Film Previews

Film Preview: Doctor Strange (2016)

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(April 17, 2016) Original

Release Date:

November 4, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “After his career is destroyed, a brilliant but arrogant and conceited surgeon gets a new lease on life when a sorcerer takes him under his wing and trains him to defend the world against evil.”

Poster Rating: A- / B

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Review: (#1) A cosmically colorful design that embodies all the magical excellence of the source material without relying on cheap parlor tricks. (#2) This is a bit of a tease, which will work well if interested viewers haven’t already seen the other, but should be ignored otherwise.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: The trailer tries too hard to explain the origin of the character without giving him a suitable opponent or hardship to overcome. It would be like if Batman Begins was a film that was singly about Bruce Wayne’s training or Spider-Man’s origin. Disney can certainly do better at creating a more fascinating trailer experience.

Oscar Prospects:

I suspect a Best Visual Effects nomination is a distinct possibility, but I don’t think the film will merit (or expect) inclusion elsewhere.

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Film Preview: The Birth of a Nation (2016)

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(April 17, 2016) Original

Release Date:

October 7, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Nat Turner, a former slave in America, leads a liberation movement in 1831 to free African-Americans in Virginia that results in a violent retaliation from whites.”

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: After having heard so many great things about this film, the trailer doesn’t finish out by selling the movie. The first half of the trailer is a most fascinating experience, but it descends into generic scenes of strife in the latter half. Hopefully, a better trailer will be forthcoming.

Oscar Prospects:

There is no more definitive Oscar competitor this year. It will have some stiff competition, but, like 12 Years a Slave, I expect it will ultimately come out on top.

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Trailer Watch: A Monster Calls, updated (2016)

New Trailer (#2)

A Monster Calls, updated

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Looking at the Weekend: Apr. 22-24, 2016

After the success of its predecessor, The Huntsman: Winter’s War is looking to make a box office impact in order to justify its creation. While there’s no guarantee it can top the second weekend of The Jungle Book, a lot will be riding on it to do so. It has no other competition for the top of the box office.

Our Highest Rated Films: A Hologram for the King, The Meddler, Tale of Tales
Our Best Awards Ratings: The Empire of Corpses (Oscars), Sworn Virgin (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

How to Let Go of the World and Love All Things Climate Can’t Change

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2016 Blockbuster Season Preview: Introduction

With all the blockbusters that have already arrived, it seems modestly anti-climactic to refer to the May-through-August period as blockbuster season, but it’s really the quantity and quick succession of attempted blockbusters that earn this season it’s name.

To introduce you to the upcoming films, there will be two preview articles every month and this introduction every four months. The Season Preview article will focus on one of three seasons Spring Season (January through April), Blockbuster Season (May through August) and Oscar Season (September through December). In these introductory articles, I will give you the current release schedule for the specified season, which may change as the release dates get closer.

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Trailer Watch: The Secret Life of Pets, updated (2016)

New Trailer (#5) / New Posters (#3-#11)

The Secret Life of Pets, updated

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Film Preview: The Neon Demon (2016)

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(April 17, 2016) Original

Release Date:

June 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.”

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: A-

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Review: I’ll admit that I’m a sucker for a trailer that goes out of its way to set up some rather fascinating artistic elements. This film looks like a visual marvel, a film of exceptional creative craft. That alone will give it an in with cineastes and those who are fans of Nicolas Winding Refn’s prior work.

Oscar Prospects:

I have serious doubts that it can be an awards player, but critics might give it a boost, especially in the design categories. Elle Fanning finally scoring an Oscar nomination would be a nice surprise.

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Weekend Preview: Apr. 22-24, 2016

Below are eleven previews for films opening next weekend.
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Film Preview: Tale of Tales (2016)

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(April 17, 2016) Original

Release Date:

April 22, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “From the bitter quest of the Queen of Longtrellis, to two mysterious sisters who provoke the passion of a king, to the King of Highhills obsessed with a giant Flea, these tales are inspired by the fairytales by Giambattista Basile.”

