This Day in Oscar History: April 24 (2019)

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Film Preview: Girls of the Sun (2019)

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(April 21, 2019) Original

Release Date:

April 12, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A Kurdish female battalion prepares to take back their town from extremists.”

Poster Rating: B- / C+

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Review: (#1) It all looks a bit fake, which isn’t great, but it’s not a bad design from a balance standpoint. (#2) The colors here aren’t interesting, especially when everything’s away in them. The white border only accentuates that poor design choice.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: A compelling pro-feminist look at the treatment of women in other countries and how they can stand together and rise against their oppressors.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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The DVD Report #617

None Shall Escape, a 1944 Oscar nominee for Best Original Story, has been given a Blu-ray only release by Sony. Although not a huge hit in its original engagements, this film, directed by André De Toth (House of Wax) was not a “B” picture as is commonly believed, but a major release from Columbia, whose only other Oscar nominee that year was the musical Cover Girl, which had been nominated for five Oscars and won one for its score.

Although largely dismissed in its initial run, None Shall Escape has grown in stature. Filmed in 1943 and released in early 1944, it is an uncanny predictor of things to come. Acknowledged as the first Holocaust film, its handling of the fictional post-war Nazi tribunal in Warsaw predates the similar handling of the real-life 1948 Nazi tribunal depicted in 1961’s Judgment at Nuremberg.

Alexander Knox stars as an unrepentant Nazi Reich Commissioner in the same year in which he would receive an Oscar nomination of his own for playing Woodrow Wilson in Best Picture nominee Wilson. His character’s post-war trial in the not-so-distant future begins with Henry Travers (It’s a Wonderful Life) as a Polish Catholic priest recounting his behavior in 1919.

Knox had been a German teacher in a small Polish town before the outbreak of World War I. He had returned to Germany to fight in the war, returning to the Polish town after the war where he is greeted with skepticism even by Travers’ niece, local teacher Marsha Hunt (The Human Comedy) who had been his fiancée. That skepticism turns to anger when he rapes one of his students (Shirley Mills) and her boyfriend (Elvin Field) is blamed for the crime before the girl confesses to Hunt that it was Knox before committing suicide. Getting off in the courts due to lack of evidence, Knox returns to Germany where he joins the rising Nazi Party and rises with it.

The next witness is Knox’s brother (Erik Rolf), a socialist writer with a wife (Ruth Nelson, later the first Mrs. Wilson to Knox’s Wilson) and two children. We first see a harmonious relationship between the brothers when they are reunited in 1923 but see a different relationship in 1933 when Knox has his brother sent to a concentration camp for treason and takes his son and turns him into a Nazi youth. No one will tell Rolf what happened to his wife and daughter.

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This Day in Oscar History: April 23 (2019)

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Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “The Curse of La Llorona”

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Now That You’ve Seen The Curse of La Llorona…?

Cinema Sight Asks: Now that you've seen "The Curse of La Llorona," which Linda Cardellini performance is best?

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Trailer Watch: Dark Phoenix (2019) Updated

New Trailer (#3) / New Posters (#3-#4)

Dark Phoenix, updated

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Apr. 19-21, 2019

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

This Day in Oscar History: April 22 (2019)

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Poll: What Are You Most Anticipating? (May 2019, Wide)

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Film Preview: Avengement (2019)

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(April 14, 2019) Original

Release Date:

May 24, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “While released on furlough from prison, a lowly criminal evades his guards and returns to his old haunts to take revenge on the people that made him a cold-hearted killer. It’s an epic, bloody battle to search for the soul he lost years ago on the streets of an unforgiving city.”

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 terrible title is the least of this film’s worries as it never establishes a purpose. The film looks more like an excuse for endless fight sequences, not for serious drama.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: All Creatures Here Below (2019)

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(April 14, 2019) Original

Release Date:

May 10, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A desperate young couple on the run seek refuge in Kansas City.”

Poster Rating: D+

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Review: A cheaply made poster that looks like it was cobbled together from the worst possible sources.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: A cheaply made trailer that doesn’t present a film that has a lot of merits, won’t entice an audience, and cannot find its path through its own narrative.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Convent (2019)

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(April 14, 2019) Original

Release Date:

May 3, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “During the 17th Century a young woman is saved from execution and led to a priory to repent her sins but discovers a greater evil lies within.”

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: The trailer suggests the film wants desperately to dig into the bountiful supernatural horror box office that has propelled many a film to success. Yet, nothing about the trailer suggests the film will be more than passable.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Apr. 26-28, 2019

Below are two previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Avengers: Endgame (Wide)

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The White Crow (Limited)

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Gallery: Detective Pikachu (2019)

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Gallery: Warner Bros. Summer Preview

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