Film Preview: Solace (2016)

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(July 17, 2016) Original

Release Date:

September 2, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A psychic works with the FBI in order to hunt down a serial killer.”

Poster Rating: C- / C+ / C / F / C+ / C (2)

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Review: (#1) The colors aren’t great and the visages are neither scary, nor compelling, nor pensive. They’re just plain common. (#2) There’s some elegance to this design that reeks of creativity. That’s both a good and a bad thing. (#3) Your mind is my mind. At least that’s the impression I’m getting and that’s not a good thing. It’s just a weakly creative decision.

(#4) I suspect this might have been one of a pair of character posters, but perhaps it’s best that the others never arrived. This is pointless, colorless and could have been easily avoided. (#5) Asian markets have a slightly different version of commonplace and this chaotic design is quite similar to other designs I’ve seen coming out of that region. That doesn’t make it good, but compared to the fourth poster, it’s almost Picasso-like. (#6-#7) Two character posters with big words for French markets. I doubt the French aren’t going to be that excited about these designs.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: The premise is flat and unbelievable. The idea could have merit, and with actors like Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell, it could have been more, but this trailer certifies nothing of merit is likely to emerge from this film.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Film Preview: Yoga Hosers (2016)

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(July 17, 2016) Original

Release Date:

September 2, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Two teenage yoga enthusiasts team up with a legendary man-hunter to battle with an ancient evil presence that is threatening their major party plans.”

Poster Rating: C / D+

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Review: (#1) We’ve seen a lot of similar designs in recent years, particularly from parody flicks. That should come as little surprise, though a bit more creativity could have been warranted. (#2) Then there’s this careless monstrosity. What the purpose of this design is no one may never know. It shows figures from the film, but with such careless and banal placement, it’s just not that appealing.

Trailer Rating: D

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Review: Kevin Smith has apparently decided to skip humorous realism and focus instead on corny surrealism. After Tusk, it should have been expected that a film as unwieldy, unfunny and potentially awful as this could be his next project.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Weekend Preview: Jul. 29-31, 2016

Below are eight previews for films opening next weekend.
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Film Preview: The Land (2016)

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(July 24, 2016) Original

Release Date:

July 29, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “THE LAND tells the story of four teenage boys who devote their summer to escaping the streets of Cleveland, Ohio to pursue a dream life of professional skateboarding. But when they get caught in the web of the local Queen-pin, their motley brotherhood is tested, threatening to make this summer their last.”

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

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Review: (#1) A simple nightscape, a view of kids poised to conquer the city. It has potent symbolism, but only if you read into it that which probably isn’t intended. (#2) The broken skateboard as a symbol of broken dreams is a bit obvious. (#3) A forced smile doesn’t do much to convey the film’s premise without feeling heavy-handed. (#4) So you know the film is about drugs now, but is that really all its about? These posters may, as a whole paint a vivid picture of the film’s themes, but taken separately, they don’t do much good.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: The music is a driving force to the trailer, but the film being promised doesn’t stretch beyond what we’ve seen countless times before and that lack of originality could harm the film.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Equity (2016)

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(July 24, 2016) Original

Release Date:

July 29, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Senior investment banker Naomi Bishop is threatened by a financial scandal and must untangle a web of corruption.”

Poster Rating: D

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Review: The power of money, when used as a theme for a poster design, doesn’t translate well when that’s all you have.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: This appears to be a fairly standard drama about the powers of greed and the inner workings of the financial industry. While the trailer goes out of its way to suggest this is some forward-thinking film that gives women key and prominent roles, the bulk of the trailer looks so standard-issue that it’s not even worth worrying about its intentions.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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This Day in Oscar History: July 24 (2016)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Film Preview: The Hollars (2016)

Page Revisions:

(July 17, 2016) Original

Release Date:

August 26, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A man returns to his small hometown after learning that his mother has fallen ill and is about to undergo surgery.”

Poster Rating: D+

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Review: A sectioned design that does nothing to create a semblance of originality. You can’t do that with a simple background color difference.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: A prototypical indie seriocomedy, the film features a strong cast of actors, many of whom have done superb work in the past. Unfortunately, little in this trailer suggests the actors are at the top of their respective games in a fairly commonplace familial dramedy.

Oscar Prospects:

There might be talk for Emmy favorite Margo Martindale to pick up an Oscar nomination in Best Supporting Actress, but it isn’t likely to go anywhere.

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Trailer Watch: Bridget Jones’ Baby (2016) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#1-#5)

Bridget Jones’ Baby, updated

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

This Day in Oscar History: July 23 (2016)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Film Preview: Kicks (2016)

Page Revisions:

(July 17, 2016) Original

Release Date:

September 9, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Brandon is a 15 year old whose dream is a pair of fresh Air Jordans. Soon after he gets his hands on them, they’re stolen by a local hood, causing Brandon and his two friends go on a dangerous mission through Oakland to retrieve them.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: The theme of an astronaut delivering a pair of kicks to the protagonist is briefly referenced in the trailer, which makes this design seem a bit forced and strange even if it’s a far more critical element to the film.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Independent cinema has a perception problem. It’s often too quirky for mainstream audiences and trailers like this do little to push beyond that impression. It looks to be a fairly straight-forward coming of age saga, but one that doesn’t quite know what it wants to be.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Film Preview: Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016)

Page Revisions:

(July 17, 2016) Original

Release Date:

October 21, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Madea winds up in the middle of mayhem when she spends a haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens.”

Poster Rating: B+

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Review: This very obvious, but humorous play on the Halloween movie poster. The trailer doesn’t play much homage to that, but the nods to horror flicks of the 1970s and 1980s are everywhere, suggesting this is just as much a symbol of the film’s intentions as it is a cute pun.

Trailer Rating: C+ / C

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Review: (#1) The teaser avoids too many details, which makes the film look like a Night of the Living Dead with a comedy touch. That might work to secure a few unlikely attendees. (#2) This trailer doesn’t quite succeed, setting up a movie with strong comic elements, but also some badly cheap and corny ones. It’s as if Tyler Perry doesn’t quite know how to make an effective horror parody.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 30, 2016)

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

Star Trek: Beyond (Wide)

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

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #156

We are now in the third round of voting for the Friday Face Off, pitting winners from the second round against each other. Just choose one selection in each of the categories below. Because we want to keep the polls open a bit longer before starting the next phase, after we finish this third pass, we’ll be starting a Losers Bracket going back to round one and pulling all the losers out and facing them off against one another.

Here is this week’s five (or fewer) face-offs. So, let’s get started.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 22 (2016)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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