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Limited Releases: Following You Around

March 13th, 2015

It Follows poster

We have a mixed bag of limited releases this weekend. There are some good films, like It Follows, which has good reviews, but is the wrong genre for a limited release. However, there are a couple of limited releases could find an audience, like The Wrecking Crew and Seymour: An Introduction, but neither is expected to expand wide enough to find much mainstream success.

3 Hearts - Reviews
A man and a woman meet after missing their train and fall instantly in love. However, the next time they try to meet up, it doesn't work. Years later, both are married. In fact, the man unknowingly married the woman's sister. When they reunite, there is still a spark. The reviews are good, perhaps good enough to find an audience in limited release. However, it is a foreign-language film, so its chances to expand are limited.

Champs - Reviews
A documentary about boxing and how it has been seen as a way for inner city youth to escape poverty. The reviews are good, but not great, and the movie is also playing on Video on Demand, so it likely won't find an audience in theaters.

The Cobbler - Reviews
An Adam Sandler film that is opening on Video on Demand. Its reviews suggest it won't find an audience in theaters or on the home market. Unless this film cost a fraction of what his films usually do, the studio is going to lose a fortune on this one.

Cymbeline - Reviews
A modern re-telling of the Shakespeare play of the same name. This time it is set in a world of corrupt cops and drug dealers. The cast is strong, but the reviews are not. Additionally, it is playing on Video on Demand, so its box office chances are nearly zero.

Home Sweet Hell - Reviews
When a wife finds out about her husband's affair, she will stop at nothing to maintain the facade that they are the perfect family. The film has more star power than most limited releases but its reviews are abysmal and it is playing on Video on Demand. Even getting to the Mendoza Line might be asking too much.

It Follows - Reviews
This film is about a woman who is affected by a curse that is transmitted like an STI. That's an interesting premise. It is also earning stellar reviews. However, it is a horror film and those almost never find an audience in limited release. Look for it on the home market in the not too distant future.

The Lovers - Reviews
A film that cost $35 million to make, four years ago, but it is only now being released in some theaters and on Video on Demand. Its reviews are terrible, even for wide release, so it likely won't find an audience in theaters.

Seymour: An Introduction - Reviews
A documentary directed by, and starring Ethan Hawke. It is about Seymour Bernstein, a classical pianist, who is now a teacher and composer. The reviews are currently perfect with 21 positive reviews and no negative reviews so far. Seymour: An Introduction opens tonight in two theaters in New York City, IFC Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinema.

The Tales of Hoffmann - Reviews
This is a re-release of the 1951 film. The film has been available on the home market in the past, but it appears to be out of print at the moment, so this is a great chance for fans to see it again. Additionally, as we saw last week with Grey Gardens, re-releases can do very well in limited release. The Tales of Hoffmann opens tonight in two theaters, one in New York City and the other in Los Angeles. Check out the official site for more details.

Treading Water - Reviews
A coming of age / romance about a young man who has a rare disease that makes him smell like fish. This obviously hurts his quality of life, until he meets a woman that doesn't notice the smell. Unfortunately, the reviews are mixed and it is playing on Video on Demand, so its box office potential is nearly zero.

The Wrecking Crew - Reviews
A documentary about The Wrecking Crew, a group of musicians who helped create The West Coast Sound and played for some of the greatest artists and on some of the best albums in the 1960s and 1970s. The reviews are nearly unanimously positive. On the other hand, documentaries rarely have breakout success at the box office. It is also being released simultaneously on Video on Demand, which is rare for a documentary. The Wrecking Crew opens tonight in eight theaters. Check out the official site for more details.


Filed under: Limited Releases, Grey Gardens, Home Sweet Hell, It Follows, Seymour: An Introduction, The Cobbler, Champs, Cymbeline, The Lovers, The Wrecking Crew, 3 coeurs, Tales of Hoffmann, Treading Water, Ethan Hawke, Adam Sandler, William Shakespeare, Maika Monroe, Seymour Bernstein