Category: Film Previews

Film Preview: Loveless (2018)

Page Revisions:

(January 7, 2018) Original

Release Date:

February 16, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A couple going through a divorce must team up to find their son who has disappeared during one of their bitter arguments.”

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: There’s a mystery at the center of this divorcing parents drama, that of where their son has gone off to. We’ve seen stories about couples divorcing to the detriment of their children, but this film seems to take that concept further and deeper, which could be interesting.

Oscar Prospects:

On the shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film of 2017. The chances of a nomination are high. The chance of a win is probably not.

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Film Preview: Slender Man (2018)

Page Revisions:

(January 7, 2018) Original

Release Date:

May 18, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Slender Man tells the story of a tall, thin horrifying figure with unnaturally long arms and a featureless face, who is reputed to be responsible for the haunting and disappearance of countless children and teens.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: Suggesting long arms without actually depicting them is an interesting concept as is the fogged-up window with the water rivulets. The title might have been better encapsulated if it were drawn onto the window through the water droplets, but the design is satisfactory without that.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: When you know the story, it becomes an odd situation for the trailer to utterly avoid the physical incarnation that gives the film its title. Yet, the trailer does a solid job conveying the horrific elements while making the film feel different from every other horror flick out there, which could help sell it.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: Death Wish (2018) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#2-#3) / Updated Release Date (changed from 11/22/17)

Death Wish, updated

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Film Preview: A Fantastic Woman (2018)

Page Revisions:

(January 7, 2018) Original

Release Date:

February 2, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Marina, a waitress who moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her older boyfriend.”

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

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Review: (#1) Ugly colors mar this poster setting it up as one that cannot possibly interest passers-by. (#2) A better color scheme, but there’s little to the design that’s interesting. (#3) Reminds me of the classic song “Against the Wind,” but that’s where the similarities end. It has a small amount of symbolic meaning, but isn’t terribly interesting. (#4) I’m not certain what the purpose of the sideways writing is, but there’s a vibrancy to this design that makes it stand out a bit more than the prior efforts.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: There’s a lot of subtlety in this trailer, never quite explaining why this “fantastic woman” would be denied access to a funeral, but the trailer does a fine job setting up a tragic romance that reminds us of the marginalized gay-themed dramas of the late-1980s and early 1990s.

Oscar Prospects:

On the shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film of 2017. The chances of a nomination are high. The chance of a win are decent.

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2017 Summer Season Preview Wrap-Up: August

August 4, 2017

The Dark Tower

Oscar Prospects: What I said: “Uncertain. Depending on how critics receive it (and, to a lesser extent, audiences), it could compete in creative categories; however, with some (or much?) of the action taking place in a modern Earth, I suspect its chances at Best Visual Effects and the sound categories may be its only hope.”
Oscar Results: The film has failed in all measures, so Oscar is utterly out of reach.
Box Office Prospects: $150 M
Box Office Expectations: What I Said: “Good. Although Matthew McConaughey’s recent track record at the box office isn’t exciting and Idris Elba hasn’t yet been tested, this popular Stephen King adaptation could be a solid hit for the late summer.”
Box Office Results: $50.7 M
Thoughts: [Major Flop] Thanks to the mediocre reviews, the film never managed to catch on with audiences, but the reviews weren’t all of it. Stephen King just doesn’t have the pull he used to, especially in the wake of the more popular It.

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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 12-14, 2017

With the holiday films fading and last week’s opener likely to follow the second-week plummet most horror films do, then one of this weekend’s releases could post a high enough tally to top the slowly diminishing Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Paddington 2 has the best potential thanks to its sequel status and the prior film’s decent $18 million opening. Of course, Proud Mary could also do well as could The Commuter, so right now, things are a bit up in the air and not soon to be decided.

Our Highest Rated Films: Paddington 2, The Insult
Our Best Awards Ratings: The Insult (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

The Post (Expanding)(Read our previous Looking at the Weekend commentary here.)
Condorito: La Pelicula
My Art
Wastelander

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Trailer Watch: Winchester (2018) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Poster (#2) / Updated Title (changed form “Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built”)

Winchester, updated

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Film Preview: Peter Rabbit (2018)

Page Revisions:

(January 7, 2018) Original

Release Date:

February 9, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer’s vegetable garden.”

Poster Rating: D / C- / C

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Review: (#1) Too subtle and too vacant. (#2) I’d say it’s corny, but carroty might be a more apt description. (#3) You can probably make a leap of logic to figure out what the carrots in the walls represent, but the poster doesn’t do an adequate job spelling that out. The tagline is boring as is the background.

Trailer Rating: B / B

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Review: (#1) Ending on a humorous note is often the best way to sell a kids-targeted movie. This looks fairly juvenile in places, but also a decent amount of fun without delving into the key plot components. (#2) When trailers finally dig into those key plot elements, this is the way to present them without abandoning the free-wheeling sentiment of the prior designs. There’s even more humor, especially at the end, and that can do nothing but help.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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2017’s Anticipated Movies – End Results

Last year, I put together a list of my most and least anticipated films of the year. While compiling my look forward to 2018, I realized that maybe I should look back at my list from last year and see how things went.

