Category: Film Previews

2021 Spring Season Box Office Preview: April

Here we look at the upcoming month’s offerings.

April 2, 2021

The Unholy

Premise: From IMDb: “A hearing-impaired girl is visited by the Virgin Mary and can suddenly hear, speak, and heal the sick. As people flock to witness her miracles, terrifying events unfold. Are they the work of the Virgin Mary or something much more sinister?”
Box Office Prospects: $40 M
Expectations: Uncertain. Some theaters are starting to re-open in California and New York, but even in areas of the country where they previously opened, box office hasn’t re-energized yet. This isn’t the kind of film you go see in a pandemic, though, so it probably won’t do too well.
Oscar Prospects: None.
Cinema Sight Preview: See my preview of this title here.

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Looking at the Weekend: Mar. 26-28, 2021

With a single new wide release, it looks like Nobody could top the box office as Raya and the Last Dragon begins to wind down.

Our Highest Rated Films: Six Minutes to Midnight
Our Best Awards Ratings: None.

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Miracle Fishing: The Kidnapping of Tom Hargrove (Limited)
Mystery of the Kingdom of God (Limited)
Things Don’t Stay Fixed (Limited)

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Film Preview: Monday (2020)

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(March 21, 2021) Original

Release Date:

April 16, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A spark on a Friday can lead to a sizzling weekend fling, but what happens when you get to the inevitable Monday?”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: A tepid, halting design with poorly chosen title font and placement and an uninteresting central image.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: Whilt the film does look a bit like your prototypical romantic drama about fractured people, the trailer does a surprisingly efficient job conveying that and making the film passably interesting.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: In the Heights (2020) Updated

In the Heights posterNew Trailers (#2-#3) — New Posters (#2-#7) — New Release Date (changed from 6/26/20)

In the Heights, updated

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Film Preview: City of Lies (2021)

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(March 14, 2021) Original

Release Date:

March 19, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Russell Poole and Jack Jackson investigate the murders of rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.”

Poster Rating: C+ / B

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Review: (#1) The interesting elements are the shapes that make up the middle portion. The city skyline is fairly rote and the color usage is unimpressive. Johnny Depp or Forest Whitaker fans will know this has them in it, but they might not 100% understand the point of the movie. (#2) This design has a similar confusing aspect to it because of the lack of plot definition, but it’s a lot more interesting in its layout and color schemes and that’s crucial to drawing the viewer’s attention.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: This film has been languishing for a couple of years now and this is what the audience gets for their patience? It’s no wonder the film has struggled to find release and it’s not because of Depp’s legal/marital/abuse woes.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Mar. 26-28, 2021

Below are five previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Nobody (Wide)

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The Seventh Day (Limited)

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Shoplifters of the World (Limited)

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Six Minutes to Midnight (Limited)

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The Vault (Limited)

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Film Preview: The Vault (2020)

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(March 21, 2021) Original

Release Date:

March 26, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Thom, a genius engineering graduate is interested in the Bank of Spain’s safe. The Bank building is more than 100 years old, with no building blueprints available and a security system that includes an underground river that will flood the safe room if their walls are breached. As soon as Thom learns that a legendary lost treasure is going to be held at the bank’s safe for just 10 days, he devises, together with charismatic art dealer Walter “Cunningham” a detailed plan to breaking in. They will only have 105 minutes to do so, while the Bank’s staff will be distracted, watching the 2010 Football World Cup final match , played by Spain’s national soccer team and broadcast on a giant screen, coincidentally placed just in front of the Bank of Spain building.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: This design is so poorly done that Freddie Highmore barely looks like himself. The designers went a little too far in their attempts so make the design snazzy and fail as a result.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: A theme of most film reviews of late is whether we’ve seen something too similar before and whether the makers succeed at creating something unique or interesting. This film tries very hard in its trailer to make the cast for both points and never quite unifies in its ability to make the conceit sound interesting enough to warrant attention.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Six Minutes to Midnight (2020)

