Noovie's Alt. Movies: 'On the Rocks,' 'The Glorias' and Other Gems

Fathers, daughters and powerful women are the running threads stitching together the best new indie movies now available to watch.

By Matthew Lissauer

Rashida Jones and Bill Murray in "On the Rocks."

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The only wide release in theaters right now may be "Tenet," but that doesn't mean there isn't a great bevy of content available to watch. As we continue the new normal, here's your weekly round up of all the fresh lo-fi indie movies that you can watch right now.

  • Noovie's Alt. Movie Pick: On the Rocks

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    This week's indie movie pick comes from "Lost in Translation" director Sofia Coppola. Her she re-teams with her co-star Bill Murray for this intimate father-and-daughter story. Happily married Laura (Rashida Jones) begins to suspect infidelity when her husband (Marlon Wayans) logs long hours at work. Seeking advice from her dad (Murray), the two embark on a late night journey across Manhattan to uncover the truth.

    • Where to watch: In theaters (coming to Apple TV+ 10/23)

On the Rocks

Comedy / 2020 / R

A New York woman and her impulsive, larger-than-life father try to find out if her husband is having an affair.

  • The Glorias

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    Oscar-winners Alicia Vikander and Julianne Moore portray feminist icon Gloria Steinem at different stages of her life. Director Julie Taymor tweaks the biopic format. Instead of playing it straight, the story is more a reflection on Steinem's struggles as she rises to prominence as a voice of female empowerment.

The Glorias

Drama / 2020 / R

The story of Gloria Steinem -- from her childhood in 1940s Ohio to her leading role in the women's liberation movement.

  • A Call to Spy

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    Director Lydia Dean Pilcher and writer and star Sarah Megan Thomas tell a little known WWII story. Pilcher's new indie movie focuses on a trio of unsuspecting women who secretly run espionage at the outset of the war.

A Call to Spy

Drama / 2019 / PG-13

At the dawn of World War II, a desperate Winston Churchill orders his new spy agency to train women for covert operations. Together, these female agents help undermine the Nazi regime in France, leaving an unmistakable legacy in their wake.

  • Dick Johnson Is Dead

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    To prepare her family for the inevitable, filmmaker Kirsten Johnson has some dark fun with her aging father Richard. The two stage multiple scenarios in which the elder Johnson shuffles off this mortal coil. "Dick Johnson Is Dead" premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.

Dick Johnson Is Dead

Documentary / 2020 / PG-13

A filmmaker and her elderly father stage his death in various ways to help them face his inevitable demise.

  • Possessor Uncut

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    If the above didn't creep you out, then perhaps you'll enjoy this sci-fi thriller from Brandon Cronenberg (son of filmmaking creep-legend David Cronenberg). Elite assassin Tasya (Andrea Riseborough) is trained to use brain-implant technology to inhabit other people's bodies. As her experiences on the job take its toll, Tasya finds herself unable to escape the body of a man (Christopher Abbott) who is the very threat to her own existence.

    • Where to watch: In theaters

Possessor

Thriller / 2020

Tasya Vos, an elite, corporate assassin, takes control of other people's bodies using brain-implant technology to execute high-profile targets.

  • Save Yourselves!

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    In this charming indie movie from Alex Huston Fischer and Eleanor Wilson, two young Brooklynites, Su (Sunita Mani) and Jack (John Paul Reynolds), take a well-needed break from the modern world. They venture into the woods on a weekend retreat. However, as the two disconnect from life and reconnect with each other, they are soon left to their own devices as the planet falls under alien attack.

    • Where to watch: In theaters

Save Yourselves!

Comedy / 2020 / R

A young Brooklyn couple head to an upstate cabin to unplug from their phones and reconnect with each other. Blissfully unaware of their surroundings, they are left to their own devices as the planet falls under attack.

  • Spontaneous

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    Two high school seniors (Katherine Langford and Charlie Plummer) struggle to survive in a world where their peers inexplicably, spontaneously explode. Faced with an uncertain tomorrow, the two find love and romance by living in the moment.

    • Where to watch: In theaters (on VOD 10/6)

Spontaneous

Horror / 2020 / R

When students in their high school inexplicably start to explode, seniors Mara and Dylan struggle to survive in a world where each moment may be their last. As an unexpected romance blossoms between them, they soon discover that when tomorrow is no longer promised, they can finally start living for today.

  • The Projectionist

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    Abel Ferrara's new documentary seems more prescient now than when it was filmed. Here, Ferrara and one of New York's last independent theater owners ponder the city's changing theatrical landscape.

    • Where to watch: In theaters

The Projectionist

Documentary / 2019

Abel Ferrara and a theater owner discuss the edgier, sleazier era of film that existed in the 1970s.

  • Hot Indie Trailer - Minari

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    Steven Yeun ("Burning") delivers a powerful performance as the head of a Korean family that move to Arkansas in the 1980s to find a better life.

    • Coming soon to theaters

Minari

Drama / 2020 / PG-13

A Korean American family moves to an Arkansas farm in search of its own American dream. Amidst the challenges of this new life in the strange and rugged Ozarks, they discover the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.

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