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Limited Releases Won't Fade Away

November 5th, 2004

Another relatively slow week this week, but there are a couple of films with award season aspirations as well as one with a more populous appeal.

Brother to Brother - Reviews
This film, which has earned the most critical praise on this week's list, tells the story of the Harlem Renaissance and how the attitudes of the day help Perry, a young, black, gay, artist develop a sense of identity. The film opens at the Cinema Village in New York tonight.

Callas Forever - Reviews
When an Opera star's voice gives out, she retires to obscurity only to be coaxed out by her manager to star in a movie version of he most famous work. One of three films with Jeremy Irons that is being released this award season, but probably not the one that will earn the most acclaim. The film opens tonight in 6 theatres in New York and Los Angeles.

Fade to Black - Reviews
A year ago, Shawn Corey Carter, a.k.a. Jay-Z, retired from the music business with a massive concert at Madison Square Garden. This film combines footage from the concert with studio segments and more. If you are a fan of Hip-Hip or Jay-Z, this is an impressive film. Even if you're not a fan of the genre, you'll be drawn in by the energy of the crowd, however, the slower studio segments do drag on at times. One last note, the film opens in 170 theatres in 14 cities, which may not be the best release strategy, although the more focused marketing campaign may help overcome the awkward number of theatres.

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