Category: Film Previews

Film Preview: One Last Night (2019)

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(August 11, 2019) Original

Release Date:

August 20, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “On their first date, Alex and Zoe venture out to see a movie at a local theater. The film ends and the two become so engaged in a heated discussion that they do not notice the theater closing, leaving them locked inside. Their adventure starts out light and comical as they search for an escape and quickly find themselves falling for one another. Suddenly, a secret is revealed about Alex that abruptly changes Zoe’s perception of the night. Perhaps, their escape room experience was not as accidental as she initially thought.”

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: The trailer doesn’t do a good job of laying out the premise. There’s a modest amount of potential here, but the trailer suggests a terrible sound mix, weak supporting performances, and a lack of purpose.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Monos (2019)

Page Revisions:

(August 11, 2019) Original

Release Date:

September 13, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “On a faraway mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow.”

Poster Rating: C / C+

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Review: (#1) The uncertain purpose of this design doesn’t bolster its attempts at visual splendor. (#2) A stronger color palette and series of images, it is still a mediocre overall design.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: When the trailer tries to tell a story, you get an impression that there’s something to tell. When a trailer tries desperately to suggest it’s visually striking or philosophically rooted, the plot gets left behind and, in this case, there’s nothing for the viewer to latch onto.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Aug. 23-25, 2019

Below are six previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Angel Has Fallen (Wide)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Ready or Not (Wide)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Becoming Burlesque (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Brittany Runs a Marathon (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Give Me Liberty (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Vita & Virginia (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 

Film Preview: The Harvesters (2019)

Page Revisions:

(August 11, 2019) Original

Release Date:

September 13, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “South Africa, Free State region, isolated stronghold to the Afrikaans white ethnic minority culture. In this conservative farming territory obsessed with strength and masculinity, Janno is different, secretive, emotionally frail. One day his mother, fiercely religious, brings home Pieter, a hardened street orphan she wants to save, and asks Janno to make this stranger into his brother. The two boys start a fight for power, heritage and parental love.”

Poster Rating: D+ / D

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Review: (#1) This segmented design has very little going for it with dull, uninspired colors and cheaply constructed blocking. (#2) Lifeless and inexpressive.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: A disjointed emotional narrative is jumbled into an incoherent mess that never quite expresses its intentions or compels the audience to give it their time.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: Freaks (2019) Updated

New Trailer (#3)

Freaks, updated

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Film Preview: Strange But True (2019)

Page Revisions:

(August 11, 2019) Original

Release Date:

September 6, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A woman surprises the family of her deceased boyfriend by telling them she’s pregnant with his child.”

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: The premise is almost certainly strange and it has a literary origin, but the trailer never expresses a concern for the audience and involving it in the drama in a sufficient or capable way.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Before You Know It (2019)

Page Revisions:

(August 11, 2019) Original

Release Date:

August 30, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A pair of sisters find out that the mother they thought was dead is alive and starring on a soap opera.”

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: The trailer is surprisingly humor free even though it seems sure to be a comedy. There are a few reminiscent elements of Soapdish, but that doesn’t really sell the film.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Give Me Liberty (2019)

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(August 11, 2019) Original
(August 18, 2019) New Posters (#1-#2)

Release Date:

August 23, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “In this freewheeling comedy, medical transport driver Vic risks his job to shuttle a group of rowdy seniors and a Russian boxer to a funeral, dragging clients like Tracy, a young woman with ALS, along for the ride.”

Poster Rating: C+ / C

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Review: (#1) A haphazard background of orange with limited visual or stylistic appeal. (#2) A mediocre arrangement of color with simplistic artwork make for a design that showcases little of interest.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: If this is supposed to be a comedy, there is precious little in the way of humor in the trailer and that in itself will make the drama feel heavy and weightless at the same time.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: American Dreamer (2019)

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(August 11, 2019) Original

Release Date:

September 20, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A down on his luck HAIL driver who makes extra cash chauffeuring a low level drug dealer around town, finds himself in a serious financial bind and decides to kidnap the dealer’s child.”

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: Jim Gaffigan seems intent on making a name for himself as a dramatic actor. It’s too bad that he’s chosen this less than appealing drug/kidnapping drama for that effort, especially when it looks so poorly executed.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Fanatic (2019)

Page Revisions:

(August 11, 2019) Original

Release Date:

August 30, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A rabid film fan stalks his favorite action hero and destroys the star’s life.”

Poster Rating: C / C

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Review: (#1) Bonus points for insetting the Hollywood figure into the stalker figure, but the color scheme is just atrocious. (#2) The design is poorly crafted and the dark background helps minimize the blood on the design, blending it into the background without reason.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: While the concept of a deranged fan is an appealing one that has been done incredibly well in the past is made less impressive and even objectionable when the lead (John Travolta) plays the character as if he suffers from a cognitive disability rather than a more common and less offensive delusion.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Angel of Mine (2019)

Page Revisions:

(August 11, 2019) Original

Release Date:

August 30, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A woman grieving over the death of her daughter loses grip of reality when she begins to think her girl may still be alive.”

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: A strange stalker drama that wants very much for the audience to sympathize with someone, but it never figures out who with.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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2019 Oscar Season Preview: Introduction

A bountiful Christmas is what’s on deck for this year, but the three months prior will have plenty to offer the desperate moviegoer. That said, there aren’t a lot of known Oscar contenders set for the next four months, but that may change as more limited releases find their berths on the list.

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.

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Looking at the Weekend: Aug. 16-18, 2019

Two films have the potential for topping the week’s box office. 47 Meters Down: Unchaged follows on the heels of a cult-loved predecessor, which could help it improve on that film’s paltry $11 million opening. The more likely winner is The Angry Birds Movie 2, which has a far more successful predecessor to build off of. That Hobbs & Shaw had a commonplace, but notable slide in its second weekend, it’s unlikely to take the top for a third week in a row.

Our Highest Rated Films: Blinded by the Light
Our Best Awards Ratings: No consensus

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Aquarela (Limited)
Cold Case Hammarskjold (Limited)
End of the Century (Limited)
Mission Mangal (Limited)
ZZ Top: The Little Ol’ Band from Texas (Limited)

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Trailer Watch: The Addams Family (2019) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

The Addams Family, updated

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Film Preview: Haunt (2019)

Page Revisions:

(August 11, 2019) Original

Release Date:

September 13, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “On Halloween, a group of friends encounter an “extreme” haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some nightmares are real.”

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-

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Review: The concept is interesting, though poorly expressed. This is a trailer more concerned with selling its gore than inviting the audience to be excited.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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