Category: Film Previews

Trailer Watch: Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#2-#5)

Spider-Man: Far From Home, updated

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Film Preview: The Farewell (2019)

Page Revisions:

(May 12, 2019) Original

Release Date:

July 12, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A Chinese family discover their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: The background often makes all the difference in the quality of the poster design. While the colors are uncommon and the central image is compelling, the overall design feels a bit plain.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: There’s just enough pathos in the trailer to suggest a compelling family drama and the acting looks solid, but the trailer also doesn’t feel fully formed.

Oscar Prospects:

The early word on the film’s quality from Sundance should bolster it’s Oscar chances, including a potential Best Actress nomination for Awkwafina.

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Film Preview: Asako I & II (2019)

Page Revisions:

(May 12, 2019) Original

Release Date:

May 17, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Asako lives in Osaka. She falls in love with Baku, a free-spirit. One day, Baku suddenly disappears. Two years later, Asako now lives in Tokyo and meets Ryohei. He looks just like Baku, but has a completely different personality.”

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: The use of music helps alleviate some of the bigger problems of the trailer, namely that it’s slightly confusing. Otherwise, the film looks fascinating.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Looking at the Weekend: May 17-19, 2019

While it’s possible Avengers: Endgame makes its final appearance in the number one position, it’s also possible, it falls just enough to let one of these films top it. As much as I want to say that John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum will be that film, A Dog’s Journey also has a strong claim to take the top spot and both could top Avengers. The Sun Is Also a Star is likely to be an also-ran.

Our Highest Rated Films: Trial by Fire; The Souvenir
Our Best Awards Ratings: No consensus

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

The Third Wife
The Wandering Soap Opera

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Film Preview: We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2019)

Page Revisions:

(May 12, 2019) Original

Release Date:

May 17, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Merricat, Constance and their Uncle Julian live in isolation after experiencing a family tragedy six years earlier. When cousin Charles arrives to steal the family fortune, he also threatens a dark secret they’ve been hiding.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: The lighting is a bit off, which makes it look strange, but it’s got a creepy aesthetic that almost works.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: A drama that plays out as one would expect has enough surprising and interesting moments to look more compelling than it probably is.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Crawl (2019)

Page Revisions:

(May 12, 2019) Original

Release Date:

July 12, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A young woman, while attempting to save her father during a Category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped in a flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: The film’s premise is easily described in this trailer, but the lack of authenticity paired with the poor choice in font color makes it challenging to look at.

Trailer Rating: B+

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Review: There are some genuinely creepy moments here that will most certainly appeal to those interested in creature features, especially in those involving alligators.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog (2019)

Page Revisions:

(May 5, 2019) Original

Release Date:

November 8, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A cop in the rural town of Green Hills will help Sonic escape from the government who is looking to capture him.”

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

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Review: (#1) Plenty of detail, but it isn’t an overall great design. (#2) This silhouette only serves to accentuate the issues with the character design. (#3) A design that has no genuine visual appeal and nary a compelling design feature. (#4) The more you look at this character, the less appealing it looks. (#5) There are some interesting aspects to this, but it all feels so cheaply staged.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: If this film is made with an eye on bringing in fans of the original video games, it fails miserably. The trailer doesn’t make an effective case for why this film needed to be made and makes an even stronger case for Jim Carrey’s comedy style feeling incredibly antiquated now.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Dead Trigger (2019)

Page Revisions:

(May 5, 2019) Original

Release Date:

May 3, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A mysterious virus has killed billions and turned many others into bloodthirsty zombies. Unable to stop the virus, the government develops a video game, “Dead Trigger,” that mirrors the terrifying events that curse the 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: Like a cross between your favorite zombie drama and Red Dawn, this vain attempt at resurrecting Dolph Lundgren’s never-stellar acting career looks like a complete misfire.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: May 17-19, 2019

Below are seven previews for films opening next weekend.

 

A Dog’s Journey (Wide)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (Wide)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

The Sun Is Also a Star (Wide)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Aniara (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

The Meanest Man in Texas (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

The Souvenir (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Trial by Fire (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 

Film Preview: The Meanest Man in Texas (2019)

Page Revisions:

(May 5, 2019) Original
(May 12, 2019) New Poster (#1)

Release Date:

May 17, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Based on the book,”The Meanest Man in Texas” is the true story about Clyde Thompson, who in 1928 was convicted of multiple murders and sentenced to death, but was miraculously paroled. Thompson gained a reputation as the meanest man in Texas while working hard labor in prison, until he meets the love of his life, Julia Perryman, and finds redemption and faith.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: Sepia tones aren’t always a good choice and while this doesn’t look too bad, the structure doesn’t work.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: A formulaic period prison drama that looks one part character study and one part romance and neither of those parts working incredibly well together.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

The Sun Is Also a Star, updated

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Trailer Watch: The Intruder (2019) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

The Intruder, updated

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Film Preview: A Violent Separation (2019)

Page Revisions:

(May 5, 2019) Original

Release Date:

May 17, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Two brothers struggle with a terrible truth behind a tragedy that aims to tear three generations of a family apart.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: So many designs have gone for this particular construction and few of them succeed with this one having notable issues with the degree of fading and the poorly synced color scheme.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: A formulaic construction and a premise that has been overdone quite frequently, this trailer does a satisfactory job making it look modestly interesting.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Miss & Mrs. Cops (2019)

Page Revisions:

(May 5, 2019) Original

Release Date:

May 10, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Mi-Young, who used to be considered the Major Crimes Unit’s top cop, is stationed behind a desk after having a baby. She leads uneventful yet peaceful days at handling civil complaints and looking after her son and unemployed husband at home. One day, an overly enthusiastic detective Ji-Hye, is consigned to Mi-Young’s team, and the bicker over every little thing from the moment they meet. In fact, they are sisters-is-law, and neither are happy about sitting next to each other all day in the same office. But differences are pushed aside when a woman who came to file a report gets run over in front of Mi-Young and Ji-Hye. They discover that the woman is the victim of ‘spy cam porn’ and has been threatened it would go up on a community site in 3 days. The two cops take the case tot the relevant powers, but due to workload, no one can handle it in time. Ji-Hye’s burning passion for justice rekindles Mi-Young’s sense of duty, and the two decode to take matters into their own hands.”

Poster Rating: C- / C

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Review: (#1) The four-quadrant design doesn’t work well with such bland backgrounds and such cheesy poses. (#2) A more interesting set of poses and a slight homage to Charlie’s Angels all without being terribly exciting.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: For an Asian crime comedy, this doesn’t look half bad. It looks incredibly cheap and cheesy, but that could be appealing to certain demographics.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: 21 Bridges (2019)

Page Revisions:

(May 5, 2019) Original

Release Date:

July 12, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A disgraced detective in the NYPD is given a shot at redemption.”

Poster Rating: D+

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Review: There’s not much to this heavily manipulated image and while Chadwick Boseman might be a selling point, the design isn’t.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: This crime drama is convincingly laid out, but also looks unapologetically formulaic.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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