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Limited and VOD Releases: Loving These Limited Releases

November 4th, 2016


Last week was a slow week because of Halloween, but we don’t have that excuse this week. That’s not to say there are no top-notch releases this week. Loving has the best shot at box office success and possible even Oscar glory. Meanwhile, there are a pair of documentaries that are worth checking out: The Eagle Huntress and Peter and the Farm.

Crd - Reviews
A Bollywood film with only one review on Rotten Tomatoes. That is one more review than a lot of Bollywood films open with. This one is set in the world of college theater, which is an unusual setting. I’m not sure if that is a blessing or a curse when it comes to its box office potential.

Dog Eat Dog - Reviews
Good cast. Weak reviews. Hits Video on Demand next week. I would wait till you can rent it.

Don’t Call Me Son - Reviews
A Brazilian film about... let’s just say it’s a dysfunctional family. It focuses on the life of Pierre, who has trouble adjusting to a changing family and his new family has trouble adjusting to him. The reviews are good, but not great, and limited releases usually need great reviews to thrive.

The Eagle Huntress - Reviews
A documentary filmed in Mongolia. It follows Aisholpan, a 13-year old girl who is training to become an eagle hunter. In her culture, this is something that is passed from father to son, but she is determined to change that and her father is supportive. Not everyone else is supportive. The reviews are excellent and it could do well at the box office, for a documentary.

Loving - Reviews
This movie is Oscar-bait, but I mean that as a compliment. It tells the real-life story of Richard and Mildred Loving, as in Loving v Virginia, the Supreme Court case that overruled anti-miscegenation laws in 1967. ... That’s only 50 years ago. The reviews are better than 90% positive, so it should earn some measure of Awards Season buzz. I don’t know if it will be enough to help it at the box office, on the other hand.

Peter and the Farm - Reviews
Video on Demand
A documentary about a Vermont farmer who has been working his farm for nearly 40 years. There are only 12 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, but all 12 of them are positive. This suggests it could do well in art house theaters, but the lack of buzz makes that harder to achieve.

Trash Fire - Reviews
Video on Demand
A horror comedy about a couple who travels to his family in some last-ditch attempt to save their relationship. This genre rarely does well in limited release. Plus the reviews are not good enough to suggest it will do well. Finally, it is playing on VOD. That’s three strikes for its box office chances.

Secondary VOD Releases:
A.C.O.R.N.S.: Operation Crackdown - Reviews - Video On Demand
Army Of One - Reviews - Video on Demand
The Charnel House - Reviews - Video on Demand
My Dead Boyfriend - Reviews - Video on Demand
The Perfect Weapon - Reviews - Video on Demand
Rainbow Time - Reviews - Video On Demand
Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story - Reviews - Video On Demand
Swing State - Reviews - Video On Demand
More than half of this week’s list are secondary VOD releases. Of these, Army Of One is the one that looks the most intriguing.

Filed under: Limited Releases, Army Of One, Loving, The Eagle Huntress, Mãe Só Há Uma, Rainbow Time, Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story, Dog Eat Dog, Peter and the Farm, A.C.O.R.N.S.: Operation Crackdown, Swing State, My Dead Boyfriend, Trash Fire, The Perfect Weapon, The Charnel House, Crd, Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Nurgaiv Aisholpan, Naomi Nero