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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

trailer break: ‘Winter’s Bone’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer…


It just drives me crazy that this is relegated to arthouses and will be seen by so few people. Crap like Jonah Hex — which everyone involved knew was crap before it even started shooting — opens on thousands of screens. But a film like this one expanded last weekend to a whole 39 screens (and had a better per-screen average than any wide release except Toy Story 3).

In the 1970s, a movie like this would have been considered a big deal, a real event for mainstream moviegoers. Today, it’s considered niche. It’s an American story about American reality — it isn’t even subtitled! And it’s not considered commercial.

Really depressing. How did we get so stupid?

I’m dying to see this, and hope to get to it soon.

Winter’s Bone is now playing in the U.S. and Canada; no U.K. release date has been announced.



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