Beyond the Summer Blockbusters: Indies to Enjoy at Home

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Iron Man 3 hits American screens this Friday, officially kicking off the 2013 summer movie season. While the blockbusters are always a great ride, sometimes you just want to curl up on the couch and enjoy a movie from the comfort of your couch, and thankfully there are some excellent streaming independent features available today... 

Here's a few indies you can stream from home the same time they hit theaters:

1. Into the White: Streaming Now on Amazon

If you've been wondering what Ron Weasley has been doing since Hogwarts, it's Into the White, a drama about World War II fighter pilots who shoot each other down. 

2. To The Wonder: Streaming Now on Amazon

Terrence Malick makes beautiful movies. It's his thing. Sure, sometimes they're a little incomprehensible, but I can guarantee To the Wonder will be a beautiful journey of sights and sounds. 

3. The Story of Luke: Streaming Now on Amazon

Luke is a young adult with autism trying to get a job and a girlfriend. It's a simple premise and a beautiful story featuring an astonishing Lou Taylor and a surprising Seth Green. 

4. A Place at the Table: Streaming Now on YouTube

It's hard to believe food insecurity is a major problem in the United States, but this documentary sheds lights on the daunting reality of the food crisis for many Americans.

5. Shadow Dancer: Streaming Now on Amazon

This official Sundance selection is one of those rare movies that's available before it's in theaters. I don't think it will be long before we see more of that.


If you want to go out for the night, here's three indies you may want to check out in theaters after the blockbuster blitz:

Fruitvale: July 26, 2013


Fruitvale swept Sundance and created a bidding war that was eventually won by Weinstein Co. Now, the critics who have seen it are already talking Oscars. No doubt this film will be a "must see" this summer. 


2. Much Ado About Nothing: June 7, 2013

Joss Whedon owned the box office last summer with The Avengers. This summer, he won't have Marvel numbers, but he will have this Shakespearean ensemble piece to hang his hat on. If you're a Whedon-fan, this likely won't disappoint.


3. The Bling Ring: June 14, 2013

Based on real events, The Bling Ring guarantees two things: an excellent soundtrack and beautiful cinematography for a topic that might otherwise seem really "eh". Written and Directed by Sofia Coppola, I have high hopes for this Emma Watson fronted film.

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Liz is a writer and filmmaker from Minneapolis. She was nominated for a Webby and won an Emmy for Science of Watchmen, a documentary short about the physics in the comic book movie. She’s a tech obsessive, verified nerd and total Anglophile.

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