Indie Picks: 6 Movies on Our July Radar

by IMDb-Editors | created - 16 Jun 2016 | updated - 02 Jul 2016 | Public

Here are some of the indie, foreign, and documentary movies we want to see this month.

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1. Roseanne for President! (2015)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

62 Metascore

Comedian Roseanne Barr embarks on the most off-the-rails presidential campaign in U.S. history. What begins as a political journey becomes a raw and revealing portrait of a comedic icon.

Director: Eric Weinrib | Stars: Roseanne Barr, Michael Moore, Rosie O'Donnell, Sandra Bernhard

Votes: 85

This documentary, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, chronicles Roseanne Barr's campaign for the White House. Sure, she knows she has no chance of winning, but her candidacy provides the canvas from which we get to see a very outspoken and original thinker muse on culture, politics, her career, and her life. Joining her along for the ride are a host of celebrated and accomplished women in their own right, who help to put Roseanne's significance as a comedian and personality in interesting perspective. No, it's not the Roseanne Barr you came to love in the 1990s. But it's a Roseanne who's evolved tremendously and adopted new contours. And she remains unafraid as ever. — Bret

Opens in limited release on Friday, July 1

2. Life, Animated (2016)

PG | 92 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

A coming of age story about a boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a language to express love, loss, kinship and brotherhood.

Director: Roger Ross Williams | Stars: Owen Suskind, Ron Suskind, Cornelia Suskind, Walter Suskind

Votes: 5,161 | Gross: $0.24M

Oscar-winning documentarian Roger Ross Williams stresses that this is not a story about a young man with autism; instead, it's a universal story about the power of film to transform lives. Anything that can tamp down my cynicism at this point in life, I'm fully behind. And this story, however you choose to view it, looks life-affirming. — Arno

Opens in limited release on Friday, July 1

3. Buddymoon (2016)

Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy

50 Metascore

When a former child actor is dumped by his fiancé days before the wedding, his excitable German best man takes him on the honeymoon instead: a backcountry trek in the remote mountains of Oregon.

Director: Alex Simmons | Stars: David Giuntoli, Flula Borg, Claire Coffee, Brian T. Finney

Votes: 1,152

The premise of the movie shouldn't strike you as unfamiliar: Guy gets jilted, and well-meaning best friend swoops in to help pick up the pieces. The promise of this particular rendition? The chemistry between "Grimm" headliner David Giuntoli, who stars as the recently dumped chump, and Flula Borg, late of Pitch Perfect 2, who plays the hapless but earnest would-be best man to a tee, not to mention the Oregon wilderness as their backdrop. Think East (Germany) meets (Pacific North)West. — Bret

Opens in limited release on Friday, July 1

4. Our Kind of Traitor (2016)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

57 Metascore

A couple finds themselves lured into a Russian oligarch's plans to defect, and are soon positioned between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service, neither of whom they can trust.

Director: Susanna White | Stars: Carlos Acosta, Radivoje Bukvic, Stellan Skarsgård, Mariya Fomina

Votes: 18,229 | Gross: $3.15M

Though I doubt this will compare with the recent "The Night Manager," fellow John le Carré fans know that adaptations of his work are typically worth a watch, and I'm one of those people who will watch Naomie Harris in anything. That said, it's hard to take my focus off of Damian Lewis when watching the trailer since he's showing indications of scenery-chewing in the best possible way. — Arno

Opens in limited release on Friday, July 1

5. Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016)

Unrated | 91 min | Documentary, Biography, History

66 Metascore

A look at the life, work and political activism of one of the most successful television producers of all time, Norman Lear.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady | Stars: Norman Lear, John Amos, Bea Arthur, Adrienne Barbeau

Votes: 314 | Gross: $0.07M

You start to form words about Norman Lear, and you remember that he's the writer, and you're just staggered by his contributions to culture and history. So it's fine to state, quite simply, that any documentary on his work is going to serve as a reminder that he was the greatest creative mind to ever make television, and there's so much more to the man than just that singular accomplishment.

Opens in limited release on Friday, July 8

6. The Land (2016)

R | 104 min | Drama

50 Metascore

Four teenage boys devote their summer to escaping the streets of Cleveland, Ohio, by pursuing a dream life of professional skateboarding. But when they get caught in the web of the local ... See full summary »

Director: Steven Caple Jr. | Stars: Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Moises Arias, Rafi Gavron, Ezri Walker

Votes: 1,540 | Gross: $0.02M

Director Steven Caple Jr. has been riding a high since his first movie premiered at Sundance earlier this year, where it earned strong reviews. This doesn't seem to be a case of festival hype that might ultimately seem unwarranted. Instead, The Land — slang for Cleveland, where these aspiring pro skateboarder kids live — has been praised for its characters, atmosphere, and authenticity. Not seen in the trailer: any glimpse of Momma, the drug queen-pin played by Linda Emond to whom the main characters must answer. I hear Momma is like no one you've ever seen or observed. — Arno

Opens in limited release on Friday, July 29



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