Category: Film Previews

Film Preview: Forever My Girl (2018)

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(December 3, 2017) Original

Release Date:

January 19, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “After being gone for a decade a country star returns home to the love he left behind.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: A supposedly inspiring poster that doesn’t accentuate the film’s premise nearly as well as the creators thought it would.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: Overripe with music that will certainly target its audience, the narrative is flimsily presented and the end result is something that looks nowhere near as engaging as a “best-selling novel” adaptation should be.

Oscar Prospects:

It might end up with an original song that could be considered for an Oscar, but unlikely.

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Weekend Preview: Dec. 15-17, 2017

Below are four previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Ferdinand (Wide)

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Wide)

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Beyond Skyline (Limited)

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Permanent (Limited)

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Film Preview: Permanent (2017)

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(December 10, 2017) Original

Release Date:

December 15, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Permanent is a comedy about bad hair, adolescence, and socially awkward family members. It involves life-altering permanents and poorly-made toupees. Obstacles to daily survival ensue.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: A posed, poorly fabricated, chintzy design with cobbled-together elements and color balance that’s almost nauseating.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: There are some weird details in the trailer that make this look like it could be absurd fun, but it feels like it’s trying far harder for its payoff than it has any right to.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Beyond Skyline (2017)

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(December 10, 2017) Original

Release Date:

December 15, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A tough-as-nails detective embarks on a relentless pursuit to free his son from a nightmarish alien warship.”

Poster Rating: B- / C / C

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Review: (#1) Using a standard fantasy and sci-fi design motif works quite well for a film like this. The heavy use of blues make everything look a bit somber, but the level of detail is rich and worth investigating more deeply. (#2) A far less compelling design that continues the azure motif while limiting the interesting details. (#3) This is more of the same with two trade-offs. There are now more noteworthy background details while giving us a formulaic three-person action pose layout.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Every predictable element you could imagine going into a sci-fi film about an alien invasion and the associated abductions is on display in this trailer. Through in police procedural elements and Taken-style concepts and you have a hodge podge of story devices that don’t entirely feel organic, but might be fun nonetheless.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: Early Man (2018) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#2-#10)

Early Man, updated

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Trailer Watch: Paddington 2 (2018) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#2-#26)

Paddington 2, updated

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Trailer Watch: All the Money in the World (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#2-#7)

All the Money in the World, updated

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Film Preview: The Leisure Seeker (2018)

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(December 3, 2017) Original

Release Date:

January 19, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A runaway couple go on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker.”

Poster Rating: C / C

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Review: (#1) A visually dull, but bright design that highlights the film’s stars without feeling like it’s a movie that people would want to see. (#2) A slight bit more appealing than the first design, with the imagery being a bit smaller and bolder, but it’s impossible to forgive the hackneyed, sloppy split-panel design.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: Were it not for stars Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren, this film would look like a dreadful attempt to cash in on the Alzheimer’s crisis for cheap tears. Mirren and Sutherland bring enough gravitas to the trailer to keep it from sinking entirely into schmaltz.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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2017 Summer Season Preview Wrap-Up: July

July 7, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Oscar Prospects: What I said: “Uncertain. For a time, any film starring Iron Man was a guaranteed Oscar nominee. However, that has since changed with the last two efforts underwhelming Oscar voters. Thus, it’s possible the film is ignored. However, if there’s any category it could be a factor in, it’s Best Visual Effects.”
Oscar Results: The film was successful, but there’s so much competition this year, I find it difficult to find a reason to include it as a contender.
Box Office Prospects: $350 M
Box Office Expectations: What I Said: “Excellent. The Original made more than $400 million at the box office. The reboot made a mere $262 million. While the disparity is large, the likelihood of an inbetween result is high. Reboot fatigue may play a part, but with Iron Man in the mix, all bets are off. No film featuring Robert Downey Jr.’s “first” Avenger has made less than $300 million at the box office. The last one to gross less than $400 million was Iron Man 2 7 years ago. However, this isn’t an Iron Man movie and it doesn’t have the vast casts of the Avengers or Civil War films, so a lower final tally wouldn’t be surprising.”
Box Office Results: $334.2 M
Thoughts: [Success] Now that Disney has paired up with Sony for its films, the successes should continue coming and this proves that they’ve hit on a winning formula.

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Looking at the Weekend: Dec. 8-10, 2017

As Thanksgiving becomes a memory, December releases begin taking a stronger interest in box office success. With numerous likely huge films coming out later in the month, it’s a bit surprising that this weekend sees only a single release. Just Getting Started is the latest in a series of similar films that put big name older actors into situations that appeal primarily to older audiences. The attempt is clear, bring these folk to the box office and make money. Yet, in recent years, such films have been struggling. The question here is whether Just Getting Started can top the second weekend of Coco. I suspect the answer will be no.

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The Disaster Artist (Expanding)(Read our previous Looking at the Weekend commentary here.)

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Film Preview: Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

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(December 3, 2017) Original

Release Date:

May 4, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: The Avengers symbol is familiar to fans of the franchise and that’s perfectly fine for a teaser poster, though the colors aren’t terribly appealing.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: Plenty of action and excitement and sufficient references to each character we’ve come to know to please all the fans. There are a few troubling elements to the trailer that suggest this is going to have some very forced and frustrating moments, but for the most part, it will be interesting to see how things pan out.

Oscar Prospects:

Could be a Best Visual Effects nominee, but who knows for certain this far out.

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Film Preview: A Quiet Place (2018)

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(December 3, 2017) Original

Release Date:

April 6, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A family live [sic] an isolated existence in utter silence, for fear of an unknown threat that follows and attacks at any sound.”

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: I saw this in the theater prior to watching the online version and I was quite impressed how fascinating it played on the big screen. Although a couple in the audience I saw it with were nonplussed (and annoying) about it, I thought the concept was compelling in its presentation and inventive in its approach to horror cinema.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: 24 Hours to Live (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

24 Hours to Live, updated

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Weekend Preview: Dec. 8-10, 2017

Below are four previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Just Getting Started (Wide)

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Hollow in the Land (Limited)

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I, Tonya (Limited)

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November Criminals (Limited)

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Film Preview: Hollow in the Land (2017)

Page Revisions:

(December 3, 2017) Original

Release Date:

December 8, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A woman with a troubled past sets out to find her missing brother.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: The expansive unfilled space in this poster doesn’t quite make up for the minorly clever detail within the primary figure.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: While this story feels familiar, the freshness of having a woman as the protagonist makes up for some of that obviousness.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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