Indie Fresh List

Indie Fresh List: Bad Hair, Synchronic, and Radium Girls

Check out the latest Fresh indie releases, including what's in theaters, what's on VOD, and what's coming soon.

by | October 22, 2020 | Comments

Join us weekly as Rotten Tomatoes reports on what’s indie features are streaming. From promising releases by new voices to experimental efforts from storied filmmakers – or perhaps the next indie darling to go the distance for end-of-year accolades – we will break it all down for you here each week.

This week in our Indie Fresh List, we have a horror movie about a killer weave, a time-bending sci-fi thriller, and a piece of true-crime historical fiction. In our Spotlight Section, we have a call back to a black-and-white documentary about incarcerationand we have new trailers featuring Margot RobbiePaul Bethany, and Sophia Lillis

New This Weekend 

Bad Hair (2020)


Justin Simien tries his hand at the horror genre with this new thriller, which chronicles Black women’s constant struggle against unwanted, ill-informed opinions on our tresses. Black hair has literally become a political issue, as Black women and men have been discriminated against, suspended, or even fired for wearing their natural hair, and Bad Hair turns that tragic scenario into a terrifying horror device. Elle Lorraine plays Anna, a 1980s producer who installs a weave to conform to Caucasian beauty standards; the new ‘do comes at a great cost when she realizes it might actually be possessed. Nicholas Bell of IONCineama writes “Bad Hair is a fun homage to a time and place which still manages to say something pertinent about the Culture as it stands today while celebrating its resilience and integrity.”

Available to stream October 23 on Hulu.

Synchronic (2020)


In the new sci-fi thriller SynchronicJamie Dornan and Anthony Mackie team up to play best friends and paramedic partners who are called out for a string of strange and gruesome incidents. When the bizarre events hit closer to home, the pair uncover a plot to produce a powerful psychedelic that could alter their reality and the time continuum. “This philosophical core, coupled with the cynical paramedic duo premise, akin to Martin Scorsese’s Bringing Out the Dead, makes for a unique, sci-fi-tinged drama with supernatural elements rooted in real-world stakes and emotion,” writes Katie Walsh of Tribune News Service. 

Playing select theaters and on VOD October 23.

Radium Girls (2020)


In 1925, a group of tenacious young women set off a pro-labor lawsuit that had national implications, and Radium Girls gives that story the big-screen treatment. The American Radium Factory employed a group of young women to paint the dials of watches with glow-in-the-dark paint that contained radium, unaware of the dangers of working so directly with the element. Before the side-effects were known to the public, the girls would dip and lick brushes containing the toxic substance, causing catastrophic physical effects and eventual death. The “Radium Girls,” as they were dubbed, did fight back, however, and sued their employer, who they suspected knew about the deadly effects long before any of them started getting sick. Joey King and Abby Quinn star as sisters in the based-on-true-events historical drama that Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter says “fulfills a vital function with its dramatization of an important chapter in America’s history of labor reform.”

Playing select theaters and on VOD October 23.

Spotlight Pick

Time (2020)


Fox Rich has had one goal for the past 20 years: to see the release of her husband Rob G. Rich from prison. In our spotlight selection this week we have a Sundance Film Festival award-winning documentary that chronicles the human cost of mass incarceration, highlighting the inequities of who can truly find justice in our current system. Directed by Garrett BradleyTime follows Rich as she tirelessly works to free her husband, incorporating home videos and private moments to drive home the message. Time is “heartbreaking and passionate,” according to Alissa Wilkinson of Vox, and a “chronicle of love deferred and the life that hope can provide.”

 Available on Amazon Prime.

Along with…

New Indie Trailers

Uncle Frank

Paul Bethany plays the enegmatic Uncle Frank to his niece, played by Sophia Lillis (It: Chapter Two), and inspires her runs away to join him in the big city.


Margot Robbie is a woman on the run in the rural south in this new western thriller.

The Donut King

A new documentary chronicles the eccentric “king” of a donut empire, Cambodian refugee Ted Ngoy.

Thumbnail image by Everett Collection. 

On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.

