Noovie's Alt. Movie Pick: The Trial of the Chicago 7
For the younger generation, if you thought 2020 is a year that just keeps getting worse, imagine living through 1968. Even though face masks and social distancing weren't on people's minds at the time, the country was still very much divided, and a decade of protests and political assassinations culminated in a riotous Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Writer-director Aaron Sorkin explores the events that led to the heated protests outside the convention hall, while following the seven individuals who were ultimately charged by the federal government with conspiracy and other counts.
‣ Where to watch: Netflix and select theaters
October 16, 2020
Love and Monsters
"Mad Max" meets John Hughes in this post-apocalyptic teen rom-com. As giant monsters ravage the above-ground world, humanity seeks refuge underground. Through it all, teen Joel Dawson (Dylan O’Brien) hops on the radio and reconnects with his girlfriend Aimee (Jessica Henwick) who is 80 miles away. With love not logic on his mind, Joel sets out to join her at her colony and prove he's a worthy hero.
Based on a true story, as he receives a devastating cancer prognosis, teenage singer-songwriter Zach Sobiech (Fin Argus) realizes his dreams as his song and his band's album become a viral sensation.
‣ Where to watch: Disney+
Finding his muse in the beautiful Elena (Jessica Cressy), budding writer Martin Eden (Luca Marinelli) hopes to rise above his blue-collar background to make a name for himself amongst his proletarian peers. "Martin Eden," loosely based on the Jack London novel of the same name, won critics' praise last year at the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals.
‣ Where to watch: In theaters
Noovie is family-friendly, so while we can't say this movie's title we can, at least, recommend it for adult viewers looking for a good, uplifting "dramedy." Grand Jury Winner of this year's virtual SXSW, Cooper Raiff's directorial debut knows...*ahem*...what this world is full of. Homesick freshman Alex (Raiff) and his down-and-out sophomore R.A. Maggie (Dylan Gelula) feel this too, and find a reason to carry on after connecting at a college party thrown at the aptly-named house.
The Kid Detective
In this coming-of-age-comedy-meets-noir-mystery, a once-admired kid detective Abe (Adam Brody) gets pulled back into the game after a teen (Sophie Nélisse) calls on him to help solve the murder of her boyfriend.
‣ Where to watch: In theaters
David Byrne's American Utopia
While we cannot go to Broadway shows at the moment, there's been a push to bring these shows to a streaming platform near you. This summer, Disney had a big success with the launch of "Hamilton" on Disney+, and HBO Max is now bringing another hit Broadway show to your living room. Director Spike Lee takes his camera to the stage with this filmed version of singer David Byrne's hit Broadway musical. This is not your typical filmed stage production, mind you, as New York Times critic Manohla Dargis writes, "Lee, a master of the art, uses cinema's plasticity to complement this production, making it come alive in two dimensions."
‣ Where to watch: HBO Max (starts streaming Sun. 10/18)
Hot Indie Trailer: Nine Days
Japanese-Brazilian director Edson Oda makes his feature debut with this critical hit from this year's Sundance Film Festival, in which a reclusive man (Winston Duke) interviews a group of unborn souls for their chance at life on Earth.
‣ Coming soon
August 6, 2021
Hot Indie Trailer: I'm Your Woman
Amazon's "prime" star Rachel Brosnahan ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel") travels from '50s-era comedy to a '70s-set gritty crime-thriller in this drama in which a woman (Brosnahan) – with her baby in tow – is forced to go on the run after her husband betrays his "business" partners. Julia Hart's ("Fast Color") crime-drama is debuting this weekend at the virtual AFI Film Fest and will hit theaters and Amazon Prime in December.
‣ In theaters and on Amazon Prime December 11th
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.