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Crouching Tiger, Flying Daggers

December 3rd, 2004

A handful of new movies open in limited release tonight, including was could prove to be the next big Martial Arts flick.

After Midnight - Reviews
On the run from police after assaulting her boss with hot oil, Amanda ducks into the museum to seek sanctuary with the timid night watchman while waiting for her car-jacking boyfriend. What follows is a whimsical love triangle / homage to the silent film era.

Conspiracy of Silence - Reviews
When a reporter investigates the suicide of a Catholic minister he discovers a connections to the expulsion of a young seminary student. The film deals with the difficult subject of Celibacy and reform within the Catholic Church, which has historically not been enthusiastic about change. The film opens tonight in New York at the Angelika theatre.

House of Flying Daggers - Reviews
Out of all the films opening today, this is the one with the most long-term potential; it could be the only film with any long-term potential. It won't have the quite the same run as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, but it should have a decent shot at becoming the limited release champion of the year having already proven profitable during its international run. The film in 15 theatres tonight and should quickly expand to 1000 theatres or more.

I Am David - Reviews
This film is opening in just over 200 theatres, and that's going to hurt its box office potential. That's too many for a targeted ad campaign and too few for a national one. It is opening only regionally in 8 Mid-west and Southern states, which could help. But with the reviews it is getting, it could struggle to get $1 million opening weekend and that would mean it won't have a large enough per theatre average to warrant any major expansion.

Weapons of Mass Distraction - Official Site
I know what you're thinking, "Oh no, not another Political Documentary. Didn't we just have an election so we wouldn't have to see anymore of these?" But fear not, this is actually a compelling look at the News industry and its coverage of the last Iraqi War, among other things, and focusing a critical eye towards the News Industry is always important. The film opens tonight in Boston, Denver and Austin before expanding next week to San Francisco, Berkeley, Washington, D.C. and St. Louis.

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