Recommended Low Budget/Independent/Limited Release Movies

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1. About Time (I) (2013)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.8
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55 Metascore

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.

Director: Richard Curtis | Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Lydia Wilson

Votes: 232,167 | Gross: $15.32M

2. Take Shelter (2011)

R | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

7.4
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85 Metascore

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.

Director: Jeff Nichols | Stars: Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Shea Whigham, Tova Stewart

Votes: 76,984 | Gross: $1.73M

Great performances and I am in love with Jessica Chastain anyway :)

3. Mud (2012)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama

7.4
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76 Metascore

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.

Director: Jeff Nichols | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Sam Shepard

Votes: 147,393 | Gross: $21.59M

Jeff Nichols is a just a great director

4. Midnight Special (2016)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.7
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76 Metascore

A father and son go on the run, pursued by the government and a cult drawn to the child's special powers.

Director: Jeff Nichols | Stars: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver

Votes: 59,970 | Gross: $3.71M

5. Ink (I) (2009)

Not Rated | 107 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

7.0
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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.

Director: Jamin Winans | Stars: Christopher Soren Kelly, Quinn Hunchar, Jessica Duffy, Jennifer Batter

Votes: 19,492

Fine fantasy flick on a low budget. Deserves all the attention it can get!

6. Perfect Sense (2011)

R | 92 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

7.1
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55 Metascore

A chef and a scientist fall in love as an epidemic begins to rob people of their sensory perceptions.

Director: David Mackenzie | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Eva Green, Lauren Tempany, Connie Nielsen

Votes: 47,190 | Gross: $0.00M

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?

7. Monsters (2010)

R | 94 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.4
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63 Metascore

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 U.S. border.

Director: Gareth Edwards | Stars: Scoot McNairy, Whitney Able, Mario Zuniga Benavides, Annalee Jefferies

Votes: 80,939 | Gross: $0.24M

Science fiction, monsters and an understated romance together? My kind of movie.

8. Boy Wonder (2010)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.9
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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.

Director: Michael Morrissey | Stars: Caleb Steinmeyer, Zulay Henao, Bill Sage, Daniel Stewart Sherman

Votes: 8,028

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.

9. Colossal (2016)

R | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

6.2
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70 Metascore

Gloria is an out-of-work party girl forced to leave her life in New York City and move back home. When reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, she gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this phenomenon.

Director: Nacho Vigalondo | Stars: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Austin Stowell, Tim Blake Nelson

Votes: 34,610 | Gross: $3.02M

10. Last Night (I) (1998)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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65 Metascore

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.

Director: Don McKellar | Stars: Don McKellar, Sandra Oh, Roberta Maxwell, Robin Gammell

Votes: 8,531

The end of the world. Rarely done better.

11. Blue Valentine (2010)

R | 112 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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81 Metascore

The relationship of a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods.

Director: Derek Cianfrance | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, John Doman, Faith Wladyka

Votes: 156,793 | Gross: $9.74M

Listen to Penny & The Quarters on the tube and maybe you won't want another reason to watch this one.

12. Another Earth (2011)

PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

7.0
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66 Metascore

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.

Director: Mike Cahill | Stars: Brit Marling, William Mapother, Matthew-Lee Erlbach, DJ Flava

Votes: 80,000 | Gross: $1.32M

13. Odd Thomas (2013)

97 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

6.9
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45 Metascore

In a California desert town, a short-order cook with clairvoyant abilities encounters a mysterious man with a link to dark, threatening forces.

Director: Stephen Sommers | Stars: Anton Yelchin, Ashley Sommers, Leonor Varela, Matthew Page

Votes: 40,201

14. Ondine (2009)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

6.8
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65 Metascore

An Irish fisherman discovers a woman in his fishing net whom his precocious daughter believes to be a selkie.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Colin Farrell, Alicja Bachleda, Dervla Kirwan, Alison Barry

Votes: 18,054 | Gross: $0.55M

I like stories like this one. Alicja Bachleda might be a water nymph for real...she is that pretty.

15. Waitress (2007)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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75 Metascore

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.

