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A 2022 Indie Movies Guide

The world of independent film is vast and creative, and 2022 has been a big year for successful indie movies in theaters and on streaming. If you’re a big fan of indie films or have never seen one, we have a guide for you on some of the best recent indie movie releases.

What is an indie film?

An indie film, short for independent, is a movie that is produced without a major studio or company. Usually, indie movies are filmed with a lower budget vs. the crazy budgets of Hollywood blockbusters. Sometimes, independent films have a specific kind of style, and sometimes they don’t.

4 Indie movies in theaters

Marcel the Shell With Shoes On

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As one of the sole survivors of a mysterious tragedy, an adorable one-inch sea shell named Marcel (Jenny Slate) finds his life turned upside down when he goes viral on the internet. Follow Marcel as he meets colorful characters along his journey to find his long-lost family. The A24 film is based on several short films centering on the cute shell. Audiences everywhere love this heartful and tear-jerker story about finding connection and where you belong.

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Everything Everywhere All At Once

Still booming at the box office more than 100 days after its release, Everything Everything All At Once is A24’s newest sci-fi adventure. The movie is an action-adventure comedy about finding peace amid chaos. Evelyn (Michelle Yeoh) is an exhausted Chinese American woman who is having a really, really bad day. In a journey through space and time, she will find love, friendships, and secrets worth protecting—all while trying to pay her taxes.

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Brian and Charles

Brian and Charles challenges the concept that robots don’t feel. It follows Brian (David Earl), a lonely inventor with a knack for building wacky contraptions, attempts to build the world’s first intelligent robot by equipping a broken washing machine with various mechanical parts. What follows is a humorous and entirely heartwarming story about friendship, family, finding love, and letting go.

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Both Sides of the Blade

Both Sides of the Blade is a passionate love triangle directed by Claire Denis. Sarah (Juliette Binoche) and Jean (Vincent Lindon) are an inseparable couple. Their love is unconditional, strong, and never died down. But one morning, Sarah has an unexpected meeting with François (Grégoire Colin), who introduced her to Jean.

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5 Indie movies on streaming

Cha Cha Real Smooth 

In this heartwarming story of unconventional love and bravery, 22-year-old Andrew (Cooper Raiff) has no future except the one he’s determined to make for himself. His job as a motivational dancer at the local bar might not fit on his resume, but it can get him close to single mom Domino (Dakota Johnson). Andrew discovers a new dream future, even if it wasn’t his original plan. The cast also includes Brad Garrett, Leslie Mann, and newcomers Vanessa Burghardt and Evan Assante.

Audiences are loving this fresh romantic take on the coming-of-age genre.

Master

Regina HallAmber Gray, and Zoe Renee star in the thriller Master. The film follows three women who are drawn together by their shared desire to shape their destinies at an elite Northeastern university. While struggling to resolve the mystery of a series of racist attacks, each woman must decide where the real danger lies — in ghosts from their past or in the present?

Many viewers were horrified not just by the ghostly moments but by the harsh reality of racism within college systems.

 Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

This comedy-drama tells the story of Nancy Stokes (Emma Thompson), a retired English teacher who embarks on a post-marital sexual awakening after the death of her husband. Nancy meets sex worker Leo Grande (Daryl McCormack). Together, they find a surprising human connection.

The Sky is Everywhere

High school is hard enough without the grief of loss and complicated love. Lennie Walker (Grace Kaufman), a musical prodigy, struggles with overwhelming grief following the sudden death of her older sister. She becomes drawn to a new boy at school, Joe Fontaine (Jacques Colimon). However, Lennie’s complicated relationship with her sister’s devastated boyfriend Toby (Pico Alexander) starts to affect Lennie and Joe’s budding love. Through her vivid imagination and honest, conflicted heart, Lennie creates a song of her own.