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This is apparently a very popular week for independent distributors to release new titles. I count at least nine films opening in limited release either Wednesday or Friday (though one-third of those are parts of a lumped-together trilogy). And in a way it seems an unfortunate time because a lot of moviegoers will likely spend their time this weekend catching up on movies that just received Oscar nominations instead of seeing anything new.

Of course, two of the new limited releases are up for Academy Awards. The Israeli drama "Ajami," which opens in NYC Wednesday, is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film and "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers," which is already playing in NYC and will be expanding to other cities on February 12th, is nominated for Best Documentary Feature.

Because I only spotlight three films a week (and I'm actually sort of cheating this week), neither of those titles are getting due attention in this unLimited. I'm also unfortunately excluding two limited-release action movies, the sequel "District B13: Ultimatum" and Jackie Chan's "Shinjuku Incident." I'm certain they'll find their target audience just fine without me. Read More...

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