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The 10 Indies to Watch on VOD This May: 'The Double,' 'God's Pocket' and More

By Indiewire | Indiewire May 2, 2014 at 10:30AM

To help you figure out what to watch on VOD this May, we've compiled a list of the 10 best indies new to VOD this month that have yet to open theatrically.
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"The Double"
"The Double"

To help you figure out what to watch on VOD this May, we've compiled a list of the 10 best indies new to VOD this month that have yet to open theatrically.

"The Angriest Man in Brooklyn" (May 23)

It’s been over five years since Robin Williams has had a leading role in a major motion picture. In “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn” Williams returns with flare (literally) as Henry Altmann – a man who projects his misery upon everyone and everything around him. After pushing the buttons of Dr. Sharon Gill, however, Altmann gets a taste of his own medicine. Annoyed by his rude attitude and persistent questions, Dr. Gill tells Altmann that he has just 90 minutes left until he has a brain aneurysm. In a panic, Altmann rushes out of Dr. Gill’s office and goes on a mission to make up with all of the people in his life he has hurt by being so miserable. Meanwhile Dr. Gill, who is played by Mila Kunis, searches throughout the city for Altmann, trying to fix her own mistake. Melissa Leo and Peter Dinklage co-star as Altmann’s sister and brother, respectively.

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


"Anna" (May 6)

British actor Mark Strong, who starred in AMC’s short-lived police drama “Low Winter Sun” from last year, plays a character with the unique ability to access and read other people’s memories. Strong’s character is brought in to determine the guilt of a young girl named Anna who has been accused of poisoning three of her classmates. Taissa Farmiga, who has starred in two seasons of the FX anthology series “American Horror Story,” delivers a haunting performance as Anna. Director Jorge Dorado, who has mostly worked as an assistant director on Spanish-language productions up until this point, makes his English-language feature debut.

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


"Cold in July" (May 23)

For his fourth feature film, horror director Jim Mickle stays true to his experimental roots. Instead of making a straight horror film, Mickle opts to tell a pulp story, which actually has a grotesque, horror quality about it in its own way. Based on Joe R. Lansdale’s novel of the same name, “Cold in July” centers on Richard Dane and Ben Russell, whose worlds collide after the former shoots a home intruder in the dark who the cops subsequently identify as the latter’s son. Although initially opponents, Dane and Russell eventually find themselves on the same side once the identity of the intruder is thrown into question. Michael C. Hall and Sam Shepherd co-star as Dane and Russell, respectively.

Where to Watch: iTunes, Bright House, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, Insight, Time Warner


"Decoding Annie Parker" (May 2)

Equal parts fiction and biographical, “Decoding Annie Parker” weaves together two separate stories – those of geneticist Mary-Claire King and cancer survivor Annie Parker. At the same time as King embarks on her quest to prove that breast cancer can be hereditary, Parker battles cancer once, twice and thrice. “Decoding Annie Parker” features an all-star ensemble cast beginning with Helen Hunt and Samantha Morton in the respective leading roles of King and Parker. Aaron Paul, Rashida Jones, Richard Schiff and Bradley Whitford round out the cast of a film that is cinematographer Steven Bernstein’s feature directorial debut.

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


"Devil's Knot" (May 9)

Director Atom Egoyan teams up with Academy Award winning actors Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon in this backwoods crime drama based on the real-life murder of three eight-year old boys. Witherspoon plays the grieving mother of one of the murdered boys while Firth plays a private investigator hired by one of the three teenage boys accused of killing the younger boys as part of a Satanic ritual. “Devil’s Knot” premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

Where to Watch: iTunes, Bright House, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, Insight, Time Warner


"The Double" (May 9)

Based on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novella “The Double,” Richard Ayode’s film tells the story of a young man who has his entire life snatched away by his doppelganger. “The Double” features Jesse Eisenberg in a double role. Mia Wasikowska co-stars as the love interest of both of Eisenberg’s characters.

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


"God's Pocket" (May 14)

One of Philip Seymour Hoffman's last roles was in "Mad Men" star John Slattery's feature film directorial debut "God's Pocket," which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. In the film, Hoffman plays Mickey Scarpato, a man whose stepson is killed in what was made to look like an accident. With the boy's mother pressuring Mickey to find out what happened to her son, the neighborhood of God's Pocket proves to be a very trying one indeed. Slattery's "Mad Men" co-star Christina Hendricks stars as Mickey's wife Jeanie, alongside Richard Jenkins and John Turturro.

Where to Watch: iTunes, Bright House, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, Insight, Time Warner


"In Secret" (May 20)

Oscar Isaac, coming off his wonderful breakthrough performance in the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis," now stars alongside Elizabeth Olsen in the romantic period drama in "In Secret." Olsen plays a sexually repressed young woman bound to a loveless marriage, until she meets her husband's rugged friend who whisks her into a passionate and sexually-charged affair in which they must conspire to be together. The film also stars Academy Award winner Jessica Lange as Olsen's domineering aunt who keeps a dangerously close eye on her niece.

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


"Lucky Them" (May 30)

In "Lucky Them," Toni Collette has her first major lead role in quite a few years, playing a journalist on the hunt for the legendary rock star ex-boyfriend who disappeared and broke her heart. Tagging along on the journey is Thomas Haden Church's amateur documentary filmmaker, who details Collette's journey in which she meets another charming musician and which may ultimately lead her to discover more than just her ex-boyfriend. The film, directed by Megan Griffiths, had its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

Where to Watch: iTunes, Bright House, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, Insight, Time Warner


"Walk of Shame" (May 2)

Elizabeth Banks further proves her comedic brilliance in the hangover-themed comedy "Walk of Shame," which sees Banks' character breaking her hum-drum routine with a wild drunken night out with friends and a one-night stand played by the always-charming James Marsden. The next morning, however, places her in an unfortunate situation in which she loses her car and purse, leaving her with only eight hours to procure her dream job as she deals with a vast number of obstacles and a slew of quirky characters who get in her way despite her determination.

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


[Editor's Note: Shipra Gupta and Ziyad Saadi contributed to this article.]

This article is related to: VOD, VOD/Streaming, New On VOD, Lists, List, Walk of Shame, Devil's Knot, The Double, Decoding Annie Parker, In Secret, God's Pocket






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