Review: Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017)

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

Rating

Director

James Gunn

Screenplay

James Gunn

Length

136 min.

Starring

Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn

MPAA Rating

G-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language, and brief suggestive content

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This Day in Oscar History: May 22 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: What Are You Most Anticipating? (Jun. 2017, Limited)

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What Are You Most Anticipating? (Jun. 2017, Limited)

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Film Preview: 47 Meters Down (2017)

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(May 14, 2017) Original

Release Date:

June 16, 2017

Synopsis:

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

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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

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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.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: It (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

It, updated

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Weekend Preview: May 26-28, 2017

Below are three previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Baywatch (Wide)

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Wide)

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Drone (Limited)

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Film Preview: Drone (2017)

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(May 21, 2017) Original

Release Date:

May 26, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Ideologies collide with fatal results when a military drone contractor meets an enigmatic Pakistani businessman. ”

Poster Rating: C / C-

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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

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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.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Gallery: Wonder Woman (2017)

Below is a gallery for the upcoming film Wonder Woman.

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This Day in Oscar History: May 21 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Film Preview: The House (2017)

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(May 14, 2017) Original

Release Date:

June 30, 2017

Synopsis:

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-

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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+

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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.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Black Butterfly (2017)

Page Revisions:

(May 14, 2017) Original

Release Date:

May 26, 2017

Synopsis:

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+

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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

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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.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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This Day in Oscar History: May 20 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Film Preview: The Big Sick (2017)

Page Revisions:

(May 14, 2017) Original

Release Date:

July 14, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A couple deals with their cultural differences as their relationship grows.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: A cheap sense of perspective and a weak PhotoShop job prove detrimental to the general gist of the poster that fits decently well with the film’s premise.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: A hopelessly generic romantic comedy trailer that doesn’t sell itself nearly as well as it should.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Bad Batch (2017)

Page Revisions:

(May 14, 2017) Original

Release Date:

June 23, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A dystopian love story in a Texas wasteland and set in a community of cannibals.”

Poster Rating: C+ (3) / C+

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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-

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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.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 20, 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

Alien: Covenant (Wide)

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

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