Category: Film Previews

Film Preview: The Wedding Guest (2019)

Page Revisions:

(February 10, 2019) Original

Release Date:

March 1, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A story centered on a mysterious British Muslim man (Dev Patel) on his journey across Pakistan and India.”

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: There’s a palpable tension in the trailer, which could give it some appeal to audiences; however, the premise is evident, but murky, which might make it less appealing.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Isle (2019)

Page Revisions:

(February 10, 2019) Original

Release Date:

February 8, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “On a remote island off the west coast of Scotland in 1846 a heavy storm hits, causing a ship to sink. Three survivors row through a thick early morning mist, lost and disorientated. The mist begins to clear and The Isle appears before them. They soon discover that it is almost abandoned except for four sole residents: an old harbour man, a farmer, his niece and a young mad woman. Once rested and recovered the sailors are desperate to leave and return to the mainland, but the promised boat never appears. One of them starts to investigate and learns of a tragedy at sea that occurred five years previously causing several young men from the island to perish. When his two shipmates meet with accidents, the myth of a ghostly siren haunting the island leads him to uncover the truth whilst he battles to save his own life.”

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: This Gothic horror trailer tries to give the audience a desperate and chilling feeling and the nature shots add to that ambiance, but the premise is a bit murky and could use a little clarification to be genuinely interesting.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: Ugly Dolls (2019) Updated

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

Ugly Dolls, updated

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

Looking at the Weekend: Feb. 15-17, 2019

With The Lego Movie 2 underperforming, it makes next weekend ripe for a new number one film. Alita: Battle Angel may have the best chance simply because it has more advertising. That said, Isn’t It Romantic could be a surprise hit giving it the top spot. Happy Death Day 2U is a sequel to a film that wasn’t that big at the box office, so probably won’t do well in its second attempt.

Our Highest Rated Films: Isn’t It Romantic, Birds of Passage, Sorry Angel
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Hotel by the River

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Trailer Watch: The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Updated

New Trailer (#5) / New Poster (#5)

The Secret Life of Pets 2, updated

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

Film Preview: High Life (2019)

Page Revisions:

(February 10, 2019) Original

Release Date:

April 12, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A father and his daughter struggle to survive in deep space where they live in isolation.”

Poster Rating: C+ / B-

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Review: (#1) It follows the premise of the film, but doesn’t have a lot of excitement. (#2) There isn’t a lot to this, but Robert Pattinson’s profile being blended into the starry field is a nice touch.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: There is a mystery unfolding in this trailer that makes the film look a bit more compelling than it might otherwise. Although the overall thrust of the trailer is choppy in places and languid in others, it conveys just enough intrigue to be interesting.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Among the Shadows (2019)

Page Revisions:

(February 3, 2019) Original

Release Date:

March 5, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A private investigator must unravel the murder of her uncle while keeping the secret that she is a descendant from a line of werewolves.”

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: D

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Review: Take the ludicrousness of Underworld and degrade the quality of production and competency of the script (more so than it already was) and you get a film like this that looks like a bargain-basement werewolf feature.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: Run the Race (2019) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

Run the Race, updated

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

Weekend Preview: Feb. 15-17, 2019

Below are seven previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Alita: Battle Angel (Wide)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Happy Death Day 2U (Wide)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Isn’t It Romantic (Wide)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Birds of Passage (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Donnybrook (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Fighting with My Family (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Ruben Brandt, Collector (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Sorry Angel (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 

Film Preview: Trading Paint (2019)

Page Revisions:

(February 3, 2019) Original

Release Date:

February 22, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Veteran race car driver Sam Munroe and his son, a fellow driver from a small town overcome family and professional conflicts, balancing competition, ego, resentment and a racing nemesis to come out stronger on the other side.”

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: Let daddy show you how it’s done. In this latest attempt by John Travolta to resurrect his faded career, he plays a former race car driver who thinks his son’s attempt to find a better job is an insult to him and so he must show him up at a future race, because that’s what good fathers do.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: We Die Young (2019)

Page Revisions:

(February 3, 2019) Original

Release Date:

March 1, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Lucas, a 14-year-old boy inducted into the gang life in Washington, D.C., is determined that his 10-year-old brother won’t follow the same path. When an Afghanistan war veteran comes into the neighborhood, an opportunity arises.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: We have the menacing tattooed Hispanic guy seemingly going after our salvational white character. If there was a design that was anymore reactionary, I’d be hard-pressed to find it. The colors aren’t great and the overall look is a bit lackluster.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: The latest scare-tactic movie out of Hollywood presents the white savior attempting to save the young Hispanic kids from the dangers of gangs in the suburbs of New York City. This painfully unappealing film lays it all on thick with its grizzled veteran saving kids while taking on the stereotypical Spanish-speaking bad guy.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Divorce Party (2019)

Page Revisions:

(February 3, 2019) Original

Release Date:

February 14, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A recently dumped divorcee in his late-twenties sets out to plan a wedding-sized divorced party in an attempt to get his life back on track.”

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: No doubt this film features a crass, self-interested wife who doesn’t like the man her husband is and decides to end the marriage and the guy thinks it’s all her fault and throws a pity party. If this doesn’t look like the epitome of mansplaining modernism, I’m not sure what does.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Drunk Parents (2019)

Page Revisions:

(February 3, 2019) Original

Release Date:

April 19, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Two drunk parents attempt to hide their ever increasing financial difficulties from their daughter and social circle through elaborate neighborhood schemes.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: If you have to have a white background, but don’t want it to be uselessly blank, you go for this and still manage to make the whole thing look vacant, especially since the central couch image doesn’t seem to fit the backdrop naturally, nor the figures on it.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: Alec Baldwin and Salma Hayek are married, she eight years his junior, and they are out of money and having to resort to comedic things to survive. The trailer makes this film look like a warmed-over plot, discarded from the 1980s that might have started Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Out of Blue (2019)

Page Revisions:

(February 3, 2019) Original

Release Date:

March 15, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “When Detective Mike Hoolihan is called to investigate the shooting of leading astrophysicist and black hole expert, Jennifer Rockwell, she is affected in ways she struggles to comprehend.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: Other than the annoyingly poor grammar of the title, this design has a lot of detail, but little of it is particularly compelling.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: This nonsensical premise isn’t given much development in the trailer, which is satisfied with giving a modicum of plot details without explaining its necessity.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Challenger Disaster (2019)

Page Revisions:

(February 3, 2019) Original

Release Date:

January 25, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “On the eve of the Challenger explosion in 1986 one engineer goes to the extreme to stop the launch. This hot-headed engineer makes a desperate race against the clock to call off the billion dollar multi-delayed Challenger launch, convinced the O-ring seals will fail and kill everyone on board. The Company, Marshall Space Flight and NASA made a business decision. He made a human decision.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: Some cheap PhotoShopping, a chintzy layout, and nothing particularly compelling.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: As lackluster and cheap looking as this film is, the trailer does a solid job editing everything together to create a modest amount of suspense. Make no mistakes, this looks like a Walmart $5 bin mainstay.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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