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'End of Watch' Returns to Theaters in December for Another Round

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November 30, 2012
Source: Twitter

End of Watch

Good news - they're back! One film that received rave reviews around release, and did fairly well at the box office in September, is back for more. Open Road Films has confirmed they're re-releasing David Ayer's End of Watch, the gritty, intense cop drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as LAPD who get into more than they can handle. I actually saw it at TIFF and it's outstanding, worthy of all the praise and potential awards acclaim - which is what this re-release may be for. Anne Thompson says this news is "for awards consideration nationally on December 7." Can it gain enough momentum to win over the voters?

End of Watch, which was first released on September 21st a few months back, will be returning to theaters nationwide on December 7th, next weekend. The news was confirmed by Open Road Films on Twitter (via FSR). There's also a rumor that Joe Carnahan's The Grey may get a re-release this December as well, another outstanding film released back in January. The latest news on that is a "stay tuned" from Carnahan, but it's likely. IFC Films is also putting Ava DuVernay's Middle of Nowhere, a critically acclaimed drama starring Emayatzy Corinealdi and Omari Hardwick, back in theaters this weekend for another awards run.

With Awards Season heating up, it's exciting to see all the studios get excited about their best films of the year. Such as End of Watch, one of my favorites that never got the love it truly deserved. Even I was remiss in writing about it, but here's a chance to mention it is definitely worth seeing in theaters when it's out again. Both Gyllenhaal and Peña are outstanding, and either one could get a nomination. Good luck & enjoy!

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  • LosZombies
    I dont say this too often, but this was a great fuckin movie.
    • Cody W
      Agreed, underrated and just overall under-appreciated. Not sure to call this a buddy cop movie, doesnt quite fit, but its the best one Ive ever seen hands down.
    • http://www.facebook.com/TheChosenPessimist Jon Odishaw
      Nothing about the plot and way this film looks to be shot appeals to me. But all this praise is forcing me to go see it.
      • LosZombies
        Trust me, I was counting this movie out, and was blown by how great it was. Its NOT Shakespeare, lets clear that right now. But, it IS a great buddy cop movie, good storytelling, good humor, character development. Definitely check it out.
  • Aero027
    I feel like I'm missing something here. I was excited to see this but thought it was a pretty standard, if not below average cop flick. The only two aspects that made it unique were the hand cam and the fact that it strayed away from the typical "comedy" of a buddy cop film. It was intense but the entire movie was based on premises and scenarios that would never happen, and I personally thought Gyllenhaal and Pena over acted throughout the film and could have turned in better performances. I think the intensity of the film comes from the juxtaposition between the real feel of the hand cam and the surreal/unrealistic nature of the plot. If this wasn't filmed on a handcam it wouldn't have been a believable movie. I get that all movies especially crime drama's rely on tenants that require the audience to suspend belief but this film for all its grit and bad assery just didn't hold enough water for me to drink what it was selling.
    • castingcouch
      tenets? I'm not crazy about handycam movies, but I've liked David Ayer's films so far. Have to check this one out.
  • julz
    I like this movie pretty much and I would love to watch it again http://piratempire.blogspot.com/
  • Sparky
    I dunno, guys. I heard a lot of hype about this one and then when I saw it I was hugely underwhelmed. I just don't see what was so amazing about it. The acting was solid, but overall I was expecting something more. It felt very familiar to me and didn't really dig that deep.
  • MMAniac911
    I just watched this tonight and it really didn't sit will with me. Were supposed to believe they are filming it with different cameras but then there's shots that make no sense if that's the case, nit picky but still. The movie seemed random and the scenarios didn't seem to make much sense to me. I know some people who loved it, and some who didn't, I didn't. It wasn't bad, just very standard fare. For instance go watch Harsh Times, now thats a little more off kilter and interesting.
    • Crom
      Harsh Times ruled!!!!!
  • http://www.facebook.com/eru88 Eru'Eru Narvaez
    I love this movie so much. One of my favorites of the year.

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