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Film Preview: Shoplifters (2018)

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(September 16, 2018) Original

Release Date:

November 23, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find on the street.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: This is how you give a slice of life concept some actual life. Although it’s still a fairly plain design, it’s not less interesting because of it.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Great word has exited the festival circuit on this film, but the trailer doesn’t quite enliven those high expectations. It still feels like a gentle and modestly appealing drama, but it’s hard to see where the praise is coming from with this particular design.

Oscar Prospects:

It could be a major Oscar player for Best Foreign Language Film, but outside of that, i don’t think it has much chance.

Trailer #1

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2018 Spring Season Preview Wrap-Up: April

Let’s take a look back at our prior preview and see where we were right, wrong, and everything in between.

April 6, 2018

Blockers

Oscar Prospects: What I said: “None.”
Oscar Results: Still None.
Box Office Prospects: $65 M
Box Office Expectations: What I Said: “Uncertain. R-rated comedies have had a hit-or-miss relationship with the box office in recent years and while Game Night managed to perform well not long ago, this film will face a tougher box office with a bit more competition. It could still do quite well, but maybe not as well as it should.”
Box Office Results: $60.1 M
Thoughts: [Unexceptional] Failing to become a spring breakout hit, this parental comedy nevertheless did decently at the box office, but nothing to ensure a sequel.

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Looking at the Weekend: Sep. 21-23, 2018

With so few kid-targeted adventures this year, the presence of Jack Black and Cate Blanchett should elevate the film’s chances to a solid opening weekend and definitely a presence at the top of the box office. Life Itself won’t be much competition, but Fahrenheit 11/9 could be a surprisingly strong documentary performer. After all, Michael Moore’s similarly titled Fahrenheit 9/11 was one of the most popular documentaries in cinema history.

Our Highest Rated Films: Fahrenheit 11/9; Colette; The House with a Clock In Its Walls; The Sisters Brothers
Our Best Awards Ratings: Fahrenheit 11/9 (Oscars); Colette (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable
Love, Gilda
The Pagan King
Tea with the Dames

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This Day in Oscar History: September 19 (2018)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released

Oscar Nominations

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Film Preview: Viper Club (2018)

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(September 16, 2018) Original

Release Date:

October 26, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A war correspondent gets taken hostage while on assignment, prompting his mother, impatient with the government’s lack of concern, to take matters into her own hands.”

Poster Rating: B

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Review: Although it appears to be unintentional, the figure on the right could conceivably look like Susan Sarandon’s hidden mouth. Of course, the metaphorical decision to cover Sarandon’s mouth with a war-set image is obvious, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t work.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: The trailer follows a formulaic path to explain why this mother wants to circumvent the law and the government to get her son back. The problem is that the formula is a partial result of the commonplace nature of the plot even if it features a few differing details.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Eyeing the Truth: September 2018

Minding the Gap (Hulu)

Minding the Gap started almost ten years ago, when a teenage Bing Liu would videotape his friends’ skateboarding exploits. As adults, he has revisited his hometown and those friends, and followed the beginnings of their adult lives. One friend is a young father, another is struggling to find a purpose and get out of his hometown, and Liu himself has moved on physically but can’t escape the emotional pains of childhood. Along the way, we meet parents, girlfriends, and adult figures who all played a part in getting these kids to where they are. The subjects balance from uplifting to devastating — one of Liu’s friends confesses that “some people do take their negative experiences and turn them into powerful, positive things. I just don’t think I’m that sort of person” — but at every turn they are brutally honest.

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The DVD Report #586

Dietrich and von Sternberg in Hollywood was easily the best classic Blu-ray release within the last twelve months, but what were the other “bests” of this period?

Looking back and slightly ahead, here are my top picks from October 2017 through September 2018:

October 2017

Best New Release – Baby Driver (2017)
Best Classic Release – The Old Dark House (1932)

Edgar Wright’s high adrenaline thriller Baby Driver was one of last year’s most exciting films while James Whale’s The Old Dark House is more a comic gem than a genuine horror classic given class A treatment by Cohen Media.

November 2017

Best New Release – Wind River (2017)
Best Classic Release – The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Taylor Sheridan’s Wind River was one of last year’s best films, one that was both a taut thriller and contemporary social drama. George Cukor’s The Philadelphia Story is an ageless comedy of manners given deluxe handling by Criterion.

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This Day in Oscar History: September 18 (2018)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released

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Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “The Predator”

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Film Preview: Where Hands Touch (2018)

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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.

Trailer #1

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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.

Born

Died

Released

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