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13 Indie films from 2014 that you have to watch

These movies may not have been on your radar this year, but we think they’re totally worth checking out. We rated them by Rotten Tomatoes scores, lowest to highest. Keep reading to find out which indie movie scored 99 percent fresh!

13. Camp X-Ray

Kristen Stewart channels her inner soldier as Private Amy Cole, a prison guard at Guantanamo Bay. The movie is surprising, relevant and emotionally stirring as two cultures collide.
Camp X-Ray has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 72 percent.

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12. Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

This is a witty, often funny documentary about Shep Gordon, the iconic music manager who worked with such legends as Alice Cooper, Blondie, Janice Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. His life story makes for a surprising tale of happy accidents and shrewd business dealings.
Supermensch has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 76 percent.

11. Tracks

While we can’t say enough great things about Reese Witherspoon’s long trek in her film, Wild, Tracks is the true story of Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska), a young woman who takes her dog and four moody camels on a trek through almost 2,000 miles of the brutal Australian desert.
Tracks has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 81 percent.

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10. Belle

What happens when a child of mixed race is raised alongside a white British girl in an aristocratic family in the lat 1700s? This surprising true story shares the life of Dido Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a young lady who experienced both privilege and pain in a time of deep racial divide.
Belle has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 83 percent.

9. Chef

When chef Carl (Jon Favreau), loses his restaurant, he starts up a food truck while struggling to reunite his family. Sofía Vergara, Robert Downey, Jr. and Scarlett Johansson also star.
Chef has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 88 percent.

8. Calvary

In Calvary, Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is the head of a dwindling Catholic parish in a tiny seaside town in Ireland. During a confession, an anonymous man who’s suffered years of sexual abuse by another priest declares that he is going to murder Father James in one week’s time. This film will twist your insides from the opening first line to the brutal and bitter last image.
Calvary has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 89 percent.

7. Birdman

Michael Keaton stars in Birdman, a theatrical tale about a washed-up actor trying to redeem himself by staging a play that may kill him. Sound strange? It’s a wild tale that goes beyond reality and soars into magical realism. Ed Norton, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts also star.
Birdman has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 93 percent.

6. Whiplash

Andrew (Miles Teller) gets schooled as a jazz drummer by the intense and often brutal Fletcher (J.K. Simmons). This movie won the grand jury and audience awards at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Whiplash has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 96 percent.

5. Blue Ruin

Blue Ruin is a modern-day revenge tragedy of Greek proportions. Dwight (the incredibly talented Macon Blair) plays a man who’s sleeping in his car and fishing food out of dumpsters. The film soon tempts Dwight into taking revenge on the man who caused his misery. As the film’s title suggests, this devastated man spirals downwards into a ruinous debacle that involves murder.
Blue Ruin has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 96 percent.

4. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

This sparse yet intoxicating vampire Western feels fresh on so many levels, it’s like a new flavor of chocolate and a delicious addition to the vampire genre. The gorgeous Sheila Vand stars at The Girl and there’s no doubt we’ll be seeing a lot more of her in the years ahead.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 96 percent.

3. A Most Violent Year

This crime drama takes place in the year 1981 in New York City, where an immigrant family uses violence and corruption to pursue their version of the American dream. The movie stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain.
A Most Violent Year has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 96 percent.

2. We Are the Best!

If you love all things 1980s, this movie will lift your heart and take you back to a simpler time — before Facebook, hackings and sexting. The story centers on three young misfits growing up in early ’80s Sweden who form a punk band despite not being able to play their instruments.
We Are the Best! has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 97 percent.

1. Boyhood

Shot over 12 years, this movie literally shows Mason (Ellar Coltrane) growing up on the screen. Also starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as his parents, the film is a subtle, stirring tale of one boy’s life growing up in America.
Boyhood has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 99 percent.

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