What indie films are you going to see next year? A slew of small films are hitting theaters soon, and we can’t wait. From the cross-cultural romance Amira and Sam to the buzzworthy Jennifer Aniston vehicle Cake, it’s going to be a busy year for independent cinema.
Weed through the promotional cycles for blockbusters like Avatar 2 and Jurassic Park World to check out these Noteworthy indie films of 2015.
Starring Juliette Binoche as a worriedly aging actress and Chloe Moretz as the preening, manipulative ingenue, the film has successfully made festival rounds with positive reviews, many glowing about Stewart’s turn as Binoche’s assistant.
The latest “Spike Lee joint” is the result of the director’s semi-controversial Kickstarter campaign. For that reason alone, it’s a film we’ve been cautiously waiting to see, though we have to admit – reviews thus far have been so-so, claiming Lee favors style over substance.
A Terrence Malick film is always an event. The auteur, who once took a 20-year hiatus, has been on a roll lately. His latest Oscar bait is Knight of Cups, about a man dealing with fame and excess. The impressive cast includes Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Antonio Banderas and Imogen Poots, among others.
Five Nights in Maine is another film that started its journey on Kickstarter. Upping the intrigue factor is star David Oyelowo, who’s currently kicking up Oscar buzz for his lead role in Selma. Very little is known about the project, but after Oyelowo is done with this awards season, all eyes will likely be on his next move, which fares well for the little flick.
Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl. Boy tries to stop girl from getting deported back to Iraq. That’s the story of Amira and Sam, played by Martin Starr and Dina Shihabi as star-crossed lovers. Written and directed by Sean Mullin, Starr is an army vet attempting to be a standup comic, while Shihabi sells bootleg DVDs on Canal Street.
Paul Dano, who’s been carving out a great critical career for most of the past decade, takes a star turn in the biopic Love and Mercy about Beach Boys singer Brian Wilson. Directed by Oscar-nominated producer Bill Pohlad (The Tree of Life, Twelve Years a Slave), the film narrates two parallel phases in Wilson’s life: his successful early years, and his neurotic latter years, with John Cusack playing the aged-up role. Read more…