These are some of the films that are in the queue to watch. Please feel free to leave suggestions in the comment box!
The Constant Gardener – A suspenseful and gripping thriller, Ebert gave it 4 starts. Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz (and Bill Nighy!).
Night on Earth – A story of five cab rides going on simultaneously around the world. Made many best-of lists. Familiar faces, 91% audience score on RT.
Lone Star – Small-town sheriff has to investigate a murder after his father’s bones are found. Ebert gave it 4 stars.
Sightseers – A black English comedy. A man takes his sheltered girlfriend on a trip through the country to see what the real world is like.
How to Build a Girl – Johana Morrigan is a bright, quirky, 16-year-old who uses her colorful imagination to regularly escape her humdrum life in Wolverhampton and live out her creative fantasies.
Crip Camp – Documentary about a special camp in the 1970’s. 100% critic and audience score.
The Half of It – Story about a girl who tries to help a jock get a girl only to realize she has feelings for the same girl. 96% on RT, described as smart.
Never Rarely Sometimes Always – The story of two friends who go to New York because of an unwanted pregnancy. 98% on RT, described as an intense and unique indie drama.
Victoria – The story of a party girl that ends up being involved in a crime after meeting three men about to hit the town. It’s supposed to be full of twists and texture. Single take for the 140 minute movie.
Banana Splits – Story of a teenage friends that have a complication – one is dating the other’s ex-boyfriend. 90% on RT.
24 Hour Party People – Story of the Manchester music scene in 70’s – 80’s. 86% on RT, supposed to be fun.
Infinitely Polar Bear – Mark Ruffalo, comedy/drama. A bi-polar man tries to rebuild his relationship with his family.
Soul Kitchen – A well-reviewed German indie comedy
Holly Slept Over – Brand new – a female friend visits a couple having issues.
Official Secrets – Story of British whistleblower before the Iraq war. Keira Knightley.
Beautiful Kate – A woman returns home to see dying father only to have secrets unfold.
Goodbye Solo – An old white southern man hires a black man to drive him to a mountain where he will commit suicide. 92% on RT, 4 stars from Ebert.
Dreamland – story of a family living and struggling in the dust bowl. Margot Robbie, 80% on RT.
Hotel Splendide – bizzare satirical comedy starring Toni Collette and Daniel Craig.
Three Times – Ebert gave it four stars and said it was exquisite and impossible to find.
This is Martin Bonner – A slow-burning indie drama that explores friendship and the human condition. 93% on RT.
The Beat that My Heart Skipped – Gritty french drama, it won movie of the year there.
Jellyfish – Coming-of-age movie about a difficult teen with a hidden talent.
The Trouble With the Truth – Lea Thompson drama, 94% on RT.
Low Low – A group of friends navigate the last days of summer.
Happy Accidents – Marissa Tomei in a very quirky indie rom com. I liked her other work from this era.
Humpday – An early work by Lynn Shelton and a Duplas brother.
Love is Now – Australian film that chronicles that unexpected journey of a couple in new love.
Rosie – The story of a mother trying to keep it together after the landlord kicks out the family.
Amour – Retired couple have to deal with their daughter having a heart attack. I’ve heard about this one for years.
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia – Drama where a group of men (including the suspect) spend the night trying to find the victim. Drama ensues. Made many best-of lists.
Maze – Story of 1983 IRA prisoner jailbreak. 100% on RT, described as extremely intelligent.
The Idea of Manhood – Two friends get together for a day to discuss their shortcomings. An unexpected conversation ensues.
Fireworks Wednesday – Another film by the aforementioned Iranian director. 100% on RT.
Women on the Balcony – An entertaining and enlightening look at what happens when ultratraditional religion meets some progressive women. 96% on RT.
The Conductor – Another indie gamble? It looks intriguing.
House of Games – Early David Mammet, on Ebert’s list.
Yesterday – A man wakes up to find that the world has never heard of the beatles. Romantic comedy written by Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Laggies).
Zama – Black comedy / period piece.
The Hunt – We enjoyed the work of the lead actor in other films.
A Fortunate Man – The few reviews I could find on this movie were good
Blame – I am a sucker for the coming-of-age dramas
If Beale Street Could Talk – Another one that got rave reviews
Bubble – Not unlike the amazing The Rider, this film was made with regular people and not actors. Very mixed reviews with Ebert saying that he thought it was the second best movie of 2006.
Good Movie Lists
Indies – A Good Movie to Watch – Not that I want to give props to another site but I’ve been following this list for a while
Paste Magazine 75 Best Indie movies
ew.com Best movies you’ve never seen