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Moving Castle Arrives at Movie Theaters

June 10th, 2005

Among the limited releases this week is the latest Anime flick from Japan finally makes its way to North America, as does the latest Bollywood film and the latest from Francois Ozon.

5x2 - Reviews
From the same director as Swimming Pool, 8 Women and more, François Ozon is certainly developing quite a following here. This film examines the life span of an unsuccessful marriage, but does so in reverse chronological order. While not quite up to the level of some of his other works, this film should still earn some mainstream success. The film opens in two theatres in New York City before expanding into Los Angeles next weekend.

The Bridge of San Luis Rey - Reviews
Rarely do you see such a discrepancy between the caliber of actors in a movie and its reviews. These are not actors who star in very many bad movies, so to see them all in one film and that film to get 0% positive is quite a shock. It opens tonight in sic theatres including some in Seattle and Houston, cities that don't normally get limited releases opening weekend.

Howl's Moving Castle - Reviews
Fans of Anime are still eagerly awaiting the film that will bring the genre from niche market to mass appeal, and while this is probably not the film to do it, it's one step in the right direction. The film is by the master, Hayao Miyazaki and as impressive as the reviews are, it's not quite up to the level of his previous work. The film opens in the 3 dozen theaters in major markets and should earn $500,000 during its opening weekend.

It's All Gone Pete Tong - Reviews
This film has already opened in the United States, but this week it opens in it's native Canada. (Technically it's a Canadian / British co-production, but it's already opened in the U.K., making the top ten.) It's All Gone Pete Tong, which is Cockney rhyming slang for, "it's all gone wrong" tells the story of Frankie Wilde, a D.J. in the club scene who is at the top of his game when he loses his hearing. The film opens in several theaters in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.

Parineeta - Reviews
The latest Bollywood film, which is another genre currently in transition from niche market to mainstream success. Films of this nature are opening more frequently and with higher theater counts on average. The film is based on a novel by Saratchandra Chatterjee called The Married Woman. The novel was set in the 1920, but this film is set in the 1960s. Opening tonight in 50 theaters in major cities, but if other Bollywood release are any indication, it won't expand any further.

Pure - Reviews
The film tells the story of a ten-year-old boy who, after the death of his father, is forced to become the head of his household taking care of both his younger brother and drug addicted mother. There's some good performances in the movie, but there's not enough to set it apart from the many other films that tell a similar story. The film opens in three theaters tonight, one each in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto.

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