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Limited Releases: Getting Your Ducks In A Row

March 10th, 2006

The weekend after Oscars should be a tough time to release a film with the Oscar winners trying to expand to take advantage of the Oscar Bounce. But with only two or three of the winners in any position to make a movie this weekend, the new limited releases have a chance to make an impact of their own.

Duck Season - Reviews
The best reviewed release of the week and the film I'm looking forward to seeing the most. Two 14-year old boys decide to have an afternoon of pizza, pop, and video games. But plans change when the power goes out, and their neighbor comes over to bake a cake, and the pizza delivery guy refuses to leave, (he was 11 seconds late). This black & white film from Mexico has a lot of powerful people from their film industry behind it including Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo Del Toro. With their support, it should be able to earn an audience here, but will likely have to wait till the home market to do so. Duck Season opens in six theatres tonight including the Lincoln Plaza in New York City and a few theatres in the Laemmles chain in the Los Angeles area.

Evil - Reviews
A Swedish film about a new kid at a prestigious boarding school. Once there he discovers that the older students control the younger ones through violence and intimidation. One the one hand, there's a lot to recommend this movie including the performance and its lead. On the other hand, it is blunt and predictable. Evil opens at the Cinema Village 12th Street in New York City.

Game 6 - Reviews
The film uses the fateful game 6 of the Red Sox / Mets 1986 World Series game as the backdrop for a story about playwright Nicky Rogan. There are some excellent performances as well as great dialogue, but the film never seems to come together as a whole. Game 6 opens tonight in both Boston and New York before gradually adding new cities in the coming weeks.

The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things - Reviews
Daring and provocative are words being used to describe this film, as are overwrought and difficult to watch. This is the directorial debut of Asia Argento and it looked as if the film would never be releases until it was learned that JT Leroy, the 'author' of the autobiography the movie is based on, doesn't exist. That extra bit of publicity helped the film secure a domestic release but it's too early to tell if people will be turned off by being duped, or if they will be even more curious. The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things opens tonight at the Sunshine Cinema in New York and Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles before expanding over the coming weeks.


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