Noovie's Alt. Movies: 'The Trial of the Chicago 7' 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

Sacha Baron Cohen in "The Trial of the Chicago 7."

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  • Noovie's Alt. Movie Pick: The Trial of the Chicago 7

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    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

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Drama / 2020 / R

In 1969, seven people were charged by the federal government with conspiracy and more, arising from the protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

  • Love and Monsters

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    "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.

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

Love and Monsters

Comedy / 2020 / PG-13

Seven years after the Monsterpocalypse, Joel Dawson, along with the rest of humanity, has been living underground ever since giant creatures took control of the land. After reconnecting over the radio with his high school girlfriend, Aimee, who is now 80 miles away at a coastal colony, Joel begins to fall for her again. As Joel realizes that there's nothing left for him underground, he decides to venture out to Aimee, despite all the dangerous monsters that stand in his way.

  • Clouds

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    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+

Clouds

Music / 2020 / PG-13

Teenager Zach Sobiech forms the music group A Firm Handshake and records the inspirational hit single "Clouds."

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    Martin Eden

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    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

Martin Eden

Drama / 2019

After Martin Eden meets Elena, he tries to achieve a place among the literary elite through self-education.

  • S#!%house

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    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.

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

Sh*thouse

Comedy / 2020 / R

A lonely college freshman forges a strong connection with his resident assistant during a fraternity party.

  • The Kid Detective

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    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

The Kid Detective

Mystery / 2020 / R

A down-and-out detective teams up with a teenager to solve the mysterious murder of her boyfriend.

  • David Byrne's American Utopia

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    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)

David Byrne's American Utopia

Musical / 2020

Singer David Byrne and a group of international musicians perform songs from the hit Broadway musical "American Utopia."

  • Hot Indie Trailer: Nine Days

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    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

Nine Days

Drama / 2020 / R

A man interviews five unborn souls to determine which one can be given life on Earth.

  • Hot Indie Trailer: I'm Your Woman

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    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

I'm Your Woman

Drama / 2020 / R

A woman and her baby go on the run after her husband betrays his business partners.

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