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The 10 absolute best indie films to get excited about in January

Here are the ten January indie releases we’re most excited about: From ‘Please Stand By’, starring Dakota Fanning as an autistic Star Trek fan determined to make waves in the screenwriting industry to ‘The Strange Ones’, a suspenseful drama from Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein.

The 10 absolute best indie films to get excited about in January

Does a new year mean a new you? Probably not, but what is does mean is new movies, and what better way to get through the dreaded January slump than checking out the fresh cinematic talent 2018 has to offer? Here are the ten January indie releases we’re most excited about. It’s like Christmas all over again.

10. Please Stand By

Director Ben Lewin, who saw success with The Sessions back in 2012, returns with a sci-fi comedy and some rather familiar faces. The most notable is Dakota Fanning (The Alienist), starring as an autistic Star Trek fan determined to make waves in the screenwriting industry. Beam me up, Scotty.

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9. Saturday Church

Saturday Church has been described as Moonlight meets La La Land, and with a hodgepodge like that, you know you’re in for an interesting ride. Director Damon Cardasis’s coming-out musical has already received glowing reviews for tackling multiple sides of the LGBTQI experience.

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8. The Final Year

In this political documentary, director Greg Barker (We Are the Giant) and his crew followed President Barack Obama’s foreign policy team for the final year of their term in office. We all know how this one turns out, with Trump’s shock victory casting the film in a completely different light than originally intended.

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7. Small Town Crime

John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone) takes us down some dark streets as an alcoholic ex-cop drunk on seeking justice in this entertaining neo-noir melodrama from Ian and Eshom Nelms (Waffle Street).

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6. Vazante

There are no rose-tinted spectacles in Daniela Thomas’ monochromatic tragedy about slavery and the subjugation of women in 1821 Brazil, combining beautiful shots with upsetting themes.

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5. American Folk

The 9/11 tragedy saw the birth of an entire collection of cinematic retellings, but perhaps this is the first time it’s been told through the story of a cross-country musical. In David Heinz’s indie, real-life musicians Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth play a pair of strangers who travel the country in the aftermath, sharing their mutual love of music.

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4. The Insult

Ziad Doueiri (The Attack) provides a profound look at the effect of historical trauma on a modern Lebanese society in this calculatedly explosive drama. This one is not for the faint-hearted.

Watch the trailer for The Insult

3. Django

Time to get those dancing shoes on, as Django’s on stage. In the backdrop of Nazi-occupied Paris, Etienne Comar (Of Gods and Men) tells the story of the infamous jazz guitarist and his flight from the city of love back in 1943.

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2. The Strange Ones

A camping trip is not what it seems in this suspenseful drama from directors Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein. Unpredictable, bracing, and packed full of suspense.

Watch the trailer for The Strange Ones

1. Blame

This directorial debut from Quinn Shephard (Hostages) offers an intriguing new telling of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, where a high school student played by Shephard forms a taboo bond with her drama teacher. Forbidden fruit strikes again.

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Daisy Webb is an outspoken, opinionated writer with a passion for all things horror and cult comedy. When she's not watching films, she likes listening to music, cooking too much food, and writing short stories with unhappy endings.

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