Category: Film Previews

Film Preview: Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020)

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(January 5, 2020) Original

Release Date:

March 13, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A pair of teenage girls in rural Pennsylvania travel to New York City to seek out medical help after an unintended pregnancy.”

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: A potent message lies at the heart of this film and the trailer brings that to life with such vigor and honesty that it’s hard to find much fault with a trailer that doesn’t quite cover up the feeling of a limited budget.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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2019 Oscar Season Preview Wrap-Up: July

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.

July 3, 2019

Midsommar

Oscar Prospects: What I said: “Uncertain. Could lightning strike twice for Aster? His last film didn’t score any Oscar nominations, but critics gave it a few nominations and wins last year, so it’s entirely possible the same could happen this year. That said, sophomore success is rare and the film will have to significantly win critics over for that to happen, especially without a huge name in the cast.”
Oscar Results: Now None. While Florence Pugh has earned a few citations from critics for her performance, the film just hasn’t picked up much steam and her performance isn’t in the running for Best Actress.
Box Office Prospects: $40 M
Box Office Expectations: What I Said: “Uncertain. Ari Aster’s debut feature, Hereditary performed well enough for what it was, but didn’t gain true appreciation until late in the year when critics gave it several prizes and nominations. Since this is not a direct sequel to that and must rely on his name to sell it, I suspect that some horror fans wanting to see what he does will be drawn to it, but most everyone else will be turned away by its lack of horror tropes they are familiar with.”
Box Office Results: $27.4 M
Thoughts: [Minor Flop] Cerebral horror films haven’t always sold tickets and this movie seems to have underperformed even those low expectations

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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 10-12, 2020

With three new wide releases, the question is whether Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker can hold on to the top spot for a fourth week or if Like a Boss, Underwater, The Informer (which looks to have been pulled from the release calendar yet again), or one of the expanding releases (1917 or Just Mercy) can swing into the top spot.

Among the new wide releases, I’d say Like a Boss will probably be the highest grossing, though it’s possible 1917. hops into the top spot in the end.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Informer, Inherit the Viper
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

1917 (Expanding)
Just Mercy (Expanding)
2050 (Limited)
Afterward (Limited)
Chhapaak (Limited)
The Dawn (Limited)
Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy (Limited)
Earth (Limited)
Les Misérables (Limited)
VHYes (Limited)

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Trailer Watch: A Quiet Place: Part II (2020) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

A Quiet Place: Part II

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Film Preview: Promising Young Woman (2020)

Page Revisions:

(January 5, 2020) Original

Release Date:

April 17, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks out vengeance against men who cross her path.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: If it weren’t for the excessive white space, this might be a compelling poster.

Trailer Rating: B+

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Review: The potency of this trailer is how it manages to set up expectations and then blow them down in a short span and highlight the necessity of the entirety.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2020)

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(December 29, 2019) Original

Release Date:

May 22, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “After SpongeBob’s beloved pet snail Gary is snail-napped, he and Patrick embark on an epic adventure to The Lost City of Atlantic City to bring Gary home.”

Poster Rating: C / C+ / C+ / C

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Review: (#1) It’s almost mind-numbing in its psychedelicness; however, it’s not very appealing. (#2) There’s a lot of detail and fans of the show will get the main sight gag, but it’s just not that appealing. (#3) From a different perspective, this design isn’t terribly far removed from its predecessor. (#4) It tells you what the film is about without having to sell the film to a non-fan-based audience.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: If you’re a fan of SpongeBob and his cadre of underwater friends, then you’re already sold on this film. For everyone else, the idiocy on display is off-putting and unimpressive.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Downhill (2020)

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(December 29, 2019) Original

Release Date:

February 14, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps, a married couple is thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other.”

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 need for a comedy based on the disaster film Force Majeure seems a poor, almost tacky decision, but here we are. The performances look about as bad as the premise does.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Jan. 10-12, 2020

Below are twelve previews for films opening next weekend.

