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Indie Film Release Guide: September 4th [An ONTD Original]

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This weekend, two of the major studios are taking very different release pathways for the two biggest releases since March. Warner Bros’ Tenet goes wide in theaters, while Disney’s Mulan releases VOD through a paid addition to their Disney+ service. Meanwhile, indies continue to be released mainly for at-home consumption, like those listed below.

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 28th, August 21st, and August 14th.


I’m Thinking of Ending Things



Stars: Jessie Buckley, Toni Collette, Jesse Plemons, David Thewlis
Writer/Director: Charlie Kaufman
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Plot: Full of misgivings, a young woman travels with her new boyfriend to his parents' secluded farm. Upon arriving, she comes to question everything she thought she knew about him, and herself.
What you should know: Based on the book by Ian Reid.
Where to stream: Netflix




Still Here



Stars: Johnny Whitworth, Zazie Beetz, Afton Williamson, Maurice McRae
Writer: Vlad Feier, Petter Gutter
Director: Vlad Feier
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Plot: A New York journalist who gets assigned the story of a missing African-American young girl, risks his career and takes the matter into his own hands trying to find her.
What you should know: Filmed on location throughout NYC.
Where to stream: Available VOD


Critical Thinking



Stars: John Leguizamo, Rachel Bay Jones, Michael Kenneth Williams, Corwin C. Tuggles
Writer: Dito Montiel
Director: John Leguizamo
Genre: Drama
Plot: The true story of the Miami Jackson High School chess team which was the first inner city team to win the U.S. National Chess Championship.
What you should know: This is John Leguizamo’s first directorial outing since 2003’s TV movie Undefeated.
Where to stream: Available VOD


The Argument



Stars: Dan Fogler, Emma Bell, Maggie Q, Danny Pudi
Writer: Zac Stanford
Director: Robert Schwartzman
Genre: Comedy
Plot: A couple get into an argument at their cocktail party that escalates until it brings an abrupt end to the festivities. They and their guests decide to re-create the entire night again and again to determine who was right.
What you should know: Robert Schwartzman last directed 2018’s The Unicorn.
Where to stream: Available VOD


The Owners



Stars: Maisie Williams, Sylvester McCoy, Rita Tushingam, Jake Curran
Writer: Julius Berg, Mathieu Gompel
Director: Julius Berg
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Plot: A group of friends think they find an easy score at an empty house with a safe full of cash. But when the owners, an elderly couple, come home early, the tables are suddenly turned.
What you should know: Based on the French graphic novel "Une Nuit De Pleine Lune" by Belgian artist Hermann and writer Yves H.
Where to stream: Available VOD


Driven to Abstraction



Director: Daria Price
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: The art world is rocked by an $80 million forgery scam that brings down Knoedler, New York City’s oldest and most venerable gallery, in the greatest hoax ever of Modern American Art.
What you should know: Toured the film festival circuit in 2019.
Where to stream: Virtual cinemas


Feels Good Man



Director: Arthur Jones
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: Artist Matt Furie, creator of the comic character Pepe the Frog, begins an uphill battle to take back his iconic cartoon image from those who used it for their own purposes.
What you should know: Winner of the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Emerging Filmmaker at Sundance 2020.
Where to stream: Available VOD


Guest House



Stars: Pauly Shore, Mike Castle, Aimee Teegarden, Billy Zane
Writer: Sean Bishop, Troy Duffy, Sam Macaroni
Director: Sam Macaroni
Genre: Comedy
Plot: When engaged couple Sarah and Blake buy their dream home, there’s a catch: a party animal named Randy in the guest house who refuses to leave! When Randy throws a wild, sexy pool party, the cops show up — and Blake gets arrested. Can he and Sarah get through their backyard wedding without a certain loser crashing the party…and ruining their marriage?
What you should know: This is director Sam Macaroni’s first feature film.
Where to stream: Available VOD


Chuck Berry



Director: Jon Brewer
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: Story of Chuck Berry told by his relatives and friends.
What you should know: After a long and successful career, Berry died in 2017 at age 90.
Where to stream: Virtual cinemas


Robin’s Wish



Director: Tylor Norwood
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: An intimate portrait of Robin Williams and his invulnerable spirit, Robin's Wish is the story of what really happened to one of the greatest entertainers of all time - and what his mind was fighting.
What you should know: Williams was posthumously diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia, an ultimately fatal disease that causes dementia, and one which often goes either misdiagnosed or undiagnosed.
Where to stream: Available now on VOD



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