Best Independent Movies

  • Rachel Getting Married

    Rachel Getting Married (R, 2008)

    Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Bill Irwin, Tunde Adebimpe, Debra Winger
    Lingering tensions clash with new hopes in director Jonathan Demme's ensemble drama set during an id... read moreyllic wedding that threatens to descend into chaos with the appearance of the bride's estranged sister -- a volatile and unpredictable girl whose turbulent history of personal crisis and family conflict quickly threatens to take precedence over the happy ceremony. Rachel Buchman (Rosemarie DeWitt) is about to be married to the love of her life, but while the weather outside may be perfect, there's a storm blowing in. That storm goes by the name Kym (Anne Hathaway). Kym is the family black sheep, and wherever she goes disaster is sure to follow. Now, as friends and family gather together for a memorable day of dining, dancing, and celebration, everyone braces themselves knowing that, at any given moment, old skeletons may be dragged out and dusted off for display by the bombshell who seems to have an acerbic one-liner for every situation, and a flare for drama that could set their family home ablaze. Bill Irwin and Debra Winger co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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      fb509096183: chel Getting Married' is one of the year's best, and it's a sure hope for the future of filmmaking, independent and Hollywood alike. I'd be shocked to find Hathaway and DeWitt not being nominated come
      Reviewed 12 months days ago
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      fb1008742212: of her finest performances in years

      It's as simple as that, Rachel Getting Married is a very fine independent feature featuring astounding acting and excellent theme handling.
      Reviewed 10 months days ago
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      fb501810005: . The shooting style screams "independent movie", but it works exceedingly well with the story. Definitely worth watching.
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
  • Clerks

    Clerks (R, 1994)

    Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Lisa Spoonhauer, Jason Mewes
    When Dante Hicks (Brian O'Halloran) is reluctantly put in charge of the Quick Stop market on his day... read more off, he tries, though half-heartedly, to perform his minimum-wage duties as efficiently as possible. This gets tough amidst the on-going fight with his girlfriend, Veronica (Marilyn Ghigliotti), and his attempt to get back together with his ex-girlfriend, Caitlyn Bree (Lisa Spoonhauer). Meanwhile, his friend and alter ego Randall (Jeff Anderson) is working behind the counter of the adjacent video store -- at least when he feels like it. Randall's unabashed disdain of his place of employment, a long with his self-admitted hatred towards its customers is a sharp contrast to Dante's feeble attempts at the niceties of customer service. Much of the film consists of Randall and Dante's criticism of their customers, their lives, and the world in general. Clerks, filmed in black-and-white on a budget of only $27,000, began the career of writer director Kevin Smith, who would go on to make Mallrats (1995), Chasing Amy (1997), Dogma (1999), and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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      fb594747508: . Common folk talking about common stuff. That's what all independent film makers do. I don't see anything fresh about the film, script or editing. Sure, a co
      Reviewed 15 months days ago
    • psychedelics
      psychedelics: i always enjoy a good independent film, and watching this for my film essay made the assignment that much more interesting
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
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      fb1176335246: Probably the best independent film I've ever seen. A great script, and simply hilarious. I don't think there is anythi
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • Frozen River

    Frozen River (R, 2008)

    Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Charlie McDermott, Michael O'Keefe, Mark Boone Jr.
    A desperate single mother living in upstate New York resorts to smuggling illegal immigrants into th... read moree United States as a means of making ends meet in first-time feature director/screenwriter Courtney Hunt's emotionally wrenching drama, winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Dramatic Feature at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Ray Eddy is in an impossible position; it's two days before Christmas and her husband has suddenly disappeared with all of the family savings. Now, as the newly single mother of two realizes the futility of attempting to cover the house payments on her meager Yankee One Dollar Store wages, her children are forced to exist on a nutritionally devoid diet of popcorn and Tang. Deciding that her only hope for survival is to find a man who will support her and her children, Ray sets out to find a husband but instead makes the acquaintance of street-smart Mohawk Lila Littlewolf. Lila, too, has been struggling to keep her head above water amidst economic despair, and has recently stumbled across a rather unconventional solution to her dire financial situation. Lately, Lila has been earning a living by smuggling illegal immigrants into the U.S., but her tribal elders vehemently disapprove of the scheme and have recently attempted to stop it by forbidding the local auto dealers from selling her a car. As fate would have it, Ray's Dodge Spirit may just be the only thing the destitute mother can count on anymore, and as this unlikely pair gas up the tank for a daring dash across the iced-over St. Lawrence River, their fates become forever intertwined in ways that neither could have ever anticipated. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • Dracula787
      Dracula787: This independent film set in northern New York state tells the story of a down on her luck woman living i
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
  • Moon

    Moon (R, 2009)

    Sam Rockwell, Kaya Scodelario, Benedict Wong, Matt Berry, Malcolm Stewart
    An astronaut miner extracting the precious moon gas that promises to reverse the Earth's energy cris... read moreis nears the end of his three-year contract, and makes an ominous discovery in this psychological sci-fi film starring Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey. For three long years, Sam Bell has dutifully harvested Helium 3 for Lunar, a company that claims it holds the key to solving humankind's energy crisis. As Sam's contract comes to an end, the lonely astronaut looks forward to returning to his wife and daughter down on Earth, where he will retire early and attempt to make up for lost time. His work on the Selene moon base has been enlightening -- the solitude helping him to reflect on the past and overcome some serious anger issues -- but the isolation is starting to make Sam uneasy. With only two weeks to go before he begins his journey back to Earth, Sam starts feeling strange: he's having inexplicable visions, and hearing impossible sounds. Then, when a routine extraction goes horribly awry, it becomes apparent that Lunar hasn't been entirely straightforward with Sam about their plans for replacing him. The new recruit seems strangely familiar, and before Sam returns to Earth, he will grapple with the realization that the life he has created may not be entirely his own. Up there, hundreds of thousands of miles from home, it appears that Sam's contract isn't the only thing about to expire. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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      fb894085120: . A solid independent-ish effort though.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
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      fb1197453792: A great independent film. Makes you think. What science fiction should be.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
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      fb543820073: As far as independent -sci-fi goes, this was top notch. Ziggy Stardust's son did a great job directing.
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
  • Halloween

    Halloween (R, 1978)

    Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Loomis, P.J. Soles, Charles Cyphers
    It was "The Night HE Came Home," warned the posters for John Carpenter's career-making horror smash.... read more In Haddonfield, IL, on Halloween night 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers inexplicably slaughters his teenage sister. His psychiatrist Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) can't penetrate Michael's psyche after years of institutionalization, but he knows that, when Myers escapes before Halloween in 1978, there is going to be hell to pay in Haddonfield. While Loomis heads to Haddonfield to alert police, Myers spots bookish teenager Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and follows her, constantly appearing and vanishing as Laurie and her looser friends Lynda (P.J. Soles) and Annie (Nancy Loomis) make their Halloween plans. By nightfall, the responsible Laurie is doing her own and Annie's babysitting jobs, while Annie and Lynda frolic in the parent-free house across the street. But Annie and Lynda are not answering the phone, and suspicious Laurie heads across the street to the darkened house to see what is going on.... ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi
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      fb677633715: . This shows how well movie making can be without all the gore that's done just for show and by independent film makers no less!
      Reviewed 5 months days ago
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      fb1802702304: to create a constantly suspenseful atmosphere, John Carpenter's succeeds in creating a low-budget independent slasher film that can be considered one of the best horror movies ever made.
      Reviewed 16 months days ago
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      fb100000039751456: The best horror movie ever made! Also the most successful and influential independent film ever made. Also has the best horror movie soundtrack ever. Also started the slasher
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • The Man from Earth

    The Man from Earth (Unrated, 2007)

    David Lee Smith, Richard Riehle, John Billingsley, William Katt, Tony Todd
    In the tradition of such psychologically-charged sci-fi outings as The Next One (1982) and K-PAX (20... read more01) comes the cerebral science fiction opus The Man From Earth (2007). The story concerns Professor John Oldman, a scientist who summons a group of associates to a cabin one freezing night, and strikes them with a fantastic revelation: he is not a traditional human, but a 14,000 year-old immortal, who has survived centuries of evolution from the Cro-Magnon Era to the present. In the hours to follow, Professor Oldman's earth-shaking assertion about himself challenges the men on spiritual, scientific and historical levels. But the most incredible is yet to come - an even more astonishing truth in which the men's discussions culminate. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
  • The Visitor

    The Visitor (PG-13, 2008)

    Richard Jenkins, Hiam Abbass, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Jekesai Gurira, Marian Seldes
    A lonesome widower and college economics professor finds his mundane existence suddenly shaken up wh... read moreen he befriends a pair of illegal immigrants, one of whom has recently been threatened with deportation by U.S. immigration authorities, in the sophomore feature from The Station Agent director Tom McCarthy. Years after losing his wife, 62-year-old Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins) has also lost his passion for writing and teaching. In an effort to fill the empty void that his life has become, Walter makes a half-hearted attempt to learn to play classical piano. Later, when Walter's college sends him to a conference in Manhattan, he is surprised to discover that a young couple has moved into his seldom-used apartment in the city. Tarek (Haaz Sleiman) and his Senegalese girlfriend Zainab (Danai Gurira) have fallen victims to an elaborate real-estate scam, and as a result they no longer have a place to call home. When Walter reluctantly allows the couple to remain in his apartment, talented musician Tarek insists on repaying his host's kindness by teaching him to play the African drum. Over the course of Walter's lessons, the ageing academic finds his spirits revitalized while gaining a newfound appreciation for New York jazz clubs and Central Park drum circles. Later, Tarek is arrested in the subway and threatened with deportation after police learn that he is an undocumented citizen. Suddenly, in his attempt to help his new friend, Walter's passion for life is unexpectedly awakened. When Tarek's radiant mother Mouna (Hiam Abbass) arrives in the city in search of her son, that passion turns to romance -- something that Walter had previously thought he would never experience again. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • Dracula787
      Dracula787: . Both deal with immigration issues, both are independent, and both are primarily liked for a solid lead performance by underappreciated character
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • placeinthesun455
      placeinthesun455: . an emotional, captivating, and sadly underrated independent film. check it out!
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
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      fb519073147: Good independent film about forming close relationships with strangers and immigration issues. Understate
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
  • Primer

    Primer (PG-13, 2004)

    Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden, Anand Upadhyaya, Carrie Crawford
    The debut feature from filmmaker Shane Carruth -- who wrote, directed, photographed, edited, scored,... read more and stars -- Primer is a psychological sci-fi thriller about a group of four tech entrepreneurs. Toiling away in a garage, the quartet have successfully created error-checking systems for their clients. But their recent work seems to have created an unexpected and seemingly impossible side-effect. Suddenly, two members of the group realize they are in possession of a device that can double, or perhaps even quadruple, the space-time continuum of anything that enters it. What at first seems like a windfall of astronomical proportions eventually proves to be much more than they bargained for, as the duo attempt to manipulate time to their financial -- and emotional -- benefit. Also starring Casey Gooden, Anand Upadhyaya, and Carrie Crawford, Primer premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the coveted Grand Jury Prize for dramatic film. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi
    • Stinger839
      Stinger839: an interesting, low-action very intellectual science fiction independent film. The filmmakers cleverly use audio and pull off some beautiful montages. The acting
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
    • nicholsonisgod
      nicholsonisgod: This is the way independent films should be. THis movie is a good one!
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • striderdemme
      striderdemme: Awesome independent film. Won the grandprize at Sundance. Very lowbudget, but very well made.
      Reviewed 7 years days ago