Catch a quality movie or two this weekend. Here are our picks for the best newly available independent movies that you can watch right now.
Noovie's Alt. Movie Pick: Nomadland
Chloe Zhao's modern western drama has been heating up the awards race. And, after months of hearing just how great this movie is, now's your chance to finally watch it. Look for powerful performances by Francis McDormand and David Strathairn, and pay attention to the stark direction and cinematography from Zhao and Joshua James Richards. This is where most of the awards attention is drawn. And, since "Nomadland" is only playing on IMAX screens at the moment (where safe, of course), you will be fully immersed in the experience of it all.
- Where to watch: select IMAX theaters; on Hulu Feb. 29
Drama / 2020 / R
A woman embarks on a journey through the American West after losing everything during the recession.
The Little Things
Three Oscar winners – Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, and Jared Leto – come together for this '90s-set crime drama in which two detectives (Washington and Malek) investigate a series of murders at the hands of a likely suspect (Leto). Interestingly the '90s setting is not some nostalgic call-back. Writer/director John Lee Hancock wrote the screenplay back in 1993 with the hopes getting Steven Spielberg to helm. After he, and other directors like Clint Eastwood and Danny DeVito passed, Hancock eventually decided to take on the project himself.
The Little Things
Drama / 2021 / R
Deputy Sheriff Joe "Deke" Deacon joins forces with Sgt. Jim Baxter to search for a serial killer who's terrorizing Los Angeles. As they track the culprit, Baxter is unaware that the investigation is dredging up echoes of Deke's past, uncovering disturbing secrets that could threaten more than his case.
Carey Mulligan has been wowing audiences with her killer performance in "Promising Young Woman," but in Simon Stone's new historical drama, she tones things down a bit. Mulligan portrays Edith Pretty, an English landowner curious about what lies beneath the mounds on her property. Pretty hires local archeologist Basil Brown (Ralph Fiennes), and the two make the discovery of a lifetime. If you're game to take in a double shot of Mulligan movies this weekend, Stone's sweeping dramatization of the landmark Sutton Hoo excavation is sure to wow you in other ways.
- Where to watch: Netflix
Drama / 2021
An excavator and his team discover a wooden ship from the Dark Ages while digging up a burial ground on a woman's estate.
Pop star Justin Timberlake changes things up as the eponymous Palmer, an ex-football-star ex-con who returns home following his stint in prison. He takes into his care a young boy Sam (Ryder Allen), who Palmer feels is a chip not far off from his own block. Timberlake shines, even if the movie might tread too safely on its themes. Funnily enough, showing the age of both star and co-star, young actor Allen recently admitted that when he came on the project he had no idea who Justin Timberlake was. Oof.
- Where to watch: Apple TV+
Drama / 2021
After 12 years in prison, former high school football star Eddie Palmer returns home to put his life back together and forms an unlikely bond with Sam, an outcast boy from a troubled home. But Eddie's past threatens to ruin his new life and family.
In a heartwarming tale of real love, longtime partners Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci) take one last road trip to reunite with old friends and family, as Tusker slowly succumbs to early onset dementia. "Supernova" shines with the performances from its leads, and could land Oscar noms for either Firth or Tucci.
Drama / 2020
A gay couple -- one a musician, the other a novelist -- embark on a road trip as dementia starts to take hold of one of them.
Hot Indie Trailer: The Courier
Once known as "Ironbark" back when it premiered at Sundance last year, director Dominic Cooke's historical drama follows the true story of Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch), a British businessman who works with MI6 to take down the Russians during the Cuban Missile Crisis. "Ironbark," by the way, was the code name of the Russian source that communicated with Wynne. After a number of pandemic-related delays, the true-life spy thriller is finally coming to screens in March.
- In theaters March 19
Drama / 2020 / PG-13
British spy Greville Wynne and his Russian source try to put an end to the Cuban Missile Crisis.