Category: Film Previews

Film Preview: First Cow (2020)

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(January 12, 2020) Original

Release Date:

March 6, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A loner and cook (John Magaro) has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, though he only finds connection with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee). The men collaborate on a business, although its longevity is reliant upon the participation of a wealthy landowner’s prized milking cow.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: Big letters over a shot from the film. It fits the title, but doesn’t explain anything or even suggest to the audience that they will want to watch it.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: If they didn’t present the name Kelly Reichardt, this trailer would convince no one that it was a film directed by a well known and well respected indie voice. This cheesy looking film won’t be able to conjure much enthusiasm.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Jan. 24-26, 2020

Below are three previews for films opening next weekend.

 

The Gentlemen (Wide)

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The Turning (Wide)

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Color Out of Space (Limited)

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Trailer Watch: Uncut Gems (2019) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

Uncut Gems, updated

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Film Preview: Saint Maud (2020)

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(January 12, 2020) Original

Release Date:

March 27, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Follows a pious nurse who becomes dangerously obsessed with saving the soul of her dying patient.”

Poster Rating: F

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Review: Dull, lifeless lettering. There’s just nothing here.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Is this film intending to project an aura of horror or of suspense? Either way, the trailer does an inconsequential job conveying that to the audience in what looks like a rather ho-hum effort.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: Gretel & Hansel (2020) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#1-#3) / New Release Date (changed from (4/13/18)

Gretel & Hansel, updated

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Trailer Watch: The New Mutants (2020) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Poster (#1) / New Release Date (changed from (4/13/18)

The New Mutants, updated

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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 17-19, 2020

Disney has a stranglehold on the box office throughout the year and every film it releases will dominate for at least a week. The same will be true of Dolittle whose only competition is the second week in wide release for 1917, meaning it’s going to dominate and probably for a two or three weeks after that.

Our Highest Rated Films: Weathering with You
Our Best Awards Ratings: Weathering with You (Oscars*) *NOTE: Submissions were due prior to the Oscar nominations.

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

D-Love
Disturbing the Peace
Extracurricular
Speed of Life
The Wave

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Film Preview: Brahms: The Boy II (2020)

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(January 12, 2020) Original

Release Date:

February 21, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “After a family moves into the Heelshire Mansion, their young son soon makes friends with a life-like doll called Brahms.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: It’s creepy, colorless, and not creative.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: One supposes that these trailers are designed primarily to appeal to fans of the original film. Those don’t number very many, so there is a certain responsibility to try to bring others into the fold and the trailer almost succeeds with its formulaic creepy aesthetic, but not quite.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: My Boyfriend’s Meds (2020)

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(January 12, 2020) Original

Release Date:

February 21, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A woman’s island getaway with her boyfriend is thrown for a loop when he forgets to take his prescription medications along.”

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 promise of zany hijinks is there, but the ludicrous nature of the storyline makes everything feel a bit too madcap for its own good.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Truth (2020)

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(January 5, 2020) Original

Release Date:

March 20, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A stormy reunion between a daughter and her actress mother, Catherine, against the backdrop of Catherine’s latest role in a sci-fi picture as a mother who never grows old.”

Poster Rating: C- / C / C

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Review: (#1) Lots of wasted space here. The core image also feels cut-and-pasted. (#2) Using the same background, but putting everyone in their place adds some balance, but nothing impressive. (#3) In all three designs, Ethan Hawke looks like he’s staring at something else, which is a bit unnerving. That was more difficult to see in the other two designs, but is painfully obvious here.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: When you have a master filmmaker working with such talented actors, it’s surprising to see such a mediocre and uninspiring trailer come out of that work.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Jan. 17-19, 2020

Below are eight previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Bad Boys for Life (Wide)

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Dolittle (Wide)

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The Last Full Measure (Wide)

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Feedback (Limited)

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The Host (Limited)

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Intrigo: Death of an Author (Limited)

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Liberation (Limited)

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Weathering With You ()

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Film Preview: Liberation (2020)

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(January 12, 2020) Original

Release Date:

January 20, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Based on real life events, the film is set in January 1949 and focuses around a group of soldiers involved in the final stages of the Battle of Pingjin.”

Poster Rating: B / C / B- (5)

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Review: (#1) The gold-and-red visual design isn’t that interesting, nor is the star motif that this poster puts front and center. The overall look of the film works a bit, but perhaps not enough. (#2) Bad coloration, cheap PhotoShop overlays, and a lack of action elements makes this design feel both out of place and pointless. (#3-#7) While it might not appeal to American audiences, the red-and-yellow visual cohesiveness between the main poster and these character posters along with the star-light on each face make it very obvious that these are conveying Communist Chinese themes and that’s probably appropriate even if the designs are over-saturated.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: A chaotic trailer that moves quickly to accentuate the accent, but too quickly to read the subtitles. It’s almost as if the producers don’t care what non-Chinese speakers can understand and that’s probably not far off base.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Wendy (2020)

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(January 5, 2020) Original

Release Date:

February 28, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Lost on a mysterious island where aging and time have come unglued, Wendy must fight to save her family, her freedom, and the joyous spirit of youth from the deadly peril of growing up.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: The colors are ill-chosen and the balance feels a bit off. The leading image is a touch off balance as well.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: This modern-day Peter Pan story features the return of Oscar nominee Benh Zeitlin and doesn’t tell anyone why it’s really all that exciting.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Sorry We Missed You (2020)

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(January 5, 2020) Original

Release Date:

March 6, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Hoping that self-employment through gig economy can solve their financial woes, a hard-up UK delivery driver and his wife struggling to raise a family end up trapped in the vicious circle of this modern-day form of labour exploitation.”

Poster Rating: C / C / C-

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Review: (#1 & #2) These two designs are the same, but with one cutting out a lot of the background detail. That doesn’t enhance either design much. (#3) This design looks like it wants to be organic, but it feels staged and strangely lacking in creativity.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: This trailer doesn’t paint the portrait of the kind of film that speaks to mass audiences. That’s a shame because the narrative description really does.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Burden (2020)

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(January 5, 2020) Original

Release Date:

February 28, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Ku Klux Klansman Mike Burden opens the Redneck Shop and KKK museum in historic Laurens, SC. He subsequently falls in love with a single mom, and, under her influence, quits the Klan and is taken in by an African American Reverend.”

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: You want a movie about redemption to feel special and there are elements here that portend greatness in such a film. However, it also looks like a poorly crafted film and that’s the most troubling part of it.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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