|As an Actor||Supporting||7||$151,605,636||$188,726,585||$340,332,221|
|Lead Ensemble Member||2||$216,110||$734,906||$951,016|
|In Technical Roles||Screenwriter||1||$2,540,106||$6,242,872||$8,782,978|
|Best known as a Supporting Actress based on credits in that role in 7 films, with $340,332,221 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #8,663)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Gabby Adler (It’s Complicated), Maureen Grube (Revolutionary Road), LeBlanc (Our Brand is Crisis), Angie (In the Valley of Elah), Chantry (What If)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Ruby Sparks (Screenwriter), Ruby Sparks (Executive Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Scott Rudin, Meryl Streep, Nancy Meyers, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin|
January 23rd, 2017
It’s not a particularly good week for top-notch releases. There are only three contenders for Pick of the Week, one of which doesn’t come out till next week. I was able to review Pinocchio a week early. The others are a classic from the 1970s, The Man Who Fell To Earth on Blu-ray Combo Pack, and an import from South Korea, The Handmaiden on DVD. Even though The Handmaiden is only coming out on DVD, it is still the best and is this week’s Pick of the Week.
November 11th, 2016
One of the more difficult aspects of this job is keeping track of release dates. For instance, we thought The Love Witch came out two weeks ago, but its release date changed at the last minute. The official site says it’s coming out this week, so if it gets changed again, it is not my fault. It arguably has the best reviews on this week’s list and it is the one I’m most interested in seeing. That said, it is too out there to expect it to find mainstream success.
August 8th, 2014
Last week, there was only one limited release that I thought would do well, Calvary. This week might be even weaker. There is only one film earning a good amount of buzz, What If. Unfortunately, its reviews are likely not as good as they need to be. Again like last week, there are also a couple of documentaries that could find audiences in limited release: Fifi Howls from Happiness and The Dog.
June 2nd, 2014
It's not a bad week on the home market, given the time of year. Lone Survivor earned more than $100 million at the box office and the Blu-ray Combo Pack is clearly worth picking up. It isn't quite Pick of the Week material, on the other hand. There are a few choices including a pair of documentaries: Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself - Buy from Amazon and Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction - Buy from Amazon. The third option was Attack on Titan, Part 1 - Blu-ray Combo Pack Regular Edition or Limited Edition. It was essentially a coin-toss between the three, but in the end I went with Plimpton! as Pick of the Week.
February 7th, 2014
It's another busy week for limited releases with more than a dozen of them on this week's list. This does mean I'm not going to be as talkative about each individual film, because there are just so many of them. Fortunately, there are also a few that are worth checking out, like Vic + Flo Saw a Bear, Alphaville, etc. If I were to chose just one film, it would be Kids for Cash, but the subject matter will enrage you.
November 28th, 2012
The Independent Spirit Awards has a special place in the Awards Season. The nominations are the unoffficial start of Awards Season, but the actual awards aren't given out until Oscar weekend, so they are the beginning at the end of Awards Season. They also help out a lot of limited releases that would otherwise not get enough buzz, although they are not so good at predicting Oscar wins. This year, two films tied for most nominations, Moonrise Kingdom and The Silver Linings Playbook, both of which earned five nominations. They weren't the only films to earn multiple nominations though.
October 29th, 2012
Paul Dano is an incredibly talented actor; however, his track record at the box office has been spotty. Ruby Sparks had enough buzz going in that some thought it would expand semi-wide. It did start out well, but by the third week of limited release, it was clear it wasn't going to find a mainstream audience. Did it deserve to perform better? Is it too art house? Or is there another reason it failed to live up to some expectations.
|6/23/2017||The Big Sick||$0||$0||$0|
|12/31/2016||There Are Monsters||$0||$0||$0|
|9/23/2016||My Blind Brother||Francie||$0||$0||$0|
|10/30/2015||Our Brand is Crisis||LeBlanc||$7,002,261||$1,590,171||$8,592,432|
|2/7/2014||The Pretty One||Laurel/Audrey||$13,769||$0||$13,769|
|7/25/2012||Ruby Sparks||Ruby Sparks||$2,540,106||$6,242,872||$8,782,978|
|4/8/2011||Meek's Cutoff||Millie Gately||$977,772||$892,156||$1,869,928|
|3/12/2010||The Exploding Girl||$25,572||$0||$25,572|
|12/25/2009||It’s Complicated||Gabby Adler||$112,735,375||$111,879,369||$224,614,744|
|11/27/2009||The Private Lives of Pippa Lee||$337,356||$0||$337,356|
|11/25/2009||Me and Orson Welles||Gretta Adler||$1,190,003||$0||$1,190,003|
|7/3/2009||I Hate Valentine's Day||$11,004||$0||$11,004|
|12/26/2008||Revolutionary Road||Maureen Grube||$22,911,480||$56,653,480||$79,564,960|
|9/14/2007||In the Valley of Elah||Angie||$6,777,741||$17,711,409||$24,489,150|