Category: Film Previews

Trailer Watch: The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) Updated

The Broken Hearts Gallery posterNew Trailer (#2)

The Broken Hearts Gallery

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Trailer Watch: No Time to Die (2020) Updated

No Time to Die posterNew Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#8-#18) / New Release Date (changed from 4/8/20)

No Time to Die

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Looking at the Weekend: Sep. 18-20, 2020

The only new wide release is a film starring Jim Caviezel that has no trailer available from legitimate, longtime sources. That lack of advertising suggests a film targeted at a very narrow audience and with few chances at major success. Tenet, The New Mutants, The Broken Hearts Gallery, and Unhinged are likely to continue persistent theatrical play.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Secrets We Keep
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Infidel (Wide)
A Chef’s Voyage (Virtual)
The Dark Divide (Virtual)
God of the Piano (Limited)
The Library That Dolly Built (Limited)
My Name is Pedro (Virtual)
THE PREY: Legend of Karnoctus (Limited)
The Way I See it (Limited)

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Film Preview: The Glorias (2020)

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(September 13, 2020) Original
(September 20, 2020) New Release Date (changed from 9/30/20)

Release Date:

September 25, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The story of feminist icon Gloria Steinem’s itinerant childhood’s influence on her life as a writer, activist and organizer for women’s rights worldwide.”

Poster Rating: B-

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Review: The cobbled-together aesthetic doesn’t quite work as the coloration and shadows make it displeasing to look at.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: The trailer itself is a hodge podge of images, but what’s presented suggests a potent commentary on the women’s rights movements of recent vintage. That alone might make it worth the watch even if it otherwise seems rather predictable.

Oscar Prospects:

Could be a strong Oscar contender depending on overall quality, but a number of the stars could be nominees even if the film isn’t nominated for Best Picture.

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Film Preview: Dune (2020)

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(September 13, 2020) Original

Release Date:

December 18, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Feature adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel, about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy.”

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: A lot of dully-colored images make things look less than inspirational, but the underlying plot holds promise and the wonderful cover of “Eclipse” from Pink Floyd’s legendary album Dark Side of the Moon adds a certain inspired touch to the overall design.

Oscar Prospects:

This should be one of the year’s major Oscar contenders much in the same way that Blade Runner 2049 was.

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Film Preview: Sno Babies (2020)

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(September 6, 2020) Original

Release Date:

September 29, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “SNO BABIES depicts the grim realities of addiction and its effects on families. Kristen and Hannah are likable, college-bound teens – and heroin addicts – hiding their plight behind the façade of middle-class suburbia.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: The colors here are harsh, not warm. While the faces might look joyous, that isn’t really enough to make the film look interesting.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: It’s hard to know if this is another ludicrous faith-based film or just a misguided anti-drug film. Either way, the trailer tries hard to sell itself as an uplifting drama about addiction, but never quite seals the deal.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Sep. 18-20, 2020

Below are five previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Alone (Limited)

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Kajillionaire (Limited)

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The Nest (Limited)

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No Escape (Limited)

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The Secrets We Keep (Limited)

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Film Preview: Honest Thief (2020)

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(September 6, 2020) Original

Release Date:

October 9, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Wanting to lead an honest life, a notorious bank robber turns himself in, only to be double-crossed by two ruthless FBI agents.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: Your standard issue action thriller poster design. Diagonal positioning, motion blur lines, firearm, and white-and-black lettering motif. Nothing new or interesting to see here.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: A slightly different take on the action thrillers Liam Neeson tends to make, but there’s just enough predictability here that it seems a rather obvious plot with nothing new or compelling about it.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Death of Me (2020)

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Page Revisions:

(September 6, 2020) Original

Release Date:

October 2, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Not Available”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: This design does nothing to tell us what the film’s about and even those who’ve seen it probably won’t be that enamored with its style.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: The trailer is highly confusing, though there’s an intense use of sound that almost makes the entire thing work in spite of itself.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Possessor (2020)

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(September 6, 2020) Original

Release Date:

October 9, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Possessor follows an agent who works for a secretive organization that uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people’s bodies – ultimately driving them to commit assassinations for high-paying clients.”

Poster Rating: C / C / C

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Review: (#1-#3) Although each of these three posters is distinct to itself, none of them are particularly compelling and the central figure of all three is weird to look at, but utterly unappealing.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: A bizarre, twisted ride of a trailer that has a lot of fascinating elements to it, but the narrative doesn’t have a lot of guidance for the audience.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The 40-Year-Old Version (2020)

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(September 6, 2020) Original

Release Date:

October 9, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Radha is a down-on-her-luck NY playwright, who is desperate for a breakthrough before 40. Reinventing herself as rapper RadhaMUSPrime, she vacillates between the worlds of Hip Hop and theater in order to find her true voice.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: The play on the black-and-white film with hints of color is interesting, but poorly executed. The colored hoop earring fits, but is there a reason to highlight the woman’s lips in red? It seems like a rather sexist addition.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: The black-and-white motif gives it a raw, documentary feel, which might be a bit confusing for audiences. That alone doesn’t help sell the picture to audiences who might be most interested in it.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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2020 Spring Season Preview Wrap-Up: April

None of the films highlighted in my original preview article back in March were actually released. Some went virtual, others were postponed. As a result there will be no update this month. This was the first month of a slimmed-down or non-existent cinematic experience across the country. Things wouldn’t open up until August, so expect similar reports to this in May, June, and July (posted in October, November, and December respectively).

Looking at the Weekend: Sep. 11-13, 2020

Tenet shouldn’t have anything to worry about from this weekend’s lone new wide release. The Broken Hearts Gallery may be the first romantic comedy to release wide at re-opened cinemas, but the film doesn’t seem like the kind that can translate into big box office.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Broken Hearts Gallery, I Am Woman
Our Best Awards Ratings: No consensus

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

All In: The Fight for Democracy (Limited)
Fear PHarm (Limited)
Find Your Voice (Limited)
Gangubai Kathiawadi (Limited)

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Film Preview: A Call to Spy (2020)

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Page Revisions:

(September 6, 2020) Original

Release Date:

October 2, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “In the beginning of WWII, with Britain becoming desperate, Churchill orders his new spy agency — the Special Operations Executive (SOE) — to recruit and train women as spies. Their daunting mission: conduct sabotage and build a resistance. SOE’s “spymistress,” Vera Atkins (Stana Katic), recruits two unusual candidates: Virginia Hall (Sarah Megan Thomas), an ambitious American with a wooden leg, and Noor Inayat Khan (Radhika Atpe), a Muslim pacifist. Together, these women help to undermine the Nazi regime in France, leaving an unmistakable legacy in their wake. Inspired by true stories.”

Poster Rating: B-

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Review: An interesting backdrop with a nice selection of colors, but the edges aren’t as clean as they should be and the lighting of the faces is poorly handled.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Spy thrillers set in and around World War II are common enough, but they have some merit left in their employment and this concept, well presented in the trailer, might be worth giving the historical subgenre a try.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Spontaneous (2020)

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Page Revisions:

(September 6, 2020) Original

Release Date:

October 2, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A high school senior discovers that she and her classmates may explode at any moment.”

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: A fascinating concept well highlighted and executed in this trailer. It might have enough appeal for more than a handful of audiences, but those audiences will be intrigued, especially with the sly comic moments on display.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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