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Cinema Sight Asks: Now that you've seen "The Predator," which franchise film is best?

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Film Preview: Where Hands Touch (2018)

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(September 16, 2018) Original

Release Date:

September 14, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A rites of passage story of a bi-racial teen struggling for survival in Nazi Germany.”

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: This Holocaust drama takes a different tack than many others of its kind by presenting a picture of a black teenager and the German officer she falls in love with. While a lot of the formula that has come to define Holocaust films in the last few decades is here, it still has its charms.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Sep. 14-16, 2018

We had one film release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

The Children Act

There are few actresses whose every performance leads to Oscar speculation. Emma Thompson is one of those actresses and her performance in The Children Act has been building buzz since it was first though to be a 2017 contender.

The film tells the story of a British judge forced to decide a case where a hospital wants to force treatment on a young man whose religious beliefs dictate that he refuse treatment. It’s a subject based on numerous cases in the U.S. and the U.K. where individuals would rather die, or more specifically let their children die, to preserve their faith. It’s an emotionally charged subject matter and a film like The Children Act should afford plenty of opportunity for emotion.

That said, Thompson’s performance is the only element of the film that seems to be drawing much attention. Considering what’s seen in the trailer, there may not be a lot of heavy emotion involved in her performance and that restraint might hinder her Oscar chances. Oscar voters love big and bold acting; however, having said that, Thompson is one of those actresses who can transcend the tradition of the Oscars and pull of a nomination. On the third hand, there’s also major competition this year from a number of major actors and that could push Thompson’s mid-September release from many voters’ minds.

Review: Sing (2016)

Sing

Rating

Director

Christophe Lourdelet, Garth Jennings

Screenplay

Garth Jennings

Length

108 min.

Starring

Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Jennifer Saunders, Jennifer Hudson, Garth Jennings, Peter Serafinowicz, Nick Kroll, Beck Bennett, Jay Pharoah, Nick Offerman, Leslie Jones, Rhea Perlman, Laraine Newman

MPAA Rating

PG for some rude humor and mild peril

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Review: Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

Crazy Rich Asians

Rating

Director

Jon M. Chu

Screenplay

Peter Chiarelli, Adele Lim (Novel: Kevin Kwan)

Length

2h

Starring

Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina, Harry Shum Jr., Ken Jeong, Sonoya Mizuno, Chris Pang, Jimmy O. Yang, Ronny Chieng, Remy Hii, Nico Santos, Jing Lusi Carmen Soo, Pierre Png, Fiona Xie, Victoria Loke, Janice Koh

MPAA Rating

PG-13 for some suggestive content and language

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This Day in Oscar History: September 17 (2018)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: What Are You Most Anticipating? (Oct. 2018, Wide)

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Film Preview: Hunter Killer (2018)

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(September 9, 2018) Original

Release Date:

October 26, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An untested American submarine captain teams with U.S. Navy Seals to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rogue general.”

Poster Rating: C / C-

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Review: (#1) I suppose if you’re fascinated by submarines in an ice floe, this might be compelling. For everyone else it’s dull. (#2) This has a lot more detail, but it’s also more formulaic and too much resembles a VHS home video cover.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: If you’ve seen one submarine war film, you’ve seen them all. This Cold War relic feels antiquated and unappealing thanks to a trailer that draws its inspiration from better films.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Sep. 21-23, 2018

Below are eight previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Fahrenheit 11/9 (Wide)

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The House with a Clock in Its Walls (Wide)

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Life Itself (Wide)

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American Dresser (Limited)

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Assassination Nation (Limited)

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Colette (Limited)

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The Great Battle (Limited)

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The Sisters Brothers (Limited)

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Film Preview: The Great Battle (2018)

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(September 16, 2018) Original

Release Date:

September 21, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A historical film about the siege of Ansi Fortress and the epic eighty-eight day battle that Yang Man-chun and his Goguryeo troops fought against 500,000 invading Tang dynasty men to defend it.”

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: A haphazard action trailer that makes a play for a very narrow demographic of viewer and doesn’t seem terribly concerned with a crossover audience.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: American Dresser (2018)

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(September 16, 2018) Original

Release Date:

September 21, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “After the sudden death of his wife and a fractured relationship with his two daughters, John Moore along with his best friend Charlie Wylde, decide to ride their motorcycles from Long Island, New York to the West coast. In this modern day western, they are reminded of the beauty this country has to offer, encounter many interesting people, and unexpectedly discover something about themselves. “Life is a ride…one mile at a time.””

Poster Rating: B-

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Review: Reminds me a bit of Easy Rider. It’s unnecessarily grainy in places and doesn’t feel as professional as it should.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: It’s no Easy Rider. Perhaps if you crossed it with Tim Allen’s aging biker comedy Wild Hogs, you might get something like this; however, it seems more like a bald-faced attempt to earn acclaim for its aging cast rather than any genuinely affecting film.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Gallery: Smallfoot (2018)

Below is a gallery for the upcoming film Smallfoot.

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This Day in Oscar History: September 16 (2018)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Trailer Watch: Wildlife (2018) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

Wildlife, updated

Preview Link: CLICK HERE for all of the new content as well as the original.

This Day in Oscar History: September 15 (2018)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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