This week's new indie movies take you on a wild ride, whether it's a road trip gone wrong, a night to remember, or a creepy night to forget. Here are our picks for the best newly available independent films you can watch right now.
Top Indie Movie Pick: Bad Trip
The prank cinema behind "Jackass" and "Borat" informs Netflix's new indie comedy. "Bad Trip" mixes up scripted comedy with hidden camera fun. Two buddies (Eric André and Lil Rel Howery) embark on a road trip from Florida to New York to win the heart of a girl. Along the way, the ex-con sister (Haddish) of one of the buds tracks their every movement. Consequently, hijinx ensue for the poor regular Joes and Janes caught in their way. "Bad Trip" was scheduled to premiere at SXSW last year followed by a regular theatrical run. However, COVID thwarted those plans.
- Where to watch: Netflix
Six Minutes to Midnight
Eddie Izzard co-writes and stars in this pre-WWII drama. This new British indie movie tells the true story of a man (Izzard) who gets a job as a new English teacher at a coastal boarding school. Subsequently, he learns the truth behind many of the girls at the school, while also learning the truth behind why there was a vacancy for his position.
Shoplifters of the World
Four friends navigate a night of craziness, as they make sense of the breakup of their favorite band The Smiths. Meanwhile an impassioned fan hijacks the local radio station forcing the night DJ to play nothing but Smith tunes. As a result, the station becomes the perfect soundtrack to a wild night of partying and debauchery. In short, the film may gloss over what made the Smiths such an iconic band. But, nostalgic fun can be had recalling a time when the most important things in the world were your music and your friends.
Michael Nader directs his first feature. The story inolves a ride-share driver and his passenger who find themselves stuck on a dark forest road. Subsequently, they make their way through the woods and are haunted by a mysterious supernatural entity. Feeling threatened, the entity exacts revenge – a toll – on the trespassers. Lovers of horror genre and new indie movies can do no wrong with this one as the two leads take hold of your attention and never look back.
Based on the acclaimed novel, this new Canadian indie movie takes us into an overlooked community. A coming-of-age tale, "Kuessipan" follows two Innu girls growing up on the outskirts of Quebec. Their lifelong friendship is tested as one falls for a white man and plans to move away. "Kuessipan" joins a remarkable collection of 26 films by Indigenous filmmakers that premiered at last year's Toronto International Film Festival.
- Where to watch: In select theaters and Virtual Cinema
We've seen her story play out before in biopics and musicals. Filmmakers Dan Lindsay and T. J. Martin ("LA 92") gives Grammy-winning singer Tina Turner the final say on her legendary career. The HBO doc premiered to praise at Berlin earlier in the month and touches on everything from her rise to stardom to her tumultuous and abusive marriage to Ike Turner.
- Where to watch: Coming to HBO Max this weekend
Hot Indie Trailer: In the Earth
The pandemic continues to seep into cinematic reality in the latest indie movies. Consequently, this thriller from Ben Wheatley ("Free Fire") deals with a world that is gripped by a deadly virus. Creepy things are afoot as a scientist and a ranger venture deep into a forest for supplies and equipment. In short, we won't say any more. Just watch and be ready for a pure fright fest come April.
- In theaters April 23rd
Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.