From the Oscar-winning team behind MAN ON WIRE comes the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who in the 1970s became the focus of a landmark experiment which aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. Following Nim's extraordinary journey through human society, and the enduring impact he makes on the people he meets along the way, the film is an unflinching and unsentimental biography of an animal we tried to make human. What we learn about his true nature - and indeed our own - is comic, revealing and profoundly unsettling.
||July 8th, 2011 (Limited) by Roadside Attractions|
||February 7th, 2012 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment|
||PG-13 for some strong language, drug content, thematic elements and disturbing images.|
(Rating bulletin 2167, 4/13/2011)
||Epilogue, Voiceover/Narration, Intertitle, Dysfunctional Family, Relationships Gone Wrong, Academics, Animal Lead|
|Source:||Based on Real Life Events|
|Production Method:||Live Action|
||BBC Films, UK Film Council, Red Box Films, Screen Pass Pictures, Passion Pictures|
The biggest release of the week on the home market is The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1, which comes out on DVD and Blu-ray ... on Saturday. So you still have a few more days to wait. As for the best release of the week, that's Lady and the Tramp, which is making its Blu-ray and is our Pick of the Week.
A couple of weeks ago, I thought Project Nim was the favorite to win the Best Documentary at the Oscars. However, it wasn't even nominated. Was I sucked into the hype? Or was this one of this year's big Oscar snubs.
The Directors Guild of America handed out their awards this weekend, which includes a number of TV categories, as well as two for feature films. The DGAs tends to be very good indicators for the Oscars, so it is an important award. So who won?
After previously announcing Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film, the Directors Guild of America announced the nominations for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary category. This is the final major award we track before the Oscars and, at this point, there are definitely favorites for the big night.
The nominees for this year's Producers Guild of America were announced and there were not a lot of surprises. For instance, nine of the ten nominees for Theatrical Motion Pictures also earned Golden Globe Nominations for either Best Drama or Best Musical / Comedy. Four of the five Animated films also did the same. It does make the Awards Season picture a lot clearer going forward, but it makes coming up with something to say much harder.
Beats, Rhymes, and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest opened in first place on the per theater chart with an average of $27,996 in four theaters, which was the best per theater average in more than a month. Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness was relatively close behind with $20,247 in its lone theater. Transformers: Dark of the Moon was the only holdover to reach $10,000 on the per theater chart with an average of $11,469.
After a few weeks of very impressive performances on the limited release front earlier in the summer, there hasn't been as much success lately. It is unlikely this week will produce a major hit, but there are a couple documentaries that deserve to be seen. Project Nim and Beats, Rhymes, and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest are both earning Oscar-worthy reviews and I wouldn't be shocked if one or both are on the short-list at the end of the year.
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