This week's new indie movies deliver something for everyone. Get some comedic action with "The Paper Tigers," or get real with Netflix's "Monster." Get dark with stardom with "Mainstream" or live fast and die young through the life and times of a famed director. These are our picks for all the best new indie movies that you can watch right now.
Noovie's Indie Movie Pick: The Paper Tigers
Three middle-aged, past-their-prime former martial artists dust off their skills to avenge their fallen master. And the three ex-prodigies won't let their dad-bods, or their dad-duties, get in their way. Quoc Bao Tran's debut feature is drawn from his love of old-school martial arts films. Plus it also draws from his own personal experiences. Even still, he faced some difficulty getting the film off the ground. Tran especially hit problems when trying to find a Hollywood studio that wouldn't compromise on his insistence of using only a cast of minorities and people of color. After no luck there, Tran turned to Kickstarter to help secure funding and maintain his vision. Out of all the new indie movies this week, "The Paper Tigers" certainly is a great one to watch for AAPI Heritage Month.
The Paper Tigers
Action / 2020 / PG-13
Originally titled "All Rise," "Monster" makes its debut on Netflix after a near four-year odyssey from its 2018 Sundance debut to its 2021 release. As we noted previously, the world has changed a lot since the film's premiere, but the story seems only more relevant now. Kelvin Harrison Jr. plays Steve, a boy with a promising future whose world comes crashing down after he's charged with felony murder. The film features an ensemble cast including Jennifer Hudson, Jeffrey Wright, Tim Blake Nelson, John David Washington, and rappers Nas and A$AP Rocky.
- Where to watch: Netflix
Andrew Garfield swings back into cinemas, just as Spider-Man fans have been wondering if Garfield will be making a multiversal Spidey cameo in an MCU near you. Gia Coppola ("Palo Alto") directs this dark comedy about internet stardom gone wrong. A charming man (Garfield) and a young producer (Maya Hawke) connect on the road to gain massive internet points, but neither of them is prepared for what that kind of celebrity will bring.
The Water Man
Actor David Oyelowo taps into his inner-Speilberg with his directorial debut in "The Water Man." A boy seeks out help from the mythical Water Man to help save his ailing mother. The legendary figure holds the secret to immortality and there's only one girl that knows his whereabouts. This will not be an easy journey. Oyelowo's debut premiered to praise last year at the Toronto International Film Festival.
- Where to watch: In select theaters
German director Oskar Roehler plays with New German Cinema tropes in this punk-rock biopic of famed prolific director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. German actor Oliver Masucci stars as Fassbinder, a director that completely transformed German filmmaking. Fassbinder died young, but not before making 44 films of all kinds of genres in the span of sixteen years.
- Where to watch: In select theaters
Biography / 2020
Hot Indie Trailer: Summer of Soul
Musician Questlove uncovers footage from a long-forgotten summer music festival that took place in Harlem at the end of the '60s. "Summer of Soul" caught quite a wave of buzz at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Read our full trailer breakdown here.
- In Theaters and on Hulu July 2
Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
Documentary / 2021 / PG-13
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