Two high brow releases from major studios highlight this week’s limited releases with Paramount slowly going out with Jason Reitman’s “Men, Women and Children” and Warners opening on 450 runs on the Reese Witherspoon Lost Boys Of Sudan drama, “The Good Lie”.
Jason Reitman, the director of such successes as “Juno” and “Up in the Air” and rather noble failures such as “Labor Day” and “Young Adult” takes a crack at attempting to decipher how adults and teens relate to themselves and each other in today’s tech crazy world in the comedy/drama, “Men, Women and Children”. The film, which enjoyed positive word-of-mouth in Toronto this past month, has an impressive cast that includes Ansel Elgort, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Kaitlyn Dever, Judy Greer and Emma Thompson. The film opens Wednesday in five runs with a further expansion TBA.
Also, Reese Witherspoon plays an employment agency worker who changes the lives of a group of young men from The Sudan in “The Good Lie”. Warners opens the film in approximately 400-450 runs. Festival reaction has been very strong and there’s talk that it might be Reese vs. Reese at Oscar time between her performance in this and December’s “Wild”.
In addition, Tribeca Films opens “Nas: Time Is Illmatic” on Wednesday, a documentary surrounding the making of rapper Nas’ debut album, “Illmatic”, in 1994 and the effect the album had on urban youth in America.
Lastly, all of you Bollywood fans have been waiting for this…the romantic spy thriller “Bang, Bang” from Fox’s Bollywood unit, starring Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif, . For the uninitiated, Roshan and Kaif are two of the biggest stars in Bollywood and this should be the biggest masala-flavored offering in several weeks and should hold us until Shah Rukh Khan comes and obliterates the Hindi box office with “Happy New Year” on Diwali (October 23rd).
Lastly, Relativity expands “Hector and the Search For Happiness” with Simon Pegg to 175 runs this Friday.