These are some of the films that are in the queue to watch. Please feel free to leave suggestions in the comment box!
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.
Happiest Season – A woman learns that her girlfriend hasn’t come out to her conservative parents.
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 Little Hours – Black comedy. Medieval nuns Alessandra, Fernanda, and Ginevra lead a simple life in their convent. Their days are spent chafing at monastic routine, spying on one another, and berating the estate’s day laborer. After a particularly vicious insult session drives the peasant away, Father Tommasso brings on newly hired hand Massetto, a virile young servant forced into hiding by his angry lord. Introduced to the sisters as a deaf-mute to discourage temptation, Massetto struggles to maintain his cover.
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.
This is Where I Leave You – Ridiculous cast, mediocre reviews.
Fourteen – Two childhood friends weather life together with varying degrees of success. 98% on RT.
Getting to Know You – A man asks a married woman to pose as his wife to get his drunken ex-girlfriend to leave him alone. Only two reviews on RT, both very good (one from an elite reviewer).
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.
I Propose We Never See Each Other Again After Tonight – Infidelity threatens a promising new relationship between a young man and woman in Canada.
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.
Luce – Brings a stellar ensemble to bear on a satisfyingly complex story that addresses its timely themes in thought-provoking fashion. 90% 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.
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.
*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.
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.
*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.
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.
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