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Film Preview: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

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(May 29, 2016) Original

Release Date:

March 17, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An adaptation of the classic fairy-tale about a monstrous prince and a young woman who fall in love.”

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: Anyone who’s a fan of the original movie will certainly fill with emotion at the first strains of the opening music. The sumptuous detail of the castle gives one hope, but there just isn’t enough to be able to verify that it’s going to live up to the original.

Oscar Prospects:

The original animated feature was a major Oscar nominee, the first animated feature ever nominated for Best Picture. I doubt this one can accomplish that, but it’s sure to be in play for several design nominations.

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of May 27-29, 2016

We had two films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Alice Through the Looking Glass

When Tim Burton brought his vision of the classic Lewis Carroll novels to the big screen in 2010 with Alice in Wonderland, a new era was born. This era featured Disney almost annually resurrecting its legendary animated films in stylish live-action versions. The original still remains the most successful in terms of Oscar recognition with three nominations and two victories.

Burton’s films have always been key players in the creative categories, and his films’ wins have also been a fairly common occurrence. That’s why the film won Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design. The Visual Effects nomination was always a long shot, so its failure was expected.

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The Morning After: May 30, 2016

Welcome to The Morning After, where I share with you what movies I’ve seen over the past week. Below, you will find short reviews of those movies along with a star rating. Full length reviews may come at a later date.

So, here is what I watched this past week:

X-Men: Apocalypse


As Disney/Marvel continues to dominate the box office with its Aveners team-ups, Fox has been successfully leveraging their X-Men franchise to keep a strong competition going. With Deadpool earlier this year, they proved that they have plenty of capacity to grow the series and keep fans enthused. With X-Men: Apocalypse, the younger version of the original cast have settled into their roles in Bryan Singer’s long awaited fourth outing in the universe.

With a title and a villain like Apocalypse, having massive destruction was to be expected and they certainly deliver. Most of the catastrophe is limited to Cairo, Egypt and its ancient region, but the Xavier mansion gets plenty of attention as well. One should expect a visual effects extravaganza and it delivers in spades. Perhaps there are too many effects, but they are done with some level of creativity from the chilling flowing light effects that filled the stone tables on which Apocalypse transfers his essence to the fascinating pyramidal construct that is the final set piece. There are plenty of effects given to each character’s fantastic powers as well, making for a visual feast.

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This Day in Oscar History: May 30 (2016)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died


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Poll: What Are You Most Anticipating? (Jun. 2016, Limited)

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Film Preview: Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)

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(May 22, 2016) Original

Release Date:

July 8, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Two brothers place an online ad to find dates for a wedding and the ad goes viral.”

Poster Rating: B- / C-

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Review: (#1) It has a bit of sexy, a bit of humor and a bit of everyone in the cast. That is probably the best we’re going to do since it isn’t very exciting artistically or structurally. (#2) This is dull and misogynistic. For a film that tries to paint itself as feminist friendly with it strong female stereotypes, looking like a playboy fantasy doesn’t help much.

Trailer Rating: C / C-

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Review: (#1 & #2) This green band/red band trailer set at least has some distinctive elements between the trailer. The latter may be more detailed in its plot verification, but it ultimately fails to provide the necessary comedic touches to explain why the film needed to be R-rated in the first place.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Jun. 3-5, 2016

Below are six previews for films opening next weekend.
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Film Preview: The Fits (2016)

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(May 29, 2016) Original

Release Date:

June 3, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “While training at the gym 11-year-old tomboy Toni becomes entranced with a dance troupe. As she struggles to fit in she finds herself caught up in danger as the group begins to suffer from fainting spells and other violent fits.”

Poster Rating: C+ / C- / C

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Review: (#1) A dance-inspired, visually inventive design. It lacks depth or pizzazz, but for the film in question, it does a sufficient job of espousing creativity. (#2) I’m not exactly sure how this is germane to the film’s premise, but even if it were, the garish color scheme and minimalist design is ineffective. (#3) A simple design with the protagonist proudly displayed. I doubt it will sell many tickets, but it’s not awful for the film in question.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: The blend of music, fresh cuts and dramatic expression make this look a lot more interesting than a more subdued or more traditional trailer might have.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Final Master (2016)

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(May 29, 2016) Original

Release Date:

June 3, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A Wing Chun master has to defeat 8 martial arts schools to open his own school, yet he has become a chess piece to the local power dynamics.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: A jumbled design that tries to go for an epic approach, but ends up deep in the mediocrity weeds.

Trailer Rating: C / C

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Review: (#1 & #2) These two trailers try to achieve different goals, but neither is immediately successful. The first feels like it wants to focus on action heavy theatrics while the second feels like it’s trying to cast a warm, romantic glow over the film. Is it a combination or do the trailer makers not know how to adequately sell the product?

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Approaching the Unknown (2016)

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(May 29, 2016) Original

Release Date:

June 3, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An American astronaut prepares for a mission to Mars.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: The Red Planet (Mars) isn’t actually reflected in the visor, just sort of superimposed, which makes the premise of the design crumble.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Modestly contemplative, the trailer sets this up as a more subdued version of films like Gravity and Interstellar, but it lacks the emotional resonance of those pics, at least in the trailer.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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This Day in Oscar History: May 29 (2016)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born


Died

Released


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Film Preview: Bad Moms (2016)

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(May 22, 2016) Original

Release Date:

July 29, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “When three overworked and under-appreciated moms are pushed beyond their limits, they ditch their conventional responsibilities for a jolt of long overdue freedom, fun, and comedic self-indulgence.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: Moms Gone Wild. That might be a more interesting film than the film this poster suggests.

Trailer Rating: C+ / C+

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Review: (#1 & #2) Apart from a couple of scenes towards the end, these two trailers are carbon copies of one another with the red band working to insert as many swear words as the prior trailer left out. If you want your film to look like a decent R-rated company, don’t create a trailer that suggests that it would be just as funny if it were PG-13, which is what these two trailers end up suggesting. There are some funny moments, but it looks like a crass attempt to cash in with women audiences. Having the film directed by two men doesn’t give one much hope.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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This Day in Oscar History: May 28 (2016)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died


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Film Preview: Lights Out (2016)

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(May 22, 2016) Original

Release Date:

July 22, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A woman is haunted by a creature that only appears when the lights go out.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: It sends a strong message, but that doesn’t mean it’s sufficiently artistic. While posters don’t need to be more than sales tools, inventiveness does count for a lot in poster design.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: The original short film is quite frightening. It’s easy to see why studios would want to try to cash in on that. However, is the premise strong enough to support a full length feature. This trailer suggests that it might not be with a lot of padding around the plot and only a couple of genuine chills in the trailer’s entirety.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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