HOLLYWOOD (WWJ) – You may remember that I first wrote about “Middle of Nowhere” back in August after watching the movie’s trailer and learning that the writer and director, Ava DuVernay, had won the coveted Best Director Award at the prestigious 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

I’m writing about “Middle of Nowhere” again because it’s opening in Detroit this weekend on Friday, October 19. And being privy to seeing the movie before it opens in theaters, I consider it my duty to tell you whether or not it’s deserving of you finding time to carve out of your schedule in order to fit it into your weekend activities.

The short answer is yes.

“Middle of Nowhere” tackles a tough subject. It deals with a wife who faithfully goes about her day-to-day life while waiting for her husband to one day be released from prison. The wife, Ruby (Emayatzy Corinealdi) is “a bright medical student who sets aside her dreams and suspends her career” so that she can visit her husband behind bars. While her husband, Derek (Omari Hardwick), seems accepting of his new life behind the walls of a maximum security prison, Ruby just can’t imagine life without him, that is, until she’s forced to deal with a situation she never would have imagined.

While the events unfold on screen, audience members will probably find themselves asking the question, “What would I do in a similar situation?” The answer may not be as easy as it seems. Hence, the “Middle of Nowhere.”

“Middle of Nowhere” has been drawing huge crowds since its opening in select theaters across the country, averaging an impressive $13,000 per screen. Now, Detroiters get a chance to see it, too.

“Middle of Nowhere” opens on Friday, October 19, at the AMC Southfield. Audiences attending the 7:00 p.m. and 9:40 p.m. showings will get a special treat. Star Omari Hardwick will be in attendance meeting with fans and participating in a Q&A session.

Check it out, let me know what you think and I’ll see you at the movies!

Click here for the official website and trailer.

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