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Limited Releases: Potter Doesn't Scare Away Competition

November 18th, 2005

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire might be a monster hit, but that doesn't seem to have scared indie distributors, and there are plenty of films opening in limited release this weekend. On the other hand, only three of those films are opening in more than 1 theatre.

The Aryan Couple - Reviews
This film was supposed to be released last year, but that didn't work out. It is easy to see why, since the film is earning the weakest reviews of the week. Paradoxically, The Aryan Couple is also earning one of the widest releases, debuting in 18 theatres tonight.

Blackmail Boy - Reviews
A black comedy from Greece, the film is obviously aiming for high farce, but fails to hit its mark too often to earn a recommendation. Blackmail Boy opens tonight at the Quad Cinema in New York City.

Breakfast on Pluto - Reviews
Neil Jordan's latest film about transvestites and terrorists. However, it is not as good as his previous film on the subject, The Crying Game, and is one of the weaker reviewed films coming out this week. It is also one of only three limited releases to open in more than one theatre this week. Breakfast on Pluto opened on Wednesday at the Sunshine Cinema and the Lincoln Plaza in New York City, among other theatres.

Classe Tous Risques - Reviews
A.k.a., The Big Risk. The French thriller from 1960 was written and directed by Claude Sautet, and while it isn't among his best films it is still a masterpiece of French film noir. Classe Tous Risques is being re-released tonight starting at the Film Forum in New York City.

La Femme de Gilles - Reviews
A woman starts to suspect that her husband is having an affair with her younger sister. There are some good performances here, and the cinematography is amazing, but it is too slow for most moviegoers. La Femme de Gilles opened on Wednesday at the IFC Center in New York City.

Private - Reviews
One of the best reviewed films being released this weekend, the film deals with what happened when the home of a Palestinian family is occupied by Israeli soldiers. The political allegory is a little heavy-handed at times, but the film is still worth checking out. Private opens tonight at the Angelika Film Center in New York City.

Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story - Reviews
The latest film from Bollywood is a costume drama about Prince Khurram and the building of the Taj Mahal. This is a subject that has been tackled by the Indian movie industry in the past, and while this film certainly has the budget for a showy production, it doesn't have the heart. Taj Mahal opens tonight in more than two dozen theatres in major cities.

Unveiled - Reviews
A woman flees Iran after falling in love with a married woman, but when she is turned down for asylum in Germany she takes the identity of a man in an attempt to stay within the country. There are some very good performances in the movie, but the script is weak enough that it is hard to recommend the overall product. Unveiled opens tonight at the Cinema Village in New York City.

Zizek! - Reviews
A documentary look at Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek that is entertaining at times, but not nearly in-depth enough to satisfy anyone interested in the man's philosophy. It might encourage moviegoers to check out one of Slavoj Zizek's many books, and in that way it could be considered a success. Zizek! opened yesterday at the IFC Center in New York City.


Filed under: Limited Releases, Breakfast on Pluto, The Aryan Couple