The 5 Indie Movies We Can't Wait to See This Month

by IMDb-Editors | created - 18 Dec 2015 | updated - 05 Jan 2016 | Public

Here are five specialty releases that we most want to see this January.

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1. The Treasure (2015)

Unrated | 89 min | Comedy

85 Metascore

Costi is a family man whose cash-strapped neighbor makes him an intriguing proposition: help him find the fortune reportedly buried somewhere on the grounds of his family's country home in Romania and split the profits.

Director: Corneliu Porumboiu | Stars: Toma Cuzin, Adrian Purcarescu, Corneliu Cozmei, Radu Bânzaru

Votes: 2,458 | Gross: $0.03M

If you happened to catch the excellent movie Police, Adjective by Corneliu Porumboiu, one of the Romanian New Wave filmmakers, then you might be excited by the fact that Porumboiu's usual techniques are in place here — long camera shots and all — though his sense of humor moves into a more overt yet unpredictable territory with this adventure-comedy that was laureled at Cannes. — Arno

Opens in limited release Jan. 8

2. Moonwalkers (2015)

R | 107 min | Action, Comedy

39 Metascore

After failing to locate the legendary Stanley Kubrick, an unstable CIA agent must instead team up with a seedy rock band manager to develop the biggest con of all time-staging the moon landing.

Director: Antoine Bardou-Jacquet | Stars: Rupert Grint, Ron Perlman, Robert Sheehan, Stephen Campbell Moore

Votes: 8,097

There have certainly been plenty of conspiracy theories to go around about the U.S. moon landing in the late 1960s. One of the more fanciful, if not entertaining, premises is that famed director Stanley Kubrick was employed by the CIA to stage this landmark event of the 20th century. This raucous comedy, helmed by Antoine Bardou-Jacquet, spins an edgy and fun game of "What if?" Ron Perlman plays a stiff CIA agent charged with finding Kubrick, and Rupert Grint plays the questionable rock band manager he's forced to team with — in a role that resides in a galaxy far, far removed from the Harry Potter universe. — Bret

Opens in limited release Jan. 15

3. Naz & Maalik (2015)

Not Rated | 86 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

65 Metascore

Two closeted Muslim teens hawk goods across Brooklyn and struggle to come clean about their sexuality, as their secretive behavior leads them unknowingly into the cross-hairs of the War on Terror.

Director: Jay Dockendorf | Stars: Kerwin Johnson Jr., Curtiss Cook Jr., Annie Grier, Ashleigh Awusie

Votes: 269

Naz & Maalik's hook is that the screenplay was developed by life stories as told to writer and director Jay Dockendorf, who spoke intimately with Muslims subjected to FBI surveillance in New York after 9/11. Dockendorf honed his script around two young men who are in the closet, as they try to develop a relationship in this climate. I like the movie's throwback feel; its look reminds me of '90s indies. — Arno

Opens in limited release Jan. 22

4. Prescription Thugs (2015)

PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary

45 Metascore

In this follow-up to his film BIGGER FASTER STRONGER, director Chris Bell turns his camera on the abuse of prescription drugs and, ultimately, himself. As Bell learns more about Big Pharma,... See full summary »

Directors: Chris Bell, Josh Alexander, Greg Young | Stars: Jeff Hatch, Chris Leben, Matthew Wiese

Votes: 1,962

Even though the United States accounts for 5 percent of the world's population, it is responsible for 75 percent of the globe's consumption of prescription drugs. It's just one of the many startling statistics and observations posed by documentary director Christopher Bell, who seeks to uncover the truths behind the pervasive and powerful pharmaceutical industry. A follow-up to Bigger Stronger Faster, which takes a sobering look at a culture that makes performance-enhancing drugs not only possible but desired, Thugs raises serious questions about Big Pharma in North America and its persistent impact on the long-term health of everyday citizens. — Bret

Opens in limited release Jan. 22

5. Ip Man 3 (2015)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Biography, Drama

57 Metascore

When a band of brutal gangsters led by a crooked property developer make a play to take over a local school, Master Ip is forced to take a stand.

Director: Wilson Yip | Stars: Donnie Yen, Lynn Xiong, Jin Zhang, Mike Tyson

Votes: 42,359 | Gross: $2.68M

We'll see if this turns out to be one of Donnie Yen's last kung-fu appearances (there have been rumors of his retiring from the genre). Either way, it's cool to see how the Ip Man series has become a true international success as its U.S. audience grows. For this third chapter, Mike Tyson joins the fray as a street fighter, as does Danny Chan, who is making a career out of portraying Bruce Lee on screen.

Opens in limited release Jan. 22

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