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'Salinger' Catches Solid Opening Numbers

This weekend is usually the calm before the storm as a range of upcoming significant films get attention at Toronto. Normally otherwise occupied distributors avoid this post-Labor Day date like the plague. Nonetheless a likely record 30 new specialized/indie releases found theaters in New York and Los Angeles, including six from this year's Sundance Film Festival and two from the currently running Toronto Fest. Of the films reported grosses, only one -- Weinstein's "Salinger" -- showed significant strength, unusual for this time of year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 8, 2013 3:23 PM
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This Weekend: Hannah Fidell's Must-See 'A Teacher,' Plus 'Salinger' Doc, Lynn Shelton's 'Touchy Feely' and More

Very few new-release films are sitting positively with critics this weekend. But -- Tomatometer be damned -- Hannah Fidell's indie "A Teacher" is nonetheless a must-see, anchored by a startlingly complex performance from Lindsay Burdge as a high school teacher whose illicit affair with one of her students spirals into obsession.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 5, 2013 2:55 PM
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WATCH: Steamy New 'Adore' Trailer Stars Watts and Wright as Beautiful People Doing Very Bad Things

"Adore," the controversial new film from French director Anne Fontaine starring Naomi Watts and Robin Wright, has a scandalous new trailer. Originally titled "Two Mothers" when it debuted at Sundance, this is an erotic drama about two lifelong friends who develop a dangerous attraction to each other's arrestingly beautiful sons.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 8, 2013 1:55 PM
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