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Limited Releases are Looking for Something Special

November 21st, 2008

Not the busiest week for Limited Releases with only six such films on this week's list. And of those, only two are opening in more than one theater, including a Canadian film. None are obvious contenders for breakout success, but The Betrayal likely has the best chance.

The Betrayal - Reviews
A documentary about the aftermath of the Vietnam War. It specifically deals with one family's journey after they were forced to emigrate from their native Laos after the secret bombing campaign tore through their country. A very powerful film that was recently include on the Oscar shortlist for best documentary, which should improve its chances at the box office. The Betrayal opens tonight at the IFC Center in New York City.

Growing Op - Review
A Canadian movie about a boy whose parents home school him to keep him away from the outside world, which is not that unusual. But what is unusual is that his parents run a marijuana-growing business up out of their suburban home. There are no reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, and no official site, but what little buzz I've found is generally positive. Growing Op opens tonight in Halifax, Toronto, and Vancouver.

Henry May Long - No Reviews
A drama set in the late 1800s in New York City; the film is about two men, both named Henry, who were friends in college and you meet by accident one day and this chance meeting changes both of their lives. The film has no reviews over on Rotten Tomatoes, but it won a number of awards at various film festivals. Henry May Long opens tonight for a 6-day run at the Sunshine Cinema in New York City.

I Can't Think Straight - Reviews
The widest limited release of the week, this movie is opening in three theaters. Interestingly, it stars Lisa Ray (Bollywood/Hollywood) and Sheetal Sheth (Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World) who were both in the The World Unseen. Sadly the two movies not only share a genre, they also earned poor reviews. I Can't Think Straight opens tonight in three theaters in New York City, Los Angeles, and Toronto Canada.

Lake City - Reviews
This film has an amazing cast, including Sissy Spacek, Rebecca Romijn, Drea de Matteo, Barry Corbin, and others. However, going by its Tomatometer score, this cast is wasted on this movie. Overdone seems to be the most popular word describing this movie. Lake City opens tonight at the Quad Cinema in New York City.

Special - Reviews
Michael Rapaport stars as Les Franken, a wholly unremarkable meter man who is put on an experimental anti-depressant and has an interesting reaction. He becomes convinced he has superpowers and must become a super hero. This movie has taken a long time to get to theaters, but now that it's here, the reviews are only mixed. Granted, 60% positive is not bad, but they are not strong enough to suggest the movie will expand wide. Special opens tonight at the Sunshine Cinema in New York City.


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