New Indie Movies: 'The French Dispatch' and Other Gems

There is more to watch this weekend than space operas with sandworms. Read on for all the great indie movies now available in theaters or on-demand.

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

New Indie Movies - "The French Dispatch."

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This week's new indie movies are fun, insightful and thrilling. You can take a whimsical journey back to 20th Century France, or you can open your eyes to the real-life journies of two brave figures. 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: The French Dispatch

    Timothee Chalamet and Lyna Khoudri in "The French Dispatch."

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    Director Wes Anderson returns with his most "Wes Anderson" movie to date. Based on his love of travelogues and old New Yorker magazines, "The French Dispatch" brings to vivid life a collection of the eponymous (and fictional) mag's most famed mid-20th-Century stories. While Timothée Chalamet rides space worms on the far-reaches of planet Arrakis, Anderson fans might enjoy seeing him in a more down-to-earth story. Also along for the ride are regular Anderson players, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and more. "The French Dispatch" premiered earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival.

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The French Dispatch

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Comedy Drama

October 22, 2021

  • Becoming Cousteau

    Jacques-Yves Cousteau (archive footage) in "Becoming Cousteau."

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    With help from narrator Vincent Cassel, filmmaker Liz Garbus takes us through the life and legacy of famed explorer, naturalist, and filmmaker Jacques Cousteau. As a conservationist, Cousteau tried to sound the alarms on climate change 50 years ago. Garbus explores the explorer's crusade and sheds new light on a man that inspired many to protect the Earth.

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    Becoming Cousteau

    PG-13

    Documentary

    October 22, 2021

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  • Broadcast Signal Intrusion

    Harry Shum Jr. in "Broadcast Signal Intrusion."

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    A videophile (Harry Shum Jr.) connects the dots between tapes of strange broadcast interruptions and his missing wife in this atmospheric thriller that wowed audiences at SXSW. "Broadcast Signal Intrusion" may stumble a bit on its weight, but it boasts a strong performance from lead Shum Jr. It's a worthy creepfest for those looking for something different this Halloween.

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    Broadcast Signal Intrusion

    Horror

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  • Introducing, Selma Blair

    Selma Blair in "Introducing, Selma Blair."

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    Her fans were shocked yet supportive when actress Selma Blair revealed her multiple sclerosis diagnosis in 2018. Blair and filmmaker Rachel Fleit document life with the disease and Blair's struggle for personal acceptance. What's revealed is a powerful journey that can help others as they struggle with the illness. "Introducing, Selma Blair" premiered at SXSW earlier in the year.

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    Introducing, Selma Blair

    Documentary

Hot Indie Trailer: The Lost Daughter

Along with Rebecca Hall's "Passing," Maggie Gyllenhaal's "The Lost Daughter" just picked up the most nods at this year's Gotham Awards. It's easy to see why. The drama boasts strong performances from Olivia Colman and Dakota Fanning. It also looks to be a powerful directorial debut for Gyllenhaal and one to watch this awards season.

  • In select theaters December 17; On Netflix December 31
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The Lost Daughter

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Drama

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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