A sequel to a beloved British family film, a heavy metal reboot, an Apple title from TIFF and the takedown of Abigail Disney’s American dream populate the weekend of niche cinema in a market that may have found stronger footing sooner. of awards season and amid a shortage of blockbuster fares.
“I think there are a lot of things we should celebrate,” said Kyle Greenburg, head of marketing and distribution for Utopia. His release, with Abramorama, of the latter’s 2009 restored doc. Anvil!: The Anvil Story grossed $16,000, or $8,000 per screen, from two single-show premiere events before a one-day run Tuesday on 200 screens, including AMC and Regal theaters and top art houses. It was performed last night in Los Angeles at the Saban Theater with Anvil performing live alongside Anthrax’s Scott Ian, followed by a Q&A moderated by Steve-O. Last week, Peter Dinklage presented a screening at New York’s Angelika with director Sacha Gervasi.
The documentary follows the Canadian heavy metal band as they released their seminal 1982 album Metal on Metal that would inspire the likes of Anthrax and Metallica, then left the map to begin what would become decades of toiling in obscurity. Gervasi, in his first feature film, followed guitarist Steve “Lips” Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner as his roadie, capturing his story as they go through a harrowing European tour. It features appearances from heavy metal icons like Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, Guns N’ Roses’ Slash, Motörhead’s Lemmy, Anthrax’s Scott Ian and Slayer’s Tom Araya.
Speaking of musical documents, David Bowie’s work on Brett Morgen’s Neon, moon age Dream, expands to 733 screens this week after a grand opening. Sony Pictures Classics has just announced that Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song since July it has crossed $1 million at the domestic box office, for a total of more than $1.2 million worldwide.
This weekend: Blue Fox Entertainment The return of the railway children, inspired by the family film of the early 1970s, opens on over 900 screens. Directed by Morgan Matthews, written by Danny Brocklehurst, based on a treatment by Jemma Rodgers. Starring Jenny Agutter, Sheridan Smith and Tom Courtenay. Set in 1944, as World War II life in Britain’s cities becomes increasingly dangerous, three evacuee children are sent to a Yorkshire village. Adjusting to life in the country, they are thrown into a dangerous search when they discover a wounded American soldier hiding in the train station.
Quiver Distribution presents Bandit on 100 screens. Directed by Allan Ungar, written by Kraig Wenman. It stars Josh Duhamel as a charming career criminal who escapes from an American prison in Michigan and crosses the border into Canada, where he assumes the identity of one Robert Whiteman. After falling in love with Andrea (Elisha Cuthbert), a caring social worker he can’t support, he takes up robbing banks and discovers he’s exceptionally good at it. Addicted to the rush and money his double life provides, Robert turns to loan shark and notorious gangster Tommy Kay (Mel Gibson) for bigger opportunities. But a ruthless detective (Néstor Carbonell) will stop at nothing to bring him down.
Fresh out of TIFF, Apple opens Peter Farrellley’s The biggest beer race in history on three screens in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas, expanding next week. With Zac Efron, Bill Murray, Russell Crowe. Check deadlines here. In Farrelly’s first film 2018 Green Book, Efron is Chickie Donohue, looking to support her neighborhood friends serving in Vietnam by doing something outrageous: traveling alone to the front lines to bring soldiers a little piece of home, their favorite can of American beer. Along the way, he is confronted with the realities of war, reunites with childhood friends, and is drawn into the complexities and responsibilities of adulthood. Based on a true story. Written by Farrelley, Brian Hayes Currie, Pete Jones.
(Considering Netflix’ Blond expands to more than 50 theaters in more than 25 cities in the US and Canada, including Paris, the Quad, Nitehawk Prospect Park and the Cinema Arts Center in New York; the Bay, Landmark Nuart, Los Feliz and Laemmle Monica in Los Angeles; and the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. the streamer The blues of a jazzman by Tyler Perry continues in about 10 theaters in seven cities, including Landmark Westwood and Bay in Los Angeles).
documentaries: Abigail Disney and her Fork Films come out with The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales on a dozen screens. The documentary, which premiered world-wide at Sundance, looks at America’s dysfunctional and unequal economy and asks why the American Dream has worked for the rich but is a nightmare for those born with less. Often outspokenly critical of the company Grandpa Roy Disney helped found with his brother Walt, his great-uncle, she uses his family’s story to explore systemic injustice. Disney directed with Kathleen Hughes.
Greenwich Entertainment Presents Buried: The Alpine Meadows Avalanche of 1982 on eight screens in the Bay Area, Reno and Tahoe, the closest markets to the ski area that was the site of the third largest avalanche in US history at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe . It triggered a desperate five-day search for eight missing people. Jared Drake and Steven Siig’s film chronicles the avalanche, the miraculous rescue efforts, and the traumas that still haunt survivors today. It expands to 50 races next week, primarily in major mountain markets including Boise, Salt Lake City and Boulder.
Soilsiú Films presents Young Plato by Neasa Ní Chianáin and Declan McGrath (school of life) in New York (Angelika Film Center) and Boston (Dedham Community Theatre) with a regional expansion next week that includes DC, Dallas, San Diego, Sacramento, Plano, TX and Fairfax, VA. Follow the dream of Elvis-loving school principal Kevin McArevey, a maverick determined to change the fortunes of an inner-city community plagued by urban decay, sectarian aggression, poverty and drugs. Their boys’ primary school in post-war Belfast, Northern Ireland becomes a hotbed for questioning violence, as the headmaster sends his young charges home each day armed with the wisdom of ancient Greek philosophers. The children challenge their parents and neighbors to abandon the prejudice that has kept this low-level civil war simmering for decades.
In another part of the specialty: Screen Media Presents Richard Hughes The executor with Antonio Banderas in ten locations. Also starring Kate Bosworth, Aria Mojean, Zolee Griggs and Alexis Ren with 2 Chainz. Banderas is the top enforcer for the Miami mob who sacrifices everything to take down the criminal organization he has built his entire life after discovering that his boss (Bosworth) is seriously endangering the life of a young fugitive. .
Good Deed Entertainment Presents Carmen by Valerie Buhagiar on five screens (NYC Cinema Village, LA Laemmle Monica, Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco and Columbus). Cast: Natascha McElhone, Michaela Farrugia, Steven Love. In a sunny village in Malta in the 1980s, McElhone is a 50-year-old woman who finds romance and a fresh start in life after years of servitude. In Malta, it is tradition for a younger sister to dedicate her life to the church when an older brother enters the priesthood. Inspired by real events.
AMC+ and RLJE Films present Section 8 on five screens and AMC+. From Christian Sesma, starring Ryan Kwanten, Dolph Lundgren, Dermot Mulroney, Scott Adkins and Mickey Rourke. After avenging the murder of his wife and son, a former soldier is sent to prison for life. He gets a shot at freedom when a shadowy government agency recruits him for an unofficial assignment, but he soon realizes that Section 8 is not what it seems.
Lionsgate and Saban Films present DIG in 10 theaters including NY and LA. Starring Thomas Jane, Harlow Jane Emile Hirsch and Liana Liberato. Steve Brennan (Jane) is trying to rebuild a life shattered by a road rage incident that killed his wife and left their teenage daughter Jane (Harlow) deaf and resentful. Directed by K. Asher Levin.