Category: Film Previews

Film Preview: Tell Me How I Die (2016)

Page Revisions:

(August 14, 2016) Original

Release Date:

September 16, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “When a group of college students take part in a clinical drug trial, an unexpected side effect of the experimental medicine gives them terrifying visions of their own deaths…which begin to come true. As they scramble to escape their fate, they discover that the killer is among them and shares their ability to see the future – only he seems to be one step ahead of their efforts to survive.”

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

SEE ALL TRAILERS BELOW
Review: It isn’t an entirely original concept, and much of the trailer makes the film look like a fairly commonplace horror thriller, but there are kernels of uniqueness that could give it a boost at the box office among interested viewers.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

(more…)

Film Preview: Friend Request (2016)

Page Revisions:

(August 14, 2016) Original

Release Date:

October 7, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “When a college student unfriends a mysterious girl online, she finds herself fighting a demonic presence that wants to make her lonely by killing her closest friends.”

Poster Rating: C- / C

SEE ALL POSTERS BELOW
Review: (#1) Perhaps the shadows of claws in the bed’s canopy drapes are too subtle or the design is otherwise too simple. Either way, it’s a shade disappointing. (#2) I like the shell of the “F” for Facebook containing images from the film overlaid with an interesting filter, but that central image, a silenced girl with tears is a bit too overused.

Trailer Rating: C

SEE ALL TRAILERS BELOW
Review: There’s a concept for an entertaining film here, but the trailer goes too fast and too choppily through the motions of trying to sell the film without giving it something an audience can engage with.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

(more…)

Film Preview: Bad Santa 2 (2016)

Page Revisions:

(August 14, 2016) Original

Release Date:

November 23, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An adventure with Santa impersonator Willie Stokes.”

Poster Rating: C-

SEE ALL POSTERS BELOW
Review: It’s a teaser design and so it may be forgiven for some things, but a white background isn’t helpful even if it’s detailed; however, the bell-wringing kettle being used as a urinal is a fitting symbol.

Trailer Rating: B- / C / C

SEE ALL TRAILERS BELOW
Review: (#1) This teaser effectively sets up a film that will target a very narrow group of people who watched, remember and enjoyed the original film. Whether it can pull in those who aren’t familiar remains to be seen. (#2 & #3) These two trailers are Green Band and Red Band versions of each other. The Red Band changes so little of the original that other than a few dirty words peppered throughout the trailer, there isn’t much to differentiate the two.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

(more…)

Film Preview: The Sea of Trees (2016)

Page Revisions:

(August 14, 2016) Original

Release Date:

August 26, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A suicidal American befriends a Japanese man lost in a forest near Mt. Fuji and the two search for a way out.”

Poster Rating: D / F / C- / F / D

SEE ALL POSTERS BELOW
Review: (#1) Overly simple and not particularly compelling visually, there are some slightly subtle elements that give it more definition than its successor. (#2) There’s little about this design that works, make that nothing. It’s poorly laid out, lacks visual depth and the look on McConaughey’s face is awful.

(#3) A commonplace design is only slightly benefited by a nice use of colors for the individual sections. (#4) The forest is symbolic, sure, but does that mean it has to be the sole design element? (#5) Nice, but uninteresting differing color block give the poster its only visual flair.

Trailer Rating: C+

SEE ALL TRAILERS BELOW
Review: The film looks to be a fairly commonplace relationship drama about the woman behind the successful man and her impending tragedy. The trailer does little to convince us that we haven’t already seen the film.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

(more…)

Film Preview: The Great Gilly Hopkins (2016)

Page Revisions:

(August 14, 2016) Original

Release Date:

October 7, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “12-year-old wisecracking Gilly Hopkins finds herself shuffled from foster home to foster home until she meets Maime Trotter.”

Poster Rating: D+

SEE ALL POSTERS BELOW
Review: This kind of design makes one wonder if poster creators are really trying very hard. This chintzy design looks overly Photoshopped without an apparent need.

Trailer Rating: B-

SEE ALL TRAILERS BELOW
Review: Referenced in the trailer, Bridge to Terebithia was a surprisingly endearing adaptation of this author’s novel, which leads me to hope that the end product for The Great Gilly Hopkins is much more engaging and poignant than this trailer makes the film look like it will be.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

(more…)

Trailer Watch: Don’t Breathe (2016) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#2-#4)

Don’t Breathe, updated

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

Looking at the Weekend: Aug. 19-21, 2016

It’s been awhile since a Biblical epic had the potential for long legs at the box office. This film, a re-adaptation of the Lew Wallace novel follows distantly on the heals of a 1925 silent version and a much more famous 1959 version starring Charlton Heston. That film, which won a record-setting 11 Oscars is so incredibly famous that it frequently re-runs on television around Easter. The big question is whether fans of that version see any need for this latest version. Some will check it out, but the fact that it’s being advertised to a younger generation may showcase how little faith it has in turning out older audiences who revere the William Wyler version and how few prospects they really think they have. It’s possible that audiences instead turn to war comedy War Dogs for entertainment, though I doubt any of them will have sufficient interest to accrue massive weekend dollars.

