New Indie Movies: 'Spencer,' 'The Harder They Fall,' and Other Gems

There are more films to watch this weekend than eternal battles of good and evil. Read on for all the great indie movies now available in theaters or on-demand.

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

New Indie Movies - Kristen Stewart in "Spencer."

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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

    Kristen Stewart in "Spencer."

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    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.

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Spencer

R

Drama

November 5, 2021

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  • The Harder They Fall

    Regina King and LaKeith Standfield in "The Harder They Fall."

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    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.

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    The Harder They Fall

    R

    Western

    October 22, 2021

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  • Finch

    Tom Hanks in "Finch."

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    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."

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    Finch

    PG-13

    Drama

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  • The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

    Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Electrical Life of Louis Wain."

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    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.

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    The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

    PG-13

    Drama

    October 22, 2021

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  • The Beta Test

    Jim Cummings in "The Beta Test."

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    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."

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    The Beta Test

    Mystery

    November 5, 2021

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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
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The First Wave

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Documentary

November 19, 2021

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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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