Category: Previews

Film Preview: I Wanna Dance with Somebody (2022)

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(September 25, 2022) Original

Release Date:

December 21, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The joyous, emotional, heartbreaking celebration of the life and music of Whitney Houston, one of the greatest female R&B pop vocalist of all time. Tracking her journey from obscurity to musical superstardom.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: For fans of Whitney Houston, this will likely sell it to them, but for everyone else, it’s a rather dull and banal effort.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: If only for the music, the film should be a success and while it looks like an intriguing biopic, it takes on far too many of the genre’s expected affectations and that’s not nearly as inviting as the music is.

Oscar Prospects:

They slapped that Bohemian Rhapsody reference on there to make it seem like an Oscar contender, but although I’ve heard decent reports on it, the film doesn’t seem like an Oscar-capable film.

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Film Preview: The Loneliest Boy in the World (2022)

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(September 25, 2022) Original

Release Date:

October 14, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The Loneliest Boy in the World’ is a modern fairytale – with zombies. A satire and a celebration of family values, of the imagery of horror films, of suburban life, of the American Dream and of the ultimate taboo; death.”

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: An engaging premise with a mediocre trailer. The film is not given nearly as much intrigue as it should and the weirdness isn’t well accentuated. It sometimes feels like Frankenstein meets Edward Scissorhands, but without James Whale’s eye for detail or Tim Burton’s sense of the bizarre.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: Strange World (2022) Updated

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Trailer Watch: Decision to Leave (2022) Updated

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Film Preview: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022)

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(September 18, 2022) Original

Release Date:

December 23, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Famed Southern detective Benoit Blanc travels to Greece for his latest case.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: While the shadows reflected in the pool’s surface is at least interesting, nothing else about the design is as it gives the viewer the setting without context.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: A wholly confusing effort, the viewer is not led to believe this is a natural sequel follow up to Knives Out, but it looks a lot more like a Most Dangerous Game rip-off than a genuine mystery comedy.

Oscar Prospects:

Knives Out earned Rian Johnson and undeserved Oscar nomination. Lightning won’t strike twice.

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Film Preview: Babylon (2022)

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(September 18, 2022) Original

Release Date:

December 25, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Set in Hollywood during the transition from silent films to talkies, focusing on a mixture of historical & fictional characters.”

Poster Rating: B (6)

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Review: This series of character posters all have the same golden glow and party situation, but they all feel similar enough to lack distinction.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: For your first trailer, this is a pretty expansive one, but it almost feels like they don’t anticipate building momentum to the film’s release and they are just throwing this out there. That’s a bit worrisome as the trailer does not heighten interest in the film very well. It doesn’t pull the viewer in with any measurable skill and ultimately feels cheap despite the expensive production values.

Oscar Prospects:

Damien Chazelle was a wunderkind director, but his second film, First Man, wasn’t well received by the Academy. This might be more in their wheelhouse as it’s about them, but it’s also a comedy about the underside of Hollywood. They might be willing to laugh at themselves, but I’m not sure they will. Lots of richly appointed sets, so it’s a contender below the line, but its absence from the festival circuit is also a bit worrisome.

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Trailer Watch: The School for Good & Evil (2022) Updated

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Trailer Watch: Black Adam (2022) Updated

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Film Preview: The Fabelmans (2022)

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(September 18, 2022) Original

Release Date:

November 23, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Growing up in post-World War II era Arizona, a young man named Sammy Fabelman discovers a shattering family secret and explores how the power of films can help him see the truth.”

Poster Rating: B

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Review: It has a certain visual charm, but it’s also about as simplistic as you can possibly get, even thematically.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: You can always expect a lot of emotional heft in a Steven Spielberg film and the barest hint of that is present, but it seems to present the whole film to the audience without a desire to increase their interest over time. It lays it all out there and that might not be enough to sell it.

Oscar Prospects:

This should be one of the major Oscar players. With a Toronto win for the audience award, a Best Picture nomination is all but guaranteed. This is a movie about moviemaking from a wunderkind director that never lost his mojo, so it should be a key competitor, especially for Michelle Williams.

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Film Preview: Disenchanted (2022)

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(September 18, 2022) Original

Release Date:

November 24, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Ten years after her happily ever after, Giselle questions her happiness, inadvertently turning the lives of those in the real world and Andalasia upside down in the process.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: All the characters are here, but the background details are indistinct and the proportion of the figures in the poster doesn’t feel well chosen or interesting.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: The post-Happily Ever After motif is given little attention here as is the shifty of Adams’ character towards evil rather than the abject good she was previously. That might play into the character’s naivety a bit, but what surrounds her is a film that looks a lot more interesting without her in it.

Oscar Prospects:

The first film succeeded at scoring three Oscar nominations, but they were all for song. That can’t happen anymore, but one or two songs might be in contention. However, the rest of the film won’t be, especially since Amy Adams was ignored for the first film.

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Film Preview: The Little Mermaid (2022)

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(September 18, 2022) Original

Release Date:

May 26, 2023

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A live-action remake of the animated Disney classic.”

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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: Two musical cues in the trailer help conjure memories of the original while subtle underwater elements are given more attention leading up to the singing of one of the important songs from the original all make this feel like something that is designed to build interest and that’s the best thing about a movie trailer. Give the audience just a taste and then give them more later.

Oscar Prospects:

The Disney cash grab that is adapting their animated films into live-action offerings hasn’t produced a lot of major Oscar consideration outside of the craft categories. I wouldn’t expect much of anything from this one, though there might be some polite chatter over Halle Bailey, but that will be bolstered by all the vitriol she’s received to date, but it won’t ultimately materialize into anything concrete.

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Trailer Watch: My Policeman (2022) Updated

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Film Preview: Carmen (2022)

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(September 18, 2022) Original

Release Date:

September 23, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “In a small Mediterranean village, Carmen has looked after her brother, the local priest, for her entire life. When the Church abandons Carmen, she is mistaken for the new priest. Carmen begins to see the world, and herself, in a new light.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: As generally well composed as the image is, the blurry elements are distracting and seeing a scene from the film on a poster indicates the height of laziness.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: When you’re trying to hook an audience on a premise, the opening to this trailer almost works. It has the presence of mind to make it all seem a bit forward, but then regresses into familiar territory, leaving the audience uninspired.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Luckiest Girl Alive (2022)

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(September 11, 2022) Original

Release Date:

October 7, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A woman in New York, who seems to have things under control, is faced with a trauma that makes her life unravel.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: This watercolor catastrophe is visually dull and looks overly flat, which might be intentional. Intentional or not, it simply doesn’t work.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: This suspense narrative is poorly presented in the trailer. There aren’t enough clues to make sense of anything and thereby to form a connection to the central character. Everyone around her seems paper thin and the whole film looks like an exercise in pablum.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Good Nurse (2022)

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(September 11, 2022) Original

Release Date:

October 26, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An infamous caregiver is implicated in the deaths of hundreds of hospital patients.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: The mind wasn’t designed to parse the kind of overlap used here. They are meant to do that, but the indistinct merging at the neckline makes it visually horrendous and the bland backdrop doesn’t improve anything.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: There’s a compelling narrative at the center of this film and that comes across, as does the potential for strong performances; however, the production feels overly predictable and quite a bit dull and that’s not a pleasing prospect.

Oscar Prospects:

It has elements that might make the performances contenders, but I suspect the film will be drowned out by other work this year.

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