John / March 23rd, 2016

Following impressive critical and audience response, the sci-fi thriller “Midnight Special,” from acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols, will launch the second wave of its North American release on Friday, April 1st. The film earned an outstanding $38,000 per-screen average across only five theaters in its March 18th debut in New York, Los Angeles and Austin, for an approximate opening weekend total of $190,000 in only five theaters, making it one of the year’s most successful limited openings.

“Midnight Special” will next expand to approximately 55 screens in 17 total markets, with additional openings set for Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Washington DC, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle, Minneapolis, Portland, Little Rock, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

The film, starring Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher and Sam Shepard, first played to overwhelming acclaim at its February 12th world premiere in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival, and again at SXSW on March 12th. Stellar reviews have top critics calling it “brilliant,” “gripping,” “spell-binding” and “ambitious,” citing great performances and proclaiming Nichols “a master filmmaker.”

Beyond its April 1st expansion, “Midnight Special” will continue its theatrical rollout with additional screens and markets on April 8th, April 15th and April 22nd.

Writer/director Jeff Nichols proves again that he is one of the most compelling storytellers of our time with the sci-fi thriller “Midnight Special.” A provocative, genre-defying film as supernatural as it is intimately human, it follows a father, Roy (Michael Shannon), who goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), a boy with mysterious powers that even Roy himself cannot comprehend. What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Risking everything, Roy is committed to helping Alton reach his ultimate purpose, whatever that might be and whatever it costs, in a story that takes audiences on a perilous journey from Texas to the Florida coast, while exploring the bonds of love and trust, and the nature of faith.

Midnight Special” stars Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (“99 Homes,” “Revolutionary Road”), Joel Edgerton (“Black Mass”), Kirsten Dunst (TV’s “Fargo”), Adam Driver (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), Jaeden Lieberher (“St. Vincent”) and Oscar nominee Sam Shepard (“The Right Stuff,” “August Osage County”).

Jeff Nichols (“Mud,” “Take Shelter”) directed the film from his own screenplay. It is produced by Oscar nominee Sarah Green (“The Tree of Life,” “Mud”) and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (the “Insidious” films, “Sinister”), who previously collaborated with Nichols on his critically acclaimed thriller “Take Shelter.” Glen Basner, Hans Graffunder and Christos V. Konstantakopoulos served as executive producers.

Also reuniting with Nichols behind the scenes were director of photography Adam Stone, production designer Chad Keith and editor Julie Monroe. David Wingo composed the score.



John / March 22nd, 2016

On March 8th an “Afternoon Tea with Q&A in Celebration of Midnight Special” was held at 21 Club in New York. Kirsten, Michael Shannon, Jaeden Lieberher, & director Jeff Nichols attended the Q&A & I’ve added pics to the gallery.

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John / March 21st, 2016

Jeff Nichols’ “Midnight Special” (Warner Bros.) marks the writer-director’s third straight strong opener. Its debut in New York and Los Angeles theaters is the best of the year so far. And three other films that debuted well last week—”Hello, My Name Is Doris,” “Eye in the Sky” and “City of Gold”— also expanded well. Just in time, fresh titles are arriving to fill screens in the anemic post-Oscar period.

“Midnight Special” (Warner Bros.) Criticwire: B+; Metacritic: 78; Festivals include: Berlin, South by Southwest 2016.

$185,000 in 5 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $37,000.

After his successful middle-America dramas “Take Shelter” and “Mud,” director Jeff Nichols went further afield with this sci-fi story about a young boy with religious cult connections. His father (Michael Shannon) tries to protect him from forces trying to track him down, including government officials who are aware of the boy’s apparent unworldly powers. Warner Bros., not incapable of finding platform success beyond Clint Eastwood films — they had a somewhat bigger opening with a December opening of “Her” in 2014 — has made a major commitment to a more niche than usual film. They achieved at a minimum the top limited opening of the year so far (50% better than last weekend’s “Eye in the Sky”) and look to carefully nurture this going forward.

What comes next: This continues its tiered expansion next week, with early results suggesting a real chance that this becomes a significant early year success.

Tom Brueggemann; indiewire.com

Wow only 5 theaters, I had no idea just how limited an opening the film had. Very impressive figures though.



John / March 18th, 2016

“Midnight Special” goes on release in select U.S cinemas today. Don’t miss it!

U.S based fans can find the nearest cinemas that are screening the film here.



John / March 17th, 2016

I’ve added to the gallery more pics of Kirsten at the “Meet the Filmmaker”: Midnight Special Discussion Panel that was held in New York last week.

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John / March 13th, 2016

Last night the U.S Premiere of “Midnight Special” was held at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. Kirsten attended the premiere along with the films director Jeff Nichols & co-stars Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton & Jaeden Lieberher. Kirstens friend & Fargo co-star Jesse Plemons also attended the premiere. I’ve added pics to the gallery.

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John / March 10th, 2016

I’ve added to the gallery pics of Kirsten at the AOL Build Speaker Series: “Midnight Special” Cast Discussion on Tuesday.

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John / March 9th, 2016

Todays edition of “Good Morning America” featured this pre-recorded interview with Kirsten.



John / March 9th, 2016

Yesterday (Monday) a “Meet the Filmmaker”: Midnight Special Discussion Panel was held at the Apple Store in New York. Taking part were Kirsten, director Jeff Nichols & cast members Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton & Jaeden Lieberher. I’ve added pics to the gallery.

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John / March 8th, 2016

This morning AOL BUILD held a “Midnight Special” interview in New York. Kirsten, director Jeff Nichols, & co-stars Joel Edgerton & Jaeden Lieberher took part in the interview which you can watch here.



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