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Oct 25, 2008

THIS WEEK'S THEATRICAL RELEASES

Clint Eastwood's CHANGELING opens this weekend in limited release (opens wide next week). I saw it yesterday, and loved it. It's playing at the Arclight (Hollywood), AMC Santa Monica and the Landmark at Westside Pavillion.

The tween market is probably going to help Disney reclaim the box office crown as HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: SENIOR YEAR is released. The first 2 movies which premiered on The Disney Channel were big hits, with huge DVD and soundtrack sales making Disney's decision to put this one on the big screen a no-brainer.

With Halloween next week, we have another entry in the SAW series with SAW V. The last installment I saw was SAW III, and the main killer Jigsaw died from cancer in the final minutes. Mind you, dying never stopped Jason, Freddy or Michael Myers so why should Jigsaw be any different. I have to admit I kind of like the SAW series and thought the first 3 weren't bad at all -- although they do play better on home video (easier to look away during the particularly gory bits). SAW is definitely shaping up to be the FRIDAY THE 13TH or A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET for the 00s.

Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK opens in limited release as well. I noticed that 2 of the showings at the arclight yesterday were sold out. Kaufman who wrote BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND and ADAPTATION has quite a following, so I expect this film will do well with the art house crowd.

Finally, this week's other notable release is PRIDE AND GLORY with Edward Norton, Colin Ferrall and Jon Voight. It looks like a standard corrupt cop action/thriller and will probably move quickly from big screens to DVD and Blu-Ray.

As always, titles and dates are subject to change.

October 22

Peur(s) du noir
[Limited Release] (Dir: Blutch Charles Burns; IFC Films)

October 24

Changeling
[Limited Release] (Dir: Clint Eastwood; Universal)
High School Musical 3: Senior Year (Dir: Kenny Ortega; Walt Disney)
I’ve Loved You So Long [Limited Release] (Dir: Philippe Claudel; Sony Pictures Classics)
Let The Right One In [Limited Release] (Dir: Tomas Alfredson; Magnet Releasing)
Passengers (Dir: Rodrigo Garcia; Columbia)
Pride and Glory (Dir: Gavin O’Connor; New Line Cinema)
Saw V (Dir: David Hackl; Lionsgate)
Synecdoche, New York [Limited Release] (Dir: Charlie Kaufman; Sony Pictures Classics)