Category: Film Previews

Film Preview: Babyteeth (2020)

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(May 24, 2020) Original

Release Date:

June 19, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “When seriously ill teenager Milla falls madly in love with smalltime drug dealer Moses, it’s her parents’ worst nightmare. But as Milla’s first brush with love brings her a new lust for life, things get messy and traditional morals go out the window. Milla soon shows everyone in her orbit – her parents, Moses, a sensitive music teacher, a budding child violinist, and a disarmingly honest pregnant neighbour – how to live like you have nothing to lose. What might have been a disaster for the Finlay family instead leads to letting go and finding grace in the glorious chaos of life. Babyteeth joyously explores how good it is not to be dead yet and how far we will go for love.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: It’s a simplistic design that doesn’t speak at all to the film’s narrative. Having designs that don’t do much heavy lifting is part of being a poster designer apparently.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: Indie cinema has told many stories over the years. Most of them are fairly similar and the trailer presents imagery that is on par with those other films. The problem is that it doesn’t provide sufficient information about the film’s premise and why we should care.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: End of Sentence (2020)

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(May 24, 2020) Original

Release Date:

May 29, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “After being widowed, Frank Fogle reluctantly embarks on a journey to honor his wife’s last wish of spreading her ashes in a remote lake in her native Ireland and a promise of taking his estranged son, Sean, along for the trip. As Sean steps out of prison the last thing on his mind is a foreign road trip with his alienated father. What he needs is a fresh start in California. But when his travel plans collapse he reluctantly accepts his father’s proposal in return for a ticket to the West Coast and a promise that they never have to see each other again. Between a disconcerting Irish wake, the surfacing of an old flame, the pick up of a pretty hitchhiker and plenty of unresolved issues, the journey becomes a little more than father and son had bargained for.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: Utterly unimpressive design that only limitedly conveys the film’s premise.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: A boilerplate sibling narrative about two individuals who drifted apart and are too dissimilar not to be similar. It’s a very formulaic narrative with nothing in the trailer that promises more.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Robert the Bruce (2020)

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(May 24, 2020) Original

Release Date:

June 28, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The story of the nobleman-turned-outlaw hero who was crowned king of Scots in the 14th century.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: Exchange this design for any other war film surrounding British or Scottish heroes of mythical proportion design and you have the same dull template.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: Not only does the poster look like every British/Scottish historical epic, the trailer does as well. There’s nothing here that would distinguish it from those myriad others.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Da 5 Bloods (2020)

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(May 24, 2020) Original

Release Date:

June 12, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Four African American vets battle the forces of man and nature when they return to Vietnam seeking the remains of their fallen Squad Leader and the gold fortune he helped them hide.”

Poster Rating: C+ / B-

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Review: (#1) It’s an interesting conceit, as are most Spike Lee film poster designs, but it’s got too much empty space. (#2) This is a bit more detailed and interesting, but it looks a bit cheap.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: With heavy use of archival footage, you can be excused for thinking that this is a documentary, but it’s a fiction narrative, which isn’t sufficiently explored in the trailer.

Oscar Prospects:

With BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee made a comeback of sorts, getting him to the Oscars for the first time in a long while and even netting him an Oscar. Was this a new turning point? It’s uncertain, but with good reviews, it could be a contender.

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Trailer Watch: Antebellum (2020) Updated

New Trailer (#3) / New Release Date (changed from 4/24/20)

Antebellum, updated

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Film Preview: The Man Standing Next (2020)

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(May 17, 2020) Original

Release Date:

January 24, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “In the 1970s Korea is under the absolute control of the president Park who controls the KCIA the organization with the edge over any branch of government.”

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 trailer is utterly and irredeemably confusing. What the film is attempting to do is anyone’s guess other than perhaps as an exposé of political corruption in the past. The tone and breadth of the trailer just doesn’t work, nor does the grammatical ineptitude.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The King of Staten Island (2020)

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(May 17, 2020) Original

Release Date:

June 12, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Scott has been a case of arrested development since his firefighter dad died. He spends his days smoking weed and dreaming of being a tattoo artist until events force him to grapple with his grief and take his first steps forward in life.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: Not interesting. Not appealing. There’s nothing about this design that has any artistic merit to it. It sells the film, but in the most amateurishly uninspired way possible.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: For a Judd Apatow film, this trailer is notably dry and lacking in genuine laughs. It’s a film that seems personal to those involved, but not so personal as to feel necessary.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Clementine (2020)

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(May 17, 2020) Original

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Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Reeling from a one-sided breakup, heartbroken Karen breaks into her ex’s lake house. There, she strikes up a complicated relationship with provocative younger woman Lana.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: There’s nothing particularly interesting about this design. The figure positioning does a minor amount of thematic lifting, but not enough to offset the blandness of the whole design.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: This woodsy, sequestered drama doesn’t give the audience a full sense of what they should expect or desire from the film itself. It’s full of fancy indie flares and touches, which only makes its feel less interesting.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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2020 Blockbuster Season Preview: June

Like last month, it’s possible, even probable, that theatrical business is not back up and running by the end of May. If I feel that we will indeed have new movies, then I’ll post an update.

