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by Nigel M Smith
May 2, 2012 11:07 AM
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The Top 10 Indies to Watch on VOD This May

"Bel Ami" (May 4)

Robert Pattinson takes a break from his "Twilight" duties to woo a slew of women in "Bel Ami," which had its world premiere at this year's Berlin International Film Festival. The film retells Guy de Maupassant's tale of social climbing in 19th century Paris, with Pattinson starring as a young seducer who takes advantage of some influential Parisian ladies (Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas abd Christina Ricci). The film arrives on VOD via Magnolia Pictures before opening in select theaters.

"First Position" (May 11)

A hit at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival where it won the Audience Choice first runner up award for Best Documentary, "First Position" follows six young dancers as they compete at one of the most prestigious student ballet competitions in the world: the Youth American Grand Prix.

"Never Make It Home" (May 5)

Set across America's heartland, the moving documentary "Never Make It Home" profiles hell-raising singer/guitarist Kirk Rundstrom of the country band Split Lip Rayfield, during his final tour after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. After being told that he has only two months to live, Rundstrom performs every show as if it were his last.



  • Cod | May 2, 2012 11:50 PMReply

    SNOW ON THA BLUFF should be on that list!

  • brian fantana | May 2, 2012 5:59 PMReply

    Netflix is like pay tv - these movies will end up there after theatrical/vod (that is if the distributor doesn't have a pay tv deal in which case it will go there first after theatrical/vod/dvd)- in terms of Fandor I have never heard of any of their "recent" movies nor have I seen anything there that isn't a silent movie in the public domain - in terms of MUBI they don't show new movies - they are a Netflix for film geeks IF you live in a country outside of the US - they have very few films worthwhile watching here in the US

  • Cody Jarrett | May 2, 2012 5:20 PMReply

    I realize I'm a dumb ass, but just to define terms, what constitutes VOD, exactly? Is it just cable? None of these movies are available on Netflix or MUBI. I found "All In" on VUDU, but I can't seem to find "Take This Waltz" anywhere. Made a quick search for a couple on Fandor and came up empty. I don't want to give plugs to random services, but is there one that might have most of these movies?

  • David Glassman | May 2, 2012 11:22 AMReply

    That Kathleen Turner movie is a piece of trash and she is a has-been, hack actress.

  • jingmei | May 2, 2012 10:19 PM

    What's the matter between you and Kathleen Turner dude.

  • Frances | May 2, 2012 6:51 PM

    Is your comment based on her outward appearance or her acting ability?

  • Ouch | May 2, 2012 11:25 AM

    Tell us how you really feel...