Category: Film Previews

Trailer Watch: The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Updated

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

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, updated

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Film Preview: Final Score (2018)

Page Revisions:

(August 12, 2018) Original

Release Date:

September 14, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Some scores will never be settled.”

Poster Rating: D+ / C-

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Review: (#1) High above a football stadium (that’s soccer to Americans), a man with a gun seems to have a score to settle…on a sound stage as this looks horribly staged and unrealistic. (#2) Another stadium. Another disgruntled gunman. Tons of red coloring. This is an action movie as this poster wants us to know.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: If Die Hard were set in a sports stadium and played by the barely-an-actor Dave Bautista, it might look something like this. It almost feels like the addition of Pierce Brosnan is an attempt only to give the film credibility. It doesn’t work.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Aug. 24-26, 2018

Below are eight previews for films opening next weekend.

 

A.X.L. (Wide)

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The Happytime Murders (Wide)

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Blue Iguana (Limited)

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The Bookshop (Limited)

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An L.A. Minute (Limited)

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Papillon (Limited)

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Searching (Limited)

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Support the Girls (Limited)

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Film Preview: Support the Girls (2018)

Page Revisions:

(August 19, 2018) Original

Release Date:

August 24, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The general manager at a highway-side ”sports bar with curves” has her incurable optimism and faith, in her girls, her customers, and herself, tested over the course of a long, strange day.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: Taking away from your design with giant letters is a bold and poorly executed move here, though the background doesn’t really need to be emphasized, but perhaps the foreground does and even it’s subsumed by large text.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: There are some funny moments in the trailer, but the trailer makes the film feel like a loose plot designed to string together loosely humorous situations into a film that says almost nothing.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: An L.A. Minute (2018)

Page Revisions:

(August 19, 2018) Original

Release Date:

August 24, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An L.A. Minute is a satirical look at fame, success, the star-making machinery and the karma that attaches to all those who worship at the altar of Celebrity. Everyone can identify with the dilemma that the protagonist, the best-selling author Ted Gold, faces when Velocity, an avant-garde performance artist and the living embodiment of integrity, rocks his 1% world. But, as is often the case in real life, what you see is not exactly what you get.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: It’s one of those designs that tries to juxtapose stuffy oldness and modernism without even remotely succeeding.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: What is the purpose of this story? It’s impossible to really get a grasp of this other than to suggest it’s a film about an aging white man put out to pasture by sensationalism, which is apparently a bad thing. That kind of message just doesn’t fit in a modern cinematic landscape.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Bookshop (2018)

Page Revisions:

(August 19, 2018) Original

Release Date:

August 24, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “England 1959. In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop.”

Poster Rating: C+ / C

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Review: (#1) It’s an interesting if visually dull concept. (#2) This gives the film a nice, warm look and a naturalistic environment, but it also feels like something audiences won’t care about checking out.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: There’s a compelling story waiting to burst out of this film, but the trailer does its best to ignore that and give us something that feels warm, but stale. The performances look particularly meager and the storyline just doesn’t excite.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Blue Iguana (2018)

Page Revisions:

(August 19, 2018) Original

Release Date:

August 24, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Ex-jailbirds Eddie and Paul are on parole and working in a New York diner. Their lives are a dead end. That is, until English lawyer Katherine Rookwood walks into the diner with an offer they can’t refuse.”

Poster Rating: B- / C

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Review: (#1) The yellow background is a bit much, but the foreground is sufficiently populated to make this something inoffensive to look at, but also a bit too bizarre for its own good. (#2) This looks a tad amateurish, poorly constructed, meager color palette, and no sense of presence.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: How do you make a heist film feel cheap and unappealing? You make a trailer like this. Other than a few modestly humorous moments, this trailer largely sits on other films as influence without trying out anything new or compelling.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: Smallfoot (2018) Updated

New Trailer (#3) / New Posters (#11-#17)

Smallfoot, updated

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Film Preview: Dead Night (2018)

Page Revisions:

(August 12, 2018) Original

Release Date:

July 27, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A caring mother loses her sanity, setting off a chain of events resulting in tragedy and murder. The story of Casey Pollack unfolds from two very different perspectives when one night in the woods culminates in absolute terror.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: There are examples of leaf-less tree branches making visages in their midst, but sometimes that theme just doesn’t work as well. Here is a good example.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: This horror flick doesn’t have a lot going for it. The snowy setting is its sole positive. The rest of the trail is formulaic and unexciting, which will make it difficult for the film to break out.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Johnny English Strikes Again (2018)

Page Revisions:

(August 12, 2018) Original

Release Date:

October 12, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “After a cyber-attack reveals the identity of all of the active undercover agents in Britain, Johnny English is forced to come out of retirement to find the mastermind hacker.”

Poster Rating: D / C- / D+ / D

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Review: (#1) The squat-shot pose. It has no conceivable purpose but to look ludicrous, which is what this movie wants. (#2) The tagline is really the best part of the poster, though not having the white background utterly dominate is a point in its favor. (#3) The squat pose again, this time with a beautiful woman to try and distract from how dull this poster is. (#4) The white corner. A staple. A staple of blandness, that is.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: I suppose if you’re a fan of the first two Johnny English films, which came out 8 years apart in 2003 and 2011, this might seem exciting. It’s been another long duration since, this time seven years apart, so it’s hard to imagine how relevant this third film can be, especially since the first one was a poor response to the success of the Austin Powers films. This trailer doesn’t give one much hope in the potential outcome.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: Operation Finale (2018) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#1-#3)

Operation Finale, updated

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2018 Oscar Season Preview: Introduction

There are a lot of potential blockbusters releasing these last four months of the year, but a lot of the major Oscar contenders don’t appear to have been scheduled yet, which could muddy the prognostication waters if they release too late.

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. 17-19, 2018

Hoping to become the sleeper hit of the Summer, hopes that mirror those of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Crazy Rich Asians already has the critical support to become a hit, it now just needs an audience. While I think it will handily come out on top for the weekend, it might face surprisingly fierce competition from Mark Wahlberg-starrer Mile 22 and prehistoric canine-and-boy adventure Alpha at the box office.

Our Highest Rated Films: Crazy Rich Asians, The Wife
Our Best Awards Ratings: The Wife (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Billionaire Boys Club
Minding the Gap
A Whale of a Tale

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Film Preview: The Favourite (2018)

Page Revisions:

(August 12, 2018) Original

Release Date:

November 23, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.”

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: Returning to the bizarre humor of The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos is ready to attack the absurdity of life in this pseudo biopic.

Oscar Prospects:

Yorgos Lanthimos has had an uneven relationship with the Academy. While Dogtooth and The Lobster were both Oscar nominees, the rest of his oeuvre has not been. Even last year’s The Killing of the Sacred Deer couldn’t manage a nomination. That said, this looks like a far more traditional film with a ton of prominent actors. It could be a player when its predecessor was not.

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Film Preview: Lizzie (2018)

Page Revisions:

(August 12, 2018) Original

Release Date:

September 14, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A psychological thriller based on the infamous 1892 murders of the Borden ”

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: What could have felt like a cheap, tacky attempt to build on the legend of Lizzie Borden, this trailer suggests something entirely different exploring the potential of what Lizzie’s life would have been after the death of her father. The trailer does a tremendous job giving the audience the impression that this will be a film like few others and that’s a good thing.

Oscar Prospects:

While this film doesn’t seem like it’s up the Academy’s alley, the stars are and that could be enough to give the film ample consideration, at least from critics if not from the Academy.

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