This weekend is Halloween, and this week's crop of cinematic gems certainly include some scares, but there are also a few timely docs now available that are worth a watch as we head into next week and Election Day. As you get prepped for both special days, enjoy these fresh lo-fi movies and trailers that you can catch right now.
Noovie's Alt. Movie Pick ➡ The True Adventures of Wolfboy
Like a spiritual sequel to Tim Burton's "Edward Scissorhands," with touches of Steven Speilberg, comes newcomer Martin Krejcí's "True Adventures of Wolfboy." This teen drama is a heartwarming coming-of-age story following Paul ("It's" Jaeden Martell), a boy born with a condition that covers his body in hair. After receiving a mysterious letter on his 13th birthday, he heads out of his house in search of answers from his estranged mother (Chloë Sevigny). Along the way he meets friends like Rose (Eve Hewson) that help him look past his condition.
Beware the evils of too much screen time in "Come Play." Here, an autistic boy, Oliver (Azhy Robertson), finds solace with his tablet that helps him connect and communicate his feelings to the outside world. But things turn for the worse, when a skeletal being "chooses" Oliver to be his friend through the device.
‣ Where to watch: In theaters
Fire Will Come
As a mysterious forest fire ravages the land, a recently paroled arsonist (Amador Arias) is accused of setting the flames, in Oliver Laxe's festival darling "Fire Will Come." But the true mystery here is not the cause of the blaze, but rather the steps and the ultimate pains it takes to overcome one's stigma of the past. Also on visual display is the stark and raw cinematography from Mauro Herce. In this long road of an award's season, time will tell if "Fire Will Come" becomes one that critics remember.
‣ Where to watch: In theaters
There are a number of pandemics that are gripping this country, not just COVID-19. Through past documentaries, "Newton" and "Lesson From a School Shooting," filmmaker Kim Snyder has documented one such pandemic, the U.S. gun control crisis. In her latest, "Us Kids," Snyder turns her lens to the kids at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida as they fight for change after losing their own friends and classmates to the growing pandemic of gun violence that ripped through their own school in 2018.
‣ Where to watch: Alamo Virtual Cinema (free until Election Day)
Totally Under Control
Filmmakers Alex Gibney, Ophelia Harutyunyan and Suzanne Hillinger explore the United States' response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in this documentary covertly made over the past five months as the virus ravaged (and continues to ravage) the country and the world.
Hot Indie Trailer - My Psychedelic Love Story
Through the eyes of Dr. Timothy Leary's late lover Joanna Harcourt-Smith, documentarian Errol Morris explores the life of the psychiatrist who taught a generation to "turn on, tune in, and drop out," and the unbelievable story of how the LSD advocate was ultimately persuaded to become an FBI informant.
‣ Streaming on Showtime November 29th
Hot Indie Trailer - Songbird
How soon is "too soon?" As the world is gripped with the realities of COVID-19, producer Michael Bay and director Adam Mason amp up the horror and drama in this fictionalized account of a world plagued with a far deadlier pandemic. Shot entirely amid the actual pandemic, this sci-fi thriller is the first of many films to come that will use the Covid pandemic as a backdrop. After all, life and art will always be eternally linked.
‣ Available on Premium on Demand December 11th.
★ Please be sure to check with the recommendations of public health officials and CDC safety guidelines before seeing a movie in a theater. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Keep six feet apart. Stay safe!