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Limited and VOD Releases: Don’t Waste this Opportunity to see a Limited Release

October 13th, 2017

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste

The two biggest limited releases in terms of buzz, Breathe and Goodbye Christopher Robin, both failed to live up to expectations with critics and likely won’t have long legs at the box office. On the other hand, there are several documentaries worth checking out, like 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene, The Departure, Human Flow, and Wasted! The Story of Food Waste.

78/52: Hitchcocks Shower Scene - Reviews
Video on Demand
A documentary about one of the most memorable movie scenes in the history of cinema: the shower scene from Psycho. The reviews are over 90% positive and cinephiles should be very interested in seeing it.

Breathe - Reviews
The directorial debut for Andy Serkis. The reviews are mixed, but the star power might help it survive one weekend before the word-of-mouth gets out.

The Departure - Reviews
A documentary about a Buddhist monk who helps those contemplating suicide find a reason to live. However, he is obsessed with this work and this is taking a toll on his own family.

Goodbye Christopher Robin - Reviews
Oscar buzz has been surrounding this film for a long time, so it is disappointing that its reviews are only 64% positive. On the other hand, Victoria and Abdul earned similar reviews and it has done really well in limited release.

Human Flow - Reviews
A documentary about the worldwide refugee crisis. The film is from Amazon pictures and it is getting a theatrical release before going to VOD. I suspect this film will be on the Oscar short-list for documentaries, so if you get a chance, check it out.

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) - Reviews
Video on Demand
Noah Baumbach’s latest is earning 91% positive reviews, but it is also playing on VOD—Netflix to be more precise. This will hurt its box office chances, but it might also hurt its Awards Season chances as well, as there has been a backlash against Netflix by some filmmakers.

Night of the Living Dead - Reviews
The all-time classic horror movie is getting a re-release this week. If you haven’t seen it in theaters and it is playing near you, check it out.

The Secret Scripture - Reviews
Video on Demand
A movie about a love triangle told in flashback. The cast is great, but the reviews are not. Furthermore, it is playing on VOD, so its box office chances are close to zero.

Tom of Finland - Reviews
A biopic of Touko Laaksonen, an artist known as Tom of Finland. He drew homoerotic art in post-war Finland as a way to deal with the persecution gays were dealing with at the time. The film’s reviews are positive, but I really don’t think this film has much in the way of mainstream appeal.

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste - Reviews
Video on Demand
A documentary about food waste, how it negatively affects the world, and what we can do to prevent it. The reviews are 100% positive, but it is playing on VOD, so its box office chances are nearly zero. That said, if you are interested in the subject, then it is certainly worth $6 for a rental.

Secondary VOD Releases:
6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain - Reviews - Video on Demand
Alex & Eve - Reviews - Video on Demand
The Babysitter - Reviews - Video on Demand
Bad Blood: The Movie - Reviews - Video on Demand
Blood Money - Reviews - Video on Demand
Carving a Life - No Reviews - Video on Demand
M.F.A. - Reviews - Video on Demand
Swing Away - Reviews - Video on Demand
There are almost as many secondary VOD releases are there are releases in the main list. Some of these a very good, like Alex & Eve. Others, like The Babysitter, are good enough for a horror rental near Halloween.

Filed under: Limited Releases, Night of the Living Dead, The Secret Scripture, The Babysitter, Alex & Eve, Victoria and Abdul, Swing Away, 6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain, Human Flow, Goodbye Christopher Robin, Tom of Finland, Breathe, M.F.A., 78/52: Hitchcocks Shower Scene, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), Blood Money, The Departure, Wasted! The Story of Food Waste, Carving a Life, Bad Blood: The Movie, Noah Baumbach, Andy Serkis