Category: Film Previews

Film Preview: The Last Full Measure (2020)

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(December 8, 2019) Original

Release Date:

January 24, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Thirty-four years after his death, Airman William H. Pitsenbarger, Jr. (“Pits”) is awarded the nation’s highest military honor, for his actions on the battlefield.”

Poster Rating: B- / C

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Review: (#1) It looks a bit like the love child of Apocalypse Now and Platoon, which isn’t surprising considering the subject matter. the line of heads at the bottom feels a little excessive. (#2) Likely intended to look like a savior descending from the sky with his hand outstretched, the design looks like a bargain basement rendition of a Michaelangelo painting.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: This Vietnam conflict film owes a lot to its myriad predecessors, but cannot quite shake the familiarity of those films. It’s difficult to see this one set apart from those.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Bliss (2019)

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(December 8, 2019) Original

Release Date:

September 27, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A brilliant painter facing the worst creative block of her life turns to anything she can to complete her masterpiece, spiraling into a hallucinatory hellscape of drugs, sex, and murder in the sleazy underbelly of Los Angeles.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: It’s an interesting design, but it’s also a chaotic mess, which makes it difficult to follow.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: The chaotic trailer has moments of hypnotic excitement and others of dullness, making it a mystifying trailer in the worst possible way.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Looking at the Weekend: Dec. 13-15, 2019

The reign of Frozen II comes to an end this weekend with the sequel to the blockbuster Jumanji, which is sure to storm the box office and defeat everything in its way.

Our Highest Rated Films: Bombshell
Our Best Awards Ratings: Bombshell, Uncut Gems, Richard Jewell, A Hidden Life

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Film Preview: Dolemite Is My Name (2019)

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(December 8, 2019) Original

Release Date:

October 25, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “When Hollywood shuts him out, multi-talented Rudy Ray Moore strikes out on his own to make the blaxploitation film Dolemite (1975).”

Poster Rating: B-

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Review: With an interesting set of colors and a pleasing structure, this design has just a bit much blank space and it also looks a bit too blocky and predictable.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: This pseudo-biopic has a lot going for it, but the trailer does a poor job presenting that to the audience in such a way as to elicit their excitement.

Oscar Prospects:

The film hasn’t had a lot of success so far, but is well regarded enough that it has several prospects, even if they are weak ones. The film’s best chance will come in Costume Design, but stars Eddie Murphy and Wesley Snipes are both distant possibilities.

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Film Preview: 15 Minutes of War (2019)

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(December 8, 2019) Original

Release Date:

August 2, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “In February 1976 in Djibouti, a school bus was taken hostage at the Somali border. The GIGN is sent on the spot. After 30 hours of tension, a rescue operation is organized.”

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: It says it’s a story that’s never been told before and that’s accurate. Whether it’s a story that still need to be told or not remains to be seen, but the trailer did a solid job of making it seem like it could be interesting.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Another Day of Life (2019)

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(December 8, 2019) Original

Release Date:

September 13, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A gripping story of a three-month-long journey that renowned Polish reporter Ryszard Kapuscinski took across Angola ravaged by a war in which the front lines shifted like a kaleidoscope from one day to the next.”

Poster Rating: B / C+ / C+

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Review: (#1) An animated taken on a traditional poster design style with various elements rising in a varied-width column through the center of the design. It’s a fantastic look even with the large amount of vacant space. (#2) A chaotic design that doesn’t seem to know where it wants to go or what it wants to do, creating too much visual clutter. (#3) The large lettering appears to be wasting a lot of space, but it has a certain appeal to it.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: These kinds of documentary-like animated features have found a consistent audience and the trailer showcases just the kind of based-on-real-life story that typifies this style of pseudo-documentary.

Oscar Prospects:

It’s one of 32 films competing for five spots in Best Animated Feature. It’s perhaps a bit too adult for some voters, but should still be a decent competitor.

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Trailer Watch: Mulan (2020) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#2-#4)

Mulan, updated

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Film Preview: Three Christs (2020)

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(December 1, 2019) Original

Release Date:

January 3, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Three Christs follows Dr. Alan Stone who is treating three paranoid schizophrenic patients at the Ypsilanti State Hospital in Michigan, each of whom believed they were Jesus Christ. What transpires is both comic and deeply moving.”

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: While the suggestion of terrific performances from strong actors is there, the overall thrust of the trailer is languidly paced and tedious at times, which seems at odds with the potentially compelling thrust of the story itself.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Antebellum (2020)

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(December 8, 2019) Original

Release Date:

April 24, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Successful author Veronica finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality and must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it’s too late.”

Poster Rating: C (3)

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Review: (#1-#3) This trio of posters use different colors for backgrounds, but to what end? The end result is hardly compelling or exciting.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: This modern horror film about black Americans are transported back in time the Civil War is presented as a rather haunting and terrifying look at how different, yet how similar the community’s treatment is today. Could be most fascinating.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Black Widow (2020)

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(December 8, 2019) Original

Release Date:

May 1, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A film about Natasha Romanoff in her quests between the films Civil War and Infinity War.”

Poster Rating: C+ / D+

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Review: (#1) Some interesting details here, but it also looks somewhat amateurish. (#2) Dull and uninspired, this design lacks detail.

Trailer Rating: B+

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Review: The music of the trailer helps the entire trailer work much better than it might otherwise. There is a lot of information here to take in, but its presented well enough to make it look interesting.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Dec. 13-15, 2019

Below are eleven previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Black Christmas (Wide)

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Jumanji: The Next Level (Wide)

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Richard Jewell (Wide)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Bombshell (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Code 8 (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Hell on the Border (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

A Hidden Life (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Mob Town (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Seberg (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Uncut Gems (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 

Film Preview: Mob Town (2019)

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(December 8, 2019) Original

Release Date:

December 13, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “It is a story about the famed meeting of the heads of the Mafia in 1957 in upstate Apalachin, NY.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: A tacky poster with poor PhotoShopping usage and nothing else going for it.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: When you make your film on the cheap, it looks it. The trailer is cut in a way that tries to paper over the paper-thin plot and the terrible acting, but it cannot hide the worst of it.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Inherit the Viper (2020)

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(December 1, 2019) Original

Release Date:

January 10, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Crime thriller about three siblings in Appalachia getting by as local opioid dealers, trying not to get caught in the spiral of violence that comes with the territory.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: It’s a killer concept that is interesting, yet also a bit too sparse for its own good.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: This commonplace drug narrative looks surprisingly interesting as the trailer paints the picture as an attempt by a conscientious drug dealer to get out of the business when everyone else wants to keep him in.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: Honey Boy (2019) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Poster (#6)

Honey Boy, updated

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2019 Oscar Season Preview Wrap-Up: September

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.

September 6, 2019

It Chapter Two

Oscar Prospects: What I said: “None.”
Oscar Results: Still None.
Box Office Prospects: $350 M
Box Office Expectations: What I Said: “Excellent. The first film made more than $327 million at the box office, it’s certain the final chapter will also make a good amount of money.”
Box Office Results: $211.5 M
Thoughts: [Success] It was to be expected that a sequel to a massive blockbuster would perform less impressively than its predecessor and that is certainly true of the follow up to the 2017 mega-hit It, which pulled in $327 million at the box office while its follow up pulled in more than $100 million less. It’s still a success, but not the major success the studio had hoped for.

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