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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.

"Third Star" (August 14)

Sherlock Holmes himself, Benedict Cumberbatch, stars in this comically revealing drama about a close group of friends who take an ill-advised trip to the coast of West Wales. Trekking through the unforgiving landscape to camp on a long-beloved beach, the friends fight, laugh, drink and have a rather strange (and shirtless) encounter with Hugh Bonneville ("Downton Abbey"), which brings them together in a way they never thought possible. Think of it as Britain's answer to "The Hangover," minus the tiger, baby and Vegas-type shenanigans.

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

"Why Stop Now" (August 17)

Previously known as "Predisposed" back when it played at the Sundance Film Festival, "Why Stop Now" pairs up recent Academy Award nominee Jesse Eisenberg with Oscar winner Melissa Leo as a dysfunctional mother/son duo. Directed by Phil Dorling and Ron Nyswaner, "Why Stop Now" follows one hell of a chaotic day in the life of a piano prodigy (Eisenberg) who on the day of a very important audition for a prestigious program is forced to help his drug-addicted mother (Leo) get her fix from her drug dealer (Tracy Morgan) so she can qualify for rehab. Yes, you read that right.

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

This article is related to: New On VOD, VOD

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