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April 23rd, 2010

It's still too early for the summer blockbuster season, so it's not surprising that there's not a lot of major limited releases on this week's slate. However, there are two of them that are of interest, both of which are foreign: GravyTrain from Canada and Hey, Hey, It's Esther Blueburger from Australia

GravyTrain - Review
A Canadian comedy that spoofs 1970s cops shows. As with most Canadian movies, it's hard to find reviews online and there's little hope for the film to find an audience theatrically, but there is some definite cult appeal here. Check out the official site here and if you live in Toronto you can watch it tonight at the AMC theater at Toronto Life Square. It expands to Montreal next week.

Hey, Hey, It's Esther Blueburger - Reviews
An Independent film from Australia starring Danielle Catanzariti as the titular character. It's a coming of age story that is earning good reviews, but it's not earning many of them. It is the best reviewed release of the week in the States, but it might be a little hard to find in theaters. Hey, Hey, It's Esther Blueburger opens this week in 17 theaters across the nation. Check the official site for locations.

In My Sleep - Reviews
A man suffering from somnambulism, a.k.a. sleepwalking. He walks up in a cemetery having no idea where he is or how he got there. This is normal for him. But then he wakes up with a bloody knife in his hands and finds out that his best friend had been stabbed. It is written and directed by Allen Wolf, who is making his theatrical debut with this project. Despite having a few recognizable names, Michael Badalucco, Lacey Chabert, Tony Hale, and others, the reviews are not strong enough to suggest it will thrive in limited release. In my Sleep opens tonight at the Laemmles Sunset 5 in Los Angeles.

Paper Man - Reviews
Jeff Daniels stars as a struggling writer who returns home where his confidence is further shaken when his childhood imaginary friend, Captain Excellent, returns. He does strike up a friendship with a high school student, Abby, and she helps him regain his confidence. There's some big names here, but its Tomatometer Score is well below the 80% level normally associated with films that thrive in limited release. In fact, it's below 50% positive. Paper Man opens tonight in three theaters, two in the Los Angeles area and one in New York City.


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Filed under: Limited Releases, In My Sleep, Paper Man, Hey, Hey, It's Esther Blueburger