Indie Fresh List

The Indie Fresh List: A Young Chef, Teen Cliques, and a Darkly Comic Murder Gone Awry

Check out the latest Fresh indie releases now streaming on VOD and what's coming soon.

by | April 15, 2020 | Comments

Join us weekly as Rotten Tomatoes reports on what’s indie features are streaming. From promising releases by new voices to experimental efforts from storied filmmakers – or perhaps the next indie darling to go the distance for end-of-year accolades – we will break it all down for you here each week.


For the foreseeable future, the specialty box office and all theatrical releases will be on hold as we all make efforts to socially distance ourselves and reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. With that in mind, we have reshaped our Indie Fresh List to reflect the specialty box office releases that are newly available on streaming services and VOD. This week we have a story about an aspiring chef who uses food to unite his family, a Sundance standout about high school cliques, and a gory, dark comedy about patricide. In our Spotlight section, we call back to an award-winning atmospheric horror story from the filmmakers behind The Witch.


Streaming This Weekend

Abe (2020) 70%

 

Stranger Things’ Noah Schnapp stars in this dramedy about an aspiring chef who hopes to mend the schism between the two sides of his family. The son of Palestinian and Israeli agnostics, Abraham (Schnapp) has a hard time getting his deeply devote grandparents to sit at the same table without an argument. Using his love of food and new exposure to multicultural mash-up cuisine, “Abe” looks to repair his familial strife at the dinner table. Following his efforts is “an appetizing fusion of diverse influences,” according to Justin Lowe of The Hollywood Reporter.

Available to rent or buy now on Google PlayiTunes, and Vudu.


Selah and the Spades (2020) 86%

 

Teen angst gets a fresh update in our second film this week, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Tayarisha Poe’s feature film debut is an entertaining exploration of five underground cliques at a prestigious boarding school. Starring Lovie Simone as the titular Selah, the film feels like a welcome update to teen favorites like Heathers or Cruel Intentions. “Poe’s film exhibits far more originality than we normally see in the genre… But it is Lovie Simone’s cool intensity and Celeste O’Connor’s initial smitten bewilderment that turns into her own brand of confidence that ignite Selah and the Spades,” writes Laura Clifford of Reeling Reviews.

Available to stream now on Amazon.


Why Don't You Just Die! (Papa, sdokhni) (2020) 97%

 

An arresting action-comedy that grabs you from the first frame, Why Won’t You Just Die! was the toast of the genre film circuit in 2019. In it, we follow Matvey as he tries to kill his girlfriend’s father; the reason for his murderous aims and why it proves to be so difficult are carefully teased through clever flashbacks. Star Aleksandr Kuznetsov, led by writer-director Kirill Sokolov, shines in this dark comedy with uber-violent imagery. Nicholas Bell of IonCinema.com wrote, “An action-packed, gory chamber piece… Sokolov makes an immediate name for himself with a revenge comedy as memorable as it is familiar.”

Available to rent or buy April 20th on iTunes


Fresh & Available Now on VOD – Spotlight Pick

The Lighthouse (2019) 90%

Dropping on Amazon Prime Video on Thursday is the Oscar-nominated black & white horror tale The Lighthouse. It hits perhaps a little too close to home given the current situation, but watching Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe go crazy in a remote lighthouse might serve as a reminder of just how bad things could be. Following up his cult smash hit The Witch, Robert Eggers’ sophomore effort is a rain-soaked fever dream in which Pattinson and Dafoe star as two lighthouse keepers – or “wickies” – who are beset and tormented by unseen, or perhaps imaginary, dark forces while cut off from the outside world, with only their uneasy cohabitation to keep them sane. Or not. Heavily influenced by the early 20th-century painter Andrew Wyeth, Eggers (who co-wrote the film with his brother Max Eggers) utilizes 19th-century filming techniques and vintage camera equipment to give the film its distinctive period aesthetic. Lewis Knight of the Daily Mirror describes the film as “[A] gothic, dark fairy-tale, incomprehensible…and incredibly elusive throughout, which only serves to make it more hypnotic as it weaves its dark web before it reaches its chilling climax.”

