New Indie Movies: 'How It Ends,' 'Val' and Other Gems

Escape with quirky comedies or get raw with riveting and intimate docs. Here are all the great indie movies now available in theaters or on-demand.

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

New Indie Movies - "How It Ends."

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This week's crop of new indie movies can either provide an escape or take you on a pop-culture history lesson. Take your picks, or choose them all from our picks of all the best newly available indie movies that you can watch right now.

  • Noovie's Indie Movie Pick: How It Ends
    Zoe Lister-Jones in "How It Ends."

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    Zoe Lister-Jones' latest indie ensemble comedy foretells the end of the world, something we're all feeling is imminent these days. "How It Ends" follows Liza (Lister-Jones) as she heads across town to attend an end-of-the-world party. Liza might not be seeking full catharsis, but her inner child tags along for the trek. "How It Ends" made a splash at Sundance earlier in the year.

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How It Ends

Comedy / 2021 / R

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  • Val
    Val Kilmer in "Val."

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    Actor Val Kilmer has largely been out of the public eye in recent years as he battled throat cancer. The unpredictable actor now opens up with a deeply personal doc that's culled from decades of personal videos. Narrated by Kilmer's son Jack, "Val" premiered to praise at Cannes. The actor is also set to return to theaters once again later in the year, reprising his famed role as flying ace Iceman in "Top Gun: Maverick." Want more Val? Here's our list of his 12 best performances.

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    Val

    Documentary / 2021 / R

  • Ailey
    Alvin Ailey in archival footage in "Ailey."

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    Filmmaker Jamila Wingot presents this high-spirited portrait of dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey. Wingot's doc premiered earlier this year at Sundance and is a praised introduction to the legendary dancer that will make you want to seek out more.

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    Ailey

    Documentary / 2021 / PG-13

  • All the Streets Are Silent: The Convergence of Hip Hop and Skateboarding
    Fab 5 Freddy in "All the Streets are Silent."

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    In the late '80s and '90s, two subcultures converged on the streets of New York. Filmmaker Jeremy Elkin and Zoo York co-founder Eli Gesner take you through this landmark cultural time period that can still be felt today in DJ booths, dance floors, and brands like Supreme.

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    All the Streets Are Silent: The Convergence of Hip Hop and Skateboarding

    Music / 2021

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  • Mandibles
    David Marsais and Gregorie Ludig in "Mandibles."

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    French director Quentin Dupieux returns to form with this offbeat comedy in which two friends try to get rich after discovering a giant fly in the trunk of a car. It's a story that can only work from the director that gave us a terrorizing tire, a mystical deerskin jacket, and a strange man stuck in denial seeking his lost dog.

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    Mandibles

    Comedy / 2020

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Hot Indie Trailer: Language Lessons

If our indie trailer pick for the week seems like something born from pandemic fears, you might be right as it was shot in secret during last summer's lockdowns. "Language Lessons" wears its COVID influence on its sleeve, as the lockdowns help forge an unlikely bond between a man (Mark Duplass) and his Spanish language teacher (Natalie Morales).

  • In theaters September 10
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Language Lessons

Drama / 2021

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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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