New Indie Movies: 'CODA,' 'Days' and Other Gems

There's more to cinema this weekend than gamified action. Read on for all the great indie movies now available in theaters or on-demand.

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

New Indie Movies - Emilia Jones in "CODA."

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This week's crop of new indie movies are journeys, either personal and historical, and each with their own impactful lessons. Take your picks, or choose them all from our selections of the best newly available indie movies you can watch right now.

  • Noovie's Indie Movie Pick: CODA
    Emilia Jones in "CODA."

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    If you haven't yet choked up while listening to Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides, Now" (especially her orchestrated re-recorded version from 2000), then prepare yourself for the waterworks here. Mitchell's seminal folk ballad plays a pivotal role throughout Sian Heder's new indie drama as Emilia Jones's Ruby comes of age while caring for her deaf family. "CODA" (which stands for Children of Deaf Adults), was a big hit at Sundance earlier in the year. Apple was quick to scoop it up for their budding platform. Expect "CODA" to appear in the awards conversation this fall.

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CODA

Drama / 2021 / PG-13

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  • Days
    LEE Kang-sheng in "Days."

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    Understated and sparse, Tsai Ming-Liang's new drama proves that you don't need to say a lot to convey emotion. "Days" plays as a meditation on life. We follow Kang (Lee Kang-sheng) and Non (Anong Houngheuangsy) through their daily rituals and the mundanities that bring them together. "Days" competed at the 70th Berlin Film Festival where it won the Teddy Award for films with LBGTQ+ themes.

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    Days

    Documentary / 2020

  • Ema
    Mariana Di Girolamo and Gael Garcia Bernal "Ema."

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    Tragedy befalls the titular Ema (Mariana Di Girolamo) in this new harrowing yet empowering drama from Pablo Larraín. Dancer Ema is dealing with multiple pains. Her divorce from Gastón (Gael García Bernal) with whom she could not have a child, and the adopted son they ultimately had to give up. The only way she can liberate herself from these demons is to burn down the past. "Ema" was a critic favorite at both the 2019 Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals. After a year of pandemic-related delays, it's finally coming stateside.

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    Ema

    Drama / 2019

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  • The Meaning of Hitler
    Head of Adolf Hitler statue in "The Meaning of Hitler."

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    How do you ruminate on a person and their legacy without lionizing them or becoming another piece of media that adds to the cult of personality? Filmmakers Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker walk this thin line as they peel back the layers of myth and legend that have come to define one of the most evil men of the 20th Century and his regime. In a time when white nationalism and anti-semitism are all but normalized, "The Meaning of Hitler" couldn't be a more relevant and important watch.

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    The Meaning of Hitler

    Documentary / 2021

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  • Not Going Quietly
    Ady Barkan with his wife Rachael King and their son Carl in "Not Going Quietly."

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    If you're looking for a movie that will inspire, you can't do much better than Nicholas Bruckman's new profile of healthcare activist Ady Barkan. After being diagnosed with ALS, Barkan made it his mission to ensure everyone has access to affordable healthcare. Follow his journey, and his "Be a Hero" campaign, beyond the famous viral moment on a plane in 2017, when he confronted then-Senator Jeff Flake. "Not Going Quietly" premiered in competition at this year's SXSW. It won the jury prize for Humanity in Social Action and the Audience Award for Documentary Feature Competition.

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    Not Going Quietly

    Documentary / 2021

Hot Indie Trailer: The Nowhere Inn

What starts as an ordinary documentary about singer/songwriter St. Vincent becomes something more sinister and foreboding. Carrie Brownstein ("Portlandia") and Annie Clark (a/k/a St. Vincent) gives us the answer to what "This Is Spinal Tap" would be like if it was directed by David Lynch.

  • In theaters and on VOD September 17
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The Nowhere Inn

Comedy / 2020

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Matt Lissauer

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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