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Indie Film Release Guide: November 27th [An ONTD Original]

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Happy Thanksgiving! This holiday weekend, Universal’s Queen & Slim is the only major studio release coming to theaters. Of course it will have to contend with the second weekend of Disney’s Frozen sequel, and the first full weekend for Lionsgate’s Knives Out, which is also in wide release. Some of these films open Wednesday night, but others don’t open until Friday, so check your local listings before you head out to the theater.

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 22nd, November 15th, and November 8th.


Knives Out



Stars: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis
Writer/Director: Rian Johnson
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Plot: A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family.
What you should know: This movie season is filled with Stephen Sondheim; one of the characters sings "Losing My Mind" from the Sondheim musical Follies.
Opens in: Wide release





The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open



Stars: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Violet Nelson, Charlie Hannah, Barbara Eve Harris
Written and directed by: Kathleen Hepburn, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
Genre: Drama
Plot: After a chance encounter on the street, a woman tries to encourage a pregnant domestic abuse victim to seek help.
What you should know: Filmed in Canada and premiered at TIFF.
Opens in: Select theaters and on Netflix


The Two Popes



Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Anthony Hopkins, Juan Minujín, Sidney Cole
Writer: Anthony McCarten
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Plot: Behind Vatican walls, the conservative Pope Benedict and the liberal future Pope Francis must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church.
What you should know: Pope Benedict XVI is the first pope in almost 600 years who became "pope emeritus" (pope retired) after resigning.
Opens in: Select theaters; on Netflix December 20th


After Parkland



Director: Jake Lefferman, Emily Taguchi
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: In the aftermath of the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead, filmmakers Emily Taguchi and Jake Lefferman traveled to Parkland and began filming with students who endured gunfire and the parents who lost their children in the crosshairs.
What you should know: The film screened at Tribeca and the AFI Docs Festival.
Opens in: Select cities


Almost Home



Stars: Hannah Marks, Rachel Zimmerman, Nico Guardado, Sean Martini
Written and directed by: Jessica Blank, Erik Jensen
Genre: Drama
Plot: A group of homeless teenagers in Los Angeles struggle to find themselves.
What you should know: The writer/director duo of the film is a husband and wife pair.
Opens in: Select cities


Away



Writer/Director: Gints Zilbalodis
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
Plot: A boy and a little bird are on a journey across a strange island trying to get back home.
What you should know: The creator, who wrote, director, animated and scored the film, is Latvian.
Opens in: Select cities


My Friend the Polish Girl



Stars: Aneta Piotrowska, Emma Friedman-Cohen, Daniel Berry, Max Davis
Written and directed by: Ewa Banaszkiewicz, Mateusz Dymek
Genre: Drama
Plot: A young female documentarian strives for hyperreality in her most recent project, while she manipulates the life story of an unemployed Polish actress living in London.
What you should know: This is the first feature length film from the writer-director duo.
Opens in: Select cities


Weathering With You



Stars: Kotaro Daigo, Nana Mori, Kentaro Araki, Sei Hiraizumi
Writer/Director: Makoto Shinkai
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Plot: A high-school boy who has run away to Tokyo befriends a girl who appears to be able to manipulate the weather.
What you should know: The film screened at this year’s TIFF.
Opens in: Select cities


63 Up



Director: Michael Apted
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: An exploration of the lives of British children from different socioeconomic backgrounds who are revisited every seven years to discuss their experiences and hopes for the future.
What you should know: This is the ninth edition of this series, which started in 1964 with Seven Up and has revisited the same group of people every seven years since. The director has said this could be the last installment.
Opens in: Select cities


Locusts



Stars: Ben Geurens, Jessica McNamee, Nathaniel Dean, Justin Rosniak
Writer: Angus Watts
Director: Heath Davis
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Plot: Two estranged brothers who are reluctantly reunited in their remote hometown at their father's funeral, become the target of an extortion scam at the hands of a gang of violent local thugs.
What you should know: This is writer Angus Watts’ first feature film.
Opens in: Select cities


Also opening: The Man in the Trunk (Trailer), Melody Makers (Trailer), Cavale (Trailer), Tremors (Trailer)



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What have you been watching lately, ONTD? Seeing anything over the long weekend?
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