Category: Film Previews

Film Preview: Malcolm & Marie (2021)

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(January 17, 2021) Original

Release Date:

February 5, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A director and his girlfriend’s relationship is tested after they return home from his movie premiere and await critics’ responses.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: The black-and-white motif of the film is transitioned into the poster design, but it doesn’t quite do the image or titling justice.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: While the perfects certainly look expressive, this trailer doesn’t quite do them justice. The filmmakers obviously want us to experience a story of love in a new way, but this preview does little to make it seem that appealing.

Oscar Prospects:

This is another late-breaking Oscar contender with performances from John David Washington and Zendaya that are earning some early buzz. That doesn’t mean it will reach Oscar voters in time, but who knows.

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Film Preview: Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021)

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(January 17, 2021) Original

Release Date:

February 12, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A pair of best friends find themselves in over their heads.”

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: I remember seeing this particular trailer some time ago and I could also swear that I wrote something up for it, but it doesn’t appear that I have. It’s got a bit of cheek and some potential amusing moments, but it also feels like it’s hiding something and we aren’t talking about its stars’ faces.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 22-24, 2021

There are no new wide releases again this week and with The Marksman stealing Wonder Woman 1984‘s crown, the race will either heat up or Marksman will take the top spot again.

Our Highest Rated Films: Identifying Features, Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time
Our Best Awards Ratings: No consensus

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Brothers by Blood (Limited)
The Human Factor (Limited)
Notturno (Virtual)
Our Friend (Limited)
Regardless (Limited)
You Will Die at 20 (Virtual)

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Film Preview: Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)

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(January 17, 2021) Original

Release Date:

February 12, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The story of Fred Hampton, Chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party, and his fateful betrayal by FBI informant William O’Neal.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: These colors don’t quite work for what the film’s context would dictate. It’s mildly interesting, but not sufficiently.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: An explosive trailer with a lot of interesting elements, it looks a bit too much like Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman to feel original, but Daniel Kaluuya’s performance looks absolutely smashing and LaKeith Stanfield doesn’t look half bad either.

Oscar Prospects:

This late-breaking contender was supposed to be a player for last year, but the pandemic pushed it out. Now, it appears to be releasing just in time for the Oscar cut-off. That wishy-washy release window will probably put it on the other side of the noms with nothing, though it could be a surprise.

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Film Preview: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (2021)

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(January 17, 2021) Original

Release Date:

February 26, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Feature film adaptation of the musical about a teenager from Sheffield, England who wants to be a drag queen.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: Glittery, but not impressive. It’s definitely going to catch your attention, but that dull background, while it makes the main image somewhat pop, it ultimately doesn’t work.

Trailer Rating: B+

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Review: It’s been a long time since I got the feeling from a film with a queer coming of age story at the center that felt this joyous. The snippets of music and dancing we’re giving certainly look exciting, but it also feels like we’ve been down this particular road before.

Oscar Prospects:

It has a lot of pizzazz and could be a contender for Original Song if there is one in the film. There’s also the Costume Design and Makeup & Hairstyling categories. Ultimately, though, it will probably be a bit too outré to make much of a dent in the race.

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Film Preview: The Reckoning (2021)

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(January 10, 2021) Original

Release Date:

February 5, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Evelyn, a young widow haunted by the recent suicide of her husband Joseph, is falsely accused of being a witch by her Landlord after she rejects his advances.”

Poster Rating: C / C / C-

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Review: (#1) This rather ugly design tries to create balance and distinctiveness, but feels half-assed. (#2) Not terribly dissimilar from the prior design with its lack of creative energy. It tries so very hard, but feels like it fails. (#3) It’s hard to explain how cheap this looks. All those graphics artists out there who PhotoShop people into myriad situations could have done a better job than this.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: If you were looking for a bargain basement period horror actioner, look no further. The trailer doesn’t leave much of an impression.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Jan. 22-24, 2021

Below are five previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Born a Champion (Limited)

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Identifying Features (Limited)

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No Man’s Land (Limited)

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Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Psycho Goreman (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 

Film Preview: Psycho Goreman (2021)

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(January 17, 2021) Original

Release Date:

January 22, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “After unearthing a gem that controls an evil monster looking to destroy the Universe, a young girl and her brother use it to make him do their bidding.”

