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With the Top Ten continuing to skew to adult-oriented, critically acclaimed films, specialized theaters playing more limited releases continue to scuffle, often at levels below previous holiday seasons. "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Amour" stood out again in their two-city platforms, although both declined in their second weeks, while multi-city openings of "Promised Land" were modest at best. The increase for "The Impossible" in its second stanza would be more promising if it weren't quickly headed for wide release. In a year with many stellar specialized films - "A Separation," "Moonrise Kingdom," "The Intouchables," "The Beasts of the Southern Wild" among those that opened limited and didn't go to immediate broader breaks - the end of the year has been disappointing, with later releases not rising to expectations at theaters. Many of the core specialized houses are able to play some of the »


- Tom Brueggemann

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