March 9th, 2012
There are plenty of limited releases on this week's list, including a couple that earned some strong pre-release buzz. One of these, Friends with Kids is opening in close to 400 theaters, which is a huge amount for a limited release. It will certainly be the biggest limited release at the box office, but I'm not sure how well it will do on the per theater chart. There are a few films earning amazing reviews, including Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Footnote, and Sound of Noise. I'm not sure any have what it takes to expand significantly, but hopefully at least one of them will find a receptive audience in limited release.
June 21st, 2011
It's another busy week for DVD / Blu-ray with four first-run releases coming out this week. Five if you include Cedar Rapids, which was had surprisingly brisk ticket sales in limited release. Cedar Rapids is also the only one of the big releases that I would consider for Pick of the Week honors. Despite the number of wide releases on this week's list, I'm going with an unorthodox choice for Pick of the Week, "Weird Al" Yankovic - Alpocalypse, but Louie: Season One on Blu-ray earns an honorable mention.
June 18th, 2011
There are many routes films can take before they are finally seen by audiences. There are massive blockbusters that have a final release date set before the script is finished, like How to Train Your Dragon 2, which doesn't come out for another three years. Then there are films that sit on a shelf somewhere collecting dust year after year with seemingly no hope of every being released. Bending All the Rules is one such film. It was made in 2002 but spent the better part of a decade unreleased. But now that one of its stars, Bradley Cooper, is one of the hottest box office draws, the film is coming out direct-to-DVD. The question is simple, was it worth the wait?
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