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A Quiet Week For Limited Releases

August 25th, 2006

Just a quartet of limited releases on this week's list and none of the are earning overwhelming positive reviews. Only one, The Quiet, has any real shot at mainstream success.

Princesas - Reviews
A Spanish film about two prostitutes who become friends and try to escape the world of prostitution. Although it is one of the best reviewed films of the week, it still doesn't have a chance of escaping the art circuit. Then again, so few foreign language films do. Princesas opened on Wednesday at the IFC Center in New York City.

Queens - Reviews
Five women all preparing for their sons' weddings just days after the gay marriage laws are changed in Spain. With so many characters, there are too many stoylines for the film to come together as a cohesive whole. Even so, there's enough here that its target audience, and indeed most people, will find the film entertaining. Queens opens tonight in five theatres in the New York City and the Los Angeles area.

The Quiet - Reviews
Arguably the limited release with the highest potential for mainstream success, even with reviews that are mixed, at best. Directed by Jamie Babbit, who's previous work includes But I'm a Cheerleader and plenty of TV series, the film stars Elisha Cuthbert, Camilla Belle in a story of suburban nightmare. The Quiet opens tonight in seven theatres, mostly in the New York City and the Los Angeles area, before adding more cities next weekend. Its ability to expand after that is uncertain; however, it should do swift business on the home market, especially if they employ the Unrated Label marketing ploy.

Surviving Eden - Reviews
A mockumentary about Reality TV. The studio seems to be trying to compare this film to the works of Christopher Guest, which is a bad plan since the film just can't compare. This is a shame since Reality TV is ripe for mocking, but so far I've yet to see a film that truly does the subject justice. Surviving Eden opened tonight at the Village East in New York City before expanding over the coming weeks.

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