Great Under-the-Radar Movies

February 20th, 2019Great Under-the-Radar Movies

Being surprised is one of the great pleasures of going to the movies. Huge blockbusters often make us gasp, but it’s the hidden gems — movies like MEMENTO, JUNO and DISTRICT 9 — that often blow our hair back. Because it’s easy to overlook some films when they don’t have an Avengers-sized marketing plan, we want to point out a few movies that could be future cult classics.

Here’s a handful of great under-the-radar movies that are in theatres now and coming soon.


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A new friendship can put a real spring in your step. So Frances (Chloë Grace Moretz) is pretty psyched when the act of returning a handbag to its rightful owner turns into a warm bond with the owner, Greta (Isabelle Huppert). The good feelings don’t last, however, as Frances realizes that Greta is hiding something — maybe a lot of things. The older woman is relentless and possibly violent, leaving Frances looking for a way out of the relationship that initially seemed so pleasantly life-changing. With Neil Jordan (BYZANTIUM, “The Borgias”) in the director’s chair, expect the unexpected from this tense thriller. (March 1)

The Hummingbird Project

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Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgård play cousins who try to score big in high-frequency trading, which uses algorithms to conduct millions of market trades in a day. They have a big scheme to help ensure their success, but ultimately these two guys are like so many other pairs of would-be millionaires. There’s the hustler (Eisenberg) and the brain (Skarsgård) — and then the person who throws complications into their scheme: their old boss, Eva, played by Salma Hayek. She has no restraint when it comes doing anything that will allow her to come out on top. (March 15)

The Beach Bum

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Matthew McConaughey takes his laid-back persona to a blissful extreme. The Texan sports flowing locks and an eccentric wardrobe to play Moondog, a stoner who works on the Great American Novel in between bouts of drinking and kooky adventures around Miami. Writer/director Harmony Korine (SPRING BREAKERS) filled his supporting cast with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, Martin Lawrence, Zac Efron and Jonah Hill. THE BEACH BUM is a fever dream version of the classic party movie. (March 29)

Amazing Grace

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When Aretha Franklin recorded her incredible live gospel album, “Amazing Grace,” at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts in January 1972, cameras were rolling. Celebrated director Sydney Pollack (TOOTSIE, THE FIRM) was on hand to make a documentary about the recording. He made a rookie mistake, however, which made the audio and film very difficult to synchronize. As a result, the footage sat in a vault for decades. Now the film is finally finished, and it stands as a jaw-dropping tribute to the incredible skill and emotional range of Aretha Franklin. (April 5)

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