The Best Indie Holiday Movies

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To say “It’s holiday time” is almost equal to say “It’s movie time” (at least for us): you and your big or small family or friends maybe won’t agree on mashed potatoes, sweets or Christmas decorations but there is one thing that bond together everyone: cinema.

And in these days the best films we can watch and enjoy are the independent ones. It’s a way for you to take a step away from the big blockbusters for once (we are not saying we don’t need them anymore so don’t worry 🙂 ). And, more than anything, it’s the best way to get ready for the Awards season: as matter of fact, in the last few years the Independent Mov(ie)ment has been winning big time, does “Moonlight” ring a bell? (We love you, A24).

But how many indie movies we will see on the big screen during this cold season? We’ve done the work for you and rounded up the very best selection of holidays Independent films. Whether you’re craving laughter or a Tonya Harding biopic, there’s something for everyone.

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Indie Holiday Movies

LADY BIRD

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Actress Greta Gerwig makes her directorial debut with this coming-of-age film about her Sacramento upbringing with a transformed Saoirse Ronan.

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Indie Holiday Movies

FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL

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Annette Bening plays the eccentric Oscar-winning actress Gloria Grahame in this story, set in 1978 Liverpool, about her life and lover (played by Jamie Bell).

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Indie Holiday Movies

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

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Directed by the Italian Luca Guadagnino, the film follows the romantic relationship between a 17-year-old Italian-American (Timothée Chalamet), and his father’s American student (Armie Hammer). The world premiere was held at the Sundance Film Festival this year.

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Indie Holiday Movies

THE TRIBES OF PALOS VERDES

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A new town, a broken marriage: Jennifer Garner stars in this film about a fractured family living in a beach community in Southern California.

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Indie Holiday Movies

THE SHAPE OF WATER

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Sally Hawkins plays a mute cleaning lady in a government laboratory whose life changes when she befriends a top-secret aquatic creature. Octavia Spencer and Michael Shannon also stars in this delightful, and at the same time violent, movie by Guillermo del Toro which won the Golden Lion (best movie) at 74rd the Venice Film Festival (here our review).

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Indie Holiday Movies

GOTTI

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John Travolta and his real-life wife Kelly Preston, step into the shoes of crime boss John Gotti and his better half Victoria.

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Indie Holiday Movies

 MUDBOUND

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Set in rural Mississippi during World War II, this film tells two stories, one of a black sharecropping family and the other of the white landowners they work for. (Mary J. Blige and Carey Mulligan also star.)

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Indie Holiday Movies

MY FRIEND DAHMER

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Before he was an infamous serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer was a shy, alcoholic teen who never quite fit in. The movie is based on the graphic novel by Derf Backderf.

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Indie Holiday Movies

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

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After her daughter is murdered, Frances McDormand leases three billboards on the outskirts of town to put a spotlight on a case she feels the cops (Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell) botched. Can you feel it? The Oscar nomination is in the air.

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Indie Holiday Movies

THE DISASTER ARTIST

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This behind-the-scenes looks at the making of The Room, one of the most absurd movies of all time, starring James Franco (who is also the director), Dave Franco, Seth Rogen and the “Glow” star Allison Brie. But the actors who will be there are several: Bryan Cranston, Zoey Deutch, Zac Efron, Josh Hutcherson, Sharon Stone, Melanie Griffith, Kate Upton and Dylan Minette. Not bad James, not bad!

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Indie Holiday Movies

I, TONYA

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The film focuses on the controversial life of the ice skater Tonya Harding, played by a stunning Margot Robbie (also a producer of the film). In 1994, Tanya was the protagonist of one of the biggest sports scandals in the United States. It seems to be a movie not to be missed, not just for the realistic screenplay, but also for the formidable interpretations of Robbie and the rest of the cast.