Six Indie Movies To Look Out For in 2014

Have you been looking for some variety in the movies that are being released every week? They aren’t all just big budget and CGI action. There are many movies that are much smaller and somewhat original. Here are a few to look out for in 2014:
Her: The movie is a science fiction romance that is directed, written, and produced by Spike Jonze (the Academy Award nominated director of the 1999 indie movie Being John Malkovich.) The movie stars Joaquin Phoenix (recently in The Master), (the voice of) Scarlett Johannson, Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and Amy Adams (The Master, Man of Steel). It is about a lonely man who works as a letter writer. He purchases a complex, advanced operating system that is called “Samantha” and begins to fall in love with it. Her has already been nominated for awards, including Golden Globes. It is scheduled for wide release in the United States on January 14th, 2014.

Veronica Mars: The movie is a continuation of the fan-favorite television show of the same name. The production received a lot of buzz when a Kickstarter campaign was launched to aid in its funding. The movie is being written and directed by Rob Thomas, the original creator of the UPN (then CW) show. The lead actress, Kristen Bell, is returning to her role, along with other members of the cast including Enrico Colantini. The movie is about Veronica having to return to her old hometown after her ex-boyfriend is yet again accused of a murder. Veronica Mars is slated to be released in certain AMC theaters on March 14th, 2014.

Dear White People: Dear White People is a satirical film directed and written by Justin Simien. It follows the stories of four black people who go to an Ivy League school. A riot breaks out over a party thrown by white students that is “African-American” in theme. Dear White People was recently added to Sundance’s dramatic competition slate. Dear White People stars Dennis Haysbert and Kyle Gallner.

Infinitely Polar Bear: This upcoming comedy was written and directed by one Maya Forbes. It stars Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and Zoe Saldana (Star Trek, The Losers). The story of the movie follows a bipolar man who tries to win back the favor of his wife. He does this by trying to take responsibility and care for their two young children who are quite trying.
Happy Christmas: Directed and written by Joe Swanberg, this film is about a young woman played by Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air) who is forced to move in with her older brother and his family after a break-up with her boyfriend. Joe Swanberg filmed this movie on 16mm. The production was set in Chicago.
Some Velvet Morning: This is a film written and directed by Neil Labute, the controversial and often polarizing filmmaker. It stars Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games) and Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness). The film is set almost entirely in a brownstone in Brooklyn, New York. It is about a man named Fred who attempts to return to an ex, Velvet, after leaving his current wife. Velvet is dismayed by this and a battle of wits ensues.

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