Poster Rating: C+ / C+ / C+

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Review: (#1) This chaotic mess of a design tries too hard to get a lot of details in, but ultimately ends up feeling cluttered. (#2) This design is a little more balanced than the first without so many details that it makes your eyes tired. Yet, it still feels inconsequential and uninspired. (#3) Better artwork than the prior designs, but an imbalanced structure, all make for a teaser that doesn’t quite work.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Cheesy horror/sci-fi features seem to be a dime a dozen lately, such that they don’t always feel distinctive enough to stand out. That we’ve had something modestly similar to this in Anne Hathaway’s Colossal from five years ago, the end result is less than impressive.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2021)

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(January 17, 2021) Original

Release Date:

January 22, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Márta, a 40-year-old neurosurgeon, falls in love. She leaves her shining American career behind and returns to Budapest to start a new life with the man. But the love of her life claims that they have never met before.”

Poster Rating: C / C

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Review: (#1-#2) These two designs are very simple pulls from the film itself and neither appropriately capture the themes or plot of the film itself.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: This supposedly taut psychological neo noir doesn’t feel particularly taut or enticing. The trailer hopes to make the audience feel like there’s some compelling mystery to be solved, but it all feels so dreadfully dull that it cannot possibly attract much attention.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Identifying Features (2021)

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(January 17, 2021) Original

Release Date:

January 22, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A mother travels across Mexico in search for her son who authorities say died while trying to cross the boarder into the United States.”

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

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Review: (#1-#3) Of the three artistically competent designs are mildly interesting designs, the third is the one that looks worst simply because the rearview mirror tries to make things look like the other two, but doesn’t do it terribly well. (#4) You have to look closely to figure out where this map is for, even though there are some minor contextual clues. It ultimately feels a bit out of place and fails to live up to its inspiration.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: This Mexican border drama has a lot of issues in the lengthy trailer, but the modest reference of a mother’s love helps keep the spirit of the film alive such that the interesting shots compositions presented could be something compelling on the big screen.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: Outside the Wire (2021) Updated

Outside the Wire posterNew Trailer (#2) — New Poster (#1)

Outside the Wire, updated

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Film Preview: The Night (2021)

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(January 10, 2021) Original

Release Date:

January 29, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An Iranian couple living in the US become trapped inside a hotel when insidious events force them to face the secrets that have come between them, in a night that never ends.”

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: This haunted hotel feature looks a lot like other similar films, with a few too many connections to The Shining, but it’s ultimately presented in such a way to make it look somewhat appealing.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: If Not Now, When? (2021)

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(January 10, 2021) Original

Release Date:

January 8, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Four friends, who met in high school and are bonded by an event, are suddenly forced back together when one of them suffers a crisis. It’s a story of love, forgiveness and the incredible bond between women.”

Poster Rating: C (2)

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Review: (#1-#2) The only real differences between these two designs is the spacing on the central characters, moving them all over slightly to the right and the colors used, neither of which improve the mediocre tone or composition.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: This dramatic feature doesn’t fit into a comfortable subgenre and looks fairly straight forward with each character having emotional challenges they face, but do so better together. It doesn’t pack an emotional punch, which makes it feel forgettable.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Locked Down (2021)

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(January 10, 2021) Original

Release Date:

January 14, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A couple attempts a high-risk, high-stakes jewelry heist at a department store.”

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: There’s at least some humor in this trailer for the pandemic-set heist comedy, though it looks somewhat generic and the questionable safety procedures is rather worrisome.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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2020 Blockbuster Season Box Office Preview Wrap-Up: August

Below is a wrap-up of the predictions I made several months ago, an exploration of what succeeded and what failed, and how I observe things to have gone.

August 7, 2020

The Broken Hearts Gallery

Oscar Prospects: What I said: “None.”
Oscar Results: Still None.
Box Office Prospects: $1 M
Box Office Expectations: What I Said: “Uncertain. If I say anything but “Uncertain,” I would be blowing smoke. Anyway, this film says it’s going wide, but I don’t believe that. This is a classic platform release, but I suspect with the pandemic, it won’t go much of anywhere.”
Box Office Results: $4.1 M
Thoughts: [Unexceptional] Did not release until Sep. 11, 2020, but was not covered in our September preview. The box office tally, being for a weekend very early in the mid-pandemic release schema, is decent, though unexceptional.

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