Indie Film Release Guide: November 9th [An ONTD Original]

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There are several major studio wide releases this week, but as always, there are many, many more indies for you to peruse. On the heels of last weekend's double dose of Orson Welles films, Netflix releases two more films this week - Chris Pine's Outlaw King, and the Coen Brothers' latest effort The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. And this is the best week for LGBT indies in a long time, with Lez Bomb, Postcards from London and Pimp all featuring LGBT characters.

The films listed are from studios other than the “Big Six” - Paramount, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Universal, Columbia 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: November 2nd, October 26th, and October 19th.

Outlaw King



Stars: Chris Pine, Steven Dillane, Rebecca Robin, Billy Howle
Writer: Bathsheba Doran, David Mackenzie, James MacInnes
Director: David Mackenzie
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama
Plot: A true David v Goliath story of how the great 14th Century Scottish 'Outlaw King' Robert The Bruce used cunning and bravery to defeat and repel the much larger and better equipped occupying English army.
What you should know: Yes, this is the movie with Chris Pine’s dick; no, the gifs are not yet available.
Opens in: Select cities, and available on Netflix.



The Ballad of Buster Scruggs



Stars: Liam Neeson, James Franco, Zoe Kazan, David Krumholtz
Written and directed by: Joel and Ethan Coen
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical
Plot: An anthology film comprised of six stories, each dealing with a different aspect of life in the Old West.
What you should know: This is the longest film by the Coen Brothers, and the first to be shot digitally.
Opens in: Select cities, and available on Netflix.


El Angel



Stars: Lorenzo Ferro, Chino Darín, Daniel Fanego, Mercedes Morán
Writer: Luis Ortega, Rodolfo Palacios, Sergio Olguín
Director: Luis Ortega
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Plot: A teenager embarks on a murderous crime spree with a friend he hopes to impress.
What you should know: It’s in Spanish.
Opens in: NYC & LA


In a Relationship



Stars: Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano, Dree Hemingway, Patrick Gibson
Written and directed by: Sam Boyd
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Plot: During a summer in Los Angeles, long-term couple Owen and Hallie may be breaking up. And just as their relationship reaches a turning point, Matt and Willa embark on a romance of their own.
What you should know: This is director Sam Boyd’s first feature film.
Opens in: NYC & LA, and available on demand.


The Long, Dumb Road



Stars: Jason Mantzoukas, Tony Revolori, Taissa Farmiga, Ron Livingston
Writer: Hannah Fidell, Carson Mell
Director: Hannah Fidell
Genre: Comedy
Plot: Two guys serendipitously meet at a time when they both find themselves at personal crossroads and decide to embark on an unplanned road trip across the American Southwest.
What you should know: At 33, Hannah Fidell has several feature and television directing credits under her belt.
Opens in: Select cities, and available on demand next Friday.


The Delinquent Season



Stars: Cillian Murphy, Eva Birthistle, Catherine Walker, Andrew Scott
Written and directed by: Mark O’Rowe
Genre: Drama, Romance
Plot: Two middle-class Dublin couples find their seemingly idyllic lives and marriages unravelling at the seams after an altercation causes cracks to appear in both relationships.
What you should know: Cillian has starred in four other films written by Mark O’Rowe, but this is O’Rowe’s directorial debut.
Opens in: Select cities


Lez Bomb



Stars: Jenna Laurenzo, Caitlin Mehner, Brandon Michael Hall, Elaine Hendrix
Written and directed by: Jenna Laurenzo
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Plot: A still closeted young woman brings her girlfriend home for Thanksgiving, only to have her coming out efforts thwarted by the unexpected arrival of her male roommate.
What you should know: The Huffington Post calls it the “queer holiday movie you’ve been waiting for”.
Opens in: Select cities (check theaters here) and on demand.


The New Romantic



Stars: Jessica Barden, Hayley Law, Camila Mendes, Avan Jogia
Writer: Kyle Mann, Carly Stone
Director: Carly Stone
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Plot: Frustrated with the lack of chivalrous guys her own age, a college senior gives up on dating for love to date an older man in exchange for gifts instead.
What you should know: Canadian writer/director Carly Stone also writes for Kim’s Convenience.
Opens in: Select cities


Postcards from London



Stars: Harris Dickinson, Jonah Hauer-King, Alessandro Cimadamore, Leonardo Salerni
Written and directed by: Steve McLean
Genre: Drama
Plot: Beautiful Essex boy Jim, who, having traveled from the suburbs, finds himself in Soho searching for fame, fortune and cultural stimulation. Down on his luck, he meets with a gang of unusual high class male escorts who specialize in post-coital conversation. What follows is Jim’s comic descent from unsuccessful escort, to artist’s muse and art authenticator – a journey complicated by a rare psychosomatic condition called ‘Stendhal Syndrome’.
What you should know: If you’re looking for a realistic film about escorts, this isn’t it. But it’s been praised for its dreamy visuals, and is the director's first film since 1994's Postcards from America.
Opens in: NYC


Time Freak



Stars: Asa Butterfield, Sophie Turner, Skyler Gisondo, Mary Elizabeth Boylan
Written and directed by: Andrew Bowler
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Plot: Physics prodigy Stillman is destined for great things, only to be derailed when his girlfriend, Debbie suddenly dumps him. But Stillman isn't beaten, he does what any heartbroken genius would do - he invents a time machine to get a second chance at love.
What you should know: It’s based on the Oscar-nominated short of the same name.
Opens in: Select cities and available on demand


Also opening: Pimp (Trailer), Here and Now (aka Blue Night) (Trailer), River Runs Red (Trailer), Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland (Trailer), They Fight (Trailer), Weightless (Trailer)



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What have you watched recently, ONTD? What do you plan on seeing this weekend?