Recommended Low Budget/Independent/Limited Release Movies

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1.
About Time (2013)
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At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think. (123 mins.)
Director: Richard Curtis
 
2.
Take Shelter (2011)
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Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself. (121 mins.)
Director: Jeff Nichols
“ Great performances and I am in love with Jessica Chastain anyway :) ” - shash1979
 
3.
Mud (2012)
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Two young boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the vigilantes that are on his trail and to reunite him with his true love. (130 mins.)
Director: Jeff Nichols
“ Jeff Nichols is a just a great director ” - shash1979
 
4.
Ink (2009)
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A mysterious creature, known as Ink, steals a child's soul in hopes of using it as a bargaining chip to join the Incubi - the group of supernatural beings responsible for creating nightmares. (107 mins.)
Director: Jamin Winans
“ Fine fantasy flick on a low budget. Deserves all the attention it can get! ” - shash1979
 
5.
Perfect Sense (2011)
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A chef and a scientist fall in love as an epidemic begins to rob people of their sensory perceptions. (92 mins.)
Director: David Mackenzie
“ The movie blends an appreciation for life, some science fiction and a love story into one heady mix. It also stars Eva Green.

What's not to like? ” - shash1979
 
6.
Signs (2008 Short Film)
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Where do you find love? Sometimes all you need is a sign. (12 mins.)
Director: Patrick Hughes
“ Don't miss this one. Easily available. One of the sweetest films I have ever seen. ” - shash1979
 
7.
Monsters (2010)
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Six years after Earth has suffered an alien invasion a cynical journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through an infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border. (94 mins.)
Director: Gareth Edwards
“ Science fiction, monsters and an understated romance together? My kind of movie. ” - shash1979
 
8.
Boy Wonder (2010)
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A traumatized boy grows into a shy, determined teenager who patrols the mean streets of New York City, helping those in need and dishing out severe punishment to remorseless thugs. (93 mins.)
“ A troubled hero. Without superpowers. With real courage.

A very well made move.

Watch this on a Saturday afternoon or on a Sunday morning. You might need another movie afterwards. ” - shash1979
 
9.
Odd Thomas (2013)
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In a California desert town, a short-order cook with clairvoyant abilities encounters a mysterious man with a link to dark, threatening forces. (97 mins.)
Director: Stephen Sommers
 
10.
Take Me Home (2011)
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Soon after Thom starts operating as an illegal taxi driver in New York City, Claire hires him to drive her to California after her estranged father suffers a heart attack. (97 mins.)
Director: Sam Jaeger
“ A road trip movie that is familiar and yet wonderful ” - shash1979
 
11.
Redemption (2013)
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Homeless and on the run from a military court martial, a damaged ex-special forces soldier navigating London's criminal underworld seizes an opportunity to assume another man's identity -- transforming into an avenging angel in the process. (100 mins.)
Director: Steven Knight
“ This is not an action film and it has a terrible rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Don't really care. Liked the movie. Has a strange feel to it and has to be among Jason Statham's best work. A movie about a deeply troubled man who takes a shot at redeeming himself. ” - shash1979
 
12.
Europa Report (2013)
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An international crew of astronauts undertakes a privately funded mission to search for life on Jupiter's fourth largest moon. (90 mins.)
“ Hoping scientists get a chance to go to Europa for real during my lifetime! If they see this one, they might think twice :) ” - shash1979
 
13.
Waitress (2007)
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Jenna is a pregnant, unhappily married waitress in the deep south. She meets a newcomer to her town and falls into an unlikely relationship as a last attempt at happiness. (108 mins.)
Director: Adrienne Shelly
“ Looking for a great little drama set in a small town? Look no further. ” - shash1979
 
14.
Stretch (2014)
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A hard-luck limo driver struggles to go straight and pay off a debt to his bookie. He takes on a job with a crazed passenger, whose sought-after ledger implicates some seriously dangerous criminals. (94 mins.)
Director: Joe Carnahan
 
15.
Adam (2009)
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Adam, a lonely man with Asperger's Syndrome, develops a relationship with his upstairs neighbor, Beth. (99 mins.)
Director: Max Mayer
 
16.
Ondine (2009)
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An Irish fisherman discovers a woman in his fishing net whom his precocious daughter believes to be a selkie. (111 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
“ I like stories like this one. Alicja Bachleda might be a water nymph for real...she is that pretty. ” - shash1979
 
17.
Another Earth (2011)
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On the night of the discovery of a duplicate Earth in the Solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident. (92 mins.)
Director: Mike Cahill
 
