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5 Must-See Indie Films this Fall
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5 Must-See Indie Films this Fall

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Updated: 9 January 2017
With so many amazing independent films releasing this Fall, it is impossible to see them all. These five films will inspire you, excite you and leave you on the edge of your seat until the final credits roll. With characters like brave teenagers, notorious gangsters, addicted gamblers, and a tight-rope walker, there are great films coming for every audience as the weather cools down and the leaves change color.
He Named Me Malala Theatrical Release Poster

He Named Me Malala

He Named Me Malala examines the life of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai. It is an inspirational look at the life of the teenage girl who was shot in head by the Taliban for her outspoken stance on education for girls and women. This film shows Malala as both a strong and incredible leader and an everyday teenager spending time with her family. Malala’s resilience, boldness and smile are contagious. This documentary gives the feeling that one person really can change the world for the better, as long as they’re willing to take incredible risks.

He Named Me Malala will be released on October 2, 2015.

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The Walk

The Walk premiered opening night at the New York Film Festival. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Philippe Petit, the French high-wire daredevil that strung a wire between the Twin Towers in 1974 and made the life threatening journey across. This intense story would be unbelievable if it were not based on a true story. Petit’s actions are both inspiring and ridiculously stupid, making for an unforgettable story. The obstacles that Petit and his crew overcome to pull off this seemingly impossible feat are jaw-dropping.

The Walk will be released in IMAX theaters on September 30, 2015 and will have a wide release on October 9, 2015.

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Black Mass

Johnny Depp stars in Black Mass as the notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger. During the 1970s, Bulger became an FBI informant to help take down rival mafia gangs that were pressing in on his territory. This film examines his life and the twisted relationship between Bulger and FBI Agent John Connolly, which allowed Bulger to become one of the most famous gangsters in history. Based on a true story, the intensity of this film will keep an audience enthralled.

Black Mass will release in theaters on September 18, 2015.

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Mississippi Grind

Mississippi Grind premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and tells the story of Gerry, a down-and-out gambler that believes Curtis is his lucky charm. The pair heads out on a road trip looking for their big win at a high-stakes poker game in New Orleans. The strong performances in this film by Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn add an extra level of emotion to the story and build a significant amount of sympathy for the characters. The unconventional friendship helps to drive the story and make the film a success.

Mississippi Grind will be released September 25, 2015.

A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story Theatrical Release Poster

A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story

A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story, this documentary follows Lizzie Velasquez, a 58-pound woman that is unable to gain weight, on her journey from being the victim of cyberbullying to an outspoken advocate to end bullying. After reading hurtful comments on the internet about her appearance, Lizzie’s actions will inspire an audience to take a stand against needless hurt and cyberbullying. In an appearance-obsessed society, Lizzie is the ultimate example of true beauty both on the inside and the outside.

A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story will be released on September 25, 2018.