Classy Thrillers Edgar Wright’s ‘Last Night In Soho’ & ‘Antlers’ Open, ‘French Dispatch’ Expands – Specialty Preview

Sony Pictures debuts Amy Koppelman's feature directorial debut A Mouthful Of Air with Amanda Seyfried. Seyfried is Julie Davis, mother of a young boy and wife to an understanding husband Ethan (Finn Wittrock) but with dark family secrets. Deadline review here.

It hits the streamer on Nov, 19. Passing opens in about 20 theaters in North American and 100 worldwide and Netflix plans to add runs next week.
It’s a rare arthouse sequel, one that follows from 2019's The Souvenir, a semi-autobiographical account of Hogg's experiences at film school. A24 opens Joanna Hogg's The Souvenir Part II starring Honor Swinton Byrne, Tilda Swinton and Richard Ayoade in two theaters ahead of an expansion next week (locations to be determined).
The specialty audience, which is heavy on older demos, has been slower to return to theaters "There will always be a place for arthouse and specialty film, but all of us have to learn to adapt and it’s a learning process," said Bunnell. "In my opinion there is too much of an emphasis on ‘Is it back?’
McKenzie plays Eloise, an aspiring fashion designer mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters a dazzling wannabe singer, Sandie (Taylor Joy). But the glamour is not all it appears to be and dreams of the past start to crack and splinter into something far darker.
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The film was a selection at the Cannes Directors' Fortnight (Deadline review here) and the New York Film Festival.



Last Night In Soho trailer:
Deadline review here. Disney is releasing Searchlight Pictures’ classy horror thriller Antlers from Scott Cooper in over 2,800 theaters. In an isolated Oregon town, a middle-school teacher (Keri Russell) and her sheriff brother (Jesse Plemons) become embroiled with her enigmatic student (Jeremy T. Thomas) whose dark secrets lead to terrifying encounters with a legendary ancestral creature.
'Is it back?,' however, is just what the industry has been wondering since last weekend after The French Dispatch jolted the glum arthouse market in 42 locations with a $26K per screen average — a record since Covid. 5. It rolls out to 788 theaters and over 60 markets this weekend ahead of a further expansion to over 1,200 theaters on Nov.
Produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker, Margot Hand, Rebecca Hall. With Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga, André Holland, Bill Camp, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy and Alexander Skarsgard.
Deadline review here. Elsewhere in specialty: Netflix is opening Passing. Based on the novel by Nella Larsen, the movie follows two black women (Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga) who can pass as white and choose to live on opposite sides of the color line in 1929 New York. Written and directed by Rebecca Hall, it just garnered a pile of nominations for the Gotham Awards including Best Picture.
The film premiered this fall at the Venice Film Festival and TIFF where it resonated strongly with preview and festival audiences. Producers are  Nira Park, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Laura Richardson and Wright. Deadline's review "called it a dark and delicious trip." It has a 95% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and stars Anya Taylor-Joy and Thomasin McKenzie — with an ensemble including Matt Smith, Terence Stamp and the late Dame Diana Rigg.
 
 

Last Night, a time-bending genre tale, unspools on just over 3,000 screens, not exactly specialty but from a writer-director who “can dip his toe into anything, a true specialty film, a more commercial film like Baby Driver, and now a psychological thriller that harkens back to Hitchcock, Brian De Palma and David Lynch,” said Focus distribution president Lisa Bunnell. It's "more than a typical commercial slasher movie. It takes the thriller genre to a new level."
In 1986 Huntsville, Ontario, Beverly Glenn-Copeland wrote and self-released the folk-electronica hybrid cassette "Keyboard Fantasies." Three decades later, the musician, now Glenn Copeland, receives acclaim for the recently rediscovered recording. Directed by Posey Dixon. It's a day-and-date release with runs at NYC’s Roxy Cinema Tribeca and LA’s Laemmle Glendale.
The film features iconic 1960s voices from Dusty Springfield’s Wishin’ and Hopin’, Cilla Black’s You’re My World, The Kinks’ Starstruck and Barry Ryan’s Eloise. Taylor-Joy’s debut music video of her rendition of the classic 60s hit Downtown, originally made famous in the 1960s by Petula Clark but slowed for the film’s eerie themes, is at 15 million views. Focus released a limited edition 7-inch vinyl of the Downtown single.
Unsure how to live a life free from that self-doubt, like her childhood friend Red (Bracey), Violet realizes she has no choice but to travel the road that is more frightening to her than the fear that holds her back. Munn plays Violet Calder, who realizes that she no longer can ignore the daily barrage of self-criticisms (voiced by Theroux) that clouds her life. With Olivia Munn, Luke Bracey and Justin Theroux. Relativity Media's drama Violet, from SXSW and TIFF from first time feature writer-director Justine Bateman.
The marketing push for Last Night includes an exclusive Snap Lens created for fans to use on social and a television campaign across broadcast and cable including the NFL, The Bachelorette, The Walking Dead and American Horror Story, along with local and national radio

The film was the first, inaugural red-carpet premiere at the new Academy Museum this past Monday.
The cast features Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson.. Anderson’s tenth film brings to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th-century French city.
Animated epic fantasy The Spine of Night with Richard E. Grant, Lucy Lawless, Patton Oswalt, Betty Gabriel and Joe Manganiello. From RJLE Films, written and directed by Philip Gelatt and Morgan Galen King. As his power grows, those who stand against him are a daring tomb-robber, star-crossed lovers, a maniacal necromancer and winged assassins. An ambitious young man steals forbidden knowledge from a sacred plant, falls to its darker temptations and unleashes ages of suffering onto mankind.
Greenwich Entertainment releases Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story
It’s a portrait of the artist and a story of first love and a young woman’s formative years. In the aftermath of her tumultuous relationship with a charismatic and manipulative older man, Julie (Honor Swinton Byrne) begins to untangle her fraught love for him in making her graduation film, sorting fact from his elaborately constructed fiction.
Miles Dale. Goyer, and J. Based on the short story The Quiet Boy by Nick Antosca, the film is produced by horro maestro Guillermo del Toro, David S.
This is really one of those movies you need to see in a theater,” said Bunnell. Wright is presenting a series of his favorite classic films for Alamo Drafthouse and been appearing at theaters ahead of the Last Night opening. He understands that is the best way to go see a film. “Edgar is very dedicated to the theatrical experience. Yesterday he took over the @Twittermovies handle, which has 6.8 million followers.
Focus Features presents Edgar Wright’s Last Night In Soho, a twisty psycho-thriller with a great soundtrack, as Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch goes wider, testing the appeal of a director whose films have been called the arthouse equivalent of Marvel.
Searchlight said Antlers grossed an estimated $370K in early show previews last night.

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