Release Date Shuffle for Some Oscar Possibles

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Movie fans won’t be bored this year on Thanksgiving. Due to some recent release date changes, the 5-day weekend, that officially begins on Wednesday, November 25th will be crowded with some of the most anticipated movies of the year.

/Film reported earlier this week that John Hillcoat’s The Road is once again being pushed back by Dimension Films from its planned October release to November 25. The motivations for this bump are not exactly clear.

In Contention has the word that Jason Reitman’s already highly acclaimed Up in the Air will be getting a limited release date on November 13, with a full expansion on November 25. This is the exact same release schedule that 2007’s eventual Best Picture winner No Country for Old Men had. Coincidence?

This puts The Road and Up in the Air up against the Weinstein’s film adaptation of the musical Nine, and Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. 3 of those 4 films have Best Picture possibilities attached to them and all of them are high on Fall anticipation lists.

However, what possibly might be the most tragic part about the overcrowded-ness is that another film being released that weekend has a chance to steal the Box Office thunder from all of those great releases. The Wild Hogs-like release Old Dogs, starring Robin Williams and John Travolta is more family targeted, which makes it more likely a Thanksgiving weekend type of film. I’m hoping America wises up and avoids it.

Here’s a tough question to answer: if you were only to see one of the films being released on Thanksgiving, which would it be?

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  • Vince

    Nine

  • I agree, I think if I had to choose, it would have to be ‘Nine.’

  • Isaac Richter

    It’s a four-day weekend, time for another quadruple feature (I had one for for Labor Day Weekend, I had Friday off for some reason). Maybe even Wednesday. The Road, Up in the Air, Nine and Fantastic Mr. Fox, sounds like the makings of a fascinating quadruple feature. Can’t wait.

  • I will end up seeing them all, but I’m going to check out “Fox” first. I love Wes Anderson and I think this stop motion feature is a really interesting choice for the director. Also, Roald Dahl is really great and his books make for good movies.

  • Jake :

    Also, Roald Dahl is really great and his books make for good movies.

    Except ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.’ That was weird.

  • I also am interested in Jason Reitman’s new movie. I enjoyed “Thank You For Smoking” but was completely annoyed with “Juno”, though I think that was because of the horribly over-written dialog. I have never disliked a protagonist as much as I disliked Juno. If I were that actor I would have been embarrassed to give those line readings. We she creamed “Thunder Cats are go!” I cringed.

  • Alex Carlson :

    Jake :
    Also, Roald Dahl is really great and his books make for good movies.

    Except ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.’ That was weird.

    Yeah, but “Giant Peach” and “Willy Wonka” and “Matilda” are all great movies, especially to show in class. The kids like them and so do teachers, and we can get away with playing them because of their ties to children’s literature.

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