Some Really Awesome Indies

by broadwaygirly | created - 01 Feb 2013 | updated - 03 Feb 2013 | Public

There is nothing better than a good indie find. These are some of my faves (not in any particular order) which I am sure will grow and grow...

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1. Rid of Me (2011)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy

6.6
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53 Metascore

A scathing black comedy of embarrassment, RID OF ME charts the emotional breakdown and rebirth of a woman ripe for self-discovery.

Director: James Westby | Stars: Katie O'Grady, John Keyser, Storm Large, Melik Malkasian

Votes: 940 | Gross: $0.01M

An awkward twenty something is forced to move to a new town where she doesn't know anyone. Her life is torn apart and we watch her rebuild it from the lowest point.

2. The Giant Mechanical Man (2012)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.7
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43 Metascore

An offbeat romantic comedy about a silver-painted street performer and the soft spoken zoo worker who falls for him.

Director: Lee Kirk | Stars: Jenna Fischer, Chris Messina, Topher Grace, Malin Akerman

Votes: 8,528 | Gross: $0.01M

A woman falls for a street performer while trying to find herself.

3. Take This Waltz (2011)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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68 Metascore

A happily married woman falls for the artist who lives across the street.

Director: Sarah Polley | Stars: Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman, Aaron Abrams

Votes: 24,460 | Gross: $1.24M

This lovely movie starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen is about a housewife who becomes restless in her day to day life. She starts looking for happiness outside of her marriage where we learn the grass isn't always greener.

4. Liberal Arts (2012)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.7
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55 Metascore

When 30-something Jesse returns to his alma mater for a professor's retirement party, he falls for Zibby, a college student, and is faced with a powerful attraction that springs up between them.

Director: Josh Radnor | Stars: Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Zac Efron, Elizabeth Reaser

Votes: 32,048 | Gross: $0.32M

A middle aged man (Josh Radnor) becomes intrigued by a sweet co-ed (Elizabeth Olsen) 16 years his junior at his alma-mater.

5. Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

R | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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75 Metascore

Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult.

Director: Sean Durkin | Stars: Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes, Christopher Abbott

Votes: 43,424 | Gross: $2.98M

A disturbed young girl (Elizabeth Olsen) struggles with detaching herself from a cult.

6. All Good Things (2010)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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57 Metascore

Mr. David Marks was suspected but never tried for killing his wife Katie who disappeared in 1982, but the truth is eventually revealed.

Director: Andrew Jarecki | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, Frank Langella, Lily Rabe

Votes: 46,019 | Gross: $0.58M

This slightly disturbing film starring Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst is based on the true story about Robert Durst murdering his wife Kathie but never tried for it.

7. Happythankyoumoreplease (2010)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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45 Metascore

Captures a generational moment - young people on the cusp of truly growing up, tiring of their reflexive cynicism, each in their own ways struggling to connect and define what it means to love and be loved.

Director: Josh Radnor | Stars: Josh Radnor, Malin Akerman, Zoe Kazan, Michael Algieri

Votes: 27,562 | Gross: $0.22M

We follow a group of friends as they find love and find themselves.

8. Juno (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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81 Metascore

Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman

Votes: 444,758 | Gross: $143.50M

The pregnant teen we all know and love filled with witty jokes and endearing tunes.

9. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

8.3
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89 Metascore

When their relationship turns sour, a young couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, Gerry Robert Byrne

Votes: 751,003 | Gross: $34.40M

Two people (Kate Winslet & Jim Carey) trying to get over their breakup undergo a procedure to erase each other from their lives.

10. 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: 157,776 | Gross: $9.74M

Blue Valentine takes us back to the first love feelings of this now married couple struggling to stay in love.

11. 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: 52,391 | Gross: $3.41M

We follow the ups and downs of a British student and an American student who fall and love and are separated after she overstays her visa.

12. Tiny Furniture (2010)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.2
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72 Metascore

About a recent college grad who returns home while she tries to figure out what to do with her life.

Director: Lena Dunham | Stars: Lena Dunham, Laurie Simmons, Grace Dunham, Rachel Howe

Votes: 12,882 | Gross: $0.39M

Aura (Lena Dunham) is an awkward college grad who just can't seem to catch a break. If you love the show Girls, you will love this movie!

