Category: Film Previews

Film Preview: Destroyer (2018)

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(October 21, 2018) Original

Release Date:

December 25, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A police detective reconnects with people from an undercover assignment in her distant past in order to make peace.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: This is a disconcerting design that employs color poorly and never feels distinctive or inviting.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: There are elements to this trailer that make the film look utterly fascinating. There are other elements that make it looks unexciting and bland.

Oscar Prospects:

Nicole Kidman has to be considered a contender for her transformative performance in this film. It’s Oscar catnip. The rest of the film, not so much.

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Film Preview: Aladdin (2019)

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(October 21, 2018) Original

Release Date:

May 24, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A live-action retelling of the 1992 Disney film of the same name.”

Poster Rating: B

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Review: The elaborate invocation of the lamp is a fitting teaser for this film.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: For a time, Disney’s animated film trailers were presented as a single musical scene from the film. This worked incredibly well with The Lion King, but not so much the others. They seem to be doing this with their live-action adaptations of their Animation Revival output starting with Beauty and the Beast and now continuing with Aladdin. The problem is that while Beauty‘s musical elements were universally well recognized and were easily distinguished in its first teaser trailer, Aladdin‘s music is somewhat familiar, but then poorly cued into the score of its first live-action trailer, making for a modestly interesting, but forgettable attempt.

Oscar Prospects:

Any Disney adaptation of an animated film should be considered an Oscar contender, though this one has few categories in which it could contend.

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Film Preview: Bayou Caviar (2018)

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(October 14, 2018) Original

Release Date:

October 5, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A former boxing champion and his companions get caught up with Russian mobsters after he witnesses a crime.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: The color scheme isn’t bad, but the structure and content is bland and ill-fitting. Making Cuba Gooding Jr. look far younger than he is, especially since it’s his older self at the center of the story, is also disingenuous.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: A haphazard trailer design that clunkily maneuvers between the past and the present to suggest it’s a film about the influence of one over the other and the propriety of one’s actions and the threats against them.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Tyrel (2018)

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(October 14, 2018) Original

Release Date:

October 5, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Tyrel, a sole black man, attends an otherwise all-white weekend of drunken bro debauchery on a birthday trip to a cabin in the Catskills.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: This black-and-white design might fit tonally with the film, but it also doesn’t quite have a sense of presence or creativity.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: Promising to be 2018’s Get Out while a suitable sales concept doesn’t work when the trailer suggests nothing too shocking or horrific is going on and the danger to the protagonist is minimized.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Oct. 26-28, 2018

Below are six previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Hunter Killer (Wide)

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Johnny English Strikes Again (Wide)

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Burning (Limited)

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London Fields (Limited)

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Suspiria (Limited)

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Viper Club (Limited)

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Film Preview: London Fields (2018)

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(October 21, 2018) Original

Release Date:

October 26, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Clairvoyant femme fatale Nicola Six has been living with a dark premonition of her impending death by murder. She begins a tangled love affair with three uniquely different men: one of whom she knows will be her murderer.”

Poster Rating: C+ / B-

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Review: (#1) The desire to make this look like an old film noir is strong, but the result is weak. The warm and cool colors blend together poorly and the overarching visual is not one that’s terribly appealing. (#2) This is a little bit cluttered, but not ugly. It’s subtle in some ways, obvious in others and that makes it at least a valiant attempt.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: There’s supposed to be a mystery here about who would want the titular character dead and that’s not gotten across very well in the trailer. It’s definitely an attempt film noir, which also doesn’t come across very well. Add in the awful appearance of Johnny Depp, star Amber Heard’s abusive ex, and you have a disappointing turn of events.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Burning (2018)

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(October 21, 2018) Original

Release Date:

October 26, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Jong-su, a part-time worker, bumps into Hae-mi while delivering, who used to live in the same neighborhood. Hae-mi asks him to look after her cat while she’s on a trip to Africa. When Hae-mi comes back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met in Africa, to Jong-su. One day, Ben visits Jong-su’s with Hae-mi and confesses his own secret hobby.”

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

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Review: (#1) Trying to give the reddish-orange glow of fire for a film titled Burning might seem like a clever idea, but the execution is not. (#2) The three characters of the film are solidly arrayed, but the overall design is lackluster. (#3) Is he breaking in or seeing something he shouldn’t. Either way, it’s not a good use of design elements. (#4) It’s a little more atmospheric than the prior designs, but it still lacks visual or emotional depth. (#5) This time we have the three characters laid out poorly with color and design of inferior style.

