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Last Minute Oscar Shopping

December 24th, 2004

A handful of films open in limited release this week looking for Oscar glory. Some opened on Wednesday, some tonight, some tomorrow and there are even more opening next Wednesday, but we'll get to those later.

Hotel Rwanda - Reviews
On the one hand, this is a moving and uplifting story of the enormous good that one person can achieve by standing up. On the other hand, this film is a damning condemnation of the evil that can happen when good people stand by and do nothing. With three Golden Globe Nominations, this film should perform well during its run, which already started in seven theatres on Wednesday.

In the Realms of the Unreal - Reviews
The story of Henry Darger, a reclusive artist who, over the course of his lifetime, wrote a 15,000 page illustrated novel about the ultimate battle between good and evil. The film opens in New York City and San Francisco and hopes to capture the Best Feature Length Documentary Oscar.

Keys to the House - Reviews
The Italian submission for Best Foreign Language Film. Tells the story of a man taking care of his disabled son, whom he never knew. Opened in two theatres in New York City and Los Angeles on Wednesday.

The Woodsman - Reviews
The kind of film critics and award committees love, but is too dark for the average moviegoer. Kevin Bacon stars in his most difficult role yet as a child molester released from prison and trying to return to a normal life. The film was shutout of the Golden Globes, but did receive three Independent Spirit Awards. The film opens tonight in six theatres in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City.

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