Trailer Watch: The Wizard of Lies (2017) Updated

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The Wizard of Lies, updated

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The DVD Report #513

Woman of the Year is one of the best Criterion Collection Blu-ray releases ever. Not only do we get George Stevens’ classic 1942 film, the first of nine films over a twenty-six-year period starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, we get loads of significant extras.

The extras include a new on-camera interview with George Stevens Jr., a 1967 audio interview with George Stevens, a new interview with George Stevens biographer Marilyn Ann Moss, an appropriately titled 20-minute documentary on Katharine Hepburn called Woman of the Century, and two of the best feature-length film show biz documentaries of all time, 1984’s George Stevens: A Filmmaker’s Journey by George Stevens Jr. and 1986’s The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn.

The film itself won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and a much-deserved nomination for Hepburn. Oddly enough, neither Hepburn nor Tracy received a nomination for any of their other collaborations until their last, 1967’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, for which Tracy was nominated posthumously and Hepburn finally won her elusive second Oscar.

Women at preview audiences found Hepburn’s feminist character too smug so they re-filmed the ending which made her character more human by having her made vulnerable by not knowing how to fry an egg. For a time, more modern women scoffed at that, as women being successful in the kitchen as well as the office have become commonplace. Maybe it’s time to relax and just enjoy the film for what it is, one of the smartest comedies ever made.

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This Day in Oscar History: April 25 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “Born in China”

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Trailer Watch: The Beguiled (2017) Updated

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The Beguiled, updated

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Apr. 21-23, 2017

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

This Day in Oscar History: April 24 (2017)

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Trailer Watch: Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Updated

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Transformers: The Last Knight, updated

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Poll: What Are You Most Anticipating? (May 2017, Limited)

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Weekend Preview: Apr. 28-30, 2017

Below are six previews for films opening next weekend.

 

The Circle (Wide)

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How to Be a Latin Lover (Wide)

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Sleight (Wide)

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Buster’s Mal Heart (Limited)

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The Mayor (Limited)

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One Week and a Day (Limited)

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Film Preview: One Week and a Day (2017)

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(April 23, 2017) Original

Release Date:

April 28, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “When Eyal finishes the week of mourning for his late son, his wife urges him to return to their routine but instead he gets high with a young neighbor and sets out to discover that there are still things in his life worth living for.”

Poster Rating: C / C- / C-

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Review: (#1) It’s simple and the scene pictured shows a great deal of the dynamic between the parties in the relationship. It’s a dull poster otherwise. (#2) A nicely drawn, but rudimentary and forgettable design. (#3) This does a better job than the previous in conveying the film’s layers, but the art is a little less compelling.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: This drama about mourning and moving on has some engaging moments, but it feels a bit stale in places.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Mayor (2017)

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(April 23, 2017) Original

Release Date:

April 28, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “For the first time in Korean history, the Seoul Mayor attempts third term in mayor’s office.”

Poster Rating: B

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Review: Surrounded by his own campaign posters, a politician has a look of concern. An interesting thematic design.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: If you’ve seen one movie about corrupt politicians, you’ve seen them all. While that’s not necessarily always the case, it is the case when you compare their trailers. This looks no different than its many American counterparts.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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This Day in Oscar History: April 23 (2017)

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Film Preview: The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)

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(April 16, 2017) Original

Release Date:

August 18, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The world’s top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.”

Poster Rating: B-

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Review: The attempt to conjure images of the Whitney Houston film Bodyguard add to the depth of the humor involved. It does appear to be PhotoShopped, but that’s immaterial.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: This Red Band trailer has a lot of cursing in it, but there’s no better way to watch a film starring Samuel L. Jackson riffing on his own typecast personality. Ryan Reynolds isn’t a slouch either.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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This Day in Oscar History: April 22 (2017)

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