Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘Whitey: United States Of America v. James J. Bulger’, ‘Begin Again’, ‘Yves Saint Laurent’, ‘Siddharth’, ‘The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story Of Aaron Swartz’, ‘La Bare’, ‘The Breakup Guru’

Docs join this weekend’s new crop of Specialty releases, hoping to lure audiences in from the heat. Magnolia will open veteran filmmaker Joe Berlinger’s Sundance feature Whitey: United States Of America v. James J. Bulger in a case that shook the FBI and the criminal underworld while FilmBuff and Participant will team on fellow Sundance doc The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story Of Aaron Swartz. And Magic Mike actor Joe Manganiello returns to the male strip club world with his doc La Bare for Main Street Films. The Weinstein Company is rolling out two films Friday including Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine starrer Begin Againwhich it picked up out of Toronto and Yves Saint Laurent, the French-language film about the legendary and sometimes troubled designer. Zeitgeist Films is opening India-set Siddharth and China Lion will bow China’s The Breakup Guru in limited release. In addition to these films, Lionsgate will open America in three theaters before heading out to over 1,000 locations over the 4th of July weekend. And RADiUS-TWC opens Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho’s international sci-fi drama Snowpiercer stateside. Interestingly, the film had a unique event this past week in Austin where ticket buyers rode a train somewhat mirroring the film’s premise to a screening outside the city. The film also played BAMcinemaFest Wednesday night in addition to the Film Society of Lincoln Center Thursday night with Bong in attendance leading up to this weekend’s release.

whitey posterWhitey: United States Of America V. James J. Bulger
Director: Joe Berlinger
Subjects: Stephen Rakes, James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, Tommy Donahue, David Beori, Steve Davis, Dick Lehr, Shelley Murphy
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures, CNN Films (for broadcast)

Filmmaker Joe Berlinger has spent a significant portion of his filmmaking career on stories in which the criminal justice system and/or policing goes awry, most notably with the Paradise Lost doc trilogy. He said he had long been fascinated by James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, who spent a long time as Number 2 on America’s Most Wanted List after Osama Bin Laden. Bulger had terrorized Boston for years, seemingly with impunity, despite being connected to multiple murders as well as other offenses that permeated various levels of government. “I had been interested in the [Bulger case] for a long time, but didn’t think I had anything to add, but when he was arrested in Santa Monica, the trial promised to be the biggest legal proceeding in Massachusetts history,” said Berlinger. (more…)

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