Category: Film Previews

Trailer Watch: Cult of Chucky (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

Cult of Chucky, updated

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Looking at the Weekend: July 14-16, 2017

With a strong opening weekend of $117 million, Spider-Man: Homecoming will be pushing hard to claim the top spot a second week in a row. If it drops 50% in its second weekend, that will be roughly $58.5 million. That would create just enough of a drop to allow War for the Planet of the Apes to crest in for a win. The first of the prequel films opened to $54.8 million, but it’s follow-up pulled in $72.6 million. If it further improves, Spidey won’t stand a chance, but if franchise fatigue has set in, it may fall into the middle range between those two points making for a tight race.

Our Highest Rated Films: War for the Planet of the Apes
Our Best Awards Ratings: War for the Planet of the Apes (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

The Big Sick (Expanding) (Read our Looking at the Weekend commentary here.)
Almost Sunrise
Birthright: A War Story
The Possession of Janet Moses

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Film Preview: Home Again (2017)

Page Revisions:

(July 9, 2017) Original

Release Date:

September 8, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Life for a single mom in Los Angeles takes an unexpected turn when she allows three young guys to move in with her.”

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+ / B-

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Review: (#1) While trailers telling the entire story is frustrating, not telling enough of it is also a problem. This first trailer struggles with the problem, trying to avoid some issues while highlighting others. (#2) The most troublesome element of the first trailer is absent from the second. This is a preview that does a far better job conveying the plot to the audience. The problem is that the trailer itself is, like its predecessor, needlessly hokey.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: Geostorm (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

Geostorm, updated

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Trailer Watch: Good Time (2017) Updated

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

Good Time, updated

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Film Preview: From the Land of the Moon (2017)

Page Revisions:

(July 2, 2017) Original

Release Date:

July 28, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “In 1950s France, Gabrielle is a passionate, free-spirited woman who is in a loveless marriage and falls for another man when she is sent away to the Alps to treat her kidney stones. Gabrielle andres.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: There isn’t much going on here, which makes for an overall dull experience. It has some interesting style elements, but nothing particularly engaging.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: This is a trailer that wears out its welcome pretty quickly, making the audience wonder openly when it might end and then what is it really about. That’s a losing combination.

Oscar Prospects:

Marion Cotillard could be an Oscar contender, but Oscar winning foreign actors don’t tend to repeat, even with subsequent nominations. Both she and Sophia Loren managed a second foreign language nomination, but none of secured a third.

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Weekend Preview: July 14-16, 2017

Below are eight previews for films opening next weekend.

 

War for the Planet of the Apes (Wide)

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Wish Upon (Wide)

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The Big Sick (Expanding)

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Blind (Limited)

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False Confessions (Limited)

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Lady Macbeth (Limited)

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Man Underground (Limited)

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The Midwife (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 

Film Preview: The Midwife (2017)

Page Revisions:

(July 9, 2017) Original
(July 16, 2017) New Release Date (changed from 7/14/17)

Release Date:

July 21, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A midwife gets unexpected news from her father’s old mistress.”

Poster Rating: C- / D+ / C-

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Review: (#1) A simple design that tells what the movie’s about without necessary flair or style. (#2) Too much touching up to be appealing. It looks terribly fake and that’s not a selling point. (#3) It’s the same as the first design with different and less interesting lettering and coloration.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: There’s something distantly charming about this trailer. The promise of strong performances is undermined by a lack of justification of them.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Man Underground (2017)

Page Revisions:

(July 9, 2017) Original

Release Date:

July 14, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A reclusive conspiracy theorist enlists people from his small town to help him make a low-budget movie about his experience encountering aliens while working as a geologist for the US government.”

