IMDb Picks: October Indie Releases

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1. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama

87 Metascore

A washed-up superhero actor attempts to revive his fading career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway production.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough

Votes: 514,523 | Gross: $42.34M

2. The Blue Room (2014)

R | 76 min | Crime, Romance, Thriller

73 Metascore

In their blue hotel room, a clandestine couple of two married lovers plan an impossible future, as death shutters their already frail tranquillity. Now, the noose tightens more and more around innocents and sinners; but, was there a crime?

Director: Mathieu Amalric | Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Léa Drucker, Stéphanie Cléau, Laurent Poitrenaux

Votes: 2,842 | Gross: $0.23M

Infidelity frames the true crime in Mathieu Amalric's thriller, which reveals itself slowly. Most people outside of France might know Amalric as a one-time Bond villain and art-house mainstay, but he balances time in front of and behind the camera; On Tour, his previous outing as director, won at Cannes a few years back.

3. Camp X-Ray (2014)

R | 117 min | Drama, War

54 Metascore

A soldier assigned to Guantanamo Bay befriends a man who has been imprisoned there.

Director: Peter Sattler | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Payman Maadi, Lane Garrison, Tara Holt

Votes: 36,513 | Gross: $0.01M

4. Citizenfour (2014)

R | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, Thriller

88 Metascore

A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.

Director: Laura Poitras | Stars: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, William Binney, Jacob Appelbaum

Votes: 47,693 | Gross: $2.80M

5. Force Majeure (2014)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

87 Metascore

A family vacationing in the French Alps is confronted with a devastating avalanche.

Director: Ruben Östlund | Stars: Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren, Vincent Wettergren

Votes: 41,367 | Gross: $1.36M

6. The Great Invisible (2014)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

A documentary on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion as seen through the eyes of oil executives, survivors and Gulf Coast residents who experienced it first-hand and then were left to pick up the pieces while the world moved on.

Director: Margaret Brown | Stars: Meccah Boynton-Brown, Doug Brown, Bob Cavnar, Brent Coon

Votes: 490 | Gross: $0.01M

7. Horns (2013)

R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

46 Metascore

In the aftermath of his girlfriend's mysterious death, a young man awakens to find strange horns sprouting from his temples.

Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson

Votes: 69,616 | Gross: $0.16M

He will always be Harry Potter to the majority of the world, but for some of us, Daniel Radcliffe is turning into a viable leading man with peculiar and engaging tastes in adult characters. Radcliffe will probably wind up being the best thing in this movie -- next to David Morse in a supporting role -- but his path is one we're always wanting to follow.

8. I Am Ali (2014)

PG | 111 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

55 Metascore

Unprecedented access to Muhammad Ali's personal archive of "audio journals" as well as interviews and testimonials from his inner circle of family and friends are used to tell the legend's life story.

Director: Clare Lewins | Stars: Muhammad Ali, Muhammad Ali Jnr, Hana Ali, Maryum Ali

Votes: 2,913 | Gross: $0.00M

It's somewhat eerie to use a living man's personal recorded history to make a documentary about him, but the interviewees here are Muhammad Ali's family members and familiars who seek to round out what we know about one of the most phenomenal public figures in current history.

9. Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014)

TV-14 | 74 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

72 Metascore

Time Is Illmatic is a feature length documentary film that delves deep into the making of Nas' 1994 debut album, Illmatic, and the social conditions that influenced its creation. Twenty ... See full summary »

Director: One9 | Stars: Nas, Cornel West, Pharrell Williams, Swizz Beatz

Votes: 2,518 | Gross: $0.11M

10. White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)

R | 91 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

51 Metascore

In 1988, a teenage girl's life is thrown into chaos when her mother disappears.

Director: Gregg Araki | Stars: Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Angela Bassett

Votes: 25,241 | Gross: $0.03M



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