6 Indie Alternatives in Theaters This July

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6 Indie Alternatives in Theaters This July

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Whitney Houston in Whitney (2018)

Whitney | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, July 6

Nearly six years after her death, Whitney Houston's life continues to fascinate, not only because her music persists as the soundtrack of a generation but also because so much intrigue remains about the discrepancy between the pop star's public and private lives. This documentary, which premiered this spring at Cannes, traces Houston's upbringing in New Jersey and her path to stardom, attempting to make sense of the frequently uncontrollable forces that pushed and pulled her. Director Kevin Macdonald secured the participation of the singer's family and Clive Davis, who provide, as seen from the poignant trailer, particular points of view about how things ended up as they did and who bears responsibility for some of the more anguished chapters of her life. I have no doubt this movie will raise more questions than resolve them. — Bret

Joaquin Phoenix and Jonah Hill in Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018)

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, July 13

Based on a true story, John Callahan, played here by Joaquin Phoenix, was a reckless alcoholic before being paralyzed in a car accident when he was 21. His journey back from the brink sees him find friends in Alcoholics Anonymous while discovering a talent for drawing controversial cartoons. Phoenix gives an awards-worthy performance and disappears into the role. There are further outstanding performances from his supporting cast, including Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, and Jack Black. And with director Gus Van Sant at the helm, this biopic may already one to watch for the upcoming awards season. — Michael


Blindspotting | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, July 20

Set in Oakland, Calif., the film centers on Collin (Daveed Diggs), who is just a few days away from completing his probation after spending a short time in prison. He works at a moving company with fast-talking best friend Miles (Rafael Casal), but Collin's life is shattered when he witnesses the shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer. When this opened the Sundance Film Festival in January, it was branded a "thrilling snapshot" of modern-day America, with Diggs praised for an "impassioned, tortured performance." It certainly proved a wicked alternative to the usual buddy comedy. — Michael

McQueen (2018)

McQueen | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, July 20

For some of us it will be difficult to take in this documentary on fashion designer Alexander McQueen after the recent suicide of Kate Spade, who ended her life in the same way as McQueen in 2010 and L'Wren Scott in 2014. Hopefully McQueen's tortured soul has found peace, and since his label has been in the dextrous hands of Sarah Burton, it's time to celebrate the off-kilter legacy McQueen left behind, which include some of the most emotional fashion shows of all time. — Arno

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2017)

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, July 27

This juicy documentary about caterer to the stars Scotty Bowers drops plenty of names and salacious details about Old Hollywood's social/sexual history, but director Matt Tyrnauer also provides a personal look at Bowers' life, especially his horrific-sounding experiences in the U.S. military, and how they shaped his insatiable desires to live a uninhibited life behind the gates of Tinseltown. If you want all the sordid tales, however, you should really turn to Bowers' autobiography "Full Service." — Arno

Timothée Chalamet in Hot Summer Nights (2017)

Hot Summer Nights | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, July 27

A24, the indie hitmakers behind Hereditary and Lady Bird, are teaming up with It Follows star Maika Monroe and Academy Award nominee Timothée Chalamet for the atmospheric drama Hot Summer Nights, from first-time writer/director Elijah Bynum. Set in Cape Cod, the film follows a shy drug dealer who falls in love with his business partner's sister as a hurricane sweeps into town. — Matt