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Arthouse Audit: 'Ida' and 'Belle' Both Post Strong Openings, 'The Lunchbox' Passes $3 Million

Two high-profile festival entries, "Ida" and "Belle," posted solid debuts in their New York/Los Angeles openings. Lacking big-name directors, stars or high-concept story lines, both specialized films' initial success should help them to find a wider audience.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 4, 2014 4:33 PM
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Who Needs an Oscar Nomination? Sony's 'The Lunch Box' Is Best of the Limiteds

A grab bag of new specialized openings were led by "The Lunch Box" (Sony Pictures Classics), a low-budget Indian film from a first-time director that nabbed attention at Cannes last May and showed significant early life in its two-city opening.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 2, 2014 4:29 PM
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This Weekend, Shun 'Son Of God,' See Two Fab Indies

This weekend, it's a mixed batch of films ranging from the tiniest of indies to the escapist actioner and, finally, to the All-Important Christ Movie. Here's what you should see-- and what you shouldn't.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 27, 2014 4:29 PM
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'The Lunchbox' Review and Roundup (TRAILER, SHORT)

Ritesh Batra's feature debut, the unprepossessing indie "The Lunchbox" (February 21) has heart. The film follows up his award-winning short "Cafe Regular Cairo" (see below). The warm, well-observed romantic drama was snapped up by Sony Pictures Classics out of Cannes, where it won the viewer's choice (The Rail d'Or) award at Critics' Week. India unaccountably overlooked the indie word-of-mouth hit of Telluride and Toronto--as its Oscar submission.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 21, 2014 2:58 PM
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