This weekend was the slowest weekend at the movie theaters since 2001, why? Most likely, the offerings from the studios this weekend were very slim indeed. Only two films were placed in a wide release: “The Cold Light of Day” and “The Words.”
But Hollywood, for the most part, is paying much more attention to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) this weekend than the meager amount of films being released into theaters right now. With the start of this very important festival, brings the beginning of movie season as distributors debut their films in Toronto in order to wow film critics and the festival attendees and generate the all important Oscar buzz.
This coming weekend will be a very busy weekend for theaters as one of the most acclaimed films of the year “The Master,” has its release into theaters. “The Master” was the darling of the Venice Film Festival and was kept from receiving its highest honor due to a very strange festival rule. It was, however, acknowledged for Best Director to Paul Thomas Anderson and Best Actor honors were shared between “The Master’s” two stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix.
This last week the top films at the box office according to imdb.com were:
1. “The Possession”…………………………………earning $9.5 Million
2. “Lawless”……………………………………….…earning $6 Million
3. “The Words”…………………………………….earning $5 Million
4. “The Expendables 2″…………………………earning $4.75 Million
5. “The Bourne Legacy”………………………….earning $4.04 Million
Opening this Friday, September 14 (click title to view the red carpet premieres):
1. “The Master” – starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adamsand Jesse Plemons
2. “Resident Evil: Retrobution” – starring Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Michelle Rodriguez and Aryana Engineer
3. “Finding Nemo” (3D release) – starring Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould and Willem Dafoe
4. “Liberal Arts” (limited release) – starring Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Zac Efron and Elizabeth Reaser
5. “Arbitrage” (limited release) – starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling and Tim Roth
6. “10 Years” (limited release) – starring Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson, Chris Pratt and Jenna Dewan-Tatum
7. “Stolen” – starring Nicolas Cage, Malin Akerman, Josh Lucas and Danny Huston
8. “Snowman’s Land” (limited release) – starring Jürgen Rißmann, Thomas Wodianka, Reiner Schöne and Eva-Katrin Hermann
DVD’s released this Tuesday, September 11 (click on title to purchase):
1. “Snow White and the Huntsman” (2012) now on Blu-ray, DVD and Amazon Instant Video – Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron and Sam Claflin – read my review
2. “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” (2012) now on Blu-ray, DVD and Amazon Instant Video – starring Cameron Diaz, Matthew Morrison, J. Todd Smith and Dennis Quaid
3. “For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada” (2012) now on Blu-ray and DVD – starring Andy Garcia, Oscar Isaac, Catalina Sandino Moreno and Santiago Cabrera – see my review & read the story behind the story
4. “Killer Clowns for Outer Space” (1988) now on Blu-ray – starring Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson and John Vernon
5. “Jeepers Creepers” (2001) now on Blu-ray – starring Gina Philips, Justin Long, Jonathan Breck and Patricia Belcher
6. “Girl in Progress” (2012) now available on DVD – starring Eva Mendes, Cierra Ramirez, Patricia Arquette and Matthew Modine
7. “Ghosts of the Abyss” (2003 documentary) 3rd Edition now available on Three-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD – starring Bill Paxton, Lori Johnston, Lewis Abernathy and John Broadwater
8. “Where Do We Go Now” (2011) now available on DVD and Blu-ray – starring Claude Baz Moussawbaa, Leyla Hakim, Nadine Labaki and Yvonne Maalouf
9. “Beyond the Black Rainbow” (2010) now on Blu-ray, DVD and Amazon Instant Video – starring Eva Allan, Michael Rogers, Scott Hylands and Marilyn Norry
10. “The Loved Ones” (2009) now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Amazon Instant Video – starring Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy, Victoria Thaine, and Jessica McNamee
11. “We Have a Pope” (2011) now available on DVD – starring Michel Piccoli, Nanni Moretti, Jerzy Stuhr and Renato Scarpa
12. “Goats” (2012) now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Amazon Instant Video – starring Vera Farmiga, Dakota Johnson, Keri Russell and David Duchovny – read my review & read the story behind the story
13. “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2” (1986) now available Blu-ray – starring Dennis Hopper, Caroline Williams, Jim Siedow and Bill Moseley
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Whatever your movie choice this week, please remember your movie theater etiquette: silence your cell phones & no texting, please don’t talk during the film and remove your children if they become a distraction to other audience members. Don’t forget that laughing, crying and cheering are always approved behavior and even encouraged.
-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work onSilentHollywood.com