Indie Film Release Guide: September 25th [An ONTD Original]

Sep 24, 2020 10:40

The last weekend of September isn't the highest profile of release slots, but we've got several new film options all the same. A couple of this week's releases are theaters-only, but several more are doing simultaneous home and theatrical releases, or appearing in virtual cinemas.

Additionally, the annual New York Film Festival continues through next week, with films still available to rent through their virtual cinema if you're in the US or US territories, including Chloé Zhao's Nomadland, Steve McQueen's Mangrove, and Heidi Ewing's I Carry You With Me. Please doublecheck the designated streaming period to make sure you can watch the film within its allotted timeslot before you commit to a rental - some are a few days, but others are only a few hours, and all times are EDT.

The films listed are from studios other than the “Big Six” - Paramount, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Universal, Columbia/Sony and Disney. All films listed will be available at their respective sources on Friday unless otherwise noted. Check out the posts from the past few weeks for more movies that may have already come to VOD: September 18th, September 11th, and September 4th.


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Stars: Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jessie Buckley, Ruby Bentall
Writer: Rebecca Frayn, Gaby Chiappe
Director: Philippa Lowthorpe
Genre: Drama, History
Plot: A group of women hatch a plan to disrupt the 1970 Miss World beauty competition in London.
What you should know: Director Philippa Lowthorpe is also responsible for the last three installments of HBO’s The Third Day.
Where to watch: In theaters, and available VOD


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Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Ivanir, Gina Rodriguez, Debra Winger
Writer/Director: Miranda July
Genre: Crime, Drama
Plot: A woman's life is turned upside down when her criminal parents invite an outsider to join them on a major heist they're planning.
What you should know: Writer/director Miranda July is also an author.
Where to watch: In theaters

Enola Holmes

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Stars:Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin, Helena Bonham Carter
Writer: Nancy Springer
Director: Harry Bradbeer
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama
Plot: When Enola Holmes-Sherlock's teen sister-discovers her mother missing, she sets off to find her, becoming a super-sleuth in her own right as she outwits her famous brother and unravels a dangerous conspiracy around a mysterious young Lord.
What you should know: Based on the novel by Nancy Springer.
Where to stream: Netflix, available now

The Artist’s Wife

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Stars: Lena Olin, Juliet Rylance, Bruce Dern, Avan Jogia
Writer: Tom Dolby, Nicole Brending, Abdi Nazemian
Director: Tom Dolby
Genre: Drama
Plot: Claire Smythson, wife of the renowned abstract artist Richard Smythson, is plunged into a late-life crisis when her husband is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and is in danger of not completing the paintings for his final show.
What you should know: This is director Tom Dolby’s second film, after 2014’s Last Weekend.
Where to stream: Virtual theaters

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

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Director: Ric Burns
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: Renowned neurologist and literary giant Oliver Sacks is posthumously celebrated in this profound, highly engaging, deeply personal memoir.
What you should know: Director Ric Burns has been working on film and television documentaries since 1995.
Where to stream: Virtual theaters


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Director: April Wright
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: The inspiring untold story about the unsung professionals, their struggles on screen to perform at the highest level, and their fight off-screen to be treated fairly and equally. The movie takes us behind-the-scenes and introduces us to the female stunt performers who drive the action and thrills of Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster movies from the silent age of cinema to present day.
What you should know: The film is narrated by Michelle Rodriguez.
Where to stream: Available VOD

Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles

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Director: Laura Gabbert
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: Follows chef Yotam on his quest to bring the sumptuous art and decadence of Versailles to life in cake form at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
What you should know: Director Laura Gabbert last directed on the TV show Ugly Delicious in 2018.
Where to watch: In theaters, and available VOD

LX 2048

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Stars: James D'Arcy, Gina McKee, Delroy Lindo, Juliet Aubrey
Writer/Director: Guy Moshe
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Plot: In the near future, the sun has become so toxic people can no longer leave their houses in daytime, and normal life is conducted mostly inside the virtual realm. Against this dystopian backdrop, a dying man seeks to ensure the future well-being of his family, while coping with what it means to be human in this new reality.
Where to watch: In theaters, and available VOD

Public Trust

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Director: David Byars
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: In a time of growing inequality in America, there is one asset that remains in the hands of the American people: the 640 million acres of America's Public Lands. Given its status as the last large-scale public asset on the planet, powerful forces have aligned to attempt the largest land grab in modern history, rob Americans of this unique birthright, and make modern day vassals of the American people.
What you should know: The film won the “Best Film About the American West” Award at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2020.
Where to stream: YouTube


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Stars: Jack Kane, Andrei Claude, Zak Sutcliffe, Terence Anderson
Writer: Daniele Cosci
Director: Alessio Liguori
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
Plot: A group of five classmates is trapped inside their school bus after a mysterious creature invade the road. Time runs and every passing minute decreases their survival chances against the constant threats of that unknown entity.
Where to watch: In theaters

More New Releases

Fandango at the Wall (Trailer)
Ava (Trailer)
The Last Shift (Trailer)
Console Wars (Trailer)
Broken Mirrors (Trailer)

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