British films vie for eyeballs in crowded release frame
by Naman Ramachandran
- A total of 15 films open today in the UK
In the run-up to Christmas, distributors are rushing films into British cinemas in order to cash in on the general feeling of bonhomie that goes with the season. Thus, today, 5 December, sees a staggering 15 films hit cinemas. Leading the British charge this holiday season is the saturation release of Kevin Macdonald’s Black Sea [+see also:
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From France, Robin Campillo’s drama Eastern Boys [+see also:
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film profile]. Also from France is Fred Cavayé’s Mea Culpa, starring Vincent Lindon, on limited release. From the Middle East, Leila Sansour’s documentary Open Bethlehem gets a wide release and will compete with Julie Bertuccelli’s documentary School of Babel [+see also:
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From the US, Jason Reitman’s drama Men, Women and Children, Ted Melfi’s comedy St. Vincent, starring Bill Murray and Simon Smith, and Eric Darnell’s animation Penguins of Madagascar are getting saturation releases, while Grégory Levasseur’s horror The Pyramid gets a wide release. Bollywood aficionados will get Prabhu Deva’s Action Jackson and Wong Kar Wai fans will finally get to watch The Grandmaster [+see also:
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