Independent distributor Utopia, currently in theaters with holy spideranticipate musical documentary Meet me in the bathroom will be its biggest weekend opening to date.
It saves numbers for Sunday from last week’s one-night premieres in Los Angeles at Fonda and New York at Webster Hall with live performances from The Moldy Peaches, Adam Green, Wah Together and special guests Tim Heidecker and Jim Jarmusch. This weekend, the event film by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace, co-produced by Vice, XTR and Pulse Films, opens at the IFC Center and in Los Feliz with several sold-out shows. The films and pre-sales speak “to the growing nostalgia of the 2000s, but also to the iconic impact of the bands featured in the film and their artistry and production,” said chief marketing officer Kyle Greenberg.
This immersion into New York’s early 2000s indie rock scene acquired at Sundance expands to 150 screens on November 8 for one-night engagements and Utopia has booked additional shows throughout the fall. “Like a concert, the film will continue to roll,” Greenberg said. Utopia took a similar approach to Meet me with Freakscene: The Story of Dinosaur Jr. in March. It premiered at The Opera House music venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn ahead of a theatrical release.
Music documentaries of all kinds have shown muscle as the specialty box office recovers, from Lunar Reverie at The Beatles: Come Back.
Elsewhere in the specialty: you look like me opens in New York (Angelika Film Center) with LA next week and a nationwide rollout will follow with several Q&As lined up to support the release. The film tells the story of Hasna Aït Boulahcen, falsely accused of being the first female suicide bomber in Europe. Filmmakers are self-distributing following its world premiere in Venice in 2021. New York-based Egyptian-American director Dina Amer’s feature debut was produced by Spike Lee, Spike Jonze, Riz Ahmed and Alma Har’el. Amer was associate producer of the Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning documentary The place.
Momentum Pictures Presents Blumhouse SXSW Thriller Soft and quiet in a limited version. Written and directed by Beth de Araújo, it’s a single afternoon in the life of an elementary school teacher, Emily. When she and the members of a club she is in stop at a local store on the way to her house, an altercation leads to a volatile series of events.
RJLE Films and Shudder Present Lorcan Finnegan’s Film Nocebo on hundreds of screens. Written by Garrett Shanley. With Eva Green, Mark Strong, Chai Fonacier and Billie Gadsdon. A fashion designer (Green) suffers from a mysterious illness that confuses her doctors and frustrates her husband (Strong) – until help arrives in the form of a Filipino nanny (Fonacier) whose traditional folk healing reveals a horrific truth.
XYZ Films Presents Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s Sci-Fi Horror Comedy something in the dirt in hundreds of places. The directors also act. Benson is Levi Danube, a bartender with a troubled past who stumbles upon a bargain in an apartment next door to John Daniels (Moorhead), a photographer. The property is soon flooded with eerie lights and anti-gravitational activity. Deadline review here.
Netflix opens Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Bardo, false chronicle of a handful of truths in New York and Los Angeles before expanding next week, with 35mm engagements at Paris and Village East in New York, and Landmark Nuart in Los Angeles. It will also open at The Bay in Los Angeles. The film was created in Venice. Deadline review here. Streaming December 16. With Daniel Giménez Cacho, Griselda Siciliani, Ximena Lamadrid.
The streamer also features Nora Twomey My Father’s Dragon at iPic Fulton Market in New York, the Los Angeles Bay Area and SF’s Landmark Opera Plaza. The animated adaptation of the beloved children’s book premiered at the BFI London Film Festival. 95% with reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. The story of a young boy who leaves the town of Nevergreen and travels to the mysterious Savage Island, where he finds ferocious beasts and friendship. With Jacob Tremblay, Gaten Matarazzo, Golshifteh Farahani. See Deadline revision.
Netflix opens stutza Jonah Hill documentary about his therapist, opens at the IFC Center in New York.
Prime Video presents good night Oppy at iPic Westwood and Regal LA Live, and Regal Union Square in New York. Ryan White directs the story of Opportunity, a rover sent to Mars on a 90-day mission that ended up surviving for 15 years. The film follows Opportunity’s groundbreaking journey and the bond forged between a robot and its humans millions of miles away.
Decal presents sci-fi comedy I’m totally fine day and date in 20 locations. Directed by Brandon Dermer, written by Alisha Ketry, starring Jillian Bell, Natalie Morales, Blake Anderson, Harvey Guillén, Kyle Newacheck. Vanessa (Bell), on a solo trip to clear her head after the death of her best friend, takes a detour when she finds the recently deceased Jennifer (Morales) in her kitchen, claiming to be an alien.
Magnolia presents a supernatural road movie Next exit in five places day and date. Written and directed by Mali Elfman, with: Katie Parker, Rahul Kohli, Rose McIver, Tongayi Chirisa, Tim Griffin, Diva Zappa, Nico Evers-Swindell and Karen Gillan. When a research scientist makes national headlines proving she can track people to the afterlife, two strangers, both harboring dark secrets, rush to join the study.