New Indie Movies: 'The Night House' and Other Gems

There's more to the movies this weekend than action and intrigue. Read on for all the great indie movies now available in theaters or on-demand.

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

New Indie Movies - Rebecca Hall in "The Night House"

© Searchlight Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

This week's crop of new indie movies tests the bonds of family or runs wild with imagination. 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 Night House

    Rebecca Hall in "The Night House."

    © Searchlight Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

    Rebecca Hall stars as a widow reeling from the death of her husband in this new thriller from indie horror director David Bruckner ("The Ritual"). As dreams get the best of Beth (Hall), she starts to unravel her late husband's dark secrets. Hall is the standout in Bruckner's tense and moody creepshow. "The Night House" premiered at last year's Sundance Film Festival and has the interesting distinction of being the first film sold.

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The Night House



August 20, 2021

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  • Wildland

    Sandra Guldberg Kampp and Sidse Babett Knudsen in "Wildland."

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    Family is loyalty. We learned this through "F9" and we'll explore it more in "The Many Saints of Newark." After watching this Danish crime drama, you'll see that this is more than a mantra -- it's an absolute truth.

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    Crime Drama

    August 20, 2021

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  • Flag Day

    Dylan Penn and Sean Penn in "Flag Day."

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    The bonds of family and love continue to get tested in this new drama from Sean Penn. Not only is "Flag Day" Penn's return to the director chair, but it's also the first time he directs himself, and his kids. Dylan Penn stars as Jennifer Vogel, a daughter who is learning to live with the truth about her father. Hopper Penn also appears as Vogel's brother. Although the film might be too melodramatic for its own good, it's still great to see elder Penn acting off his offspring. "Flag Day" premiered this year at the Cannes Film Festival.

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    Flag Day



    August 20, 2021

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  • Cryptozoo

    A scene from "Cryptozoo."

    © Magnolia Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

    Imagination runs wild in this new animated fantasy from artist and director Dash Shaw ("My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea"). In a cinematic landscape littered with CG animation that all too often falls flat, Shaw paints a different kind of picture with vivid 2D watercolors. "Cryptozoo" won the Innovator Award at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

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    August 20, 2021

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Hot Indie Trailer: The Hand of God

Director Paolo Sorrentino ("The Great Beauty") gets personal in his new upcoming drama. Set in the '80s, "The Hand of God" is semi-autobiographical and follows the awkward Fabietto (Filippo Scotti) as family, sports, and cinema collide to help him come of age. "The Hand of God" is set to premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

  • In select theaters December 3; on Netflix December 15
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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