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Limited and VOD Releases: Nothing to be Sorry About

July 6th, 2018

GLOW: Season Two

It’s a short week for limited releases; however, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to talk about. Sorry to Bother You is earning some of the best reviews of the week and it has the loudest buzz. Meanwhile, Whitney is playing in over 450 theaters and could reach the top ten.

Bleeding Steel - Reviews
Video on Demand
Jackie Chan stars in this Sci-fi action film. This film was a hit in its native China, but its reviews here are very poor. Additionally, it’s playing on VOD, so its box office chances are nearly zero.

Fireworks - Reviews
Also known as Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or The Bottom? ... Anime is weird. The movie is about a high school romance that gets really complicated, as in time travel complicated. I’ve gotten back into Anime, but this film is only earning mixed reviews, so it likely won’t find an audience in theaters.

Moss - Reviews
This film is a Southern Gothic coming of age movie. Right now, its Tomatometer Score is 83% positive, but the average review is just 5 out of 10.

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda - Reviews
A documentary about Japanese music composer, Ryuichi Sakamoto, who has won an Oscar, a Grammy, a BAFTA, two Golden Globes, and more. That’s not to mention his solo career, his acting, etc. He’s certainly a worthy subject for a documentary and if the reviews are correct, the documentary lived up to his career.

Sharp Edges - Reviews
This is a documentary from 1986 about Tonya Harding, who was a 15-year old unknown back then. It is being released in two theaters this weekend. It you are fan of I, Tonya like I was, then this is worth checking out.

Sorry to Bother You - Reviews
This is the biggest limited release of the week in terms of buzz. It stars Lakeith Lee Stanfield as Cassius “Cash” Green, an unemployed African-American unemployed man. He gets a job as as telemarketer, but struggles until he learns to use his “White Voice”. With the film’s amazing reviews and the loud pre-release buzz, it should become the biggest hit on this week’s list.

Under the Tree - Reviews
Two neighbors have a feud over a tree that escalates quickly. The film’s Tomatometer Score is 81% positive, but the average score is just 6.8 out of 10, so that is likely not enough to thrive in limited release.

Whitney - Reviews
A documentary about Whitney Houston, who broke records for her recording career, but was later plagued by personal demons. We’ve had a string of documentaries that have done really well at the box office this year, and this film’s reviews are nearly 90% positive, so I am a little more optimistic about this film’s chances than I would normally be. On the downside, it is playing in 454 theaters, which is simply too many to truly thrive in. Maybe I will be proven wrong and the film will open in the top ten. I will be happy if that happens.

Secondary VOD Releases:
It’s a short list overall and the only VOD title is included above.

Filed under: Limited Releases, Whitney, Uchiage Hanabi, Shita Kara Miru ka? Yoko Kara Miru ka?, Sorry to Bother You, Ji Qi Zhi Xue, Moss, Under trénu, Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda, Sharp Edges, Jackie Chan, Whitney Houston, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Lakeith Lee Stanfield