Indie Film Release Guide: November 2nd [An ONTD Original]

Nov 01, 2018 13:10

It's November, so naturally, there are a few award contenders coming out this weekend alongside your usual mix of drama, comedy, sci-fi, horror and documentary films. There are a lot of limited releases continuing to expand this weekend as well. The Steven Yeun starrer Burning is expanding to LA, and he is doing a couple of Q&A's for the film at Arclight on Friday, November 2nd and Saturday, November 3rd. Beautiful Boy continues to expand as well, and is offering a Q&A livestream at 50 Cinemark theaters after the 11am PST screening this Sunday.

Something about LJ has changed since last week's indie movie post, so please forgive any errors with the post - I am still trying to figure out how to fix whatever they broke. :/

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 26th, October 19th, and October 12th.

Boy Erased

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Stars: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Troye Sivan
Written and directed by: Joel Edgerton
Genre: Biography, Drama, LGBT
Plot: The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents.
What you should know: Based on the memoir by Garrard Conley.
Q&A’s: [NYC] Q&A with memoir author Garrard Conley at the Angelika on Friday, November 2nd, and a Q&A on Saturday, November 3rd at AMC Loews Lincoln Square, participants TBA. [LA] Q&A with director Joel Edgerton and actor Troye Sivan on Saturday, November 3rd at Arclight. A Q&A at Landmark on Saturday is already sold out.
Opens in: Select cities

A Private War

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Stars: Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci, Tom Hollander
Writer: Marie Brenner
Director: Matthew Heineman
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Plot: One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontline of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless.
What you should know: Based on the Vanity Fair article “Marie Colvin’s Private War” by Arash Amel.
Q&A’s: [NYC] Friday Q&A at AMC Loews Lincoln Square, with participants TBA. [LA] Friday and Saturday Q&A’s at both Arclight and Landmark, with director Matthew Heineman and actor Rosamund Pike and Jamie Dornan at most screenings. Please check dates and times to confirm the person you want to see will be at your showing.
Opens in: NYC & LA


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Stars: Charlene deGuzman, John Hawkes, Melissa Leo, Paul James
Writer: Charlene deGuzman, Sarah Adina Smith, Mark Duplass
Director: Suzi Yoonessi
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Plot: A sex and love addicted woman learns what real intimacy is when she starts making music with a reclusive man.
What you should know: The film was directed, shot and edited by women.
Opens in: LA, and available VOD

The Other Side of the Wind

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Stars: John Huston, Robert Random, Peter Bogdanovich, Susan Strasberg
Writer: Oja Kodar, Orson Welles
Director: Orson Welles
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Plot: Surrounded by fans and skeptics, grizzled director J.J. "Jake" Hannaford returns from years abroad in Europe to a changed Hollywood, where he attempts to make his comeback.
What you should know: The film was left incomplete due to financial problems, but in March 2017, Netflix bought the rights in order to finish the film as Welles would have and release it.
Opens in: Select cities, and on Netflix

They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead

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Director: Morgan Neville
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: In the final fifteen years of the life of legendary director Orson Welles he pins his Hollywood comeback hopes on a film, The Other Side of the Wind, in itself a film about an aging film director trying to finish his last great movie.
What you should know: Netflix produced this documentary and is releasing it in tandem with The Other Side of the Wind.
Opens in: Select cities and on Netflix


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Stars: Pedro Pascal, Sophie Thatcher, Jay Duplass, Andre Royo
Written and directed by: Christopher Caldwell and Zeek Earl
Genre: Sci-Fi
Plot: A teenage girl and her father travel to a remote alien moon, aiming to strike it rich. They've secured a contract to harvest a large deposit of the elusive gems hidden in the depths of the moon's toxic forest. But there are others roving the wilderness and the job quickly devolves into a fight to survive. Forced to contend not only with the forest's other ruthless inhabitants, but with her own father's greed-addled judgment, the girl finds she must carve her own path to escape.
What you should know: It’s only going to be released in Regal Cinemas, with a VOD release in 2019.
Opens in: Select cities


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Stars: Calum Worthy, Jackie Long, Rory Uphold, Jonathan Park
Writer: Alex Larsen
Director: Joseph Kahn
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Plot: A progressive graduate student finds success and sparks outrage when his interest in battle rap as a thesis subject becomes a competitive obsession.
What you should know: The film was produced by Eminem, and Charlamagne Tha God appears as ‘Hunnid Gramz’.
Opens in: Select cities

Maria By Callas

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Director: Tom Volf
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: An intimate look at the life and work of Greek-American opera singer, Maria Callas, as told in her own words.
What you should know: The film is composed entirely of found footage, since the singer died in 1977, and uses her own words to tell her life story.
Opens in: Select cities

Monster Party

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Stars: Julian McMahon, Robin Tunney, Sam Strike, Virginia Gardner
Written and directed by: Chris von Hoffman
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Plot: Three teenage thieves infiltrate a mansion dinner party secretly hosted by a serial killer cult for the social elite.
What you should know: The film was shot in 17 days.
Opens in: NYC & LA


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Stars: Sean Harris, Alun Armstrong, Simon Bubb, Andy Blithe
Written and directed by: Matthew Holness
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Plot: After returning to his childhood home, a disgraced children's puppeteer is forced to confront his wicked stepfather and the secrets that have tortured his entire life.
What you should know: This is the British comedian and director’s first feature film.
Opens in: Select cities, and available on demand.

Also opening: Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Trailer), The Panama Papers (Clip), Number 37 (Trailer), The Grief of Others (Trailer), In Harm’s Way (Trailer), Daughters of the Sexual Revolution (Trailer)

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ONTD, what have you been watching lately? What are you gonna see this weekend?

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