This Day in Oscar History: August 26 (2016)

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Poll: Best Makeup (1981 – 1986)

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Film Preview: Office Christmas Party (2016)

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(August 21, 2016) Original

Release Date:

December 9, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “When his uptight CEO sister threatens to shut down his branch, the branch manager throws an epic Christmas party in order to land a big client and save the day, but the party gets way out of hand…”

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 shocking moments in the trailer give it a leg up over its R-rated comedic competition. It looks like one giant, supersized episode of a comedy variety show, but at least one that could be fun.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: I.T. (2016)

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(August 21, 2016) Original

Release Date:

September 23, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Mike Regan has everything he could ever want, a beautiful family and a top of the line smart house. The company he owns is on the verge of changing flight leasing forever. That is, until the relationship with his closest advisor turns nasty, to the point where his teenage daughter is being stalked and his family is under attack through every technological facet of their lives.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: The figure watching the monitors doesn’t look too much like the character doing so in the movie, which is a bit distracting; however, the rest of the design fits within the framework of the film’s voyeuristic theme.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: We’ve seen movies similar to this, but for the digital age, it’s less common. That doesn’t mean the trailer avoids making this look like an extended episode of a Criminal Minds episode, but there are modest bits of interest to be found within.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Oscar Profile #302: Judith Anderson

J. AndersonBorn Frances Margaret Anderson on February 10, 1897 in Adelaide, South Australia, the acclaimed future actress was educated in her native country. Billed as Francee Anderson, she made her stage debut in Sydney in 1915. At the urging of some traveling American actors, she moved unsuccessfully to Hollywood and then to New York in 1918 where after a bout of poverty and illness she made her Broadway debut as Frances Anderson in 1922 and had her first starring role as Judith Anderson a year later.

By the 1930s Anderson was a major Broadway star whose successes included As You Desire Me, Mourning Becomes Electra and The Old Maid opposite Helen Menken in roles later played on screen by Greta Garbo, Rosalind Russell and Miriam Hopkins opposite Bette Davis.

Anderson made her own film debut in 1933’s Blood Money but did not achieve success on film until seven years later when she played Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca for which she received her only Oscar nomination. She played her two greatest Broadway roles in the 1940s, Lady Macbeth in the 1941 production of Macbeth and the title role in 1947’s Medea for which she won a Tony. Her films through 1950 included All Through the Night, Kings Row, Edge of Darkness, Laura, And Then There Were None, Specter of the Rose, The Red House and The Furies.

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This Day in Oscar History: August 25 (2016)

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Aug. 26-28, 2016)

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Film Preview: A Street Car Named Bob (2016)

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(August 21, 2016) Original

Release Date:

November 18, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Based on the international best selling book. The true feel good story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat.”

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: There are some cute and interesting moments in this trailer, but there’s also a lot of saccharine that doesn’t taste to sweet upon reflection.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Allied (2016)

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(August 21, 2016) Original

Release Date:

November 23, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The story of intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt), who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war.”

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: It’s strange how so many World War II dramas seem the same, especially those that involve espionage and romance. This looks a lot like the others, but Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard could elevate it quite well. This could end up being one of the year’s most intriguing films.

Oscar Prospects:

Releasing in the prime of Oscar campaigning season, this film has a lot of strong positives that make it a lead contender. Critics will have to embrace it, but its two stars should be counted among the major contenders this year.

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Looking at the Weekend: Aug. 26-28, 2016

It’s another dull week at the August box office. For a time, August had been a dumping ground, but in recent years, it has emerged as a second-coming of the blockbuster season. This month has been decidedly less so and with the new releases available, I doubt we’ll get much bigger. As horror hasn’t had a hit in some time, Don’t Breathe may resuscitate the genre with its unique spin on the genre. Hands of Stone could play well with bot Hispanic audiences and fans of boxing. Mechanic: Resurrection is hoping to bank on Jason Statham’s new stature after high profile successes like Furious 7 and Spy. However, the original film made under $30 million in 2011, and I doubt he’s got enough of a following to justify a high debut. Thus, it seems Don’t Breathe and Hands of Stone are the most likely to top new releases and possibly the box office with Don’t Breathe having a whisper of an edge.

Our Highest Rated Films: In Order of Disappearance, Complete Unknown
Our Best Awards Ratings: Hands of Stone (Oscars), Complete Unknown (Critics)

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Daylight’s End
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Review: Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

Independence Day: Resurgence

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Director

Roland Emmerich

Screenplay

Nicolas Wright, James A. Woods, Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich, James Vanderbilt

Length

120 min.

Starring

Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Jessie T. Usher, Bill Pullman, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward, William Fichtner, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner, Vivica A. Fox, Angelababy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Nicholas Wright, Travis Tope, Chin Han, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Robert Loggia, John Storey

MPAA Rating

PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and destruction, and for some language

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2016 Oscar Season Preview: September

Here we look at the upcoming month’s offerings.

September 2, 2016

The Light Between Oceans

Premise: From IMDb: “A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat.”
Box Office Prospects: $30 M
Expectations: Uncertain. This appears to be a hefty drama, which won’t play very well with regular audiences. That likely means that the film plays modestly through its short run and finishes unspectacularly.
Oscar Prospects: Uncertain. Everyone seems to think this is a solid player this year, but a Labor Day release is a bad sign. The Academy seldom pulls films relaesed over the holiday into its warm embrace. This might buck the tradition, but I’m not optimistic.
Cinema Sight Preview: See my preview of this title here.

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This Day in Oscar History: August 24 (2016)

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Film Preview: American Pastoral (2016)

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(August 21, 2016) Original

Release Date:

October 28, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Set in postwar America, a man watches his seemingly perfect life fall apart as his daughter’s new political affiliation threatens to destroy their family.”

Poster Rating: B

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Review: It’s a bit unusual to take your poster and turn it on end, but that’s what was done with this design. It’s a symbolic power play towards the film’s premise, which is upending the status quo.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: While the first few seconds of the trailer certainly cast a different tone on the film itself, that tone is quickened and diminished as the trailer moves forward. Perhaps creating some kind of teaser out of the first section and a regular trailer out the latter would have made for a better overall experience.

Oscar Prospects:

It’s entirely possible the film could be a contender, but so far we don’t have a lot to help us make that determination. The reviews need to be great.

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Trailer Watch: When the Bough Breaks (2016) Updated

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When the Bough Breaks, updated

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