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Arthouse Audit: 'Book Thief' Survives Critics, Oscar-Contender 'Wind Rises' Sells Out Two Theaters

This week's newbies are a mixed bag. "The Book Thief," a rare major studio platform release, overcame less than great reviews for a respectable showing, while Disney's release of Hayao Miyazaki's subtitled animated feature "The Wind Rises" sold out most shows at two one-week-only theaters. The rest of the newcomers fell far short of these two, with Alex Gibney's documentary "The Armstrong Lie" the best of the mediocre bunch.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 10, 2013 4:33 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Dallas Buyers Club' Opens Well; 'About Time' Has OK Showing

The non-stop flow of Oscar and other award hopeful releases continues this week. Focus Features' final film from the current team, "The Dallas Buyer's Club," opened credibly in four cities in the U.S. and Canada. The well-reviewed AIDS drama, focused on a true-life character's attempt to find his own cure, shows signs of promise going forward in the competitive season ahead.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 3, 2013 4:30 PM
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'Enders Game' Tops Box Office with Lackluster Numbers, '12 Years a Slave' Stays Strong, 'Diana' Flops

Lionsgate/Summit's "Ender's Game," yet another attempt to catch a youth-oriented genre franchise to replace the "Twilight" series, opened at #1 yesterday to $9.9 million (including Thursday night's figures). This is a decent number, but not as strong as it needed to be given its $110 million-production cost and uncertain overseas fortunes (the U.K. opened last weekend at #5).
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 2, 2013 10:39 PM
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This Weekend: Plenty to Choose From with 'Dallas Buyers Club', 'Broken Circle Breakdown,' 'Ender's Game' and 'About Time'

A plenitude of films hit theaters this weekend. Best reviewed is Jean-Marc Vallee's "Dallas Buyers Club," starring an emaciated Matthew McConughey as real-life AIDS patient Ron Woodruff, who in the early '90s set up an under-the-table pharmacy in Texas supplying unapproved meds for HIV. McConaughey has stirred up Oscar talk for his performance, as has Jared Leto, in a supporting turn as Woodruff's cross-dressing partner in crime.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 31, 2013 2:54 PM
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Rome Film Festival Sets 'Out of the Furnace,' 'Her,' 'Dallas Buyers Club' and 'Another Me' as First Wave of Competition Lineup

The Rome Film Festival, running November 8-17, has announced the first four competition titles in its lineup: Isabel Coixet's "Another Me," Spike Jonze's "Her," Jean-Marc Vallee's "Dallas Buyers Club," and Scott Cooper's "Out of the Furnace."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 23, 2013 1:34 PM
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WATCH: Skinny Matthew McConaughey Stars as AIDS Patient Ron Woodroof in First Trailer for 'Dallas Buyers Club'

A first trailer for "Dallas Buyers Club," starring an alarmingly emaciated Matthew McConaughey as an AIDS patient in 1985, has landed. The film is directed by Jean-Marc Vallee ("Young Victoria"), and hits theaters November 1 (previously December 6), right in time for Oscar season. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 27, 2013 12:10 PM
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Focus Features Acquires AIDS Drama 'Dallas Buyers Club' Starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner

Focus Features has acquired domestic and Latin American rights to Jean-Marc Vallee's fact-based medical drama "Dallas Buyers Club," which stars Matthew McConaughey as HIV/AIDS patient Rob Woodroff in 1980s Texas. The film also features Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 23, 2013 2:33 PM
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