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Indie Film Release Guide: January 11th [An ONTD Original]

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We’re into the second week of January releases, and once again I must urge you to check your local theaters for films that may have just expanded to you, such as If Beale Street Could Talk and On The Basis of Sex. If you are interested in any of this week’s releases, nearly all can be found for purchase digitally if they aren’t showing up in a theater near you.

The films listed here 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 digitally via services like Amazon Video, iTunes, Google Play and YouTube.

Check out the posts from the past few weeks for more movies that may have just opened near you: January 4th, December 28th, December 21st.

Replicas



Stars: Alice Eve, Keanu Reeves, Emily Alyn Lind, Thomas Middleditch
Writer: Chad St. John, from a story by Stephen Hamel
Director: Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Plot: A scientist becomes obsessed with bringing back his family members who died in a traffic accident.
What you should know: It premiered at TIFF in 2017.
Opens in: Wide release



Pledge



Stars: Zachery Bird, Phillip Andre Botello, Aaron Dalla Villa, Zack Weiner
Writer: Zack Weiner
Director: Daniel Robbins
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Plot: A group of college freshmen pledge an exclusive fraternity, but soon realize there's more at stake than they could have ever imagined.
What you should know: The runtime is 77 minutes.
Opens in: NYC, and available digitally.


Sgt Will Gardener



Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Elizabeth Röhm, Robert Patrick, Gary Sinise
Written and directed by: Max Martini
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Plot: A troubled Iraq War veteran struggling to reintegrate into society sets out on a cross-country journey with the hope of reuniting with his young son.
What you should know: According to IMDB, 30% of the films profits will be given to three charities that assist soldiers suffering from TBI (Traumatic Brain Injuries,) PTSD and homelessness: Higher Ground, Warriors Heart and Special Operations Charity Network.
Opens in: Select theaters, and available digitally.


Buffalo Boys



Stars: Conan Stevens, Yoshi Sudarso, Zack Lee, Sunny Pang
Writer: Raymond Lee, Mike Wiluan
Director: Mike Wiluan
Genre: Action
Plot: Two brothers named Jamar and Suwo came back to the land of Java to avenge their father, who was a Sultan, after years of exile in America.
What you should know: This was the official submission of Singapore for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 91st Academy Awards in 2019.
Opens in: Select theaters, and available digitally.


Ashes in the Snow



Stars: Bel Powley, Peter Franzén, Sophie Cookson, Jonah Hauer-King
Writer: Ben York Jones
Director: Marius A. Markevicius
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Plot: In 1941, a 16 year-old aspiring artist and her family are deported to Siberia amidst Stalin's brutal dismantling of the Baltic region. One girl's passion for art and her never-ending hope will break the silence of history.
What you should know: Based on the novel by Ruta Sepetys
Opens in: Select theaters, and available digitally


The Aspern Papers



Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, Lois Robbins
Writer: Jean Pavans, Julien Landais, Hannah Bhuiya
Director: Julien Landais
Genre: Drama
Plot: A young writer tries to obtain romance letters a poet sent to his mistress.
What you should know: Based on the novel by Henry James.
Opens in: Select cities


Perfectos Desconocidos



Stars: Bruno Birchir, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Franky Martín, Miguel Rodarte
Writer: Fillipo Bologna,
Director: Manolo Caro
Genre: Comedy
Plot: What begins as a provocative party game quickly becomes a wild ride full of twists and "textual tension" in this comedy about the secrets we all carry in our pockets.
What you should know: It’s in Spanish, and was written by the same writers who were responsible for the original Italian version.
Opens in: Select cities


Anthem of a Teenage Prophet



Stars: Cameron Monaghan, Grayson Gabriel, Peyton List, Juliette Lewis
Writer: Joshua Close, Andy Matic
Director: Robin Hays
Genre: Drama
Plot: A teenager who foresees the death of his best friend isolates himself after being dubbed "The Prophet of Death" by a local reporter.
What you should know: There’s a Q&A with the filmmakers at the Arena Cinelounge in LA on Friday.
Opens in: Select theaters, and available digitally.


Tall Tales from the Magical Garden of Antoon Krings



Stars: Justin Long, Kate Mara
Writer: Antoon Krings, Arnaud Delalande, Christel Gonnard
Director: Arnaud Bouron, Antoon Krings
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Plot: Apollo the singing cricket sets out to find his place in the world. Based on the bestselling French book series.
What you should know: The version being released appears to be an English dub of the original.
Opens in: LA


Beyond The Night



Stars: Tammy Blanchard, Zane Holtz, Azhy Robertson, Caitlin Mehner
Written and directed by: Jason Noto
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Plot: When a soldier's son reveals damning information about a local gangster's missing daughter, a war of attrition wreaks havoc on their forgotten coal mining town.
What you should know: Members of the cast and crew are doing a Q&A this weekend at the Laemmle in Glendale.
Opens in: LA


Also opening: The Upside (Trailer), Against the Clock AKA Headlock (Trailer), The Bouncer (Trailer), Alone in the Dead of Night (Trailer), Norm of the North: Keys to the Kingdom (Trailer)



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What have you seen lately, ONTD? Planning on seeing anything this weekend?
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