Tag Cloud

GLAAD reviews Mudbound rotten facebook Christmas comics Teen festivals FX on Hulu cops Certified Fresh Syfy Watching Series Amazon Prime Video Podcast PBS Travel Channel Britbox WarnerMedia Marvel Studios witnail films james bond kids TCA Sony Pictures Superheroe Winners Thanksgiving comic The Academy sequels travel 71st Emmy Awards richard e. Grant Writers Guild of America doctor who football batman Walt Disney Pictures asian-american SundanceTV latino 2016 screenings franchise E3 streaming APB GIFs SXSW scorecard Super Bowl ratings Trailer diversity transformers disaster binge Peacock strong female leads Starz canceled TV shows tv talk breaking bad revenge 72 Emmy Awards Reality Competition OWN Pixar 2020 stop motion black ID Disney Plus TV Land Vudu Comic Book Mary Poppins Returns boxoffice Box Office TCM satire RT History Schedule Election Spring TV toy story Musicals cults concert animated Emmys Lifetime Christmas movies anime venice deadpool Set visit Sundance TV Superheroes cancelled Amazon Prime mockumentary YouTube Premium Fantasy series Spectrum Originals Drama period drama TV HBO Go Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Extras video blaxploitation Apple TV Plus Rock The Walking Dead DirecTV Acorn TV psychological thriller VH1 FOX Trivia talk show Biopics History game show Turner Classic Movies CBS canceled BAFTA scary movies Summer halloween stand-up comedy australia Disney+ Disney Plus Calendar Cannes discovery cats Holidays New York Comic Con classics miniseries south america Columbia Pictures DC Comics Pop TV Pet Sematary video on demand BET Awards composers nfl Polls and Games emmy awards Kids & Family television 21st Century Fox Martial Arts BBC One MCU Sundance Now remakes slashers movie Mystery sag awards based on movie Horror VOD Countdown Warner Bros. Nat Geo joker A&E ABC TIFF Reality Black Mirror all-time Pride Month nature Awards fast and furious American Society of Cinematographers Creative Arts Emmys 2017 Toys spanish language Television Critics Association Paramount Network 45 TBS worst movies USA Film Festival Dark Horse Comics Endgame Fall TV Marathons El Rey CNN archives science fiction Hulu christmas movies comic books dramedy movies OneApp war Pirates toronto Action Adult Swim President quibi romance Food Network cancelled TV series jamie lee curtis Academy Awards YouTube Red sports YA DC Universe supernatural cancelled television dceu aliens Disney Channel E! Stephen King 20th Century Fox space Awards Tour festival documentary Comedy Best and Worst Trophy Talk political drama ESPN Mary Tyler Moore Binge Guide First Look laika Shudder screen actors guild werewolf psycho stoner HBO Holiday Grammys medical drama foreign Tubi Emmy Nominations Apple Nickelodeon Comedy Central romantic comedy green book Television Academy FX cartoon Bravo HBO Max Film spy thriller historical drama cooking indie Logo Tumblr robots Marvel Television The Purge Valentine's Day TV renewals die hard Opinion Winter TV Rocketman Arrowverse anthology Spike what to watch 4/20 casting children's TV Hallmark Ovation USA Network Cosplay See It Skip It independent dragons true crime Tarantino rotten movies we love directors news Sci-Fi reboot crime hist PaleyFest police drama blockbuster halloween tv Animation spinoff TCA Winter 2020 Comics on TV IFC natural history Anna Paquin WGN universal monsters Infographic biography Amazon spider-man Country Universal zombie crime thriller finale 2018 singing competition TCA 2017 theme song Baby Yoda hollywood mission: impossible sequel GoT Hallmark Christmas movies Lucasfilm Women's History Month parents child's play justice league Esquire Chernobyl dark Funimation San Diego Comic-Con Rom-Com nbcuniversal CW Seed Crackle social media LGBTQ french Elton John spain The Arrangement Masterpiece Mary poppins DC streaming service ITV versus Musical vampires National Geographic critics comedies a nightmare on elm street name the review Disney Cartoon Network BBC America MSNBC Paramount Hear Us Out hispanic Captain marvel zero dark thirty Oscars X-Men japanese Music Premiere Dates RT21 Star Wars book harry potter sitcom Lionsgate criterion Video Games Family IFC Films twilight Sneak Peek adventure Epix Character Guide Brie Larson Shondaland Disney streaming service Marvel indiana jones FXX documentaries CBS All Access teaser Showtime Pop Tomatazos Fox Searchlight The CW Apple TV+ CMT Discovery Channel docudrama Nominations VICE 007 Turner ghosts Song of Ice and Fire Netflix Christmas movies adaptation Interview Sundance BBC TruTV Star Trek crossover TCA Awards Freeform dc Rocky unscripted renewed TV shows Mindy Kaling obituary thriller zombies spanish DGA Heroines First Reviews NYCC TLC A24 Ellie Kemper MTV comiccon rt archives italian Photos game of thrones cinemax Crunchyroll dogs award winner Year in Review 24 frames Black History Month Red Carpet worst politics Chilling Adventures of Sabrina PlayStation Amazon Studios serial killer NBC chucky best YouTube Quiz TNT mutant free movies elevated horror Classic Film Lifetime AMC BET SDCC Netflix crime drama 2015 2019 cars Avengers Ghostbusters Fox News Western LGBT golden globes ABC Family technology superhero The Witch cancelled TV shows