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The 11 Indies to Watch on VOD This October

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire October 3, 2012 at 10:21AM

Indiewire has weeded through the films hitting VOD this fall month to bring you a curated list of the 11 most worth your time. You'll find everything from one of the most divisive movies to play at this year's Sundance Film Festival to Matthew Lillard's winning directorial debut, from Parkey Posey's latest zany vehicle to Todd Rohal's follow-up to his decidedly oddball comedy "The Catechism Cataclysm." Here are the 11 films to watch on VOD this October, in alphabetical order:
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"Nature Calls" (October 4)

Todd Rohal follows up his decidedly oddball comedy "The Catechism Cataclysm" with "Nature Calls," a more mainstream effort thanks to his headlining cast (Patton Oswalt, Johnny Knoxville and Rob Riggle), that's no less strange and endearing. In the film, Oswalt plays Randy, an assistant leader of his elderly father's Boy Scout troop. When his wayward brother (Knoxville) decides to have some of the boy scouts over for a consumer-culture blowout slumber party, Randy essentially kidnaps the boys to take them on camping trip. Understandably, the crew's parents don't take so kindly to the news that their kids have gone missing. Cue the drama.

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

"Price Check" (October 11)

Parker Posey, ever the quirky misfit, revisits familiar territory in her new comedy, "Price Check." Posey, who recently played a badly unhinged bookstore clerk on a string of "Louie" episodes, appears here as Susan Felders, a manic but somehow charming supermarket executive who bursts into the life of middle manager Pete Cozy (Eric Mabius) with decidedly mixed results. Like other indie comedies of recent years -- "Greenberg," "Win Win" -- "Price Check" portrays a kind of middle-class American life that is frequently difficult, lonely, and, often enough, very funny.

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

"The Russian Winter" (October 23)

Part tour dirary, part moving biopic, "The Russian Winter" chronicles a Grammy-nominated musician's second chance to share his talents with the world. Brooklyn-born John Forté was celebrated for his work with The Fugees at 21, only to become a federal prison inmate at 26. When his prison sentence was remarkably commuted in 2008, Forté was given the opportunity to tour across Moscow and beyond, and learn ways to communicate with a foreign world.

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

"Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning" (October 25)

Now before you write this latest entry in the "Universal Soldier" series off, know this: upon seeing it at Fantastic Fest, Kohn wrote that it was "one of the best action movies of the year." Series regulars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren play second fiddle in the tale. "Day of Reckoning" centers on John (Scott Adkins), a man who wakes up from a coma after his wife and daughter were brutally slaughtered in a home invasion. Haunted by the attack, John makes it his mission to hunt down the man responsible (Van Damme), and his army of genetically enhanced warriors.

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

[Christopher Pomoroski and Srimathi Sridhar contributed to this article.]

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