Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Movies You Need to See in August

Our capsule reviews of 11 new releases, including "Detroit," "Logan Lucky," and "Ingrid Goes West."


DIRECTOR: Kogonada
CAST: John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson, Parker Posey

Jin (Cho) is just in town for a few days, carrying strained relationships with both his father and his culture. Casey (Richardson) has been here forever, and will probably be here forever. Their lives shouldn’t intersect, but they do, and the ways in which their brief encounters change their lives form the bedrock of this wonderful character drama from writer/director Kogonada. His script is masterfully observant – to the rhythms and stumbles of everyday conversation, the kind of searching, prodding talks that these circumstances can forge, and of what it is to be a young woman who is both open and vulnerable, and unafraid to call bullshit. Kogonada places those conversations in elegantly framed yet offbeat compositions, often keeping the camera at a respectful distance, lest he invade these private moments. Columbus is one of those movies that doesn’t seem staged and filmed, but overheard and captured – and just to be clear, that’s a compliment of the highest order.