Category: Film Previews

Film Preview: My Policeman (2022)

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(June 19, 2022) Original

Release Date:

November 4, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The arrival of Patrick into Marion and Tom’s home, triggers the exploration of seismic events from 40 years previous.”

Poster Rating: –

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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 subtlety of the gay undertones is reminiscent of a day when such films couldn’t be advertised on the big screen for fear of backlash. Now, the opposite is true and the end result is something that makes its subject matter feel shameful and that’s not appropriate.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Brahmastra (2022)

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(June 19, 2022) Original

Release Date:

September 9, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “First part of superhero trilogy.”

Poster Rating: –

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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: It’s not often that a Bollywood film gets an American audience-friendly trailer, but the end result is something of a mixed bag. All the lavishness of that industry’s productions is present and it does a fine job pushing forward the extravagance of its effects, but it also feels cheesy and dull.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: Nope (2022) Updated

Nope posterNew Trailer (#2) — New Posters (#2-#7)

Nope, updated

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2022 Blockbuster Season Box Office Preview: July

Here we look at the upcoming month’s offerings.

July 1, 2022

Minions: The Rise of Gru

Premise: From IMDb: “The untold story of one twelve-year-old’s dream to become the world’s greatest supervillain.”
Box Office Prospects: $280 M
Expectations: Excellent. The first Minions movie outperformed all but the second film in the Despicable Me series. At $363 million, it gives us an idea of how this second film might perform. That said, the third Despicable Me came out after and there was a noticeable drop. With uncertainty about family attention at the box office, I’m going a bit conservative with this prediction.
Oscar Prospects: Poor. The Academy hasn’t shown much interest in this franchise, so I doubt we’ll see it in the Oscar nominations.
Cinema Sight Preview: See my preview of this title here.

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Looking at the Weekend: Jun. 24-26, 2022

After a disappointing opening for Lightyear, both of this week’s new releases have a shot at topping the charts with Elvis having a slight edge over The Black Phone. The former tackles the life story of a beloved musical icon. The latter is a horror film. In a sea of disappointing box office returns for horror films, it’s possible it could falter out of the gate. Then again, it looks to be more inventive than a lot of recent disappointments, so it could do well.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Black Phone, Elvis
Our Best Awards Ratings: Elvis (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Apples (Limited)
Beba (Limited)
Fireangels 2: A Drifter’s Nightmare (Limited)
The Human Trial (Limited)
Press Play (Limited)

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Trailer Watch: Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (2022) Updated

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish posterNew Trailer (#2)

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, updated

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Film Preview: Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical (2022)

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(June 19, 2022) Original

Release Date:

December 16, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An adaptation of the Tony and Olivier award-winning musical. Matilda tells the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a sharp mind and a vivid imagination, dares to take a stand to change her story with miraculous results.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: The concept is familiar to anyone who’s seen the trailer, but there’s nothing that really sells it to the uninitiated.

Trailer Rating: B+

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Review: The snappy choreography is the best part of the trailer which seems crassly crafted in some ways. Musicals struggle to find an audience and while this almost succeeds, there’s something inauthentic about it that might create some audience hostility.

Oscar Prospects:

It all depends on how good the film is. If it’s a smashing success critically and at the box office, it could be a major player.

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Film Preview: The Munsters (2022)

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(June 12, 2022) Original

Release Date:

Coming Soon

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Reboot of “The Munsters”, that followed a family of monsters who moves from Transylvania to an American suburb.”

Poster Rating: –

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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: Starting off with the familiar theme music and introduction, then shifting to a color landscape with the characters presented matter of factly doesn’t do the teaser look very appealing.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (2023)

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(June 12, 2022) Original

Release Date:

November 17, 2023

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Coriolanus Snow mentors and develops feelings for the female District 12 tribute during the 10th Hunger Games.”

Poster Rating: –

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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: It’s a terrible idea to tease your fans with a trailer that only animates the logo. Thematic as it might seem, the end result, while gorgeously animated, is a disservice.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Jun. 24-26, 2022

Below are six previews for films opening next weekend.

 

The Black Phone (Wide)

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Elvis (Wide)

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Flux Gourmet (Limited)

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Marcel the Shell with Shoes (Limited)

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Murder at Yellowstone City (Limited)

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Olga (Limited)

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Film Preview: Olga (2022)

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(June 19, 2022) Original

Release Date:

June 24, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A 15-year-old Ukrainian gymnast exiled in Switzerland, who is working to secure a place at the country’s National Sports Center. When the Euromaiden revolt breaks out in the country, anxieties rise as his family gets involved.”

Poster Rating: C / C

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Review: (#1 & #2) These two designs have only subtle Ukrainian colors and will mostly only appeal to gymnastics fans and they aren’t even likely to take these as an assurance of a good time.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: There is something a bit too clean about this trailer, which does an adequate, but unappealing job of conveying the Ukrainian War as a social backdrop element, which makes it feel ineffective.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Murder at Yellowstone City (2022)

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(June 19, 2022) Original

Release Date:

June 24, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A former slave who arrives in Yellowstone City, Montana, a desolate former boomtown now on the decline, looking for a place to call home. On that same day, a local prospector discovers gold – and is murdered.”

Poster Rating: B-

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Review: It has the cowboy motif that can speak to certain potential viewers, but there’s not enough else there to assure attendance.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: All the trappings of a western make their way into the trailer and the plot is inserted, but feels undercooked. The whole affair feels a bit hollow.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Flux Gourmet (2022)

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(June 19, 2022) Original

Release Date:

June 24, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Set at an institute devoted to culinary and alimentary performance, a collective finds themselves embroiled in power struggles, artistic vendettas and gastrointestinal disorders.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: The mixture of sound waves and a cake doesn’t make much sense and that’s not the way to bring people to theaters for your movie.

Trailer Rating: B- / B-

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Review: (#1 & #2) There are lots of differences between the two trailers. The latter gives a wee bit more information about the plot than the former, but neither do much more than set before the audience the oddity of the film’s concept and that’s not quite going to sell the film to broad audiences. That said, art house crowds might be compelled by them.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The School for Good & Evil (2022)

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(June 12, 2022) Original

Release Date:

Coming Soon

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A group of boys and girls are taken to an institution where they are trained to become fairy tale-like heroes and villains.”

Poster Rating: –

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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: When most of your trailer is spent with titling rather than action, it doesn’t bode well for the finished product. The characters aren’t even given relevance such that those moments of movement we do get ultimately mean nothing.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: Black Adam (2022) Updated

Black Adam posterNew Trailer (#2) — New Posters (#2-#3) — New Release Date (changed from 12/22/21) — New Synopsis

Black Adam, updated

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