Available to stream now on Amazon; available to rent or buy on FandangoNowGoogle Play, iTunes, and Vudu.


Along with…

  • Swallow (2020) , about an affluent housewife who develops a deadly case of pica — the urge to swallow inanimate objects.
  • The Wild Goose Lake (Nan fang che zhan de ju hui) (2020) , about a Chinese gangster who meets a woman with a deadly secret.
  • The Dog Doc (2020) , a documentary about a compassionate vet who tries to save vulnerable animals.
  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) , about two women who go on a perilous journey to end an unwanted pregnancy.
  • Butt Boy (2020) , about a recovering alcoholic detective whose AA sponsor becomes the main suspect in a murder investigation.
  • Invisible Life (A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) (2019) , a drama about a pair of sisters who are kept apart in 1950’s Brazil.
  • Uncut Gems (2019) , about a fast-talking jeweler who has a couple of days to pay his debt.
  • Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) , a darkly comedic satire about the terrifying antics that ensue when an underprivileged family latches on to a more affluent one and things go sideways.
  • Stray (2018) , about two damaged strangers who meet and fall into a tumultuous relationship.
  • Emma. (2020) , a new adaptation of the Jane Austen novel about a naive, privileged heiress who plays matchmaker to the detriment of her own romantic prospects.
  • Banana Split (2020) , about a girl who develops an unlikely friendship with her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend.
  • We Summon the Darkness (2020) , about a trio of girls who run into a satanic serial killer after leaving a metal concert.
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) , a romance about a painter and her muse who fall in love on borrowed time.
  • Jojo Rabbit (2019) , a satire about a naive Hitler youth who discovers his mother is hiding a Jewish girl during World War II.
  • Color Out of Space (2020) , a psychedelic horror film about an eerie meteorite that falls in a family’s back yard and wreaks havoc.
  • Blow the Man Down (2020) , a mystery about two young women who get caught in a web of murder and mayhem in a quiet seaside town in Maine.
  • Come As You Are (2020) , a road trip sex comedy about a group of disabled men to travel to a brothel in Canada that solely caters to disabled people.
  • Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) , a drama about an aging director who reflects on his films, collaborators, and legacy after he’s sidelined by severe back pain.

