Noovie's Alt. Movie Pick: The Forty-Year-Old Version
A struggling playwright (Radha Blank) switches careers to pursue stardom as a rapper. Blank makes her directorial debut with this comedy that's loosely based on her own experiences as a playwright. Her debut feature was entered into competition at this year's Sundance Film Festival, where Blank ended up winning the U.S. Dramatic Competition Directing Award.
‣ Where to watch: Netflix
Charm City Kings
Adapted from the documentary "12 O'Clock Boys," this drama from Angel Manuel Soto follows a young teen who is looking to make a name for himself on the streets of Baltimore by joining a dirt bike gang. Soto's drama was another Sundance pickup from this year. Initially acquired by Sony Pictures Classics for a theatrical premiere in April, the film's release was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic and later picked up by HBO Max for streaming distribution.
‣ Where to watch: HBO Max
Sonia Lowman's documentary provides an illuminating portrait of black male life in America across generations. As we as a nation continue to wrestle with the footprint of our racial past, this urgent and timely documentary offers valuable insight into all facets of black identity, from sports and pop culture, to education and criminal justice.
‣ Where to watch: Peacock
Amazon's Sundance pickup was another in-competition film that won a top directing award for documentary. Produced and directed by Garrett Bradley, "Time" follows entrepreneur Sibil Fox Richardson as she fights for the release of her husband who is serving a 60-year prison sentence in Louisiana for his role in an armed robbery. As The Hollywood Reporter's Sheri Linden wrote in her Sundance review, Bradley's doc shows a "concise and impressionistic account of love and waiting, of the American justice system and the fight to keep a family whole."
‣ Where to watch: In theaters (on Prime Video 10/16)
Rose (Eva Noblezada), an undocumented Filipina living in Texas, dreams of escaping her one-horse town to become a country music star. Her dreams are shattered when her mom gets taken away by I.C.E. Left on her own, she makes her way to the "Live Music Capital of the World," Austin, TX, to figure out the next stage in her life.
‣ Where to watch: In theaters
As "South Park" continuously proves, everything is ripe for parody. Jason Alexander stars in this send-up of faith-based movies in which two friends look to make easy money by making their own faith-based film.
The Wolf of Snow Hollow
Small-town Sheriff Hadley (Robert Forster) and local cop John Marshall (Jim Cummings) investigate a series of murders that occur each full moon, gripping the townsfolk with terror and fear. This horror-comedy is the latest for actor-director Cummings ("Thunder Road") and features the final film role of Forster, who passed away last year.
Filmmaker Catherine Gund explores the interconnection of art and racial justice as she talks to art collector Agnes Gund, who started the Art for Justice Fund after selling Roy Lichtenstein's famous pop-art "Masterpiece" for $165 million.
‣ Where to watch: In theaters and virtual cinema (support an independent theater)
Hot Indie Trailer: Mank
Director David Fincher makes his long-awaited return to cinema with this historical drama that focuses on "Citizen Kane" screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) and the troubles he faced from Orson Welles (Tom Burke) during the making of the greatest film ever made.
‣ Coming to Netflix December 4th
Hot Indie Trailer: News of the World
Tom Hanks reteams with his "Captain Phillips" director Paul Greengrass for an epic journey through the Wild West as a Civil War veteran (Hanks) agrees to deliver a girl (Helena Zengel) back to her family after she was taken by the Kiowa people years prior.
‣ In theaters December 25th
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Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.