Especially when compared to the box office season last year, 2015 had an incredible number of big hits this summer. From The Avengers: Age of Ultron, to Jurassic World, to Minions, most of the major blockbusters have been doing insanely well around the world, and raking in the big money. But while audiences flocked to certain major films, other titles were ultimately ignored, despite have huge buzz and great reviews. We’re here to try and help that imbalance.

Now that August is close to coming to a close, we’ve decided to take a look back at the last few months and bring to your attention many of the amazing smaller films that audiences didn’t turn into gigantic hits this past summer. Read on!

Far From The Madding Crowd
Far From The Madding Crowd
Release Date: May 1st

Major Direct Competition: The Avengers: Age of Ultron

This is the kind of movie that usually finds buzz coming out during the height of Oscar season, but it got a bit buried at the start of this summer due to being the counterprogramming option to Joss Whedon’s The Avengers:: Age of Ultron. But just because Thomas Vinterberg’s Far From The Madding Crowd didn’t get the same kind of headlines as the Marvel Studios film doesn’t mean that it’s not a movie worth finding a way to see. Obviously it helps if you have a proper temperament and appreciation for period dramas, but the truth is that the film is a wonderful adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel of the same name. It’s a wonderful Victorian love story anchored by not only another excellent lead performance from Carey Mulligan, but also great turns from the three men who wind up falling in love with her: Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, and Tom Sturridge.

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