Category: Film Previews

Film Preview: The New Mutants (2018)

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(October 15, 2017) Original

Release Date:

April 13, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.”

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 new breed of X-Men film in the works and it looks wholly unlike anything else we’ve seen in the universe. That it is vaguely reminiscent of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors only makes me more interested.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Current War (2017)

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(October 8, 2017) Original

Release Date:

November 24, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world.”

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: While I like seeing an attempt being made to create something unique, the trailer itself is dull and lifeless, with events that aren’t engaging or significant.

Oscar Prospects:

There was a time when The Weinstein Company was a major Oscar player, but he hasn’t been in a few years. The further recent revelations about Harvey Weinstein’s long history of sexual harassment have likely destroyed the studio’s chances for at least this year, possibly for several to come.

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Weekend Preview: Oct. 20-22, 2017

Below are ten previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (Wide)

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Geostorm (Wide)

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Only the Brave (Wide)

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Same Kind of Different As Me (Wide)

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The Snowman (Wide)

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The Bachelors (Limited)

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BPM (Beats Per Minute) (Limited)

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The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Limited)

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RV: Resurrected Victims (Limited)

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Wonderstruck (Limited)

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Film Preview: RV: Resurrected Victims (2017)

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(October 15, 2017) Original

Release Date:

October 20, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Kim Rae-won plays Seo Jin-hong, a cold-hearted prosecutor who lost his mother (Kim Hae-sook) during a robbery 7 years ago. He has been bent on tracking down the culprit responsible for her death. Now, a series of surreal cases around the world, termed the Resurrected Victims Phenomenon, is seeing victims of unsolved murders returning to life to punish their killers.”

Poster Rating: D

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Review: A dull, inexpressive design that gives the viewer almost no idea what the film is about.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: There’s an interesting element to the film’s plot, but the rest of the trailer suggests a fairly procedural horror-action hybrid.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: BPM (Beats Per Minute) (2017)

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(October 15, 2017) Original

Release Date:

October 20, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “120 BPM. The average heart rate. The protagonists of 120 battements par minute are passionate about fighting the indifference that exists towards AIDS.”

Poster Rating: C / C-

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Review: (#1 & #2) These posters are almost entirely identical using almost the exact same image with the English-language version feeling softer and more inviting.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: The trailer doesn’t perfectly encapsulate the film, but it does give enough information to audiences to decide whether they want to see it or not. Unfortunately, that means that only a small subset of the movie-going populace is likely to give it a shot.

Oscar Prospects:

France’s submission for the 90th Academy Awards has a decent shot of earning the nomination. Winning will be a challenge, but depending on how it’s received by critics, it could be a frontrunner.

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Film Preview: The Bachelors (2017)

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(October 15, 2017) Original

Release Date:

October 20, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “After the early death of his wife, a mourning father moves with his teenage son across the country for a private school teaching job. Their lives begin to transform due to two unique women, who help them embrace life and love again.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: A generic design that presents the characters twice unnecessarily.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: Posters are easy to turn into something unintentionally generic. Films have a more difficult task, but this trailer suggests that they may have achieved it with this movie.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)

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(October 8, 2017) Original

Release Date:

January 3, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Denzel Washington stars as Roman Israel, a driven, idealistic defense attorney who, through a tumultuous series of events, finds himself in a crisis that leads to extreme action.”

Poster Rating: D

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Review: While getting a superficial understanding of a character from behind might have been a good idea, it ultimately wasn’t with this dull, lifeless poster.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: A second-string lawyer of questionable capabilities painting himself into a corner seems like a cheap premise and the trailer doesn’t provide enough interest to pull an audience to the theater.

Oscar Prospects:

Denzel Washington could be a Best Actor contender, but the film hasn’t received very positive response, so his chances could be sunk.

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Film Preview: All I See Is You (2017)

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(October 8, 2017) Original

Release Date:

October 27, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A blind woman’s relationship with her husband changes when she regains her sight and discovers disturbing details about themselves.”

Poster Rating: B-

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Review: While the symbolic representation is modestly obvious and the result is a visually interesting smudge, the rest of the design is uninteresting.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: What’s supposed to be a romantic drama with thriller elements plays like a ramshackle attempt to create a conflicted love story without genuine emotional resonance behind it.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017)

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(October 8, 2017) Original

Release Date:

October 13, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An estranged family gathers together in New York for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father.”

Poster Rating: C- / C- (3)

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Review: (#1) Sometimes, being too simple doesn’t work well. This design feels antiquated and old-timey without the urgency of time and place. (#2-#4) These individual posters take a cue from the prior design, but never try to create something new or unique.

Trailer Rating: C / B

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Review: (#1) The first trailer focuses on Adam Sandler singing a little ditty to remind his father of an old failing in that familial-ribbing kind of way. It’s neither an interesting nor a compelling scene and only makes the film frustrating. (#2) The second trailer does a far better job giving us an idea of the comedy on display and reminds us of Wes Anderson films like The Royal Tenenbaums without the depth of character. The running motif is interesting, but inconsequential.

Oscar Prospects:

Early reviews were strong, but Netflix has struggled mightily to earn the Academy’s respect and with such an early release, buzz has faded enough to make this an unlikely player.

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Film Preview: Wonder Wheel (2017)

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(October 8, 2017) Original

Release Date:

December 1, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “On Coney Island in the 1950s, a lifeguard tells the story of a middle-aged carousel operator and his beleaguered wife.”

Poster Rating: B-

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Review: The colors of the poster seem to match the warm period colors of the film and the presence of the Ferris wheel helps explain the setting, but the halo lightning and the dull environment don’t support well.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: Reminiscent of the mob influence of Woody Allen’s best period film Bullets Over Broadway, this trailer evokes a sense of place and drama, but feels like its missing some manner of heart or rooting interest.

Oscar Prospects:

There is early word that Kate Winslet is a major player in the Best Actress race and, if that’s the case, other acting categories and Original Screenplay may also be in play. However, no one has seen the film yet, so it could still be a disappointment.

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Looking at the Weekend: Oct. 13-15, 2017

Before the solid, but unspectacular debut of Blade Runner 2049, I would have said all of this week’s films were likely second fiddles. Now, it’s possible that The Foreigner manages to supplant Blade Runner. It’s also possible that everything bombs or Blade Runner has a good hold-over, which would put the others below it.

Our Highest Rated Films: Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
Our Best Awards Ratings: Breathe (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene
The Departure
Human Flow
The Lucky Man
Man from Earth: Holocene
Swing Away
WASTED! The Story of Food Waste

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Trailer Watch: Only the Brave (2017) Updated

New Trailers (#2 & #3) / New Posters (#1-#2)

Only the Brave, updated

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Trailer Watch: Molly’s Game (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Poster (#1)

Molly’s Game, updated

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Trailer Watch: Ferdinand (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#3) / New Posters (#5-#8)

Ferdinand, updated

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Weekend Preview: Oct. 13-15, 2017

Below are seven previews for films opening next weekend.

 

The Foreigner (Wide)

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Happy Death Day (Wide)

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Marshall (Wide)

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Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (Wide)

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Breathe (Limited)

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Goodbye Christopher Robin (Limited)

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The Secret Scripture (Limited)

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