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Michael Moore's new documentary sets Oscar-qualifying release date

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Star Wars tickets have already sold out, but there’s a saga of a different kind coming out right at the same time. A new, still-unnamed distribution company put together by members of RADiUS and Alamo Drafthouse has announced that it will release Michael Moore’s Where to Invade Next, a comic gallivant through foreign cultures, in New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 23. A nationwide rollout will follow beginning Jan. 15.

By opening before the end of the year, Moore’s first documentary since Capitalism: A Love Story six years ago is eligible for Oscar consideration. This time last year, Citizenfour was all but certain to win the Best Documentary award, but 2015 still lacks an obvious front-runner. Where to Invade Next, which has been received with acclaim by audiences and critics at film festivals, could very well put Moore’s squarely in contention for the prize.

In 2003, Moore won the Best Documentary Oscar for Bowling for Columbine and used his acceptance speech to condemn then President George W. Bush and the invasion of Iraq. For doing so, he was booed by the audience and played off by the orchestra. But with even the majority of Republican presidential candidates now asserting that the Iraq War was a blunder, it will be fascinating to watch as the ever opinionated Moore navigates through the next four months of Oscar politicking. 

Watch the trailer for Where to Invade Next below: