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We’re not even halfway into 2014 and already this is proving to be a terrific year for movies. In March alone we had a slew of quality films: Enemy, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Raid 2, and Bad Words.

This month is even better. What’s nice about this March and April is that they’ve given us some quality blockbusters that we’d expect from the summer without having to wait for the heat. While Noah had its flaws — a lot of them, to be exact — it was a grand and ambitious drama with the scope of a summer movie. A more consistent summer film is opening this week, and if you pay any attention to the world, you know which.

A hint: it’s the one about a super soldier who was frozen for over 60 years and is now fighting a man with a metal arm that’ll make a gazillion dollars. The movie, not the guy with the metal arm. Not sure what his day rate is.

The Marvel juggernaut isn’t the only movie you need to see this month, though. There are two movies in particular that will surely stand the test of time: Under the Skin and Only Lovers Left Alive. Those are experiences, not just movies. Before the busy summer movie season begins, make sure to make the time for them, in addition to these other eight Must See Movies:

The Retrieval

Opens in theaters April 2nd

Chris Eska‘s The Retrieval premiered over a year ago at SXSW. Thirteen months later, Eska’s film has managed to stick with the people who attended its premiere. This story of a young boy (Ashton Sanders) who has to bring a wanted man (Tishuan Scott) back to his boss during the Civil War is really moving. Not enough praise can be given to Sanders and Scott.

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Captain America: The Winder Soldier

Opens in theaters April 4th

Tied with Captain America: The First Avenger as Marvel’s best film. The studio has Chris Evans to thank for that. Due to the boy scout nature of the titular character, there’s a lot of heart in these movies, and Evans play it all so honestly. He’s Marvel’s MVP, but it’s a good thing he’s surrounded by people who match his talent.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is an example of a popcorn blockbuster done right. Unlike, say, the third act of The AvengersIron ManIron Man 2, and Iron Man 3, this sequel doesn’t end with a bunch of CG suits bashing each other and characters shooting at faceless aliens. The action is grounded and personal. Future Marvel films should take note of the Russo brothers work on this film.

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Under the Skin

Opens in theaters April 4th

This is only Jonathan Glazer‘s third film, but he makes some seasoned pros look like amateurs by comparison. Under the Skin is as every bit as accomplished as Sexy Beast and Birth, and yet, as his track record dictates, it couldn’t be more different from them. Glazer can do it all as a filmmaker, apparently. He certainly knows how leave an impression, and “an impression” is arguably an understatement in the case of Under the Skin. This is a haunting film filled with terror and beauty. It’s not for everyone, but you can’t easily dismiss Glazer’s intentions or Scarlett Johansson‘s magnetic performance as an alien on an unspecified mission. This is truly a movie that shows you its story.

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Dom Hemingway 

Opens in theaters April 4th

Dom Hemingway reveals a new side of Jude Law. Law has always been one of those actors that doesn’t get enough credit because of his fame. He’s a movie star, but he’s also one of our finest actors. Dom Hemingway is his most transformative and entertaining role yet, playing the potbellied, foul mouth, unhinged criminal who shares his name with the title. Writer/director Richard Shepard (The Matador) gives Law no shortage of juicy material to bring to life. Each line that comes out of his mouth is vulgar poetry.


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