Weekend Preview: Sep. 30-Oct. 2, 2016

Below are eight previews for films opening next weekend.
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Film Preview: A Man Called Ove (2016)

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(September 25, 2016) Original

Release Date:

September 30, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife’s grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors.”

Poster Rating: C+ / C / C-

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Review: (#1) This design has a weak, unrealistic quality to it, which makes it difficult to love. There are some neat small elements to it, but not enough to be recommendable. (#2) This overly lit design looks modestly like the first design, but feels too sanitized to support the film’s premise. (#3) The suggestion of suicide by hanging, while relevant to the film, is in poor taste and the background is bland to boot.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: The trailer is clunky and doesn’t get quickly to the heart of the matter, but there’s a faint glimmer of intensity of narrative that might boost the film’s performance.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Film Preview: Flock of Dudes (2016)

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(September 25, 2016) Original

Release Date:

September 30, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A 30-something year old decides to “break up” with his best buds in order to finally grow up.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: A simple, generally unappealing poster that is different enough to be eye-catching even if it’s mostly lazy.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: There are plenty of films that used to end up on the direct-to-video shelves at your local Blockbuster, this trailer paints the picture of a C-grade film that would have merited that kind of an inauspicious release.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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This Day in Oscar History: September 25 (2016)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Trailer Watch: Deepwater Horizon (2016) Updated

New Trailer (#3) / New Posters (#7-#13)

Deepwater Horizon

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

This Day in Oscar History: September 24 (2016)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Film Preview: Fifty Shades Darker (2017)

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(September 18, 2016) Original

Release Date:

February 10, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her.”

Poster Rating: B

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Review: It’s strange to find a poster design with so much negative space that works so effectively in spite of that. This design does that, creating a simple elegance without complicated maneuvering.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: A new version of Beyoncé’s song from the first film dominates the trailer along with a myriad of images that may well compel fans of the original to seek out the sequel, but which looks predictable and is surprisingly light on eroticism, the raison d’être of the books and film franchise..

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 39, 2016)

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

The Magnificent Seven (Wide)

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

Storks (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Animated Feature.

The Dressmaker (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Actress (Kate Winslet).

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #165

We are now in the third round of voting for the Friday Face Off, pitting winners from the second round against each other. Just choose one selection in each of the categories below. Because we want to keep the polls open a bit longer before starting the next phase, after we finish this third pass, we’ll be starting a Losers Bracket going back to round one and pulling all the losers out and facing them off against one another.

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

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This Day in Oscar History: September 23 (2016)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: Best Makeup (2002 – 2006)

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Film Preview: Miss Sloane (2016)

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(September 18, 2016) Original

Release Date:

December 9, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An ambitious lobbyist faces off against the powerful gun lobby in an attempt to pass gun control legislation.”

Poster Rating: B-

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Review: Albeit corny, the black-and-white screen split element works surprisingly well. It’s still a stark, lifeless backdrop, but it works well enough for what it is.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: The trailer is a chaotic blend of events that make the film seem like it might be important in today’s political landscape, but without giving enough details as to the film’s actual premise. This is the kind of trailer that can harm a film’s chance of wide acceptance.

Oscar Prospects:

Jessica Chastain is a contender, but the film doesn’t look like much of one. I could be convinced otherwise, however.

Trailer #1

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Oscar Profile #306: Felix Bressart

bressartBorn March 2, 1892 in East Prussia, Germany, which is now part of Russia, Felix Bressart made his stage debut in 1914 and his film debut in 1928. The Jewish character actor was forced to leave his home country in 1933 but continued to make German language films in Austria until he emigrated to the U.S. in 1936.

Welcomed with open arms by the German artist colony in Hollywood, Bressart began his American film career as Deanna Durbin’s music teacher in 1939’s Three Smart Girls Grow Up. He scored a big hit that same year as one of the Russian commissars in Ninotchka. He was immediately typecast, his stock-in-trade being disheveled academics, wistful European philosophers, scientists and music professors of diverse ethnicity, his roles often consisting of equal parts pathos and comedy. With his lanky frame, big nose, toothbrush moustache and horn-rimmed glasses, the shy, reserved, often physically clumsy actor struck audiences as a cross between Groucho Marx and Albert Einstein. Signed to an MGM contract, he quickly became one of the screen’s most popular character actors. He also had a sideline as a non-medical practitioner with a busy practice in Beverly Hills.

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Review: Star Trek: Beyond (2016)

Star Trek: Beyond

Rating

Director

Justin Lin

Screenplay

Simon Pegg, Doug Jung

Length

122 min.

Starring

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella

MPAA Rating

PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence

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This Day in Oscar History: September 22 (2016)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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