This weekend will play Los Angeles and New York, opening on 17 September in Texas, Georgia, Florida, Arizona, Colorado and other cities. The Japanese blockbuster One Cut of Dead finally hits theaters in the United States. Shinichiro Ueda’s low-budget zombie horror movie is still certified fresh on Tomatometer at 100%.
Watch weekly RTH Reporter reports what is opening, expanding and coming to the specialty box office. From promising releases by new voices to experimental efforts from storied filmmakers – or perhaps the next indie-doll to go beyond all the way to the end of the year accolades – we will break it all down each week for you in Fresh Indie Finds.
This week we find a triple bill of terrifying horror titles at the specialty box office that push the boundaries of genre by teeming zombies, aliens and monsters with social commentary and humor. One Cut of the Dead is an updated B-movie-oriented zombie flick, Monos is a socio-political take on the Lord of the Flies and Freaks is a taut thriller that will leave you tense and scared. Also hitting theaters is a romantic comedy from the director Stella Meghie of the Everything is Everything, and we found new clips from three festival favorites with Oscar ambitions and a documentary on the spooky-pasta urban legend of Wrinkles the Clown in our Indie Trailer section.
The Japanese blockbuster One Cut of the Dead is finally in theaters in the United States and after it won over 15 wins on the festival circuit last year, Shinichiro Ueda’s low budget zombie horror is still certified fresh on the Tomatometer at 100%. One Cut of the Dead will leave you shocked and jaw-dropped with its technically brilliant and astonishingly earnest tale. Shinichiro Ueda’s zombie comedy is one that deliberately pretends to provide familiar zombie sarcasm only to rip the rug from underneath us in an innovative, hilarious way. The level of detail is uncanny, and the comedy is equaled by charm”, says Meagan Navarro of Bloody Disgusting. This weekend will play Los Angeles and New York; expanding to Texas, Georgia, Florida, Arizona, Colorado and other cities on 17 September
The Japanese blockbuster One Cut of Dead finally hits theaters in the United States and, after it won over 15 wins on the festival circuit last year, Shinichiro Ueda’s low budget zombie horror tale is still Certified Fresh at 100% on the Tomatometer. One Cut of the Dead will leave you stunned and jaw-dropped by its technically brilliant and surprisingly funny story. “Shinichiro Ueda’s Zombie-Comic is one that intentionally pretends to offer familiar Zombie-huggenism only to rip the rug out of under us in an innovative, hilarious way. The detail level is unknown and the comedy is equaled by charm”, says Meagan Navarro of Bloody Disgusting.
At Los Angeles and New York this weekend and extending to Texas, Georgia, Florida, Arizona, Colorado and other cities on September 17.
Monos is a Grimms fairytale re-booked to highlight Colombia’s constant state of political tension. The story centers on a group of young teens who are removed from their families and left to govern themselves and train as agents in a mysterious civil war in the remote mountains of the South American nation. This weekend the Monos is a promising young cast with an ethereal, violent cinematic style and less likable than admirable, an achievement with a clear, apocalyptic vision ; it will be growing to more screens on September 20.
Monos is a Grimms fairy tale rewritten to highlight Colombia’s constant state of political agitation. The story is set in the remote mountains of the South American nation and filled with surprising acts of violence and mighthem. It centres on a group of young teens who are separated from their families and left to govern themselves and learn to be agents in a mysterious civil war. With an arresting young cast and a gritty, jarring cinematic style, says Alissa Wilkinson of Vox, Monos is less likable than admirable, an accomplishment with a clear, apocalyptic vision.”
There are live screenings in Los Angeles, New York and San Fransisco this weekend, on 20 September to include more screens.
This weekend is showing LA and New York, increasing to limited screens on 20 September.
A long weekend with an ex-boyfriend and potential new suitor takes a hilarious turn in this romantic comedy by Everything is Everything – director Stella Meghie. Meghie shines in her third feature, with Kate Erbland of IndieWire calling her “at sliding between subplots and mixing her characters into talky combinations” and adding further praise for Leading Lady Zamata, who “drops nearly every moment.” This weekend opens at Indianapolis, Orlando, Tampa and Minneapolis-St. Paul, but will be on limited screens on September 20.
In this romantic comedy from Everything is Everything director Stella Meghie, featuring DeWanda Wise, Y’lan Noel and SNL actor Sasheer Zamata takes a funny turn with an ex-boyfriend and potential new suitor. Meghie shines in her third feature, with Kate Erbland of IndieWire describing her as “admiring that she seamlessly flows between subplots and mixes her characters into talky combinations” and adding further praise for the leading lady Zamata, “who steals almost every moment”.
This week Las Vegas’ Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Orlando, Tampa and Minneapolis-St. Paul will be showing on limited screens on 20 September.
After a limited release and an impressive average per screen spanning four weeks, Amazon’s latest and Sundance Film Festival – audience nominee Brittany Runs a Marathon expands the large this week. Inspired by a real story, the film follows Brittany, a hard-partying, underpaid woman who finds direction and meaning by training to compete in the New York City Marathon. Brittany has been a hit with critics since its debut, headed by the funny Jillian Bell and features two of our favorite Sundance performances from the festival. The film was called “a whip-smart comedy that manages to deliver genuine funny uplift without ever giving into its own dark side” by Entertainment Weekly.
This week is Amazon’s latest and Sundance Film Festival audience winner Brittany Runs a Marathon expanding to new territory after a limited release and an impressive average per screen over four weeks. The film follows Brittany, a hard-partying, underemployed woman who find direction and meaning by training to compete in the New York City marathon. Brittany has been a hit with critics since its debut, with hilarious Jillian Bell, and featuring two of the festival’s favorite Sundance performances. Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly called the film a “contrast-free comedy that manages to deliver genuinely funny uplift without ever straying away from its own dark side.
This week, release is wide.
Knull the cleric (2019) 70%
A deep dive into the recent viral internet phenomenon Wrinkles the Clown — the truth, the fiction, and all the spine tingling moments – between.
The Lighthouse (2019) 90% ;
Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson are lighthouse stayers in Robert Eggers followed the witch from a remote island. Things get strange.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait of the Young Fille en Fièe) (2020) 98%
A drama of the award-winning director Céline Sciamma about a betrothed noblewoman who refuses to stand for a portrait for her destino until she meets and falls in love with a young female painter.
Waves (2019) 85%.
It arrives at night Director Trey Edward Shults’ third effort, starring Sterling K. Brown, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Lucas Hedges and the newcomer Taylor Russell in a complicated love story and family drama set in Miami Florida.