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Cinema Sight Asks: Now that you've seen "Toy Story 4," which Toy Story is best?

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Film Preview: Doctor Sleep (2019)

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(June 23, 2019) Original

Release Date:

November 8, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Years following the events of “The Shining,” a now-adult Dan Torrence meets a young girl with similar powers as his and tries to protect her from a cult known as The True Knot who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: Being familiar with the origin is good. Writing everything, including the title and release window in reverse is good. Having little else to look at is very bad.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: The regular touches on the original The Shining make the film feel like a part of that universe without quite selling itself as standing apart or at least giving the audience a new story worth exploring.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Ladyworld (2019)

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(June 23, 2019) Original

Release Date:

August 2, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Eight teenage girls become trapped in an endless birthday party after a massive (imaginary?) earthquake. The girls’ sanity and psyches dissolve as they run out of food and water. Eventually, they regress to their baser instincts, exploiting each other’s fears and insecurities.”

Poster Rating: –


Review: There was no poster immediately available for my review. Should one become available in the future, this section will be updated.

Trailer Rating: B+

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Review: With hints of Suspiria, this trailer deftly cuts together somewhat disparate scenes to create a cohesive narrative with very little information available making it appealing towards fans of the Dario Argento classic.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jun. 21-23, 2019

We had one film release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Toy Story 4

There is no question of if Toy Story 4 gets an Oscar nomination, but whether it can break into Best Picture or not and which other categories it might be seen in.

When the first Toy Story was released in 1995, there was no category for Animmated Feature. As such, it didn’t have a guaranteed nomination. However, it still managed to pull off three nominations in Original Screenplay, Original Song, and Original Musical or Comedy Score. Four years later, the first sequel was released. The category still didn’t exist, but this time, it only managed a single nomination for Original Song. To this point in the series’ history, it had won only a special honorary Oscar for the first film and nothing since.

Fast forward 11 years to the third film in the series. By this point, the Best Animated Feature category existed and had already seen nine winners. To no one’s surprise, Toy Story 3 handily won Best Animated Feature and also picked up the award for Original Song. What was notable about this film, however, was not that the series had finally won competitive Oscars, but that it became the third and most recent film to earn a Best Picture nomination (after Beauty and the Beast in 1991 when there were only five nominees and no Best Animated Feature category and Up the year before Toy Story 3). While it wasn’t necessarily a huge achievement, for this series it was huge. It was also nominated for Adapted Screenplay and Sound Editing.

We are now nine years removed from that auspicious third chapter and with strong reviews from critics and a huge opening weekend, the film is sure to be a Best Animated Feature nominee. What has changed since then, however, is that even the most acclaimed Pixar films haven’t managed to crack the Best Picture race. With even the animation branch at the Academy leery of sequels in general with Toy Story 3 one of a small number even nominated, and the only one to date to have won Best Animated Feature, the climb will be difficult. If any film can, it would be this one. While Best Animated Feature itself isn’t even a lock for a win and the Original Song, Original Score, and Adapted Screenplay categories are also in play along with Sound Editing, the film will certainly pick up at least one nomination, but winning might not be in the cards.

Review: Jackie (2016)

Jackie

Rating

Director

Pablo Larraín

Screenplay

Noah Oppenheim

Length

100 min.

Starring

Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, John Hurt, Richard E. Grant, Caspar Phillipson, Beth Grant, John Carroll Lynch, Max Casella

MPAA Rating

R for brief strong violence and some language

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This Day in Oscar History: June 24 (2019)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: What Are You Most Anticipating? (Jul. 2019, Limited)

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Cinema Sight Asks: Which July 2019 limited release are you most anticipating?

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Film Preview: The 16th Episode (2019)

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(June 16, 2019) Original

Release Date:

June 28, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Three You tubers struggling to get more views on their adventure channel, travel to the mythical city of Casablanca, unaware that it hides a terrifying secret.”

Poster Rating: –


Review: There was no poster immediately available for my review. Should one become available in the future, this section will be updated.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: This found footage style horror film lacks the specificity or intrigue that one might expect from such things, meaning it’s unlikely to leave an impression or to be a success as a result.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Sword of Trust (2019)

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(June 16, 2019) Original

Release Date:

July 12, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Cynthia and Mary show up to collect Cynthia’s inheritance from her deceased grandfather, but the only item she receives is an antique sword that was believed by her grandfather to be proof that the South won the Civil War.”

Poster Rating: –


Review: There was no poster immediately available for my review. Should one become available in the future, this section will be updated.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: The attempt at humor is rough at times and while there are some mildly amusing elements, the entirety of the trailer lacks the specificity or excitement one would expect to find in a trailer attempting to lure audiences to the cineplex.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Jun. 28-30, 2019

Below are three previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Annabelle Comes Home (Wide)

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Yesterday (Wide)

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Better Days (Limited)

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Ophelia (Limited)

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Film Preview: Better Days (2019)

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(June 23, 2019) Original

Release Date:

June 27, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “When it is time for the Chinese gaokao, the entire country comes to a standstill. For nearly ten million high school students, this two-day national college entrance exam will determine where and if they get to study. It is not uncommon for the fates of entire families to hinge on the results. Like so many others, Nian has been single-mindedly preparing for the exam, at the exclusion of everything else and all alone. A classmate has committed suicide and she has become the target of relentless bullying. Meanwhile, fate brings her together with small-time criminal Bei and the two of them seal a pact. Derek Kwok-cheung Tsang’s intense melodramatic thriller paints a bleak picture of an oppressive society, in the guise of a gripping fairy-tale love story.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: Symbolic in the confines of the film, but as a standalone piece of advertising, it isn’t terribly compelling.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: The narrative struggles to reveal itself in this trailer that works more towards establishing the meekness and downtrodden nature of the main character rather than expressing to the viewer what they should expect from her attempt to rise past that trauma.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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This Day in Oscar History: June 23 (2019)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Trailer Watch: Late Night (2019) Updated

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Late Night, updated

Preview Link: CLICK HERE for all of the new content as well as the original.

Film Preview: Daughter of the Wolf (2019)

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(June 16, 2019) Original

Release Date:

August 2, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A military veteran hunts the men who kidnapped her son.”

Poster Rating: B-

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Review: It’s a color scheme we’ve seen too often, but instead of leaving a lot of vacant white spaces, the designers has carefully filled most of them in with albeit minor details that gives the design a measure of depth. The composition is otherwise a bit rough, but not unappealing.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: This action thriller has some of the elements that have graced such films in the past without presenting the level of excitement and intrigue that audiences will desire.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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This Day in Oscar History: June 22 (2019)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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