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Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “The Divergent Series: Insurgent”

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Now That You've Seen The Divergent Series: Insurgent...?

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Trailer Watch: Inside Out, updated (2015)

New Trailer (#3) / New Posters (#10-#18)

Inide Out, updated

Preview Link: CLICK HERE for link to the trailer, more posters (if available) and other commentary not featured here.

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Mar. 20-22, 2015

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

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The Morning After: Mar. 23, 2015

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:

Hamlet


Kenneth Branagh's lavish adaptation of one of William Shakespeare's most famous plays is fiendishly faithful, incorporating all of the dialogue from the most prominent edition and including whole bits of dialogue from other editions.

Branagh delivers a fiery portrayal of Lord Hamlet, the son of the king whose murder sends him on a quest to reveal the new king and now father-in-law's involvement in the affair. The rest of the cast acquits themselves incredibly well in the film, making this one of the last mega ensemble casts to truly rise to the occasion, including the often weak Charlton Heston who may have delivered his best performance on celluloid.

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This Day in Oscar History: March 23 (2015)

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Poll: What Are You Most Anticipating? (Apr. 2015, Limited)

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What Are You Most Anticipating? (Apr. 2015, Limited)

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Gallery: Get Hard (2015)

Below is a gallery for the upcoming film Get Hard.

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Contest: Of Hobbits and Men

The final chapter in the Middle-Earth saga The Hobbit is coming soon to home video. To celebrate, we are holding a contest to see if you have the strength to win victory against the enemies of the peoples of Middle-Earth. You could possibly win a digital download of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. While you're waiting to see if you've won, take the quiz at the right to see if you're battle ready. You can also view the film's trailer and other assets later in this post.

About The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world.

Own it on Digital HD NOW; Own it on Blu-ray March 24th

My short review of the final film is available here: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. A full review will be coming within the next couple of weeks.

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Weekend Preview: Mar. 27-29, 2015

Below are seven previews for films opening next weekend.
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Film Preview: Man from Reno (2015)

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Release Date:

March 27, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "A mystery outside of San Francisco brings together small-town sheriff Paul Del Moral, Japanese author Aki Akahori, and a traveler from Reno who soon disappears, leaving behind his suitcase and a trail of questions."

Poster: C-

Review: Tonally, the dark, foggy styling of the poster is at odds with the completely formulaic, expressionless film presented in the trailer.

Trailer: C

Review: There's supposed to be a mystery at play in this film, but whether the audience can make it through the trailer long enough to care that there is one or that there might be an outcome is debatable.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(March 22, 2015) Original

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Film Preview: A Girl Like Her (2015)

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Release Date:

March 27, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "16 year old Jessica Burns has a secret that she's afraid to share with anyone - except her best friend, Brian Slater. For the past year she's been victimized by another girl - her former friend, Avery Keller, one of South Brookdale High School's most popular and beautiful students. What can you do when the world sees the image of a person but not the reality? With Brian's help and a hidden digital camera, the evidence of Avery's relentless harassment is captured and finally exposed-bringing both girls and their families face to face with the truth."

Poster: C-

Review: The shame on one face and the defiance on the other easily evoke the film's themes, but to anyone not familiar with the trailer, it doesn't quite have the impact needed.

Trailer: C- / B+

Review: These are a terrific example of how a poor cut can make a film look generic or inventive. (#1) The first trailer looks like a fairly commonplace tween found-footage film that seems to lack depth. (#2) The second turns that all around and suggests a potentially tragic outcome that explores the difficult and challenging topic of high school bullying. That sudden turn around in trailer designs evokes every essence of how you can botch or sell a film.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(March 22, 2015) Original

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Film Preview: Home (2015)

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Release Date:

March 27, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "Oh, an alien on the run from his own people, lands on Earth and makes friends with the adventurous Tip, who is on a quest of her own."

Poster: B / C- / B+ / C / B / C+ (5)

Review: (#1) A nice, quaint teaser poster that establishes setting and tone quite effectively. (#2) Going for a cutesy look that executes poorly, this poster is forgettable. (#3) This is a natural evolution of the first poster, giving us more detail about our characters, which establishes immediately that this isn't your garden variety Disney project. (#4) Another attempt to keep the frivolity alive, this one is at least a slight bit more clever than #2.

(#5) A foreign design that takes the first and third designs and adds a level of zaniness, which belies the film's titular search for belonging. (#6-#10) This quintet of comedy posters features just the right touch of gentle humor and simple imagery. One of the taglines doesn't match the other four, but that doesn't hinder their modest effectiveness.

Trailer: C

Review: This is a film that looks a little too messy to be classy and a little too jittery to be genteel. Yet, there are elements to the trailer that suggest something quite a bit deeper. The Croods, which is referenced in the trailer, had a similar issue with its trailer and that film turned out to be one of its year's best.

Oscar Prospects:

Every animated film from a major studio should be considered a contender. I don't see any reason not to expect this one to enter the conversation. A win is highly doubtful, though.

Revisions:

(March 22, 2015) Original

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Film Preview: Get Hard (2015)

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Release Date:

March 27, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "When millionaire James King is nailed for fraud and bound for San Quentin, he turns to Darnell Lewis to prep him to go behind bars."

Poster: C- / C / C (3)

Review: (#1) A cheesy, inexplicable design that makes this look like the Dumb and Dumber of prison preparation comedies (not that there is such a thing. (#2) I give this one a slightly higher grade because it's less idiotic, not necessarily better. (#3-#5) This trio of situation posters enable the audience to understand just what kind of comedy they should expect and it probably isn't a good one.

Trailer: D+

Review: Dumb, R-rated comedies seem to be a dime a dozen recently and everything that Will Farrell and Kevin Hart have done seem to have led them to this horrible hodge podge of unoriginal, corny tropes.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(March 22, 2015) Original

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This Day in Oscar History: March 22 (2015)

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This Day in Oscar History: March 21 (2015)

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