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The 10 Indies to Watch on VOD This December

The 10 Indies to Watch on VOD This December

As usual, Indiewire has weeded through the films hitting VOD this cold month to bring you a curated list of the 10 most worth your time. Your options this month include a dark comedy the filmmaker behind “Bubba Ho-Tep,” a blazing satire shot entirely on iPhones, Chris Colfer’s charming screenwriting debut, one of the most sexually provocative films to play at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and many more. Here are the 10 films to watch on VOD this December, in alphabetical order:

“The Central Park Five” (December 7) Criticwire Page

As many a New Yorker could probably tell you, “The Central Park Five” details the story of the five young men who were wrongfully convicted for the 1989 rape of a female jogger in Central Park. The film looks at how our legal system rushed to judgment in this racially fueled case, resulting in false confessions and conflicting evidence that condemned the five men to serving full terms in prison. The case was eventually reopened and the men were released after the true rapist came forward, but their youth had already been lost.

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


“Gayby” (December 4) Criticwire Page

At raucous hit on the festival circuit (and recent nominee at the upcoming Spirit Awards) “Gayby” is the long form version of his award-winning short of the same name. The film follows thirty-something friends from college Matt (Wilkas) and Jenn (Harris) as they decide they want to bring a baby into the world the old-fashioned way.  The couple continues to navigate the daunting New York dating scene throughout their trials and tribulations at attempting pregnancy, and much interpersonal strife and hilarity ensues.

Where to Find: iTunes, Amazon, YouTube and Vudu

“Hello I Must Be Going” (December 18) Criticwire Page

If you don’t know Kiwi actress Melanie Lynskey by name, chances are you likely do by face. Since breaking out at 16 opposite Kate Winslet in Peter Jackson’s brutal and sad “Heavenly Creatures,” Lynskey has worked with some of the best directors in the business (including Steven Soderbergh, Jason Reitman, Sam Mendes, Clint Eastwood and Thomas McCarthy) and acted alongside stars like Matt Damon, George Clooney and Keira Knightley. Yet despite her obvious talent and impressive CV, Lynskey has yet to make a dent as a leading lady. That changes with “Hello I Must Be Going.” In the dramedy, Lynskey stars as Amy, a divorced and depressed 35-year-old who moves in with her parents to get her life back on track. Things aren’t looking up for Amy despite her parents’ best wishes, until she meets a teenage boy (“Girls” star Christopher Abbott) who changes everything and brings some spark back into her life.

READ MORE: ‘Hello I Must Be Going’ Star Melanie Lynskey On Her Bout With Depression After ‘Heavenly Creatures’ and Proving Naysayers Wrong

Where to Find: iTunes, Amazon, Charter, Comcast, Google Play, DirecTV, Playstation, SuddenLink, Time Warner, Verizon FIOS, Vudu, XBOX, ATT Uverse

“John Dies at the End” (December 27) Criticwire Page

“John Dies at the End” is a dark comedy-horror flick written and directed by Don Coscarelli (“Phantasm,” “Bubba Ho-Tep”) and adapted from David Wong’s novel of the same name. In the film, a drug — Soy Sauce, as it’s called on the street — allows users to drift across time and dimensions, but at a price: when you come back from your high, you may no longer be human. What you are, instead, is a very real threat to mankind. The comedy centers on two young guys (Rob Mayes and Chase Williamson) who embark to save all of humanity, despite being ill-equipped. If you like your horror films offbeat with a lot of laughs, “John” is right up your alley. Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman and Doug Jones also star.

Where to Find: iTunes, Amazon, Charter, Comcast, Google Play, DirecTV, Playstation, SuddenLink, Time Warner, Verizon FIOS, Vudu, XBOX, ATT Uverse

“King Kelly” (December 4) Criticwire Page

Shot largely on iPhones, the SXSW Film Festival discovery “King Kelly” delivers a “ferocious indictment of Generation Me by boiling it down to a single ditzy teen,” according to Indiewire’s Eric Kohn who gave Andrew Neel’s satire a glowing A- at this year’s festival. The film centers on Kelly (Louisa Krause), who runs an online sex show in the bedroom of her suburban home, unbeknownst to her clueless parents.

Where to Find: Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, Vudu, Google Play

“Kumare” (December 11) Criticwire Page

In “Kumaré,” director Vikram Gandhi plays the titular character, a guru from a fictional village in India who travels to Arizona to spread the gospel of his own brand of yoga that includes a special “blue light” ritual that doesn’t exist beyond Gandhi’s creation of it for the film. “Ghandi makes it clear that he actually came to appreciate the earnestness behind a mass desire to accept spiritual concepts for the sake of personal satisfaction,” wrote Kohn in his review out of SXSW. “However, that doesn’t alter the nature of his prank, which he describes as ‘the biggest lie I’ve ever told and the greatest truth I’ve ever experienced.’ He just makes it hard to tell where the lie ends and the truth begins.”

Where to Find: Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, Vudu, Google Play

“Push: Madison Vs. Madison” (December 4)

This moving sports documentary tracks the players on an inner-city high school hoops team from Massachusetts as they struggle both on and off the court in the midst of a potentially historic season. For the players on this team, basketball is oftentimes an escape from their lives at home — and a chance at a life much sweeter. At the center of the group is coach Dennis Wilson, a former semi-professional player who now works full-time as a history teacher when not on the court.

Where to Find: Comcast, Verizon, FIOS, XBox, Vudu, Amazon, Google Play

“Sound It Out” (December 4) Criticwire Page

Beloved at festivals worldwide, the crowd-pleasing documentary “Sound It Out” profiles the very last surviving vinyl record shop in Teesside, North East England, and the colorful characters who keep it alive. Directed by Jeanie Finlay who grew up a mere three miles from the shop, “Sound It Out” makes a great case for why nothing can ever come close to replacing vinyl, and for why shops like these benefit small communities.

Where to Find: iTunes, Amazon, YouTube and Vudu

“Struck By Lightning” (December 18) Criticwire Page

Chris Colfer has already proven himself singing, dancing and acting his way into the hearts of fans worldwide in Fox’s hit TV show “Glee.” At this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, Colfer proved himself to be a quadruple threat after world premiering his snappy and ambitious screenwriting debut, “Struck By Lightning.” In the teen comedy, Colfer plays Carson, a senior who will do anything to get into his dream school, Northwestern University, and away from his depressed and alcoholic mother (Allison Janney), who keeps holding him back from realizing his dreams. Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney and “Pitch Perfect” breakout Rebel Wilson co-star.

Where to Find: Amazon Instant Video, Bright House, Optimum, Charter, Cox, DirectTV, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, Vudu, Xfinity, iTunes, Rogers Anyplace TV


“Young and Wild” (December 1) Criticwire Page

Chilean director/writer Marialy Rivas turned heads at Sundance this year with her sexually provocative debut, “Young & Wild.” Rivas, an award-winning short filmmaker (her short “Blokes” screened at the festival last year), walked away from this year’s edition with the World Cinema Screenwriting Award, which she shared with her co-writers Camila Gutiérrez, Pedro Peirano and Sebastián Sepúlveda.

 “Young & Wild” centers on Daniela (Alicia Rodriguez), a 17-year-old girl raised within a strict evangelical family who secretly writes a sexually charged blog. Fun fact: Rivas was inspired to make her foray into feature filmmaking after coming across a similar blog spearheaded by Gutiérrez.

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

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