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by Indiewire
January 3, 2014 10:10 AM
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The 10 Indies to Watch on VOD This January

"12 O'Clock Boys." Oscilloscope Laboratories

To help you figure out what to watch on VOD this month, we've compiled a list of the 10 best indies new to VOD this month that have yet to open in theaters. Click on film titles to learn more. [Synopses courtesy of distributor.]

"12 O'Clock Boys" (January 31)

The 12 O'Clock Boys are a notorious urban dirt bike pack in Baltimore — popping wheelies and weaving at excessive speeds through traffic, the group impressively evades the hamstrung police. In Lotfy Nathan’s wild, dynamic documentary (three years in the making), their stunning antics are envisioned through the eyes of young adolescent Pug – a bright kid from the Westside obsessed with the riders and willing to do anything to join their ranks. Premiering to critical acclaim at the SXSW and Hot Docs Film Festivals (where Nathan won the HBO Emerging Artist Award), "12 O'Clock Boys" provides a compelling and intimate personal story of a young boy and his dangerous, thrilling dream.

"Big Bad Wolves" (January 17)

In "Big Bad Wolves" a series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings - a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder. 

"Cold Comes the Night" (January 10)

"Cold Comes the Night" tells the story of a struggling motel owner (Alice Eve) and her daughter who are taken hostage by a nearly blind career criminal (Bryan Cranston) to be his eyes as he attempts to retrieve his parcel of cash from a crooked cop).

"G.B.F." (January 17)

In "G.B.F.," social warfare erupts when three high school clique queens battle for supremacy: drama diva Caprice (Xosha Roquemore), Mormon princess ‘Shley (Andrea Bowen) and blonde fashionista Fawcett (Sasha Pieterse). When unassuming Tanner (Michael J. Willet) is outted, he finds himself cast as the hottest new teen-girl accessory: The Gay Best Friend. The clique queens immediately pounce and makeover Tanner into their ideal arm candy, forcing him to choose between popularity and the true friends — including his own B.F.F. Brent (Paul Iacono) — that he's leaving behind.

"Grand Piano" (January 30)

Elijah Wood plays Tom Selznick, the most talented pianist of his generation, who has stopped performing in public because of his stage fright. Years after a catastrophic performance, he reappears in public for a long awaited concert in Chicago. In a packed theater, in front of an expectant audience, Tom finds a message written on the score: “Play one wrong note and you die.” In the sights of an anonymous sniper (John Cusack), Tom must get through the most difficult performance of his life and look for help without being detected.


  • shane | January 9, 2014 8:42 PMReply

    Where is Cheap Thrills?

  • NewYorker | January 4, 2014 8:20 PMReply

    6 indie flicks i love to see in theaters, i might see them in theaters if they get to be shown at amc empire 25. so far AMC Theaters have a page for them on their website. so they might get shown at amc empire 25
    1-Back In The Day(the comedy with Michael Rosenbaum & my boy Nick Swardson)
    3-Dumbbells(with Tom Arnold, Fabio & Steve Urkel himself Jaleel Whitee
    4-Gimme Shelter(with Vanessa Hudgens & James earle Jones)
    5-Enemies Closers(with Jean Claude Van Damme)
    6-Reasonable Doubt(with Samuel L. Jackson & Dominic Cooper)
    also probley gonna bee seeing ferris bueller's day off there, since amc theaters have a new program call AMC Classics.

  • JS | January 4, 2014 9:43 AMReply

    What about Joe Swanberg's 24 Exposures on January 24?

  • Fred Thomas | January 3, 2014 2:34 PMReply

    No love for We Are What We Are? What's up with that?

  • Indie | January 6, 2014 9:38 AM

    The film opened in theaters last year. As noted above... "we've compiled a list of the 10 best indies new to VOD this month that have yet to open in theaters."