Category: Film Previews

Film Preview: My Spy (2020)

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(July 14, 2019) Original

Release Date:

Coming Soon

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A hardened CIA operative finds himself at the mercy of a precocious 9-year-old girl, having been sent undercover to surveil her family.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: Blocky, cheap, and unappealing. This won’t sell the film and the tagline is the least of its issues.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: We’ve seen this type of story far too many times and the trailer does a poor job making it feel like something new or unique.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Becoming Burlesque (2019)

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(July 14, 2019) Original

Release Date:

August 23, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Despite her uncle encouraging her to adopt a more traditional lifestyle, a young Muslim college student secretly joins a Toronto burlesque troupe.”

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 idea of a woman finding her release in expressing herself while her family and her religion look down on her for it is a compelling one. The trailer doesn’t quite give the impression that the film is going to get there and its clunky and meandering way of expressing that is distracting.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Official Secrets (2019)

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(July 14, 2019) Original

Release Date:

August 30, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The true story of a British whistleblower who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq.”

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: Somewhere beneath the artifice in the trailer, there’s fascinating subject matter struggling to be freed, but never quite getting that release.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Looking at the Weekend: Jul. 19-20, 2019

Disney’s live-action remakes have been relatively successful, but the ones that have met with lukewarm critical response have done less than stellar business at the box office. The Lion King, in spite of its massive marketing push and July berth, has received relatively minor support from critics, with most reviews on the negative side. The film will still open incredibly well; however, I doubt it will be a record-shattering weekend and it certain won’t result in a result as potent as the original film’s 1996 take, at least when adjusted for inflation ($312.8 million original and $672.4 adjusted for inflation).

Our Highest Rated Films: Rosie
Our Best Awards Ratings: The Lion King

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Between Me and My Mind
David Crosby: Remember My Name
TINY: The Life of Erin Blackwell

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Film Preview: Mulan (2020)

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(July 14, 2019) Original

Release Date:

March 27, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A young Chinese maiden disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father. A live-action feature film based on Disney’s ‘Mulan.'”

Poster Rating: B+

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Review: While it was never a design of the original animated feature, you can imagine this particular poster having been used for that film as it has just that level of creative energy.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: The trailer is a bit chaotic at times and other times feels forced. Deep beneath the surface, there’s something potentially exciting. If only it didn’t appear they were jettisoning the original songs from the original film. They really did make it even more special.

Oscar Prospects:

The Disney live-action adaptations haven’t always been successful at the Oscars, though in the creative departments, it could be a player.

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Film Preview: Ready or Not (2019)

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(July 14, 2019) Original

Release Date:

August 23, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A bride’s wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new in-laws force her to take part in a terrifying game.”

Poster Rating: B / C / C-

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Review: (#1) A nicely detailed poster with lots of intriguing elements while being just slightly too cluttered. (#2) If you don’t see the trailer first or know what the film’s about, you might be initially confused by this poster design. That won’t help sell the film, but afterwards, it might have a little gleeful playfulness to add to its impact. (#3) This misleading style and design doesn’t engage the audience in the lunacy they are about to see, nor does it give them any idea of the type of film they might want to watch.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: The trailer is unbelievably clunky, yet there’s just enough inspiration here to turn an otherwise unexciting concept into a darkly comic horror feast.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Burn (2019)

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(July 14, 2019) Original

Release Date:

August 23, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “When a gas station is held at gunpoint by a desperate man in need of cash, a lonely and unstable gas station attendant, tired of being overshadowed by her more outgoing co-worker, finds an opportunity to make a connection with the robber.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: Warm colors indicative of titular burning and not terribly cluttered. That said, it’s inartfully constructed and lacks an exciting overall finish.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Josh Hutcherson isn’t easily recognizable in this trailer until his name appears at the end. That gives one a little more interesting if they are familiar with his work, but overall the trailer feels stiff and unfocused. It’s entirely unable to make the film feel vital rather than forgettable.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: Judy (2019) Updated

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

Judy, updated

Preview Link: CLICK HERE for all of the new content as well as the original.

