Category: Film Previews

Film Preview: Without Remorse (2021)

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(April 11, 2021) New Trailer (#2) — New Poster (#2)

Release Date:

April 30, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “John Clark, a Navy SEAL, goes on a path to avenge his wife’s murder only to find himself inside of a larger conspiracy.”

Poster Rating: C- / C-

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Review: (#1) No real attempt to create energy or excitement even with bullet holes and guns.

(#2) A poor choice for a design. Even the energetic, predictable action posters might have been more interesting and engaging than this.

Trailer Rating: C- / C

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Review: (#1) Not every Tom Clancy story should be made into a movie and the attempts to sell this as a great adaptation of one of his novels falls exceedingly short with dense action, colorless energy, and a lead who doesn’t seem like he wants to be involved in a plot for a film that is riddled with cliché.

(#2) A slight rearrangement of the images from the first trailer make the film seem almost more interesting, but it also looks like every other revenge/action flick that’s ever been made, which might entice hardcore action fans, but won’t pull in many others.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Separation (2021)

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(April 4, 2021) Original

Release Date:

April 30, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A young girl finds solace in her artist father and the ghost of her dead mother.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: The weathering effect and attempts to conjure memories of Poltergeist aren’t well thought out or layered, making it a rather ugly design.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: Another in a long list of dime-a-dozen jump scare horror films that are built on paranormal activity that can’t seem to bother searching for originality.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Apr. 16-18, 2021

Below are four previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Jakob’s Wife (Limited)

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Monday (Limited)

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Night of the Sicario (Limited)

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Vanquish (Limited)

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Film Preview: In the Earth (2021)

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(April 4, 2021) Original

Release Date:

April 30, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “As the world searches for a cure to a disastrous virus, a scientist and park scout venture deep in the forest for a routine equipment run.”

Poster Rating: C / C- (4)

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Review: (#1) This monolithic design lacks something genuinely compelling. (#2-#5) These character posters have cheap theatrics in place of genuine creativity and they all lack a certain appeal.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: The attempt to tap into the creative horror energy of the last decade comes off as shapeless in a dense way.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Four Good Days (2021)

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(April 4, 2021) Original

Release Date:

April 30, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A mother helps her daughter work through four crucial days of recovery from substance abuse.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: Not much here that radically stands out. It’s an overly simple, unappealing design.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: It looks like every other drug addiction and recovery drama that just so happens to have two solid actors working below their paygrade.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Resort (2021)

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(April 4, 2021) Original

Release Date:

April 30, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Four friends head to Hawaii to investigate reports of a haunting at an abandoned resort in hopes of finding the infamous Half-Faced Girl. When they arrive, they soon learn you should be careful what you wish for.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: Whether intended or not, if you look at this design from a suitably distance, it looks like a Minion from Despicable Me. That’s the most interesting thing that could be said about it, but at least the designer is trying something creative even if it isn’t entirely successful.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: This trailer is a missed opportunity. The chance at world building of an interesting premise is lost in a clichéd construct of unbridled banality.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Paper Spiders (2021)

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(April 4, 2021) Original

Release Date:

May 7, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A bittersweet story about coming of age in the shadow of mental illness.”

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: It’s a shame that Lili Taylor has disappeared from cinema in the years since her energetic emergence in the early 1990s. This trailer does nothing to support its own declaration of Taylor’s potency as an actor with a hamfisted drama of dull theatrics.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: Shiva Baby (2021) Updated

Shiva Baby posterNew Trailer (#2) — New Poster (#2)

Shiva Baby, updated

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Film Preview: Limbo (2021)

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(April 4, 2021) Original

Release Date:

April 30, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Omar is a promising young musician. Separated from his Syrian family, he is stuck on a remote Scottish island awaiting the fate of his asylum request.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: While the letter placement is modestly interesting, the rest of the effort isn’t particularly fascinating.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: This kind of fish-out-of-water immigrant comedy fills the audience with deadpan nonsense that feels artificial and unappealing.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: We Broke Up (2021)

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(April 4, 2021) Original

Release Date:

April 23, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Lori and Doug, a longtime couple who break up just days before Lori’s little sister Bea’s wedding to Jayson. In order to not disrupt the fun, the couple decides to pretend they’re still together until the weekend is over.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: The only thing that fits the theme of the film is the torn picture, but the rest of the design is flat and color bland.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: The attempt to make the film look funny doesn’t quite succeed. There are small kernels of humor that could be played better, but the trailer cuts them off to spite its own vitality.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Outside Story (2021)

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Page Revisions:

(April 4, 2021) Original

Release Date:

April 30, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An introverted editor living a vertical life in his 2nd-floor apartment, always on deadline and in a rut. When Charles locks himself out of his building, he’s forced to go horizontal and confront the world he’s been avoiding in search of a way back inside.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: This blocky design is trying to conjure images of West Side Story without any notable connective tissue with a cheap hodge podge of cobbled-together images.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Something in the comic energy of this film is left on the editing room floor as it struggles to find the humor in its own existence.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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2020 Box Office Wrap-Up: October

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.

November 6, 2020

Let Him Go

Oscar Prospects: What I said: “None.”
Oscar Results: Not Nominated.
Box Office Prospects: $15 M
Box Office Expectations: What I Said: “Uncertain. It’s got a familiar lead and will play well in the midwest, so it could perform well where theaters are most likely to be open.”
Box Office Results: $9.4 M
Thoughts: [Unexceptional] For a pandemic release, these numbers aren’t bad even though it would be well below what would normally be expected.

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Looking at the Weekend: Apr. 9-11, 2021

Godzilla vs. Kong may have symbolized a sudden shift in moviegoing habits, but we aren’t out of the pandemic yet, so this week’s new release might still struggle.

Our Highest Rated Films: Moffie
Our Best Awards Ratings: No consensus

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Hollow Point (Limited)
My True Fairytale (Limited)
Slalom (Virtual)

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Film Preview: 2021 Oscar Nominated Short Films (2021)

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(April 4, 2021) Original

Release Date:

April 2, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “2021 Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films: Burrow (directed by Madeline Sharafian), Genius Loci (Adrien Merigeau), Opera (Erick Oh), Yes-People (Gísli Darri Halldórsson) and If Anything Happens I Love You (Michael Govier and Will McCormack); 2021 Oscar Nominated Live Action Short Films: Feeling Through (directed by Doug Roland), The Letter Room (Elvira Lind), The Present (Farah Nabulsi), Two Distant Strangers (Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe) and White Eye (Tomer Sushan).; 2021 Oscar Nominated Documentary Short Films: Colette, A Concerto Is A Conversation, Do Not Split, Hunger Ward and A Love Long For Latasha.”

Poster Rating: B-

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Review: These annual designs don’t really do much to entice viewers as the figures depicted are typically unfamiliar to most audiences, so unless the Oscar name entices you in, this poster won’t do much.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: This set of short films is always a great time and is always a tough sell as trying to grab the audience’s attention in a short time frame by showcasing 15 different short films never comes off well, but fans of the annual short film event will no doubt take notice.

Oscar Prospects:

These films were already nominated for Oscars.

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Trailer Watch: The Suicide Squad (2021) Updated

The Suicide Squad posterNew Trailer (#2) — New Posters (#22-#35)

The Suicide Squad, updated

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