One of the most worthwhile documentaries of 2013, "Cutie and the Boxer" has been relatively unsung since it made its debut in January at the Sundance Film Festival. It earned appreciative reviews and numerous subsequent festival slots, but it has been booked in only a dozen theaters since it began its limited theatrical release in August via RADiUS-TWC, the so-called "boutique label" of The Weinstein Company.
The film's profile began to be elevated this month, however. On Dec. 3, the documentary branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences named "Cutie and the Boxer" to its "short list" of 15 films (narrowed down from 147 qualifying features) from which will come the five nominees for the next Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Meanwhile, film critic A.O. Scott of The New York Times this week named "Cutie" to his list of the top five documentaries of 2013.
In the midst of this renewed attention, Memphis now gets a chance to see the movie: "Cutie and the Boxer" screens at 7 tonight (Thursday, Dec. 12) at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Full screening information is here.