It’s not necessary that are box office sensations but they do offer much of art and that’s why the National Board of Review included them in the list of top 10 best Independent movies for the year of 2017. And it was not a simple task to put the best but they cleared it and the honorees will be feted at the National Board of Review Awards Gala, hosted by Willie Geist, on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at Cipriani 42nd Street. So without having other discussion lets, we check out the list of Top 10 best Independent movies list by National Board of Review.
1. Beatriz at Dinner (2017)
Beatriz at Dinner is comedy-drama film starring Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker, Chloë Sevigny and David Warshofsky. The film turns around Beatriz played by Salma Hayek who is an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a health practitioner in Los Angeles. She receives a friendly invitation from Cathy to stay for a seemingly innocent business dinner. Beatriz finds herself in an escalating war of words with Doug Strutt played by John Lithgow. He is a cutthroat, self-satisfied billionaire. When these two opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same.
2. Brigsby Bear (2017)
Brigsby Bear is an American comedy-drama film starring Kyle Mooney, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear, Matt Walsh, Michaela Watkins, Jorge Lendeborg Jr. and Ryan Simpkins. With a story stemming from Mooney’s fascination with 1980s children’s TV, principal photography took place in Utah during Mooney and McCary’s break from working on Saturday Night Live. Mooney and friend Kevin Costello penned the screenplay, which revolves around James Pope (Mooney), a man obsessed with a children’s television program titled Brigsby Bear Adventures.
3. A Ghost Story (2017)
A Ghost Story is an American drama film starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, with supporting performances from Will Oldham, Sonia Acevedo, Rob Zabrecky and Liz Franke. As its title, the movie has a connection with memory and spirituality. It’s a story about a man who is following his moral in the journey of his life and not ready to go off from his mortal life. He returns to his suburban home to live with his bereft wife. But as the time passed, he comes to know that the woman he loves slowly slips away.
4. Lady Macbeth (2017)
Lady Macbeth is British drama film starring Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton, Naomi Ackie and Christopher Fairbank and based on the novel “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District” by Nikolai Leskov. The story turns around the period of the 19th century around 1865 where a woman who is trapped in a loveless marriage to a much older man begins a passionate affair with a man her own age.
5. Logan Lucky (2017)
Logan Lucky is an American heist comedy film starring an ensemble cast consisting of Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough, Daniel Craig, Seth MacFarlane and many more. The film is about West Virginia family: two brothers and sister. Jimmy Logan and his brother Clyde planned a robbery on the Coca-Cola 600, one of the biggest NASCAR races of the year with his brother. They tried to avoid getting caught by the FBI.
6. Loving Vincent (2017)
Loving Vincent is a biographical animated drama about the life of painter Vincent van Gogh, and in particular, the circumstances of his death. Each of the film’s 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh, created by a team of 115 painters. In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist’s final letter and ends up investigating his final days there.
7. Menashe (2017)
Menashe is a Yiddish-language American drama film, loosely based on Lustig’s life. The film is about Brooklyn’s ultra-orthodox Jewish community, a widower battles for custody of his son. A tender drama performed entirely in Yiddish, the film intimately explores the nature of faith and the price of parenthood. Menashe, the leading character is a good-hearted but somewhat hapless grocery store clerk struggles against tradition to keep custody of his only son after his wife passes away.
8. Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (2017)
Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer is an American-Israeli political drama film starring Richard Gere and Lior Ashkenazi. Norman is a small time operator who befriends a young politician at a low point in his life. When an Israeli dignitary named Eshel (Lior Ashkenazi) comes to the city, Norman decides to impress the man by buying him some very expensive shoes. It works and he establishes a strong connection to the man, but a few years later, when Eshel becomes the Israel prime minister, Norman’s life dramatically changes for better and worse.
9. Patti Cake$ (2017)
Patti Cake$ is an American drama film starring Danielle Macdonald as an unlikely rapper in a feelgood film with an attitude whose characters all convince. She is fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in Jersey where her life is falling apart; Patti tries to reach the big time in the hip-hop scene with original and affecting music. Cheered on by her grandmother (Cathy Moriarty) and only friends, Jheri (Siddharth Dhananjay) and Basterd (Mamoudou Athie), Patti also shoulders her mom’s (Bridget Everett) heartaches and misfortunes.
10. Wind River (2017)
Wind River is an American neo-Western murder mystery film starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen as a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tracker and an FBI agent, respectively, who try to solve a murder on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. Teaming up with Lambert as a guide, the duo soon finds that their lives are in danger while trying to solve the mystery of the teen’s death. It received positive reviews from critics and was a box office success grossing $40 million worldwide.