Our Highest Rated Films: Kubo and the Two Strings, Mia Madre
Our Best Awards Ratings: Kubo and the Two Strings (Oscars), The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Down By Love
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World
Spa Night
The Student and Mr. Henri
A Tale of Love and Darkness

(more…)

2016 Oscar Season Preview: Introduction

There are a lot of films releasing in the last four months of the year that have a chance at box office glory. Many of those may also be Oscar contenders. So far, we don’t have a lot of indication for the major indie films for the remainder of the year, but suffice it to say we’ll get even more competitors as the months go on.

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.

(more…)

Film Preview: Complete Unknown (2016)

Page Revisions:

(August 14, 2016) Original

Release Date:

August 26, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “As a man contemplates moving to a new state with his wife for her graduate program, an old flame – a woman who often changes identities – reenters his life at a birthday dinner party.”

Poster Rating: C+ / C- (2)

SEE ALL POSTERS BELOW
Review: (#1) It’s a beautiful picture and the human visage hidden in the wing’s shadow is interesting; however, the design is too subtle to be understood and too simple to be appreciated. (#2 & #3) These character posters feature dull backgrounds and simplistic symbolism to sell themselves, a poor combination.

Trailer Rating: B

SEE ALL TRAILERS BELOW
Review: There’s a compelling relationship drama somewhere mixed in this conventional trailer design. There’s little of genuine excitement in evidence and the actors aren’t given sufficient room to sell themselves to the audience.

Oscar Prospects:

Two potential powerhouse performances infuse the film, but the August release doesn’t give a serious prognosticator hope that either Rachel Weisz or Michael Shannon will make it to Oscar season intact.

Trailer #1

(more…)

Film Preview: Arrival (2016)

Page Revisions:

(August 14, 2016) Original

Release Date:

November 11, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.”

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-

SEE ALL TRAILERS BELOW
Review: Any sci-fi geek will want to be excited, but this teaser tries too hard to avoid showing any action elements. That won’t help sell the film to those not already sold on the genre. There are some intriguing bits to it, but perhaps not enough.

Oscar Prospects:

Is there now a safe spot at the Oscars for a sci-fi film? After the likes of District 9 (2009), Inception (2010), Gravity (2013), and The Martian (2015), it seems that nearly every year a big budget, star-studded sci-fi event pic makes the Best Picture race. Interstellar was the only film that had the potential prior to release that didn’t pan out. This film has a solid pedigree, so it’s possible it does well, especially in the techs.

Trailer #1

(more…)

Trailer Watch: Rogue One (2016) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, updated

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

Film Preview: Emily & Tim (2016)

Page Revisions:

(August 14, 2016) Original

Release Date:

August 12, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A look at the tumultuous marriage of Tim and Emily Hanratty over half a century.”

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

SEE ALL TRAILERS BELOW
Review: What’s most fascinating about this trailer is that it waits until the end to tell the audience that they are watching six different couples all tied into the names “Emily” and “Tim.” It’s a neat concept that could have been more capably conveyed, but one which could draw a decent audience.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

(more…)

Film Preview: Finding Altamira (2016)

Page Revisions:

(August 7, 2016) Original

Release Date:

September 16, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Life and events of the man who realized one of the most important discoveries of the 19th century: Altamira’s caves.”

Poster Rating: C-

SEE ALL POSTERS BELOW
Review: This dull color palette might appeal to fans of Antonio Banderas, but I doubt there are enough of those to make this particular design relevant.

Trailer Rating: C

SEE ALL TRAILERS BELOW
Review: A straight-forward period drama that builds itself on dramatics that don’t feel very exciting. It’s the kind of film that lacks direction or purpose by the way the trailer presents it.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

(more…)

Trailer Watch: Ben-Hur (2016) Updated

New Trailer (#3) / New Posters (#3-#13)

Ben-Hur, updated

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

Weekend Preview: Aug. 19-21, 2016

Below are seven previews for films opening next weekend.
(more…)

Cinema Sight by Wesley Lovell © 1996-2015 Frontier Theme