Film Preview: The Predator (2018)

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(May 20, 2018) Original

Release Date:

September 14, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home. Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a young boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.”

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 point of the film doesn’t seem evident in this trailer and while fans of everything Predator might be sold instantly, other audiences aren’t going to be enticed by something like this.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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This Day in Oscar History: May 26 (2018)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Film Preview: Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)

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(May 20, 2018) Original

Release Date:

July 27, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission gone wrong.”

Poster Rating: C- / D / B- / C

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Review: (#1) Barely a silhouette, but employing a black-and-white palette does not make for an appealing poster, especially with the not-as-thrilling-as-they-think helicopter stunt in the foreground. (#2) More of the helicopter stunt. I begin to wonder if it’s the only exciting element of the film, which would make things rather desperate. (#3) With some nice color thrown in, the design works much better than what has come before it, including images of most of the cast rather than just the star while keeping him as the central figure. It all works well. (#4) While not as bland as the black-and-white designs, the colors are muted and desaturated enough to be similar without being exciting.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: The first trailer somehow never appeared for review, but this second trailer does a decent job setting the stakes and building up interest in the film even if it feels a bit staid and derivative.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 21, 2018)

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

Solo: A Star Wars Story (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Original Score, Production Design, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects.

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #252

We are back to the winners bracket while the losers are percolating. We’re moving into round fou.

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

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This Day in Oscar History: May 25 (2018)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: Remaking Best Actress, 2013

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Remaking Best Actress, 2013

In our third pass of the Oscar nominees from 1997 through 2016, we take a look at the nominees for Best Actress. Each week, we’ll present a list of contenders from which you can select five to make up the Best Actress slate. There will be an “Other” option, but you can only use this once and you’ll have to specify your other in the comments. Now on to the game: Best Actress.

Cinema Sight Asks: Which Hopefuls Should Have Been Nominated for Best Actress (select up to 5)?

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Trailer Watch: Incredibles 2 (2018) Updated

New Trailer (#3) / New Posters (#12-#16)

Incredibles 2

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

Oscar Profile #393: Don Ameche

Born May 31, 1908 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Dominic Felix Amichi, known professionally as Don Ameche, the actor was one of eight children and after his 1932 marriage, became the father of six.

Having played in college shows, stock, and vaudeville, Ameche became a major radio star in the early 1930s, which led to the offer of a movie contract from 20th Century Fox in 1935. There the versatile actor became a popular star of comedies, dramas, and musicals.

Ameche made his film debut in an uncredited role as a prisoner in a black hole in 1935’s Clive of India and after two more uncreditable roles, emerged as a star opposite Loretta Young in 1936’s Ramona. By 1938, he was a major star, co-starring with Alice Faye and Tyrone Power in both In Old Chicago and Alexander’s Ragtime Band. 1939 was an even better year for him. That was the year he starred opposite Claudette Colbert in the classic screwball comedy, Midnight, and played both Alexander Graham Bell in The Story of Alexander Graham Bell with Loretta Young and Henry Fonda in support, and Stephen Foster in Swanee River with Andrea Leeds and Al Jolson in support.

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This Day in Oscar History: May 24 (2018)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (May 25-27, 2018)

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What Are You Watching? (May 25-27, 2018)

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Film Preview: Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

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(May 20, 2018) Original

Release Date:

November 2, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A chronicle of the years leading up to Queen’s legendary appearance at the Live Aid (1985) concert in 1985.”

Poster Rating: C- / D

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Review: (#1) Flooded with color, this poster catches some of the essence of the character, but is just not that exciting. (#2) A terrible tagline, a horrible background color and a tacky close-up make for an ill-designed poster.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: Every time I write about this film, I will bring up how much of a disservice it is to Freddie Mercury when it ignores his sexuality and the cause of his death: AIDS. That’s of course not mentioned in the trailer, they just want to entice Queen fans to see the film, but those fans also know the details of Mercury’s life and death and won’t be as enthused by the glossing over of his legacy. The trailer may play a lot of great, familiar songs, but that won’t be enough to make the film a hit.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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2018 Summer Season Preview: June

Here we look at the upcoming month’s offerings.

June 1, 2018

Action Point

Premise: From IMDb: “A daredevil designs and operates his own theme park with his friends.”
Box Office Prospects: $60 M
Expectations: Weak. The film looks cheap and while I would like to say it looks like a film that will flop, the Jackass team has been modestly successful in the recent past, so I can’t claim it will be a huge success, but it will probably be some sort of success.
Oscar Prospects: None.
Cinema Sight Preview: See my preview of this title here.

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Looking at the Weekend: May 25-27, 2018

Deadpool 2 will only have a single week at the top of the box office as its easily displayed by the second non-trilogy Star Wars film. Solo: A Star Wars Story explores the past of one of the series most prominent characters, Han Solo. With Harrison Ford out of the picture in terms of the main trilogy, his age prevents him from being employed in his “origin” story. Alden Ehrenreich, who seemed like a rising talent when he starred in Beautiful Creatures and later was part of one of the most celebrated scenes of its year in the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar!, early word is he’s quite good, which will help bolster the film’s chances at the box office.

Our Highest Rated Films: Solo: A Star Wars Story
Our Best Awards Ratings: Solo: A Star Wars Story (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

The Gospel According to André
The Misandrists

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This Day in Oscar History: May 23 (2018)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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