Category: Film Previews

Film Preview: Santa Girl (2019)

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(September 1, 2019) Original

Release Date:

August 30, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Santa’s daughter gets a chance to attend college for one semester in the ‘real’ world before heading back to the North Pole to fulfill her duties under her father.”

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: D+

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Review: Direct-to-video content gets a lot of play these days in this wholly unnecessary Christmas-themed romantic comedy.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Depraved (2019)

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(September 1, 2019) Original

Release Date:

September 13, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A disillusioned field surgeon suffering from PTSD makes a man out of body parts and brings him to life in a Brooklyn loft.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: Vaguely horror-related with a color palette of predictable unimpressiveness.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: This modern Frankenstein story looks like its stitched together from mediocre parts without creative energy.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Sep. 13-15, 2019

Below are eight previews for films opening next weekend.

 

The Goldfinch (Wide)

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Hustlers (Wide)

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Depraved (Limited)

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Freaks (Limited)

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Imprisoned (Limited)

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Monos (Limited)

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Out of Liberty (Limited)

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The Sound of Silence (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 

Film Preview: Imprisoned (2019)

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(September 8, 2019) Original

Release Date:

September 13, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “In the thriller, IMPRISONED, Dylan Burke (Juan Pablo Raba), attempts to move on from his former life as a criminal, with his true love, Maria (Juana Acosta). He soon realizes that his past will continue to haunt him, when he learns the new local prison warden, Daniel Calvin (Laurence Fishburne), has not forgiven him for an old crime. Calvin does everything in his power to make sure that Burke pays for his past mistakes, even going as far as to frame him for a murder he didn’t commit, landing him back in jail. When the prison erupts into a riot, Burke and Calvin are each forced to make a choice between righteousness and revenge.”

Poster Rating: C+ / C-

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Review: (#1) This Cuban design isn’t as interesting as it wants you to think it is. (#2) An even less compelling design with a rudimentary distress overlay and blocky foreground images.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: An overused premise is at the heart of this prison drama that goes to great lengths to earn the audience’s sympathy and then fails to use that to pull the audience into the events, causing them too turn out fairly quickly.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Looking Up (2019)

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(September 1, 2019) Original

Release Date:

July 19, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “In the vast space, the astronauts lost connection with the ground. He recalled his greatest father in the most desperate situation. Father and son run across time, guarding love and family. The story is full of joy, warmth, tears and wonders.”

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 slipshod trailer never cements around the premise in a way that makes the film look interesting. It’s a plodding, uninspired design.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Ne Zha (2019)

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(September 1, 2019) Original

Release Date:

September 6, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The Primus extracts a Mixed Yuan Bead into a spirit bead and a demon bead. The spirit bead can be reincarnated in human to help King Zhou establish a new dynasty, the demon bead will create a devil and harm human. Ne Zha is the one who should be spirit bead hero but he becomes a devil incarnate, because the spirit bead and the demon bead is switched.”

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: Some stellar visual effects in this animated trailer are overwhelmed by the cheap-looking animation of the characters in the film. It feels like someone took the animated direct-to-video assets of one film and pasted them on top of the stellar effects of a Hollywood blockbuster while feeling like neither.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Honey Boy (2019)

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(September 1, 2019) Original

Release Date:

November 8, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, filmmaker Alma Har’el brings to life a young actor’s stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father and deal with his mental health.”

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: Semi-autobiographical Hollywood dramas aren’t that common, so the film starts off with a fresh sheen. That said, the trailer does everything it can to make this film looks cheap and unoriginal.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Golden Glove (2019)

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(September 1, 2019) Original

Release Date:

September 27, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A serial killer strikes fear in the hearts of residents of Hamburg during the early 1970s.”

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: What the title means is questionable and while this standard-issue serial killer dark comedy doesn’t have a lot going for it, the occasional bursts of creativity show up in the trailer from time to time.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Silent Panic (2019)

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(September 1, 2019) Original

Release Date:

July 5, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Three friends discover a dead body while on a camping trip, but cannot agree on whether or not to tell the police.”

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 concept has been done in various ways over the years and has seldom looked less interesting.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Weekend (2019)

Page Revisions:

(September 1, 2019) Original

Release Date:

September 13, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A comedian goes away for the weekend with an ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend.”

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: There are some mildly humorous elements in this trailer, but the whole affair plays off like a cheap, uninteresting comedy that is in desperate need of better direction.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Out of Liberty (2019)

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(September 1, 2019) Original
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Release Date:

September 13, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Winter 1839. LIBERTY, MISSOURI. Local jailer, Samuel Tillery (Jasen Wade) is tasked with watching Missouri’s most wanted men as they await their upcoming hearing. Caught between the local Missourians’ increased drive to remove the prisoners, and the prisoners’ desperate efforts to survive, Tillery is pushed beyond what any lawman can endure. Based on actual recorded accounts, OUT OF LIBERTY is an intense, evocative western, with an outcome you have to see to believe.”

Poster Rating: B+

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Review: With an interesting framing device, well positioned figures and a solid color scheme, this poster looks far better than the poster it advertises.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: This Missouri-set western feels trapped in its own premise, which is almost thematic in and of itself. The mediocre performances only exacerbate the trailer’s myriad other issues.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Death of Dick Long (2019)

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(September 1, 2019) Original

Release Date:

September 27, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Dick died last night, and Zeke and Earl don’t want anybody finding out how. That’s too bad though, cause news travels fast in small-town Alabama.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: An unimpressive design that speaks to the stupidity of its characters without saying anything about the quality of the film itself.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: A generic, small town thriller that looks more uninspired than its characters are intelligent.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Birds Without Feathers (2019)

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(September 1, 2019) Original

Release Date:

August 16, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A wannabe Instagram star, a comedian with stage fright, a depressed motivational speaker and a literal identity thief desperately look for love, approval and admiration out of one another over the course of a long weekend.”

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 surreal trailer doesn’t do a lot to sell the film to a general audience, but those looking for strange cinema might be intrigued.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Laundromat (2019)

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(September 1, 2019) Original

Release Date:

October 18, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A widow investigates an insurance fraud, chasing leads to a pair of Panama City law partners exploiting the world’s financial system.”

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 lambasting satire of modern poverty politics gets a lot of great actors together, but never feels like the kind of movie that will generate more than passing interest from those who were entertained and engaged by The Informant!

Oscar Prospects:

With a cast like this, it’s not impossible to see the film as an Oscar player; however, the satire pedigree of The Informant! doesn’t give a lot of hope for anything besides acting considerations.

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Film Preview: Sister Aimee (2019)

Page Revisions:

(September 1, 2019) Original

Release Date:

September 27, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “In 1926 America’s most famous evangelist is a woman. And she’s looking for a way out. Fed up with her own success, she gets swept up in her lover’s daydreams about Mexico and finds herself on a wild road trip towards the border. Based on true events. Mostly made up.”

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: It isn’t until 2/3 of the way through the trailer that the audience gets the idea that this might be a musical rather than an uninspired drama. Had they focused on the musical elements earlier and for a greater bulk of the trailer, the whole thing might have seemed more interesting.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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