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

'Gemini,' 'The Death of Stalin,' 'Lean on Pete,' and more of this month's best limited releases.

The Death of Stalin

DIRECTOR: Armando Iannucci
CAST: Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Jason Isaacs

Veep and The Thick of It creator Ianucci visits mid-20th century Moscow and discovers that hey, whaddaya know, stupidity and back-stabbing in government translates into period pieces as well. Assembling a rogue’s gallery of terrific American and British characters actors as all the General Secretary’s men(and encouraging to keep their native accents), Ianucci crafts a four-course meal of black comedy, wacky wordplay, creative insults (of course). and broad slapstick. The results are fabulously funny and more than a little tart, while the dramatizations of authoritarian kowtowing are perhaps more stinging than initially anticipated.