IMDb Indie Picks: March's Art-House Selections

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 7 months ago

Our editors focus in on the indie, foreign, and documentary releases they most want to see this March.

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Louis Theroux in My Scientology Movie (2015)

My Scientology Movie

British journalist Louis Theroux, who got his start working with Michael Moore, turns his investigative skills to the Church of Scientology. Unable to gain access to the organization, he frames this film around reconstructions, holding auditions in Los Angeles with amusing results. The definitive documentary on the religion remains Alex Gibney’s Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, but Theroux’s take is a worthy companion piece. — Michael

Opens in limited theatrical release on Friday, March 10

Mel Brooks in The Last Laugh (2016)

The Last Laugh

Ever since watching this Joan Rivers documentary a couple years back, I have been obsessed with watching comedians talk about, deconstruct, and obsess over their craft. This documentary explores how stand-up comics deal with and incorporate into their routines topics that, for many, remain off limits. Thankfully, there's a wide host of familiar faces here to guide our exploration into how humor helps us to deal with and come to terms with the more tragic aspects of our history. — Bret

Opens in limited theatrical release on Friday, March 3

Jesse Wakeman in Donald Cried (2016)

Donald Cried

I always seem to have the same reaction to buddy films: I spend too much of my time trying to determine which of the two characters I identify the most with ... and then spend even more hours wondering what the hell I was thinking. This comedy, which screened to much acclaim on the film festival circuit last year, will no doubt present much to ponder: Am I more like Peter (Jesse Wakeman), who's ready to turn the page on each chapter of his life? Or am I his childhood friend Donald (Kris Avedisian), stuck in the past but blissfully liberated because of it? — Bret

Opens in limited theatrical release on Friday, March 3

Uncertain (2015)


Despite an intoxicating trailer that introduces a series of themes about life in this remote Texas town, the main reason I'm interested in this documentary is because it doesn't seem to fetishize the seemingly impoverished town or its residents. Instead, it looks to have its cameras pointed, focused, and ready to let Uncertain, Texas, tell its own stories. — Arno

Opens in limited release on Thursday, March 9

Kristen Stewart in Personal Shopper (2016)

Personal Shopper

A couple weeks ago I watched The Clouds of Sils Maria three times over a single weekend. So, I am more than ready for a new film from Oliver Assayas and his new muse (?). The film's earned wildly divisive reviews that all manage to agree on one thing: Kristen Stewart's performance is, like her work in Sils Maria, of the highest quality. — Arno

Opens in limited release on Friday, March 10

Rabah Nait Oufella and Garance Marillier in Grave (2016)


I became obsessed with seeing this movie ever since catching a glimpse of an interview with director Julia Ducournau, who described her film as a "mutant." The journalist just did not know how to handle her overall fierceness. My fixation grew even more pointed when I learned from the critics I trust the most that the narrative is lean, that there are some crazy prosthetics, and that the final scene is both sickening and satisfying. — Arno

Opens in limited release on Friday, March 10

Mantra (2017)


In 2004, by all accounts, India was emerging as a global superpower. The unevenness of the narrative of "India shining" is addressed in Mantra; an ensemble caste brings nuance to the perception of overnight prosperity in rapidly globalizing India by zooming in on one family's experience of interesting economic times. — Kiran

Opens in India on Friday, March 17

Keep an eye out for global release dates as they are announced.

Alice Lowe in Prevenge (2016)


Sightseers star Alice Lowe was heavily pregnant when she directed herself in this funny, bloody, and subversive horror film. Lowe plays a widow who believes her unborn child is telling her to embark on a killing spree. "Children these days are really spoiled," says Lowe’s character. "It’s like, 'Mummy, I want a PlayStation; mummy, I want you to kill that man.'" — Michael

Opens in limited theatrical release on Friday, March 24