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Limited Releases - Expansions Overshadow New Releases

January 19th, 2007

There are only three new limited releases coming out this week, however, with Oscar nominations less than a week away, there are a ton of films expanding this Friday. This includes newer films like Pan's Labyrinth and The Painted Veil, as well as older films returning to theatres like Babel, The Queen, and The Last King of Scotland.

Alone With Her - Reviews
Colin Hanks stars as Doug Jarvis, no, not that Doug Jarvis. This Doug Jarvis is a stalker who secretly video tapes a women in his neighborhood to learn all he can about her before trying to manipulate her into a relationship. Because the film is shown from his point of view, or the point of view of his cameras, there is an increased sense of tension and outright creepiness. However, while the film is certainly an interesting experiment in filmmaking, the overall end product is flawed enough to prevent many people from being drawn in. Alone With Her opened on Wednesday at the IFC Center in New York City.

The Italian - Reviews
This film is actually Russian and not Italian as the name would suggest. It tells the story of a young boy who is about to be adopted by an Italian family but instead decides to runaway to find his real mother. Earning the best reviews of the weekend, and indeed the year so far, The Italian opens in four theatres tonight, half in New York City and the other half in the Los Angeles area.

Mafioso - Reviews
A re-release of the 1962 film by Italian director, Alberto Lattuada. This black comedy is arguably his best work, although the same could be argued for The Overcoat. As the name suggests, this is a Mafia movie involving a man who comes home for vacation only to be involved in an assassination plot against the local Don. Mafioso opens tonight at the Angelika Film Center and the Lincoln Plaza, both in New York City.


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