Category: Film Previews

Film Preview: Revenge (2018)

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(April 8, 2018) Original

Release Date:

May 11, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Never take your mistress on an annual guys’ getaway, especially one devoted to hunting – a violent lesson for three wealthy married men.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: A Woman seeks revenge. That’s it. Nothing more. It’s as if the distributor couldn’t figure out any other way to sell the film.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: This has been billed as a feminist revenge thriller and while that’s the impression the trailer gives, it still doesn’t look like a very engaging film.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Cargo (2018)

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(April 8, 2018) Original

Release Date:

May 18, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “CARGO is a post apocalyptic thriller and an emotional story of a father trying to save his child at all costs.”

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: Martin Freeman is an interesting actor and with his Hobbit, Sherlock, and now Black Panther outings, it’s hard to remember that he’s a gifted actor and this looks to be quite humane, though also a bit forced.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Night School (2018)

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(April 8, 2018) Original

Release Date:

September 28, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A group of troublemakers are forced to attend night school in hope that they’ll pass the GED exam to finish high school.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: Kevin Hart and his trademark shocked face in a standard locker-stuffing conceit that feels flat and unenergetic. Plus, it also talks absolutely nothing significant about the title or the premise.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: There’s a lot of potential for funny in this film, but the trailer doesn’t give up enough of that. Hart and Haddish could be a terrific team, but the material is questionable at best.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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2018 Summer Season Preview: Introduction

To introduce you to the upcoming films, there will be two preview articles every month and this introduction every four months. The Season Preview article will focus on one of three seasons Spring Season (January through April), Blockbuster Season (May through August) and Oscar Season (September through December). In these introductory articles, I will give you the current release schedule for the specified season, which may change as the release dates get closer.

With all the movies releasing in all sorts of places throughout the year, the summer movie season has become strangely underpopulated. Whereas, you used to get a new movie almost every week that had blockbuster potential, they are so spread out now that you can sometimes go one or two weeks without a major release. While that should bolster a film’s chances at the box office with limited competition, it seldom works out that way.

Looking over this roster of summer releases, I can’t help but feel that the selection is anemic. While there are a few potential major films, not many of them seem like movies that would be must-see entertainment.

Now let’s take a look at what’s coming up in May, June, July, and August.

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Looking at the Weekend: Apr. 13-15, 2018

Horror films typically drop faster at the box office than most films, which should give Dwayne Johnson’s monster movie Rampage a free shot at the box office. Of course, A Quiet Place may not play like other horror films and could slip much less steeply with solid word of mouth. That might make the competition a bit more fierce, making it tougher for Rampage to hit the top, thought it probably still will. The rest of the weekend’s new releases aren’t likely to outperform meager expectations.

Our Highest Rated Films: Borg vs. McEnrose; Zama
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Beirut
Isle of Dogs (Expanding) (Read our previous Looking at the Weekend commentary here.)

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Trailer Watch: A Quiet Place (2018) Updated

New Trailer (#3)

A Quiet Place, updated

Preview Link: CLICK HERE for all of the new content as well as the original.

Film Preview: How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2018)

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(April 8, 2018) Original

Release Date:

May 18, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An alien touring the galaxy breaks away from her group and meets two young inhabitants of the most dangerous place in the universe: the London suburb of Croydon.”

Poster Rating: C / C+

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Review: (#1) The design is somewhat psychedelic, but that’s really all that it is. There’s nothing exceptionally special about this one. (#2) There are plenty of details here to draw the eye and the color scheme is solid, but it also feels like it’s trying way too hard to be clever and then not succeeding.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: Elle Fanning is enough reason to give the film a chance, but the trailer does have some potentially humorous elements. It does feel a bit sexist in ways, but that could just be a knee-jerk reaction to this type of trailer design.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: First Reformed (2018)

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(April 1, 2018) Original

Release Date:

May 18, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A former military chaplain is wracked by grief over the death of his son. Mary is a member of his church whose husband, a radical environmentalist, commits suicide, setting the plot in motion.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: If you look at the detail of the fiery trailer across the poster’s face, you might understand its purpose, but that would require actually being drawn to the poster in the first place, which is a tall order.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: This languid trailer doesn’t present any semblance of story that would be worth checking out for an audience interested in such narratives.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Apr. 13-15, 2018

Below are eleven previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Borg vs. McEnroe (Wide)

