Indie Film Release Guide: October 26th [An ONTD Original]

Oct 25, 2018 15:38

The only new big studio picture coming to theaters this week is Universal’s Johnny English Strikes Again, so it’s a perfect weekend to catch up on some of the many indies that have been released in the past month. Check your local listings to see if you’ve gotten Beautiful Boy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, or Mid90’s, as they all expanded this weekend. Wildlife hasn’t expanded beyond NYC & LA yet, but they are offering more Q&A's in both cities this weekend.

The films listed are from studios other than the “Big Six” - Paramount, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Universal, Columbia and Disney. Note that some of the movies listed are in their first week or two of limited release in the USA, so it may take them a few more weeks (or months) to show up in your local arthouse theater or on VOD. Check out the posts from the past few weeks for more movies that may have just opened near you: October 19th, October 12th, and October 5th.


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Stars: Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia Goth
Writer: David Kajganich, based on the characters by Dario Argento & Daria Nicolodi
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Genre: Horror
Plot: A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.
What you should know: The entire cast of the film is female, save for two male detectives.
Q&A’s: In LA, at Arclight Hollywood, Luca Guadagnino will do Q&A’s on Friday after the 7:15pm and 8pm showings , and on Saturday, Luca, Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton will do Q&A’s after the 6pm and 6:30pm showings.
Opens in: NYC & LA; goes wide next weekend.


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Stars: Ah-In Yoo, Steven Yeun, Jong-seo Jeon, Soo-Kyung Kim
Writer: Chang-dong Lee, Jungmi Oh, Haruki Murakami
Director: Chang-dong Lee
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Plot: Jong-soo runs into Hae-mi, a girl who once lived in his neighborhood, and she asks him to watch her cat while she's out of town. When she returns, she introduces him to Ben, a man she met on the trip. Ben proceeds to tell Jong-soo about his hobby.
What you should know: Based on the short story “Barn Burning” by Haruki Murakami.
Opens in: NYC & LA


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Stars: John Noble, Rupert Graves, Melina Matthews, Eivaut Rischen
Written and directed by: Lorena Villareal
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Plot: In order to save her son's life, Ana embarks on a quest to find a powerful stone from the Zone of Silence, located in Mexico. Someone finds out the power the stone possesses and believes it is a power worth killing for.
What you should know: This is director Lorena Villareal’s first feature in fourteen years.
Opens in: Select cities

Hunter Killer

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Stars: Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Common, Linda Cardellini
Writer: Arne Schmidt, Jamie Moss
Director: Donovan Marsh
Genre: Action, Thriller
Plot: An untested American submarine captain teams with U.S. Navy Seals to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rogue general.
What you should know: Based on the novel Firing Point written by George Wallace and Don Keith.
Opens in: Wide release


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Stars: Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Jörgen Thorsson, Ann Petrén
Writer: John Ajvide Lindqvist
Director: Ali Abbasi
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Thriller
Plot: A customs officer who can smell fear develops an unusual attraction to a strange traveler while aiding a police investigation which will call into question her entire existence.
What you should know: It’s in Swedish, and based on a short story by John Ajvide Lindqvist.
Q&A’s: In NYC, the director Ali Abbasi and star Eva Melender will being doing Q&A's tonight after the 9:45pm show, and Friday and Saturday night after the 7:45pm show at IFC Center.
Opens in: NYC & LA

Viper Club

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Stars: Susan Sarandon, Matt Bomer, Lola Kirke, Julian Morris
Writer: Maryam Keshavarz, Jonathan Mastro
Director: Maryam Keshavarz
Genre: Drama
Plot: A war correspondent gets taken hostage while on assignment, prompting his mother, impatient with the government's lack of concern, to take matters into her own hands.
What you should know: This is a YouTube original film.
Opens in: Select cities

Killer Kate!

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Stars: Alexandra Feld, Danielle Burgess, Amaris Davidson, Abby Eiland
Writer: Elliot Feld, Daniel Moya
Director: Elliot Feld
Genre: Horror
Plot: Kate attends her estranged sister's bachelorette party at the request of their dying father. The weekend, held at a remote cabin booked on a home sharing app, turns into a savage life-or-death struggle that pits family against family, and past against present.
What you should know: The director & the film’s lead are married.
Opens in: Select cities, which you can check here & VOD.

The Long Shadow

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Directors: Frances Causey, Maureen Gosling
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: When filmmaker and investigative journalist Frances Causey, a daughter of the South, set out to explore the continuing racial divisions in the US, what she discovered was that the politics of slavery didn't end with the Civil War. In an astonishingly candid look at the United States' original sin, The Long Shadow traces slavery's history from America's founding up through its insidious ties to racism today.
What you should know: Causey also directed the 2011 documentary Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?
Opens in: Select cities


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Stars: Corey Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen, Michael Chiklis, Jamie Chung
Writer: Hutch, Yen Tan
Director: Yen Tan
Genre: Drama, LGBT
Plot: A closeted young man goes home for the holidays and struggles to reveal his dire circumstances to his conservative family.
What you should know: The film expands the director’s 2016 eight minute short of the same name, and was shot on 16mm black and white film.
Opens in: NYC & LA

London Fields

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Stars: Amber Heard, Cara Delevingne, Gemma Chan, Jaimie Alexander
Writer: Martin Amis, Roberta Hanley
Director: Matthew Cullen
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Plot: Clairvoyant femme fatale Nicola Six has been living with a dark premonition of her impending death by murder. She begins a tangled love affair with three uniquely different men: one of whom she knows will be her murderer.
What you should know: This film has been embroiled in lawsuits for three years, and currently has a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Opens in: Select cities

Also opening: Indivisible (Trailer), Solis (Trailer), Shirkers (Trailer), Monrovia, Indiana (Trailer), A Bread Factory: Part One and Part Two (Trailer), Life & Nothing More (Trailer)

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