend she doesn't exist and clings to social media like a digital blood transfusion. As directed by Bo Burnham, 27, a stand-up comic and musician in a stunning feature debut, this coming-of-age flick plays it tender but never safe – it speaks to the agonizing pain of growing up that all survivors of adolescence can recognize.