These are some of the films that are in the queue to watch. Please feel free to leave suggestions in the comment box!
Quills – A fictional work that reconstructs the unknown fate of the Marquis de Sade, the writer and sexual deviant who was imprisoned in an insane asylum for the last 10 years of his life. The Marquis de Sade befriends the director of the asylum and shares affections with the asylum laundress. When a doctor is sent in to cure the Marquis of his supposed madness, the Marquis’s rebellious character only grows stronger.
Kinsey – Biology professor Alfred Kinsey (Liam Neeson) has a perfectly respectable life teaching and doing research at Indiana University along with a happy home life with his wife (Laura Linney). When he realizes that his students, many of them married and with children, still come to him with personal questions about human sexuality, he fights to begin teaching sex education courses and conducts extensive interviews about the sexual history of volunteers despite high-profile opposition.
The Giant Mechanical Man – A street performer (Chris Messina) and an unemployed woman (Jenna Fischer), who’s under constant pressure from her sister, help each other realize that it only takes a single person to engender someone’s self-worth.
Celeste and Jesse Forever – Longtime sweethearts Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) married young, but are now drifting apart. Celeste is an ambitious business owner, while Jesse has a more laid-back attitude toward life and work. Celeste wants a divorce and believes that she and Jesse can remain friends. Jesse passively goes along with her plans, even though he is still in love with her. However, as the reality of their separation sinks in, Celeste begins to have second thoughts.
Love in Dangerous Times – As a virus spreads quickly throughout the globe, Jason remains ambivalent about its danger. Unable to travel and with his family on the other side of the country, he decides to spend the pandemic working on a play that resembles his life and current circumstances. As writers-block and loneliness ensue, he begins to turn to online dating to find a buddy for the apocalypse where he meets Sorrel. With the infection rate worsening and feat looming, the two begin to lean on one another for support and while they try to make sense of the times they live in.
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.
Her Composition – A music student finds inspiration from her encounters with the clients of a high-end escort service. 100% on RT.
Girl With a Pearl Earring – When her father goes blind, Griet (Scarlett Johansson) must go to work as a maid for painter Johannes Vermeer (Colin Firth). While cleaning the house, Griet strikes up an unlikely friendship with Vermeer. 72% / 4 Ebert.
Paint it Black – The death of Michael leaves behind the two women he loved, his girlfriend and his mother, both of whom blame each other for his suicide. Joined by their grief, the two women are soon drawn into a twisted relationship. Critics loved it, audiences not so much.
The Lovers – Debra Winger. A man and his wife, each embroiled in an extramarital affair, are sent reeling when they suddenly fall for the least likely person imaginable — each other. 82% on RT.
The Truth – The Truth may not stand with Hirokazu Kore-eda’s best work, but it finds the writer-director revisiting familiar themes with a typically sensitive touch. Ethan Hawke, Juliette Binoche. 88% on RT.
Working Man – A too-rare showcase for an ensemble of talented veteran actors, Working Man quietly builds into an absorbing — and timely — character study. 94% on RT.
Mags and Julie Go on a Road Trip – Two female friends embark on a comic road trip to the Northwoods of Wisconsin and much more than they bargained for.
Keeping the Faith – A dramedy featuring an unusual love triangle, Keeping the Faith is a perceptive look at how religion affects us in everyday life. Ed Norton, Ben Stiller, 70% on RT.
Definitely Maybe – Will Hayes (Ryan Reynolds), a thirtysomething Manhattanite, is in the middle of divorce proceedings when his young daughter (Abigail Breslin) asks him about his life before marriage, including how he met and fell in love with her mother. Will flashes back to 1992 and recounts his romances with three women, changing their names so that his daughter must guess which one became his wife.
Honey Boy – Honey Boy serves as an act of cinematic therapy for its screenwriter (Shia Labouef, autobiographical) and subject — one whose unique perspective should strike a chord in audiences from all. 94% on RT.
Talk to Her – Foreign drama/romance. Two men share an odd friendship while they care for two women who are both in deep comas. 92% on RT.
Lone Star – Small-town sheriff has to investigate a murder after his father’s bones are found. Ebert gave it 4 stars.
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.
*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.
Julia – Tilda Swinton delivers a powerful performance in Julia, a tense thriller and a dark character study.
Banana Splits – Story of a teenage friends that have a complication – one is dating the other’s ex-boyfriend. 90% on RT.
Soul Kitchen – A well-reviewed German indie comedy
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.
*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 Trouble With the Truth – Lea Thompson drama, 94% on RT.
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.
Fireworks Wednesday – Another film by the aforementioned Iranian director. 100% on RT.
The Conductor – Another indie gamble? It looks intriguing.
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
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