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Rampage (Wide)

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Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (Wide)

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Truth or Dare (Wide)

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Isle of Dogs (Expanding)

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10×10 (Limited)

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Bye Bye Germany (Limited)

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Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum (Limited)

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Mercury (Limited)

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The Rider (Limited)

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Zama (Limited)

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Film Preview: Zama (2018)

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Release Date:

April 13, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Based on the novel by Antonio Di Benedetto written in 1956, on Don Diego de Zama, a Spanish officer of the seventeenth century settled in Asunción, who awaits his transfer to Buenos Aires.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: As bold as the premise of two scenes, one inset into the title, is, the execution isn’t great thanks to the overly vacant background and the hard to distinguish middle image muddling each other.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: The trailer goes for an interesting aural soundscape as it progresses, which gives it a certain otherworldliness. That said, the content isn’t terribly appealing otherwise and with a story that feels all too familiar, the end result just isn’t sufficient.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Mercury (2018)

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Release Date:

April 13, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A group of youngsters try to escape from a man who has fallen prey to mercury poisoning in this silent horror thriller.”

Poster Rating: C- / C+

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Review: (#1) The central image isn’t one that is immediately familiar to audiences, thus making this utterly bland design pointless. (#2) We still have the dull white background to blind us with this design, but it has a lot of creative energy and detail that make it a bit more appealing.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: Whether this film was in production before A Quiet Place‘s first trailer was released or was a direct response to that, the film now faces an uphill battle for appreciation thanks to its seemingly unoriginal premise. That said, the trailer does a modest job setting expectations as a truly silent horror film, rather than the mostly quiet Quiet Place. That doesn’t mean it sounds like a great movie, the trailer doesn’t give that impression, but at least it gives just enough impression that it could be original.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum (2018)

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(April 8, 2018) Original

Release Date:

April 13, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An internet broadcaster recruits a handful of people for their ‘experience the horror’ show at Gonjiam. They are to explore the haunted asylum and stream it live on the show. To attract more viewers, the show hosts play tricks on the guests, but things start to get out of hand when they are inside the place, where tortured souls could really be lurking in the shadows.”

Poster Rating: D+

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Review: There isn’t anything remotely frightening about this poster design, nor does it give sufficient information about the film it’s supposedly promoting.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: Excessively fast cuts, a lackluster explanation of setting, and a serious lack of palpable horror make this film look weak.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Bye Bye Germany (2018)

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(April 8, 2018) Original

Release Date:

April 13, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “David Berman and his friends, all Holocaust survivors, have only one purpose: to go to America as soon as possible. For this they need money. Close to his aim, David is not only deprived of his savings but also overtaken by his shady past.”

Poster Rating: C / C

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Review: (#1 & #2) These two posters use the same cast photo as one another. While the one is a more appealing black background, the unappealing white has the large, more notable image. Either way, both are pretty tepid.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: There are a lot films that explore World War II from the Jewish perspective, but few that try to put even a faintly positive spin on it and this trailer tries very hard to thread a dangerous needle, one where comedy and positivity surrounding a tragedy can come off crass and inappropriate.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: 10×10 (2018)

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(April 8, 2018) Original

Release Date:

April 13, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Lewis (Luke Evans) is an outwardly ordinary guy, but in reality he is hiding an obsession – revenge – against Cathy (Kelly Reilly). Lewis kidnaps Cathy in broad daylight and takes her to his home, where he locks her in a soundproof cell and attempt to extract a dark secret from her past.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: It’s a well produced 10×10 room, but it only accentuates the sexist premise.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: The trailer makes the film look more like a hyper-masculine revenge fantasy rather than a woman-in-peril film.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Terminal (2018)

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(April 1, 2018) Original

Release Date:

May 11, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “This movie follows two assassins with a sinister mission, a fatally ill teacher, an enigmatic janitor, and a waitress with a double life. Murderous consequences unravel as their lives meet at the hands of a criminal mastermind wanting revenge.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: While the trailers are somewhat stylish, this poster isn’t particularly memorable.

Trailer Rating: D+ / C+

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Review: (#1) Something of a teaser, this first trailer suggests a film noir aesthetic, but lacks any measure of detail to make it more than passably engaging.

(#2) The full blow trailer still oozes style, but looks to be a lackluster, uninspiring noir thriller with no focus or direction.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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