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December 6, 2012 1:27 PM
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The 7 Indie Films You Must See This December

6. West of Memphis (December 28)

Director: Amy  Berg
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Current Criticwire average: A- (see all grades)

Why is it a "Must See"? "The Hobbit" isn't the only Peter Jackson project in theaters this December. Jackson produced "West of Memphis," Amy Berg's engrossing documentary that follows the case of the West Memphis Three, in which three teenagers were wrongly arrested for the murders of three eight-year old children back in 1993. Its the same story told in Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's three "Paradise Lost" docs, but stands on its own as an admirable contribution to the documentation of this horrifying story.

Watch the trailer below:

7. Any Day Now (December 14)

Director: Travis Fine
Cast: Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, Isaac Leyva
Distributor: Music Box Films
Current Criticwire average: A- (see all grades)

Why is it a "Must See"? Based on a true story, "Any Day Now" follows a gay couple in the 1970s (Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt) who take in a teenager with Down syndrome who was abandoned by his mother.  When they're discovered by the authorities, rampant homophobia in the legal system threatens to take the child away from them. Featuring an uncharacteristic and incredibly moving performance by Cumming, "Any Day Now" resonates in large part because its story could unfortunately still happen, well, any day now.

Watch the trailer below:

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  • Jack Binder | December 6, 2012 3:39 PMReply

    Thanks for the list IndieWire! http://FilmBudget.com