Category: Film Previews

Film Preview: The Lodge (2019)

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(October 13, 2019) Original

Release Date:

November 15, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A soon-to-be stepmom is snowed in with her fiancé’s two children at a remote holiday village. Just as relations begin to thaw between the trio, some strange and frightening events take place.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: The vacant black background may bring the viewer’s attention to the snowflake dripping blood in the center, but it feels like too much space wasted for what could have been a nifty concept.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: There’s some measure of tension here, but it plays out like almost every other haunted house story ever made and that isn’t a thought the frequent intertitles disabuses the viewer of.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Curse of Buckout Road (2019)

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(October 13, 2019) Original

Release Date:

September 27, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A college class project on creation and destruction of modern myth, turns terrifying when a trio of young people come to realize the urban legends surrounding the famed Buckout Road may, in fact, be 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: C+

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Review: This conventional horror film is given a conventional trailer that misses the point of titillating or scaring the audience into a desire to watch it.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Trick (2019)

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(October 13, 2019) Original

Release Date:

October 18, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A no-nonsense detective tries to track down a serial killer named Trick, who is terrorizing a small town.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: Far too much red to not feel a bit oppressive, the central image and its color scheme is different enough to be interesting, even if it’s quite a bit simplistic.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: The inevitability the audience feels when watching the beginning of the trailer plays out almost entirely as expected as the trailer wears on, which makes it feel overly familiar and not original enough.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Looking at the Weekend: Oct. 18-20, 2019

The second weekend of Joker was more popular than expected, but the third weekend will be no match for the follow-up to the 2014 $241 million blockbuster. That film opened to $69 million and this film will probably open not far behind.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Lighthouse; Jojo Rabbit
Our Best Awards Ratings: Jojo Rabbit (Oscars); The Lighthouse (Oscars); Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Oscars)

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Film Preview: Earthquake Bird (2019)

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(October 13, 2019) Original

Release Date:

November 1, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A young woman living in Tokyo becomes the prime suspect in a horrific murder when her friend goes missing in the wake of a tumultuous love triangle.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: The colors are interesting, as is the composition, but there’s a lot of dead space here and the bird motif feels tacky.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: Apart from the odd title, the trailer feels fairly conventional. There’s enough of a mysterious element involved to give it potential, but not enough to make it unmissable.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: 1917 (2019) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#1-#2)

1917, updated

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Film Preview: Primal (2019)

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(October 6, 2019) Original

Release Date:

November 8, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A big-game hunter for zoos who has booked passage on a Greek shipping freighter with a fresh haul of exotic and deadly animals from the Amazon, including a rare white Jaguar – along with a political assassin being extradited to the U.S in secret. Two days into the journey, the assassin escapes and releases the captive animals, throwing the ship into chaos.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: The poster suggests Nicolas Cage as a big game hunter and while that seems to be the gist of the character in the film’s trailer, it belies the fact that the film is an action film that mostly takes place aboard a ship at sea rather than in a jungle.

Trailer Rating: D

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Review: A cheap, bumbling trailer that puts forth bad performances in a cheesy premise with characters that no one cares about.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Full Count (2019)

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(October 6, 2019) Original

Release Date:

October 25, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An unfortunate chain of events forces Milton Young to give up his dream of playing professional baseball and return home to the town he fought hard to escape. Once home, Milton faces insurmountable economic and personal hardships, only to be faced with an even greater challenge: defending himself against a Tragic crime that could send him to prison for life. What emerges is a heart-warming story about perseverance, faith, triumph, and the struggle to never let go of a dream.”

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: D+

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Review: Another in a long string of poorly-acted faith-based films where a bunch of bad stuff happens with only faith keeping them going. It hits every beat as expected with little sense of purpose or necessity.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Oct. 18-20, 2019

Below are seven previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Wide)

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Zombieland: Double Tap (Wide)

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Cyrano, My Love (Limited)

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Greener Grass (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (Limited)

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Jojo Rabbit (Limited)

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The Lighthouse (Limited)

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Film Preview: Cyrano, My Love (2019)

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(October 13, 2019) Original

Release Date:

October 18, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “December 1897, Paris. Edmond Rostand is not yet thirty but already two children and a lot of anxieties. He has not written anything for two years. In desperation, he offers the great Constant Coquelin a new play, a heroic comedy, in verse, for the holidays. Only concern: it is not written yet. Ignoring the whims of actresses, the demands of his Corsican producers, the jealousy of his wife, the stories of his best friend’s heart and the lack of enthusiasm of all those around him, Edmond starts writing this piece which nobody believes. For now, he has only the title: “Cyrano de Bergerac”.”

Poster Rating: B-

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Review: A simple design that speaks incredibly well to the film’s premise and had some of the lighting on the central figure felt less PhotoShopped, it might have been more successful.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: The pacing is uneven and the premise occasionally gets muddled, but this looks like an entertaining enough film about the origin of Cyrano de Bergerac.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Trauma Is a Time Machine (2019)

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(October 6, 2019) Original

Release Date:

September 20, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The film explores a woman’s self destruction & healing from the traumatic after effects of rape within her relationship.”

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: This black-and-white drama does a poor job selling the film’s premise and never gets the viewer to examine themselves or want to examine its central character.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Traitor (2019)

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(October 6, 2019) Original

Release Date:

November 27, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The real life of Tommaso Buscetta, the so-called “boss of the two worlds”, first informant mafia in Sicily 1980’s.”

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: Elements of this trailer have a cinema-vérité style that doesn’t sit well with the other images. It’s a film that wants to look like it took place in a long-gone era without giving the audience something it wants to see.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Great Alaskan Race (2019)

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(October 6, 2019) Original

Release Date:

October 25, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “In 1925’s historic great race of mercy, a group of brave mushers travel 700 miles to save the small children of Nome, Alaska from a deadly epidemic.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: A cute dog doesn’t make up for the lackluster design of this poster with a dominating presence over a less than enticing lower third.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: There’s a story here worth telling, but the trailer does a terrible job getting it in front of the viewer in a compelling or exciting way.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (2020)

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(October 6, 2019) Original

Release Date:

February 7, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: The dull background mitigates the creativity of the rest of the design with the cuckoo nature of the birds dancing around Harley Quinn’s head, which includes herself.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: The use of music here is poor, the chaotic nature of the trailer doesn’t give the audience much of an opportunity to be pulled into this drama and doesn’t give us enough of the other characters, making this feel like a cheap version of a Harley Quinn story.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: The Divine Fury (2019) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

The Divine Fury, updated

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