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

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There are a few wide releases coming out this weekend, but only one from a major studio. Paramount's Gemini Man could put up a fight against last weekend's box office champion, but with poor reviews and low scores across the board, it will be a wonder if Joker doesn't lead the box office again this weekend.

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: October 4th, September 27th, and September 20th.

Parasite



Stars: Kang-ho Song, Yeo-jeong Jo, So-dam Park, Woo-sik Choi
Writer: Bong Joon-Ho, Jin Won Han
Director: Bong Joon-Ho
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Plot: All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.
What you should know: This is South Korea’s submission for Best Internation Feature Film for the 2019 Oscars.
Opens in: Select cities



The King



Stars: Timothée Chalamet, Joel Edgerton, Lily-Rose Depp, Robert Pattinson
Writer: Joel Edgerton, David Michôd
Director: David Michôd
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Plot: Hal, wayward prince and heir to the English throne, is crowned King Henry V after his tyrannical father dies. Now the young king must navigate palace politics, the war his father left behind, and the emotional strings of his past life.
What you should know: An adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry V.
Opens in: NYC & LA; available on Netflix November 1st


Little Monsters



Stars: Lupita Nyong’o, Josh Gad, Alexander England, Stephen Peacocke
Writer/Director: Abe Forsythe
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Plot: A washed-up musician teams up with a teacher and a kids show personality to protect young children from a sudden outbreak of zombies.
What you should know: Lupita reached out personally to Taylor Swift in order to get her to approve the use of “Shake it Off”.
Opens in: It had a one night engagement in theaters on October 8th; available on Hulu


El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie



Stars: Aaron Paul, Matt Jones, Jonathan Banks, Charles Baker
Writer/Director: Vince Gilligan
Genre: Action, Drama
Plot: After escaping Jack and his gang, Jesse Pinkman goes on the run from the police and tries to escape his own inner turmoil.
What you should know: This is a direct continuation of the Breaking Bad TV series.
Opens in: Select cities and available on Netflix


Polaroid



Stars: Kathryn Prescott, Tyler Young, Samantha Logan, Madelaine Petsch
Writer: Blair Butler
Director: Lars Klevberg
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Plot: High school loner Bird Fitcher has no idea what dark secrets are tied to the mysterious Polaroid vintage camera she stumbles upon, but it doesn't take long to discover that those who have their picture taken meet a tragic end.
What you should know: This was supposed to be released years ago through Dimension, and then the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke. Vertical Entertainment is the current distributor.
Opens in: In select cities and available on demand


Jexi



Stars: Adam Devine, Rose Byrne, Alexandra Shipp, Justin Hartley
Writer: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Director: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Genre: Comedy
Plot: A comedy about what can happen when you love your phone more than anything else in your life.
What you should know: The film was supposed to be titled Lexi, but they had trouble clearing that title. Adam Devine suggested flipping the L to make it Jexi.
Opens in: Wide release


The Sky is Pink



Stars: Zaira Wasim, Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Rohit Saraf
Writer: Shonali Bose, Nilesh Maniyar
Director: Shonali Bose
Genre: Drama, Family, Romance
Plot: The love story of a couple spanning 25 years, told through the lens of their spunky teenage daughter Aisha Chaudhary, who was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis .
What you should know: It’s in English and Hindi
Opens in: Wide release


Mister America



Stars: Tim Heidecker, Gregg Turkington, Terri Parks, Manuel Giusti
Writer: Tim Heidecker, Eric Notarnicola
Director: Eric Notarnicola
Genre: Comedy
Plot: After representing himself and beating a murder charge, a concert promoter runs for the San Bernardino District Attorney's office against the prosecutor of his case.
What you should know: This is the director’s first feature film after years of work in television.
Opens in: Select cities


The Cotton Club Encore



Stars: Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane, Lonette McKee
Writer: William Kennedy, Francis Ford Coppola
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Plot: In this lavish, 1930s-era drama, Harlem’s legendary Cotton Club becomes a hotbed of passion and violence as the lives and loves of entertainers and gangsters collide.
What you should know: This is a remastered and restored release of the 1984 film, featuring additional scenes and musical sequences.
Opens in: Select cities


The Addams Family



Stars: Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard
Writer: Matt Lieberman, Pam Pettler
Director: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Plot: An animated version of Charles Addams' series of cartoons about a peculiar, ghoulish family.
What you should know: The character designs are taken from the comics where the Addams Family first premiered.
Opens in: Wide release


Also opening: Doubting Thomas (Trailer), Along Came the Devil 2 (Trailer), Lucky Day (Trailer), Mary (Trailer), The Dead Center (Trailer), A German Youth (Trailer)



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