Indie Film Release Guide: August 27th [An ONTD Original]

Aug 26, 2021 10:24

There’s only one big release this weekend, and it’s Candyman, Universal’s sequel to the 1992 horror film of the same name. If you’re into horror, but bees are one step too far, check out last week’s The Night House for some psychological terror. If horror really isn’t your thing, or you’ve already scratched that itch, look into some of this week’s indie releases below.

The films listed are from studios other than the “Big Six” - Paramount, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Studios, 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: August 20th, August 13th, and August 6th.


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Stars: James McAvoy, Sharon Horgan, Samuel Logan
Writer: Dennis Kelly
Director: Stephen Daldry, Justin Martin
Genre: Drama
Plot: A husband and wife are forced to re-evaluate themselves and their relationship through the reality of the COVID-19 lockdown.
What you should know: The film was shot in ten days, and aired on BBC Two a couple of months ago.
Where to watch: Select theaters

The Colony

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Stars: Nora Arnezeder, Sarah-Sofie Boussnina Iain Glen, Sope Dirisu
Writer: Tim Fehlbaum, Mariko Minoguchi, Jo Rodgers, Tim Trachte
Director: Tim Fehlbaum
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Plot: Set in the distant future, a female astronaut, shipwrecked on the long-decimated Earth, must decide the fate of the wasteland's remaining populace.
What you should know: The film was formerly known as Tides.
Where to watch: Select theaters, and available VOD

Final Set

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Stars: Alex Lutz, Ana Girardot, Kristen Scott Thomas, Jürgen Briand
Writer/Director: Quentin Reynaud
Genre: Drama, Sport
Plot: Thomas was once renowned as a young tennis prodigy, but never had the career he hoped for. At 37, despite his declining physical fitness, he decides to compete in the qualifying rounds of the French Open for one last attempt at glory.
What you should know: It’s in French
Where to watch: Select theaters and virtual cinemas

Defining Moments

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Stars: Burt Reynolds, Sienna Guillory, Tammy Blanchard, Eric Peterson
Writer/Director: Stephen Wallis
Genre: Comedy
Plot: A poignant story of eight very different people who are at a crossroads in life and must make decisions that will forever change who they are.
What you should know: Final film to star Burt Reynolds, who died in 2018.
Where to watch: Select theaters

No Man of God

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Stars: Elijah Wood, Luke Kirby, Robert Patrick, Aleksa Palladino
Writer: Kit Lesser
Director: Amber Sealey
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Plot: Illustrates the complicated relationship that formed between the FBI analyst Bill Hagmaier and serial killer Bundy during Bundy's final years on death row.
What you should know: Director Amber Sealey’s last feature film was 2011’s How to Cheat.
Where to watch: Select theaters, and available VOD

Vacation Friends

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Stars: John Cena, Meredith Hagner, Lil Rel Howery, Anna Maria Horsford
Writer: Tom Mullen, Tim Mullen, Clay Tarver
Director: Clay Tarver
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Plot: A couple meets up with another couple while on vacation in Mexico, but their friendship takes an awkward turn when they get back home.
What you should know: This film has been in development since 2005, with various stars attached over the years.
Where to watch: Hulu


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Stars: María Villar, Agustina Muñoz, Pablo Sigal, Gabriela Saidon
Writer/Director: Matías Piñeiro
Genre: Drama
Plot: Mariel wants to play Isabella in Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure". Luciana, who is also an actress, helps her rehearse the part. But during the audition, Mariel realizes that Luciana is trying out for the same role.
What you should know: It’s in Spanish.
Where to watch: Select theaters

Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal and Greed

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Director: Joshua Rofé
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: Bob Ross brought joy to millions as the world's most famous art instructor. But a battle for his business empire cast a shadow over his happy trees.
What you should know: Director Joshua Rofé most recent directed a TV miniseries called Sasquatch.
Where to watch: Netflix, available now

Lily Topples the World

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Director: Joshua Workman
Genre: Documentary
Plot: Follows 20-year-old Lily Hevesh - the world's greatest domino toppler and the only woman in her field - in a coming-of-age story of artistry, passion, and unlikely triumph.
What you should know: Won the Documentary Grand Jury Award at SXSW 2021.
Where to watch: Discovery+

He’s All That

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Stars: Addison Rae, Tanner Buchanan, Madison Pettis, Rachael Leigh Cook
Writer: R. Lee Fleming Jr
Director: Mark Waters
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Plot: A teenage girl sets out to give a nebbish classmate the ultimate high school makeover.
What you should know: A remake of the 1999 film She’s All That.
Where to watch: Netflix

Also Opening

Candyman (Trailer) from Universal
Echoes of Violence (Trailer)

New to Streaming

The Courier (Trailer) on Amazon
Mosquito State (Trailer) on Shudder

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