As we head into the final days of 2021, it’s safe to assume most moviegoers have seen or at least heard of Jane Campion’s “Power of the Dog,” Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story,” Pablo Larraín’s “Spencer,” and Ridley Scott’s “House of Gucci.” It’s the same story every year: Awards season raises the profile of a handful of key titles, while dozens of lower-profile titles get left behind without much buzz. Let’s change that. The year in indie film was a strong one, and there are so many overlooked gems to catch up on this season.
IndieWire has rounded up 20 well-reviewed films released over the last 12 months that demand more attention heading into the new year. Blurbs have been pulled from our various reviews.