Director: Adrienne Shelly | Stars: Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Jeremy Sisto, Cheryl Hines

Votes: 39,501 | Gross: $19.07M

Looking for a great little drama set in a small town? Look no further.

16. Take Me Home (2011)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

6.9
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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.

Director: Sam Jaeger | Stars: Sam Jaeger, Amber Jaeger, Victor Garber, Lin Shaye

Votes: 6,528 | Gross: $0.02M

A road trip movie that is familiar and yet wonderful

17. Europa Report (2013)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.5
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68 Metascore

An international crew of astronauts undertakes a privately funded mission to search for life on Jupiter's fourth largest moon.

Director: Sebastián Cordero | Stars: Sharlto Copley, Michael Nyqvist, Christian Camargo, Embeth Davidtz

Votes: 58,813 | Gross: $0.13M

Hoping scientists get a chance to go to Europa for real during my lifetime! If they see this one, they might think twice :)

18. Redemption (I) (2013)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.2
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43 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Knight | Stars: Jason Statham, Agata Buzek, Vicky McClure, Benedict Wong

Votes: 56,966 | Gross: $0.03M

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.

19. Shame (2011)

NC-17 | 101 min | Drama

7.2
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72 Metascore

A man's carefully cultivated private life is disrupted when his sister arrives for an indefinite stay.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale, Lucy Walters

Votes: 160,279 | Gross: $4.00M

Has 80% the impact of Midnight Cowboy. That is good enough.

20. Henry Poole Is Here (2008)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

6.5
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44 Metascore

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.

Director: Mark Pellington | Stars: Luke Wilson, Radha Mitchell, George Lopez, Adriana Barraza

Votes: 11,414 | Gross: $1.84M

Movie made me feel happier. Makes my list.

21. Mean Dreams (2016)

R | 108 min | Thriller

6.3
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64 Metascore

Follows Casey and Jonas, two teenagers desperate to escape their broken and abusive homes and examines the desperation of life on the run and the beauty of first love.

Director: Nathan Morlando | Stars: Josh Wiggins, Sophie Nélisse, Joe Cobden, Bill Paxton

Votes: 2,213

22. Adam (I) (2009)

PG-13 | 99 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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56 Metascore

Adam, a lonely man with Asperger's Syndrome, develops a relationship with his upstairs neighbor, Beth.

Director: Max Mayer | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Peter Gallagher, Amy Irving

Votes: 31,081 | Gross: $2.28M

23. How I Live Now (2013)

R | 101 min | Romance, Thriller, War

6.5
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57 Metascore

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.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, George MacKay, Harley Bird

Votes: 24,042 | Gross: $0.06M

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.

24. Zero Effect (1998)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.0
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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!

Director: Jake Kasdan | Stars: Bill Pullman, Ben Stiller, Ryan O'Neal, Kim Dickens

Votes: 12,885 | Gross: $1.98M

25. 99 Homes (2014)

R | 112 min | Drama

7.1
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76 Metascore

A recently unemployed single father struggles to get back his foreclosed home by working for the real estate broker who is the source of his frustration.

Director: Ramin Bahrani | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, Clancy Brown

Votes: 23,082 | Gross: $1.41M

26. Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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72 Metascore

Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel.

Director: Colin Trevorrow | Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni

Votes: 107,245 | Gross: $4.01M

A win for all those who "don't quite fit in".

27. I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore. (2017)

TV-MA | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.0
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75 Metascore

When a depressed woman is burglarized, she finds a new sense of purpose by tracking down the thieves alongside her obnoxious neighbor. But they soon find themselves dangerously out of their depth against a pack of degenerate criminals.

Director: Macon Blair | Stars: Melanie Lynskey, Chris Doubek, Marilyn Faith Hickey, Jared Roylance

Votes: 21,822

28. Carnage (2011)

R | 80 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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61 Metascore

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.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly

Votes: 104,548 | Gross: $2.55M

29. Coherence (2013)

Not Rated | 89 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.2
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65 Metascore

Strange things begin to happen when a group of friends gather for a dinner party on an evening when a comet is passing overhead.

