Category: Film Previews

Trailer Watch: Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Updated

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Transformers: The Last Knight, updated

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Weekend Preview: Apr. 28-30, 2017

Below are six previews for films opening next weekend.

 

The Circle (Wide)

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How to Be a Latin Lover (Wide)

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Sleight (Wide)

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Buster’s Mal Heart (Limited)

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The Mayor (Limited)

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One Week and a Day (Limited)

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Film Preview: One Week and a Day (2017)

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(April 23, 2017) Original

Release Date:

April 28, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “When Eyal finishes the week of mourning for his late son, his wife urges him to return to their routine but instead he gets high with a young neighbor and sets out to discover that there are still things in his life worth living for.”

Poster Rating: C / C- / C-

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Review: (#1) It’s simple and the scene pictured shows a great deal of the dynamic between the parties in the relationship. It’s a dull poster otherwise. (#2) A nicely drawn, but rudimentary and forgettable design. (#3) This does a better job than the previous in conveying the film’s layers, but the art is a little less compelling.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: This drama about mourning and moving on has some engaging moments, but it feels a bit stale in places.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Mayor (2017)

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(April 23, 2017) Original

Release Date:

April 28, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “For the first time in Korean history, the Seoul Mayor attempts third term in mayor’s office.”

Poster Rating: B

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Review: Surrounded by his own campaign posters, a politician has a look of concern. An interesting thematic design.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: If you’ve seen one movie about corrupt politicians, you’ve seen them all. While that’s not necessarily always the case, it is the case when you compare their trailers. This looks no different than its many American counterparts.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)

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(April 16, 2017) Original

Release Date:

August 18, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The world’s top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.”

Poster Rating: B-

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Review: The attempt to conjure images of the Whitney Houston film Bodyguard add to the depth of the humor involved. It does appear to be PhotoShopped, but that’s immaterial.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: This Red Band trailer has a lot of cursing in it, but there’s no better way to watch a film starring Samuel L. Jackson riffing on his own typecast personality. Ryan Reynolds isn’t a slouch either.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Detroit (2017)

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(April 16, 2017) Original

Release Date:

August 4, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A police raid in Detroit in 1967 results in one of the largest citizen uprisings in the United States’ history.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: Putting your portrait into landscape is an interesting stylistic decision, but that’s where the distinctiveness and creativity ends.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: The trailer seems intent on presenting the entire film’s plot in one sitting, which doesn’t help build suspense or create a long-lasting impression.

Oscar Prospects:

The Hurt Locker was a major Oscar contender for Kathryn Bigelow and earned her the first Best Director award ever presented to a woman. For her next feature, Zero Dark Thirty, she was again a major contender and while the film scored several nods, Bigelow was absent. This time around, she has the same opportunities. Since the Academy will now have recriminations about her not getting a nod the last time, I suspect she’ll be nominated again as will the film in several categories.

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Film Preview: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

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(April 16, 2017) Original

Release Date:

December 15, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Having taken her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015), Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga.”

Poster Rating: B / D

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Review: (#1) An interesting choice to go two-tone monochromatic, employing red as a background style while using blue as a visual punch. It’s a solid design for a film that didn’t need a solid poster to sell. (#2) Placeholders are ultimately pointless, but fans will be excited.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: There’s a lot of overarching detail, a lot of simplistic reminiscence, and a lot of suggested action. Fans of the franchise won’t need much to buy tickets, but a better trailer is certainly needed.

Oscar Prospects:

The Force Awakens earned five Oscar nominations, the best showing the series has seen since the original. It’s possible this film shows up in the same five categories (Best Original Score, Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, and Visual Effects), but I suspect that it will lose out on Film Editing and may not get a chance at Original Score again.

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Film Preview: Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

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(April 16, 2017) Original

Release Date:

November 3, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Thor must face the Hulk in a gladiator match and save his people from the ruthless Hela.”

Poster Rating: B

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Review: An interesting use of color, a blend infrequently used in poster designs. The base image is standard-issue, but it’s eye-catching, which is most important.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: Some of the humor that made Thor more appealing in the Avengers film doesn’t trump the familiarity on display here. Sure, there are some unique details that we haven’t seen before, but everything seems so generic.

Oscar Prospects:

A Best Visual Effects nomination is certainly possible, but the film isn’t likely to show up anywhere else.