Thumbnail images by Arrow Video, Amazon Films, Blue Fox Entertainment

Tag Cloud

Mary Poppins Returns Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Stephen King ABC Signature Mystery all-time ABC Family USA TV Sundance Now BET comedies stand-up comedy Quiz true crime Country rom-coms Amazon biography 4/20 twilight Shudder cancelled TV series police drama Christmas Spectrum Originals Awards slashers Superheroe Music Chernobyl TV One Winter TV VH1 unscripted hidden camera Britbox travel women Marvel Television Teen latino PlayStation adventure golden globes FXX Best and Worst Lionsgate canceled serial killer harry potter Esquire christmas movies critics ratings Bravo halloween sports Rock Hallmark Disney+ Disney Plus BBC American Society of Cinematographers 2021 APB Mary Tyler Moore hist psycho CBS All Access sag awards 2018 Comedy Central Netflix DirecTV trailers war Columbia Pictures cancelled television hollywood Character Guide Tumblr binge cops 007 screenings mutant joker child's play razzies National Geographic french Baby Yoda stoner DGA green book werewolf Infographic mission: impossible NYCC Netflix Christmas movies mockumentary asian-american Black History Month renewed TV shows Winners Fox Searchlight indiana jones Star Wars FOX 2016 Holidays Elton John Universal Valentine's Day award winner series diversity DC Universe crime thriller deadpool Pixar 2015 BAFTA movie GLAAD monster movies Schedule Reality Competition HBO Anna Paquin cats romance docuseries toronto worst movies historical drama quibi Kids & Family Martial Arts CNN Writers Guild of America El Rey Song of Ice and Fire Podcast The Walt Disney Company television Exclusive Video witnail ESPN IFC Films WGN LGBTQ sequels SDCC Comic Book SXSW crime drama Broadway A&E psychological thriller TBS Apple TV Plus golden globe awards First Reviews Tarantino WarnerMedia ITV See It Skip It casting YouTube Red Premiere Dates archives classics Acorn TV TLC zero dark thirty video Syfy Logo fast and furious VOD Countdown theme song TCM period drama cancelled TV shows Horror A24 Trailer Paramount Network directors Disney Plus worst facebook Avengers spinoff medical drama natural history independent Funimation sequel superman discovery indie rotten Animation strong female leads jamie lee curtis anime halloween tv Nickelodeon 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Amazon Prime satire Comedy rt archives Lucasfilm Brie Larson Marvel Drama The Arrangement Creative Arts Emmys films transformers aliens OWN sitcom Mudbound DC Comics CW Seed Certified Fresh TCA Awards Sundance TV The Purge Fox News richard e. Grant parents foreign dogs Arrowverse obituary History Superheroes franchise superhero Cosplay 71st Emmy Awards Grammys Election Film Festival dark rotten movies we love RT History 20th Century Fox Holiday ViacomCBS Dark Horse Comics social media Endgame nature Paramount Ovation 2017 south america IFC San Diego Comic-Con PBS scorecard nbcuniversal politics Cannes stop motion fresh Box Office Vudu Set visit 45 RT21 Nominations TV renewals YouTube Watching Series E! Sci-Fi free movies japanese Ellie Kemper Disney Trivia Interview Paramount Plus Turner Classic Movies dceu video on demand CBS Amazon Prime Video Ghostbusters comiccon TNT documentary talk show Alien what to watch Spring TV 2020 Lifetime Christmas movies Walt Disney Pictures Emmys X-Men best Pirates cars The Academy comics kong USA Network name the review Tomatazos AMC Nat Geo TCA 2017 Classic Film robots toy story Amazon Studios finale universal monsters Cartoon Network batman zombies Showtime Women's History Month streaming YA zombie godzilla DC streaming service Family vampires football space HBO Max Disney Channel Mary poppins book spy thriller Pop TV screen actors guild animated Travel Channel FX scary movies nfl Pride Month composers Reality 2019 72 Emmy Awards Television Academy 99% Disney streaming service singing competition Sundance Pop political drama CMT TCA Discovery Channel YouTube Premium SundanceTV Tubi blockbusters popular The CW MTV VICE Video Games Super Bowl BBC One spider-man Emmy Nominations tv talk Biopics comic books crossover laika dc OneApp Marvel Studios king kong TV Land Legendary 21st Century Fox Toys Epix TCA Winter 2020 FX on Hulu die hard Food Network ABC Comics on TV spain Apple TV+ Academy Awards breaking bad hispanic Trophy Talk Turner Television Critics Association PaleyFest venice Polls and Games prank justice league Star Trek based on movie cults blockbuster festival Binge Guide Mindy Kaling Adult Swim dramedy kaiju concert Extras First Look Rom-Com spanish language cooking Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt blaxploitation a nightmare on elm street BET Awards cinemax Fantasy New York Comic Con romantic comedy documentaries The Walking Dead Crackle Captain marvel boxing Thanksgiving chucky Spike Western disaster The Witch Masterpiece HBO Go MSNBC Red Carpet crime docudrama Rocky E3 24 frames kids anthology telelvision Warner Bros. cancelled Sony Pictures game show pirates of the caribbean Peacock teaser Hulu remakes Photos italian Musicals Film supernatural canceled TV shows science fiction ID Black Mirror revenge TIFF game of thrones technology LGBT Crunchyroll Shondaland GoT comic criterion Action Hear Us Out jurassic park Calendar reboot miniseries spanish black elevated horror Lifetime GIFs Sneak Peek australia children's TV TruTV BBC America Year in Review Musical Rocketman Marathons reviews Oscars Pet Sematary emmy awards versus Starz cartoon MCU Summer Freeform Hallmark Christmas movies doctor who Fall TV adaptation Opinion Awards Tour thriller james bond Heroines ghosts boxoffice dragons festivals Apple President news NBC movies