Weekend Preview: Apr. 27-29, 2018

Below are three previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Avengers: Infinity War (Wide)

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Disobedience (Limited)

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Kings (Limited)

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This Day in Oscar History: April 22 (2018)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Film Preview: Dark Crimes (2018)

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(April 15, 2018) Original

Release Date:

May 11, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A murder investigation of a slain business man turns to clues found in an author’s book about an eerily similar crime. Based on the 2008 article “True Crimes – A postmodern murder mystery” by David Grann.”

Poster Rating: D

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Review: A grizzled Jim Carrey with dull colors and boring lettering doesn’t make for a good design.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: The parts without Jim Carrey are most fascinating. The parts with Jim Carrey are mildly interesting only in that they lead to more non-Jim Carrey moments. Marton Csokas looks to be the MVP here.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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This Day in Oscar History: April 21 (2018)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 16, 2018)

Every week, we’ll take a look back in 5-year intervals at the box office past to explore how Oscar’s nominees were doing at the box office each weekend historically. All data is collected from Box Office Mojo. The first section under each year is the positioning of all Oscar nominees during that weekend at the box office (as well as a section looking at the inflation-adjusted numbers). The third section is an alphabetical list of those films and the categories in which they were nominated. And to start each week off, we’ll be looking at the films releasing over the weekend that have the best chance of getting Oscar nominations and specifying the categories where we think they have the best shots at this stage of the game. If you have any suggestions for more data you’d like to see, please let us know.

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Trailer Watch: Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#5-#17)

Solo: A Star Wars Story, updated

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

The NEW Friday Face-Off #246

We are back to the winners bracket while the losers are percolating. We’re moving into round fou.

Here is this week’s ten (or fewer) face-offs.

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This Day in Oscar History: April 20 (2018)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Our Site Milestones

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2010: This Day in Oscar History (8)

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Poll: Remaking Best Actress, 2008

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Remaking Best Actress, 2008

In our third pass of the Oscar nominees from 1997 through 2016, we take a look at the nominees for Best Actress. Each week, we’ll present a list of contenders from which you can select five to make up the Best Actress slate. There will be an “Other” option, but you can only use this once and you’ll have to specify your other in the comments. Now on to the game: Best Actress.

Cinema Sight Asks: Which Hopefuls Should Have Been Nominated for Best Actress (select up to 5)?

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Film Preview: Upgrade (2018)

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(April 15, 2018) Original

Release Date:

June 1, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Set in the near-future, technology controls nearly all aspects of life. But when Grey, a self-identified technophobe, has his world turned upside down, his only hope for revenge is an experimental computer chip implant called Stem.”

Poster Rating: D

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Review: A bundle of ugly colors and blank space make for a dull, energy-deprived design.

Trailer Rating: B- / B-

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Review: (#1 & #2) These two trailers, one filled with bloody violence of the red band variety and the other tame for general audiences, don’t differ enough from one another, at least not enjoy to justify being released separately. That said, there are some interesting ideas presented in the trailer and it could be quite engaging, but the film appears to be built on a lot of faded tropes that make things look less fresh than they should.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Oscar Profile #388: George Pal

Born February 1, 1908 in Cegléd, Austria-Hungary (now Hungary) the son of stage entertainers, George Marczincsak was educated at the Budapest Academy of Arts, graduating in 1928 with a degree in architecture. Highly skilled at drawing, with no prospects for a job as an architect, he went to work for Hunnia Films in Budapest. There he drew lobby posters and created embellished titles for silent films. He also learned the craft of motion picture cartooning.

In 1930, Marczincsak married Elizabeth Josepha (Zsoka) Grandjean with whom he would have two sons and remain married to until his death. In 1931, he went to work for UFA Studios in Berlin where he became head of the cartoon department. With the rise of the Nazis, he moved first to Prague, then Paris and then Eindhoven in the Netherlands. It was there that he met American filmmaker Dave Bader who came up with the name for his three-dimensional cartoons: “Puppetoons”. Changing his name to Pal, he and his wife repeatedly applied for American visas only to be turned down because the quotas for Hungarians was small and quickly filled. Finally, in 1939 the American consulate granted a visa for them and their first son (born in 1937) to leave for New York where he was offered a lectureship at Columbia University.

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This Day in Oscar History: April 19 (2018)

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Feb. 20-22, 2018)

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What Are You Watching? (Feb. 20-22, 2018)

Cinema Sight Asks: What are you watching? (Feb. 20-22, 2018)

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Trailer Watch: Ocean’s 8 (2018) Updated

New Trailer (#3)

Ocean’s 8, updated

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

2018 Summer Season Preview: May

Here we look at the upcoming month’s offerings.

May 4, 2018

Bad Samaritan

Premise: From IMDb: “A pair of burglars stumble upon a woman being held captive in a home they intended to rob.”
Box Office Prospects: $1.5 M
Expectations: Weak. I don’t see there being a huge audience for this film, except perhaps when it comes to home viewing.
Oscar Prospects: None.
Cinema Sight Preview: See my preview of this title here.

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