Searchlight Pictures Returns, ‘Moonage Daydream’ Opens – Specialty Preview –

A steady stream of exclusive films begins this weekend with a major player returning to theaters and an expansive arthouse slate that will gradually expand into awards season. It’s still a strange theatrical scene, but independent distributors and theater owners have agreed for months that there can be no revival without a rush of new releases.

Indie distributors also appreciate that weekend major studio releases, A female king With Viola Davis, is a classic war epic, yes, but also a story for adults and women. Another wide release, the A24 XXX prequel The pearlskews young but — it’s still indie.

“I think we’re starting to get a full complement of movies to watch. Adult movies that are smart and funny,” says one exclusive distribution executive. It’s been a long wait. “Patience is a quality we need a lot of. It can’t be had [all] Big movies, or Oscar movies, but they can be proven step by step, and all steps are in the right direction.”

Searchlight Pictures is back in theaters for the first time with a wide release. Nightmare Street After a handful of films, he moved to Hulu last December. This opens an Agatha Christie-esque whodunnit. See how they go. At 2,400 screens, most, but not all, will open that wide.

Written by Mark Chappell, the feature direction of Tin George is set in London’s West End in the 1950s. Inspector Stoppard (Sam Rockwell) and aspiring rookie constable (Saurus Ronan) investigate when plans for a film version of a smash hit play come to an abrupt halt following the murder of a Hollywood director. The film topped the UK and Ireland box office last weekend with £1.1 million ($1.3 million). Stateside, it’s opening a mix of commercial and art houses: AMC Lincoln Square and Union Square in NY, Thoroughbred in Nashville, AMC Century City and the Grove in LA. Also Hillcrest in San Diego, Cinema Arts in Long Island NY, AMC Kabuki in San Francisco, Alamo Drafthouses, and Landmarks.

Coming from Searchlight in 2022: The Banshees of Anshirin October 21; With Ralph Fiennes November, 18; And Sam Mendes Empire of Light On the 9th of December

The Banshees gave a 15-minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival. (That was before the Ovation jokes started — and it was the longest between Venice and TIFF.) Directed by Martin McDonagh, it stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson. Check out the review.

Food list Debuted at TIFF. Review Marc Mylod’s psychological thriller is written by Seth Rees and Will Tracy and stars Ralph Fiennes and Anya Taylor-Joy.

and starring Olivia Colman. Empire of Light It had its world premiere at Telluride – reviewed by here – and was also shown at TIFF.

We’ll see them again when they open in theaters.

Walt Disney Chief Financial Officer Christine McCarthy also gave Searchlight a rare shout-out during a Q&A at a Wall Street investor conference last week. Responding to a question about motion picture strategy, he spoke to Marvel then added, “And Searchlight. I just want to mention. Searchlight is not an IP brand, it’s a genre brand. I know there are film festivals going on right now, and some of the content that’s being shown at those places is from Searchlight. It’s very, very well received. And we know it’s a category for awards. have been a magnet for. These are really high-quality, low-budget, more mature dramas. But it’s definitely, when you see Searchlight, you know what you’re getting.

New feature launch: Neon presents an extravaganza written, directed by Brett Morgan and produced by David Bowie. Moonage Daydream on 170 Imax screens in North America. The unique documentary about Bowie’s life and genius uses kaleidoscopic, never-before-seen footage, performances and music. Morgan (The Kid Cities in the Picture, Cobain: Montage of Heck, Jane) presents a feature-length, experimental cinematic odyssey guided by Bowie’s own narration. It is also the first officially sanctioned film on the artist. Debuted at Cannes ( review). premiered to a sold-out Imax audience at TIFF this week.

Offers focus features. The silent twins 279 at domestic locations. It’s a challenging drama that premiered in the Cannes Film Festival’s Uncertain Passages section, reviews here. Letitia Wright and Tamara Lawrence are Jon and Jennifer Gibbons, twin sisters in Wales who only communicate with each other to escape the complicated reality of their lives. Written by Andrea Segal (played by Jodi May) from the best-selling book by Marjorie Wallace. It is director Agnieszka Smoczyńska’s English-language debut, and Wright’s first producing role.

Gibbons’ gripping story was preceded by two BBC adaptations and a stage play. There probably won’t be a hurricane here – something like the June release of the Sundance film might. Brian and Charles. It opened to $216k on the same number of US screens for a total of $431K.

IFC Films launched the thriller. GodOf Country On about 790 screens. Directed by Julian Higgins. Starring Thandiwe Newton, Joris Jarsky, Jefferson White, Jeremy Bob, Kai Lennox, Tanaya Beatty. Newton is a grieving college professor who encounters two hunters who she catches trespassing on her property and is drawn into an escalating battle of wills with disastrous results. Premiered at Sundance. review here.

Sierra Pettingale Riotsville USA Opens at NYC’s Film Forum from Magnolia Pictures. In LA 9/23, in Chicago and Washington DC on 9/30. Explores a turning point in American history when the protest movements of the late 1960s clashed with increasingly militant police departments. The story goes that the fake military training footage was unearthed from model towns built by the military known as “Riotsvilles”, where the military and police were trained to respond to civil disorder. The fake cities stemmed from the Corner Commission—created by President Lyndon B. Johnson to investigate the causes of unrest—which recommended budget increases for local police departments. Pettingale’s document reconstructs the formation of a national consciousness obsessed with maintaining law and order by any means necessary, drawing insights from times like our own. Debuted at Sundance, see’s Sundance Studio.

Greenwich Entertainment, which opened the documentary. Hawkeland In 60+ Minnesota and Midwest theaters, it will begin rolling out to 154 screens nationwide from Week 2. New markets this weekend include Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbia, Detroit, Kansas City, Miami, LA, Nashville, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Washington, DC.

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