Category: Film Previews

Weekend Preview: Feb. 17-19, 2017

Below are eight previews for films opening next weekend.

 

A Cure for Wellness (Wide)

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Fist Fight (Wide)

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The Great Wall (Wide)

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American Fable (Limited)

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Everybody Loves Somebody (Limited)

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From Nowhere (Limited)

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Land of Mine (Limited)

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Lovesong (Limited)

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Film Preview: Lovesong (2017)

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(XXXX) Original

Release Date:

February 17, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The relationship between two friends deepens during an impromptu road trip.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: Young love, but done with an unexciting flair that most people won’t pay much attention to when passing by.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: While the drama seems fairly straightforward, it’s easy to get distracted by the general lack of forward momentum in the trailer.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: From Nowhere (2017)

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(February 12, 2017) Original

Release Date:

February 17, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Three undocumented Bronx teenagers are graduating from high school while navigating the treacherous waters of trying to get their papers to stay in the US.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: I admire that the artist is trying something unfamiliar and atypical for film posters, but the end result has too much vacant property to avoid distraction.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: The trailer has some interesting elements and sets up the drama fairly well, but the trailer’s sound quality and heavy-handedness are a bit of an impediment.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Everybody Loves Somebody (2017)

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(February 12, 2017) Original

Release Date:

February 17, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “On the surface, Clara Barron seems to have it all: a job as an OB-GYN; a great house in LA; and a loving family. But, the one thing Clara doesn’t have figured out is her love life. Pressured by a family wedding in Mexico, Clara asks a co-worker to pose as her boyfriend for the weekend festivities,- only to be caught by surprise when her ex- boyfriend (and family favorite) suddenly shows up after disappearing from her life completely. Torn, Clara must decide between going back to the past or open her heart to new and unexpected possibilities.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: It isn’t an original way to insert cast photos, but it works better than a lot of efforts out there. The production value, though, is on the meager side.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: The trailer paints the picture of a film that has been done so frequently and so differently that further attempts only look like copies and this trailer doesn’t do anything to disabuse the viewer of that impression.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: American Fable (2017)

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(February 12, 2017) Original

Release Date:

February 17, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “When 11-year-old Gitty discovers that her beloved father is hiding a wealthy man in her family’s silo in order to save their struggling farm, she is forced to choose between saving the man’s life or protecting her family from the consequences of their actions. AMERICAN FABLE is a fairytale thriller set in the 1980s rural Midwest about a courageous girl living in a dark – sometimes magical – world.”

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 is a tad rigid, forcing its brand of thrills on the audience, rather than asking it to develop organically. There are some interesting elements to the film, but the trailer pushes itself without significant aim.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: How to Be a Latin Lover (2017)

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(February 5, 2017) Original

Release Date:

April 28, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Finding himself dumped after 25 years of marriage, a man who made a career of seducing rich older women, must move in with his estranged sister, where he begins to learn the value of family.”

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 dull, almost humorless trailer for a Spanish comedy with good actors in a corny plot.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Brimstone (2017)

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(February 5, 2017) Original

Release Date:

March 10, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “From the moment the new reverend climbs the pulpit, Liz knows she and her family are in great danger.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: The crucifix motif doesn’t work that well when the content isn’t particularly compelling as is the case here.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: The trailer has some interesting elements, but they are combined in an uninteresting and wasteful manner.This isn’t the kind of movie that can survive without strong reviews with a trailer like this.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Promise (2017)

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(February 5, 2017) Original

Release Date:

April 28, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, The Promise follows a love triangle between Michael, a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated Ana, and Chris – a renowned American journalist based in Paris.”

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 is the second film trailer this year for a film set during the waning days of the Ottomon Empire. This love triangle film has some appeal thanks to its cast, but it also feels like a movie that is warring with itself regarding what stand it wants to take on the historical events.

Oscar Prospects:

When it was scheduled for 2016, it seemed like an obvious Oscar contender. That it’s not opening until April makes it seem like a non-starter.

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Film Preview: The Circle (2017)

Page Revisions:

(February 5, 2017) Original
(February 12, 2017) New Trailer (#2)

Release Date:

April 28, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A woman lands a job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, where she becomes involved with a mysterious man.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: Interesting in brief, the design isn’t complex enough. The taglines and the style just don’t create much of excitement.

Trailer Rating: B- / B

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Review: (#1) Emma Watson and Tom Hanks may have found themselves in a story with potential both to excite and to disappoint. The trailer lands on the excite side of the equation.

(#2) Now that we’ve gotten the slightly bumpy first trailer out of the way, we can get into a more gritty exploration of the subject matter in this follow-up trailer. There is just enough extra intrigue to build upon the prior.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Looking at the Weekend: Feb. 10-12, 2017

Two vastly different demographics form the basis of this weekend’s race for the top of the box office. On the adult-only side of things, Fifty Shades Darker hopes to replicate its predecessor’s success when it opened two years ago to $85 million and topped out at $166 million. On the other end of the spectrum is The Lego Movie, a kid-friendly animated feature. While it certainly wants to do at least the business of The Lego Movie three years ago, which opened to $69 million and finished its run with $257 million, it hopes that the added effort of making this a sole-Batman production that they can hit up the opening weekends closer to The Dark Knight movies, the latter two of which opened to over $150 million before topping $400 million each. That may be a tough task and it will take an opening approaching $100 million to best Fifty Shades Darker if it lives up to expectations, so the competition will be fierce. Ultimately, I think Fifty Shades may miss its predecessor’s mark while Lego Batman handily tops its and wins the weekend.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Lego Batman Movie
Our Best Awards Ratings: The Lego Batman Movie (Oscars)

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2016 Oscar Season Preview Wrap-Up: September

September 2, 2016

The Light Between Oceans

Oscar Prospects: What I said: “Uncertain. Everyone seems to think this is a solid player this year, but a Labor Day release is a bad sign. The Academy seldom pulls films relaesed over the holiday into its warm embrace. This might buck the tradition, but I’m not optimistic.”
Oscar Results: Failure. Critics didn’t seem to care for it and audiences ignored it. The Academy wasn’t about to give it much attention.
Box Office Prospects: $30 M
Box Office Expectations: What I Said: “Uncertain. This appears to be a hefty drama, which won’t play very well with regular audiences. That likely means that the film plays modestly through its short run and finishes unspectacularly.”
Box Office Results: $12.5 M
Thoughts: [Flop] Relased on the Labor Day holiday, this drama was never expected to amount to much, but even with those low expectations, it still managed to underplay them.

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Trailer Watch: Fist Fight (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#3)

Fist Fight, updated

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Trailer Watch: Beauty and the Beast (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#3) / New Posters (#3-#27)

Beauty and the Beast, updated

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Film Preview: Colossal (2017)

Page Revisions:

(January 29, 2017) Original

Release Date:

April 7, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A woman discovers that severe catastrophic events are somehow connected to the mental breakdown from which she’s suffering.”

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: It takes time for the trailer to get to its point. By then, the audience hasn’t quite figured out what to think about it, which could allow them to lose interest. Even so, the premise isn’t that interesting if this is going to be a straight drama, which the trailer offers that it might be.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Feb. 10-12, 2017

Below are six previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Fifty Shades Darker (Wide)

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John Wick: Chapter 2 (Wide)

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The Lego Batman Movie (Wide)

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Don’t Hang Up (Limited)

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Havenhurst (Limited)

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A United Kingdom (Limited)

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