New Indie Movies: 'Licorice Pizza,' 'House of Gucci,' and Other Gems

There is more to watch this weekend than family musicals and zombie origin stories. Here are the new indie movies now available in theaters or on-demand.

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

New Indie Movies - Cooper Hoffman and Alana Haim in "Licorice Pizza."

© MGM / Courtesy Everett Collection

Awards season is here, and this week's new indie movies, and their stars, are all prime contenders for a handful of accolades this year. 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: Licorice Pizza

    Cooper Hoffman and Alana Haim in "Licorice Pizza."

    © MGM / Courtesy Everett Collection

    Named after a former chain of SoCal record shops, "Licorice Pizza" might not sound appetizing as a menu option. As a coming-of-age film, however, "Licorice Pizza" is sure to deliver. Paul Thomas Anderson returns with this '70s-set dramedy, loosely based on the life of Anderson's producer friend Gary Goetzman. It's 1973, and budding teen actor Gary (Cooper Hoffman) meets an older photographer's assistant (Alana Haim). The two hit it off as they cross paths with famous actors and politicians of the day. Haim is likely to join Lady Gaga (whom we highlight below) and Will Smith (for "King Richard") as another music star making a run for an acting Oscar this year.

    Bradley Cooper also stars as film producer Jon Peters. He's a real producer who produced the 1976 version of "A Star Is Born" and produced Cooper's 2018 version. It's an interesting connection to this film from a previous award winner. In another connection, Benny Safdie stars as politician Joe Wachs. Both Anderson and Safdie (with his brother Josh) directed films that surprised critics with impactful performances from Adam Sandler.

Licorice Pizza Poster

Licorice Pizza

R

Drama

November 26, 2021

  • House of Gucci

    Lady Gaga in "House of Gucci."

    © MGM / Courtesy Everett Collection

    From the '70's we move on to the '80s. Excess and greed are on full display in this new true-crime thriller from Ridley Scott. Lady Gaga takes the lead as Patrizia Reggiani. It's a role that's sure to lead her back to multiple award nods after sizzling at the 2018 Oscars for "A Star Is Born." Hamming it up alongside her is a star-studded cast, including Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Al Pacino, and Jeremy Irons. This is Scott's second awards hopeful in two months. Last month the director released "The Last Duel," another intense historical drama starring Driver.

    House of Gucci Poster

    House of Gucci

    R

    Drama

    November 24, 2021

  • The Humans

    Richard Jenkins, Jayne Houdyshell, Beanie Feldstein, Steven Yeun, and Amy Schumer in "The Humans."

    © Showtime Networks / Courtesy Everett Collection

    Based on a Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning one-act play, "The Humans" takes place throughout one night where a family of Homo sapiens gathers for Thanksgiving. Actress Jayne Houdyshell reprises her role from the play as the family matriarch for the film. Also, look for a dramatic turn from comedian Amy Schumer. Playwright Stephen Karam ably adapts his play for the new medium, and it'll be no shock if he's up for a Best Adapted Screenplay award.

    The Humans Poster

    The Humans

    R

    Drama

    November 24, 2021

    Watch on

  • Drive My Car

    Hidetoshi Nishijima and Toko Miura "Drive My Car."

    © Janus Films / Courtesy Everett Collection

    It's a serendipitous coincidence, but Japanese director Ryusuke Hamaguchi's new drama "Drive My Car" opens just as Peter Jackson's three-part rock-doc "The Beatles: Get Back" drops on Disney+. The author, whose novel Hamaguchi adapts, likes to pluck Beatles song titles for his films. His last big-screen adaptation? The romance "Norwegian Wood." So, he moves on from a Lennon tune to one mainly penned by McCartney. The song's lyrics seep into the very core of the story, as an aging actor and his young chauffeur forge a deep relationship. "Drive My Car" won three awards at Cannes this year and is Japan's entry for this year's Best International Feature Film Oscar.

    Drive My Car Poster

    Drive My Car

    Drama

    November 24, 2021

Hot Indie Trailer: Jockey

Forgive the pun, but Clifton Collins Jr. is a dark horse acting award contender this year for his turn here in "Jockey." From first-time feature film director Clint Bentley comes this beautifully directed sports drama about an aging jockey (Collins Jr.) and his last shot at glory.

  • In select theaters December 29
Jockey Poster

Jockey

R

Drama

December 29, 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.

More from Matt Lissauer

Be the First to Know.

Get articles like this and the latest movie news in your inbox.

Subscribing to a newsletter indicates your consent to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. You may unsubscribe from the newsletters at any time.

Advertisement