Released: June 21
Cast: Jessie Buckley, Julie Walters, Sophie Okonedo
Director: Tom Harper
Why you should watch: I don't know about you, but Wild Rose hits just about all of my sweet spots: It's a British drama, featuring music, whose protagonist has big dreams and a penchant for self-destruction. The incredible Jessie Buckley -- you know her if you watched Taboo or Chernobyl -- plays Rose-Lynn Harlan, an ex-con in Glasgow obsessed with American country music. When the film begins, Rose-Lynn has just been released from jail on a drug charge. Now free, she's not so desperate to get back to her two young children, currently living with her mother (Julie Walters), but is instead focused on finding her way to Nashville, where she thinks she can be a star. Rose-Lynn is a prickly character that Buckley crafts delicately: She's devastatingly narcissistic, incredibly naive, and still somehow sympathetic at her core. She also has an incredible voice, used throughout the narrative as she covers classics like Wynonna's "Peace in this House" and sings originals. Wild Rose doesn't lead viewers to an automatically happy, inspirational ending, though it's not a particularly depressing film either. Its tension lies in the fact that Rose-Lynn may very well be headed for immolation, but she's so captivating you can't help but go along for the ride.