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What Are You Most Anticipating? (Sep. 2017, Wide)

Cinema Sight Asks: Which September 2017 wide release are you most anticipating?

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Film Preview: The Star (2017)

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(August 13, 2017) Original

Release Date:

November 10, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas.”

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: D

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Review: When Prince of Egypt came out, the trailer was pleasantly appealing the the film’s content was straightforward and easy-going. This film takes on a slightly different story, but does so in a chunky, crass, humorless way that feels like it’s trying very hard to push and brow-beat the audience into seeing it.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Aug. 25-27, 2017

Below are nine previews for films opening next weekend.

 

All Saints (Wide)

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Birth of the Dragon (Wide)

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Leap! (Wide)

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Good Time (Expanding)

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Beach Rats (Limited)

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Ghost House (Limited)

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Legend of the Naga Pearls (Limited)

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Red Christmas (Limited)

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The Villainess (Limited)

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Film Preview: The Villainess (2017)

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(August 20, 2017) Original

Release Date:

August 25, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Sook-hee is a trained assassin who was born to kill. She was just a little girl when the training started in Yanbian, China. After the death of her mentor, when the chance of starting a new life was given to her, she came to South Korea as a government agent. They promised her that she will be free after ten years of service. So she begins her new life as a theatre actress. But soon two men Joong-sang and Hyun-soo appear in her new life. And she started to find deep dark secrets about her past. Eventually she take matters into her own hands.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: The pink kanji on the ground might look a bit like streaks of blood, but they are entirely the wrong color. Is this because the “hero” is a woman? Is it because sensors don’t want blood to be present on the poster? Either way, it’s distracting and the surrounding scene doesn’t balance it enough.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: If not for the premise, this film would look like a hopelessly generic action thriller. That it doesn’t quite shrug off that genericism to give the premise more weight is its biggest failing.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Red Christmas (2017)

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(August 20, 2017) Original

Release Date:

August 25, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A mother must protect her family on Christmas Day from a demented stranger who is hell-bent on tearing them apart.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: This looks more like an 80s mystery novel book cover than a poster for a horror comedy. It isn’t terribly interesting and the font layout, coloring, and style are too chunky.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: The trailer doesn’t quite give the audience an idea whether this is a genuine horror film, a horror comedy, some combination of the two, or something altogether different. Failing to deconstruct the genre effectively in a trailer won’t grab the attention of many moviegoers.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Legend of the Naga Pearls (2017)

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(August 20, 2017) Original

Release Date:

August 25, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “

Poster Rating: B- / B- (2)

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Review: (#1) While it would seem like the smiles are to denote that the film is comedic in nature, they distract from an otherwise angry and dangerous background. The dichotomy doesn’t do much to enliven the design. (#2-#3) These character posters represent only a portion of the cast. However, the design work isn’t terribly impressive, thus it doesn’t matter much if you catch the others.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Action-fantasy comedies are a very popular subgenre of Asian cinema, but even then the trailers still have to grab the audience and this doesn’t succeed. It has a few engaging moments, but it’s insufficient to make the film incredibly exciting.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Ghost House (2017)

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(August 20, 2017) Original

Release Date:

August 25, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A young couple go on an adventurous vacation to Thailand only to find themselves haunted by a malevolent spirit after naively disrespecting a Ghost House.”

Poster Rating: B-

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Review: Without seeing the trailer, there’s little about the design that indicates what it’s about. However, with the trailer as embellishment, all of the elements make perfect sense. Too bad the vast uninspired background doesn’t add more to the design.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: There’s too much setup in the trailer, though it pays off when the action in it gets going. It seems slightly conventional with a few dollops of inventiveness, which might help give it an in to more demanding horror connoisseurs.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Beach Rats (2017)

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(August 20, 2017) Original

Release Date:

August 25, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn struggles to escape his bleak home life and navigate questions of self-identity, as he balances his time between his delinquent friends, a potential new girlfriend, and older men he meets online.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: A generic design that could feature guys standing on the beach, but the background doesn’t give us that hint, only the title does.

Trailer Rating: C- / B

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Review: (#1) A moody teaser that tells us exactly zero about the film and only slightly tells us something about the lead character. This kind of trailer does little to engage the imagination or interest of the audience.

(#2) Getting into the meat and bones of the film’s narrative gives us insight into what kind of film we’re about to see. This trailer helps establish many of the film’s story characteristics, which position it well to hit the target demographic and few else beyond.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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This Day in Oscar History: August 20 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released

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Film Preview: My Little Pony: The Movie (2017)

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(August 13, 2017) Original

Release Date:

October 6, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “When a dark force threatens Ponyville and the Mane 6, they go on a journey to the end of Equestria to save their beloved home and they meet new friends and dangerous challenges along the way.”

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

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Review: (#1) There are a lot of colors, too many really, and a lot of details, not enough perhaps. It might appeal to the target demographic. (#2) A lot of wasted space, both literal and figurative. Quite a few colors, but none particularly well suited to the others. (#3) Not too far removed from the prior design, though the background is a little less vacant. (#4) A strange combination of the second and third designs that, even more strangely, works better than either. (#5) Staid, boring, and unexciting. It has far less detail than previous designs, but also less creativity.

Trailer Rating: D+

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Review: A haphazard, clunky trailer that weaves a narrative that’s convoluted and shrill. The film was never going to appeal to non-fans of the Ponies, but even this cannot please them very well.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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This Day in Oscar History: August 19 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

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Trailer Watch: Same Kind of Different As Me (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Poster (#1)

Same Kind of Different As Me, updated

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

Oscar in Box Office History (Week 33, 2017)

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

None

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #212

We are currently working on the losers bracket.

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

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This Day in Oscar History: August 18 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released

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