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Indie Film Release Guide: November 22nd [An ONTD Original]

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This weekend, Sony brings us A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, and Disney takes over every goddamn Dolby screen with Frozen II. But of course, there are more options in theaters for you than these, and they are listed below.

The films listed are from studios other than the “Big Six” - Paramount, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Universal, Columbia/Sony 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: November 15th, November 8th, and November 1st.

Dark Waters



Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, William Jackson Harper
Writer: Matthew Michael Carnahan, Mario Correa
Director: Todd Haynes
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Plot: A corporate defense attorney takes on an environmental lawsuit against a chemical company that exposes a lengthy history of pollution.
What you should know: Based on the New York Times article “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare” by Nathaniel Rich.
Opens in: Select cities



Varda by Agnès



Director: Agnès Varda
Genre: Documentary, Biography
Storyline: Agnès Varda, photographer, installation artist and pioneer of the Nouvelle Vague, is an institution of French cinema. Taking a seat on a theatre stage, she uses photos and film excerpts to provide an insight into her unorthodox oeuvre.
What you should know: Varda died in March, shortly after this film debuted at Berlinale in February.
Opens in: Select cities


Hala



Stars: Geraldine Viswanathan, Jack Kilmer, Gabriel Luna, Purbi Joshi
Writer/Director: Minhal Baig
Genre: Drama
Plot: Muslim teenager Hala copes with the unraveling of her family as she comes into her own.
What you should know: The film premiered at Sundance and made other festival stops along the way, including TIFF and AFI Fest.
Opens in: Select cities


Citizen K



Director: Alex Gibney
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: The strange case of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once believed to be the wealthiest man in Russia, who rocketed to prosperity and prominence in the 1990s, served a decade in prison, and became an unlikely martyr for the anti-Putin movement.
What you should know: Gibney is an extremely prolific director; two of his more recent films include The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley and Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.
Opens in: Select cities


Angelfish



Stars: Jimi Stanton, Princess Nokia, Stanley Simons, Erin Davie
Writer: Peter Andrew Lee, Luna Del Rosario, Patrick Lee, Ella Mische
Director: Peter Andrew Lee
Genre: Drama, Romance
Plot: The Bronx. 1993. A young couple from two completely different worlds, fall in love over a summer that reshapes their lives and the way they view the future ahead of them.
What you should know: This is director Peter Andrew Lee’s first feature film.
Opens in: Select cities


Shooting the Mafia



Director: Kim Longinotto
Genre: Documentary, Biography
Storyline: Italian photographer Letizia Battaglia spends her career documenting the life and crimes of the Mafia.
What you should know: It’s in Italian.
Opens in: Select cities


Depeche Mode: Spirits of the Forest



Director: Anton Corbijn, Pasqual Gutierrez, John Merizalde
Genre: Documentary, Music
Storyline: A look at Depeche Mode's final moments of their 2017 Global Spirit Tour, featuring intimate stories from select fans.
What you should know: Director Anton Corbijn has worked with Depeche Mode for years.
Opens in: Wide


When Lambs Become Lions



Director: Jon Kasbe
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: In the Kenyan bush, a small-time ivory dealer fights to stay on top while forces mobilize to destroy his trade. When he turns to his younger cousin, a conflicted wildlife ranger who hasn't been paid in months, they both see a possible lifeline.
Opens in: Select cities


Age Out



Stars: Tye Sheridan, Imogen Poots, Caleb Landry Jones, Jeffrey Wright
Writer/Director: A.J. Edwards
Genre: Crime, Drama
Plot: Fresh out of foster care at age 18, a young drifter turns to petty crime to survive, and discovers an impossible love in an unlikely friend.
What you should know: The director has collaborated on several Terrence Malick films.
Opens in: Select cities


3022



Stars: Omar Epps, Kate Walsh, Miranda Cosgrove, Jorja Fox
Writer: Ryan Binaco
Director: John Suits
Genre: Sci-Fi
Plot: A group of astronauts living in the haunting emptiness of deep space awake to find earth has suffered an extinction level event.
What you should know: Director John Suits most recently directed 2016’s Pandemic.
Opens in: Select cities


21 Bridges



Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller, J.K. Simmons, Stephan James
Writer: Matthew Michael Carnahan, Adam Mervis
Director: Brian Kirk
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Plot: An embattled NYPD detective is thrust into a citywide manhunt for a pair of cop killers after uncovering a massive and unexpected conspiracy.
What you should know: Writer Matthew Michael Carnahan also co-wrote Dark Waters.
Opens in: Wide


Also opening: Saint Cloud Hill (Trailer), The Courier (Trailer)



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