I mostly avoided films on my least anticipated list and didn’t get to see all the films on my most anticipated list (for various reasons), so I’ll start by clearing out anything that I didn’t get/want to see.

Least Anticipated Movies I ultimately avoided

Baywatch – The 18% rating at Rotten Tomatoes confirmed my desire not to see the film.
CHiPs – 17% on Rotten Tomatoes was all the confirmation I needed.
The Emoji Movie – It was even worse than expected at 9% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Friday the 13th – Originally slated for 2017, the film was never produced and thus never released.
Gold – The Matthew McConaughey starrer came away with 43% on Rotten Tomatoes, so it’s a good thing I missed it.
It – Even with the certified Fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes of 85%, we just never got around to seeing it.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – 29% on Rotten Tomatoes made this one a sure miss.
Kong: Skull Island – At 75% on Rotten Tomatoes, I should have given it more credit, but early 2017 wasn’t a prolific time for me for going to the movies.
The Mummy – Tom Cruise’s action-heavy monster film just didn’t appeal and the 16% RT score only reflected that.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – I was never going to watch this being the continuance of a franchise I never watched, but 36% is sufficient to have dodged the bullet.
Rock Dog – The early year release, lame trailer, and 46% from Rotten Tomatoes is adequate reason not to see it.
Snatched – As much as I liked the stars, everything was confirmed when it received a poor 36% rating.
The Space Between Us – Even if it had been successful, I still wouldn’t have wanted to catch this. It wasn’t, nor was the 16% rotten rating.
Transformers: The Last Knight – Will this hopefully be the end of this sad franchise? Hopefully, 16% will be the golden number.
Underworld: Blood Wars – Saw the original and didn’t care for it, so I wasn’t likely to watch this umpteenth sequel and 20% is the perfect reflection of tha tlack of interest.
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Film Preview: Mom and Dad (2018)

Page Revisions:

(December 31, 2017) Original

Release Date:

January 19, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A teenage girl and her little brother must survive a wild 24 hours during which a mass hysteria of unknown origins causes parents to turn violently on their own kids.”

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: D+

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Review: We’ve seen the concept numerous times before, even in the recent past, where kids suddenly turn murderous. This twists that narrative around and puts the kids in peril as their parents threaten to take them out of the world. The concept’s already built precariously on corniness. The further outlandish addition of Nicolas Cage only serves to make the film feel a bit desperate.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Jan. 12-14, 2017

Below are five previews for films opening next weekend.

 

The Commuter (Wide)

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Paddington 2 (Wide)

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Proud Mary (Wide)

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The Insult (Limited)

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Vazante (Limited)

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Film Preview: Vazante (2018)

Page Revisions:

(January 7, 2018) Original

Release Date:

January 12, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Brazil 1821. A rich cattle herder finds out that his wife dies in labor. Forced to live in the property with numerous African slaves, he marries his wife’s niece. But he returns to driving, leaving his wife behind alone with the slaves.”

Poster Rating: C- / C / D+

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Review: (#1) A rather tepid poster that sets the place and present the lead character, but does little else to sell the film. (#2) The mystery of this poster’s purpose is all that really gives it life. The choice of navy-and-white for a color palette is a nice change of pace. (#3) A scene from the film doesn’t always bring an audience into the theater and this particular one is unlikely to helping.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Atmospheric with hints of drama, this trailer presents a film that may have very limited appeal and possibly even narrower than the typical foreign film at the specialty box office.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Insult (2018)

Page Revisions:

(January 7, 2018) Original

Release Date:

January 12, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “In today’s Beirut, an insult blown out of proportions finds Toni, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refugee, in court. From secret wounds to traumatic revelations, the media circus surrounding the case puts Lebanon through a social explosion, forcing Toni and Yasser to reconsider their lives and prejudices.”

Poster Rating: C+ / C

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Review: (#1) If you’re going to do a poster with two panels, at least make them interesting. Although the colors are largely drab, this poster has a lot of detail, fully visible and embedded, which gives it some measure of spark. (#2) This is a full poster featuring half of the prior design. It’s slightly different in details, but on a larger scale seems less interesting.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: The drama plays out well, building up to a simple question at the end, a question that could be the crux of the whole film. Not revealing that is a wise move, but making it feel like there isn’t much more to it doesn’t give it too much excitement.

Oscar Prospects:

On the shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film of 2017. The chances of a nomination are moderate. The chance of a win is low.

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Film Preview: Little Bitches (2018)

Page Revisions:

(December 31, 2017) Original

Release Date:

January 23, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A group of friends vow to open their college acceptance letters at the same time during the big end-of-year party.”

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: An awkwardly funny, but cheaply calculated trailer presenting a pseudo-coming of age story with the trappings mired in predictable mediocrity.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: Early Man (2018) Updated

New Trailer (#3) / New Posters (#11-#19)

Early Man, updated

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