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The 10 Indies to Watch on VOD This January

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire January 3, 2013 at 11:04AM

As usual, Indiewire has weeded through the films hitting VOD this cold month to bring you a curated list of the 10 most worth your time. Your options this first month of the new year include a comedy sure to appeal to any casual Wes Anderson fan, a crop of stellar documentaries that premiered at Sundance this time last year, and one of the most controversial indies to come along in a long while. Here are the 10 films to watch on VOD this January, in alphabetical order:
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"Fairhaven," "Citadel," "Charles Swan" and "Compliance"
Various "Fairhaven," "Citadel," "Charles Swan" and "Compliance"

As usual, Indiewire has weeded through the films hitting VOD this cold month to bring you a curated list of the 10 most worth your time. Your options this first month of the new year include a comedy sure to appeal to any casual Wes Anderson fan, a crop of stellar documentaries that premiered at Sundance this time last year, and one of the most controversial indies to come along in a long while. Here are the 10 films to watch on VOD this January, in alphabetical order:

"Citadel" (January 29) Criticwire Page

Winner of the Midnighter Audience Award at last year's SXSW Film Festival, "Citadel" stars hot newcomer Aneurin Barnard as a young father suffering from agoraphobia, fighting for survival after a pack of feral children attack him and his family.

READ MORE: SXSW FUTURES: Welsh Actor Aneurin Barnard Sings in 'Hunky Dory,' Runs for His Life in 'CITADEL'

Where to Watch:  iTunes, Amazon, YouTube and Vudu


"Compliance" (January 8) Criticwire Page

In Craig Zobel's acclaimed and controversial drama "Compliance," Dreama Walker stars as Becky, a young fast food employee who is accused of stealing from a customer after a man, under the guise of a police officer, calls the restaurant demanding to speak to her manager Sandra (Ann Dowd). What follows is a horrific true account of how the mystery caller managed to convince the young woman's supervisor (as well as others asked to help out) to commit a number of physically invasive acts, including sexual assault.

Where to Watch: iTunes, Amazon, Charter, Comcast, Google Play, DirecTV, Playstation, SuddenLink, Time Warner, Verizon FIOS, Vudu, XBOX


"Detropia" (January 15) Criticwire Page

Documentary filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, whose “Jesus Camp” was nominated for an Oscar in 2006, are back with "Detropia," a four-year look at Detroit’s recessionary struggles. The bulk of the movie consists of Detroit residents complaining about the city's downward economic spiral. Seemingly covering every inch of the city, Ewing and Grady's collection of angry voices slowly blend together to provide a troubling portrait of a city in crisis.

READ MORE: SUNDANCE REVIEW: With a Collage of Grim Visuals, "DETROPIA" Explains Detroit's Financial Woes

Where to Watch: iTunes, Amazon, YouTube and Vudu
 

"Fairhaven" (January 15) Criticwire Page

Actor Tom O'Brien's directorial debut film stars his good friend Chris Messina ("The Mindy Project") in small town reunion story about three friends reunited for the funeral of one of their fathers.

READ MORE: Meet the 2012 Tribeca Filmmakers #3: 'Fairhaven' Director Tom O'Brien

Where To Watch: Amazon Instant Video, Bright House, Optimum, Charter, Cox, DirectTV, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, Vudu, Xfinity, iTunes, Rogers Anyplace TV

"A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III" (January 8) Criticwire Page

Wes Anderson's frequent behind-the-scenes collaborator, Roman Coppola, returns to directing for the first time in nine years with "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III," starring Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman and...Charlie Sheen, whose biography seems to have been at least a partial inspiration for the titular hero. "Safety Not Guaranteed" star Aubrey Plaza also stars.

Where to Watch: iTunes, Amazon, Movies On Demand, Cinemanow, Playstation, Vudu, XBOX, YouTube



"The House I Live In" (January 15) Criticwire Page

Documentary filmmaker and Sundance staple Eugene Jarecki is back with "The House I Live In," winner of the Grand Jury Prize in Park City. A comprehensive work that delves into the war on drugs, "House" was filmed in more than 20 states to tell the stories of individuals at all levels of the battle.

Where to Watch: iTunes, Amazon, Charter, Comcast, Google Play, DirecTV, Playstation, SuddenLink, Time Warner, Verizon FIOS, Vudu, XBOX
 

"Keep the Lights On" (January 22) Criticwire Page

In Ira Sach's acclaimed semi-autobiographical gay relationship drama "Keep the Lights On," Danish actor Thure Lindhardt and Zachary Booth give two of the year's most impassioned performances as a troubled couple who stay together for the better part of a decade despite their destructive bond.

Where to Watch: iTunes, Amazon, YouTube and Vudu


"The Imposter" (January 22) Criticwire Page

"The Imposter" was one of the most buzzed about documentaries to premiere at the last year's Sundance Film Festival, because it posed more questions than it answered. The film centers on a 1997 case in which a French man living in Spain impersonated Nicholas Barclay, a missing adolescent from San Antonio, Texas by convincing the boy's family that he was the kid. If that sounds too crazy to believe, you'd be wrong. The joy in watching "The Imposter" comes from the mysteries that continue to creep into the tale, right up until the end credits.

Where to Watch: iTunes, Amazon, YouTube and Vudu


"Letters From the Big Man" (January 8) Criticwire Page

"Letters From the Big Man," an oddball and totally endearing Sundance dramedy stars stage and screen star Lily Rabe as Sarah Smith, an artist and government hydrologist, who sets out on a post-fire stream survey in a remote part of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness of southwestern Oregon. In the course of her journey, Sarah unwittingly finds herself interacting with a sasquatch man (yeah, you heard that right). Over time, the two discover they have more in common than meets the eye. And when push comes to shove, Sarah must take bold steps to protect his privacy, as well as her own.

Where to Watch: Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, Vudu, Google Play


"Supporting Characters" (January 22) Criticwire Page

"Girls" mainstays Alex Karpovsky and Lena Dunham star in "Supporting Characters," a romantic comedy about a film editing power duo (Karpovsky and Tarik Lowe), struglling with their careers, friendship and relationships with the opposite sex. Writer-director Daniel Schechter drew on a lot of his own experiences to pen this indie that world premiered to solid notices in Tribeca.

Where to Watch: Amazon Instant Video, Bright House, Optimum, Charter, Cox, DirectTV, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, Vudu, Xfinity, iTunes, Rogers Anyplace TV
 

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