New Indie Movies: 'Red Rocket,' 'Power of the Dog,' and Other Gems

There is more to watch than just showstopping musicals. Read on for the great indie movies now available in theaters and on-demand.

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

New Indie Movies - Simon Rex in "Red Rocket."

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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 from ours of the best newly available indie movies you can watch right now.

  • Noovie's Indie Movie Pick: Red Rocket

    Suzanna Son and Simon Rex in "Red Rocket."

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    Most of us are familiar with Simon Rex from his appearances in low-brow parody movies from the '00s. This year, there's a good chance that Rex can turn it all around. In Sean Baker's ("The Florida Project") latest dramedy, Rex stars as a former porn star who returns to his Texas hometown only to discover that no one wants him back. "Red Rocket" was a buzzy title during this year's Cannes Film Festival, and Rex has been earning his fair share of praise for his earnest performance. We can't help but recall 2019 when former Razzie recipients Eddie Murphy and Adam Sandler performed a similar acting-180 in their own indie films.

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Red Rocket

R

Comedy Drama

December 10, 2021

  • The Power of the Dog

    Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Power of the Dog."

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    Benedict Cumberbatch has had quite a prolific year. He kicked off 2021 with the historical thrillers "The Courier" and "The Mauritanian." Then this past fall, he starred in Amazon's buzzy biopic from the Telluride Film Festival, "The Electrical Life of Louis Wain." Now he's getting set to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Doctor Strange in "Spider-Man: No Way Home." But before he unleashes a multiverse of madness, Cumberbatch stars in this Western drama from New Zealand director Jane Campion.

    "The Power of the Dog" drew much praise when it premiered at the Venice Film Festival. It will likely land Cumberbatch several award nods for his turn as a Montana rancher. Former "Spider-Man" star Kirsten Dunst joins as his wife. Will "The Power of the Dog" be the only 2021 movie that stars these two? Probably.

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    The Power of the Dog

    R

    Drama

    November 17, 2021

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  • Flee

    Amin in a still from "Flee."

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    Another strong awards contender is filmmaker Jonas Poher Rasmussen's animated doc "Flee." The doc has been swarming around the awards conversation ever since it premiered at Sundance, where it won the World Cinema Documentary Competition award. It can also add a Gotham Award to its list of many accolades, along with honors from the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review. "Flee" is Denmark's entry for Best International Feature Film at this year's Oscars and will likely land Best Documentary and Best Animated Feature consideration.

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    Flee

    PG-13

    Documentary

    December 3, 2021

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  • Benedetta

    Virginie Efira in "Benedetta."

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    You probably best know "RoboCop" and "Total Recall" director Paul Verhoeven for his satirical movies drenched in blood. However, the director has taken a break from big Hollywood productions and all that irony and gore, as of late. His films now are more down-to-earth and personal. "Benedetta," set in the 17th Century and based on a true story, follows the titular nun (Virginie Efira) who joins an Italian convent. She soon becomes enamored with another nun, leading to scandal. "Benedetta" made waves at Cannes earlier in the year.

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    Benedetta

    Drama

    December 3, 2021

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  • Encounter

    Lucian-River Chauhan, Riz Ahmed and Aditya Geddada in "Encounter."

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    After surprising critics with a powerful and Oscar-nominated performance in last year's "Sound of Metal," Riz Ahmed returns to the Prime Video platform with another compelling turn. Ahmed stars as Malik Khan, a dishonorably discharged Marine suffering from PTSD. On a trip to Nevada with his kids in tow, he explains that it's up to them to stop an impending alien invasion. But is this all real or a manifestation of post-traumatic stress?

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    Encounter

    R

    Thriller

    December 3, 2021

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Hot Indie Trailer: The Outfit

Graham Moore, screenwriter of "The Imitation Game," makes his directorial debut with this Chicago-set crime thriller. Mark Rylance stars as an expert tailor who finds himself embroiled in mob activity and a game of wits when two local gangsters come knocking on the door of his small Chicago tailor shop.

  • In select theaters February 25
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The Outfit

Thriller

February 25, 2022

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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