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

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This weekend is slim pickings for new releases, as Star Wars and other December releases continue to dominate screens. Sony’s remake of The Grudge is the only new wide release in theaters this weekend, and I’ve included it in this week’s post because with only two new indie releases, there is plenty of space.

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: December 27th, December 20th, and December 13th.


Don’t Be a Dick About It



Writer/Director: Ben Mullinkosson
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: Growing up in a loving home, brothers Peter and Matthew are crazy about each other, but also constantly at each other’s throats. Displaying their individual idiosyncrasies—Peter is obsessed with the TV show Survivor, while younger brother Matthew struggles to overcome his intense fear of dogs—the brothers spend one formative summer in their suburban Maryland neighborhood.
What you should know: Won the IFDA Audience Award at the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival.
Opens in: Los Angeles




City of Joel



Writer: Federico Rosenzvit
Director: Jesse Sweet
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: 50 miles north of New York City, the town of Monroe is a microcosm for a hyper-partisan and divided nation as a land dispute between an ultra-orthodox Hassidic sect and their secular neighbors erupts into a turf war.
What you should know: Director Jesse Sweet is responsible for directing and producing many other documentary films and series.
Opens in: Select theaters and available on demand


The Grudge



Stars: Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho, Betty Gilpin
Writer: Nicolas Pesce, Jeff Buhler
Director: Nicolas Pesce
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Plot: A house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms those who enter it with a violent death.
What you should know: Based on the 2002 film from Takashi Shimizu, Ju-on: The Grudge.
Opens in: Wide release



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Thank you to eveofrevolution for nominating this weekly post for the ONTD Awards, and to everyone who voted, it really does mean a lot to me! <3

What have you been watching lately? Seeing anything this weekend?
Tags: actor / actress, film, film - documentary, film - horror, film trailer / stills / clips, indie film release guide, john cho, ontd original, reboot / remake / revival, religion
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