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by Peter Knegt
October 1, 2012 11:06 AM
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The 10 Indie Films You Must See This October

7. Smashed (October 12)

Director: James Ponsoldt
Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, Octavia Spencer, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Why is it a "Must See"? Earning raves out of the Sundance Film Festival for Mary Elizabeth Winstead's performance as half of an alcoholic couple who decides to get sober ("Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul plays the other half), this is a dark horse contender for a best actress Oscar nomination.

Check out the film's trailer below:

8. Middle of Nowhere (October 12)

Director: Ava DuVernay
Cast: Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo, Omari Hardwick, Lorraine Touissant, Edwina Findley
Distributor: AFFRM/Participant

Why is it a "Must See"?  Winner of the best director prize at Sundance, Ava DuVernay's film follows a woman (Emayatzy Corinealdi) who struggles to maintain her marriage and her identity when her husband is incarcerated. Being released theatrically by African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement, it marks a sadly rare option starring and directed by African-American women.

Check out the film's trailer below.

9. The Loneliest Planet (October 26)

Director: Julia Loktev
Cast: Hani Furstenberg, Gael García Bernal and Bidzina Gujabidze
Distributor: Sundance Selects

Why is it a "Must See"? Julia Loktev's  "The Loneliest Planet" follows a spirited young couple (Gael Garcia Bernal  and Hani Furstenberg) as they backpack across the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia a few months ahead of their American wedding.  A quietly powerful film from an up-and-coming filmmaker, Indiewire reviewed the film very positively over a year ago when it premiered in Locarno. "Broadening her storytelling canvas, Loktev displays a strong narrative kinship with Kelly Reichardt," it said. "Savants of slow cinema, these filmmakers relish the challenge of allowing evocative stories to emerge from their environments in an organic fashion. It's not just meant as a stamina test; they create the palpable, occasionally haunting sense that while life may amble along, it always has a destination."

Check out the film's trailer below.

10. The Paperboy (October 5)

Director: Lee Daniels
Cast: Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman, John Cusack, Matthew McConaughey
Distributor: Millennium Films

Why is it a "Must See"? For his first film since 2009's "Precious,"  Lee Daniels is taking on "The Paperboy," a fiercely campy crime drama set in the late 1960s. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron, the film had a drastically divisive response when it debuted at Cannes earlier this year. But whatever end of the "Paperboy" spectrum you end up on (though most so far are on the negative end), if a film devoting a sizeable amount of screentime to Zac Efron in only white (often rain soaked) briefs, you won't be disappointed either way.

Check out the film's trailer (which gives you a preview of the noted screentime):

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4 Comments

  • Paul G | October 1, 2012 6:04 PMReply

    "Wuthering Heights" was written by Emily Bronte (not by her sister Charlotte).

  • Kristi Slager | October 1, 2012 5:18 PMReply

    Where the f%$& is "BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD?!!!"

  • Franco | October 1, 2012 12:09 PMReply

    I'm sorry but where is Argo?

  • James | October 1, 2012 1:38 PM

    Argo isn't "indie"