Category: Film Previews

Trailer Watch: Dark Phoenix (2019) Updated

New Trailer (#3) / New Posters (#3-#4)

Dark Phoenix, updated

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Film Preview: Avengement (2019)

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(April 14, 2019) Original

Release Date:

May 24, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “While released on furlough from prison, a lowly criminal evades his guards and returns to his old haunts to take revenge on the people that made him a cold-hearted killer. It’s an epic, bloody battle to search for the soul he lost years ago on the streets of an unforgiving city.”

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: A terrible title is the least of this film’s worries as it never establishes a purpose. The film looks more like an excuse for endless fight sequences, not for serious drama.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: All Creatures Here Below (2019)

Page Revisions:

(April 14, 2019) Original

Release Date:

May 10, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A desperate young couple on the run seek refuge in Kansas City.”

Poster Rating: D+

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Review: A cheaply made poster that looks like it was cobbled together from the worst possible sources.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: A cheaply made trailer that doesn’t present a film that has a lot of merits, won’t entice an audience, and cannot find its path through its own narrative.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Convent (2019)

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(April 14, 2019) Original

Release Date:

May 3, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “During the 17th Century a young woman is saved from execution and led to a priory to repent her sins but discovers a greater evil lies within.”

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 suggests the film wants desperately to dig into the bountiful supernatural horror box office that has propelled many a film to success. Yet, nothing about the trailer suggests the film will be more than passable.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Apr. 26-28, 2019

Below are two previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Avengers: Endgame (Wide)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

The White Crow (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 

Film Preview: Photograph (2019)

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(April 14, 2019) Original

Release Date:

May 17, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A struggling street photographer in Mumbai, pressured to marry by his grandmother, convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée. The pair develop a connection that transforms them in ways they could not expect.”

Poster Rating: B-

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Review: A couple falling in love over photographs express on a photograph. It’s a solid, though utterly predictable construction on a theme.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: Romantic dramas are commonplace and trying to set oneself away from the pack is a difficult prospect and this trailer doesn’t quite accomplish that.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Professor and the Madman (2019)

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(April 14, 2019) Original

Release Date:

May 10, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Professor James Murray begins work compiling words for the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in the mid 19th century, and receives over 10,000 entries from a patient at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, Dr. William Minor.”

Poster Rating: C+ / C-

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Review: (#1) You definitely know who you’re looking at (even if the actor names in appear in reverse order at the bottom. The problem is that it looks more like a film set in Spain than it does a film about the modern dictionary. (#2) Properly reversing the Actors to match their names, it still looks like a post-Renaissance film set somewhere other than England. The words in the background are a cheap ploy for relevance.

Trailer Rating: C / C+

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Review: (#1 & #2) Both trailers suffer from an undercurrent of pomposity that makes the film feel like an unnecessary diversion to give Mel Gibson a shot at redemption and Sean Penn another chance to play a madman. Neither work terribly well, though the second is better at explaining the plot, which makes it sound a little more interesting.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Souvenir (2019)

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(April 14, 2019) Original

Release Date:

May 17, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A young film student in the early 80s becomes romantically involved with a complicated and untrustworthy man.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: There isn’t much here. The use of reflections is interesting, but it doesn’t play into the plot as well as it probably should and it certainly doesn’t make the film look appealing.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: This indie drama wants to feel important and it wants the audience to know it’s important, but the end result is that no one thinks it’s important, just pompous.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Charlie Says (2019)

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(April 14, 2019) Original

Release Date:

May 17, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Three young women were sentenced to death in the infamous Manson murder case, but when the death penalty was lifted, their sentence became life imprisonment. One young graduate student was sent in to teach them – and through her we witness their transformations as they face the reality of their horrific crimes.”

