Category: Film Previews

Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 13-15, 2016

The horror genre hasn’t had a major player at the box office in some time and with Star Wars fading fast, The Bye Bye Man could top the box office. Watch out, though, for Hidden Figures, which proved quite a draw coming in second for the weekend and building buzz; and La La Land, which after its 7-award dominance at the Golden Globes, is sure to expand and pick up a lot of interest.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Book of Love
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

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Live by Night (Expanding) (See our Looking at the Weekend commentary for this film here)
Patriots Day (Expanding) (See our Looking at the Weekend commentary for this film here)
Silence (Expanding) (See our Looking at the Weekend commentary for this film here)

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2016 Blockbuster Season Preview Wrap-Up: August

August 5, 2016

Nine Lives

Oscar Prospects: What I said: “None.”
Oscar Results: Still None.
Box Office Prospects: $25 M
Box Office Expectations: What I Said: “Weak. Family films have done fairly well this year, but this looks like a horrendously campy affair, which might hurts its potential. Opening against Suicide Squad is exactly that: suicide.”
Box Office Results: $19.7 M
Thoughts: [Flop] Did anyone not expect that thi film would be a dud? An obviously childish, corny premise played out at the box office precisely as one would have thought.

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Trailer Watch: The Founder (2016) Updated

New Trailer (#3)

The Founder, updated

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Film Preview: Land of Mine (2017)

Page Revisions:

(January 8, 2017) Original

Release Date:

February 17, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A young group of German POWs are made the enemy of a nation, where they are now forced to dig up 2 million land-mines with their bare hands.”

Poster Rating: C

Review: I’m sure there’s an artistic reason for this design, but it escapes me. What is the purpose of this young man, why is he staring straight at the camera and how precisely does the background image relate to it all. If you’re familiar with the trailer or film, it might have a little more relevance, but even then it’s not terribly exciting.

Trailer Rating: B+

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Review: A blend of multiple genres, this film looks like it has a great capacity for emotional resonance, pensive explorations of hate and penalty, and the interesting dynamic of children being put into harm’s way. It has everything an Oscar competitor should have, which may just translate into audience numbers.

Oscar Prospects:

The film made the shortlist for the 89th Academy Awards Foreign Language Film award, and it has a decent shot of being nominated. Winning might not be so easy, but even that’s not out of the question.

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Trailer Watch: The Boss Baby (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#3-#5)

The Boss Baby, updated

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Weekend Preview: Jan. 13-15, 2016

Below are seven previews for films opening next weekend.

 

The Bye Bye Man (Wide)

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Monster Trucks (Wide)

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Sleepless (Wide)

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Live by Night (Expanding)

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Patriots Day (Expanding)

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Silence (Expanding)

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The Book of Love (Limited)

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Film Preview: War on Everyone (2017)

Page Revisions:

(January 1, 2017) Original

Release Date:

February 3, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Two corrupt cops in New Mexico set out to blackmail and frame every criminal unfortunate enough to cross their path. Things take a sinister turn, however, when they try to intimidate someone who is more dangerous than they are. Or is he?”

Poster Rating: C / C- / F / C

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Review: (#1) Staid and simplistic, this is the best of the bunch, which isn’t saying much. The background seems too fake and the characters look like they’re cheaply inserted. (#2) The finger fits the subject, but still feels out of place, as do Michael Pena and Alexander Skarsgard. Another situation where the characters are inserted poorly. (#3) The blank background, blocky lettering and cheaply structured character elements make for a completely cheap and crass design. (#4) Taking the design in a whole new direction might win it a it more influence, but the familiar design elements don’t elevate it.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: Part crime drama, part comedy, this trailer highlights both elements, but not effectively enough. The film looks like a cheap knock-off of other better Hollywood productions, which won’t win it an audience.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Arsenal (2017)

Page Revisions:

(January 1, 2017) Original

Release Date:

