Category: Film Previews

Film Preview: The Little Hours (2017)

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(May 21, 2017) Original

Release Date:

June 30, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A young servant fleeing from his master takes refuge at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns in the middle ages.”

Poster Rating: B+ / B-

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Review: (#1) A compelling design that cleverly riffs on Catholic artwork to underpin its darker comedic image. (#2) Similar in origin, but less exciting in execution, this is another callback to the typical Catcholic artistic style.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: Some of the film’s comedy seems unnecessarily crass, like a more foul-mouthed version of Monty Python and The Holy Grail; however, there’s plenty to suggest this will be the kind of irreverent, sacrilegious comedy that we haven’t seen since Dogma. And that’s a good thing.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: Okja (2017) Updated

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

Okja, updated

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Film Preview: 47 Meters Down (2017)

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(May 14, 2017) Original

Release Date:

June 16, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Two sisters, vacationing in Mexico, are trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean, with less than an hour of oxygen left and great white sharks circling nearby.”

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

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Review: (#1) A dark, murky design with limited detail and no substance. (#2) This gives the audience a palpable sense of fear, but there’s no frame of reference for that fear, not even an impending shark attack. (#3) The shark cage is so minuscule and the sharks so large that it doesn’t feel very realistic. It also doesn’t create the sense of dread it needs to. (#4) This is the closest attempt yet to convey terror, but the cheesy flashlight effect, which would be diffused by the ocean and the seemingly haphazard placement of the sharks generate too little realism to feel tense.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: There are elements in the trailer that could have been spliced together to create a truly dred-filled trailer, but this design lacks some measure of suspense, even if there’s a modicum present.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: It (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

It, updated

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Weekend Preview: May 26-28, 2017

Below are three previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Baywatch (Wide)

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Wide)

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Drone (Limited)

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Film Preview: Drone (2017)

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(May 21, 2017) Original

Release Date:

May 26, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Ideologies collide with fatal results when a military drone contractor meets an enigmatic Pakistani businessman. ”

Poster Rating: C / C-

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Review: (#1) Decent colors, but a conventional design that may look complex, but isn’t terribly so. (#2) A little more complex than the first, but no more interesting.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: Your conventional anti-terrorism film that pretends its about the morality and dangers of drone usage on civilian targets, but is ostensibly a way to paint all Muslims as revenge-seeking terrorists. Not a good look.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The House (2017)

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(May 14, 2017) Original

Release Date:

June 30, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A dad convinces his friends to start an illegal casino in his basement after he and his wife spend their daughter’s college fund.”

Poster Rating: B-

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Review: Garish is the worst thing about this poster, though the cheap, unrealistic background is a close second. It still sells the film as best as it could all things considered.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: There are some humorous moments in the trailer, but an there aren’t a sufficient number of them. This film has to sell to a broad demographic that’s been fairly disappointed lately and the result doesn’t look like something they’ll leap at the opportunity to see.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Black Butterfly (2017)

Page Revisions:

(May 14, 2017) Original

Release Date:

May 26, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Remake of French thriller, Papillon Noir by Herve Korian. Banderas will play Paul, a down-on-his-luck screenwriter who picks up a drifter (Rhys Meyers) and offers him a place to stay. However, when the deranged stranger takes Paul hostage and forces him to write, their unhinged relationship brings buried secrets to light.”

Poster Rating: B- / C+

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Review: (#1) A nicely blended poster design that is both similar and distinctive from others of its type. The crumpled paper backdrop adds to the richness. (#2) An interesting ink blot style is marred by too much blank space and a cramped staging.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: The first film that pops into your mind when watching this trailer is Misery. Although the premise is not too similar, the aesthetic, setting, and character relationships are faintly similar, but not in a good way.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Big Sick (2017)

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(May 14, 2017) Original

Release Date:

July 14, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A couple deals with their cultural differences as their relationship grows.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: A cheap sense of perspective and a weak PhotoShop job prove detrimental to the general gist of the poster that fits decently well with the film’s premise.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: A hopelessly generic romantic comedy trailer that doesn’t sell itself nearly as well as it should.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Bad Batch (2017)

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(May 14, 2017) Original

Release Date:

June 23, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A dystopian love story in a Texas wasteland and set in a community of cannibals.”

Poster Rating: C+ (3) / C+

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Review: (#1-#3) This series of character posters is a suitable tease, but they are too similar elementally to be of artistic value. (#4) This is like the character designs, but lacks a similar artistic esprit de corps.

Trailer Rating: C- / B-

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Review: (#1) A clunky trailer that tries for style, but achieves tedium. A bland trailer that tries to be creative, but gets mired in its own self-assurance. (#2) A better constructed trailer designed to create a sense of perspective and inventive style. The setting is fantastical without being genuinely post-apocalyptic, which might make it a tough sell to audience looking for something a bit more obvious.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

The Hitman’s Bodyguard, updated

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Film Preview: It Comes at Night (2017)

Page Revisions:

(May 14, 2017) Original

Release Date:

June 9, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son, but this will soon be put to test when a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge. ”

Poster Rating: C+ / C

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Review: (#1) While there’s a sense of impending doom to this design, there’s a lot of blank space to it, which makes it feel limited. (#2) There’s more detail, but the construction is problematic and too familiar. It’s also not particularly frightening.

Trailer Rating: C- / B-

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Review: (#1) The first trailer is a most confusing affair that makes for a dense horror film, but one without a rooting interesting or a sense of place and setting.

(#2) The second trailer gives us the details of the events, but not enough of them to ruin the premise. There are plenty of interesting aesthetic choices, which could make for a compelling picture if they actually come together in the end.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: Cars 3 (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#5) / New Posters (#3-#9)

Cars 3, updated

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Trailer Watch: Baywatch (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#3) / New Posters (#10-#13)

Baywatch, updated

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Looking at the Weekend: May 19-21, 2017

Although the previous film, Prometheus was ravaged by critics and fans, the new Alien: Covenant should still prove to be a potent box office foe. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 will likely go down to defeat. The rest of the week’s new films don’t stand a chance.

Our Highest Rated Films: Alien: Covenant
Our Best Awards Ratings: Alien: Covenant (Oscars)

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