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With plenty of huge blockbusters piling into multiplexes this past year, there's been a few indie films that may have slipped under the radar. The Hidden Gem prize at the Digital Spy Movie Awards is a race between eight great movies on a much smaller scale than the mega-budgeted Harry Potter and Transformers.

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Anvil! The Story Of Anvil


"The difference between Anvil and a twentysomething band is that enough years have passed for them to realise how precious time is. They quickly dispense with the macho posturing and they hug, they cry and talk about their feelings. It's one of the film's biggest surprises; this isn't just a rock doc but a poignant love story too." [SP]

> Interview: Steve 'Lips' Kudlow, Robb Reiner


Bronson


"Nicolas Refn's superb movie grabs us by the neck and refuses to let go, cleverly treating the subject matter with a surrealist slant. This is far from a straight biopic and is all the more rewarding as a result... Hardy is mesmerising as Bronson." [BRJ]

> Review: Bronson


Dean Spanley


"Boiled down Dean Spanley is about a father and son reconnecting and an old man overcoming grief and learning to embrace life. That particular story has been told before, but never with quite as much elegance, humour and originality as here." [SR]

> Review: Dean Spanley


Frozen River


"A moving character study that charts the desperate lengths two women reach once their maternal instincts kick in. Melissa Leo's emotive performance and Courtney Hunt's compelling screenplay make this movie a thoroughly rewarding and emotional ride that deserves to find an audience." [BRJ]

> Interview: Melissa Leo


Hunger


"Very much an engaging and active cinematic experience, Hunger will leave you feeling emotionally battered and bruised - yet emerging from the cinema a stronger person for having witnessed such a beautiful and brutal film." [BRJ]

> Review: Hunger


Moon


"Moon is a refreshing antidote to the dumb action-orientated futuristic fodder has dominated cinemas in recent years. The fusion of Duncan Jones's emerging directorial talent and Sam Rockwell's established acting prowess ensures that Moon is a real space oddity." [BRJ]

> Interview: Duncan Jones


Redbelt


"David Mamet's excellent film is a slow-boiling mystery that rewards patience and explores a range of fascinating and resonant themes. At its heart is a commanding performance by Chiwetel Ejiofor." [BRJ]

> Review: Redbelt


Sunshine Cleaning


"The blood-spattered premise may lean towards gimmickry, but director Christine Jeffs and writer Megan Holley use it as a catalyst to construct a moving and funny family drama. The dark jagged edges and gallows humour ironically breathe life into the tale." [SR]

> Interview: Christine Jeffs


Review excerpts by Ben Rawson-Jones, Simon Reynolds and Stella Papamichael

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