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Friday, April 18, 2014



Little Films Hoping to be Big Fish in Limited Release Pond

Half a dozen new films start their run in limited release, including two foreign language, films, two documentary and the best bet of the week, Little Fish.

Little Fish - Reviews
A film from Australia starring Cate Blanchett as Tracy Heart, a recovering heroin addict who is struggling to overcome her past. The film had a good run in limited release in Australia opening on just 45 screens but opened in the top ten with just over $500,000 and went on to earn $2.82 million. That's like making $40 million here. It won't earn that much here, but it should do well enough to earn some mainstream success. Little Fish opens tonight at the Cinema Village East in New York City.

Street Fight - Reviews
A documentary about the Newark mayoral campaign, which started out heated and progressively got more and more nasty. Unfortunately, this documentary doesn't do a great job at showing both sides since incumbent Mayor Sharpe James refused access to the documentary filmmakers, perhaps fearing bias. Unfortunately, these fears were not unfounded. This bias could simply be a result of the one-sided access the filmmakers had, but that doesn't explain why he didn't mention the numerous dirty tricks perpetrated by Cory Booker's campaign team. Perhaps he was afraid to lose access to both candidates, or perhaps it was a product of a personal bias in the filmmakers, it would be hard to know for sure. Street Fight opened on Wednesday at the IFC Center and expands tonight.

Taxi Cab 9211 - Reviews
The widest limited release of the week, this is the latest Bollywood production to use that release strategy here. Most of the time, these films open well, but suffer a quick drop-off due to its niche market appeal and this film won't be any different. Taxi Cab 9211 opens tonight at 36 theatres, but that is likely as wide as it will go.

Tsotsi - Reviews
Nominated for the best foreign language Oscar, but the reviews are not as strong as I would have predicted. It's a little too predictable, a little too preachy to be as good as the early buzz, but it is still worth checking out. Tsotsi opens tonight on six theatres including the Lincoln Plaza in New York City and the Arclight Cinemas in Los Angeles.

Unknown White Male - Reviews
A man walks into a Coney Island hospital without any memory of who he is or how he got there. A fascinating case of amnesia, but the documentary itself is a little flat at times. On a side note, my first thought was, "That would be awesome!" Just think about it, what's your favorite food? Do you remember the first time you ate it? This guy will. He'll remember the first time he saw a really beautiful sunset. All those phobias based on a really bad experience as a child would be gone. Who wouldn't want that? I know I would. The fact that I wouldn't remember my loved ones never even crossed my mind, which probably says a lot about the state of my life, but I prefer not to think about that. Unknown White Male opens in four theatres tonight, including the Laemmles Sunset 5 in Los Angeles.

Zyzzyx Road - No Reviews
Filmed more than a year ago, the film was delayed and is now being released without any real information. No official site, no trailer, no reviews, and no publicity. Zyzzyx Road opened at the Regent Highland Park Village in Dallas.


- C.S.Strowbridge


Date posted: 2006-02-24

Movies 
 Little Fish
 Tsotsi
 Zyzzyx Rd.