Category: Film Previews

Trailer Watch: I, Tonya (2017) Updated

New Trailers (#2-#3) / New Poster (#1)

I, Tonya, updated

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Trailer Watch: Downsizing (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#3)

Downsizing, updated

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Film Preview: Killing Gunther (2017)

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(October 29, 2017) Original

Release Date:

October 20, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A group of eccentric assassins are fed up with Gunther, the world’s greatest hitman, and decide to kill him, but their plan turns into a series of bungled encounters as Gunther seems to always be one step ahead.”

Poster Rating: B- / C+ (7)

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Review: (#1) A throwback to the action-fueled 70s works well enough, though the colorless background is unimpressive and the artwork isn’t incredibly good. (#2-#8) In their attempt to create something lighthearted, the originators of this work went a bit overboard. Using a simple base for the individual character posters, each thankfully in unique colors, they have added both names and simple, yet really big descriptions, and a bunch of cheesy doodles. All combined, they feel more distracting than creative.

Trailer Rating: D+

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Review: A mirthless action comedy filled with cloying set-pieces, unfunny one-liners, and a general lack of direction.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Nov. 10-12, 2017

Below are four previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Daddy’s Home 2 (Wide)

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Murder on the Orient Express (Wide)

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Thelma (Limited)

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Limited)

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Film Preview: Thelma (2017)

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(November 5, 2017) Original

Release Date:

November 10, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A woman begins to fall in love, only to discover that she has fantastic powers.”

Poster Rating: B / C- / D

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Review: (#1) With the help of the trailer, this symbolic design really pops for the viewer. Its unique and interesting. (#2) Then there’s this unnecessarily simplistic foreign design that requires no familiarity with plot or trailer. While that might be a good thing in normal circumstances, here it just doesn’t work. (#3) An even less impressive display for the French design.

Trailer Rating: A-

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Review: There’s a lot of mystery heaped into this trailer, but it’s the type of imagery that makes the mystery feel compelling without being confusing. You have snippet of information that might help the viewer modestly understand a small part of what’s going on and that’s very appealing.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017)

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(October 29, 2017) Original

Release Date:

October 6, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A former boxer-turned-drug runner lands in a prison battleground after a deal gets deadly.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: A crude, cheap-looking design that doesn’t make for an appealing design.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: The trailer is tediously long and limited on interesting plot details.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards (2017)

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(October 29, 2017) Original

Release Date:

October 27, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Based on short stories from Robert Boswell’s collection, seven vignettes explore the difference between fantasy and reality, memory and history, and the joy and agony of the human condition.”

Poster Rating: D+

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Review: Blocky, simplistic, and filled with muted, ugly colors.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: An ensemble drama that looks cobbled together, weakly acted, and light on plot.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: November Criminals (2017)

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(October 29, 2017) Original

Release Date:

December 8, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A teenager takes on his own investigation of a murder in Washington D.C.”

Poster Rating: D

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Review: It seems that poster designers are crawling all over themselves to make black-white-and-yellow color schemes played out the way that black-white-and-red have become. This is neither interesting nor particularly appealing.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: There are so many problematic elements to this trailer that the film comes off as somewhat racist, which is the exact opposite of how the creators intended it to come off. That alone will make it a challenge to sell. That it lacks a compelling component further muddies the issue.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Phantom Thread (2017)

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(October 29, 2017) Original

Release Date:

December 25, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Set in 1950’s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: Apart from being well-lit, this design doesn’t have the visual or distinctive flair one would expect for a film of this magnitude.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: A relationship drama about an older man and a younger woman is played out, even if it’s in the fashion industry. The trailer doesn’t do a sufficient job drumming up excitement for it, except in the eyes of Paul Thomas Anderson fans.

Oscar Prospects:

Daniel Day-Lewis is said to be retiring after this film. That would make him a sure bet for an Oscar nomination and possibly for his fourth Oscar, making him the most honored actor in Oscar history and tying Katharine Hepburn. The problem with that is that Day-Lewis’ career, although lauded, isn’t nearly as long as it needs to be in order to make that record possible. Further, this looks to be Gary Oldman’s year. Other than Day-Lewis, the film is sure to be at least in contention thanks to director Paul Thomas Anderson’s long-running Oscar history.

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Looking at the Weekend: Nov. 3-5, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok will destroy its competition this weekend. The first film opened to a soft $65 million. The second film easily topped it with $85 million. Will there be a twenty-million jump again? I doubt it. I suspect the film will top its prior film for opening weekend, but not move too much further up the charts. It’s competition, A Bad Moms Christmas opens two days earlier, which means its opening weekend numbers will slump. The first film opened to $23 million before climbing to $113 million. I suspect both numbers will be missed, probably by wide margins.

Our Highest Rated Films: Lady Bird
Our Best Awards Ratings: Thor: Ragnarok (Oscars); Lady Bird (Oscars); Last Flag Flying (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

11/8/16
Bad Grandmas (Read our previous Looking at the Weekend commentary here.)
Battlecreek
Dream Boat
Frank Serpico
Gilbert
ITTEFAQ
On Wings of Eagles
Singularity

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Film Preview: Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built (2018)

Page Revisions:

(October 29, 2017) Original

Release Date:

February 2, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Eccentric firearm heiress believes she is haunted by the souls of people killed by the Winchester repeating rifle.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: For a movie about the massive, creepy Winchester House, this is a surprisingly dull and predictable design.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: Although the focus is on horror, the fascination should be with the house and Helen Mirren’s presence in a Haunted House horror thriller. Whether this is a true exploration of the mysterious construction and design of the house, the trailer doesn’t give sufficient details to help a potential viewer recognize that that’s the case, which could be problematic.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: Mudbound (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

Mudbound, updated

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Trailer Watch: The Star (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#1-#3)

The Star, updated

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Weekend Preview: Nov. 3-5, 2017

Below are nine previews for films opening next weekend.

 

A Bad Moms Christmas (Wide)

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Thor: Ragnarok (Wide)

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Bad Grandmas (Limited)

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Blade of the Immortal (Limited)

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Keep Watching (Limited)

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Lady Bird (Limited)

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Last Flag Flying (Limited)

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LBJ (Limited)

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My Friend Dahmer (Limited)

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Film Preview: My Friend Dahmer (2017)

Page Revisions:

(October 29, 2017) Original

Release Date:

November 3, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Before Jeffrey Dahmer became a notorious serial killer, he was a shy, alcoholic teen who never quite fit in. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Derf Backderf, this is the true, haunting story of Jeffrey Dahmer in high school.”

Poster Rating: C / D+

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Review: (#1) This densely-packed poster design is somewhat fresh, but also fairly regimented and that doesn’t make it nearly as interesting as it thinks it is. (#2) This pink-infused poster design isn’t visually arresting and feels antiquated, which for a film like this would be the death knell at the box office.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: A straight-forward drama about the High School life of the man who would eventually be known as one of the most heinous serial killers in history. The trailer creates a creepy environment and fills it with moments that heighten the tension, but it also feels formulaic and unoriginal.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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