Category: Film Previews

Weekend Preview: Jun. 30-Jul. 2, 2017

Below are six previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Amityville: The Awakening (Wide)

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Baby Driver (Wide)

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Despicable Me 3 (Wide)

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The House (Wide)

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13 Minutes (Limited)

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The Little Hours (Limited)

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Film Preview: 13 Minutes (2017)

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(June 25, 2017) Original

Release Date:

June 30, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “In November 1939, Georg Elser’s attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler fails, and he is arrested. During his confinement, he recalls the events leading up to his plot and his reasons for deciding to take such drastic action.”

Poster Rating: B-

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Review: Would that the poster had an actual crowd of similar-looking individuals colored the way this poster is, it might have worked better. The concept is a decent one, but it has a repetitiveness problem.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: We’ve seen films with similar themes, but far too many films with similar settings. How World War II and the rise of Hitler became pulp material for romantic dramas remains a mystery. This one looks fairly formulaic, which doesn’t give the viewer much hope that it will step beyond such commonplace premises.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: Kidnap (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#1-#3) / New Release Date (changed from 12/2/16)

Kidnap, updated

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Trailer Watch: Baby Driver (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Poseters (#2-#14)

Baby Driver, updated

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Trailer Watch: The Emoji Movie (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#6-#11)

The Emoji Movie, updated

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Film Preview: Flatliners (2017)

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(June 18, 2017) Original

Release Date:

September 29, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Medical students experiment on “near death” experiences that involve past tragedies until the dark consequences begin to jeopardize their lives.”

Poster Rating: B

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Review: A rather cheesy tagline accompanying a colorful, symbolic poster design. It’s not great, but it’s at least noticeable.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Having seen the original in the theater 27 years ago, I can’t say that this new trailer gives me much interest in the remake. There are some interesting elements in the trailer, but it’s hopelessly generic overall.

Oscar Prospects:

Surprising as it was, the original Flatliners earned a Best Sound Effects Editing nomination. The sequel will have a much bigger hill to climb and a nomination is incredibly unlikely.

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2017 Summer Season Preview: July

Here we look at the upcoming month’s offerings.

July 7, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Premise: From IMDb: “A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero.”
Box Office Prospects: $350 M
Expectations: Excellent. The Original made more than $400 million at the box office. The reboot made a mere $262 million. While the disparity is large, the likelihood of an inbetween result is high. Reboot fatigue may play a part, but with Iron Man in the mix, all bets are off. No film featuring Robert Downey Jr.’s “first” Avenger has made less than $300 million at the box office. The last one to gross less than $400 million was Iron Man 2 7 years ago. However, this isn’t an Iron Man movie and it doesn’t have the vast casts of the Avengers or Civil War films, so a lower final tally wouldn’t be surprising.
Oscar Prospects: Uncertain. For a time, any film starring Iron Man was a guaranteed Oscar nominee. However, that has since changed with the last two efforts underwhelming Oscar voters. Thus, it’s possible the film is ignored. However, if there’s any category it could be a factor in, it’s Best Visual Effects.
Cinema Sight Preview: See my preview of this title here.

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Looking at the Weekend: Jun. 23-25, 2017

There’s no competition for Transformers: The Last Knight. Wonder Woman should have a decent fourth weekend, but not enough to take it into the top spot. Cars 3 had a relatively soft opening, which means its second weekend drop, even if small, is going to drop it below Wonder Woman. So, even if Transformers gets bad reviews, which it will, the $100 million opening of the prior film, in spite of bad reviews, won’t dissuade moviegoers to check it out.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Beguiled
Our Best Awards Ratings: The Beguiled (Oscars); Transformers: The Last Knight (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Alien Arrival
F(l)ag Football
Food Evolution
The Operative
The Ornithologist
Tubelight

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Film Preview: Daddy’s Home 2 (2017)

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(June 18, 2017) Original

Release Date:

November 10, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Plot unknown. A follow-up to the 2015 comedy ‘Daddy’s Home.”

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: B-

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Review: I never really got into the original film, so this trailer doesn’t instill in me any sense of excitement. However, there are a couple of funny moments suggesting at least a publicity department that knows how to sell a follow-up.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: Detroit (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

Detroit, updated

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Film Preview: Blind (2017)

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(June 11, 2017) Original

Release Date:

July 14, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A novelist blinded in a car crash which killed his wife rediscovers his passion for both life and writing when he embarks on an affair with the neglected wife of an indicted businessman.”

Poster Rating: D

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Review: A horrid split-screen poster design that uses garish colors and titling to sell a film on its two leads, one of whom doesn’t seem as excited about the film as the other.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: Formulaic, generic, and perceptibly sexist. This is the kind of movie that once ended up on Lifetime, but even they have better programming sense these days.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Jun. 23-25, 2017

Below are six previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Transformers: The Last Knight (Wide)

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The Bad Batch (Limited)

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A Beginner’s Guide to Snuff (Limited)

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The Beguiled (Limited)

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The Big Sick (Limited)

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Ripped (Limited)

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Film Preview: Ripped (2017)

Page Revisions:

(June 18, 2017) Original

Release Date:

June 23, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Comedy that tells the story of two free spirited stoners who, after smoking some top secret pot created by the CIA in 1986, find themselves catapulted into 2016. With 30 years of their lives lost, our now balding and overweight friends use their uncomplicated enthusiasm to get their lives back on track and figuring out the modern world.”

Poster Rating: D

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Review: A little bit stoned, a whole lot of bland. It’s a colorless, cheap design put together by someone who should have no business designing posters.

Trailer Rating: D

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Review: This stoner comedy seems like it wants to be a Cheech & Chong version of Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion without the humor.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: A Beginner’s Guide to Snuff (2017)

Page Revisions:

(June 18, 2017) Original

Release Date:

June 23, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “”A Beginners Guide To Snuff” is a pitch black comedy thriller in the vein of early Coen Brothers films.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: Not quite abstract, but an interesting, though inconsequential design.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: This is supposed to be a dark comedy, which is somewhat apparent, but the premise is poorly revealed in this perfunctory, unexciting trailer.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: First Kill (2017)

Page Revisions:

(June 11, 2017) Original

Release Date:

July 21, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A Wall Street broker is forced to evade a police chief investigating a bank robbery as he attempts to recover the stolen money in exchange for his son’s life.”

Poster Rating: D+

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Review: A bland, wet design that tries to get the stoic Bruce Willis to sell the film, but fails in its utter cheapness.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: Apart from a slight twist on an exceedingly common narrative plot, this trailer is plodding and limitedly adventurous, which doesn’t make it very exciting.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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