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What’s the Best of Feb. 2015, Wide?

Cinema Sight Asks: Which February 2015 wide release is best?

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Trailer Watch: Gods of Egypt, updated (2016)

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#9-#12)

Gods of Egypt, updated

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Weekend Preview: Feb. 12-14, 2016

Below are eight previews for films opening next weekend.
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Film Preview: Where to Invade Next (2016)

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(February 7, 2016) Original

Release Date:

February 12, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “To learn what the USA can learn from other nations, Michael Moore playfully “invades” them to see what they have to offer.”

Poster Rating: D

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Review: This is why most people have such a problem with Michael Moore. This is one of the most egocentric poster designs imaginable and even if you discard that, it’s utterly bland and forgettable.

Trailer Rating: B+

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Review: While his ego may be a key part of this film, the trailer suggests an important and vital global political narrative that needs to be seen. That might not be enough for everyone, but it may be enough for many.

Oscar Prospects:

It was eligible for nomination last year and made the shortlist, but didn’t make the final five, so it’s out.

Trailer #1

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Film Preview: Touched with Fire (2016)

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(February 7, 2016) Original

Release Date:

February 12, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Two manic depressives meet in a psychiatric hospital and begin a romance that brings out all of the beauty and horror of their condition.”

Poster Rating: C+ / C

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Review: (#1 & #2) These two designs play off the film’s use of “Starry Night,” but neither add particular depth to it, which makes them feel unimportant as a result.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: A moderately tedious, unexceptional trailer that creates a film that might appeal to those wanting a quirky, dysfunctional romantic drama even if that’s a very small audience.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Film Preview: Of Mind and Music (2016)

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(February 7, 2016) Original

Release Date:

February 12, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A story about a beautiful street musician suffering from memory loss and a disheartened neuroscientist intent on helping her, bringing together the city of New Orleans and the jazz that made it famous.”

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 very beautiful elements in the trailer that gives the impression that this could be a quietly powerful and observant film with a strong central female performance.

Oscar Prospects:

It has the look of a film that might earn nominations for Best Actress, but releasing so early and out of the limelight won’t win it consideration.

Trailer #1

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Film Preview: Fitoor (2016)

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(February 7, 2016) Original

Release Date:

February 12, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Follows a young Kashmiri boy Noor, his muse Firdaus and a mercurial Begum.”

Poster Rating: C+ / C / B-

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Review: (#1-#3) With a painter as the central figure of the film, these designs adequately evoke that element. Of varying qualities, however, the single character painting best exemplifies this style, the others seem more like romantic novel covers.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: The film doesn’t seem to be trying to break new ground and simply wants to put two beautiful people together with a loose, combative plot surrounding them.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Film Preview: Southbound (2016)

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(February 7, 2016) Original

Release Date:

February 5, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Five interlocking tales of terror follow the fates of a group of weary travellers who confront their worst nightmares – and darkest secrets – over one long night on a desolate stretch of desert highway.”

Poster Rating: B

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Review: It may be a bit corny, but it’s certainly effective, especially considered the them presented in the trailer for the film and its interconnected story.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: This anthology horror flick has a trailer cut together so effortlessly as to present a cohesive and potentially frightening horror experience.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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88th Oscars: The Polls – Best Animated Short Film

For the next 24 days, we’re going to present to you polls for who and what you think the best of 2015 was based on the Oscar nominations. Every morning at 8am, 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 Animated Short Film

Which Oscar nominee for Best Animated Short is best?

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This Day in Oscar History: February 7 (2016)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released


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Precursor: 68th Directors Guild Awards (2015)

It looks like Mad Max: Fury Road‘s road to the Oscars is terminated. Without DGA, it would be impossible for him to win Best Director or even Best Picture. That also means that The Big Short‘s shot at Best Picture is gone as well. Only Spotlight, a film that might typically win without a Best Director Oscar, can still take the Best Picture Oscar. However, this could also be a sign that The Revenant, which had been laying dormant for awhile, will be emerging as a real threat for Best Picture. It needs many more tech precursors to make that claim, though. This is the also the first time in DGA history where a director has won the award consecutively, which could mean support for Inarritu is incredibly high.

The Awards

Best Director

Alejandro G. Inarritu – The Revenant (RU:Wesley)

Best First Feature

Alex Garland – Ex Machina (Wesley, RU:Peter, RU:Thomas)

Best Documentary Director

Matthew Heineman – Cartel Land

Directors Guild of America Data

Year Founded: 1936
First Awards: 1948 (68)

Precursor: 24th Annie Awards (2015)

Losing only one category in which it was nominated, Inside Out ties five films for most honored film at the Annie Awards with ten awards (the others who share this honor are Mulan, The Incredibles, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, How to Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda). It’s clear the film is beloved and if you need further proof that it was the frontrunner for the Oscar, this was your proof.

Award Tallies

(10) Inside Out
(1) Boy and the World, The Good Dinosaur, He Named Me Malala, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Revenant, World of Tomorrow

The Awards

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Film Preview: Ratchet & Clank (2016)

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(January 31, 2016) Original

Release Date:

April 29, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Ratchet and Clank tells the story of two unlikely heroes as they struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. When the two stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets, they must join forces with a team of colorful heroes called The Galactic Rangers in order to save the galaxy. Along the way they’ll learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one’s own identity.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: It has plenty of detail, but none of that detail is particularly fresh or compelling.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: Like a preview for a film that has gone direct-to-video, this children’s animated feature has cheesy one-liners, lame action violence and no serious claim to being something more than passable entertainment.

Oscar Prospects:

It could be a nominee for Best Picture, but I seriously doubt it.

Trailer #1

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Eyeing the Truth: Feb. 2016

Cartel Land (Netflix)CartelLand

Matthew Heineman’s Oscar-nominated documentary about vigilantes in Mexico and the United States fighting drug cartels contains some of the rawest footage of any documentary from last year. There are moments where the camera is running alongside these vigilantes as they bust through doors and return fire and you clutch your seat in fear for the filmmakers. At any moment, you think, a bullet could come bursting through the camera. The risk of the filmmaking alone makes Cartel Land worth the price of admission, especially when the admission is free and streaming.

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88th Oscars: The Polls – Best Live-Action Short Film

For the next 24 days, we’re going to present to you polls for who and what you think the best of 2015 was based on the Oscar nominations. Every morning at 8am, 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 Live-Action Short Film

Which Oscar nominee for Best Live-Action Short is best?

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