IMDb Picks: October's Indie Picks

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 5 months ago

IMDb's editorial team highlights the movies on the art-house scene that we cannot wait to see this month.

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Scott Levin and Dina Buno in Dina (2017)


Just one viewing of this tender documentary's trailer had me hooked. Here, with seemingly little pretension and zero irony, is a portrait of unadulterated love. Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini's documentary follows the relationship of Dina Buno, a woman living on disability and with a neurological disorder, and Scott Levin, a Walmart greeter with Asperger syndrome. Their verbal and non-verbal exchanges are funny, intimate, innocent, and always thought-provoking. It's no surprise the film won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize earlier this year. — Bret

Opens in limited release on Friday, Oct. 6

Brooklynn Prince and Bria Vinaite in The Florida Project (2017)

The Florida Project

Sean Baker hasn't disappointed any of the critics who loved his shot-on-an-iPhone breakthrough, Tangerine, with his latest project, a character study of people living on the fringe in Orlando, Fla., that just might earn co-star Willem Dafoe his third Oscar nomination. Awards chatter aside, what I love about Baker as a writer-director is his genuine interest in people living marginal lives that feels observational, not exploitative or manipulative. The best compliment I can give him: I get the sense that he, much more than most directors, truly relies on his actors to bring his scenarios to life. — Arno

Opens in limited release on Friday, Oct. 6

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste (2017)

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste

Even if I weren't an ardent Anthony Bourdain diehard (which I most certainly am), I still would be interested in this food documentary. Bourdain's latest project, directed by "The Mind of a Chef" veterans Anna Chai and Nari Kye, tackles the problem of global food waste. The statistics are certainly eyebrow-raising: In the U.S. alone, up to 40 percent of food ends up in landfill. This movie gathers some of the food industry's biggest names (What else would you expect from friend-to-foodies-everywhere Bourdain?) and figures out how to make something tasty out of trash. — Bret

Opens in limited released Friday, Oct. 6

78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017)


As a huge fan of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, I've been looking forward to seeing this documentary since it debuted at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The title refers to the 78 shots and 52 cuts that comprise the iconic shower scene from the classic thriller and the documentary includes interviews with filmmakers, editors, composers, and actors who take the film apart and voice their admiration. They include director Peter Bogdanovich, editor Walter Murch, composer Danny Elfman, actor Elijah Wood, and actress Jamie Lee Curtis, the daughter of Psycho star Janet Leigh. Critics have gone mad for it but, as they say, we all go a little mad sometimes. — Michael

Opens in limited released Friday, Oct. 13

Pekka Strang in Tom of Finland (2017)

Tom of Finland

The movie Tom of Finland tells the life story of Touko Laaksonen, the gay Finnish artist who became a fetish art phenomenon. At a time when such drawings could mean a jail sentence or worse, Laaksonen submitted his drawings to Physique Pictorial, an American magazine dedicated to the male physique. From there, his audience grew and, over time, his work informed and shaped an entire subculture. This movie is a tribute to his life, his work, and his legacy. — Pam

Opens in NYC on Friday, Oct. 13

Félix Maritaud in 120 BPM (Beats Per Minute) (2017)

BPM (Beats Per Minute)

Director Robin Campillo's new movie is centered around a group of HIV/AIDS activists in early 90s France. When it comes to capturing the spirit of direct-action advocacy groups such as ACT UP on film, I'd typically choose a documentary over a feature film, but I am so eager to see if I feel similarly to the festival audiences and critics who have said that Campillo has created a set of characters who are as compelling as their real-life counterparts. Given the director's track record as a writer, I'm amped for BPM. — Arno

Opens in limited release on Friday, Oct. 20

Miles Teller in Thank You for Your Service (2017)

Thank You for Your Service

Actor-turned-writer Jason Hall earned an Oscar nod for his screenplay for 2014's American Sniper. For this month's Thank You for Your Service, he stepped into the director’s chair to helm this startling debut. The film stars Miles Teller as Adam Schumann, an Iraq war vet struggling to integrate back into society after a harrowing tour of duty. Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author David Finkel's bestselling novel of the same name, Thank You for Your Service takes a tough look at the brutal consequences of war.

Opens Friday, Oct. 27