13. Young Adult (2011)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

6.3
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71 Metascore

Soon after her divorce, a fiction writer returns to her home in small-town Minnesota, looking to rekindle a romance with her ex-boyfriend, who is now happily married and has a newborn daughter.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt, Elizabeth Reaser

Votes: 68,793 | Gross: $16.31M

Mavis is a young adult book writer who returns to her home town hoping to rekindle a romance with her high school flame.

14. Les émotifs anonymes (2010)

PG-13 | 80 min | Comedy, Romance

6.9
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69 Metascore

What happens when a man and a woman share a common passion? They fall in love. And this is what happens to Jean-René, the boss of a small chocolate factory, and Angélique, a gifted ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Pierre Améris | Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Isabelle Carré, Lorella Cravotta, Lise Lamétrie

Votes: 9,328

If you can stand the subtitles this is a sweet french movie about a shy chocolatier who is intrigued by her equally shy boss.

15. My Week with Marilyn (2011)

R | 99 min | Biography, Drama

7.0
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65 Metascore

Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier's, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during the production of The Prince and the Showgirl (1957).

Director: Simon Curtis | Stars: Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Julia Ormond

Votes: 76,172 | Gross: $14.60M

Michelle Williams is flawless as Marilyn Monroe who forms a bond with an assistant of her co-star whom she spends a week with.

16. Midnight in Paris (2011)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

7.7
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81 Metascore

While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Kurt Fuller

Votes: 333,584 | Gross: $56.82M

While a married couple vacations in paris the husband goes out at night and spends magical evenings in the roaring 20's.

17. Tanner Hall (2009)

R | 96 min | Drama, Romance

5.9
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40 Metascore

Tanner Hall is a vivid peek into the private world of an all-girls boarding school. In a cozy, but run down New England, the knot of adolescent complexity is unraveled through the coming of age stories of four teen-age girls.

Directors: Francesca Gregorini, Tatiana von Furstenberg | Stars: Rooney Mara, Georgia King, Brie Larson, Amy Ferguson

Votes: 2,696 | Gross: $0.01M

This is a coming of age story about girls growing up in an all girls boarding school.

18. Winter's Bone (2010)

R | 100 min | Drama

7.2
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90 Metascore

An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact.

Director: Debra Granik | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Garret Dillahunt, Isaiah Stone

Votes: 119,895 | Gross: $6.53M

Jennifer Lawrence can't be missed in this drama about a young girl in search of her drug addict father.

19. Chloe (2009)

R | 96 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

6.3
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48 Metascore

A doctor hires an escort to seduce her husband, whom she suspects of cheating, though unforeseen events put the marriage in danger.

Director: Atom Egoyan | Stars: Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Max Thieriot

Votes: 61,418 | Gross: $3.07M

A couples marriage is questioned when the wife hires a high class escort to tempt her husband.

20. Once (2007)

R | 86 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.9
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88 Metascore

A modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story.

Director: John Carney | Stars: Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová, Hugh Walsh, Gerard Hendrick

Votes: 100,125 | Gross: $9.44M

Once is a modern musical (actually made into a Broadway show) about a duo writing and recording music about their love story.

21. Muriel's Wedding (1994)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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63 Metascore

A young social outcast in Australia steals money from her parents to finance a vacation where she hopes to find happiness, and perhaps love.

Director: P.J. Hogan | Stars: Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths, Bill Hunter, Sophie Lee

Votes: 30,148 | Gross: $15.19M

My favorite Awkward Aussie Toni Collette is willing to do anything to get married

22. The Life Before Her Eyes (2007)

R | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.4
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38 Metascore

A woman's survivor's guilt from a Columbine-like event twenty years ago causes her present-day idyllic life to fall apart.

Director: Vadim Perelman | Stars: Uma Thurman, Evan Rachel Wood, Eva Amurri Martino, Gabrielle Brennan

Votes: 12,691 | Gross: $0.30M

23. Away We Go (2009)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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58 Metascore

A couple who is expecting their first child travel around the U.S. in order to find a perfect place to start their family. Along the way, they have misadventures and find fresh connections with an assortment of relatives and old friends who just might help them discover "home" on their own terms for the first time.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph, Allison Janney, Carmen Ejogo

Votes: 47,958 | Gross: $9.45M