It is a relatively quiet weekend for new movies in theaters. With a number of current specialty releases already vying for moviegoers, just a couple of new titles will join the fray. Among the highest profile is Richard Linklater's "A Scanner Darkly," which will kick-off in 17 locations from Warner Independent Pictures. Company distribution head Steve Friedlander indicated that the movie will open in New York, Los Angeles, Austin, Toronto, Boston, Washington, Seattle, Chicago and San Francisco this weekend, followed by an expansion to some 175 theaters in week two.
Looking a lot like a graphic novel, Linklater's film was shot with live-action photography and then overlaid with the same interpolated rotoscoping animation process that Linklater also used in his 2001 film, "Waking Life". The film had a surprise sneak preview at SXSW this year, in Linklater's hometown, and later had a gala debut in Cannes.
THE LIST FOR THIS WEEK:
"A Scanner Darkly," directed by Richard Linklater
An adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel, starring Keanu Reeves, Woody Harrelson, Robert Downey, Jr., and Winona Ryder, the film is described as a the "darkly comedic, but deeply tragic tail of drug use in the modern world," set just a few years in the future. (Warner Independent Pictures) Official Website
"Heading South," directed by Laurent Cantet
Set in Haiti during the 1970s, the film (based on the stories of Dany Laferriere) is the story of a group of single, middle-aged women who travel to the country for an escape. (Shadow Distribution) Official Website | Reverse Shot Review
"Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos," Paul Crowder and John Dower
Narrated by Matt Dillon, the film is the story of the New York soccer team that Brazilian futbol hero Pele played for in the United States back in the 1970s. (Miramax Films) Official Website
"Kill Your Idols," directed by Scott Crary
A look at New York's downtown "No Wave" post-punk music scene, with performances by Suicide, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, the Theoretical Girls and DNA. (Palm Pictures) Official Website