This Day in Oscar History: May 24 (2016)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released


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Trailer Watch: The Purge 3, updated (2016)

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#2-#8)

The Purge: Election Year, updated

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Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “The Nice Guys”

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of May 20-22, 2016

We had one film release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

The Nice Guys

Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling star in this stylish period thriller about a hit man who teams up with a bumbling PI to help locating a missing woman. It’s also a comedy, giving both actors a rare vehicle to showcase their talents.

Critics have been universally positive about director Shane Black’s 1970s-set crime caper, though audiences gave it a very weak “B-” at Cinemascore. When audiences and critics diverge, it’s up to Oscar voters to decide if the box office is sufficient for a film to be considered.

For a movie like The Nice Guys, opening in May isn’t productive. There are too many more prominent films to be released afterwards to give it much of an edge with Oscar voters. It’s primary hopes lie in Original Screenplay, acting, Production Design and Costume Design, all of which will be very competitive come the end of the year.

Here’s where the box office would have helped. With a strong performance with audiences, the film had a stronger likelihood of staying power. At this point, that does not seem likely, which means we won’t have to keep track of this film when our nomination selections are later made. However, surprises do happen and no one thought Inherent Vice would do as well as it did, but that film had more going for it and a later release to help. This one does not.

The Morning After: May 23, 2016

Welcome to The Morning After, where I share with you what movies I’ve seen over the past week. Below, you will find short reviews of those movies along with a star rating. Full length reviews may come at a later date.

So, here is what I watched this past week:

10 Cloverfield Lane


Eight years ago, Matt Reeves plucked a number of relatively unknown actors out and dropped them into a New York City apartment during a surprise party, an event brought to an end by a massive blackout and a strange, massive creature rampaging through the city, stalking them all and killing them one by one. This found-footage horror flick developed a cult following and while it was largely entertaining, it didn’t plow any new ground and certainly didn’t deliver the same level of thrills and excitement as it should have.

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This Day in Oscar History: May 23 (2016)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: What Are You Most Anticipating? (Jun. 2016, Wide)

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Gallery: Me Before You (2016)

Below is a gallery for the upcoming film Me Before You.

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Gallery: Central Intelligence (2016)

Below is a gallery for the upcoming film Central Intelligence.

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Weekend Preview: May 27-29, 2016

Below are five previews for films opening next weekend.
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Film Preview: The Wailing (2016)

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(May 22, 2016) Original

Release Date:

May 27, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A stranger arrives in a little village and soon after a mysterious sickness starts spreading. A policeman is drawn into the incident and is forced to solve the mystery in order to save his daughter.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: It’s atmospheric, but it does little to tell the viewer what the film is about or why they should even see it. Advertising needs to work as advertising, not just as a piece of artistic expression.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: Cobbled together from scraps of plot, the film looks as if it’s trying to be odd just for the sake of it without establishing the stakes well enough to suggest it might be worth watching.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Film Preview: The Ones Below (2016)

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(May 22, 2016) Original

Release Date:

May 27, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A couple expecting their first child discover an an unnerving difference between themselves and the couple living in the flat below them who are also having a baby.”

Poster Rating: C / C-

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Review: (#1) It’s visually limited, but interesting nonetheless. That it doesn’t seem to reflect what the trailer proposes makes it feel unnecessary and ill-fitting. (#2) While you get a slight Rosemary’s Baby vibe here, the poster isn’t very compelling artistically.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: The trailer has no compunctions about playing up the Rosemary’s Baby similarities, but it doesn’t do a sufficient job convincing the audience why its unique enough or interesting enough to get them out to the theaters.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Film Preview: The Idol (2016)

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(May 22, 2016) Original

Release Date:

May 27, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “There are things that are impossible to forget.”

Poster Rating: D+

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Review: There’s no connection to the film’s plot either symbolic or specific. A dull, close-up of the main character might be all right if everyone already knew who he was, but no one will.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: A hasty, jumbled mess of a trailer that lays out the plot inartistically and without much pretense. It’s chaotic without needing to be. It’s unsentimental when it shouldn’t be.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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This Day in Oscar History: May 22 (2016)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Film Preview: Hard Sell (2016)

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(May 15, 2016) Original

Release Date:

May 20, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A high school student struggling to help his suffering mom and their sick dog forms an unlikely friendship with a beautiful runaway.”

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: New stories. Old stories. There isn’t anything truly new under the sun, but sometimes stories aren’t required to be told. This seems like one such story. Perhaps it has deep personal meaning to the writer, but the trailer makes the effort look shallow and derivative.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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