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
I Care a Lot
Comedy / 2020 / R
A shady legal guardian lands in hot water when she tries to bilk a woman who has ties to a powerful gangster.
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.
Drama / 2020 / R
A woman embarks on a journey through the American West after losing everything during the recession.
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.
Crime Drama / 2021 / R
Young, idealistic and driven to succeed, Ross Ulbricht creates Silk Road, the internet's first unregulated marketplace. When the site becomes a multimillion dollar pipeline for illicit drugs, Ulbricht draws the attention of Rick Bowden, a dangerously unpredictable DEA agent who uses any means necessary to take him down.
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.
Days of the Bagnold Summer
Comedy / 2019
A teenager spends his summer listening to heavy metal music and trying to get along with his librarian mom.
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
Music / 2021
Enthusiasts from across America attend Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, where they gather to shred with their rock star "counselors" -- and learn to rock like the legends.
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
Six Minutes to Midnight
Drama / 2020 / PG-13
A man lands in trouble when he takes a job teaching English to the daughters of high-ranking Nazis.