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What Are You Most Anticipating? (Apr. 2017, Limited)

Cinema Sight Asks: Which April 2017 limited release are you most anticipating?

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Trailer Watch: Norman (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Poster (#1)

Norman, updated

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Film Preview: Spark: A Space Tail (2017)

Page Revisions:

(March 19, 2017) Original

Release Date:

April 14, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Spark, a teenage monkey and his friends, Chunk and Vix, are on a mission to regain Planet Bana – a kingdom overtaken by the evil overlord Zhong.”

Poster Rating: C / C-

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Review: (#1) Lots of detail, but none of it is quality detail. (#2) Lost of color and attempted style in this poster, but it ultimately isn’t impressive.

Trailer Rating: D

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Review: Filled with unimpressive animation, cheap voice over work, and a premise that stretches credulity, even for an animated film, this trailer just doesn’t get the viewer excited in the final product.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Weekend Preview: Mar. 31-Apr. 2, 2017

Below are five previews for films opening next weekend.

 

The Boss Baby (Wide)

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Ghost in the Shell (Wide)

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The Devotion of Suspect X (Limited)

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The Prison (Limited)

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The Zookeeper’s Wife (Limited)

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Film Preview: The Prison (2017)

Page Revisions:

(March 26, 2017) Original

Release Date:

March 31, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A troubled ex-cop is imprisoned for a hit-and-run accident. He discovers that the entire penitentiary is controlled by an inmate who has been running a crime syndicate with the help of the warden and guards which provides them 100% alibi.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: It’s nice to know that not even American poster designers are inept at creating something that doesn’t look like a incompetent amalgamation of images in an uninteresting layout.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: While the film’s premise is on display in the trailer, the preview creates the impression that perhaps the cop is placed there on purpose to root out the corruption, which is a fairly commonplace theme in these types of films. Truth be told, him not being put there purposefully might be more compelling and original.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Film Preview: The Devotion of Suspect X (2017)

Page Revisions:

(March 26, 2017) Original

Release Date:

March 31, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Chinese adaptation of the Japanese novel The Devotion of Suspect X.”

Poster Rating: D+ / C- / C+ / D / D

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Review: (#1) Although the subtlety of the “X” in the shades in the background is brick-like, the rest of the design is even less impressive. A face off without consequence. (#2) This English-language design isn’t particularly inventive, but it’s certainly eye-catching. (#3) Inventive and detailed, this design works much better than other designs for this film, even though it’s still not as impressive as it needs to be. (#4) The “X” motif is back again, but less interestingly done than the first two designs. (#5) The blinds are open in this rendition and there’s not “X” in the background, exemplifying everything wrong with the previous design.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: The trailer employs an interesting visual style, multi-panel explorations of character and events that seem unlikely to be in the final product. The dialogue and cuts are so quick that visual assessment along with careful reading is simply not possible, which is to the film’s detriment as it doesn’t grab the audience’s attention well enough to warrant a second viewing.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Gallery: Going in Style (2017)

Below is a gallery for the upcoming film Going in Style.

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This Day in Oscar History: March 26 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released

Oscar Ceremonies

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Film Preview: Sand Castle (2017)

Page Revisions:

(March 19, 2017) Original

Release Date:

April 14, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Set during the occupation of Iraq, a squad of U.S. soldiers try to protect a small village.”

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 a wartime drama that seems overly familiar. It tries to tackle so many different topics in such a short time that it feels like an aimless drifter in the cinematic landscape.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Trailer Watch: Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#3) / New Posters (#2-#7)

Smurfs: The Lost Village, updated

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This Day in Oscar History: March 25 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Oscar Ceremonies

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Film Preview: Coco (2017)

Page Revisions:

(March 19, 2017) Original

Release Date:

November 22, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Coco follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who sets off a chain of events relating to a century-old mystery, leading to an extraordinary family reunion.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: Having detail is important, being interesting is imperative. The former is evident, the latter is not.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: The trailer established the boy character with great care and time, but the end result is a trailer that feels unfinished. There are some nice visuals, but the premise isn’t as straightforward as one would hope from a Pixar film.

Oscar Prospects:

Original Pixar films are, with one exception, guaranteed Oscar nominations. A victory depends entirely on whether the film is any good. It might also manage an Original Score nomination.

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Trailer Watch: Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Poster (#1)

Transformers: The Last Knight, updated

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 12, 2017)

Every week, we’ll take a look back in 5-year intervals at the box office past to explore how Oscar’s nominees were doing at the box office each weekend historically. All data is collected from Box Office Mojo. The first section under each year is the positioning of all Oscar nominees during that weekend at the box office (as well as a section looking at the inflation-adjusted numbers). The third section is an alphabetical list of those films and the categories in which they were nominated. And to start each week off, we’ll be looking at the films releasing over the weekend that have the best chance of getting Oscar nominations and specifying the categories where we think they have the best shots at this stage of the game. If you have any suggestions for more data you’d like to see, please let us know.

This Year: Potential Oscar Nominees Releasing This Weekend

Life (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects.

Wilson (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Actor (Woody Harrelson).

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #191

We are currently tackling the losers bracket.

Here is this week’s ten (or fewer) face-offs.

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