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The Top 11 Indies to Watch on VOD This August

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire August 1, 2012 at 9:15AM

Indiewire has weeded through the films hitting VOD this hot summer month to bring you a curated list of the 11 most worth your time. You'll find everything from the latest controversial documentary from the Dane behind "The Red Chapel" to a Gallic musical starring some of France's biggest stars, a zombie splatterfest set at a wedding and a road-trip drama headlined by Sherlock Homles himself, Benedict Cumberbatch. Here are the 11 films to watch on VOD this August, in alphabetical order. Click on the film's title for its individual film page.
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"Bachelorette" (August 10)

Six months after debuting at the Sundance Film Festival, playwright Leslye Headland's film debut "Bachelorette" hits VOD a month before opening in select markets. It's nothing like the television show, "The Bachelorette," but it does bare some resemblance to the 2011 hit film, "Bridesmaids." Produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, the film follows three bridesmaids (Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan) as they reunite to celebrate the upcoming nupitals of their high school friend, Becky (a scene stealing Rebel Wilson). Supported by a male cast of Adam Scott, James Marsden and Hayes McArthur, the film's a raucous, foul mouthed blast for folks who like their hard-R comedies crass and wild.

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

"Beloved" (August 17)

Spanning 50 years and clocking in at over two hours, with musical numbers to boot, "Beloved" by Christophe Honoré is nothing if not ambitious. Fans of his well-received "Love Songs" from 2007 will no doubt warm to this companion piece that features sporadic bouts of song, courtesy of long-time musical collaborator Alex Beaupain. The film is "first and foremost an actor’s movie, given that the director has assembled an extraordinary all-star cast," wrote Eric Kohn in his review out of Cannes, where it had its world premiere as the festival's closing-night film. He wasn't kidding. Ludivine Sagnier portrays the stylishly haughty shoe saleswoman (and occasional prostitute) Madelaine of the '60s, while Catherine Deneuve is the Madelaine of the '90s, now in her second marriage and prone to the occasional tryst with her first husband, played by Milos Forman. Deneuve's real-life daughter, Chiara Mastroianni, plays the adult version of her on-screen daughter, Vera.

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


"Craigslist Joe" (August 2)

From Zach Galifianakis (yes, that Zach Galifianakis) comes "Craigslist Joe," a timely documentary about one man who left everything behind to see if he could survive solely off the goodwill of America's new town square: Craigslist. The guy in question is director Joseph Garner, who for 31 days and nights embarks on a wholly modern adventure that shows how the world hasn't changed that much when it comes to a sense of community -- it's just how those communites are formed that's evolved. Galifianakis served as the executive producer.

Where to Find: Blue Ridge Communications, Bright House, Charter Communications, Comcast Xfinity, COX, DirecTV VOD, Insight, Mediacom, RCN, Sudden Link, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, iTunes, Amazon Video, Blockbuster On Demand, CinemaNow, PlayStation, Vudu, XBOX, Zune

This article is related to: New On VOD, VOD







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