Indie Film Release Guide: March 29th [An ONTD Original]

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This week, Disney releases the live action Dumbo, Hotel Mumbai expands, and Us continues to thrive at the box office. Apologies for the short post today, I am on vacation and forgot to bring my Macbook charger, and my husband’s HP has brought me to despair in five minutes time. Luckily (I guess?), this weekend isn’t exactly stuffed with indie gems.

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: March 22nd, March 15th, and March 8th.


The Beach Bum



Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher
Writer/Director: Harmony Korine
Genre: Comedy
Plot: A rebellious stoner named Moondog lives life by his own rules.
What you should know: Gary Oldman turned down the lead role before it was offered to Matthew McConaughey.
Opens in: Select cities




Diane



Stars: Mary Kay Place, Jake Lacy, Estelle Parsons, Andrea Martin
Writer/Director: Kent Jones
Genre: Drama
Plot: Diane fills her days helping others and desperately attempting to bond with her drug-addicted son. As these pieces of her existence begin to fade, she finds herself confronting memories she'd sooner forget than face.
What you should know: This came out last summer, so idk why it’s being released like a brand new film, but critics praised the performances.
Opens in: Select cities and available VOD.


A Vigilante



Stars: Olivia Wilde, Morgan Spector, Betsy Aidem, Tonye Patano
Writer/Director: Sarah Jaggar-Nickson
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Plot: A vigilante helps victims escape their domestic abusers.
What you should know: Showed at last year’s SXSW.
Opens in: Select cities


The Brink



Director: Alison Klayman
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: A fly-on-the-wall chronicle of embattled former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon's global mission to spread extreme nationalism.
What you should know: Described as a documentary about Bannon that doesn’t give him a platform.
Opens in: Select cities


Screwball



Director: Billy Corben
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: Investigates the MLB’s infamous doping scandal involving a nefarious clinician and his most famous client - New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez.
What you should know: Premiered at TIFF 2018.
Opens in: Select cities



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What have you been watching, ONTD? Plan on seeing anything this weekend?