Indie Film Release Guide: May 3rd [An ONTD Original]

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Major studios wisely decided to hold off on new releases this week while Endgame continues to break box office records. But there are a couple of wide releases from smaller studios, as well as a handful of indies, so read on for some alternatives to Avengers 4.

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: April 26th, April 19th, April 12th.

Long Shot



Stars: Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, June Diane Raphael, O’Shea Jackson, Jr.
Writer: Dan Sterling, Liz Hannah
Director: Jonathan Levine
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Plot: When Fred Flarsky reunites with his first crush, one of the most influential women in the world, Charlotte Field, he charms her. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter and sparks fly.
What you should know: Jonathan Levine just signed a first-look deal with Lionsgate, which is distributed this film in the US.
Opens in: Wide release



Tell It to the Bees



Stars: Anna Paquin, Holliday Grainger, Gregor Selkirk, Kate Dickie
Writer: Henrietta Ashworth, Jessica Ashworth
Director: Anabel Jankel
Genre: Drama, Romance
Plot: In 1950s small town Britain, a doctor develops a relationship with her young patient's mother.
What you should know: Based on the novel by Fiona Shaw.
Opens in: Select cities


Shadow



Stars: Deng Chao, Sun Li, Ryan Zheng, Wang Qianyuan
Writer: Li Wei, Zhang Yimou
Director: Zhang Yimou
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Plot: In a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king, the military commander has a secret weapon: a “shadow”, a look-alike who can fool both his enemies and the King himself. Now he must use this weapon in an intricate plan that will lead his people to victory in a war that the King does not want.
What you should know: It’s in Mandarin.
Opens in: Select cities


The Intruder



Stars: Meagan Good, Dennis Quaid, Michael Ealy, Joseph Sikora
Writer: David Loughery
Director: Deon Taylor
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Plot: A young married couple buy a beautiful house on several acres of land only to find out that the man they bought it from refuses to let go of the property.
What you should know: While the movie is set in the Napa, California area, it was filmed in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Opens in: Wide release


El Chicano



Stars: Raúl Castillo, George Lopez, Jose Pablo Cantillo, David Castañeda
Writer: Ben Hernandez Bray, Joe Carnahan
Director: Ben Hernandez Bray
Genre: Drama
Plot: A pair of twin brothers from East L.A. choose to live their lives differently and end up on opposite sides of the law.
What you should know: Director Ben Hernandez Bray has an extensive background in stuntwork.
Opens in: Wide release


Ask Dr. Ruth



Director: Ryan White
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: A documentary portrait chronicling the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America's most famous sex therapist. As her 90th birthday approaches, Dr. Ruth revisits her painful past and her career at the forefront of the sexual revolution.
What you should know: Dr. Ruth is on Twitter - @AskDrRuth.
Opens in: Select cities, and will be available on Hulu June 1st.


Knock Down the House



Director: Rachel Lears
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: A look at the people involved with various political campaigns during the 2018 U.S. congressional election.
What you should know: Though this is known as the “AOC doc”, there are three other women whose campaigns are documented in the film: Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, and Paula Jean Swearengin.
Opens in: Select cities & Netflix


Non-Fiction



Stars: Guillaume Canet, Juliette Binoche, Vincent Macaigne, Christa Théret
Writer/Director: Olivier Assayas
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Plot: Set in the Parisian publishing world, an editor and an author find themselves in over their heads, as they cope with a middle-age crisis, the changing industry and their wives.
What you should know: It’s in French, and was originally titled Doubles vies.
Opens in: Select cities


Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile



Stars: Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Kaya Scodelario, Jeffrey Donovan
Writer: Michael Werwie, based on the book by Elizabeth Kendall
Director: Joe Berlinger
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Plot: A courtroom frenzy ensues and sweeps 1970s America when a young single mother reluctantly tips the attention of a widespread manhunt toward her longtime boyfriend, Ted Bundy.
What you should know: The lead singer of Metallica pops up as a police officer.
Opens in: Select cities and Netflix


Clara



Stars: Patrick J. Adams, Troian Bellisario, Will Bowes, Jennifer Dale
Writer/Director: Akash Sherman
Genre: Sci-Fi
Plot: An obsessive astronomer and a curious artist form an unlikely bond which leads them to a profound, scientific discovery.
What you should know: The two leads are married in real life.
Opens in: Select cities & on demand


Also opening: Ugly Dolls (Trailer), Bardo Blues (Trailer), Meeting Gorbachev (Trailer), Bolden (Trailer), Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;Surrection (Trailer), The Dirty Kind (Trailer)



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