Director: James Ward Byrkit | Stars: Emily Baldoni, Maury Sterling, Nicholas Brendon, Elizabeth Gracen

Votes: 74,091 | Gross: $0.07M

30. Body (I) (2015)

Not Rated | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.3
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49 Metascore

A night out turns deadly when three girls break into a seemingly empty mansion.

Directors: Dan Berk, Robert Olsen | Stars: Helen Rogers, Alexandra Turshen, Lauren Molina, Larry Fessenden

Votes: 1,270

31. The Guest (I) (2014)

R | 100 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.7
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76 Metascore

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.

Director: Adam Wingard | Stars: Dan Stevens, Sheila Kelley, Maika Monroe, Joel David Moore

Votes: 74,919 | Gross: $0.32M

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.

32. Ingrid Goes West (2017)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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71 Metascore

An unhinged social media stalker moves to LA and insinuates herself into the life of an Instagram star.

Director: Matt Spicer | Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell

Votes: 9,980 | Gross: $3.02M

33. Ruby Sparks (2012)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.2
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67 Metascore

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.

Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris | Stars: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas

Votes: 86,007 | Gross: $2.54M

34. The Baytown Outlaws (2012)

R | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.4
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33 Metascore

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.

Director: Barry Battles | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Eva Longoria, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Clayne Crawford

Votes: 12,062

An extremely entertaining action flick!

35. Griff the Invisible (2010)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.1
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49 Metascore

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.

Director: Leon Ford | Stars: Ryan Kwanten, Maeve Dermody, Marshall Napier, Patrick Brammall

Votes: 4,312

Likable

36. Like Crazy (2011)

PG-13 | 86 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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68 Metascore

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.

Director: Drake Doremus | Stars: Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlie Bewley

Votes: 52,100 | Gross: $3.41M

37. The East (2013)

PG-13 | 116 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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68 Metascore

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.

Director: Zal Batmanglij | Stars: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell

Votes: 44,757 | Gross: $2.27M

Nice slow burn thriller!

38. Stretch (2014)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Crime

6.5
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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.

Director: Joe Carnahan | Stars: Patrick Wilson, Ed Helms, James Badge Dale, Brooklyn Decker

Votes: 25,504

39. The Decoy Bride (2011)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.2
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42 Metascore

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.

Director: Sheree Folkson | Stars: Kelly Macdonald, David Tennant, Alice Eve, Michael Urie

Votes: 9,125 | Gross: $0.00M

40. TiMER (2009)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

6.6
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If a clock could count down to the moment you meet your soul mate, would you want to know?

Director: Jac Schaeffer | Stars: Emma Caulfield Ford, Scott Holroyd, Kali Rocha, Katherine Von Till

Votes: 11,298

41. Enough Said (2013)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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78 Metascore

A divorced woman who decides to pursue the man she's interested in learns he's her new friend's ex-husband.

Director: Nicole Holofcener | Stars: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette

Votes: 52,791 | Gross: $17.54M

42. Cold in July (2014)

R | 109 min | Crime, Thriller

6.8
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73 Metascore

When a protective father meets a murderous ex-con, both need to deviate from the path they are on as they soon find themselves entangled in a downwards spiral of lies and violence while having to confront their own inner psyche.

Director: Jim Mickle | Stars: Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson, Vinessa Shaw

Votes: 29,191 | Gross: $0.41M

43. The Frontier (I) (2015)

Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.4
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Laine, a young woman on the run from the law, turns up at the Frontier, an isolated desert diner and motel. She is offered a job by Luanne, the owner, and, hoping to lose herself in the ... See full summary »

Director: Oren Shai | Stars: Jocelin Donahue, Kelly Lynch, Jim Beaver, Izabella Miko

Votes: 608

44. ARQ (2016)

88 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.4
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Trapped in a lab and stuck in a time loop, a disoriented couple fends off masked raiders while harboring a new energy source that could save humanity.

Director: Tony Elliott | Stars: Robbie Amell, Rachael Taylor, Shaun Benson, Gray Powell

Votes: 22,173