Poster Rating: B- / C (2) / C- / D

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Review: (#1) The semi-psychedelic design fits the period well, though the colors don’t work well together and the construction is clunky. (#2-#3) This pair of posters is nearly identical and that’s the problem. Both of them employ a heavy amount of red with the second being less heavily awash int he color. (#4) Is this a potential scene from “Cell Block Tango” from Chicago, or something altogether different. The blocky nature and cheap looking embellishments are all poorly combined. (#5) Taking the blocky design of the previous poster and combining them poorly into this even less impressive fifth design simply does not work.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Some of the charm of Charles Manson comes through in the trailer, but the film is focused more on rehabilitating the women he brainwashed. While that’s not an ignoble goal, the trailer doesn’t make a case for it being a riveting or important version.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Addams Family (2019)

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(April 14, 2019) Original

Release Date:

October 11, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An animated version of Charles Addams’ series of cartoons about a peculiar, ghoulish family.”

Poster Rating: B

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Review: Not very creepy. A little bit kooky. Not altogether ooky. Though, it is the Addams Family as originally envisioned by Charles Addams rather than either previous incarnation.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: We’ll all be attempting to evoke the original Addams Family TV theme in our reviews, but the trailer doesn’t quite encapsulate those versus, which makes the first trailer a bit disappointing.

Oscar Prospects:

An Animated Feature nomination is possible. A win is unlikely.

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Film Preview: Aniara (2019)

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(April 14, 2019) Original

Release Date:

May 17, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A spaceship carrying settlers to Mars is knocked off course, causing the consumption-obsessed passengers to consider their place in the universe.”

Poster Rating: B-

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Review: This poster design is reminiscent of the one for Moon, but the symbolism here, if there is any, gets a bit lost.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: It wants to be a serious-minded sci-fi spectacle, but the trailer never gives the audience a genuine understanding of why it’s significant or important.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Domino (2019)

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(April 14, 2019) Original

Release Date:

May 31, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A Copenhagen police officer seeks justice for his partner’s murder by a mysterious man.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: If you’re selling your film solely based on the appearance of an actor from Game of Thrones, making them look dead-eyed isn’t going to improve the chunky style of the poster design.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: A slow burn trailer might convey to the viewer that the film will be similar in pace, but that might not be enough to push it over the top.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)

Page Revisions:

(April 14, 2019) Original

Release Date:

June 14, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A young man searches for home in the changing city that seems to have left him behind.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: A title that doesn’t make sense against an admitted beautiful, but ineffective backdrop don’t make for much of a sales tool, even with the critics plaudits on the front.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: There’s a metaphor going on with the title, but it’s not well conveyed with this trailer, which tells the audience that there’s emotional drama at the core, but never convinces them of it.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Tomorrow Man (2019)

Page Revisions:

(April 14, 2019) Original

Release Date:

May 22, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Ed Hemsler spends his life preparing for a disaster that may never come. Ronnie Meisner spends her life shopping for things she may never use. In a small town somewhere in America, these two people will try to find love while trying not to get lost in each other’s stuff.”

Poster Rating: C / C

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Review: (#1) A dully colored design that picks up the color of the truck and attempts to use it as a visual theme, which doesn’t fit at all. (#2) Then we have a truck that changes colors because it doesn’t match the richer, warmer palette being used here. Neither has an advantage because both are rather dull images.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: Blythe Danner looks engaging, but the rest of the film never quite conveys to the viewer why its important, necessary, or why they should want to give it a shot.

Oscar Prospects:

Blythe Danner has never had a chance at an Oscar nomination, but with the right positioning, this could be the film.

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Film Preview: I Trapped the Devil (2019)

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(April 14, 2019) Original

Release Date:

April 26, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A man descends into paranoia after trapping what he believes to be the devil in his basement, but things take a dark turn when his family unexpectedly arrive for Christmas.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: If you’ve seen the trailer, this image does a solid job expressing the plot; however, the blank background, the cheesy house and Christmas Tree silhouette at the top feeling out of place and the lack of effective coloring make for a missed opportunity.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: The premise isn’t adequately conveyed in the trailer as it suggests that the film is more about the devil possessing multiple people rather than being just trapped in the basement. That confusion won’t do a lot to sell the film, though there’s just enough intrigue in the trailer to pull a small audience.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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