Category: Film Previews

Trailer Watch: Wonder (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Poster (#9)

Wonder, updated

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2017 Oscar Season Preview: Introduction

And so we come to Oscar season. While this four-month period will be replete with Oscar contenders galore, there will be plenty of blockbusters in the offing, including three franchise continuances (Thor, Justice League, and Star Wars) plus a lot of other options. The month will be characterized by holiday-targeted box office fare as well as small scale films designed to pique the interests of Academy voters.

To introduce you to the upcoming films, there will be two preview articles every month and this introduction every four months. The Season Preview article will focus on one of three seasons Spring Season (January through April), Blockbuster Season (May through August) and Oscar Season (September through December). In these introductory articles, I will give you the current release schedule for the specified season, which may change as the release dates get closer.

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Looking at the Weekend: Aug. 18-20, 2017

Two new movies will target the same audience demographic, namely those that enjoy action thrillers. While one is a heist film (Logan Lucky), the other is an action comedy (The Hitman’s Bodyguard). The latter has been heavily advertised in theaters and other venues. The former has not. On top of that, well known faces Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson star in Hitman, which should give it plenty of attention going into the weekend for an easy first-place finish.

Our Highest Rated Films: Gook, Patti Cake$
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

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Sidemen: Long Road to Glory

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Film Preview: Thank You for Your Service (2017)

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(August 13, 2017) Original

Release Date:

October 27, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A look at how Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affects American servicemen and women returning home from war.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: It doesn’t take much effort to reserve half the poster’s space for black space with white and red text, then put the protagonist into the remaining half and overlay an American flag. It’s cheaply patriotic.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: There’s probably a great film struggling to emerge from this, but it feels like a heavy-handed approach to a standard-issue story that has been done far too frequently, and seldom with less success.

Oscar Prospects:

There might be some small push for star Miles Teller, but I suspect this one gets lost in the rough.

Trailer #1

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Trailer Watch: mother! (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#3-#4)

mother!, updated

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Film Preview: 9/11 (2017)

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(August 6, 2017) Original

Release Date:

September 8, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A group of 5 people find themselves trapped in an elevator in the World Trade Center’s North Tower on 9/11. They work together, never giving up hope, to try to escape before the unthinkable happens.”

Poster Rating: B

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Review: As much as this film screams cheap, this poster design is evocative and strangely effective.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: The film shouldn’t carry the title 9/11. That would imply the film is about the terrorist attacks in a grand and compelling way. This is a slice-of-event film that catalogs one small tale in the massive event. Title issues aside, the film looks like a pale imitation of the grand productions one might have gotten in the 1960s and 1970s. Even those would seem crass by today’s standards, ergo why this doesn’t work.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Weekend Preview: Aug. 18-20, 2017

Below are seven previews for films opening next weekend.

 

The Hitman’s Bodyguard (Wide)

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Logan Lucky (Wide)

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Crown Heights (Expanding)

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6 Days (Limited)

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The Adventurers (Limited)

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Gook (Limited)

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Patti Cake$ (Limited)

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Film Preview: Patti Cake$ (2017)

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(August 13, 2017) Original

Release Date:

August 18, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “PATTI CAKE$ is centered on aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$, who is fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in New Jersey.”

Poster Rating: D+ / C-

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Review: (#1) Far too much unused space and insufficient detail to entice viewers. (#2) The design still has trouble filling its space, but the content is more visually stark and commanding.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: A conventional trailer for an unconventional story. The film looks like a fascinating look at how appearance damages our chances at success, at least on other people’s terms. It has a potentially uplifting narrative that could play well with the disillusioned. If they can find it.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Film Preview: Gook (2017)

Page Revisions:

(August 13, 2017) Original

Release Date:

August 18, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Eli and Daniel, two Korean American brothers, own a struggling shoe store and have an unlikely friendship with Kamilla, a street wise 11-year-old African American girl. Kamilla ditches school, Eli stresses about the store, and Daniel tries to have a good time. It’s just another typical day at the store until the Rodney King verdict is read and riots break out. With the chaos moving towards them, the trio is forced to defend the store while contemplating the future of their own personal dreams and the true meaning of family.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: The construction isn’t bad, nor is the color scheme, but the excessive lack of background detail hinders the overall flow of it.

