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The 11 Indies to Watch on VOD This August

By Indiewire | Indiewire August 1, 2014 at 5:00PM

Summer is getting down to its final dog days. All the more reason to sit in your air conditioning and enjoy a movie. Here are 11 indies hitting VOD this month.
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"Are You Here" (Aug 22) 

Though his work on television has been heavy on emotional drama, acclaimed "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner turns to comedy in his feature film debut. In the writer-director’s "Are You Here," Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis play two best friends on a rocky road trip back home after one inherits a large sum of money following the death of his estranged father. While the tone may be a slight departure from the dramatic weight of Weiner’s small screen career, the premise sounds ripe for the type of character centric fare he does so well. The film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and co-stars Amy Poehler and Jenna Fischer.


Where to Watch: 
 iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Playstation, XBOX, Vudu, Time Warner

"Breastmilk"  (Aug 5)

This documentary by Dana Ben Ari confronts without a hint of subtlety one of the most surprisingly contentious issues in contemporary society: breast feeding. Hoping to address questions about breast milk, "Breastmilk" follows around breastfeeding women and asks a wide range of frank, honest questions. By comparison to the decisions made about feeding your newborn baby, pregnancy seems pretty simple.


Where to Watch:
iTunes, Amazon, Google Play

"Dinosaur 13" (Aug 15)

In 1990, American paleontologist Pete Larson and his team from the Black Hills Institute went looking for fossils in the badlands of South Dakota and made a life changing discovery: the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex ever found. Larson’s astonishing find and the subsequent ten-year legal battle against the U.S. government, Native American tribes and more over the rights to the T-Rex make up the riveting groundwork for Todd Douglas Miller’s "Dinosaur 13." The documentary earned great reviews at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, with our own Eric Kohn hailing it as "awe-inspiring" and "tragic." 


Where to Watch: 
 iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Playstation, XBOX, Vudu, Time Warner

"The Love Punch"  (Aug 26)

Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson star as bickering divorcees in writer-director Joel Hopkins’ heist comedy, "The Love Punch." When the snarky ex-husband and wife lose their retirement pension at the hands of a French financier, they reluctantly team up and travel to the beautiful Cote d'Azur to steal said financier's $10 million diamond. Though the British caper only received mild notices at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, it's pretty much impossible to resist the delightful spunk of Emma Thompson. 


Where to Watch:
 iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Playstation, XBOX, Vudu, Time Warner

"The Calling"  (Aug 1)

Fresh off her comedic supporting turn in Melissa McCarthy's "Tammy," Susan Sarandon returns to dark drama and puts her stamp on the serial killer genre in Jason Stone's "The Calling." The 67-year-old Oscar winner stars as Hazel Micallef, a beloved detective in the quaint, snowy town of Port Dundas. When a growing body count bares the work of a religious serial killer, Micallef must put her sleuth skills and faith to the test to solve the gruesome string of murders. The film also stars Topher Grace, Donald Sutherland and Ellen Burstyn. 


Where to Watch: 
 iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Playstation, XBOX, Vudu, Time Warner

"The One I Love" (Aug 1)

The directorial debut of Charlie McDowell, "The One I Love" is romantic comedy, edging on the absurd. The film centers on Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Elisabeth Moss), a couple on the rocks, currently experiencing a rough patch in their marriage, who take a much needed vacation one weekend. Things, however, don't go exactly to plan. Their romantic getaway slowly transforms into a surreal experience when a discovery leads both to question love, life and their future. The dramedy premiered at Sundance earlier this year to rave reviews.


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

"The Railway Man" (Aug 12)

"The Railway Man" is a British-Australian film, adapted from a bestselling autobiography of the same name by Eric Lomax. Boasting a stellar cast, including the likes of Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Irvine and Stellan Skarsgard, it depicts the psychological damage inflicted during war time, juxtaposing a young man’s experience as a POW with his later years, struggling to let go of a whirlwind of bitterness and hate. Directed by Jonathan Teplitzsky, the film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and has so far received mixed to positive reviews.


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

"The Trip to Italy"  (Aug)

The sequel to Michael Winterbottom's 2010 sitcom series/ converted film "The Trip," "The Trip to Italy" rejoins Steve Coogan ("Alan Patridge," "Night At The Museum") and Rob Brydon, playing fictionalized versions of themselves, as they are commissioned to do another restaurant tour, this time in Italy from Liguria to Capri, following in the footsteps of the great Romantic Poets. It's just as funny as the original, is sure make you hungry and will definitely make you wish to never hear Michael Caine speak again. What more could you want?



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

"The Two Faces of January" (Aug 28)

Based on a novel of the same name, "The Two Faces of January" is sunny neo-noir at its best, starring Oscar Isaac, Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst. An affluent couple (Mortensen and Dunst) get caught up in a murderous plot and elicit the help of a tour guide (Isaac) to help them get away safely. With positive reviews and widely recognizable names on the parquet, expect this beautiful period thriller to have some staying power.


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"The Zero Theorem"  (Aug 19)

From Terry Gilliam comes this dystopian mind-bender than he calls a companion to "Brazil" and "12 Monkeys." A computer hacker played by Christoph Waltz seeks to discover the reason for human existence, but continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management, not dissimilar to the bureaucracy of "Brazil"; this time, they send a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him. Melanie Thierry and Tilda Swinton also star.


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

"To Be Takei" (Aug 22)

The legendary George Takei, who played Mr. Sulu on the original "Star Trek," has done much, much more with his life than appear on television. Partnering with director Jennifer Kroot, "To Be Takei" tells the complete story of the man who lived through a Japanese-American internment camp, struggled to keep his sexuality a private matter, and came out one of the proudest and most positive figures in entertainment today.


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

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