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

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Review: (#1) A visually compelling design with plenty of eye-catching elements to draw the viewer’s attention. It’s not stylistically perfect, but is certainly interesting. (#2) Perhaps this will appeal to the male demographic that the film isn’t really targeted at, but is that really the intent?

(#3) If you’re familiar with fairy tales, this might conjure up some memories, but overall, there’s nothing particularly important about this design. (#4) Cobbled together with no apparent desire to eliminate the obvious seems to the construction. (#5) It’s a fascinating piece of art, but does it have enough to do with the film? Without watching it, I can’t say for sure.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: This trailer is so all over the place that you can’t tell if it’s intending to deconstruct fairy tales, create new ones or blend them all together. That kind of confusion doesn’t endear the audience to it.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Sworn Virgin (2016)

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(April 17, 2016) Original

Release Date:

April 22, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Years after declaring her eternal virginity and opting to live life as a man in the mountains of Albania, Hana looks to return to living as a woman as she settles into a new existence in modern-day Milan.”

Poster Rating: D

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Review: From a visual perspective, the background is the only element that demands attention. Otherwise, the poster has nothing going for it.

Trailer Rating: D+

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Review: At what point should a movie be about something? Certainly this trailer doesn’t get the audience to the point of caring. The premise seems unnecessarily convoluted.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Men & Chicken (2016)

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(April 17, 2016) Original

Release Date:

April 22, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Men and Chicken is a black comedy about two outcast brothers, who by getting to know their unknown family also discover a horrible truth about themselves and their relatives.”

Poster Rating: C+ / C / D (5)

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Review: (#1) “American Gothic” in its cheap foreign comic splendor. (#2) I can’t exactly say this version is that interesting, though it has a rustic charm all its own. (#3) I don’t know why anyone would want to own these character posters. The film isn’t bound to be a hit and these actors just don’t demand a consumer’s response.

Trailer Rating: D

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Review: I get that making an absurdist comedy has its appeal, but this movies does not have an inkling of how to sell that to the audience with a trailer as corny as it is boring.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Meddler (2016)

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(April 17, 2016) Original

Release Date:

April 22, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An aging widow from New York City follows her daughter to Los Angeles in hopes of starting a new life after her husband passes away.”

Poster Rating: D

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Review: The sullen backdrop and the poorly posed actors make for a visually displeasing selection.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: There are a few humorous moments, but this premise has been done quite a lot and there isn’t much presented in the trailer that suggests we’re in for something wholly different.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: In Harmony (2016)

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(April 17, 2016) Original

Release Date:

April 22, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Marc Guermont used to be a very much sought after horse stuntman in films. One day unfortunately, he had a bad fall from his mount during the shooting of a historical movie. And not only has he become a paraplegic but his insurance company tries to rip him off into the bargain. Two good reasons for Marc to feel bitter and enraged. Needless to say that Marc resolutely waits for the coming of his insurance “advisor”. But when the latter reports to him, the insurance man happens to be a… seductive woman, Florence Kernel.”

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 sappy American romantic plot won’t give this foreign feature a big boost of confidence from specialty box office enthusiasts. The premise is slow, predictable and lacking in heart.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Holidays (2016)

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(April 17, 2016) Original

Release Date:

April 22, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “HOLIDAYS is an anthology feature film that puts a uniquely dark and original spin on some of the most iconic and beloved holidays of all time by challenging our folklore, traditions and assumptions.”

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: As much as I enjoy great horror anthologies, this trailer is so poorly constructed that you don’t even get the impression that this is what it is. The corny humor and seemingly unexciting horror action leave the viewer questioning whether they have any interest in the product.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Empire of Corpses (2016)

Page Revisions:

(April 17, 2016) Original

Release Date:

April 22, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “After breaking the law of reanimating human corpses, young Watson has to either work for the government or face punishment. He has to go on a secret mission, to find the notes of Viktor Frankenstein, who reanimated the first human corpse.”

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: I’ve always found it interesting how often Japanese animation co-opts American and European design elements and concepts. Unfortunately, this anime-style art isn’t great and the plot is poorly conveyed.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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