Trailer Rating: C- / C+

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Review: (#1) The first trailer didn’t give us any information regarding what the film is about. It seemed to be staking its claim with the black-and-white motif. (#2) The second trailer does a great job conveying the plot, but doesn’t present the viewer with enough impetus to want to check it out.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Adventurers (2017)

Page Revisions:

(August 13, 2017) Original

Release Date:

August 18, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “

Poster Rating: C+ / D (3)

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Review: (#1) Lots of details with minimal unused space. The colors don’t mesh well and the design feels action-heavy without being terribly exciting. (#2-#4) Bland, lifeless attempts with terribly clunky overlays.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: This looks like a foreign knock-off of Mission: Impossible without the style or substance.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: 6 Days (2017)

Page Revisions:

(August 13, 2017) Original

Release Date:

August 18, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “In April 1980, armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy in Princes Gate, London and took all inside hostage. Over the next six days a tense standoff took place, all the while a group of highly trained soldiers from the SAS prepared for a raid the world had never seen the likes of.”

Poster Rating: C+ / D (4)

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Review: (#1) Decent composition, excess blanks pace, far too many flecks of color. These are weakly put together for maximum effect. (#2-#5) 4 character posters in black-and-white and a sickly yellow overlay. They are not attractive.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: A conventional period thriller that covers an event in history that might not have nearly as much interest as one would think and thus requiring tact and creativity to make it feel like a movie people will want to see. The trailer does an adequate job of that.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Film Preview: Crown Heights (2017)

Page Revisions:

(August 13, 2017) Original

Release Date:

August 18, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “When Colin Warner is wrongfully convicted of murder, his best friend Carl King devotes his life to proving Colin’s innocence.”

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: C+

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Review: The subject is certainly worth discussing, but the trailer doesn’t look incredibly exciting, which will make it a tough sell.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Mountain Between Us (2017)

Page Revisions:

(August 6, 2017) Original

Release Date:

October 20, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across the wilderness.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: Loosely symbolic, but well presented, this is an example of how to make an interesting design without saying enough to pique the interests of the audience.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: You get the complete gist of the film’s plot from the trailer. There’s no mystery. There’s no excitement. There’s just survival. For a survival drama, a bit more excitement would be appreciated. That and it seems like little more than a simple character drama doesn’t bolster its image.

Oscar Prospects:

The film is releasing in a great place to make an Oscar run, but Kate Winslet has buzz for a different film and Idris Elba doesn’t look to be doing anything spectacular in the trailer. Still, both could be up for consideration if their other work doesn’t pan out.

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Film Preview: mother! (2017)

Page Revisions:

(August 6, 2017) Original
(August 13, 2017) New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#3-#4)

Release Date:

September 15, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.”

Poster Rating: B+ / B / B+ / B

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Review: (#1 & #2) Although these are essentially character posters, the first one, featuring Jennifer Lawrence, is a far more visually daring and intriguing one than the second featuring Javier Bardem. That is largely thanks to the symbolism of a mother cutting out her own heart for others, something self-effacing that many mothers would do for their children.

(#3) A fragile exterior slowly chipping lose. It’s a compelling metaphor. (#4) A simple, torn design that doesn’t add anything measurably interesting.

Trailer Rating: C / A-

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Review: (#1) We are promised a trailer on the eighth of August, but it promises to be far more bizarre than the visuals presented here, which seem rather bland by comparison. Of course, it could very much be a surreal exploration of real life, which could be interesting, but the trailer just doesn’t give us sufficient information to believe that it’s more than a woman hearing things.

(#2) This is how you sell a horror film. Setting things up for maximum creepiness. There are elements of numerous previous horror films, including a chilling similarity to Rosemary’s Baby.

Oscar Prospects:

Darren Aronofsky has done some great work in the past and his name always conjures up Oscar consideration. While they cite Black Swan in the trailer, the film might be more akin to The Fountain or Noah rather than Swan or The Wrestler in terms of its Oscar capability. Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem could be considered, but the concept seems a bit too strange for Oscar voters.

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Trailer Watch: Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

Goodbye Christopher Robin, updated

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