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October 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

In the apparent hope that discussions about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on the fiftieth anniversary of that event may stir interest in their film, the distributors of Parkland have moved the release date of the film to Nov. 22. (The anniversary, film critic A.O. Scott remarked facetiously in his review of the movie in the New York Times, amounts to “a ripe business opportunity.”) The film describes the chaotic events that ensued in Dallas, TX on the day Kennedy was shot, Nov. 22, 1963. After premiering at the Venice Film Festival on Sept. 1, it is set to be screened at the BFI London Film Festival on Wednesday. Parkland, which stars Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver and Paul Giamatti, opened domestically to mostly poor reviews on Oct. 4 and earned just $310,000 on 257 screens over its opening weekend. Several critics have noted that while “Parkland” is the name of the hospital where Kennedy was taken following the assassination, very little of the plot actually takes place there. Kyle Smith in the New York Post wrote that it “takes one of the most traumatizing events of the American 20th century and turns it into a trivia digest.”