This Day in Oscar History: June 27 (2016)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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What Are You Most Anticipating? (Jul. 2016, Limited)

Cinema Sight Asks: Which July 2016 limited release are you most anticipating?

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Film Preview: Memoria (2016)

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(June 19, 2016) Original

Release Date:

April 8, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Ivan Cohen is a young boy living in Palo Alto, California. Unsatisfied by his slacker group of friends, his love for a girl who doesn’t know he exists and a dysfunctional family life, he is struggling to find his place in the world.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: This type of cobbled-together poster design doesn’t work when there’s no cohesive visual style.

Trailer Rating: D

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Review: If there’s a nightmare for any independent cinema lover, it’s a coming of age drama that tries desperately to make itself about something, but fails. This trailer suggests just such a film.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Collide (2016)

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(June 19, 2016) Original

Release Date:

August 19, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An American backpacker gets involved with a ring of drug smugglers as their driver, though he winds up on the run from his employers across Munich’s high-speed Autobahn.”

Poster Rating: D

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Review: Run with me friends! The world has tilted sideways! Otherwise, we won’t survive! Then no one will care.

Trailer Rating: D+

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Review: While the reason the film got pushed back is because of studio woes, this trailer suggests that perhaps there’s a reason the studio was having woes in the first place.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Jul. 1-3, 2016

Below are six previews for films opening next weekend.
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Film Preview: Satanic (2016)

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(June 26, 2016) Original

Release Date:

July 1, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Four friends on their way to Coachella stop off in Los Angeles to tour true-crime occult sites, only to encounter a mysterious young runaway who puts them on a terrifying path to ultimate horror.”

Poster Rating: D

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Review: This looks so unbelievably corny that I’m surprised it made it out of the design stage and into production. It looks cheap, blatant and visually pointless.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: When the weak performances shine through in your trailer, you know you have a problem. This film looks like it steals every concept it has from other, much better films. It’s a hodge podge of unoriginal elements strung together cheaply to deliver a substandard product.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Our Kind of Traitor (2016)

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(June 26, 2016) Original

Release Date:

July 1, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A couple find themselves lured into a Russian oligarch’s plans to defect are soon positioned between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service, neither of whom they can trust.”

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

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Review: (#1) Visually unimpressive, but it blocks out the stars sufficiently. (#2) This feels surprisingly more generic than its predecessor even if it’s a little more off-kilter. (#3) A weak, colorless affair that tries to be new while being incredibly old.

(#4) Like the other designs, this one borrows heavily from other creations and does so without a sense of playfulness or inventiveness. (#5) While certainly not original, it’s distinctive and that’s enough to make it the best of this sorry bunch.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: Hopefully, interest in the film is derived from the trailer. This film plays like a fairly standard spy thriller, but with a cast that seems like it wants to make a great film, at least the potential is there and that may be all that gets it seen. If they don’t bother to look at the posters.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Innocents (2016)

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(June 26, 2016) Original

Release Date:

July 1, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “In 1945 Poland, a young French Red Cross doctor who is sent to assist the survivors of the German camps discovers several nuns in advanced states of pregnancy during a visit to a nearby convent..”

Poster Rating: B-

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Review: Like the pure fallen snow, this film’s title suggests characters lost in innocence that might not ultimately be so innocent.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: Visually reminiscent of Oscar winner Ida, this film may not be filmed in black and white, but the photography is stark and unrelenting. The premise is suggested while not overtly acknowledged, which lends the film a bit of mystery. Those two elements combine to create a film that looks like it could be most engaging.

Oscar Prospects:

It has the sensibilities of a film that pleases critics, but it’s not the kind of movie that breaks out from a more bountiful pack of contenders to shine through for nominations.

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This Day in Oscar History: June 26 (2016)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Film Preview: Backtrack (2016)

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(June 19, 2016) Original

Release Date:

February 26, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Psychologist Peter Bower’s life is thrown into turmoil when he discovers a strange secret about his patients. Risking his own sanity, Peter delves into his past to uncover a terrifying secret which only he can put right.”

Poster Rating: C / C

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Review: (#1) The railroad motif isn’t that interesting, though the coloring and creepy nature of the design give it a boost. (#2) This is almost the exact opposite of the first design. This one has a better rail design, but doesn’t feel that interesting or haunting.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: The trailer lacks a driving narrative that hooks the audience. What appears to be a formulaic emotional drama doesn’t push those notions very effectively on the viewer.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Sky (2016)

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(June 19, 2016) Original

Release Date:

April 15, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Romy (Diane Kruger) is on holiday in the USA with her French husband, Richard (Gilles Lellouche). But the journey quickly turns into a settling of old scores for this worn out couple. After an ultimate fight, Romy decides to break free. She cuts off her ties to a stable and secure life that has become alienating and escapes to the unknown.”

Poster Rating: C / C-

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Review: (#1 & #2) There isn’t enough to say about each of these designs separately to merit individual analyses. Both are bland, visually uninteresting and lacking in depth. The second design is unnecessarily bright.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: There’s no chemistry between the characters and the trailer does little to persuade the audience that they should be interested in the film. That kind of flawed construction serves only to eliminate the film’s potential effectiveness.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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This Day in Oscar History: June 25 (2016)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Film Preview: Manhattan Night (2016)

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(June 19, 2016) Original

Release Date:

May 20, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “When a seductive stranger asks tabloid writer Porter Wren to dig into the unsolved murder of her filmmaker husband, he is drawn into a very nasty case of sexual obsession and blackmail – one that threatens his job, his marriage, and his life.”

Poster Rating: D

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Review: That background seems like something pulled out of a film noir; however, the foreground figures look ill-suited to such a cinematic style. That dichotomy strikes discord.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: Trying to understand the whole point of this film is the chief struggle of anyone viewing this trailer. There seems to be an interest on the filmmakers’ parts that this be a type of film noir, but the end result feels sorely lacking.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Spaceman (2016)

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(June 19, 2016) Original

Release Date:

August 19, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Story of former MLB pitcher Bill ‘Spaceman’ Lee following his release by the Montreal Expos.”

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

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Review: I suppose if you are interested in baseball, this film will some measure of pull; however, the trailer’s stereotypical approach is off-putting and distracting at times.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 26, 2016)

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.

This Year: Potential Oscar Nominees Releasing This Weekend

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