Poster Rating: C / C- / B-

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Review: (#1) Similar in design to the “Christina’s World” painting of a young woman laying in a field looking towards a house in the distance, this seems like a shoddy, but modestly interesting twist. (#2) A camera lens beaming up a human into the alien craft is a interesting, but poorly executed concept. (#3) While not entirely inventive, it looks slickly produced and is better than a lot of what passes for indie cinema designs.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: A haphazard trailer that careens from unoriginal to uninventive fairly quickly. The trailer presents no rooting interest and seems only on suggesting conspiracy without establishing it suitably well.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: False Confessions (2017)

Page Revisions:

(July 9, 2017) Original

Release Date:

July 14, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Luc Bondys final feature film as director draws talent from both stage and screen to bring Marivauxs play into 21st century Paris. Isabelle Huppert commands the screen as Araminte, the wealthy widow who unwittingly hires the smitten Dorante (Garrel) as her accountant. Secrets and lies accumulate as Dorante and his accomplice, Aramintes manservant Dubois (Yves Jacques), manipulate not only the good-hearted Araminte, but also her friend and confidante, Marton (Manon Combes). Dorante, by turns pitiable and proficient, but always deferential to his social better, walks a fine line in his quest to arouse an equal desire in the object of his affections. Bulle Ogier delivers a memorable turn as Aramintes mother, who suspects the young mans intentions, but wants to push her daughter into the arms of an aged, hard-up Count (Jean-Pierre Malo). Filmed in part on-site at the Théâtre de lOdéon, the film blurs the distinction between stage and screen, offering a new turn on this classic take on the psychology of love.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: A verdant design that’s not particularly impressive, but well presented for those interested in such films.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: An interesting, but conventional trailer that presents a film that feels both original and antiquated. It has some very amusing elements, which could make for a fun time and will definitely appeal to foreign film lovers.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Wonder (2017)

Page Revisions:

(July 2, 2017) Original

Release Date:

November 17, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.”

Poster Rating: C / C (7)

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Review: (#1) A lifeless backdrop may accentuate the helmet-wearing protagonist, but it doesn’t make for an interesting design. (#2-#8) The same can be said of the character posters which don’t feature the characters, but caricatures of them, which doesn’t make them that much more interesting.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: At what point does a film shift from life-affirming drama to saccharine-drenched fluff? This trailer shows us very quickly how to make a movie look like a waste of talent while being about a very important subject.

Oscar Prospects:

Some think that Julia Roberts could be a contender, but the film looks like harmless, sugary fluff, so I’m not sure it has much of an opportunity.

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Film Preview: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

Page Revisions:

(July 2, 2017) Original

Release Date:

December 20, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “In a brand new Jumanji adventure, four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves – or they’ll be stuck in the game forever.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: Hapless characters falling into a fantasy world might be a compelling design did they not look like fake figures falling into the jungle.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Wholly different than many of us familiar with the Robin Williams original expected, there are some interesting moments, but it overall feels far too formulaic and cheaply predictable.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017)

Page Revisions:

(July 2, 2017) Original

Release Date:

October 13, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A behind-the-scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son C.R. Milne.”

Poster Rating: B

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Review: Like a drawing from a Winnie the Pooh book, this trailer is completely fitting and while the live-action element is predictable, it works within the framework of the concept.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Another trailer that feels needlessly simplistic. Here we have a commonplace period drama loosely based on a familiar children’s book and its adult author. Would that they would make something a bit more wondrous rather than plodding.

Oscar Prospects:

Conceptually, it’s a potential Oscar nominee. From an execution standpoint, the trailer doesn’t give a lot of hope beyond standard tech nominations.

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Film Preview: Breathe (2017)

Page Revisions:

(July 2, 2017) Original

Release Date:

October 13, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Based on the true story of Robin (Garfield), a handsome, brilliant and adventurous man whose life takes a dramatic turn when polio leaves him paralyzed.”

Poster Rating: D

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Review: A static, simplistic design with bold, unappealing lettering. The poster says almost nothing about the film’s content either literally or figuratively.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: A formulaic, predictable trailer that exemplifies how to make a generic trailer for people with no concept of inventiveness or originality. It will work, though I wish it wouldn’t.

Oscar Prospects:

There might be a push to get Andrew Garfield his second nomination and his first win, but he’ll have a ton of opposition this time and hardly the trajectory that Eddie Redmayne had in his Oscar win for a similar, though extremely different, disabled role.

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Trailer Watch: Ingrid Goes West (2017) Updated

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

Ingrid Goes West, updated

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