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The Best New Independent Movies

The Best New Independent Movies From CinéArts


For movie lovers, it's too simple to say that independent films are just a break from the sensibility of big studio movies. There's no question that independent movies can take different risks than studio movies can. They cost a lot less, which means that ideas that seem too daring in a tentpole can be explored to their fullest in an indie. Independent films give actors and filmmakers alike room to play, and their freedom shows on screen.

The beginning of the year is a bonanza for new indie movies thanks to the Sundance Film Festival, which in 2020 ran from January 23 to February 2. As we await release plans for movies that played at that big event, let's check out the other independent films already scheduled for release in the next couple months. Here are some of the new indie movies coming to theatres thanks to CinéArts, our independent movie initiative.

Ordinary Love

New Independent Movies: Ordinary Love

[Image Credit: Bleecker St.]

Joan and Tom (Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson) have been married for years. They're an ordinary couple with a remarkable love, and a seemingly easy relationship which is born from spending a lifetime together. When Joan is diagnosed with breast cancer, the demands of her treatment tests their devotion to one another, and they must look deep within themselves to find the strength, humor and grace to overcome a year of adversity. [ORDINARY LOVE opens on February 14]


New Independent Movies: Wendy

[Image Credit: Fox Searchlight]

The classic story of Peter Pan is wildly reimagined in this wide-eyed epic from BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD filmmaker Benh Zeitlin. Lost on a mysterious island where aging and time seem to have no power, Wendy must fight to save her family, her freedom, and the joyous spirit of youth from the deadly peril of growing up. [WENDY opens on February 28]

First Cow

New Indie Movies: First Cow

[Image Credit: A24]

FIRST COW is the latest film from minimalist filmmaker Kelly Reichardt (CERTAIN WOMEN, MEEK'S CUTOFF), who returns to the Pacific Northwest for a period tale set in the 19th Century. John Magaro plays the appropriately-named Cookie, a loner and skilled cook who has traveled west to find a new life. He joins a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, and forges a connection with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee) also seeking his fortune. With the unwitting participation of the prized milking cow owned by a wealthy landowner, the two forge a business plan that might carry them into the future, if it doesn't put them six feet under. [FIRST COW opens on March 6]

Saint Maud

New Independent Movies: Saint Maud

[Image Credit: A24]

The debut film from writer-director Rose Glass, SAINT MAUD is a chilling and original vision of faith, madness, and salvation in a fallen world. Maud, played by the incredible new talent Morfydd Clark, is a devout hospice nurse who becomes obsessed with saving the soul of her dying patient, whether or not the woman wants to be saved. All the while, sinister forces, and her own shadowy past, threaten the integrity of Maud's seemingly altruistic efforts. [SAINT MAUD opens on March 27]

Charm City Kings

New Independent Movies: Charm City Kings

[Image Credit: Sony Pictures Classics]

Mouse (Jahi Di'Allo Winston) desperately wants to join Baltimore's infamous Midnight Clique, a fearless group of dirt bike riders who rule the streets. When Midnight's leader, Blax (Meek Mill), takes the just-barely-teen Mouse under his wing, Mouse soon finds himself torn between the straight-and-narrow and a road filled with fast money and violence. [CHARM CITY KINGS opens on April 10]

Come back soon for more groundbreaking new indie movies from CinéArts!

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