Exciting Indie Films of 2018

by 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.

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1. Bad Education (2019)

103 min | Comedy, Drama

77 Metascore

The unfolding of the single largest public school embezzlement scandal in history.

Director: Cory Finley | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Allison Janney, Annaleigh Ashford, Alex Wolff

Votes: 201

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.

2. Runt

Drama, Thriller | Completed

Neglected and unsupervised, a group of high school seniors are pulled into a downward cycle of violence.

Director: William Coakley | Stars: Cameron Boyce, Brianna Hildebrand, Jason Patric, Tichina Arnold

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.

Director: Edward James Olmos | Stars: Kate Bosworth, Haley Joel Osment, Pablo Schreiber, Martin Sheen

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.

4. Cadia: The World Within

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.

Director: Cedric Gegel | Stars: Corbin Bernsen, James Phelps, Rick Montgomery Jr., Schalet Jackson

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

82 Metascore

The hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

Director: Robert Eggers | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson, Valeriia Karaman

Votes: 2,489

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.

Director: Marc Zammit | Stars: Jason Flemyng, Lew Temple, Andrew Lee Potts, Jessica-Jane Stafford

Votes: 69

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 »

Director: Michael B. Chait | Stars: Trevor Donovan, James Maslow, Michael Wayne Foster, Nicholas Denmon

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.

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