Noovie's Alt. Movies: 'One Night in Miami' and Other Gems

Our weekly roundup of all the new and fresh indie movies that you should watch this weekend.

By Matthew Lissauer

Leslie Odom Jr. in "One Night in Miami."

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Stay in with a good movie or two. Here are our picks for this weekend's new indie movie releases that you can watch right now.

  • Noovie's Alt. Movie Pick: One Night in Miami

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    Regina King's phenomenal directorial debut, based on a play of the same name, imagines a conversation between four greats (Cassius Clay, Malcolm X, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke) during a celebratory night in 1964, following Clay's win over Sonny Liston. The film has been generating awards attention since its debut at the Venice Film Festival last year. Just this week Kingsley Ben-Adir won Breakthrough Actor at the Gotham Awards for his portrayal in the movie of political activist Malcolm X. As we previously stated, if there's one thing on Amazon to watch, this is it.

One Night in Miami

Drama / 2020

On the night of Feb. 25, 1964, in Miami, Cassius Clay joins Jim Brown, Sam Cooke and Malcom X, and they discuss the responsibility of being successful black men during the civil rights movement.

  • Promising Young Woman

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    Carey Mulligan is a force to be reckoned with in this killer revenge thriller from first-time director Emerald Fennell. Our own Perri Nemiroff calls it "one of the boldest feature directorial debuts I've ever seen," and the film certainly lives up to the hype, as we follow Mulligan on her path of vengeance against the exes that have wronged her. Premiering to critical praise at last year's Sundance Film Festival, "Promising Young Woman" has been heating up the awards conversation, with LA and Chicago film critic organizations recently awarding both Mulligan for her performance and Fennell for her powerhouse direction. This will definitely be one to watch; and along with Chloe Zhao's "Nomadland," Kelly Reichardt's "First Cow," Eliza Hittman's "Never Rarely Sometimes Always," and the aforementioned "One Night in Miami," hopefully Oscar voters this year will finally acknowledge the incredible contributions from women directors.

    Promising Young Woman

    Thriller / 2020 / R

    Nothing in Cassie's life is what it appears to be -- she's wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she's living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs from the past.

  • News of the World

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    In these hard times the world can always use more Tom Hanks. Not to be confused with Queen's hard-rocking 1977 album of the same name, "News of the World," reteams Hanks with his "Captain Phillips" director Paul Greengrass for a gritty Western. Hanks stars as a Civil War vet who escorts a child (Helena Zengel) across the unforgiving Texas frontier. Think of this as "The Mandalorian," but set in the real world. Young Zengel has been generating lots of praise for her role, and stands to be a breakout star worth watching.

    News of the World

    Drama / 2020 / PG-13

    Five years after the end of the Civil War, Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd crosses paths with a 10-year-old girl taken by the Kiowa people. Forced to return to her aunt and uncle, Kidd agrees to escort the child across the harsh and unforgiving plains of Texas. However, the long journey soon turns into a fight for survival as the traveling companions encounter danger at every turn -- both human and natural.

  • MLK/FBI

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    Director Sam Pollard's new documentary hits screens right in time as we all honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King on Monday. Using newly unsealed documents, "MLK/FBI" delivers a timely and relevant history lesson on just how far our own government went to expose Dr. King, who at one point was labelled by the FBI as "the most dangerous" black man in America. "MLK/FBI" premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival last year, where it received critical praise.

    MLK/FBI

    Documentary / 2020

    An exploration of the United States government surveillance of Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Hot Indie Trailer: Cherry

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    Marvel directing duo Joe and Anthony Russo re-teams with "Spider-Man" Tom Holland for a different kind of movie. Based on the novel and pseudo-autobiography from author Nico Walker, "Cherry" follows a former Army medic, Cherry (Holland), who turns to a life of crime to help feed his opioid addiction as he deals with his post-traumatic stress. TV actress Ciara Bravo looks to breakout as Cherry's long-suffering lover. Read our full breakdown analysis here.

    • In select theaters, February 26; on Apple TV+ March 12

Cherry

Drama / 2021 / R

The wild journey of a disenfranchised young man from Ohio who meets the love of his life, only to risk losing her through a series of bad decisions and challenging life circumstances.

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