This major holiday weekend marked the openings of three high-profile specialized films: Venice-winner “Roma
), “The Favourite
” (Fox Searchlight), and Cannes-winner “Shoplifters
). Led by “Roma
” and “Shoplifters
,” they all earned Metacritic scores of 92 or higher, the best reviews for a non-documentary of 2018.
All three art films from the top international auteurs of our time performed well, lost further revenue because of capacity issues, and were successfully launched into top awards consideration.
A fourth film, Sydney Pollack
’s long-delayed Aretha Franklin
gospel recording session “Amazing Grace
,” opened for a one-week Oscar-qualifying run in Los Angeles (it still has no distributor).
Visual and aural cinematic feat “Roma
”‘s Oscar potential drove distributor Netflix to accord the Participant Media film the most extensive advance platform release and theatrical run of any Original before their Netflix streaming date (December 14). After wide festival play and rapturous media attention, the subtitled Mexican Oscar entry built