Moon Hits Theaters in NY and LA Today - More Cities Soon!
by Alex Billington
June 12, 2009
If there is one movie you just have to go see this weekend, it's Moon. Directed by first-time filmmaker Duncan Jones, Moon stars Sam Rockwell as an astronaut working alone on the Moon. It's one of those indies that needs as much support as it can get - and if you've been waiting to see it (and live in New York and Los Angeles) now is your chance. However, if you don't live in either of those cities, Sony Pictures Classics has setup a website to let you know when it will be opening in other cities over the next month. I really can't say enough good things about Moon and thankfully I'm not the only one who really loved it.
Will Schiffelbein, the host of our Film Feed podcast, gave Moon a perfect 5/5 rating in his review: "On the reels, Moon is one of the best films of the year. While the film could have easily slipped into a one note vehicle for an actor to deliver a stand out performance, Jones creates a strong plot and striking visuals."
Mali Elfman of ScreenCrave follows in suit with a 10/10 review of her own: "If I could recommend any film to you this year, it would be Moon. It gets me excited just thinking about it. It has everything, drama, intensity, visual effects, and most importantly a greater meaning for you to walk away with."
MTV's Kurt Loder loved it as well: "Moon, [Duncan Jones'] first feature, an assemblage of miniature models, carefully applied CGI, meticulous production design and an extraordinary performance by Sam Rockwell, takes — or returns — cinematic science fiction to some fascinating places."
Rolling Stone's critic Peter Travers gives it 3.5 stars out of 4 in his review: "Director Duncan Jones (son of David Bowie), working from a script by Nathan Parker, pulls off sci-fi miracles on a $5 million shoestring. Moon is a potent provocation that relies on ideas instead of computer tricks to stir up excitement."
Hopefully all of that praise has convinced you to go see Moon this weekend. I first saw the film at Sundance earlier this year and gave it 8.5 out of 10 in my review. I had the chance to revisit it last weekend with a good friend of mine who was excited to see it and we both thoroughly enjoyed it - the second time for me, the first time for him. Next weekend, on June 19th, it opens in San Francisco / Bay Area, San Diego, Chicago, and Boston. Throughout June and July it opens in over 40 more cities. You can find the full list right here. If you have seen Moon, or you're seeing it this weekend, then be sure to let us know what you thought below!
Reader Feedback - 17 Comments
I'm going to see it tonight at the Arclight with Duncan Jones in attendance. I'm really rooting for this one, hoping it delivers for me!
LINKFX on Jun 12, 2009
I'm dying to see this movie. A shame that crap like Imagine That with Eddie Murphy can be shown everywhere, but honest films gets swept under the carpet.
germs on Jun 12, 2009
We have to wait until next week to see it at the Angelika in Houston.
Farris on Jun 12, 2009
Better come to my town!
Brandon on Jun 12, 2009
Farris, walk down three blocks to landmark sunshine and its playing. I am assuming you are talking about the Angelika Theater in New York on Houston street. Not the one actually in Houston.
Aequitas on Jun 13, 2009
Fisherr on Jun 13, 2009
This film was astounding, what a great theatrical experience. All the style and intelligence of a 70's science fiction film, with a newfound sense of hope wrapped in cynicism that only the new millenium could bring to film. Sam Rockwell was profoundly brilliant and the production design was breathtaking.
LINKFX on Jun 13, 2009
hey alex do you know if its coming to canada i live in victoria bc
chris on Jun 13, 2009
I look forward to checking it out. Thanks!
Bry from Chi on Jun 13, 2009
Hey Alex, Any word when Clint Mansell's score will be available for purchase?
Stryker on Jun 13, 2009
Saw it at the Arclight Hollywood. Good movie and a great performance by Sam R. We had a Q&A with Mr. Jones after the movie and he said the money cost $5M to make which i thought was interesting to hear. Most of the effects are models and not cgi. I liked that too. Clints score was awesome as always. But it seems like it will not be released...
sd on Jun 13, 2009
When is it coming to Canada!? This is no fair.
Matt on Jun 13, 2009
I doubt that sd, I saw Moon at Tribeca with a Q&A from Jones, Rockwell, and the writer and they said that it was going to be released. I don't know why it wouldn't anyway, The Wrestler's score was and that was literally one song.
Stryker on Jun 13, 2009
13, ah cool. Seems like he wasn't sure if there would be. I sure hope so cause i loved it!
sd on Jun 14, 2009
I just went to watch it tonight in NYC. I was surprised that Duncan Jones was at the movie theatre to introduce the film. I was very happy that I did not miss this film. It was well done and Sam Rockwell's performance was extraordinary. 8/10. BTW I didn't know he was David Bowie's kid
Bryan Zuluaga on Jun 14, 2009
NO ATLANTA?!??!!! This film looks great ... and it's not coming to ATL as far as I can see!
Khalil on Jun 15, 2009
when will this movie begin showingwithin the bay area?
rhayzerbak on Jun 18, 2009
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