Film Preview: Ben Is Back (2018)

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(October 14, 2018) Original

Release Date:

December 7, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Follows the charming yet troubled Ben Burns (Hedges), who returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve. Ben’s wary mother Holly Burns (Roberts) welcomes her beloved son’s return, but soon learns he is still very much in harm’s way. During the 24 hours that may change their lives forever, Holly must do everything in her power to avoid the family’s downfall.”

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 / C

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Review: (#1) The first trailer is a tempting and fascinating turn that suggests one type of movie and then maneuvers it to another kind. It’s well done for a teaser. (#2) On the other hand, the second trailer paints a more commonplace portrait of the film wherein drug addiction, crime, and recrimination play an equally unoriginal part of the proceedings.

Oscar Prospects:

Julia Roberts is receiving minor buzz for her role in this film, but the film itself doesn’t seem to be getting much attention otherwise.

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The DVD Report #590

Three Identical Strangers is an amazing documentary that plays like the best of fictional detective stories.

The story begins in 1980 when 19-year-old Robert (Bobby) Shafran begins college in a small town in upstate New York. Greeted by many young people on campus as “Eddy,” it is obvious that he is being mistaken for someone else. A friend of “Eddy” (Eddy Galland) deduces that Bobby is Eddy’s twin and that the two must have been separated at birth. They arrange an immediate meeting at Eddy’s house on Long Island. The story makes headlines in the local newspapers where David Kellman sees it and realizes that he is also Eddy and Bobby’s double. The overnight twins are now overnight triplets. Raised in different New York City suburbs, one (Eddy) is well off, one (Bobby) is middle-class, and one (David) is from a struggling family of immigrants. All three knew that they were adopted as infants but neither they nor their adopted parents were aware of any family relationships.

The boys became instant celebrities who were invited on every extant TV talk show. They moved together into an apartment in Greenwich Village where they became part of the New York party scene and eventually opened a popular restaurant of their own in the city. Despite their euphoria, however, there were questions that the boys’ adoptive parents wanted answers to.

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This Day in Oscar History: October 16 (2018)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Trailer Watch: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Updated

New Trailer (#3) / New Poster (#2)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, updated

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Film Preview: The Best of Enemies (2018)

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(October 14, 2018) Original

Release Date:

Coming Soon

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration.”

Poster Rating: D+

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Review: There are so many potentially stirring images to this and having Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell facing off against each other, rather than both looking incredibly happy, would have been a more fitting design for a film of its subject and title.

Trailer Rating: B+

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Review: The fight to end segregation in a North Carolina community is a fascinating subject for a film and this trailer does a superb job constructing that narrative while promising more compelling events than what have already been depicted.

Oscar Prospects:

The premise is strong enough to be a major Ocsar contender, but the fact that the film hasn’t been dated yet should give anyone pause in making bold proclamations about its chances.

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Oct. 12-14, 2018

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

First Man

With his debut film, Damien Chazelle received critical acclaim. Although Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench wasn’t an Oscar contender, it established him as an up-and-coming director. While it took four years to find his next projects, writing the poorly received films Grand Piano and The Last Exorcism Part II, it was his second film as a director that put him on the map.

Whiplash, based on his 2013 short film of the same name, starred Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons as student and teacher. The film picked up a surprisingly strong five Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Simmons), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound Mixing. The film pulled in three total awards for Simmons, Film Editing, and Sound Mixing. This was 2014. In 2016 he made another stab at writing with the adept horror thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane, but it was his festival hit La La Land that made the Academy stand up and listen.

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This Day in Oscar History: October 15 (2018)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Film Preview: Holmes & Watson (2018)

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(October 7, 2018) Original

Release Date:

December 21, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A humorous take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic mysteries featuring Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson.”

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 to wring humor out of a lackluster concept is displayed wall-to-wall in this trailer as our hapless detectives move from one childish gag to the next without feeling necessary.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Oct. 19-21, 2018

Below are nine previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Halloween (Wide)

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Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Limited)

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Change in the Air (Limited)

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The Guilty (Limited)

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Mid90s (Limited)

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What They Had (Limited)

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Wildlife (Limited)

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The Hate U Give (Expanding)

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The Old Man and the Gun (Expanding)

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Film Preview: The Guilty (2018)

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(October 14, 2018) Original

Release Date:

October 19, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A police officer assigned alarm dispatch duty enters a race against time when he answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman.”

Poster Rating: D / D

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Review: (#1 & #2) These two designs are largely identical with the French design being a bit bigger, more blue, and not that much better. These designs are big and unappealing.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: There’s a concept on display that seems most fascinating; however, the trailer doesn’t allow it to burst through as effectively as it should.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Change in the Air (2018)

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(October 14, 2018) Original

Release Date:

October 19, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “When a beguiling young woman moves in next door, a quiet neighborhood is awakened, bringing people face to face with their secrets and, ultimately, themselves.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: It ties somewhat into the film itself with the avian following and the subtle glow to all that surrounds her; however, it also has a lot of blank space and no depth.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: The Utopian feel of the trailer makes the film feel out of place and uninteresting. There must be something deeper to this story than the trailer lets on, otherwise it doesn’t quite have a purpose.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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This Day in Oscar History: October 14 (2018)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Trailer Watch: Robin Hood (2018) Updated

New Trailer (#3)

Robin Hood, updated

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