From IMDb: “Two sisters, vacationing in Mexico, are trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean, with less than an hour of oxygen left and great white sharks circling nearby.”
Poster Rating: C- / C / C+ / C
SEE ALL POSTERS BELOW Review: (#1) A dark, murky design with limited detail and no substance. (#2) This gives the audience a palpable sense of fear, but there’s no frame of reference for that fear, not even an impending shark attack. (#3) The shark cage is so minuscule and the sharks so large that it doesn’t feel very realistic. It also doesn’t create the sense of dread it needs to. (#4) This is the closest attempt yet to convey terror, but the cheesy flashlight effect, which would be diffused by the ocean and the seemingly haphazard placement of the sharks generate too little realism to feel tense.
Trailer Rating: C
SEE ALL TRAILERS BELOW Review: There are elements in the trailer that could have been spliced together to create a truly dred-filled trailer, but this design lacks some measure of suspense, even if there’s a modicum present.
From IMDb: “Ideologies collide with fatal results when a military drone contractor meets an enigmatic Pakistani businessman. ”
Poster Rating: C / C-
SEE ALL POSTERS BELOW Review: (#1) Decent colors, but a conventional design that may look complex, but isn’t terribly so. (#2) A little more complex than the first, but no more interesting.
Trailer Rating: C
SEE ALL TRAILERS BELOW Review: Your conventional anti-terrorism film that pretends its about the morality and dangers of drone usage on civilian targets, but is ostensibly a way to paint all Muslims as revenge-seeking terrorists. Not a good look.
From IMDb: “A dad convinces his friends to start an illegal casino in his basement after he and his wife spend their daughter’s college fund.”
Poster Rating: B-
SEE ALL POSTERS BELOW Review: Garish is the worst thing about this poster, though the cheap, unrealistic background is a close second. It still sells the film as best as it could all things considered.
Trailer Rating: C+
SEE ALL TRAILERS BELOW Review: There are some humorous moments in the trailer, but an there aren’t a sufficient number of them. This film has to sell to a broad demographic that’s been fairly disappointed lately and the result doesn’t look like something they’ll leap at the opportunity to see.
From IMDb: “Remake of French thriller, Papillon Noir by Herve Korian. Banderas will play Paul, a down-on-his-luck screenwriter who picks up a drifter (Rhys Meyers) and offers him a place to stay. However, when the deranged stranger takes Paul hostage and forces him to write, their unhinged relationship brings buried secrets to light.”
Poster Rating: B- / C+
SEE ALL POSTERS BELOW Review: (#1) A nicely blended poster design that is both similar and distinctive from others of its type. The crumpled paper backdrop adds to the richness. (#2) An interesting ink blot style is marred by too much blank space and a cramped staging.
Trailer Rating: C
SEE ALL TRAILERS BELOW Review: The first film that pops into your mind when watching this trailer is Misery. Although the premise is not too similar, the aesthetic, setting, and character relationships are faintly similar, but not in a good way.
From IMDb: “A dystopian love story in a Texas wasteland and set in a community of cannibals.”
Poster Rating: C+ (3) / C+
SEE ALL POSTERS BELOW Review: (#1-#3) This series of character posters is a suitable tease, but they are too similar elementally to be of artistic value. (#4) This is like the character designs, but lacks a similar artistic esprit de corps.
Trailer Rating: C- / B-
SEE ALL TRAILERS BELOW Review: (#1) A clunky trailer that tries for style, but achieves tedium. A bland trailer that tries to be creative, but gets mired in its own self-assurance. (#2) A better constructed trailer designed to create a sense of perspective and inventive style. The setting is fantastical without being genuinely post-apocalyptic, which might make it a tough sell to audience looking for something a bit more obvious.
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
Alien: Covenant (Wide)
Oscar Potential: Original Score, Production Design, Makeup & Hairstyling, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects.