Category: Film Previews

Film Preview: Coco (2017)

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(March 19, 2017) Original

Release Date:

November 22, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Coco follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who sets off a chain of events relating to a century-old mystery, leading to an extraordinary family reunion.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: Having detail is important, being interesting is imperative. The former is evident, the latter is not.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: The trailer established the boy character with great care and time, but the end result is a trailer that feels unfinished. There are some nice visuals, but the premise isn’t as straightforward as one would hope from a Pixar film.

Oscar Prospects:

Original Pixar films are, with one exception, guaranteed Oscar nominations. A victory depends entirely on whether the film is any good. It might also manage an Original Score nomination.

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Trailer Watch: Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Updated

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

Transformers: The Last Knight, updated

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Film Preview: Win It All (2017)

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(March 19, 2017) Original

Release Date:

April 7, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Eddie Garrett agrees to watch a duffel bag for an acquaintance who is heading to prison. When he discovers cash in the bag, he’s unable to resist the temptation and winds up deeply in debt. When the prison release is shortened, Eddie suddenly has a small window of time to win all the money back.”

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 are elements to the trailer that make the film look modestly entertaining, but there are others that make it feel both derivative and pointless.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Buster’s Mal Heart (2017)

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(March 19, 2017) Original

Release Date:

April 28, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The film follows a mountain man on the run from authorities who survives the winter by breaking into empty vacation homes. He’s haunted by a recurring dream of being lost at sea only to discover that the dream is real: He is one man in two bodies.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: What is the inversion and why is it such a small reference on the poster. The only other element that references it is the upside-down clock on the wall. Otherwise, I can’t imagine anyone wanting to give this more than a cursory glance.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: The trailer creates the impression of an unusual film that will test the mind’s capability of rationalizing what it sees. That alone, and not the seemingly uninteresting premise, is the only reason this trailer works.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Salt and Fire (2017)

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(March 19, 2017) Original

Release Date:

April 7, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A scientist blames the head of a large company for an ecological disaster in South America. But when a volcano begins to show signs of erupting, they must unite to avoid a disaster.”

Poster Rating: C+ / C-

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Review: (#1) Three-panel designs are usually not that interesting and while it’s still a deign decision of questionable merit, the color structure and layout is modestly compelling. (#2) Then you have something dull like this two-panel design and you realize why there are right ways and wrong ways to do them.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: Werner Herzog is an odd filmmaker who looks on life’s impermanence with great vigor. This trailer doesn’t tap into that nihilism very much, but the nature shots are stunning and you could put together a worse cast to interest an audience.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Okja (2017)

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(March 19, 2017) Original

Release Date:

June 28, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A young girl named Mija risks everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named Okja.”

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: It’s impossible to get a full grasp on the film’s premise. There are some wonderful shots assembled into the trailer, but it tries very hard for mystery, but goes a very odd way to get there.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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2017 Spring Season Preview: April

Here we look at the upcoming month’s offerings.

April 7, 2017

The Case for Christ

Premise: From IMDb: “Based on the true story of an award-winning investigative journalist — and avowed atheist — who applies his well-honed journalistic and legal skills to disprove the newfound Christian faith of his wife… with unexpected, life-altering results.”
Box Office Prospects: $40 M
Expectations: Decent. The producers are hoping for a result similar to God’s Not Dead, but are more likely to deliver in the Soul Surfer range.
Oscar Prospects: None.
Cinema Sight Preview: Preview was not available by posting deadline.
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Looking at the Weekend: Mar. 24-26, 2017

What will the audience be in the mood for, other than a second weekend of Beauty and the Beast? You have two films built of television series and a new sci-fi drama starring Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal. Normally, it wouldn’t be a contest, but the Power Rangers are still immensely popular after all these years and CHiPs promises stupid comedy that has shown a tenacity at the box office. My prediction is that CHiPs crashes and burns while Power Rangers debuts fairly well, but Life will perform better than anyone expected.

Our Highest Rated Films: Life
Our Best Awards Ratings: Life (Oscars), The Leveling (Critics)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

I Called Him Morgan
Phillauri
Slamma Jamma

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Film Preview: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017)

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(March 19, 2017) Original

Release Date:

April 22, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An African-American woman becomes an unwitting pioneer for medical breakthroughs when her cells are used to create the first immortal human cell line in the early 1950s.”

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: Too bad this is destined for cable as the premise would likely do well at the box office on the heels of something like Hidden Figures. Of course, this drama looks a little more serious than that film, so it might not be quite up to the task of pulling people into it.

Oscar Prospects:

The film is releasing on HBO, so it won’t be Oscar eligible; however, it could be up for a number of Emmys.

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Film Preview: Baby Driver (2017)

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(March 19, 2017) Original

Release Date:

August 11, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.”

Poster Rating: B-

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Review: This attempt to conjure memories of films long gone by may seem like the cool Retro thing to do, but this isn’t as interesting a poster concept as the creator likely thought.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: The drama that takes up the majority of the trailer isn’t that compelling, but there are some killer shots on display and sequences that play out, so it could be worth the price of admission.

Oscar Prospects:

Edgar Wright isn’t an Oscar player and this film, which looking quite stylish, isn’t likely to make much headway with Oscar voters. Sound Editing or Sound Mixing might be possibilities, but likely remote ones.

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Trailer Watch: How to Be a Latin Lover (2017) Updated

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

How to Be a Latin Lover, updated

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Trailer Watch: Despicable Me 3 (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Poster (#3)

Despicable Me 3, updated

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Trailer Watch: CHiPs (2017) Updated

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

CHiPs, updated

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Weekend Preview: Mar. 24-26, 2017

Below are five previews for films opening next weekend.

 

CHiPs (Wide)

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Life (Wide)

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Power Rangers (Wide)

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The Levelling (Limited)

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Wilson (Limited)

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Film Preview: The Levelling (2017)

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(March 19, 2017) Original

Release Date:

March 24, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “After he brother dies, Clover returns to her family farm in Someset, where she discovers her estranged father is a shell of his former self and the farm is in shambles due to floods that destroyed the area six months earlier.”

Poster Rating: D+ / D

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Review: (#1) Superimposing a woman sitting next to an old building, over a lifelorn field isn’t interesting. (#2) A closeup of the lead is likewise lacking in interest, but I give them a small amount of credit for the intra-title design.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: The trailer creates the impression of a film that’s a bit dull and unappealing. This is a film that clearly wants to excite the viewer, but only if they particularly adore obscure cinema.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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