The 10 Best Lesser-known Movies of the 1st Qtr of 2011

Perhaps it's a bit too early to pull out a lesser-known movies list, as I ended up including some films which had significant advertising, but none have received the audience that they deserve - yet. All had their first major release in January, February or March of 2011. There is sure to be at least one that you should go out and find today.
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1.
Somewhere (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
After withdrawing to the Chateau Marmont, a passionless Hollywood actor reexamines his life when his eleven-year-old daughter surprises him with a visit. (97 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
“ I wasn't planning on including Somewhere on this list because it had a fairly large advertising budget and expectations, but it quickly disappeared. And that's a shame. Another character study by Sofia Coppola, this time about an actor, with some humour and subtle maturation which I found meaningful. ” - napierslogs
 
2.
Little Fish, Strange Pond (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
Mr. Jack and Sweet Stephen cruise aimlessly through the streets of LA speculating about life, death... (80 mins.)
Director: Gregory Dark
“ A philosophical dark comedy about... well, who knows what really... but the characters, played brilliantly by Matthew Modine and Callum Blue, are hilarious and smart with highly addictive dialogue. ” - napierslogs
 
3.
Howl (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
As Allen Ginsberg talks about his life and art, his most famous poem is illustrated in animation while the obscenity trial of the work is dramatized. (84 mins.)
“ Finally released on DVD in January, Howl is poetry on film, literally. It was a fascinating, educational and artistic tale of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl". ” - napierslogs
 
4.
Nowhere Boy (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A chronicle of John Lennon's first years, focused mainly in his adolescence and his relationship with his stern aunt Mimi, who raised him, and his absentee mother Julia, who re-entered his life at a crucial moment in his young life. (98 mins.)
Director: Sam Taylor-Wood
“ Poignant and affectionate, John Lennon grows up in Nowhere Boy. It was well shot, well written and well acted, and even if it wasn't entirely true, I still found it very interesting. ” - napierslogs
 
5.
The Oxford Murders (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
At Oxford University, a professor and a grad student work together to try to stop a potential series of murders seemingly linked by mathematical symbols. (104 mins.)
“ An old-fashioned murder mystery that uses math and logic. It's enjoyable and compelling. ” - napierslogs
 
6.
Zonad (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
When the Cassidy family finds a red leather clad man passed out on their living room floor, they assume he's an alien. Zonad is more than happy to oblige. (75 mins.)
“ An alien comedy. Zonad is recommended for those that like the quirky charms of small Irish towns mixed with the alcohol-induced and sexually-laced jokes for American audiences but written with the smart and adept skill of small independent filmmakers. ” - napierslogs
 
7.
Every Day (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A comedy about a New York City couple (Schreiber and Hunt) in romantic and family crises. (93 mins.)
Director: Richard Levine
“ A dysfunctional family dramedy that was fairly funny and with some great actors. If you didn't get to know Ezra Miller in City Island, then you will want to meet him here. ” - napierslogs
 
8.
Middle Men (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Chronicles Jack Harris, one of the pioneers of internet commerce, as he wrestles with his morals and struggles not to drown in a sea of conmen, mobsters, drug addicts, and pornstars. (105 mins.)
Director: George Gallo
“ Based on the true story about the beginnings of internet commerce, Middle Men is interesting and well acted. ” - napierslogs
 
9.
The Freebie (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
A young couple decides to give each other a night off, no questions asked. (78 mins.)
Director: Katie Aselton
“ A relationship drama that is told so raw and intimately, that there is a significant amount of power behind the thoughts and feelings that The Freebie is impressive for its low-budget and lack of script. ” - napierslogs
 
10.
Like Dandelion Dust (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A compelling drama that explores the different meanings of being a parent through the gritty, realistic lives of the struggling... (100 mins.)
Director: Jon Gunn
“ Penned by an Oscar nominated screenwriter, Like Dandelion Dust tells a story. Which seems pretty rare these days. The story is sad at times, but it explores the hope and the powers of wealth, love and family. ” - napierslogs