Exciting Indie Films of 2018by crashpadwriter | created - 05 Sep 2018 | updated - 05 Sep 2018 | Public
This is not a list of blockbusters. This is a list of exciting films that are independent - lower-budget and made with passion. These are films you may not hear as much about, but deserve recognition.
1. Bad Education (2019)
103 min | Comedy, Drama
The unfolding of the single largest public school embezzlement scandal in history.
Starring Academy Award winner Allison Janney, audience favorite Hugh Jackman, and the mammoth-voicing comedian Ray Romano, Bad Education seems to be a movie that will balance comedy with drama in expert fashion, utilizing an all-star cast. How can it go wrong when it stars the greatest showman? Directed by Mike Makowsky.
Drama, Thriller | Completed
Neglected and unsupervised, a group of high school seniors are pulled into a downward cycle of violence.
Runt stars Deadpool's Brianna Gildebrand and former Disney star Cameron Boyce. It is a film about underserved and neglected students that seems to hit at the heart of some of the biggest topics and debates of today. While it almost seems poised to be a drama, it is listed as a thriller. It could be Boyce's true "breakout" role. Directed by William Coakley.
3. The Devil Has a Name (2019)
97 min | Drama
A psychotic oil matriarch leaves the whole industry exposed when she attempts to outfight a bullish farmer whose water has been poisoned.
This drama stars Pablo Schrieber, Kate Bosworth, Martin Sheen, and Haley Joel Osment, and follows the drama of a battle of wills between and oil tycoon and a farmer. A strong cast and heated debate topic should make this a film to follow. Directed by Edward James Olmos.
Family, Fantasy | Completed
Devastated by the loss of their mother, three teenagers discover a mystical realm ruled by unseen forces. They must attempt to work together and overcome evil to return home.
Starring two-time Emmy nominee Corbin Bernsen and Harry Potter's James Phelps, Cadia: The World Within is a fantasy that follows three teenagers to a mystical realm. Not much is known about the characters, but it will be interested to see Phelps, an underrated actor, in a non-Weasley role. Bernsen is always a pleasure (nods toward Psych fans). Directed by Cedric Gegel.
5. The Lighthouse (I) (2019)
R | 109 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
The hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.
Very little is known about this movie, other than that it stars Twilight and Harry Potter's Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe. Dafoe is, of course, a cult favorite; Pattinson continues to break out of his early career, much to the enjoyment of critics. Feels like an Oscar nomination. Directed by Robert Eggers.
6. Homeless Ashes (2019)
Frankie, a young boy who stands up to his fear and runs from home ending up homeless with no choice but trying to survive life on the streets.
A film with a serious focus - issues surrounding homelessness - Homeless Ashes lacks a true "star" name (Hidden Figures's Maria Howell and director Marc Zammit may be the biggest names), yet the film seems to have secured a large following on social media and really touches the heart of an important issue. Worth keeping an eye on. Directed by Marc Zammit.
7. Wolf Hound (2020)
Action, Adventure, War | Post-production
Based on the real life Nazi program KG 200, Wolf Hound chronicles the story of a Jewish-American pilot shot down behind enemy lines. With little more than his wits and a sidearm, he must ... See full summary »
A war drama starring 90210's Trevor Donovan, Big Time Rush's James Maslow, and John Wells (mentioned here due to coincedentally also appearing in the aforementioned Cadia: The World Within), Wolf Hound seems like a period piece that could be quite moving. It is based on a true story and feels like an odd mix of McGyver, James Bond, and Dunkirk. Directed by Michael B. Chalt.