ByDavid Fox, writer at Creators.co
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The clocks have gone forward, the days are getting longer and the weather's getting warmer. What does this mean? It means that summer blockbuster season is just around the corner!

What, you're not that excited?

OK, I get it. Maybe you've been beaten into submission by the dour, brutal Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice and don't fancy picking sides for yet another superhero slugfest with the upcoming Captain America: Civil War. You might live in fear of months of big-budget, CGI-filled prequels, sequels and remakes that cost the GDP of a small nation.

But don't worry! There are some great under-the-radar movies coming out that you can watch instead.

So ignore the superheroes, forget about interconnected universes and skip the Jason Bourne retread we don't need - watch something a bit different instead. I've picked six summer releases that you won't want to miss, and there's not a sequel among them.

6. Sausage Party

Who's Directing?

Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon

Who's in it?

Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Paul Rudd, James Franco, Michael Cera, Bill Hader, Salma Hayek, Edward Norton

When can I see it?

August 2016

Why is it worth watching?

Firstly, have you seen that cast? If you're any kind of a fan of comedy from the Seth Rogen stable, then Sausage Party surely has to be worth a watch. Labelled as a kind of "Toy Story for adults", Sausage Party takes the Pixar template ("what if [X] had feelings?") and adds in lashings of sex, swearing and death. Sounds fun, right?

Seth Rogen plays an anthropomorphic sausage named Frank who discovers the truth about his existence - mainly, that he exists to be killed and eaten by humans. Frank and his other food friends then embark on an adventure to avoid their grizzly fate.

It's called Sausage Party, so it's safe to say this is not going to be highbrow comedy. It may not win any awards, but it's bound to bring some laughs. And what more can you ask for from Rogen and pals?

5. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Who's Directing?

Akiva Shaffer and Jorma Taccone (Judd Apatow is on hand as Producer)

Who's in it?

Andy Samberg, Imogen Poots, Will Arnett, Sarah Silverman, Bill Hader, Will Forte, Martin Sheen, Joan Cusack

When can I see it?

June 2016

Why is it worth watching?

It's basically The Lonely Island movie, so if you like their style of comedy-rap-pop then you'll find plenty to like. Even if you're not that keen (or you're not familiar with them) a hilarious satire of the pop music industry is well overdue.

Plot details for this one are pretty skeletal at the moment. We do know that rapper Connor4Real (Samberg) suffers a crises after his latest album bombs and decides to re-form his old boy band. The plot shouldn't matter too much - with a talented comedic cast on hand you can expect the jokes to be fast and funny!

Samberg is usually reliably amusing, and he's backed up by a stellar cast and numerous music industry celebs (including Simon Cowell and Snoop Dogg) playing themselves. Cult comedy status surely beckons.

4. Money Monster

Who's Directing?

Jodie Foster

Who's in it?

George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O'Connell, Dominic West, Giancarlo Esposito

When can I see it?

May 2016

Why is it worth watching?

Simplistic-sounding title aside, Money Monster looks to have a lot going for it. Sure, Clooney isn't to everyone's taste but it's understandable that he was director Foster's first choice for moneyed TV personality Lee Gates. He's held hostage live on his TV show (where he divulges stock tips) by a deranged viewer (O'Connell) who lost everything following Gates' bad advice.

This real-time high tension thriller also delves into the murky world of high finance, so think The Big Short crossed with 24 and you might be part of the way there. Behind the camera is Jodie Foster, who having been in her fair share of excellent thrillers, will surely be able to set the right tone.

3. The Founder

Who's Directing?

John Lee Hancock

Who's in it?

Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Linda Cardellini, BJ Novak, Patrick Wilson, Laura Dern

When can I see it?

August 2016

Why is it worth watching?

It's the real life story of one of the world's biggest companies, everyone's favourite - or least favourite - fast food joint, McDonald's. Ever wondered how McDonald's got from humble beginnings to being the globe-stomping behemoth we know today? Well, The Founder will tell you that story, with Keaton on hand in the role of Ray Kroc. Think The Social Network but for restaurants, I suppose.

It's directed by the man behind The Blind Side and Saving Mr. Banks and starring Michael Keaton, who is on an absolute roll after Birdman and Spotlight. Renaissance man Keaton is backed up by a strong cast too. It really can't fail.

2. Free State Of Jones

Who's Directing?

Gary Ross

Who's in it?

Matthew McConaughey, Keri Russell, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sean Bridgers

When can I see it?

June 2016

Why is it worth watching?

Matthew McConaughey's transformation from much maligned rom-com star to respected actor is now complete, thanks to roles in Dallas Buyer's Club, Interstellar and TV's True Detective, and it means that a starring role for him is something to look out for.

In Free State Of Jones, he'll tell the true story of Newton Knight, a poor farmer and ex-Confederate soldier who leads a band of fellow farmers and former slaves in an attempt to establish a free state and stage an insurrection against the Confederate army in Jones County. It's a great, little known (certainly outside of America) tale and judging from the trailer director Gary Ross has managed to stage some excellent action set pieces. Who needs CGI, right?

1. The Light Between Oceans

Who's Directing?

Derek Cianfrance

Who's in it?

Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz

When can I see it?

Early September 2016

Why is it worth watching?

It's hard not to get excited about this one. Director Derek Cianfrance already has Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond The Pines on his CV, and for his third movie he's directing from his own script, an adaptation of M.L. Steadman's novel of the same name.

The Light Between Oceans tells the story of lighthouse keeper Tom (Fassbender) and his wife Isabel (Vikander) who raise a baby that they rescue from an adrift rowboat. When another woman, Hannah (Weisz) appears who may be the baby's real mother, they have to deal with the consequences of passing the child off as their own.

The bleak drama is perfect for Cianfrance, who has a great track record of that very thing, and with two leads at the absolute top of their game backed up by Oscar winner Weisz, The Light Between Oceans could well sweep up come award season.

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Which of these movies will you be checking out? Are there any other non-blockbusters you're looking forward to this summer? Let me know in the comments below!

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