Category: Film Previews

Film Preview: Mobile Homes (2018)

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(December 9, 2018) Original

Release Date:

November 16, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A young mother drifts from one motel to the next with her intoxicated boyfriend, and her 8-year-old son. The makeshift family scrapes by, living one hustle at a time, until the discovery of a mobile home community offers an alternative life.”

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

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Review: (#1) The box-house motif doesn’t add anything to this lifeless design. (#2) This slightly more symbolic design doesn’t quite have the visual strength to carry itself well. (#3) A dull, overly yellow piece of non-excitement. (#4) A little better than the first and third design, but the three-panel design is poorly merged.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: The Sundance Academy for Independent Cinema (not a real thing) seems to have produced yet another generic looking indie drama about running from one’s problems and trying to find safety in a cruel world.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Time Freak (2018)

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(December 9, 2018) Original

Release Date:

November 9, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Physics prodigy Stillman (Butterfield) is destined for great things, only to be derailed when his girlfriend, Debbie (Turner) suddenly dumps him. But Stillman isn’t beaten, he does what any heartbroken genius would do – he invents a time machine to get a second chance at love.”

Poster Rating: D+

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Review: The halcyon glow of this design and the globes of light don’t mask the uninspired dullness that is this design.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Time travel to fix a broken heart seems like a bad idea, though it’s a common one. This trailer presents a film that looks like it trades on maudlin sentiment and cheap post-pubescent theatrics.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Welcome to Mercy (2018)

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(December 9, 2018) Original

Release Date:

November 2, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “When a single mother begins to experience symptoms of the stigmata, she seeks the help of a local priest and nun to help her understand what is seen and unseen.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: Symbolically, this poster design does little to evoke the film’s themes or narrative drives, which makes it a bit disingenuous and misleading.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: There’s something inventive struggling to get out of this trailer, which looks like it’s trying to stay trapped in conventional strictures of the genre to its own detriment.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Dark (2018)

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(December 9, 2018) Original

Release Date:

October 26, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An undead teenage girl befriends a blind boy that she meets in a forest she haunts and hunts in. Both have been victims of unimaginable abuse, and each finds solace in the other. There may be a chance of light at the end of their tunnel, but it will come with a body count.”

Poster Rating: B- / C-

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Review: (#1) The central figures is on display in this poster design, which does something atypical for those designs with empty black space, it’s makes that color the foreground rather than the background, which creates a frame around the primary image, which is ultimately tepid, but modestly interesting none the less. (#2) Here the woods take on a less sinister feel, with a design that looks more haphazard in its construction and design.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: There aren’t many horror films these days that aren’t trying to carve out their own unique corner of the genre and this trailer suggests this film might be one of the more successful attempts.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: What Men Want (2019) Updated

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

What Men Want, updated

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Film Preview: Avengers: Endgame (2019)

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(December 9, 2018) Original

Release Date:

April 26, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “In the aftermath of Thanos wiping out half of all life in the universe, the Avengers must do what’s necessary to undo the Mad Titan’s deed.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: If you have to tease, do it with a tie-in to the prior film. That said, it’s a teaser, so it’s not terribly compelling as it is.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: We know that this is likely the end of the line for the two characters who are at the center of this trailer, Captain America and Iron Man, but the somber tone feels less compelling here than it probably should. There are few attempts at humor, but that seems like a given. A better trailer has to be around the corner.

Oscar Prospects:

It will likely be a nominee for Best Visual Effects, but doesn’t have a lot of other prospects and a win seems unthinkable.

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Trailer Watch: Vox Lux (2018) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

Vox Lux, updated

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Trailer Watch: Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

Mary Queen of Scots, updated

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Looking at the Weekend: Dec. 14-16, 2018

Three potential box office toppers release this weekend and, once again, Marvel appears to be likely to win it all. Mortal Engines is the latest attempt to building a major young adult dystopian cinematic franchise. Few have succeeded and while this one seems bolder and more effects-heavy than prior versions, it still looks to be the kind of film that disappoints and nosedives after the weekend. The Mule is the latest attempt by Clint Eastwood to remain relevant as a viable director. The film has been labeled as minor and while Eastwood has been a draw in the past, does anyone really want to see a dour movie about an old man smuggling drugs for the sake of his estranged family? Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the latest Sony attempt to make something out of its Spider-Man property and all appearances suggest that they’ve finally hit on something spectacular. It’s won numerous awards for Best Animated Feature and appears to be in the running for an Oscar nomination, and possibly even a win. That plus the animated component make this a very serious threat to box office dominance. Especially with nothing else in sight.

Our Highest Rated Films: If Beale Street Could Talk; Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Our Best Awards Ratings: If Beale Street Could Talk; Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; Capernaum

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Trailer Watch: Captain Marvel (2019) Updated

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

Captain Marvel, updated

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Trailer Watch: Welcome to Marwen (2018) Updated

New Trailer (#3) / New Poster (#9)

Welcome to Marwen, updated

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Film Preview: Pimp (2018)

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(December 9, 2018) Original

Release Date:

November 9, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An urban love story set on the hard streets of the Bronx. A struggling female Pimp, named Wednesday, grows up learning the game from her dad. Once he’s gone she’s left to look out for her prostitute mother and girlfriend Nikki.”

Poster Rating: D

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Review: There is way too much white in this design, from the clothing to the grayed lettering, everything sits together poorly.

Trailer Rating: B+

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Review: The aural background, the visual foreground, and the cut of this trailer all make the film seem like a potent and interesting film.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The New Romantic (2018)

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(December 9, 2018) Original

Release Date:

November 9, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Frustrated with the lack of chivalrous guys her own age, a college senior gives up on dating for love to date an older man in exchange for gifts instead.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: A neon heart and title on top of a bland background and uneventful visage doesn’t make a strong statement.

Trailer Rating: B+

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Review: While the premise doesn’t seem that fresh, the trailer suggests there is something we haven’t seen a lot of lurking at the edges of this film.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Viking Destiny (2018)

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(December 2, 2018) Original

Release Date:

October 5, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A Viking Princess is forced to flee her kingdom after being framed for the murder of her father, the King. Under the guidance of the God Odin, she travels the world gaining wisdom and building the army she needs to win back her throne.”

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 looks like the kind of film that a bunch of friends get together to make because they are rich and bored. The acting is weak, the costuming is ill-fitting and doesn’t feel a part of the period, and the storyline doesn’t get enough traction to make sense or to become exciting.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Lost Child (2018)

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(December 2, 2018) Original

Release Date:

September 14, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Lost Child is a dramatic thriller about a young army veteran suffering from PTSD who returns home to the Ozarks to look for her estranged brother and finds an abandoned young boy in the woods. As she searches for answers about who the child is, she discovers a mysterious world of folklore, clan rules and lies, ultimately putting her own life in jeopardy to protect the young boy and find out the truth.”

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 notion of this film is built on a backwoods aesthetic that is both disingenuous and misleading. Blending old world fairy tale creatures into a new world setting feels off-kilter and the trailer does little to assuage those concerns, making them worse with a raft of unimpressive performances.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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