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7 Reasons To Get Excited About Indie Movies In 2017

Straight Outta Sundance

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Austin Hargrave/The Hollywood Reporter

Now that Sundance is wrapping up and deals have been made, our 2017 movie forecast has more to it than the big franchises. These indies have familiar faces telling some new, interesting stories this year.

The Big Sick

The Big Sick

This comedy tells the story of a multicultural couple, and it's based on real life. A muslim man, played by Silicon Valley's Kumail Nanjiani (who also wrote the script) must navigate a one night stand-turned-more with a white woman while problems complicate the process and force him to figure out how he feels. It features Zoe Kazan, Aidy Bryant, Bo Burnham and more funny people, and it's directed and produced by comedy all stars Michael Showalter and Judd Apatow, respectively. With such a loaded team, there's no way it won't get laughs, and it gathers some TV faves for the big screen.

Ingrid Goes West

Ingrid Goes West

Sort of a modern day Swimfan, mentally disturbed Ingrid, played by Aubrey Plaza, becomes obsessed with an Instagram star Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen) who appears to have a perfect life. She decides to travel to befriend her, but she can't hide the questionable behavior that results from her obsession. It's a fascinating take on our social media-influenced culture, and the leads are perfectly cast to be quirky and interesting.

To The Bone

To The Bone

Lily Collins underwent a physical change for this topical film where she plays an anorexic young woman who has unsuccessfully visited rehab center after rehab center. Her parents send her to a more alternative program and she is surprised by her reaction to her new peers and the rules that come with the program. It's a story about self harm, facing demons and self acceptance that's sure to leave you thinking.

Fun Mom Dinner

Fun Mom Dinner

Not only does this movie promise to bring adam levine back to acting, it’s got an all star cast full of funny people and hollywood veterans like Toni Collette, Bridget Everett, Adam Scott and Molly Shannon. They come together to make a compelling Bad Moms-esque ensemble when Emily, played by Toni Collette wants to break out of her mom-identity rut and go to a gossipy dinner with other mothers. It turns out to be much, much more, and a funny movie also brings up reflections of identity and all the things mom can mean.

The Incredible Jessica James

The Incredible Jessica James

This film brings together some of New York's favorite TV faces for a story about romance and heartbreak. When Jessica James, played by Jessica Williams, an aspiring playwright is dealing with a breakup, she meets Boon, played by Chris O'Dowd, and together, they navigate the aftermath of relationship fallout. Though it turns out, there might be something between them, which could potentially complicate things.

Novitiate

Novitiate

This period movie, set in the 50s and 60s tells a different coming of age story from Sally Draper. A teenager, played by The Leftovers' Margaret Qualley, becomes fascinated by the lives of nuns and their devotion to God. As she ascends the levels of study, she faces challenges with the realities of this chosen life, and the possible consequences of the Pope John XXIII's policies.

The Hero

The Hero

After a year full of celebrity deaths, this story hits home. Aging movie star Lee Hayden, played by Same Elliott, is diagnosed with cancer, and while he deals with all the things that means, he begins and attempts to rekindle relationships with a stand up comedian (Laura Prepon) and his daughter (Krysten Ritter) while a former costar who became his weed dealer (Nick Offerman) is also in his orbit while he scrambles to nail down one last role.

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