Noovie's Alt. Movies: 'Wolfwalkers,' 'Ammonite' 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 Matt Lissauer

Wolfwalkers

It's November, and just because the Oscars are not until April next year, that doesn't mean that we haven't yet entered into some kind of awards season. Just yesterday the Gotham Award nominees were announced, and this weekend you can start to find some early award contenders at home or in theaters. So, take in a quality film this weekend with these fresh lo-fi picks that you can watch right now.

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  • Wolfwalkers

    Robyn Goodfellowe (voice: Honor Kneafsey) and Mebh Og Mactire (voice: Eva Whittaker) in "Wolfwalkers." © Apple TV+ / Courtesy Everett Collection

    Noovie's Alt. Movie Pick

    Robyn Goodfellowe (voice: Honor Kneafsey) is a young apprentice wolf hunter in the 17th century, during a time of superstition and magic. When she is called back to Ireland to help her father clear out the last pack of wolves, she has a change of heart as she befriends a free-spirited girl who's a member of a mysterious tribe that supposedly transforms into wolves at night. Apple's wonderfully animated French fantasy adventure was picked up from this year's virtual Toronto International Film Festival, and just nabbed a Gotham Award nomination yesterday for Best International Feature. Watch the trailer.

    Where to watch: Special screenings this weekend (coming to Apple TV+ December 11th)

    Wolfwalkers

    Animated / 2020 / PG

    In a time of superstition and magic, a 17th-century hunter has a change of heart when she travels to Ireland to help her father wipe out the last pack of wolves.

  • Ammonite

    Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet in "Ammonite." © Neon / Courtesy Everett Collection

    Another selection from this year's virtual TIFF is Francis Lee's historical romance drama, inspired by the life of British paleontologist Mary Anning. In the 1840s, Anning (Kate Winslet), who resigned to sell fossils to tourists, is asked to take into her care Mary (Saoirse Ronan), the suffering wife of Roderick Murchison (James McArdle). The two soon discover that they are both the missing pieces in each of their lives. Watch the trailer.

    Where to watch: In theaters

    Ammonite

    Drama / 2020 / R

    Acclaimed paleontologist Mary Anning works alone selling common fossils to tourists to support her ailing mother, but a chance job offer changes her life when a visitor hires her to care for his wife.

  • Fatman

    Mel Gibson in "Fatman." © Saban Films / Courtesy Everett Collection

    After all the dark and gritty reboots we've seen since the start of this millenium, we now find ourselves here with a dark and gitty, re-imagined Santa Claus. As Chris Cringle (Mel Gibson) enters into a partnership with the U.S. military to save his declining toy business, a little girl hires a hitman (Walton Goggins) to take Cringle out, after she receives coal on the jolly holiday. Watch the trailer.

    Where to watch: In theaters

    Fatman

    Action / 2020 / R

    To save his declining business, Chris Cringle, also known as Santa Claus, is forced into a partnership with the U.S. military. Making matters worse, Chris gets locked into a deadly battle of wits against a highly skilled assassin, hired by a precocious 12-year-old, after receiving a lump of coal in his stocking.

  • The Climb

    Kyle Marvin and Michael Angelo Covino in "The Climb." © Sony Pictures Classics / Courtesy Everett Collection

    Two life-long friends find their bond strained as women come between them, in Michael Angelo Covino's comedy-drama that presents a more honest look at male relationships. After having a very successful run in festivals last year, "The Climb" was set to debut in theaters this March before the pandemic halted those plans. Along with bigger movies like "Tenet" and "Wonder Woman 1984," "The Climb" too faced continual delays, as distributor Sony Pictures Classics moved it from March to July, and then again to October, before finally giving the film its overdue theatrical release this weekend. Watch the trailer.

    Where to watch: In theaters

    The Climb

    Drama / 2019 / R

    Two lifelong pals test the boundaries of their friendship when a woman comes between them.

  • The Life Ahead

    Ibrahima Gueye and Sophia Loren in "The Life Ahead." © Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

    Legendary screen actress Sophia Loren makes her cinematic return in Edoardo Ponti's moving drama in which an aging Holocaust survivor (Loren) becomes close with the young Senegali immigrant (Ibrahima Gueye) who robbed her. Watch the trailer.

    Where to watch: Netflix

    The Life Ahead

    Drama / 2020 / PG-13

    An aging Holocaust survivor forges a bond with a young immigrant from Senegal who recently robbed her.

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Another Round (in theaters December 4th; on VOD December 18th)

Mads Mikkelsen in "Another Round." © Samuel Goldwyn Films /Courtesy Everett Collection

drinks for happiness in "Another Round," a tragicomedy in which four teacher friends believe they can improve their lives by maintaining a certain amount of alcohol in their blood. "Another Round" premiered virtually to critical praise at this year's Toronto International Film Festival.

More to Watch

Orion Lee in "First Cow." The film nabbed four nominations for the 30th Gotham Awards, including Lee for Breakthrough Actor. © A24 / courtesy Everett Collection

The nominees for the 30th Gotham Awards have been announced, marking an official start of the long 2020 awards season. Due to all the shifts from the pandemic, the Gotham Awards, which usually take place the last week of November, now will be presented in January.

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About the Author

Matt Lissauer

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.

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