"The Hurt Locker" is finally coming to Pittsburgh. A date of July 24 had been announced but word came last week that it was being bumped to July 31 at (I've been told) AMC-Loews and the Manor in Squirrel Hill, with more theaters added on Aug. 7. Given the proximity of those two moviehouses, it seems silly to open a few miles apart but this is a coveted booking of a well-reviewed movie that could easily turn up on many Top 10 lists of 2009.
"Hurt Locker" is being touted as a possible Oscar nominee, now that the Best Picture field has been expanded to 10. It's an Iraq War movie that gets it right; lots of action and teamwork, no political discourse. No wonder it's the best reviewed movie (in limited release) on www.metacritic.com.
It also represents a leap for Summit, until now often known as the company that "Twilight" built.
Jack Pan, EVP of marketing for Summit Entertainment, told my colleague Sharon Eberson (in a Comic-Con related interview):
"As a studio, the philosophy and the goal here has always been to create a diverse portfolio of films to appeal to different audiences as well as a few that are critically acclaimed films. Ultimately what drives decisions here are great stories, and to have the critical success of a movie like ‘The Hurt Locker' along with the commercial success of a movie like ‘Twilight' and ‘Knowing,' for example, it's really a great validation to the team that started this studio."