 

The Informer (Wide)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Like a Boss (Wide)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Underwater (Wide)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

1917 (Expanding)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Just Mercy (Expanding)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

2050 (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

The Corrupted (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Inherit the Viper (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Three Christs (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Weathering With You (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 

Film Preview: The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson (2020)

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(January 5, 2020) Original

Release Date:

January 10, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Inspired by true events, follows OJ Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson in the last days before her tragic death on June 12, 1994, as seen from her point of view.”

Poster Rating: C- / D+

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Review: (#1) Horrendous PhotoShop work, visual imbalance, and poor color selection make for a dull poster design. (#2) Too much blank space, an inauthentic blood pattern, and a poor PhotoShop job make for yet another terrible design.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: The film’s cheap production values show through in the trailer. This is the kind of film about a real life figure that most studios wouldn’t touch because it doesn’t have a lot of teeth. The trailer doesn’t have any teeth either.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Corrupted (2020)

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(January 5, 2020) Original

Release Date:

January 10, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Liam is an ex-con trying to win back the love and trust of his family. Liam’s drive for redemption will see him caught up in a web of conspiracy, crime, and corruption.”

Poster Rating: C / C+

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Review: (#1) It looks like a weird blend of art and photos, but that’s because it’s been over-PhotoShopped. The colors are an odd fit and structure is uneven. (#2) The colors here are a bit better, but washed out. The structure is now a bit more even, but it doesn’t fit well together.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: This conspiracy picture looks far more entertaining than others of its budget and origin. The trailer does a fine job setting expectations and suggesting a fascinating narrative.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: The Gentlemen (2020) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#2-#14)

The Gentlemen

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Film Preview: The Assistant (2020)

Page Revisions:

(December 29, 2019) Original

Release Date:

January 31, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A look at the day in the life of the assistant to a powerful corporate executive.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: Cannot tell if this is just a still image from the film or a well constructed design. Either way, it’s an interesting piece that doesn’t help the stray passerby understand what the movie is about.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: The trailer never finds its way failing to give the audience something to latch onto that would make the movie more appealing than it looks. The gimmick is referenced, but never evoked.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Sonata (2020)

Page Revisions:

(December 29, 2019) Original

Release Date:

January 10, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A young violinist unravels her long lost father’s past, triggering dark forces that reach beyond her imagination.”

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: A conventional trailer does little to sell an interesting concept. While the viewer gets snippets of that compelling narrative, they aren’t presented with enough supporting evidence to suggest that it will be very good.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Whistlers (2020)

Page Revisions:

(December 29, 2019) Original

Release Date:

February 28, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A policeman intent on freeing a crooked businessman from a prison on Gomera, an island in the Canaries. However, he must first learn the difficult local dialect, a language which includes hissing and spitting.”

Poster Rating: B / C-

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Review: (#1) It’s visually interesting with a lot of empty space, but it’s attempting to be unique. (#2) That uniqueness is entirely voided with this second poster design, which is about as dull as you can get.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: It’s a unique concept, much like the first poster design; however, the trailer goes on too long and ultimately fails to present the premise in a succinct enough way as to be appealing.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Host (2020)

Page Revisions:

(December 29, 2019) Original

Release Date:

January 17, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A chance opportunity arises for Robert Atkinson, a London banker who risks his banks money to leave the mundane behind and start a new life. To take advantage, he unwittingly signs up with the Chinese cartel to transport a briefcase to Amsterdam. But all is not as it seems in a city veiled by dark secrets. Fuelled by power players, drugs, seduction and violence Robert awaits his turn in a deadly game of choice and consequence.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: Comparing this to the trailer, there’s almost no connection; however, that’s not what makes this a poor design. It’s the incredible lack of detail and forced tone.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: The individual who cut this trailer together initially seems to have found the right thread to follow, but diverts at points making the whole thing somewhat confusing and without intrigue.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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