In Theaters Today: November 11, 2011

Posted: November 11, 2011 by Jenny Dreadful in Film, News

Two limited genre releases hit theaters today. Today on 11/11/11. Just mentioning it. No reason.

Limited Releases

Following the tragic death of his wife, Sarah, and son, Cole, in a fire caused by an insane fan, famed American best-selling author Joseph Crone is suffering severe depression that prevents him from writing.

While attending psychological support sessions, he meets Sadie, a young woman who has suffered a similar tragedy. One day, after a heart-warming conversation with Sadie, Joseph suffers a horrible car accident but comes out of it miraculously unscathed.

The accident occurs at exactly 11:11 AM.

Soon Joseph will discover that 11 is a number that was somehow important in his past life, and is doomed to appear more and more often in his daily existence.

A religious horror film from Darren Lynn Bousman of the Saw franchise and Repo! The Genetic Opera. Oh dear. I just don’t know WHAT to think about this one. Have I ever enjoyed a film directed by this man?  Well… No. Have recent films trying to make numerology scary been successful? Again… no. I don’t care. I must admit a fondness for religious horror, this positive review from Fango intrigues me, and we’re lucky enough to live close to one of the very limited number of theaters showing the film. Good or bad, we’re in. (No showings tonight at 11:11? Missed opportunity!) Assuming a lack of infernal disaster, we’ll give you the full report.


Justine and Michael are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of her sister Claire, and brother-in-law John. Despite Claire’s best efforts, the wedding is a fiasco, with family tensions mounting and relationships fraying. Meanwhile, a planet called Melancholia is heading directly towards Earth.

Melancholia opens in a limited number of theaters today and will expand to more venues throughout the next few months. We were hoping to link to a full review today in lieu of brief commentary. Unfortunately, we’re not ready to present our detailed thoughts yet. The truth is… there’s so very much to say that I don’t know where to begin. Lars von Trier, a genius despite his faults and reputation, describes Melancholia as “a beautiful movie about the end of the world.” Simple, but true. This film explores the very real struggles of depression and anxiety alongside an intimate view of an apocalyptic event. This film devastated me. In the best possible way. More thoughts later.

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