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Indie Film Release Guide: July 20th [An ONTD Original]

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New in major studio releases this week, you can catch Mamma Mia 2 or Equalizer: Here We Go Again. But this post is here to bring you some info on the movies you haven't seen advertised incessantly. This week, Eighth Grade expands to several more cities, so check it out if you get a chance! The reviews have been incredible. If you've already seen that, or you're looking for more options, read on.

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 13th, July 6th, and June 29.


Blindspotting



Stars: Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar, Jasmine Cephas Jones
Writer: Rafael Casal, Daveed Diggs
Director: Carlos López Estrada
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Plot: Collin must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning. His bond with his volatile best friend soon gets tested when Collin sees a police officer shoot a suspect in the back during a chase through the streets.
What you should know: This was filmed in Oakland last summer, at the same time as Sorry to Bother You.
Opens in: Limited release this weekend, then expands next weekend.



McQueen



Director: Ian Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: Alexander McQueen's rags-to-riches story is a modern-day fairy tale, laced with the gothic. Mirroring the savage beauty, boldness and vivacity of his design, this documentary is an intimate revelation of McQueen's own world, both tortured and inspired, which celebrates a radical and mesmerizing genius of profound influence.
What you should know: McQueen was only 40 when he died in 2010.
Opens in: NYC & LA


Unfriended: Dark Web



Stars: Rebecca Rittenhouse, Betty Gabriel, Chelsea Alden, Colin Woodell
Written and directed by: Stephen Susco
Genre: Horror
Plot: A teen comes into possession of a new laptop and soon discovers that the previous owner is not only watching him, but will also do anything to get it back.
What you should know: There will be two different endings shown in theaters, a la Clue. And apparently the main character is supposed to be a teen??
Opens in: Wide


Pin Cushion



Stars: Lily Newmark, Joanna Scanlan, Loris Scarpa, Sacha Cordy-Nice
Written and directed by: Deborah Haywood
Genre: Drama
Plot: A mother hopes that a move to a new town will provide a better life for both herself and her awkward daughter.
What you should know: Rated 88% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a 75 Metacritic score. If you’re looking for films by women, starring women, this may be a good one to check out.
Opens in: NYC & LA


Generation Wealth



Director: Lauren Greenfield
Genre: Documentary
Plot: A documentary that investigates the pathologies that have created the richest society the world has ever seen.
What you should know: This is from the same filmmaker as the documentary The Queen of Versailles.
Opens in: NYC & LA


Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms



Stars: Manaka Iwami, Miyu Irino, Yôko Hikasa, Hiroaki Hirata
Written and directed by: Mari Okada
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Plot: An immortal girl and a normal boy meet and become friends, sharing a bond that lasts throughout the years.
What you should know: This is experienced screenwriter Mari Okada’s directorial debut.
Opens in: Select cities


The Third Murder



Stars: Masaharu Fukuyama, Kôji Yakusho, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Mikako Ichikawa
Written and directed by: Hirokazu Koreeda
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Plot: A courtroom drama centered around the murder of a factory president.
What you should know: It’s in Japanese.
Opens in: NYC


Far From the Tree



Director: Rachel Dretzin
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: A documentary that examines the experiences of families in which parents and children are profoundly different from one another a variety of ways.
What you should know: It’s based on the NYT bestseller by Andrew Solomon.
Opens in: NYC, expands next week


Damascus Cover



Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Olivia Thirlby, John Hurt, Navid Negahban
Writer: Daniel Zelik Berk, Samantha Newton
Director: Daniel Zelik Berk
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Plot: A spy navigates the precarious terrain of love and survival during an undercover mission in Syria.
What you should know: This has a 0% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, quite an achievement t b h
Opens in: LA


Occupation



Stars: Dan Ewing, Temuera Morrison, Stephanie Jacobsen, Rhiannon Fish
Writer: Luke Sparke, Felix Williamson
Director: Luke Sparke
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Plot: A small group of town residents have to band together after a devastating ground invasion. As they struggle to survive, they realize they must stay one step ahead of their attackers, and work together for a chance to strike back.
What you should know: Their twitter account is very active, if you want to know where else this will be screening.
Opens in: NYC & LA


Also opening: Broken Star (Trailer), Teefa in Trouble (Trailer)


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What have you been watching lately? Seeing anything this weekend?
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