Though the summer season is better known for epic blockbusters, there’s actually a lot to look forward to in terms of indie film. A number of Sundance favorites are hitting theaters in the coming months, including the abortion comedy Obvious Child, Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood, and Frank, starring Michael Fassbender. There’s also the Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself, and the Zach Braff‘s Wish I Was Here. Here’s a preview of the top 20 indies opening this summer:

1. Fed Up


Fed Up is a documentary that looks at the food industry, specifically the fast food industry. Produced by Katie Couric and Laurie David, Fed Up is being described as “the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see.” The first trailer offered some scary facts about the food industry, including that “over 95 percent of all Americans will be overweight or obese in two decades,” and that “by 2050, one out of every three American will have diabetes.”

Release Date: May 9, 2014

2. God’s Pocket


God’s Pocket features one of Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s final performances. The film, directed by John Slattery, focuses on Mickey Scarpato, who’s dealing with the death of his wife’s psychotic son and a newspaper columnist who’s writing a story about it. The film premiered at Sundance earlier this year, and has received mixed reviews. However, we’re sure that Hoffman is spectacular in this, as he was in everything he was a part of. God’s Pocket also stars Christina Hendricks and John Turturro.

Release Date: May 9, 2014

3. Palo Alto


Gia Coppola‘s Palo Alto is based on a book of short stories by James Franco. The movie follows a football coach, played by Franco, who takes an interested in one of his teen students, played by Emma Roberts. Palo Alto premiered at the Telluride Film Festival last year and has garnered some solid reviews. Most recently, the film played at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Release Date: May 9, 2014

4. The Double


In Richard Ayoade‘s The Double, Jesse Eisenberg plays a man who is driven to insanity when he encounters his doppelganger. Ayoade, who made a spectacular directorial debut with Submarine is developing a unique and interesting style. Thus far, the film has been a hit at festivals, and it looks like people are really anticipating this one. Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Noah Taylor and Yasmin Paige also star.

Release Date: May 9, 2014

5. The Immigrant


James Gray‘s The Immigrant takes place on the mean streets of Manhattan, where Ewa (Marion Cotillard) falls prey to Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix), a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. This film marks the fourth collaboration between Gray and Phoenix, following The Yards (2000), We Own the Night (2007) and Two Lovers (2008).

Release Date: May 16, 2014

6. Tracks


Tracks tells the true story of Robyn Davidson, played by Mia Wasikowska, who in 1977, as a young woman, walked across nearly 2,000 miles of the Western Australian desert with only her dog and four camels by her side. Directed by John Curran, Tracks is adapted by Marion Nelson from Davidson’s memoir. Adam Driver also co-stars as the National Geographic photographer who documented Davison’s adventure.

Release Date: May 23, 2014

7. Filth


Filth is a dark comedy by writer/director Jon S. Baird. Based on the best-selling novel by Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh, the film stars James McAvoy as Bruce Robertson, a bipolar, bigoted junkie cop who manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive season in a bid to secure promotion and win back his wife and daughter. Filth also stars Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Jim Boradbent, Imogen Poots, Joanne Froggatt, Gary Lewis, Martin Compston, Kate Dickie and Shirley Henderson.

Release Date: May 30th, 2014

8. Night Moves


In Night Moves, Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning play Eco-terrorists. The film, directed by Kelly Reichardt, revolves around a plan to destroy a dam in Oregon, but from the trailer, we gather that things don’t go according to plan. Peter Sarsgaard also stars. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival last month, and will open in theaters this summer via Cinedigm.

Release Date: May 30, 2014

9. Obvious Child


Starring Jenny Slate, Obvious Child tells the story of Brooklyn comedian Donna Stern, who gets dumped, fired and pregnant just in time for the worst/best St. Valentine’s Day of her life. The comedy premiered at Sundance and garnered rave reviews; Slate’s performance was hailed as “career making.”

Release Date: June 6, 2014

10. The Sacrament


Eli Roth and Ti West‘s The Sacrament is somewhat based on the crazy story of Jim Jones, who formed his own cult following in the early 1970s and eventually led his people to Guyana where the infamous Jonestown suicide massacre of over 900 people occurred. This film tells the story of a Jim Jones type leader of a cult that is visited by a Vice documentary crew. Gene Jones and A.J. Bowen star.

Release Date: June 6, 2014

11. Third Person


Written and directed by Crash‘s Paul Haggis‘, Third Person stars Liam Neeson, Kim Basinger, Adrien Brody, James Franco, Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis and Maria Bello. The film combines three love stories, set in three different cities: Rome, Paris and New York.

