This week's new crop of indies takes us on the road and on the lamb, while providing some hard rockin' beats. Here are our picks for the best newly available independent movies that you can watch right now.
Noovie's Alt. Movie Pick: I Care a Lot
A cold, and heartless legal guardian (Rosamund Pike) beefs up her bank account as she steals from the elderly in this new dark comedy thriller from director J. Blakeson ("The 5th Wave"). Pike's Marla Grayson is a con-woman through and through; and her game at taking from the poor to feed her rich lifestyle, is a perfect example of capitalism gone wrong. Marla receives a tip about a new mark, a wealthy retiree Jennifer (Dianne Wiest). Things go horribly wrong when it's learned that Jennifer is actually the mother of a notorious former Russian mob boss (Peter Dinklage). "I Care a Lot" had its world premiere last year at the Toronto International Film Festival.
- Where to watch: Netflix
After a woman (Frances McDormand) loses everything following the Great Recession, she sells all her possessions and turns to a nomadic life on the road. Based on a non-fiction book by journalist Jessica Bruder, "Nomadland" has been leading the awards conversation ever since its premiere at the Venice Film Festival last year, where it won the top award, the Golden Lion. Director and writer Chloe Zhao, McDormand, co-star David Strathairn and cinematographer Joshua James Richards are all likely candidates for Oscar consideration. We previously featured "Nomadland," when it opened in select IMAX screens, but now all of us can easily take in this likely Best Picture contender with it's streaming release on Hulu and its expansion to more theaters today. If you see only one award contender this year, make it this one.
February 19, 2021
Based on a true story, this cyber-thriller tells the story of Ross Ulbricht (Nick Robinson), the twenty-something creator of the dark net website Silk Road, and the undercover DEA agent Rick Bowden (Jason Clarke) hot on his trail. The two, however, could not be more unlike each other, in age and tech-savviness, but Ulbricht and Bowden do share a commonality of being too idealistic for their own good. "Silk Road" was to have its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, before Covid changed those plans.
Days of the Bagnold Summer
Polar opposites try to make life together work in this British comedy based on a graphic novel. Teen Daniel (Earl Cave) was looking forward to spending his summer in Florida with his dad while tuning out and thrashing hard to his heavy metal beats, but a sudden change of plans forces him to stay home all summer with his boring librarian mom (Monica Dolan). It isn't long, however, that Daniel learns that life with his mom might not be so bad after all.
Rock Camp: The Movie
Fans get a chance to learn from guitar heroes and live their hard rockin' dreams at the Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp. Filmmakers Douglas Blush and Renee Barron take us behind the scenes of the real-life institution that became a cultural phenomenon across New York, L.A. and other cities. Blush and Barron talk to the eager campers who realized their dreams, playing and singing with the rock legends, while camp counselors like the Who's Roger Daltry, KISS's Gene Simmons, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Slash and more share their wildest stories.
Rock Camp: The Movie
February 16, 2021
Hot Indie Trailer: Six Minutes to Midnight
Tensions rise and things get more and more suspicious at an Anglo-German private school for girls in the dark days preceeding England's entry into WWII. After a teaching position is mysteriously left vacant, new teacher Thomas Miller (Eddie Izzard) is hired as a replacement. Miller however soon learns of the school's ties to Nazi Germany, especialy with respect to the twenty girls now under his tutalage, some of whom are the daughters of the Nazi High Command.
- In theaters March 26
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.