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Sun is Shining on Limited Releases

July 28th, 2006

It's another busy week for limited releases, even if you consider Scoop as a semi-wide release. Not only does the count nearly reach double digits, but more than half of them are earning overwhelmingly positive reviews.

13 Tzameti - Reviews
A bleak but powerful film from Georgia about a poor immigrant who hears of a package that while make someone rich and intercepts it... and that's all I'm going to say. I feel too much is being told about this film and the viewer would be better off not knowing more than the protagonist does. This is one of the best films coming out tomorrow, but for most people they will have to wait until the home market to see it. 13 Tzameti opens tonight at the Film Forum in New York City.

America: Freedom to Fascism - Reviews
There is a serious argument that America is moving towards Fascism, not that America is currently Fascist, but that it is moving in that direction. And this is not something just paranoid leftists are saying as many one the right are saying the same thing, including John W. Dean in his latest book, Conservatives Without Conscience. Even William F. Buckley has come out against the current administration, and he's one of the most respected conservative voices in the nation. This documentary could have been very effective had it stuck with the topic of Fascism, but it starts with the Libertarian pipe-dream of no taxes and moves quickly into conspiracy theories that won't convince anyone but the true believers. America: Freedom to Fascism opens tonight in 10 theatres but is unlikely to expand beyond that.

Another Gay Movie - Reviews
You typical teenage sex comedy with a gay twist. And by typical I mean it has everything you would expect from these types of movies including horny teenagers, gross-out gags, right down to the terrible reviews. On a side note, is it just me or are gay films outpacing a lesbian films? It seems like even with same-sex relationships, male sexuality is a more acceptable subject than female sexuality. Something to ponder. Another Gay Movie opens tonight in seven theatres in New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia.

Brothers of the Head - Reviews
A story about conjoined twins who are turned into a Rock'n'Roll sensation. It's a mockumentary based on a book that was in turn possibly inspired by real life events. The film is so good it feels more real than some of the other documentaries on this week's list. Brothers of the Head opens tonight and like other IFC films, it is opening at the IFC Center in New York City.

Darshan, The Embrace - Reviews
One of the lesser reviewed documentaries on this week's list, it commits the same sin as the other being too one-sided but it compounds this by not being in-depth enough. The film follows Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, one of India's most important Mahatmas, which should be a much more interesting subject than this film portrays. Darshan, The Embrace opened on Wednesday at the IFC Center in New York City.

I Like Killing Flies - Reviews
A documentary about Shopsin's, a strange little restaurant and local landmark forced to move after 32 years because it lost it's lease. The best reviewed movie of the week, but the subject might be too local to expand wide. I Like Killing Flies opens tonight at the Cinema Village in New York City.

Little Miss Sunshine - Reviews
Out of all the limited releases opening this weekend, this one has the best shot at earning some mainstream success. In fact, the film opened on Wednesday in seven theatres and earned nearly $66,000 during its opening day and should have no trouble topping the per theatre charts this weekend. Add in the film's excellent reviews and it could top my lofty expectations from the beginning of the month. As stated, Little Miss Sunshine opened on Wednesday in seven theatres, mostly in New York City and Los Angeles. However, there are already plans to expand throughout August so more people will get the chance to see this film in theatres, which I highly recommend.

Omkara - No Reviews
A Bollywood take on Shakespeare's Othello, which has been previously adapted dozens of times including the recent O. Like most Bollywood films, this one has niche market appeal but is very unlikely to expand past its initial opening of 55 theatres.

Photographer, His Wife, Her Lover - Reviews
Yet another documentary on this week's list, and one that is earning very strong reviews. This one deals with the very strange life of steam locomotives photographer, O. Winston Link, and his wife who managed his career greatly increasing the demand for his photographs. She also kept him as a virtual prisoner in his own darkroom. Photographer, His Wife, Her Lover opened on Wednesday at the Film Forum in New York City.


Filed under: Limited Releases, Little Miss Sunshine, Another Gay Movie, Darshan, The Embrace, Brothers of the Head, I Like Killling Flies, America: Freedom to Fascism