Trailer Rating: B / A-

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Review: (#1) The first trailer looks like a fairly straight-forward attempt at a thriller. (#2) The second trailer, however, is accompanied by a killer soundscape that makes the film feel edge of your seat, pulse poundingly good.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Welcome Home (2018)

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(October 14, 2018) Original

Release Date:

November 16, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A couple spend a weekend at a vacation rental home in the Italian countryside in an attempt to repair their relationship, but soon become victims of the homeowner’s sinister plans.”

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: If you read the synopsis, you get the idea of a film that sounds dramatic, compelling, and thrilling. To see the trailer, you expect nothing more than a mediocre love triangle at play. The threat of violence is curbed and thus the thrill of the idea is subdued.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Husband Material (2018)

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(October 14, 2018) Original

Release Date:

September 14, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The film is a love story set in Punjab where Abhishek Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, and Vicky Kaushal will be seen in prominent roles.”

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 more laid back trailer for a Bollywood film than typical, the premise gets a bit lost in the detail and the scenes shift too fast to read the subtitles (if you aren’t already familiar with the language).

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Peterloo (2018)

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(October 14, 2018) Original

Release Date:

April 5, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The story of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre where British forces attacked a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester.”

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: Setting the film up as an exploration of tyrants and their treatment of the populace mixed with a typical revolution narrative are aided only with the knowledge that the film is from director Mike Leigh, which isn’t made much of in the trailer.

Oscar Prospects:

Mike Leigh is one of those directors who always piques the curiosity of Oscar voters and this period film about a historical rebellion could be especially tempting for voters who have given him surprise nominations for Directing and Original Screenplay on multiple occasions.

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Film Preview: All Square (2018)

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(October 14, 2018) Original

Release Date:

October 12, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A down-on-his-luck bookie befriends an ex-girlfriend’s son and begins taking bets on his little league games, creating chaos in the community.”

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 surprisingly unique premise sits behind this perfunctory trailer. Our protagonist drifts through scenes with minimal purpose and the chaos sewn by his actions comes to roost in the trailer making it unlikely anyone will want to give the film much of a shot.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Black 47 (2018)

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(October 14, 2018) Original

Release Date:

September 28, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Set in Ireland during the Great Famine, the drama follows an Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, as he abandons his post to reunite with his family. Despite experiencing the horrors of war, he is shocked by the famine’s destruction of his homeland and the brutalization of his people and his family.”

Poster Rating: C / C+ / C

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Review: (#1) The grainy color scheme works, but the blocky title, lazy layout, and indistinct images don’t make for a very compelling design. (#2) The poses feel structurally sound, but there’s a lot of dead space and overly staged layout feels off. (#3) Combining a bit of both prior posters without looking derivative, the color scheme is poorly chosen and the structure feels unbalanced.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Does every film about one man’s rebellion have to feel like a deviation on the themes of Braveheart. Here we have a haunted man witnessing his son’s murder and embarks on a crusade to rid his homeland of its occupiers. The trailer pushes forward predictably and without rousing the audience to attendance.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: Shoplifters (2018) Updated

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

Shoplifters, updated

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Trailer Watch: Glass (2019) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

Glass, updated

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Film Preview: Pet Sematary (2019)

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(October 14, 2018) Original

Release Date:

April 5, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Louis Creed, his wife Rachel and their two children Gage and Ellie move to a rural home where they are welcomed and enlightened about the eerie ‘Pet Sematary’ located near their home. After the tragedy of their cat being killed by a truck, Louis resorts to burying it in the mysterious pet cemetery, which is definitely not as it seems, as it proves to the Creeds that sometimes, dead is better.”

Poster Rating: C- / C+

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Review: (#1) Sometimes dead is better might be a suitable tagline for this poster design as well. While it’s clear the concept the creator was going for, it’s carried off poorly, dully colored, and lacking in direct appeal. (#2) Designing the poster to look like the cover of a book, especially a Stephen King novel (on which this is based), is a fine choice, though the backdrop is a bit dreary both in a positive and negative way.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: The original adaptation of the novel was frightening and involving even if a tad scholocky. This trailer suggests that a lot of what made the original terrifying isn’t as evident here. Leaving out the key plot premise doesn’t aid the viewer in forming an attachment to the events, the characters, or the film itself.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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