Film Preview: Mr. Jones (2020)

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(May 17, 2020) Original

Release Date:

June 19, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A Welsh journalist breaks the news in the western media of the famine in the Soviet Union in the early 1930s.”

Poster Rating: B- / C- / C / C+ / C+ / C

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Review: (#1) It has a lot of good design choices, but the excessive amount of white space on the design loses it some points. (#2) This silhouette design is very bland an uninspired. (#3) Not much to this design, which makes it rather dull to look at. (#4) I’m sure the free speech connotations of this poster fit into the themes of the film, but it’s an otherwise uninteresting design. (#5) There are a small number of good choices here, the color balance being one, but the lack of background details don’t make for a very exciting design. (#6) Too much vacant or snow-filled space to be compelling in any meaningful way.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Going into the trailer knowing who Agnieska Holland, the film’s director, is helped make the film seem a little more observant. With scenes in the past filmed in black-and-white and scenes in the present in color, the visual aesthetic is pleasing, but the film’s premise is very loosely explored and it makes the viewer have to jump through mental hoops to understand all of it.

Oscar Prospects:

Agnieska Holland is one of the premier female filmmakers in the world. This English-language film about a young Welsh reporter seeking an audience with Russian leader Joseph Stalin to quiz him about the famine in his nation could have been a contender in German or Russian, but in English, it doesn’t have a lot of hope. That said, this year might be the one year where such a film could stand out among Oscar voters for recognition with so little other competition going on right now.

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Film Preview: Becky (2020)

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(May 17, 2020) Original

Release Date:

June 5, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A teenager’s weekend at a lake house with her father takes a turn for the worse when a group of convicts wreaks havoc on their lives.”

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: Two comic stars taking on heavily dramatic roles could be rather interesting, especially with Kevin James portraying a neo-Nazi skinhead. The table-turning central character being a young girl might make it a bit more compelling.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Sweetness in the Belly (2020)

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(May 10, 2020) Original

Release Date:

May 8, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Based on the novel by Camilla Gibb, Lilly is an English child abandoned in Africa, forced to flee Ethiopia for England amid civil war. There she befriends Amina, an Ethiopian refugee, and they begin a mission to reunite scattered families.”

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: The accents sound artificial, which seems to balance well in comparison to the generic feeling the trailer generates. It’s a movie that wants to be important, but struggles to explain why to the audience.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Survive the Night (2020)

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(May 10, 2020) Original

Release Date:

May 22, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A disgraced doctor and his family are held hostage at their home by criminals on the run, when a robbery-gone-awry requires them to seek immediate medical attention.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: The details are varied and well spaced. It’s not an impressive design, but so many other films like it have done generated more mediocre designs, which makes this look a lot better in comparison.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: Bruce Willis is still trying to make a name for himself as an aging acting star. This film looks like a cross between a standard locked-house thriller with an aged action vehicle. The two ideas compete unsuccessfully as both genres have better films on their own and in tandem don’t feel like they’ve been connected terribly well.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Vast of Night (2020)

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(May 10, 2020) Original

Release Date:

May 29, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “In the twilight of the 1950s, on one fateful night in New Mexico, a young switchboard operator Fay and charismatic radio DJ Everett discover a strange audio frequency that could change their small town and the future forever.”

Poster Rating: C / C+

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Review: (#1) A very flat, bland design that looks more identifiable from a distance than up close. (#2) Much easier to see and discern detail in, but the details aren’t nearly as interest as the design concept wants you to believe.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: This trailer is all over the place and doesn’t quite get to what the premise is until half-way through, which makes figuring out the details a bit tedious.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Trip to Greece (2020)

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(May 10, 2020) Original

Release Date:

May 22, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Actors Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan travel from Troy to Ithaca following in the footsteps of the Odysseus.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: The comedy/tragedy masks are fitting to the locale, but uninspired. The background is dull, as is the foreground.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: The trailers for the first three films all made these movies out to be more interesting than this trailer design suggests. There’s some light humor that might impress viewers, but seeing the prior three films would be imperative.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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