Release Date: June 20 2014, 2014

12. Snowpiercer


This South Korean sci-fi film directed by Bong Joon-ho (The Host) stars Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton and Octavia Spencer. Snowpiercer is set in a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off all life on the planet except for a lucky few that boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system evolves. The film opened internationally last August, but we’re just now going to be able to see it in the U.S.

Release Date: June 27, 2014

13. They Came Together


Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler reunite with Wet Hot American Summer director David Wain for They Came Together, a rom-com spoof with a long list of cameos. The film follows two New Yorkers who meet in classic rom-com style. Poehler’s the owner of a small candy store; and Rudd’s the corporate exec of a big chain that wants to buy her out. But despite their differences, they fall in love. The co-stars include Christopher Meloni, Ken Marino, Bill Hader, Ellie Kemper, Ed Helms, Kenan Thompson, Michael Ian Black, Melanie Lynskey, Jason Mantzoukas, Jack McBrayer, Cobie Smulders, Max Greenfield and more.

Release Date: June 27, 2014

14. Begin Again


John Carney‘s film Begin Again, formerly titled Can A Song Save Your Life?, stars Mark Ruffalo as Dave, a former big-time record executive who’s fired by Mos Def, and Keira Knightley as Gretta, the girlfriend of a rock star who gets dumped when he’s signed to a major label. Dave and Gretta come together by fate and soon begin making music together – Gretta as a singer songwriter and Dave as the producer – in and around New York City. Begin Again premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to rave reviews and also played Tribeca Film Festival last month. The film also stars Hailee Steinfeld, James Corden, Catherine Keener and Cee Lo Green.

Release Date: July 4, 2014

15. Boyhood


Boyhood is Richard Linklater’s long-awaited experimental coming-of-age drama about the lives of a South Texas family. The film was made over the course of 12 years. You know the expression, “growing up right before my eyes”? Well that’s literally going to be the case in this movie. It’ll be like nothing we’ve ever seen before. The film stars Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke.

Release Date: July 11, 2014

16. Life Itself


Based on Roger Ebert‘s 2011 memoir, Life Itself is directed by Steve James (Hoop Dreams). Martin Scorsese serves as executive producer on this documentary that tells the story of Ebert’s amazing career and personal struggles. The film premiered at Sundance earlier this year and got picked up for distribution by Magnolia Pictures.

Release Date: July 11, 2014

17. Wish I Was Here


Zach Braff’s second directorial effort Wish I Was Here stars Braff, along with Donald Faison, Josh Gad, Pierce Gagnon, Ashley Greene, Kate Hudson, Joey King, Jim Parsons and Mandy Patinkin. The film tells the story of Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, father and husband, who at 35 is still trying to find himself. Aidan winds up trying to home school his two children when his father can no longer afford to pay for private education and the only available public school is on its last legs. Through teaching them about life his way, Aidan gradually discovers some of the parts of himself he couldn’t find.

Release Date: July 18, 2014

18. A Most Wanted Man


Anton Corbijn‘s A Most Wanted Man stars the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, along with Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Willem Dafoe and Daniel Bruhl. It tells the tale of “a half-Chechen, half-Russian, tortured half-to-death immigrant who turns up in Hamburg’s Islamic community, laying claim to his father’s ill-gotten fortune. Both German and U.S. security agencies take a close interest in him as the race is on to find out who he really is: oppressed victim or destruction-bent extremist?” The film premiered at Sundace and garnered positive reviews that praised Hoffman’s performance.

Release Date: July 25, 2014

19. What If


What If, previously known as The F Word, stars Daniel Radcliffe as a med school dropout who falls for a perky animator, played by Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks), who unfortunately has had a boyfriend since, like, forever. Adam Driver, Mackenzie Davis, Megan Park and Oona Chaplin also star. CBS Films bought the U.S. rights to the project after its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September and will release it at the end of summer.

Release Date: August 1, 2014

20. Frank


In Frank, Michael Fassbender stars as a poet/musician who wears a giant fake head like all the time (even when he showers). Directed by Lenny Abrahamson, the film is loosely based on the story of Chris Sievery, aka Frank Sidebottom, an English musician who became famous for always wearing a fake head when he performed live. Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Scott McNairy also star. Frank played at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and also played at SXSW. The film has gotten great reviews for its unique humor and eccentricity.

Release Date: August 22, 2014