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90th Oscars: Presenters, Group 2

The second batch of presenters have been announced. Looking over the list, we have another varied group with lots of minorities, though still no gay or lesbian presenters. Mark Hamill and Armie Hammer are the only two straight white guys on the list.

10 MORE PRESENTERS ANNOUNCED FOR 90TH OSCARS®

GAL GADOT, MARK HAMILL, ARMIE HAMMER, OSCAR ISAAC, LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA, GINA RODRIGUEZ, EVA MARIE SAINT, WES STUDI, KELLY MARIE TRAN AND ZENDAYA

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Film Preview: The Life of the Party (2018)

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(February 18, 2018) Original

Release Date:

May 11, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime dedicated housewife Deanna turns regret into re-set by going back to college – landing in the same class and school as her daughter, who’s not entirely sold on the idea. Plunging headlong into the campus experience, the increasingly outspoken Deanna — now Dee Rock — embraces freedom, fun, and frat boys on her own terms, finding her true self in a senior year no one ever expected.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: If it weren’t for that awful background, this would be a much more interesting design. Even if it’s intended to look like the backdrop that might be used for a class portrait, which this pose might suggest, there isn’t enough to support that decision.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: There are some rather weak bits of humor in the trailer, but there are also some strong ones, which could make this a mixed bag.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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2018 Spring Season Preview: March

Here we look at the upcoming month’s offerings.

March 2, 2018

Death Wish

Premise: From IMDb: “A mild-mannered father is transformed into a killing machine after his family is torn apart by a violent act.”
Box Office Prospects: $60 M
Expectations: Uncertain. The Original film made roughly $108 million adjusted for inflation back in 1974. There are three factors that may ultimately work against it. Bruce Willis hasn’t had a sizable hit in some time with $67 being the average of his last two solo efforts, the last being 5 years ago. The second is director Eli Roth has only once had a box office hit and that was a minor one with Hostel making just over $47 million. The third is that it’s opening against spy thriller Red Sparrow starring the more formidable box office draw Jennifer Lawrence.
Oscar Prospects: None.
Cinema Sight Preview: See my preview of this title here.
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Looking at the Weekend: Feb. 23-25, 2018

Any movie releasing this week will have to accept being at least second to Black Panther. Of the three wide releases, only two of them really have a shot at being the week’s top opening. Annihilation‘s best chance comes with sci-fi audiences hungry for fascinating and dangerous adventures. Game Night hopes to act as counter-programming to Black Panther as a comedy. I’m giving the edge to R-rated Game Night.

Our Highest Rated Films: Annihilation
Our Best Awards Ratings: Annihilation (Oscars), Hannah (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

The Cured
Survivors Guide to Prison

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The Rundown 2017: Visual Effects

For our fifteenth Rundown article, we look at the only category that visually overlays something onto nothing. After the jump, you’ll find our winner and runner-up predictions for Best Visual Effects as well as general commentary about the race. Thursday, we’ll cover the category that was once a special achievement award while its aural counterpart was a full-fledged category.
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90th Oscars: The Polls – Best Foreign Language Film

For the next two weeks, we’re going to present to you polls for who and what you think the best of 2017 was based on the Oscar nominations. Every morning at 8am and 8pm, we’ll post a new poll for each category. Just submit your vote for the best in that category and that’s it. We’ll have one final post the Friday before the Oscars with all the category polls combined.

Best Foreign Language Film

Which of these Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language Film is best?

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This Day in Oscar History: February 21 (2018)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

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Precursor: 20th Costume Designers Guild Awards (2017)

The Costume Designers Guild has upended expectations by selection two of three rather surprising choices. Phantom Thread failed to pick up the expected Period Costume Design award while Beauty and the Beast failed in Fantasy. That two double-whammy against the presumed Oscar frontrunners puts into question their continued success in the race. The only largely expected winner was I, Tonya in Contemporary.

The Awards

Best Period Costume Design

The Shape of Water (RU:Wesley, RU:Peter, RU:Tripp)

Best Fantasy Costume Design

Wonder Woman (RU:Peter)

Best Contemporary Costume Design

I, Tonya (Wesley, Tripp, Thomas)

Costume Designers Guild Data

First Awards: 1998 (20)

90th Oscars: The Polls – Best Documentary Feature

For the next two weeks, we’re going to present to you polls for who and what you think the best of 2017 was based on the Oscar nominations. Every morning at 8am and 8pm, we’ll post a new poll for each category. Just submit your vote for the best in that category and that’s it. We’ll have one final post the Friday before the Oscars with all the category polls combined.

Best Documentary Feature

Which of these Oscar nominees for Best Documentary Feature is best?

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Film Preview: I Feel Pretty (2018)

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(February 18, 2018) Original

Release Date:

June 29, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A head injury causes a woman to develop an extraordinary amount of confidence and believes she’s drop-dead gorgeous.”

Poster Rating: D+

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Review: She may feel pretty, but the poster is not. The blank white background is hideous and the title coloration is blocky and ugly even if it does tie slightly into the wisely chosen image of Amy Schumer.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: There are quite a few funny moments in the trailer and in spite of some of the more problematic elements to the films messaging, it should be quite the engaging comedy.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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The DVD Report #556

Roman J. Israel, Esq. was the highly anticipated film from writer-director Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler) that underwhelmed critics and audiences when it opened last November. Although reviews of the film were mixed, most critics and audiences agreed that Denzel Washington gave one of his best performances as the title character, an idealistic criminal defense attorney who loses his way and pays a price for his soon regretted indiscretion.

The actor earned his eighth Oscar nomination for his performance, which in my estimation is his best since 1992’s Malcolm X, the film that brought him the first of his six lead Oscar nominations after having received two in support. Those earlier two included one for 1989’s Glory for which he received the first of his two wins. He subsequently won in the lead category for playing a rare out-and-out villain in 2001’s Training Day. Most of his characters, though, have either been staunch heroes or just ordinary human beings with recognizable frailties we are all subject to. Roman J. Israel is such a character.

Having spent his entire career in partnership with another attorney who made the court appearances for which Roman did the research and prep work, he is like a fish out of water when his partner becomes incapacitated and he must meet face-to-face with clients, assistant district attorneys, and judges. A brilliant savant, he is unable to control himself when the assistant DA’s and judges don’t see the logic in his arguments, often resulting in problems for his clients as well as himself.

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The Rundown 2017: Cinematography

For our fourteenth Rundown article, we look at the lightest category. After the jump, you’ll find our winner and runner-up predictions for Best Cinematography as well as general commentary about the race. Wednesday, we’ll cover a category where a Best Picture nomination pretty much assures a win, unless there are multiples.
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90th Oscars: The Polls – Best Documentary Short Subject

For the next two weeks, we’re going to present to you polls for who and what you think the best of 2017 was based on the Oscar nominations. Every morning at 8am and 8pm, we’ll post a new poll for each category. Just submit your vote for the best in that category and that’s it. We’ll have one final post the Friday before the Oscars with all the category polls combined.

Best Documentary Short Subject

Which of these Oscar nominees for Best Documentary Short Subject is best?

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This Day in Oscar History: February 20 (2018)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

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