Indie Film Release Guide: July 30th [An ONTD Original]

Jul 29, 2021 10:27

This weekend features one of ONTD’s most anticipated films of the year, and no, it’s not Jungle Cruise. David Lowery’s The Green Knight finally gets a North American release, though it looks like the UK will have to wait a little while longer. Read on to see what else will be available this weekend.

The films listed are from studios other than the “Big Six” - Paramount, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Universal, Columbia/Sony 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: July 23rd, July 16th, and July 9th.

The Green Knight

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Stars: Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Sarita Choudhury
Writer/Director: David Lowery
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Plot: King Arthur's headstrong nephew embarks on a daring quest to confront the Green Knight, a mysterious giant who appears at Camelot. Risking his head, he sets off on an epic adventure to prove himself before his family and court.
What you should know: Based on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
Where to watch: In theaters


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Stars: Matt Damon, Abgail Breslin, Camille Cottin, Deanna Dunagan
Writer: Tom McCarthy, Thomas Bidegain, Marcus Hinchey
Director: Tom McCarthy
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Plot: A father travels from Oklahoma to France to help his estranged daughter, who is in prison for a murder she claims she didn't commit.
What you should know: Premiered at Cannes 2021.
Where to watch: In select theaters

Nine Days

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Stars: Winston Duke, Zazie Beetz, Benedict Wong, Bill Skarsgård
Writer/Director: Edson Oda
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Plot: Will spends his days in a remote outpost watching the live Point of View (POV) on TV's of people going about their lives, until one subject perishes, leaving a vacancy for a new life on earth. Soon, several candidates - unborn souls - arrive at Will's to undergo tests determining their fitness, facing oblivion when they are deemed unsuitable. But Will soon faces his own existential challenge in the form of free-spirited Emma, a candidate who is not like the others, forcing him to turn within and reckon with his own tumultuous past
What you should know: Nominated for Best First Feature at the 2021 Film Indepedent Spirit Awards.
Where to watch: In select theaters; expands next weekend

Never Gonna Snow Again

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Stars: Alec Utgoff, Maja Ostaszewska, Agata Kulesza, Weronika Rosati
Writer/Director: Malgorzata Szumowska, Michael Englert
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Plot: Zhenia, a Russian-speaking immigrant from the East works as a masseur in Poland and becomes a guru-like figure in a wealthy gated community of his clients.
What you should know: It’s in Polish, Russian, French and Vietnamese.
Where to watch: In select theaters and virtual cinemas


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Stars: Pablo Schreiber, Jena Malone, Ryan Findley, Cory Ellis
Writer/Director: Sabrina Doyle
Genre: Drama
Plot: After 15 years in prison, Wayland reunites with his high school girlfriend, Dolores, who is now a single mother of three. What follows is a lyrical take on love, regret and second chances.
What you should know: Premiered at Tribeca 2020 virtually, and at 2021 in person.
Where to watch: In select theaters

Resort to Love

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Stars: Christina Milian, Jay Pharoah, Christiani Pitts, Sinqua Walls
Writer: Tabi McCartney, Dana Schmalenberg
Director: Steven K. Tsuchida
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Plot: Erica, who ends up as the entertainment at her ex-fiancé's wedding after reluctantly taking a gig at a luxurious island resort while in the wake of a music career meltdown.
What you should know: Shot on location in Mauritius.
Where to watch: Netflix, available now

Ride the Eagle

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Stars: Jake Johnson, J.K. Simmons, Susan Sarandon, D’Arcy Carden
Writer: Jake Johnson, Trent O’Donnell
Director: Trent O’Donnell
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Plot: Leif is left with a conditional inheritance when his estranged mother Honey dies. Before he can move into her picturesque Yosemite cabin, he has to complete her elaborate, and sometimes dubious, to-do list.
What you should know: Director Trent O’Donnell has mainly worked in TV, including directing episodes of New Girl, in which Jake Johnson starred, and The Good Place, in which D’Arcy Carden starred.
Where to watch: In select theaters, and available VOD

Enemies of the State

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Director: Sonia Kennebeck
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: An average American family becomes entangled in a bizarre web of espionage and corporate secrets when their hacker son is targeted by the U.S. government.
What you should know: Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at Tribeca 2020.
Where to watch: In select theaters, and available VOD

The Evening Hour

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Stars: Philip Ettinger, Cosmo Jarvis, Kerry Bishé, Lili Taylor
Writer: Elizabeth Palmore
Director: Braden King
Genre: Drama
Plot: The autumnal mountains of southern Appalachia hold a haunting power within which Cole Freeman, maintains an uneasy equilibrium, looking after the old and infirm in the community while selling their excess painkillers to local addicts to help make ends meet. But when an old friend, Terry Rose, returns with dangerous new plans that threaten the fragile balance Cole has crafted amidst the addiction, economic stress and environmental devastation that have his declining mining town in a stranglehold, his world and identity are thrown into deep disarray.
What you should know: Based on the novel by Carter Sickels.
Where to watch: In select theaters

Fully Realized Humans

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Stars: Jess Weixler, Joshua Leonard, Beth Grant, Janicza Bravo
Writer: Joshua Leonard, Jess Weixler, Chelsea Bo
Director: Joshua Leonard
Genre: Comedy
Plot: With less than a month until the birth of their first child, Jackie and Elliot embark on a madcap odyssey of self-discovery in an attempt to rid themselves of the inherited dysfunction of their own upbringings.
What you should know: Nominated for Best Narrative Feature at Tribeca 2020.
Where to watch: In select theaters

Also Opening

Jungle Cruise (Trailer) from Disney
Tailgate (Trailer)
Twist (Trailer)
A Dark Foe (Trailer)
Mondo Hollywoodland (Trailer)

New on Streaming

The Last Mercenary (Trailer) on Netflix
Woodstock 99: Peace, Love and Rage (Trailer) on HBO
Mr. Soul (Trailer) on HBO

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