Indie director and Academy Award winner Chloe Zhao takes on a big budget and a super-stacked cast in Marvel's "Eternals." But this week's new indie movies can dazzle in other ways. There are down-to-earth biopics, satirical thrillers, and a light-hearted walk through the apocalypse. 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: Spencer
We've been seeing a lot of Lady Di depictions in media recently. Netflix's "The Crown" covered the beginnings of her relationship with Prince Charles in its most current season. The streamer also dropped a musical depiction of her life story to mixed reviews, ahead of its Broadway bow. Now, on the big screen, director Pablo Larraín does to Princess Diana what he previously did to First Lady Jackie. Like "Jackie," Larraín's drama is anything but a typical biopic about the Princess and her tragic life. Kristen Stewart is in prime focus as the Princess in a role that's sure to land her award consideration.
- Where to watch: Select Theaters
November 5, 2021
The Harder They Fall
Director Jeymes Samuel polishes up and subverts a tried-and-true Hollywood genre for modern audiences, with this western following outlaw Nat Love (Jonathan Majors). It's a stacked cast to boot, with Majors, Zazie Beetz, Idris Elba, Delroy Lindo, and LaKeith Stanfield, to name a few. "The Harder They Fall" is a bold telling of a true story about a former enslaved person who became one of the most famous outlaws of the Wild West.
- Where to watch: Netflix
If there's any actor out there that can carry a picture alone for two hours, with nothing but a dog and a CGI robot, it's Tom Hanks. He's done it before, though this time, he has a living companion. And that CGI robot replaces a real actor (Caleb Landry Jones) who was on set. After the film faced numerous pandemic-related delays, original studio Universal sold "Finch" to Apple TV+. It now stands as the second Tom Hanks-led film on the platform, including the WWII drama "Greyhound."
- Where to watch: Apple TV+
The Electrical Life of Louis Wain
Another true story out this weekend is this Benedict Cumberbatch-led biopic on late 19th Century painter Louis Wain. The painter, known for his paintings of cats, anthropomorphic and otherwise, also had schizophrenia. The film explores Wain's mental breakdown and how it may have translated into his more psychedelic and surreal paintings in his later life. "The Electrical Life of Louis Wain" premiered to praise at the Telluride Film Festival with Oscar buzz swirling for Cumberbatch's performance.
- Where to watch: Prime Video
The Beta Test
Indie directors Jim Cummings and PJ McCabe satirize Hollywood in this dark comedy about a married agent whose sexual encounter gets him caught up in a web of lies and deceit. "The Beta Test" takes on toxic masculinity and the #MeToo movement in a film that serves as a cutting companion piece to last year's "The Assistant."
Hot Indie Trailer: The First Wave
Filmmaker Matthew Heineman ("Cartel Land") takes you through the distressing and heartbreaking first four months of the COVID-19 pandemic, as seen through the eyes of the heroes on the front lines in a New York City hospital. "The First Wave" will premiere later this month at the AFI Fest before making its theatrical debut. Keep this one on your radar as awards season heats up.
- In select theaters November 19
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.