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Indie Film Release Guide: December 21st [An ONTD Original]

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The holidays are almost upon us, so smaller studios have slowed the pace of their rollouts, and the bigger studios have ramped them up. This weekend, you’ve got Aquaman, Bumblebee, Mary Poppins Returns, and Welcome to Marwen hitting theaters nationwide, while just a handful of indies open up.

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: December 14th, December 7th, November 30th.

Cold War

Stars: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc, Agata Kulesza
Writer: Pawel Pawlikowski, Janusz Glowacki, Piotr Borkowski
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Plot: Set against the backdrop of the 1950s Cold War in Poland, two people of differing backgrounds and temperaments begin an almost impossible romance.
What you should know: The relationship between the main characters was inspired by the relationship of the director’s parents.
Opens in: Select cities

Second Act

Stars: Vanessa Hudgens, Milo Ventimiglia, Jennifer Lopez, Leah Remini
Writer: Justin Zackham, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas
Director: Peter Segal
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Plot: A big box store worker reinvents her life and her life-story and shows Madison Avenue what street smarts can do.
What you should know: Julia Roberts was originally attached to the role played by Jennifer Lopez.
Opens in: Wide release

Delaware Shore

Stars: Gail Wagner, James Robinson, Jr., Emily McKinley Hill, Ed Aristone
Written and directed by: Raghav Peri
Genre: Drama
Plot: A Holocaust survivor who escapes the concentration camps finds refuge on a secluded Delaware Beach and raises her abandoned twin grandchildren.
What you should know: Based on the novel by Michaelangelo Rodriguez
Opens in: LA

American Renegades

Stars: J.K. Simmons, Sullivan Stapleton, Charlie Bewley, Sylvia Hoeks
Writer: Richard Wenk, Luc Besson
Director: Steven Quale
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
Plot: A team of Navy SEALs discover an underwater treasure in a Bosnian lake.
What you should know: Only two of the actors, J.K. Simmons and Joshua Henry, are Americans.
Opens in: Select cities

All is True

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Ian McKellan, Kathryn Wilder
Writer: Ben Elton
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Plot: A look at the final days in the life of renowned playwright William Shakespeare.
What you should know: Judi Dench is playing Anne Hathaway. Heh.
Opens in: LA, for an Oscar qualifying run, and then again in more cities next year.

The Last Resort

Director: Dennis Scholl, Kareem Tabsch
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: An uncannily revealing portrait of American photographers Andy Sweet and Gary Monroe and the vibrant community of Jewish retirees they obsessively focused their camera's lens on in the sunburned paradise of 1970s Miami Beach.
What you should know: The film is based in part on the work of photographer Andy Sweet.
Opens in: NYC

Swing Kids

Stars: Kyung-soo Do, Hye-soo Park, Jared Grimes, Oh Jung-Se
Written & directed by: Hyeong-Cheol Kang
Genre: Drama
Plot: Soldiers at a POW camp plan a tap show to distract themselves and the prisoners from the hardships of the Korean War.
What you should know: The film is based on the Korean musical Rho Ki-Soo by Woo-Sun Jang.
Opens in: Select cities

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What have you been watching lately, ONTD? Planning to see anything this weekend?
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