Pittsburghers know that when TV commercials say "now playing everywhere" that's not always the case. Here are the most frequently asked questions:
1. When is "Hyde Park on Hudson" opening in Pittsburgh?
2. Where will "Amour" play in Pittsburgh?
3. Is "56 Up" coming here?
"Hyde Park on Hudson," which failed to gain any Oscar love — including for a very good Bill Murray as FDR — has no Pittsburgh date. It was on the list of worst movies of 2012 in Entertainment Weekly but that's not automatically a kiss of death but it certainly doesn't help.
I wouldn't be surprised if "Hyde Park," also starring Laura Linney as FDR's cousin who may have had a romantic relationship with the president, opens only on a single screen here or quietly starts the slide to DVD. So there's no date yet.
2. "Amour" should open Friday, Feb. 15, at the Regent Square Theater. That give you nine or 10 days to see it before the Oscars where it's competing in five categories.
Emmanuelle Riva's nominated performance is in French. The Academy reports five performers have won Oscars for languages other than English: Sophia Loren, "Two Women"; Robert De Niro, "The Godfather Part II"; Roberto Benigni, "Life Is Beautiful"; Benicio Del Toro, "Traffic"; and Marion Cotillard, "La Vie en Rose." Marlee Matlin was named best actress for a performance almost entirely in American Sign Language.
3. "56 Up," Michael Apted's latest installment revisiting a group of former students every seven years, should open in March. His previous movie, "49 Up," played here in November 2006 as part of the Three Rivers Film Festival.
Apted has been chronicling the life of a dozen or so people for British television (movies in this country) since the early 1960s. One of the women threatened to bow out when she turned 50. Guess we'll see if that happened.