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

Here's the latest on what's new, what's next, and what you should watch this weekend from across the indie scene. Stay safe out there!

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 movies and trailers that you can catch right now.

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

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    "Lost in Translation" director Sofia Coppola reteams 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) starts logging long hours at work. Seeking advice from her dad (Murray), the father and daughter duo 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

Synopsis: 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 to present a story that's not so much a log of her life, as much as it is a reflection on her own struggles and inner conflicts as she rises to prominence as a voice of female empowerment.

    ‣ Where to watch: Amazon Prime and VOD (Amazon, Apple, Vudu, Google)

The Glorias

Drama / 2020 / R

Synopsis: 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 the little known story about a trio of women who were selected to run espionage in France for Winston Churchill's secret spy agency at the outset of World War II.

    ‣ Where to watch: In theaters and VOD (Amazon, Apple, Vudu, Google)

A Call to Spy

Drama / 2019

Synopsis: 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, as the two stage multiple scenarios in which the elder Johnson shuffles off this mortal coil.

    ‣ Where to watch: Netflix

Dick Johnson Is Dead

Documentary / 2020 / PG-13

Synopsis: 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, the son of creep-legend filmmaking auteur David Cronenberg. Elite assassin Tasya (Andrea Riseborough) is trained to use brain-implant technology to inhabit other people's bodies, but when 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

Synopsis: 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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    Young Brooklynites Su (Sunita Mani) and Jack (John Paul Reynolds) take a well-needed break from the modern world with a weekend retreat to the woods. 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

Synopsis: 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

Synopsis: 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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    In a documentary that seems more prescient now than when it was filmed, filmmaker Abel Ferrara and one of New York's last independent theater owners reminisce and ruminate about the city's changing theatrical landscape.

    ‣ Where to watch: In theaters

The Projectionist

Documentary / 2019

Synopsis: 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

Synopsis: A Korean American family searches for a better life when they move to a small farm in Arkansas.

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