Category: Previews

Film Preview: My Policeman (2022)

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(June 19, 2022) Original

Release Date:

November 4, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The arrival of Patrick into Marion and Tom’s home, triggers the exploration of seismic events from 40 years previous.”

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: The subtlety of the gay undertones is reminiscent of a day when such films couldn’t be advertised on the big screen for fear of backlash. Now, the opposite is true and the end result is something that makes its subject matter feel shameful and that’s not appropriate.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Brahmastra (2022)

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(June 19, 2022) Original

Release Date:

September 9, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “First part of superhero trilogy.”

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: B-

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Review: It’s not often that a Bollywood film gets an American audience-friendly trailer, but the end result is something of a mixed bag. All the lavishness of that industry’s productions is present and it does a fine job pushing forward the extravagance of its effects, but it also feels cheesy and dull.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: Nope (2022) Updated

Nope posterNew Trailer (#2) — New Posters (#2-#7)

Nope, updated

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Trailer Watch: Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (2022) Updated

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish posterNew Trailer (#2)

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, updated

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Film Preview: Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical (2022)

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(June 19, 2022) Original

Release Date:

December 16, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An adaptation of the Tony and Olivier award-winning musical. Matilda tells the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a sharp mind and a vivid imagination, dares to take a stand to change her story with miraculous results.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: The concept is familiar to anyone who’s seen the trailer, but there’s nothing that really sells it to the uninitiated.

Trailer Rating: B+

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Review: The snappy choreography is the best part of the trailer which seems crassly crafted in some ways. Musicals struggle to find an audience and while this almost succeeds, there’s something inauthentic about it that might create some audience hostility.

Oscar Prospects:

It all depends on how good the film is. If it’s a smashing success critically and at the box office, it could be a major player.

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Film Preview: The Munsters (2022)

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(June 12, 2022) Original

Release Date:

Coming Soon

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Reboot of “The Munsters”, that followed a family of monsters who moves from Transylvania to an American suburb.”

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: Starting off with the familiar theme music and introduction, then shifting to a color landscape with the characters presented matter of factly doesn’t do the teaser look very appealing.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (2023)

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(June 12, 2022) Original

Release Date:

November 17, 2023

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Coriolanus Snow mentors and develops feelings for the female District 12 tribute during the 10th Hunger Games.”

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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 terrible idea to tease your fans with a trailer that only animates the logo. Thematic as it might seem, the end result, while gorgeously animated, is a disservice.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Olga (2022)

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(June 19, 2022) Original

Release Date:

June 24, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A 15-year-old Ukrainian gymnast exiled in Switzerland, who is working to secure a place at the country’s National Sports Center. When the Euromaiden revolt breaks out in the country, anxieties rise as his family gets involved.”

Poster Rating: C / C

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Review: (#1 & #2) These two designs have only subtle Ukrainian colors and will mostly only appeal to gymnastics fans and they aren’t even likely to take these as an assurance of a good time.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: There is something a bit too clean about this trailer, which does an adequate, but unappealing job of conveying the Ukrainian War as a social backdrop element, which makes it feel ineffective.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Murder at Yellowstone City (2022)

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(June 19, 2022) Original

Release Date:

June 24, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A former slave who arrives in Yellowstone City, Montana, a desolate former boomtown now on the decline, looking for a place to call home. On that same day, a local prospector discovers gold – and is murdered.”

Poster Rating: B-

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Review: It has the cowboy motif that can speak to certain potential viewers, but there’s not enough else there to assure attendance.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: All the trappings of a western make their way into the trailer and the plot is inserted, but feels undercooked. The whole affair feels a bit hollow.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Flux Gourmet (2022)

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(June 19, 2022) Original

Release Date:

June 24, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Set at an institute devoted to culinary and alimentary performance, a collective finds themselves embroiled in power struggles, artistic vendettas and gastrointestinal disorders.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: The mixture of sound waves and a cake doesn’t make much sense and that’s not the way to bring people to theaters for your movie.

Trailer Rating: B- / B-

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Review: (#1 & #2) There are lots of differences between the two trailers. The latter gives a wee bit more information about the plot than the former, but neither do much more than set before the audience the oddity of the film’s concept and that’s not quite going to sell the film to broad audiences. That said, art house crowds might be compelled by them.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The School for Good & Evil (2022)

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(June 12, 2022) Original

Release Date:

Coming Soon

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A group of boys and girls are taken to an institution where they are trained to become fairy tale-like heroes and villains.”

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: When most of your trailer is spent with titling rather than action, it doesn’t bode well for the finished product. The characters aren’t even given relevance such that those moments of movement we do get ultimately mean nothing.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: Black Adam (2022) Updated

Black Adam posterNew Trailer (#2) — New Posters (#2-#3) — New Release Date (changed from 12/22/21) — New Synopsis

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Trailer Watch: Prey (2022) Updated

Prey posterNew Trailer (#2) — New Poster (#2)

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Film Preview: Don’t Make Me Go (2022)

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(June 12, 2022) Original

Release Date:

July 15, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “When a single father to a teenage daughter learns that he has a fatal brain tumor, he takes her on a road trip to find the mother who abandoned her years before and to try to teach her everything she might need over the rest of her life.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: (#1) The title is strong with multiple meanings, but the poster design is cheap and uninspired even though it attempts to use the sunset motif in a symbolic way.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: John Cho looks to be delivering a notable effort as a dying father, but the trailer does little to position this as much more than your garden variety road trip film between father and child.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Wild Men (2022)

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(June 12, 2022) Original

Release Date:

August 5, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “In a desperate attempt to cure his midlife crisis, MARTIN has fled his family to live high up in the Norwegian mountains. Hunting and gathering like his ancestors did thousands of years ago.”

Poster Rating: B / C

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Review: (#1) This puts in a lot of characters and details and tries to fill the backdrop appropriately. It’s a decent effort. (#2) On the other hand, this fish-out-of-water attempt does a poor job conveying the film’s premise.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Trying to figure out where the film is trying to go is a chore in this badly edited trailer that wants the audience to be amused and gobsmacked at what’s happening, but then delivers nothing of value to them.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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