New Indie Movies: 'Belfast,' 'Passing,' and Other Gems

There is more to watch this weekend than giant carmine canines. Read on for all the great indie movies now available in theaters or on-demand.

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

New Indie Movies - Caitriona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Judi Dench in "Belfast."

© Focus Features / Courtesy Everett Collection

This week's new indie movies are personal and emotional journeys. They're also likely to be up for a handful of awards this season. Take your picks, or choose them all from our picks of the best newly available indie movies that you can watch right now.

  • Noovie's Indie Movie Pick: Belfast

    Judi Dench, Jude Hill, Ciaran Hinds in "Belfast."

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    Director Kenneth Branagh follows in the footsteps of Alfonso Cuaron with his semi-autobiographical, black-and-white opus. "Belfast" follows a working-class family as they live in the eponymous Irish capital during the late '60s and '70s. It's a time of conflict in Northern Ireland, as the region is in the throes of political strife. This deeply personal project shows how the family makes the best of times as their young boy grows up. "Belfast" won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. The award is a good predictor of Best Picture Oscar glory.

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Belfast

PG-13

Drama

November 12, 2021

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  • Passing

    Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson in "Passing."

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    Actor Rebecca Hall goes behind the camera for her own personal, black-and-white story. "Passing," based on a 1929 novel, follows two mixed-race women who grew up together and are now in adulthood. Set during the Harlem Renaissance, the complicated story finds the two women on the dividing line of race. Irene (Tessa Thompson) identifies as African American and Clare (Ruth Negga) "passes" as white. Hall uses her own personal experiences growing up as a mixed-race woman to inform her adaptation. "Passing" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier in the year and is up for five Gotham Awards.

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    Passing

    PG-13

    Drama

    October 29, 2021

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  • Julia

    Archival photo of Julia Childs in "Julia."

    © Sony Pictures Classics

    We've already seen the life of "French Chef" Julia Child on-screen. Meryl Streep played the famed cook and author in Nora Ephron's 2009 culinary biopic "Julie & Julia." This new doc from filmmakers Julie Cohen and Betsy West ("RBG") takes things further. Using never-before-seen archival footage and first-person accounts, "Julia" serves up a delicious meal on Child's life and legacy.

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    Julia

    PG-13

    Documentary

    November 12, 2021

  • Mayor Pete

    Pete Buttigieg in "Mayor Pete."

    © Amazon Prime Video / Courtesy Everett Collection

    South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg made history in his run in 2020 as a Democratic candidate for President of the United States. If he won the nomination and the general election, he would have become the youngest President to serve and the first to be openly gay. Filmmaker Jesse Moss ("The Overnighters") takes us through his run and eventual selection as Secretary of Transportation and the first openly gay Cabinet member.

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    Mayor Pete

    R

    Documentary

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  • Night Raiders

    Brooklyn Letexier-Hart, Elle-Maija Tailfeathers in "Night Raiders."

    © Samuel Goldwyn Films / Courtesy Everett Collection

    From executive producer Taikia Waititi comes this Indigenous Canadian/New Zealand sci-fi thriller. Set in a post-apocalyptic North America, "Night Raiders" follows a Cree woman, Niska (Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers). She joins forces with resistance fighters to break her daughter out of a state prison. Director Danis Goulet takes inspiration from Alfonso Cuaron's "Children of Men." Consider this a good pairing if you want to watch "Belfast" and do a double-feature of Cuaron-inspired movies.

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    Night Raiders

    Science Fiction

    November 12, 2021

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Hot Indie Trailer: C'mon C'mon

"Belfast" and "Passing" will surely be in the awards conversation this season. Director Mike Mills ("Beginners") has a third black-and-white drama to pay attention to. "C'mon C'mon" features a buzzworthy performance from Joaquin Phoenix, fresh off his 2019 Oscar win for "Joker."

  • In select theaters November 19
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C'mon C'mon

R

Drama

November 19, 2021

Matt Lissauer

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.

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