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The Weinstein Company’s The Imitation Game is the big kid on the block among this holiday weekend’s batch of newcomers. The title is following in the footsteps of past TWC heavyweights The King’s Speech and The Artist, both of which opened to solid box office numbers and eventually scored Oscars for Best Picture. The distributor is expecting good numbers for Imitation Game over the Thanksgiving frame. IFC Films’ horror pic The Babadook has some good buzz heading into the weekend, though it might show its biggest heft via VOD with its day-and-date rollout. Remote Area Medical is one of those films one hopes everyone will see. Timed perfectly for this time of the year’s focus on thanks and giving, the documentary shows the underbelly of America’s healthcare crisis by way of people who provide free medical services to needy people in pop-up clinics around the country. »
- Brian Brooks
The 13th Tribeca Film Festival has announced its complete lineup for next month’s New York celebration, which runs April 16-27. Culled from more than 6,000 submissions, Tribeca 2014 includes 55 world premieres, 37 first-time filmmakers, and 22 female directors. Half the slate had been announced on Tuesday, with Spotlight, Midnight, and Storyscapes films unveiled today, as well as special screenings. “Spotlight and special screenings are an especially dynamic aspect of this year’s program, both in range of styles and stories,” said Genna Terranova, Tribeca’s director of programming. “Many films feature real-life personalities who’ve accomplished extraordinary feats, while in other films we »
- Jeff Labrecque
Cinedigm has acquired all North American rights to “Remote Area Medical,” a documentary about Americans without access to basic health care.
The film takes its name from the nonprofit Remote Area Medical, which operates pop-up health care clinics. The film was shot over three days in 2012 at the Nascar speedway in Bristol, Tenn., where nearly 2,000 people received free medical, dental, and vision care provided by a team of medical volunteers.
Cinedigm, which will release the film in the spring, said the film “provides viewers with an unobstructed look at what it means to be an American without access to basic healthcare, a valuable perspective at a time when the battle over Obamacare has dominated the news cycle.”
- Dave McNary
3 items from 2014
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