Category: Film Previews

Looking at the Weekend: Jun. 28-30, 2019

With the second weekend of Toy Story 4 likely dominating the box office, it comes down to two new films, one fresh and one an extension. The extension in question is the latest cash grab in the Conjuring and Annabelle universes, bring them both together in Annabelle Comes Home unless audiences have tired of the series, it should put up a strong fight for the second position at the weekend box office. That leaves the newer film, the clever narrative of Yesterday, to fight for third against a slew of holdovers suffering from intense amounts of diminishing returns. That could help bolster its chances, that is if audiences will give it a chance.

Our Highest Rated Films: Yesterday; Ophelia
Our Best Awards Ratings: Yesterday

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

The Last Whistle
Maiden
The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith
Three Peaks

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Film Preview: The Other Story (2019)

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(June 23, 2019) Original

Release Date:

June 28, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Two rebellious young women – one fleeing the chaos of secular hedonism for the disciplined comforts of faith; the other desperate to transcend her oppressive religious upbringing for sexual and spiritual freedom-cross paths unexpectedly in Jerusalem, to startling consequences.”

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 trailer goes to great lengths to sell this as a pinnacle of Israeli cinema achievement, yet the trailer’s visuals and storyline don’t suggest anything remotely fitting to that. Credit is given to the stellar title design we’re treated through in bits and pieces throughout.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Film Preview: The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir (2019)

Page Revisions:

(June 23, 2019) Original

Release Date:

June 20, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Ajatashatru Lavash Patel has lived all his life in a small Mumbai neighborhood tricking people with street magic and fakir stunts. He sets out on a journey to find his estranged father, but instead gets dragged on a never-ending adventure.”

Poster Rating: C+ / C / C

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Review: (#1) There is a little bit of interest here, namely the colorful and stickered design of the valise. However, the lackluster backdrop and absence of notable action make it less than spectacular. (#2) Some of the good elements from the prior design with an even more vacant backdrop and only a minimal uptick in action. (#3) This is an improvement form the second design in several ways, but the swap to a dull golden yellow backdrop doesn’t improve matters at all.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: There’s a generous energy to the trailer that may engage the audience in ways that will give it a small boost of attendance; however, it feels very familiar and predictable, which might turn away just as many as it would possibly bring in.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Doctor Sleep (2019)

Page Revisions:

(June 23, 2019) Original

Release Date:

November 8, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Years following the events of “The Shining,” a now-adult Dan Torrence meets a young girl with similar powers as his and tries to protect her from a cult known as The True Knot who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: Being familiar with the origin is good. Writing everything, including the title and release window in reverse is good. Having little else to look at is very bad.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: The regular touches on the original The Shining make the film feel like a part of that universe without quite selling itself as standing apart or at least giving the audience a new story worth exploring.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Ladyworld (2019)

Page Revisions:

(June 23, 2019) Original

Release Date:

August 2, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Eight teenage girls become trapped in an endless birthday party after a massive (imaginary?) earthquake. The girls’ sanity and psyches dissolve as they run out of food and water. Eventually, they regress to their baser instincts, exploiting each other’s fears and insecurities.”

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: With hints of Suspiria, this trailer deftly cuts together somewhat disparate scenes to create a cohesive narrative with very little information available making it appealing towards fans of the Dario Argento classic.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The 16th Episode (2019)

Page Revisions:

(June 16, 2019) Original

Release Date:

June 28, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Three You tubers struggling to get more views on their adventure channel, travel to the mythical city of Casablanca, unaware that it hides a terrifying secret.”

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: This found footage style horror film lacks the specificity or intrigue that one might expect from such things, meaning it’s unlikely to leave an impression or to be a success as a result.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Sword of Trust (2019)

Page Revisions:

(June 16, 2019) Original

Release Date:

July 12, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Cynthia and Mary show up to collect Cynthia’s inheritance from her deceased grandfather, but the only item she receives is an antique sword that was believed by her grandfather to be proof that the South won the Civil War.”

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 attempt at humor is rough at times and while there are some mildly amusing elements, the entirety of the trailer lacks the specificity or excitement one would expect to find in a trailer attempting to lure audiences to the cineplex.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Weekend Preview: Jun. 28-30, 2019

Below are three previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Annabelle Comes Home (Wide)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Yesterday (Wide)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Better Days (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Ophelia (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 

Film Preview: Better Days (2019)

Page Revisions:

(June 23, 2019) Original

Release Date:

June 27, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “When it is time for the Chinese gaokao, the entire country comes to a standstill. For nearly ten million high school students, this two-day national college entrance exam will determine where and if they get to study. It is not uncommon for the fates of entire families to hinge on the results. Like so many others, Nian has been single-mindedly preparing for the exam, at the exclusion of everything else and all alone. A classmate has committed suicide and she has become the target of relentless bullying. Meanwhile, fate brings her together with small-time criminal Bei and the two of them seal a pact. Derek Kwok-cheung Tsang’s intense melodramatic thriller paints a bleak picture of an oppressive society, in the guise of a gripping fairy-tale love story.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: Symbolic in the confines of the film, but as a standalone piece of advertising, it isn’t terribly compelling.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: The narrative struggles to reveal itself in this trailer that works more towards establishing the meekness and downtrodden nature of the main character rather than expressing to the viewer what they should expect from her attempt to rise past that trauma.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Trailer Watch: Late Night (2019) Updated

New Trailer (#3)

Late Night, updated

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Film Preview: Daughter of the Wolf (2019)

Page Revisions:

(June 16, 2019) Original

Release Date:

August 2, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A military veteran hunts the men who kidnapped her son.”

Poster Rating: B-

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Review: It’s a color scheme we’ve seen too often, but instead of leaving a lot of vacant white spaces, the designers has carefully filled most of them in with albeit minor details that gives the design a measure of depth. The composition is otherwise a bit rough, but not unappealing.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: This action thriller has some of the elements that have graced such films in the past without presenting the level of excitement and intrigue that audiences will desire.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Trailer Watch: Frozen II (2019) Updated

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

Frozen II, updated

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Film Preview: Skin (2019)

Page Revisions:

(June 16, 2019) Original

Release Date:

July 26, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A destitute young man, raised by racist skinheads and notorious among white supremacists, turns his back on hatred and violence to transform his life, with the help of a black activist and the woman he loves.”

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: The short film that acted as a proof-of-concept for this film seems to bare little resemblance to the film we’re presented with here. This movie seems focused on trying to suggest a growth of character while also highlighting the villainy at the heart of bigotry. Yet, it still feels rather impersonal and unenticing.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: Stuber (2019) Updated

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

Stuber, updated

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Film Preview: The Mountain (2019)

Page Revisions:

(June 16, 2019) Original

Release Date:

July 26, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The story of a young man who, after losing his mother, goes to work with a doctor specializing in lobotomies and therapies.”

Poster Rating: C / C

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Review: (#1) With some knowledge of the film’s premise, this design has a small measure of thematic relevance, but its absence of embellishment and detail makes it forgettable. (#2) The attempt to go for some measure of creativity is laudable, but the color selection, repetitive imagery and lack of vision leaves it feeling no less important than its predecessor.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: A clunky, uneven trailer that tries very hard to suggest psychological unquiet and an attempt to bring clarity to disparate minds and situations. It doesn’t quite succeed in making its case.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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