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Indie Film Release Guide: August 28th [An ONTD Original]

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This weekend is flush with new indie releases, most of which are available for home consumption. Unfortunately, The Personal History of David Copperfield joins 20th Century Fox’s wide release The New Mutants in being available only in theaters. But as someone who has already seen (and loved!!) David Copperfield, I assure you that you won’t miss much of anything waiting for a home release. And FYI - Lingua Franca, which was featured in the August 14th post, is now available to watch on Netflix.

The films listed are from studios other than the “Big Six” - Paramount, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Universal, Columbia/Sony and Disney. All films listed will be available at their respective sources on Friday unless otherwise noted. Check out the posts from the past few weeks for more movies that may have already come to VOD: August 21st, August 14th, and August 7th.


The Personal History of David Copperfield



Stars: Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, Peter Capaldi
Writer: Simon Blackwell, Armando Ianucci
Director: Armando Ianucci
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Plot: A story following David Copperfield on his quirky journey from impoverished orphan to burgeoning writer in Victorian England.
What you should know: Not about the magician!! Based on the novel by Charles Dickens.
Where to watch: Select theaters



Bill & Ted Face the Music



Stars: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Kristen Schaal, Samara Weaving
Writer: Chris Matheson, Ed Solomon
Director: Dean Parisot
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Music
Plot: Once told they'd save the universe during a time-traveling adventure, 2 would-be rockers from San Dimas, California find themselves as middle-aged dads still trying to crank out a hit song and fulfill their destiny.
What you should know: Follows Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991).
Where to watch: In select theaters and available VOD


Matthias & Maxime



Stars: Xavier Dolan, Gabriel D'Almeida Freitas, Anne Dorval, Harris Dickinson
Writer/Director: Xavier Dolan
Genre: Drama
Plot: Two childhood best friends are asked to share a kiss for the purposes of a student short film. Soon, a lingering doubt sets in, confronting both of them with their preferences, threatening the brotherhood of their social circle, and, eventually, changing their lives.
What you should know: It’s in French and English.
Where to stream: MUBI


Mr. Soul



Director: Melissa Haizlip
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: Before Oprah, before Arsenio, there was Mr. SOUL! Ellis Haizlip ensures the Revolution will be televised with "SOUL!," America's first "Black Tonight Show."
What you should know: Winner of the Audience Award for Feature Documentary at the 2018 AFI Docs Festival.
Where to stream: Available VOD


All Together Now



Stars: Auli’i Cravalho, Carol Burnett, Justina Machado, Judy Reyes
Writer: Marc Basch, Brett Haley, Matthew Quick
Director: Brett Haley
Genre: Drama
Plot: An optimistic high schooler with musical aspirations must learn to accept help from her friends to overcome her personal hardships and fulfill her dreams.
What you should know: Based on the book by Matthew Quick.
Where to stream: Netflix


Centigrade



Stars: Vincent Piazza, Genesis Rodriguez, Mavis Simpson-Ernst
Writer: Daley Nixon, Brendan Walsh
Director: Brendan Walsh
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Plot: A married couple find themselves trapped in their frozen vehicle after a blizzard and struggle to survive amid plunging temperatures and unforeseen obstacles.
What you should know: This is director Brendan Walsh’s first feature film.
Where to watch: Select theaters and available VOD


Made in Bangladesh



Stars: Rikita Nandini Shimu, Novera Rahman, Parvin Paru, Mayabi Rahman
Writer: Rubaiyat Hossain, Philippe Barrière
Director: Rubaiyat Hossain
Genre: Drama
Plot: Shimu fled her village as a child when her stepmother threatened to marry her off to a middle-aged man. Now 23 and living in the capital, she works grueling hours for paltry sums at a textile factory while her husband searches for work.
What you should know: It’s in Bengali.
Where to stream: Virtual cinemas


Rising Phoenix



Director: Ian Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui
Genre: Documentary, Sport
Storyline: The history and current standing of the Paralympic Games, which has grown to become the world's third largest sporting event.
What you should know: The directors previously worked together on the 2018 documentary McQueen.
Where to stream: Netflix, available now


Ghost Tropic



Stars: Saadia Bentaïeb, Laurent Kumba, Jovial Mbenga, Sara Sampelayo
Writer/Director: Bas Devos
Genre: Drama
Plot: After a long day at work, Khadija falls asleep on the last subway train. When she wakes up at the end of the line, she has no choice but to make her way home on foot.
What you should know: It’s in Dutch and French. Director Bas Devos has also directed Hellhole (2019) and Violet (2014).
Where to stream: Virtual cinemas


You Cannot Kill David Arquette



Director: David Darg, Price James
Genre: Documentary
Plot: Branded as the most hated man in wrestling after winning a highly controversial WCW World Heavyweight Championship in 2000, actor David Arquette attempts a rocky return to the sport that stalled his promising Hollywood career. Dangerously determined to redeem his reputation and reclaim his self-respect, Arquette will stop at nothing to earn his place in professional wrestling.
What you should know: Won the Adobe Editing Award at SXSW 2020.
Where to stream: Available VOD


More new releases:

House of Cardin (Trailer)
Fatima (Trailer)
The Garden Left Behind (Trailer)
The Real Exorcist (Trailer)
Entwined (Trailer)
Epicentro (Trailer)
The Binge (Trailer)
Class Action Park (Trailer)



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