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(March 21, 2021) Original

Release Date:

March 26, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “UK, Aug. 15, 1939: 17 days before WWII, an English teacher and his camera disappear on a coastal boarding school with 20 German teen girls. Miller gets the job 6 days later, secretly trying to find out what happened.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: It’s perhaps a bit too simple, but the design does get its point across in a successful, if dull kind of way.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: The trailer never quite hits the concept home, leaving the audience slightly confused about what the film is trying to achieve and who the protagonist is.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Seventh Day (2020)

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(March 21, 2021) Original

Release Date:

March 26, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A renowned exorcist who teams up with a rookie priest for his first day of training. As they plunge deeper into hell on earth, the lines between good and evil blur, and their own demons emerge.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: There is just enough her to give an idea about the film’s premise, but not enough of one to make it interesting. It’s also rather strange to have Pearce tell his young compatriot he should dress less like a priest in the trailer and then be cast in priest’s vestments in the poster.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: If you’ve seen one exorcism film, it feels like you’ve seen them all. Little in this trailer makes the film feel like an evolution of any kind, just a rehash.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Say Your Prayers (2021)

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(March 14, 2021) Original
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Release Date:

April 2, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Two orphaned brothers turned radical Christian hitmen venture to rural Ilkley under the instruction of Father Enoch). Their mission: assassinate Professor John Huxley, famed atheist writer.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: A ramshackle design with little of visual distinctiveness or interest although there are a few small details worth considering.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: There’s a certain kind of British farce that several directors try to imitate with limited or no success. This seems to be another in the long line with nary a chuckle in the trailer to entice someone into watching the film.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Night of the Sicario (2021)

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(March 14, 2021) Original

Release Date:

April 20, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Taylor is forced to hide the young daughter of a Colombian woman in witness protection who will be testifying against a powerful drug cartel in Federal Court, as ruthless sicarios aim to hunt them down.”

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: Trying to use the Sicario title to carry the weight of making an interesting movie, this attempt to confuse audiences in believing this is a continuation of that original film and its sequel is poorly executed.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Senior Moment (2021)

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(March 14, 2021) Original

Release Date:

March 26, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Stripped of his driver’s license, a retired NASA pilot must not only battle with the DMV, he must find new ways to navigate love and life without his beloved vintage Porsche.”

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 large number of prominent actors in this film is inversely proportional to the interest with which the viewer will watch it. William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd, Jean Smart, and Esai Morales haven’t done movies of important in decades, which is why it seems so comical that this attempt at comedy looks to be anything but comedic.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Doors (2021)

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(March 14, 2021) Original

Release Date:

March 23, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Without warning, millions of mysterious alien “doors” suddenly appear around the globe. In a rush to determine the reason for their arrival, mankind must work together to understand the purpose of these cosmic anomalies. Bizarre incidences occurring around the sentient doors leads humanity to question their own existence and an altered reality as they attempt to enter them.”

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: This confusing sci-fi concept gets a poorly designed, but visually interesting trailer that wants the audience to be mystified, but doesn’t want to make that suspense something compelling. Will the viewer even care what’s going on in the film?

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Looking at the Weekend: Mar. 19-21, 2021

Another weekend with no new wide releases means we have nothing much to say other than another week of Disney dominance of the box office.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Courier
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Dark State (Limited)
Enforcement (Limited)
The Fever (Virtual)
St. Patrick’s Day (Limited)
Wojnarowicz: F**k You F-ggot F–ker (Virtual)

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Film Preview: Held (2021)

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(March 14, 2021) Original

Release Date:

April 9, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A couple’s ailing marriage is put to the test when they are held hostage in an isolated vacation rental by an unseen Voice that commands their every move.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: Without the trailer, this design does nothing to help the film make any sense. It seems to try to evoke a sense of theatrics without succeeding.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: There’s an interesting concept here hoping for a trailer that will better sell it. There’s just enough in this to keep the viewer’s interest, but not enough to make it a must-see event.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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