October Picks: Indie

by IMDb-Editors | created - 27 Sep 2016 | updated - 30 Sep 2016 | Public

We turn a spotlight on five specialty releases that are on our radar this month.

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1. The Lennon Report (2016)

PG-13 | 87 min | Biography, Drama, History

The unheard true story of the moments after John Lennon was shot as seen through the eyes of those who lived it. Alan Weiss, an ambitious young news producer, finds himself in a position to break the biggest story of the year following a violent motorcycle accident. The emergency department at Roosevelt Hospital discovers a John Doe shooting victim is the worlds biggest rock star and struggles to... See full summary »

Director: Jeremy Profe | Stars: Evan Jonigkeit, Richard Kind, David Zayas, Devin Ratray

Votes: 676

For a couple of generations of idealists and dreamers, the death of John Lennon remains an unforgettable milepost in the passage of time. 'The Lennon Report' helps to provide some unfamiliar yet comforting context. From the perspective of an unwitting news producer in an emergency room, this movie recreates that fateful night in 1980 when Lennon was shot by Mark David Chapman. Focusing on the police officers, medical staff, and others who struggled to save Lennon's life, this Jeremy Profe film examines the impact of the loss of an important cultural voice, at a time when the world was least expecting it. — Bret

2. Shin Godzilla (2016)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

67 Metascore

Japan is plunged into chaos upon the appearance of a giant monster.

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi | Stars: Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, Satomi Ishihara, Ren Osugi

Votes: 17,110 | Gross: $1.91M

Yes, for the 31st time ever (and the 29th under Toho Pictures) ... the legendary Godzilla is back. Hideako Anno's critically acclaimed remake, which premiered to much box-office success in Japan in July, is deferential to the original 1954 movie (leveraging the original recordings in the soundtrack and having on-screen action occur on Nov. 3, the actual release date of the first film). But the remake situates action in modern-day Tokyo, replete with social media-savvy citizens and dithering Japanese and foreign officials, and reraises questions about the city's response to the tragic Fukushima catastrophe from 2011. This monster classic, remade for the modern age, is totally canonical but entirely topical. — Bret

3. Certain Women (2016)

R | 107 min | Drama

82 Metascore

The lives of three women intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail.

Director: Kelly Reichardt | Stars: Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, James Le Gros

Votes: 10,161 | Gross: $1.03M

Unconditional fans of Kelly Reichardt must be kvelling (as I am) about the cast she assembled for her story that is set in the American heartland; Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern joining forces with Reichardt's muse Michelle Williams? Let the meditative drama commence. — Arno

4. The Handmaiden (2016)

Not Rated | 145 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

84 Metascore

A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-Woong Cho, So-Ri Moon

Votes: 76,615 | Gross: $2.01M

It feels like anyone who has seen Park Chan-wook's latest movie has flipped for it, as the celebrated filmmaker relocates Sarah Waters' novel Fingersmith to Korea. Even before I heard the band Vessel's song "Red Sex" being used in the trailer, I was already assured that this story of manipulation and double-crosses would be one of the season's best movies. — Arno

5. Gimme Danger (2016)

R | 108 min | Documentary, Music

72 Metascore

An in-depth look at the legendary punk band, The Stooges.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Iggy Pop, Jim Jarmusch, Bob Waller, The Stooges

Votes: 3,996 | Gross: $0.44M

As Chrissie Hynde expressed in her recent memoir, the Stooges truly are the quintessential American rock 'n' roll band. The chance to watch and listen to the indefatigable Iggy Pop about the band's origins, ethos, and their initial trio of studio albums — which are still vital to this day — makes me anxious to view the documentary on the biggest screen with huge sound. — Arno



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