IMDb Picks: August Indie Picks

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1. Little Men (2016)

PG | 85 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A new pair of best friends have their bond tested by their parents' battle over a dress shop lease.

Director: Ira Sachs | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle, Paulina García, Theo Taplitz

Votes: 6,027 | Gross: $0.70M

Each time I watch this trailer, I begin to silence the clamor among the adults and instead tune into the friendship between the two young men that is threatened by circumstances beyond their control. Theo Taplitz (who looks a bit like Bran Stark) makes his feature-film debut as one of the boys, as does Michael Barbieri, who will next be seen in The Dark Tower and Spider-Man: Homecoming. For fans of writer/director Ira Sachs: You could say this movie is the flip side to his most recent New York story, Love Is Strange. — Arno

Enters limited theatrical release on Friday, Aug. 5

2. Hell or High Water (II) (2016)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

88 Metascore

A divorced father and his ex-con older brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family's ranch in West Texas.

Director: David Mackenzie | Stars: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges, Gil Birmingham

Votes: 173,696 | Gross: $26.86M

Really intrigued by this contemporary take on a classic Western theme that finds both director David Mackenzie (Starred Up, Young Adam) and lead Chris Pine stretching their respective ranges. There's discernible online buzz for the movie as well.

Enters limited theatrical release on Friday, Aug. 12

3. Anthropoid (2016)

R | 120 min | Biography, History, Thriller

59 Metascore

Based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the WWII mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution and the Reich's third in command after Hitler and Himmler.

Director: Sean Ellis | Stars: Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy, Brian Caspe, Karel Hermánek Jr.

Votes: 37,793 | Gross: $2.96M

We debuted this trailer because of our love for Cillian Murphy and interest in this particular time in history; furthermore, think there's much more to Jamie Dornan than Christian Grey. It's the newest movie from director Sean Ellis, who has scored indie hits with Metro Manila and Cashback.

Enters limited theatrical release on Friday, Aug. 12

4. Floyd Norman: An Animated Life (2016)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

68 Metascore

Animator. Storyman. Troublemaker. At 80 years old, see how Disney Legend Floyd Norman, the first African-American animator at Disney, continues to impact animation and stir up "trouble" after the company forced him to retire at age 65.

Directors: Michael Fiore, Erik Sharkey | Stars: Cosmo Anzilotti, Jane Baer, Dave Bossert, Suzanne Bothke

Votes: 455

In 1956, Floyd Norman began work at Disney Studios as the company's first African American animator. In the time since, he's been involved in just about every important animated release we've all come to love. A forced retirement at the age of 80 compels both his colleagues and his family to reflect upon a career very much devoted to the singular passion of bringing joy to others through the use of a pen, creativity, and wit. I cannot wait to see this. — Bret

Enters limited theatrical release on Friday, Aug. 26

5. Joshy (2016)

R | 93 min | Comedy

62 Metascore

After his engagement suddenly ends, Joshy and a few his friends decide to take advantage of what was supposed to be his bachelor party in Ojai, California. In their attempt to help Joshy deal with the recent turn of events, the guys turn the getaway into a raucous weekend filled with drugs, booze, debauchery, and hot tubs. Written and directed by Jeff Baena and featuring an ensemble cast of ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Baena | Stars: Thomas Middleditch, Adam Pally, Alex Ross Perry, Nick Kroll

Votes: 3,322

The premise of this film, where a group of quick-witted and hyper-aware friends gather for a bachelor party, is certainly not new. But the setup to the story is certainly novel and potentially startling. The movie boasts a cast of familiar comedy faces, such as Thomas Middleditch, Adam Pally, and Nick Kroll, who will help to keep things light and super literate. — Bret

Enters limited theatrical release on Friday, Aug. 12

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