Category: Film Previews

Looking at the Weekend: Mar. 24-26, 2017

What will the audience be in the mood for, other than a second weekend of Beauty and the Beast? You have two films built of television series and a new sci-fi drama starring Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal. Normally, it wouldn’t be a contest, but the Power Rangers are still immensely popular after all these years and CHiPs promises stupid comedy that has shown a tenacity at the box office. My prediction is that CHiPs crashes and burns while Power Rangers debuts fairly well, but Life will perform better than anyone expected.

Our Highest Rated Films: Life
Our Best Awards Ratings: Life (Oscars), The Leveling (Critics)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

I Called Him Morgan
Phillauri
Slamma Jamma

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Film Preview: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017)

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(March 19, 2017) Original

Release Date:

April 22, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An African-American woman becomes an unwitting pioneer for medical breakthroughs when her cells are used to create the first immortal human cell line in the early 1950s.”

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: Too bad this is destined for cable as the premise would likely do well at the box office on the heels of something like Hidden Figures. Of course, this drama looks a little more serious than that film, so it might not be quite up to the task of pulling people into it.

Oscar Prospects:

The film is releasing on HBO, so it won’t be Oscar eligible; however, it could be up for a number of Emmys.

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Film Preview: Baby Driver (2017)

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(March 19, 2017) Original

Release Date:

August 11, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.”

Poster Rating: B-

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Review: This attempt to conjure memories of films long gone by may seem like the cool Retro thing to do, but this isn’t as interesting a poster concept as the creator likely thought.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: The drama that takes up the majority of the trailer isn’t that compelling, but there are some killer shots on display and sequences that play out, so it could be worth the price of admission.

Oscar Prospects:

Edgar Wright isn’t an Oscar player and this film, which looking quite stylish, isn’t likely to make much headway with Oscar voters. Sound Editing or Sound Mixing might be possibilities, but likely remote ones.

Trailer #1

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Trailer Watch: How to Be a Latin Lover (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#2-#3)

How to Be a Latin Lover, updated

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Trailer Watch: Despicable Me 3 (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Poster (#3)

Despicable Me 3, updated

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Trailer Watch: CHiPs (2017) Updated

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

CHiPs, updated

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Weekend Preview: Mar. 24-26, 2017

Below are five previews for films opening next weekend.

 

CHiPs (Wide)

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Life (Wide)

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Power Rangers (Wide)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

The Levelling (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Wilson (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 

Film Preview: The Levelling (2017)

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(March 19, 2017) Original

Release Date:

March 24, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “After he brother dies, Clover returns to her family farm in Someset, where she discovers her estranged father is a shell of his former self and the farm is in shambles due to floods that destroyed the area six months earlier.”

Poster Rating: D+ / D

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Review: (#1) Superimposing a woman sitting next to an old building, over a lifelorn field isn’t interesting. (#2) A closeup of the lead is likewise lacking in interest, but I give them a small amount of credit for the intra-title design.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: The trailer creates the impression of a film that’s a bit dull and unappealing. This is a film that clearly wants to excite the viewer, but only if they particularly adore obscure cinema.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Film Preview: The Assignment (2017)

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(March 12, 2017) Original

Release Date:

April 7, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “After waking up and discovering that he has undergone gender reassignment surgery, an assassin seeks to find the doctor responsible.”

Poster Rating: D / D

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Review: (#1) A split-panel design with a head shot and an action image might appeal to some, but is overall desperately dull. (#2) Another split-panel, but this one features Sigourney Weave, which might give the film a slight boost at the box office since Michelle Rodriguez isn’t exactly a box office draw.

Trailer Rating: D

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Review: It’s disappointing to see someone was talented as Sigourney Weaver finding herself trapped in a movie that looks horrendous. It appears to be a cheap, cheesy revenge thriller that’s two-parts revenge and one-part excitement, but without any of those aspects working well.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Trailer Watch: The Fate of the Furious (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#3) / New Posters (#2-#3)

The Fate of the Furious, updated

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Trailer Watch: Wonder Woman (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#3) / New Poster (#5)

Wonder Woman, updated

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Film Preview: Geostorm (2017)

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(March 12, 2017) Original

Release Date:

October 20, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “When the network of satellites designed to control the global climate start to attack Earth, it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything and everyone.”

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: While I’m sure we’ll get more trailers as the film’s release date approaches, this particular trailer is designed to build interest and with plenty of mayhem and destruction, it’s certainly to build a small base from which to build on with later trailers.

Oscar Prospects:

It could be a nominee for Best Visual Effects or maybe the sound awards, but it’s ultimately unlikely to be much of a competitor.

Trailer #1

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Looking at the Weekend: Mar. 17-19, 2017

In 1991, Disney’s animated renaissance went into overdrive with Beauty and the Beast, which grossed more than $300 million at the box office (adjusted for inflation), and became the first animated film in history to earn a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars. The film received six total nominations, winning two for Original Song for the title track and Original Score. Three years later, Disney brought the film to the Broadway stage yielding over 5,400 performances over a 13-year span and winning one of its nine Tony Award nominations for Costume Design. Ten years after leaving the Broadway stage and 26 years after the original graced the big screen for the first time, a live-action adaptation has arrived directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Bill Condon and starring Harry Potter alum Emma Watson and former Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens among others. There is little doubt that the film will triumph over the weekend, but how big it becomes is the question on everyone’s mind and huge might be just too small a word for it.

Our Highest Rated Films: Beauty and the Beast
Our Best Awards Ratings: Beauty and the Beast (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Burn Your Maps

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Film Preview: Rough Night (2017)

Page Revisions:

(March 12, 2017) Original

Release Date:

June 16, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A male stripper ends up dead at a Miami beach house during a bachelorette party weekend.”

Poster Rating: C (5)

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Review: (#1-#5) These are an unusual take on the character poster style, taking on various aspects of the characters without showing their faces. It’s an interesting way to go about it even if it isn’t that interesting.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: There are a lot of humorous moments in the trailer, a lot of groan-inducing ones as well; however, with the talent involved, this could be a soft hit with audiences and a mildly amusing diversion.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Film Preview: Atomic Blonde (2017)

Page Revisions:

(March 12, 2017) Original

Release Date:

July 28, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: As an initial teaser poster, it works somewhat well, though the black-and-white motif seems to be becoming a trend. That they used atomic blue rather than red as a visual counterbalance to the grayscale image helps differentiate it from others.

Trailer Rating: B+

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Review: Plenty of butt-kicking fun is certainly to draw the target audience out of the woodworks and into the theater. That we get plenty of information about the premise will help those who aren’t immediately drawn to the action to get interested.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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