18.
Shame (2011)
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In New York City, Brandon's carefully cultivated private life - which allows him to indulge his sexual addiction - is disrupted when his sister arrives unannounced for an indefinite stay. (101 mins.)
Director: Steve McQueen
“ Has 80% the impact of Midnight Cowboy. That is good enough. ” - shash1979
 
19.
Last Night (1998)
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A group of very different individuals with different ideas of how to face the end come together as the world is expected to end in six hours at the turn of the century. (95 mins.)
Director: Don McKellar
“ The end of the world. Rarely done better. ” - shash1979
 
20.
Blue Valentine (2010)
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The relationship of a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods. (112 mins.)
“ Listen to Penny & The Quarters on the tube and maybe you won't want another reason to watch this one. ” - shash1979
 
21.
How I Live Now (2013)
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An American girl, sent to the English countryside to stay with relatives, finds love and purpose while fighting for her survival as war envelops the world around her. (101 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
“ The film has some amazingly beautiful scenes and then it turns into this disturbing tale of survival. It is a pretty difficult watch.

Made me think about how lame The Hunger Games was in comparison and yet this was the one that had no chance at the box office. ” - shash1979
 
22.
Zero Effect (1998)
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The world's greatest detective Daryl Zero aided by his associate Steve Arlo investigates a complex and mysterious case of blackmail and missing keys for shady tycoon Gregory Stark who is less than forthcoming about what is really happening! (116 mins.)
Director: Jake Kasdan
 
23.
Henry Poole Is Here (2008)
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Henry Poole moves in to a house in his old neighborhood, to spend what he believes are his remaining days alone. The discovery of a "miracle" by a nosy neighbor ruptures his solitude and restores his faith in life. (99 mins.)
Director: Mark Pellington
“ Movie made me feel happier. Makes my list. ” - shash1979
 
24.
Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
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Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel. (86 mins.)
Director: Colin Trevorrow
“ A win for all those who "don't quite fit in". ” - shash1979
 
25.
Ruby Sparks (2012)
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A novelist struggling with writer's block finds romance in a most unusual way: by creating a female character he thinks will love him, then willing her into existence. (104 mins.)
 
26.
Griff the Invisible (2010)
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Griff, office worker by day, superhero by night, has his world turned upside down when he meets Melody, a beautiful young scientist who shares his passion for the impossible. (90 mins.)
Director: Leon Ford
“ Likable ” - shash1979
 
27.
The Baytown Outlaws (2012)
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When three redneck brothers agree to help a woman save her godson from an abusive stepfather, they become targets on the run from an odd cast of characters. (98 mins.)
Director: Barry Battles
“ An extremely entertaining action flick! ” - shash1979
 
28.
The Guest (2014)
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A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence. (100 mins.)
Director: Adam Wingard
“ Engrossing first hour and unfortunately downhill from there. The story could have developed in any direction but the makers chose the least interesting option.

Still, an awesome soundtrack and the leads make this an enjoyable watch. ” - shash1979
 
29.
Carnage (2011)
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Two pairs of parents hold a cordial meeting after their sons are involved in a fight, though as their time together progresses, increasingly childish behavior throws the discussion into chaos. (80 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
30.
Enough Said (2013)
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A divorced woman who decides to pursue the man she's interested in learns he's her new friend's ex-husband. (93 mins.)
 
31.
TiMER (2009)
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If a clock could count down to the moment you meet your soul mate, would you want to know? (99 mins.)
Director: Jac Schaeffer
 
32.
Like Crazy (2011)
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A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa. (90 mins.)
Director: Drake Doremus
 
33.
The Decoy Bride (2011)
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When the world's media descend on the remote Scottish island where a Hollywood actress is attempting to get married, a local girl is hired as a decoy bride to put the paparazzi off the scent. (89 mins.)
Director: Sheree Folkson
 
34.
Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road (2002)
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A confused young man (Marsden) takes a journey on a road that doesn't exist on any map. (116 mins.)
Director: Bob Gale
 
35.
Coherence (2013)
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Strange things begin to happen when a group of friends gather for a dinner party on an evening when a comet is passing overhead. (89 mins.)
 
36.
The East (2013)
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An operative for an elite private intelligence firm finds her priorities changing dramatically after she is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations. (116 mins.)
Director: Zal Batmanglij
“ Nice slow burn thriller! ” - shash1979
 
37.
Apricot (2009 Short Film)
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A mysterious man with missing memories asks very personal questions to a beautiful woman. (11 mins.)
Director: Ben Briand
 
38.
Midnight Special (2016)
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A father and son go on the run, pursued by the government and a cult drawn to the child's special powers. (112 mins.)
Director: Jeff Nichols
 
39.
Tumbleweeds (1999)
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A woman constantly runs from town to town with her 12 year old daughter to escape failed relationships... (102 mins.)
Director: Gavin O'Connor