Film Preview: Wildlife (2018)

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(August 19, 2018) Original

Release Date:

October 19, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A boy witnesses his parents’ marriage falling apart after his mother finds another man.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: The wrinkled backdrop adds a certain measure of thematic depth and the expressions on the actors’ faces play into that. The problem really is that the composition itself is almost lifeless and considering a title like Wildlife, one would expect it to be a teensy bit more exciting.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: There isn’t enough information in this trailer to give the audience a general sense of why it’s important or significant. The performances of Jek Gyllenhaal and especially Carey Mulligan make it seem like something worth giving consideration to even if the trailer doesn’t sell itself that well.

Oscar Prospects:

With Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal in a fairly dramatic role, this could be an Oscar contender. It’s October release might be too early for an indie release to gain traction, or it might be perfect timing.

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The DVD Report #582

The House of Tomorrow is an unusual coming-of-age film about two rebellious Minnesota teenagers who form a punk rock duo. One, played by Asa Butterfield (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Hugo), is a naïve kid who was home schooled in Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller’s domed house of tomorrow by his former hippie grandmother, played by Ellen Burstyn. The other, played by Alex Wolff (The Naked Brothers Band), is a more worldly-wise youth recovering from a recent heart transplant. They meet when Wolff, his father (Nick Offerman), and sister (Maude Apatow) are part of a group touring Burstyn and Butterfield’s unique home.

First-time director Peter Livolsi wanted the best for his film, so he figured he’d start at the top and work his way down. He sent the script to Burstyn, not sure she’d accept, and not having the faintest notion that she had known “Bucky.” It turns out she had attended one of his lectures while she was filming The Exorcist and flew to Chicago to interview him during a five-hour stopover at O’Hare. They became friends and she has the home movies to prove it. She not only leaped at the chance to make the film but provided a delightful home movie of her and “Bucky” riding in a car.

Burstyn and Offerman are quite good in their roles, but the film belongs to the three young actors. Apatow, the daughter of Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann, grew up with Wolff and the two make a very believable brother and sister. Britisher Buttterfield, as he proved with The Space Between Us, does an American regional accent flawlessly.

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This Day in Oscar History: August 21 (2018)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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2010: Oscar Week in Review by Tripp Burton (1)

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Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “Crazy Rich Asians”

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Trailer Watch: The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Updated

New Poster (#2) / New Posters (#2-#3)

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, updated

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Aug. 17-19, 2018

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

The Morning After: Aug. 20, 2018

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:

Mission: Impossible – Fallout


Twenty-two years after Tom Cruise brought the television show Mission: Impossible into the modern age, the sixth film of the series pulls together all of the plot details and information of all prior installments to create a rousing, if predictable adventure.

Cruise plays Ethan Hunt, an undercover operative for the IMF, a secret organization dedicated to protecting the world from various shady characters. Hunt is a conscientious and seemingly careless spy who puts himself in grave danger to protect those around him while finding increasingly creative ways to get the upper hand on his enemies. More often than not, luck plays a major role in his ability to overcome any situation and the one he’s facing now is his most critical yet.

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Review: Downsizing (2017)

Downsizing

Rating

Director

Alexander Payne

Screenplay

Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor

Length

2h 15m

Starring

Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Kristen Wiig, Rolf Lassgard, Ingjerd Egeberg, Udo Kier, Soren Pilmark, Jason Sudeikis, Maribeth Monroe, Jayne Houdyshell, Phil Reeves, James Van Der Beek

MPAA Rating

R for language including sexual references, some graphic nudity and drug use.

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Review: The Big Sick (2017)

The Big Sick

Rating

Director

Michael Showalter

Screenplay

Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani

Length

2h

Starring

Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher, Zenobia Shroff, Adeel Akhtar, Bo Burnham, Aidy Bryant, Kurt Braunohler

MPAA Rating

R for language including some sexual references

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This Day in Oscar History: August 20 (2018)

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Poll: What Are You Most Anticipating? (Sep. 2018, Wide)

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Film Preview: Final Score (2018)

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(August 12, 2018) Original

Release Date:

September 14, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Some scores will never be settled.”

Poster Rating: D+ / C-

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Review: (#1) High above a football stadium (that’s soccer to Americans), a man with a gun seems to have a score to settle…on a sound stage as this looks horribly staged and unrealistic. (#2) Another stadium. Another disgruntled gunman. Tons of red coloring. This is an action movie as this poster wants us to know.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: If Die Hard were set in a sports stadium and played by the barely-an-actor Dave Bautista, it might look something like this. It almost feels like the addition of Pierce Brosnan is an attempt only to give the film credibility. It doesn’t work.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Weekend Preview: Aug. 24-26, 2018

Below are eight previews for films opening next weekend.

 

A.X.L. (Wide)

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The Happytime Murders (Wide)

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Blue Iguana (Limited)

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The Bookshop (Limited)

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An L.A. Minute (Limited)

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Papillon (Limited)

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Searching (Limited)

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Support the Girls (Limited)

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Film Preview: Support the Girls (2018)

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(August 19, 2018) Original

Release Date:

August 24, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The general manager at a highway-side ”sports bar with curves” has her incurable optimism and faith, in her girls, her customers, and herself, tested over the course of a long, strange day.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: Taking away from your design with giant letters is a bold and poorly executed move here, though the background doesn’t really need to be emphasized, but perhaps the foreground does and even it’s subsumed by large text.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: There are some funny moments in the trailer, but the trailer makes the film feel like a loose plot designed to string together loosely humorous situations into a film that says almost nothing.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: An L.A. Minute (2018)

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(August 19, 2018) Original

Release Date:

August 24, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An L.A. Minute is a satirical look at fame, success, the star-making machinery and the karma that attaches to all those who worship at the altar of Celebrity. Everyone can identify with the dilemma that the protagonist, the best-selling author Ted Gold, faces when Velocity, an avant-garde performance artist and the living embodiment of integrity, rocks his 1% world. But, as is often the case in real life, what you see is not exactly what you get.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: It’s one of those designs that tries to juxtapose stuffy oldness and modernism without even remotely succeeding.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: What is the purpose of this story? It’s impossible to really get a grasp of this other than to suggest it’s a film about an aging white man put out to pasture by sensationalism, which is apparently a bad thing. That kind of message just doesn’t fit in a modern cinematic landscape.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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