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Indie Film Release Guide: August 20th [An ONTD Original]

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This weekend and next represent the calm before the fall film release storm... provided that release dates hold with the recent increases in COVID cases, of course. So while the quantity and quality of releases may struggle a bit over the next couple of weeks, know that there will likely be plenty more new films come September.

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: August 13th, August 6th, and July 30th.

The Night House

Stars: Rebecca Hall, Sarah Goldberg, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Evan Jonigkeit
Writer: Ben Collins, Luke Piotrowski
Director: David Bruckner
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Plot: A widow begins to uncover her recently deceased husband's disturbing secrets.
What you should know: Director David Bruckner also directed 2017’s The Ritual.
Where to watch: In theaters

Sweet Girl

Stars: Jason Momoa, Isabela Merced, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Adria Arjona
Writer: Philip Eisner, Gregg Hurwitz, Will Staples
Director: Brian Andrew Mendoza
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Plot: A devastated husband vows to bring justice to the people responsible for his wife's death while protecting the only family he has left, his daughter.
What you should know: Filmed in and around the Pittsburgh, PA area.
Where to watch: Netflix

The Protégé

Stars: Maggie Q, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, Robert Patrick
Writer: Richard Wenk
Director: Martin Campbell
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Plot: Rescued as a child by the legendary assassin Moody and trained in the family business, Anna is the world’s most skilled contract killer. As she becomes entangled with an enigmatic killer whose attraction to her goes way beyond cat and mouse, their confrontation turns deadly and the loose ends of a life spent killing will weave themselves even tighter.
What you should know: Director Martin Campbell is probably best known for directing the 2006 version of the James Bond film Casino Royale.
Where to watch: In theaters


Stars: Andrea Agur, Nathalie Bolt, Terry Chen, Chris William Martin
Writer/Director: Neill Blomkamp
Genre: Horror
Plot: A young woman unleashes terrifying demons when supernatural forces at the root of a decades-old rift between mother and daughter are ruthlessly revealed.
What you should know: Filmed in Canada during the pandemic.
Where to watch: In select theaters, and available VOD


Stars: Harmonie He, Zhu Zhu, Yanan Li, Amy Irving
Writer: Ann Hu, Adetoro Makinde, Michael Sládek
Director: Ann Hu
Genre: Drama, Family
Plot: When Meimei’s mother learns that her daughter suffers from dyslexia, as do 1 in 10 people worldwide, she will stop at nothing to help her. This includes leaving her life in China behind and venturing alone with Meimei to New York City, braving a place she knows nothing about and speaking not a word of English.
What you should know: This is director Ann Hu’s first feature film in 15 years.
Where to watch: In select theaters


Stars: Bella Thorne, Libby Mintz, Gavin Rossdale, Josie Ho
Writer: Libby Mintz, Janell Shirtcliff
Director: Janell Shirtcliff
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Plot: A street smart party girl gets mixed up in a violent drug deal and finds a possible way out by masquerading as a Nun.
What you should know: Paris Jackson portrays a lesbian Jesus in the film, which has gotten some folks riled up.
Where to watch: In select theaters

Rare Beasts

Stars: Billie Piper, Leo Bill, Kerry Fox, Toby Woolf
Writer/Director: Billie Piper
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Plot: An anti rom-com about Mandy, a career-driven single mother, who falls in love with the charming, traditionalist Pete.
What you should know: This is Billie Piper’s feature directorial debut.
Where to watch: In select theaters, and available VOD

The Girl Who Got Away

Stars: Kaye Tuckerman, Lexi Johnson, Chukwudi Iwuji, Anni Krueger
Writer/Director: Michael Morrissey
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Plot: A female serial killer escapes from prison to go after the one victim that got away.
What you should know: Director Michael Morrissey may be better known for directing a ton of house-flipping shows.
Where to watch: In theaters, and available VOD

Last Man Standing: Suge Knight and the Murders of Biggie and Tupac

Director: Nick Broomfield
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: Examines Death Row Records and how L.A.'s street gang culture had come to dominate its business workings, as well as an association with corrupt L.A. police officers who were also gang affiliated. It would be this world of gang rivalry and dirty cops that would later claim the lives of the world's two greatest rappers: Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.
Where to watch: In select theaters, and available VOD

On Broadway

Director: Oren Jacoby
Genre: Documentary, History
Plot: An all-star cast tells the inside story of the Broadway theater, and how it came back from the brink thanks to innovative work, a new attention to inclusion and a sometimes uneasy balance between art and commerce. Legends of the stage and screen, including Helen Mirren, Christine Baranski, August Wilson, James Corden, Alec Baldwin, John Lithgow, Viola Davis, Hugh Jackman and Ian McKellen, take us behind the scenes of Broadway's most groundbreaking and beloved shows, from "A Chorus Line" to "Hamilton." Iconic performances by Lin Manuel Miranda, Patti Lupone, Bernadette Peters, James Earl Jones and Mandy Patinkin lead the way on a hurly burly ride through Times Square.
What you should know: Broadway theaters were closed for over a year due to the pandemic, well after this film was finished, but have started staggered reopenings over the last month.
Where to watch: In select theaters and virtual cinemas

Also Opening

Flag Day (Trailer) from MGM
Reminiscence (Trailer) from Warner Bros
Paw Patrol The Movie (Trailer) from Paramount

New to Streaming

Annette (Trailer) on Amazon Prime

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What have you been watching lately, ONTD?
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