January 6, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A Southern mobster attempts to rescue his kidnapped brother.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: It may not have the richness of background detail it needs, but the color palette and primary structure are fairly good.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: Nicolas Cage’s excessively cheesy performance aside, this standard-issue crime drama looks like it might have a few elements of interest.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Trailer Watch: The Bye Bye Man (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#3)

The Bye Bye Man, updated

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Film Preview: Two Lovers and a Bear (2016)

Page Revisions:

(January 1, 2017) Original

Release Date:

December 16, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Set in a small town near the North Pole where roads lead to nowhere, the story follows Roman (DeHaan) and Lucy (Maslany), two burning souls who come together to make a leap for life and inner peace.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: It gets the titular point across, but does little to give the audience an idea of what the film is honestly about.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: There are elements that make this look far too much like a thriller, and not enough like a romantic drama, or vice versa. It’s unclear what the point is, which won’t win the film many attendees.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 6-8, 2017

Each outing of the Underworld series has opened to over $20 million, ranging from just barely over for the 2009 outing to $26 million for the second in 2006. The last film to release at the box office was 5 years ago to the tune of $25 million. Five years is a long time, but it should make close to that this time around. It has little competition. The big question is whether or not Star Wars will repeat. It’s likely it can since the $49 million it took in last weekend was a scant 22% drop from a holiday weekend.

Our Highest Rated Films: I, Daniel Blake
Our Best Awards Ratings: I, Daniel Blake (Critics/Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Accidental Courtesy
A Different American Dream
German Concentration Camps Factual Survey
Hidden Figures (Expanding) (See our Looking at the Weekend commentary for this film here)
A Monster Calls (Expanding) (See our Looking at the Weekend commentary for this film here)

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Trailer Watch: John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Updated

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

John Wick: Chapter 2, updated

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Film Preview: Alone in Berlin (2017)

Page Revisions:

(January 1, 2017) Original

Release Date:

January 13, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Berlin, 1940. Working class couple Otto and Anna Quangel receive the news that their only son has lost his life in the battlefield and decide to resist the Nazi regime in their very own way. Soon the Gestapo is hunting “the threat”.”

Poster Rating: C+ / C / C- / C-

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Review: (#1) A strong design that would work better if the image didn’t look so fakely superimposed. It’s a bit distracting, which isn’t to say that it doesn’t work. It just doesn’t work well. (#2) It’s not a great design, but it’s at least reveals a portion of the film’s premise, even if it requires watching the trailer or knowing the plot first. (#3) A blocky, visually unexciting design that has been far overdone. (#4) Boring and overdone aren’t that interesting. This falls into the former category. It still has too much PhotoShopping in it, but it’s a mite better than the third design.

Trailer Rating: B+

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Review: The filmic enchantment with World War II and Nazi Germany has created some great and not-so-great films. While this one may fall into the latter category, the trailer suggests it’s of the former.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Film Preview: Going in Style (2017)

Page Revisions:

(December 25, 2016) Original

Release Date:

April 7, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, three lifelong pals risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.”

Poster Rating: D

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Review: Some graphic designer is probably laughing at how clever he supposedly is with this, when he should probably be concerned about his continued employment. Beyond a title-only poster design, this sophomoric, cheap looking design doesn’t do the film any good.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: When you put these actors together, of course you’re going to get some funny moments, but many of them feel like they are positioned within a humor-lite film that will be neither interesting nor original. Old guys gone bad worked well in RED, but so far that’s been the extent of their success.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Emoji Movie (2017)

Page Revisions:

(December 25, 2016) Original

Release Date:

August 4, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone.”

Poster Rating: D+ (5)

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Review: (#1-#5) Five very creepy characters with cheap, but individual, shaded monochromatic backdrops does not sell the film well at all.

Trailer Rating: D

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Review: No one will know more about this movie coming out of the trailer than going in. It’s dull, almost humorless. The characters aren’t particularly interesting and the “shit” reference at the end only heightens the viewer’s belief that it is indeed what the film will be.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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