Noovie's Alt. Movies: 'Run,' 'Sound of Metal' 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

Sarah Paulson in "Run."

This weekend, get a head start on the upcoming Thanksgiving break and check out some of the early award contenders at home or in theaters. Here are some of the lo-fi movies and trailers that you can watch right now.

  • Noovie's Alt. Movie Pick: Run

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    A wheelchair-bound child (Kiera Allen) soon discovers her mother's (Sarah Paulson) dark and twisted secret, in what was supposed to be Lionsgate's Mother's Day treat. Covid delays and theater closures forced the studio to sell the horror/thriller to Hulu, where it now makes its streaming debut. "Run" is notable for being the first thriller in 70 years to star a wheelchair user, and thankfully doesn't rely on the usual tropes when featuring a disabled character. While some horror fans might feel the story treads a bit on the familiar, the powerful performances from both Allen and Paulson (who, as an "American Horror Story" alumnus, is no stranger to the genre) elevate this into a must-see; especially if you're still in that post-Halloween mood for more thrills.

    • Where to watch: Hulu

Run

Thriller / 2020 / PG-13

An isolated teen discovers her mother's sinister secret.

  • Sound of Metal

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    A heavy metal drummer's (Riz Ahmed) life is turned upside down when he suddenly loses his hearing. "Sound of Metal" premiered in last year's Toronto International Film Festival. Ahmed's on-beat performance gained him much praise during its festival run, while the film also has been lauded for including a large number of deaf people in its cast. Ahmed himself spent months not just learning drums, but also learning American Sign Language.

    • Where to watch: In select theaters (coming to Prime Video Dec. 4th)

Sound of Metal

Drama / 2019 / R

A drummer's life gets turned upside down when he suddenly loses his hearing.

  • Small Axe: Mangrove

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    Director Steve McQueen's new limited series for Amazon, "Small Axe," is really an anthology of small films that highlight black voices in London. Part One of this series, "Mangrove," tells the true story of nine protesters who clashed with London police in 1970 after their continual targeting of the Mangrove Restaurant, and the racially charged trial that subsequently followed. Consider this a powerful addendum to Netflix's "The Trial of the Chicago 7." "Mangrove" and the following two episodes, "Lovers Rock" and "Red, White and Blue," debuted at this year's New York Film Festival.

  • The Twentieth Century

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    Director Matthew Rankin's debut feature is a blend of avant-garde and classic cinema. Shot like it was filmed during the rise of its subject matter, "The Twentieth Century" is a bizarrely humorous take on the formative years of Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King (Dan Beirne). Even if us Americans are not entirely in on the joke, with its bizarre satire, there's still plenty to appreciate and laugh at.

The Twentieth Century

Biography / 2019

A re-imagining of the formative years of former Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King.

  • Hot Indie Trailer: One Night in Miami

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    Based on the play of the same name, Regina King's directorial debut is a fictionalized account of a real meeting of the minds that occurred one night in February 1964, in which Cassius Clay decides to transform into Muhammad Ali. King's historical drama made its own history this year at the Venice Film Festival, being the first film selected by the festival directed by an African-American woman.

    • In theaters December 25th; streaming January 15th

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