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Looking at the Weekend: Apr. 21-23, 2017

Five films release this weekend in hopes of picking up some scraps during The Fate of the Furious‘ guaranteed second week at the top of the box office. Among these, Unforgettable has the most potential for broad appeal. Free Fire is too niche, Phoenix Forgotten is being dragged down by a late and weak marketing campaign, and The Promise is trying to avoid the more lucrative and appropriate platform release to head wide at the start. As such, the pulpy Unforgettable should pick up the most business, though it won’t even come close to holding a candle next to Furious.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki, Free Fire, The Promise
Our Best Awards Ratings: Free Fire (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

The Lost City of Z (Expanding) (Read our Looking at the Weekend Coverage here)
Born in China
Citizen Jane
The Penguin Counters

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Film Preview: My Cousin Rachel (2017)

Page Revisions:

(April 16, 2017) Original

Release Date:

July 14, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: Is she bemused or calculating. Is the veil to protect herself from unwanted attention or to hide her intentions. The poster’s still a bit too simple for selling the film, but there are just enough interesting questions that can be asked about it.

Trailer Rating: B+

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Review: This Edwardian thriller exists in a separate plane from all other dramas of the same period. It looks fascinating even if modestly predictable.

Oscar Prospects:

While the film looks like it could be a competitor in the Production Design and Costume Design categories and Rachel Weisz could be a surprise acting nominee, but the July release won’t get it as much year-end attention as it needs.

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Trailer Watch: Atomic Blonde (2017) Updated

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Atomic Blonde, updated

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Film Preview: 3 Generations (2017)

Page Revisions:

(April 9, 2017) Original

Release Date:

May 5, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “After Ray decides to transition from female to male, Ray’s mother, Maggie, must come to terms with the decision while tracking down Ray’s biological father to get his legal consent.”

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

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Review: (#1) Displaying the film title before the rebuild of it to appeal to a more discerning demographic, this hyper generic family photo isn’t that interesting. (#2) Another design with the old title, this one a little more interesting than the previous, but it’s perhaps too simplistic and utterly lacks the details needed to attract the target demographic. (#3) This Italian poster is all sorts of generic and might give credence to call this film 3 Generics. White background, overly manipulated faces. It all works together in such a mediocre fashion. (#4) While this is more colorful and interesting in terms of design formatting, it’s no less patently generic and uninspiring.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Using the tagline from one of the posters, the film is about a family in transition. It’s not an evocative transition and the comedy is dull in many places. While these are all genuinely terrific actresses, the material looks overly simple and unnecessarily dull.

Oscar Prospects:

There might be some chatter for this May release, thanks to the extra visibility of the transgender movement; however, the film has been on the back burner for two years, early reviews haven’t been good and Weinstein Company has a lot of late-year priorities that will upend this film’s chances.

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Weekend Preview: Apr. 21-23, 2017

Below are six previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Free Fire (Wide)

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Phoenix Forgotten (Wide)

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The Promise (Wide)

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Unforgettable (Wide)

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7 Witches (Limited)

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The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki (Limited)

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Film Preview: The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki (2017)

Page Revisions:

(April 16, 2017) Original

Release Date:

April 21, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “As fiercely talented as he is modest, Finnish boxer Olli Mäki is swept into national stardom as he trains for a once-in-a-lifetime fight against the World Featherweight Champion. There’s only one problem: he’s just fallen in love.”

Poster Rating: C- / C / C / C

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Review: (#1) Generic and uninteresting. Cheapness seldom works. (#2) More color than its predecessor, this design still lacks adequate intrigue. (#3) Reminds one of old film poster designs, but without the moody grit. (#4) A combination of color and style between the first and second posters doesn’t add any measure of depth as a result.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: There seems to be a traditionalist edge in this Finnish boxing romantic dramedy, but its dour approach to humor isn’t particularly moving or investment-worthy.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: 7 Witches (2017)

Page Revisions:

(April 16, 2017) Original

Release Date:

April 21, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A horror film set at a wedding.”

Poster Rating: F

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Review: A placeholder poster that lacks visual distinctiveness.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: There’s a certain traditionalist horror flare to this trailer, but it ultimately looks like a derivative of so many varied types of films, many of which weren’t great in the first place.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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