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Keeping Up with the Limited Releases

May 11th, 2006

A lot of theatres will be showing a new limited release this week, with two films opened in more than two dozen theatres and another opening in more that 100. However, it is a couple of the smaller releases that are catching the eyes of critics.

Dead Man's Shoes - Reviews
A violent revenge film from the U.K. It is not the best example of genre, but not a bad film either. On the other hand, this is not the kind of film that usually thrives on the art house circuit and will likely have to wait until the home market to find an audience stateside. Dead Man's Shoes opens tomorrow at the Cinema Village 12th Street in New York City.

Guiliani Time - Reviews
A biographical look at the former mayor of New York City, Rudolph W. Giuliani. The film does not portray him as a near-saint and those who know him only for his post 9/11 actions might come away from this movie with a more balanced view of him. Guiliani Time opens tomorrow at the Sunshine Cinema in New York City.

Keeping Up with the Steins - Reviews
With a theatre count of 138, this is easily the widest release of the week. It is also earning some of the weakest reviews as well. To be fair, while its Tomatometer reading 36% positive is on par with Poseidon's reviews, its average rating is better. The film as a collection of parts is pretty good with excellent performances by Jeremy Piven, Garry Marshall, and others, but as a whole it doesn't quite work. But even if you don't like it overall, there should be something to enjoy in the movie. In the end, it is probably better to wait until the movie is released on DVD and give it a rental.

Russian Dolls - Reviews
This sequel to The Spanish Apartment is not getting the same kind of reviews its predecessor did, but it still one of the better films on this week's list. The original showed amazing legs when it was released here in 2003, and while it would be great for this film to repeat that success, it will have a tough time doing so. Russian Dolls opened on Wednesday at the the Lincoln Plaza and the IFC Center, both in New York City.

Saving Shiloh - Reviews
The second of the wider limited releases coming out this week, it is also one of the weakest releases. This is the third film in the Shiloh franchise, which is about a beagle named Shiloh. It's wholesome and earnest, as well as corny and worst of all, dull. Saving Shiloh opens in 30 theatres tomorrow, but will likely struggle to expand past that.

Sketches of Frank Gehry - Reviews
A biography of architect Frank Gehry that includes interviews with musicians, actors, and others but really showcases his most unusual buildings. This is director Sydney Pollack's first foray into the field of documentary making, and it is a most successful leap. Sketches of Frank Gehry opens tomorrow at the Sunshine Cinema and the Lincoln Plaza, both in New York City.

Wah-Wah - Reviews
The directorial debut of Richard E. Grant, who is probably best known his starring role in How to Get Ahead in Advertising. It's one of the wider releases this weekend, opening in 25 theatres tomorrow, it is not one of the better reviewed, earning slightly better than 50% positive reviews. Part of the problem with this semi-auto-biographical coming of age story is that it feels all too common. There's not enough here to set it apart from countless other movies that have dealt with similar topics. Even so, those who have enjoyed Richard E. Grant caustic performances will find something to enjoy in this movie. Although maybe enjoy is not the right word.


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