Not Coming to a Theater Near You

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Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Type of site
Film criticism
Alexa rank 1,048,706 (April 2014)[1]
Launched 2001
Current status Active

Not Coming to a Theater Near You is a film review website. As its name suggests, the site shies away from new releases in favor of retrospective looks at older, lesser-known films.[2]


Not Coming to a Theater Near You was founded as a printed column in 1998 and has been online-only since 2001. Since 2009, Not Coming to a Theater Near You has put on public screenings of select films at 92YTribeca in New York City.[3] Stills, an offshoot of the site featuring a different still image from a film every day, was also launched in 2009.

In 2010, Film Comment, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's official journal, counted Not Coming to a Theater Near You as being among the top film criticism sites (alongside Moving Image Source, indieWIRE, Ain't It Cool News, and others), calling it "an ambitious online resource for reevaluations of forgotten and fringe cinema."[4] David Hudson, writing for Mubi's The Auteurs Daily, included the site on a similar best-of list.[5]


In addition to standalone reviews, much of the content on Not Coming to a Theater Near You comes in the form of interviews, festival coverage, and features highlighting specific genres and directors. Examples include:

In a contributors' poll on the best films of the 2000s, five films received five or more votes (from a total of 14 contributors): Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, In the Mood for Love, Mulholland Drive, There Will Be Blood, and Zodiac.[7]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ "Site Information". Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  3. ^ "Cultural Institution and Community Center - 92nd Street Y - New York, NY". 92Y. Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  4. ^ Film Society of Lincoln Center. "Film Comment | | Film Society of Lincoln Center". Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  5. ^ "Best Film Sites on Notebook". MUBI. 2009-11-05. Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  6. ^ "31 Days of Horror VII". Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  7. ^ "2000–2009: Contributors Poll". Retrieved 2012-03-25. 

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