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Noovie's Alt. Movies: 'Pieces of a Woman' and Other Gems

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

By Matthew Lissauer

Vanessa Kirby in "Pieces of a Woman."

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As the slow crawl of the 2020 awards season marches on, this weekend look for a few likely Oscar contenders to watch, and one escapist horror/thriller that will help you forget all your 2020 woes in the new year.

  • Noovie's Alt. Movie Pick: Pieces of a Woman

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    We've written a lot about Netflix's critic hit and likely awards contender. While co-star Shia LaBeouf might be a controversial target at the moment, his presence shouldn't distract from a powerful story about young parenthood and loss. This really is Vanessa Kirby's show, and her portrayal of a young mom-to-be is one that's already generating lots of Oscar buzz. Along with Kirby, look for powerful turns from Ellen Burstyn and an interesting performance from one-half of 2019's breakout directing duo, Ben Safdie, who with brother Josh, directed last year's "Uncut Gems" -- which is also streaming on Netflix.

Pieces of a Woman

Drama / 2021 / R

Synopsis: A heartbreaking home birth leaves a woman grappling with the profound emotional fallout, isolated from her partner and family by a chasm of grief.

  • Shadow in the Cloud

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    Like something out of the "Twilight Zone," or more aptly, Steven Spielberg's classic '80s TV anthology "Amazing Stories," comes this WWII story with a supernatural twist. Chloë Grace Moretz stars as Maude, a female flight officer who hitches a ride on a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress in order to deliver top secret documents across the world. Facing adversity from all angles, it becomes up to Maude to take charge, rescue the crew, and save the day. It may not be the most heady of movies, but if you're just looking for escapist fun and popcorn thrills, this is it.

    Shadow in the Cloud

    Horror / 2020 / R

    Synopsis: While traveling with top-secret documents on a B-17 Flying Fortress, a female WWII pilot encounters an evil presence on board.

  • The Reason I Jump

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    Inspired by the memoir from Naoki Higashida, a nonverbal autistic teen, filmmaker Jerry Rothwell profiles the lives of five young individuals who also live and cope with this level of autism. Like the memoir before it, Rothwell's documentary further illuminates a world most of us are completely in the dark about. "The Reason I Jump" screened to critical praise last year at the 2020 Sundance and AFI Docs Film Festivals.

    The Reason I Jump

    Documentary / 2020

    Synopsis: Filmmaker Jerry Rothwell examines the lives of five young people who live with autism spectrum disorder.

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    Hot Indie Trailer: Supernova

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    Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci star in a heartwarming drama about a gay couple, Sam (Firth) and Tusker (Tucci), who have been living together for 20 years. When Tusker is diagnosed with early onset dementia, the two men set out on a journey to spend as much time together as possible before the inevitable sets in. Since its premiere at the San Sebastián International Film Festival, "Supernova" has been slowly generating Oscar buzz for both leads.

    • In select theaters January 29th

Supernova

Drama / 2020 / R

Synopsis: 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.

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