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Limited Releases - Shining a Light on Limited Releases

July 7th, 2006

With Pirate of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest opening in more than 4000 theatres tonight, no other wide release, and precious few limited releases have dared oppose it at the box office. Those that have dared have mixed box office potential with only one likely to have significant expansion.

Heading South - Reviews
Charlotte Rampling stars as Ellen and Karen Young plays Brenda, two woman in the middle of midlife crises who travels to Haiti to use their money to attract the young, poor male population there. The film is strong enough to be worthy of examination, but there are enough flaws here to result in an unsatisfying experience. Heading South opens tonight in two theatres in New York City, including the Angelika Film Center.

Islam: What the West Needs to Know - Reviews
Pure propaganda of the worst kind. Skip it.

Once in a Lifetime: the Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos - Reviews
A documentary detailing the incredibly popular football team, the New York Cosmos. No, not that football, the real thing. It's hard to believe that that at one time football, or as you call it, soccer, was once a very popular sport in the United States. It has fallen so far down the charts that even hockey draws more viewers. More than one reviewed has commented that this movie is just as excited as the game itself, of course, not everyone was using that comparison as a complement. Granted, while your enjoyment level will be directly proportional to your love of the sport, even themore causal fan will love this documentary. Once in a Lifetime: the Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos opens tonight at the Angelika Film Center in New York City.

A Scanner Darkly - Reviews
Easily the most anticipated limited release of the week, it is also the widest release opening in 17 theatres. Granted, that is less than the top 25 markets the studio said it was planning on, but a more limited release is probably the better choice anyway. Based on a story by Philip K. Dick, this movie is a lot more intellectual and a lot less action-oriented than most Sci-Fi films that get made, and this both works for and against the film. On the one hand, A Scanner Darkly hits on philosophical topics that are sure to intrigue the more literate moviegoer. On the other, even the most literate moviegoer will find the movie incomprehensible at times. A Scanner Darkly opens tonight in the following cities: Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle.


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