Trailer Watch: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Updated

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

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, updated

Preview Link: CLICK HERE for all of the new content as well as the original.

Film Preview: Iron Sky: The Coming Race (2019)

Page Revisions:

(July 7, 2019) Original

Release Date:

May 6, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A follow-up to the film Iron Sky (2012) in which Nazis plan to take over the world after lying dormant in a secret military base on the moon.”

Poster Rating: B / C+

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Review: (#1) This looks like someone took a Star Wars movie poster, replaced it with cheesy imagery from the cheesy movie and called it a day. Surprisingly, this could work on some folk. (#2) A de-cluttered version of the first design and the de-cluttering definitely diminishes it.

Trailer Rating: F

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Review: Uneven sound design, cheesy narrative, and a general feeling of cheapness make this film seem like a dreadful attempt to make a Rifftrax schedule.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: White Storm 2: Drug Lords (2019)

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(July 7, 2019) Original

Release Date:

July 12, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “There is an iron rule in the Ching Hing Gang: No drug dealing. The gang leader, Yu Nam (by Kent Cheng), has two right-hand men: one is Tin (by Andy lau), a bright and sober adherent of principles and loyalty; the other is Jizo (by Louis Koo), a cold-blooded smart man who secretly runs a drug business without Nam’s knowledge. Ordered by the top leader, Tin taught Jizo a lesson by cutting off one of his fingers and expelled him from the gang. On the same night, policeman Fung (by Michael Miu)’s wife was killed in Jizo’s nightclub during an operation. Meanwhile, Tin swore to change sides after his beloved girlfriend walked out of his life. 15 years later, the local drug market is now quadripartite. Jizo becomes the biggest drug dealer in Hong Kong; while Tin has now established himself as a financial tycoon and a philanthropist, and is offering a $100 million bounty to eliminate the No.1 drug dealer in Hong Kong. It causes a stir in both the society and the underworld. Inevitably, a battle between the two tycoons is underway.”

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: One of the biggest issues of bringing Asian cinema to the United States is that trailers focus too much on action while letting the rapid-fire dialogue (and subsequent subtitles) rush by such that the viewer has no idea what’s going on and gets only the loosest idea of why they should be engaged. This is the epitome of that.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Jul. 19-20, 2019

Below are three previews for films opening next weekend.

 

The Lion King (Wide)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

At War (Limited)

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Rosie (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 

Film Preview: Rosie (2019)

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(July 14, 2019) Original

Release Date:

July 19, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “ROSIE tells the story of a mother trying to protect her family after their landlord sells their rented home and they become homeless.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: This seems a bit reductive, removing more than half of her family. It uses a nice batch of colors we don’t often see, but the over-large title is a bit distracting.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: A harrowing trailer that gets you within the first 30 seconds and asks you to take a difficult and heart-influencing journey and you can’t help but follow along.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Phil (2019)

Page Revisions:

(July 7, 2019) Original

Release Date:

July 5, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A depressed dentist in mid life crisis tries to learn why one of his happiest patients suddenly commits suicide, and a dark comedic adventure ensues.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: The hamfisted insertion of Greek elements: the Phi in the title, otherwise the “F” sound, making the title Phfl and the Grecian border make for a cheap help make for an ugly design.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: If anyone watches this trailer and can honestly say that this is a story that needed to be told, I’ll show you someone who’s not seen very many stories. This trailer presents a dreadful-looking film of minimal value.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Ground Beneath My Feet (2019)

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(July 7, 2019) Original

Release Date:

July 26, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Lola controls her personal life with the same ruthless efficiency she uses to optimize profits in her job as a business consultant. But when a tragic event forces the past back into her life, Lola’s grip on reality seems to slips away.”

Poster Rating: D+ / D+

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Review: (#1 & #2) Both of these designs seem interest in conveying a torn mind with hazy images in the background of the central figure. Neither design gives anything more than perfunctory service to that notion, especially nothing with any amount of flair.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: A confusing narrative plagues this trailer never quite giving the audience the information they need to find something interesting in it.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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