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Outlandish Limited Releases

January 23rd, 2009

Not much in terms of limited releases this week, but that's not surprising given where we are in Awards Season. Those most interested in art house films have way too much selection when it comes to the top rated films of the year.

Killshot - Reviews
Presented by Quentin Tarantino. Sadly, that doesn't mean as much as it may have in the past. Certainly after watching Sukiyaki Western Django, I have more doubts about his taste in movies. This movie, which is based on a novel by Elmore Leonard, is about a husband and wife who are in witness protection program, but who are found by a pair of hitmen. The movie has a lot going for it, but it was orignally made in 2005, had extensive reshoots, and was pushed back a number of times. People interested might hear that and decide to wait till the home market to see it. Killshot opens tonight in five theaters, but most won't see it till it comes out on DVD.

Outlander - Reviews
Alien crashes on Earth near a Viking village and helps the humans fight an alien monster that escaped. ... Not your typical plot for a limited release. In fact, at one point it was expected that his film would open wide, or at least there were mixed reports at the beginnig of the month. Now it is opening in 81 theaters, which is too many for a limited release; with just 29% positive reviews, which is too few for a limited release; and with a sci-fi plot, that is better suited to megaplexes and a saturation level ad campaign. I have very low hopes for this movie, until it reaches the home market, that is, and it should perform as well as the typical direct-to-DVD release.


Filed under: Limited Releases, Outlander, Killshot