Film Previews

Film Preview: Beyond the Reach (2015)

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Release Date:

April 17, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A high-rolling corporate shark and his impoverished young guide play the most dangerous game during a hunting trip in the Mojave Desert.”

Poster: C-

Review: A conventional narrative requires a conventional poster design. Even Michael Douglas as a sniper can’t sell this thing.

Trailer: C+

Review: Whatever promise the film had was squandered quickly in a trailer that devolved into a man vs. man desert adventure lacking imagination and foresight.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(March 15, 2015) Original

Trailer Watch: San Andreas, updated (2015)

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

San Andreas, updated

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Trailer Watch: Far from the Madding Crowd, updated (2015)

New Trailer (#2)

Far from the Madding Crowd, updated

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Looking at the Weekend: Mar. 20-22, 2015

The second part of the Divergent series should easily best the weekend’s other new releases. Whether it can top the second weekend of Cinderella depends on a lot of things, but I think it should still win.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: The original Divergent was engaging enough that it makes this weekend’s release my best bet for a good time.
Peter J. Patrick: Insurgent, the second film in the Divergent series and Kumiko about a woman under the spell of the 1996 film Fargo, seem to be the week’s best bets.

Thomas LaTourrette: A rather lackluster week, though Kumiko might prove interesting. Divergent was relatively enjoyable, but Insurgent is not getting terribly good reviews.

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2015 Spring Season Preview: April

The end of the year brings the most combative environment for films trying to become Oscar winners. The next four months will be an interesting proving round.

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Trailer Watch: Tomorrowland, updated (2015)

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

Tomorrowland, updated

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Trailer Watch: Ex Machina, updated (2015)

New Trailers (#2 & #3) / New Posters (#4 & #5)

Ex Machina, updated

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Weekend Preview: Mar. 20-22, 2015

Below are seven previews for films opening next weekend.
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Film Preview: Zombeavers (2015)

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Release Date:

March 20, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A fun weekend turns into madness and horror for a bunch of groupies looking for fun in a beaver infested swamp.”

Poster: D

Review: At least you know what you’re getting with this poster design. The film looks downright abominable and the poster is the first clue.

Trailer: F

Review: What a crock of crap. One cheesy SyFy original about sharks in tornadoes and everyone’s trying to jump on the corny horror bandwagon, this time with zombified beavers. If it didn’t already sound awful, the trailer certifies it.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(March 15, 2015) Original

Film Preview: Spring (2015)

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Release Date:

March 20, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A young man in a personal tailspin flees the US to Italy, where he sparks up a romance with a woman harboring a dark, primordial secret.”

Poster: B- / B

Review: (#1) This colorful poster design is oblique enough to conjure weird images about what the film is like. That bizarre quality plays neatly into the film’s story. (#2) This is more realistic, but reminds one a great deal of old movie posters when everyone hired artists to craft thematically rich designs.

Trailer: B-

Review: The trailer begins like most tales about young love, but as the trailer progresses, our mental agility is tested and strange visuals begin to appear suggesting there’s something far more sinister beneath the surface. It’s still hard to understand where it’s going, but the Lovecraftian elements should appeal to an interesting subset of horror fans and non-horror fans.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(March 15, 2015) Original

Film Preview: Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter (2015)

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Release Date:

March 18, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A jaded Japanese woman discovers a hidden copy of Fargo (1996) on VHS, believing it to be a treasure map indicating the location of a large case of money.”

Poster: B+ / B+

Review: (#1 & #2) The two designs are alike in structure, unalike in form. Both feature a depiction of the title character, both feature recognizable depictions of a bunny, but they differ from there. Both may seem traditional and uncomplicated, but they are a visual dichotomy that works.

Trailer: C / C+

Review: (#1 & #2) These trailers, like the posters, paint two unique portraits of our protagonist. The first seems to suggest a wayward soul on a sort of pilgrimage. The second paints her as a woman escaping her life. Neither seems to invalidate the view point of the other, nor do either make the film look that interesting apart from that question of theme.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(March 15, 2015) Original

Film Preview: Do You Believe? (2015)

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Release Date:

March 20, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “When a pastor is shaken by the visible faith of a street-corner preacher, he is reminded that true belief always requires action. His response ignites a journey that impacts everyone it touches in ways that only God could orchestrate.”

Poster: D+ / C+

Review: (#1) The imagery of the first poster is so heavy-handed that church preachers have accused it of going too far. (#2) This design is much more symbolic of the film’s plot, but the background is too unadorned.

Trailer: C+

Review: If you’re into faith-based movies that criticism and demean those who don’t share the belief, then this film is probably for you. The trailer suggests that this is a fairly paint-by-number endeavor whose faith is superficially obtained, rather than organically.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(March 15, 2015) Original

Film Preview: The Walking Deceased (2015)

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Release Date:

March 20, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “When a police officer wakes up in a hospital to find out he is in the middle of a zombie apocalypse he will do anything to find his family even sacrifice twitter.”

Poster: -

Review: There was no poster immediately available for my review. Should one become available in the future, this section will be updated.

Trailer: F

Review: I love satire and spoof as much as the next guy, but this horrendously unfunny trailer suggests a film that dumbs down the already idiotic Seltzer/Friedberg films. That’s quite a difficult task.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(March 8, 2015) Original

Trailer Watch: Avengers: Age of Ultron, updated (2015)

New Trailer (#3) / New Posters (#10-#18)

Avengers: Age of Ultron, updated

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Film Preview: Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015)

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Release Date:

March 6, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The inside story of the planning, execution, rousing aftermath and ultimate downfall of the kidnappers of beer tycoon Alfred “Freddy” Heineken, which resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for an individual.”

Poster: D+ / D

Review: (#1) We’ve seen this design or something similar so many times that it’s so easy to dismiss and forget, which isn’t what you want to happen to your poster design. (#2) The colors are unique, but the design is lifeless.

Trailer: C+

Review: Your typical heist thriller with a human subject as the goal, which of course turns into a pseudo-psychological thriller, neither of which concept seem to blend that well.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(March 8, 2015) Original

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