Looking at the Weekend: Mar. 6-8, 2020

There will be nothing stopping the latest Pixar effort from topping this week’s box office chart and the year’s biggest opening to date is likely.

Our Highest Rated Films: Onward, Sorry We Missed You
Our Best Awards Ratings: Onward (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Baaghi 3 (Limited)
Bacurau (Limited)
The Booksellers (Limited)
The Burnt Orange Heresy (Limited)
The Dare (Limited)
Dark Star (Limited)
Dwitiyo Purush (Limited)
Go Back to China (Limited)
Heimat is a Space in Time (Limited)
King’s Gambit (Limited)
Like Harvey Like Son (Limited)
Made in Hong Kong (Limited)
Powerbomb (Limited)
The Wild Goose Lake (Limited)

Mar. 6-8, 2020

Film

Our Thoughts

Awards Chances

Onward

(Wide Release)
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6.7
Wesley Lovell: (7)
Peter J. Patrick: (6)
Thomas LaTourrette: (7)

7.0
Wesley Lovell: (7,Oscars)
Peter J. Patrick: (5,Oscars)
Thomas LaTourrette: (9,Oscars)
Categories:

  • Animated Feature (WL,PP,TL)
  • Original Score (WL)
  • Original Song (WL)
  • Sound Editing (WL)

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): Pixar, since its acquisition by Disney, has slowly devolved in the quality of achievements. This looks like the latest uninspired animated feature with a predictable outcome and modest creativity.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): Looks a bit frenetic, but it’s Pixar so it’ll likely be a huge hit.
Thomas LaTourette (TL): Normally I look forward to Pixar films, but something about this one just does not excite me.

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The Way Back

(Wide Release)
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5.0
Wesley Lovell: (6)
Peter J. Patrick: (5)
Thomas LaTourrette: (4)

.7
Wesley Lovell: (2,Oscars)
Peter J. Patrick: (Nil)
Thomas LaTourrette: (Nil)
Categories:

  • Actor (WL)

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): Ben Affleck has needed more opportunities to showcase his acting talents. This could be an example, but the concept just seems a bit too melodramatic.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): Looks like a generic redemptive sports drama about a coach and his team.
Thomas LaTourette (TL): An earnest and damaged coach tries to get his team back together, it has been done many times before.

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The Banker

(Limited Release)
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5.5
Wesley Lovell: (6)
Peter J. Patrick: (5)

Nil
Wesley Lovell: (Nil)
Peter J. Patrick: (Nil)
Categories:

  • None

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): An important historical story that doesn’t seem particularly well told.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): Pushed back from a December release, this derivative drama looks interesting if unexciting.

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Beneath Us

(Limited Release)
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2.0
Wesley Lovell: (2)
Peter J. Patrick: (2)

Nil
Wesley Lovell: (Nil)
Peter J. Patrick: (Nil)
Categories:

  • None

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): A cheap-looking film that tries to tackle an important topic, but doing so with exploitative mediocrity.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): Looks like a sick exploitation melodrama.

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Escape from Pretoria

(Limited Release)
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5.5
Wesley Lovell: (5)
Peter J. Patrick: (6)

Nil
Wesley Lovell: (Nil)
Peter J. Patrick: (Nil)
Categories:

  • None

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): A pleasing cast in a generic-looking prison escape drama.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): Daniel Radcliffe may have actually found himself in a good film with this anti-Apartheid prison drama based on a true story.

Film

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Extra Ordinary

(Limited Release)
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5.0
Wesley Lovell: (4)
Peter J. Patrick: (6)

Nil
Wesley Lovell: (Nil)
Peter J. Patrick: (Nil)
Categories:

  • None

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): It has an interesting concept, but the film’s trailer has been easily forgettable. The delay from 2019 to 2020 might explain why it feel so unappealing.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): Looks like a clever comedy with a touch of the macabre.

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Final Kill

(Limited Release)
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1.5
Wesley Lovell: (1)
Peter J. Patrick: (2)

Nil
Wesley Lovell: (Nil)
Peter J. Patrick: (Nil)
Categories:

  • None

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): This cheap trailer does not present a compelling narrative option.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): Way too much violence for me to waste my time on.

Film

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Awards Chances

First Cow

(Limited Release)
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4.0
Wesley Lovell: (2)
Peter J. Patrick: (6)

Nil
Wesley Lovell: (Nil)
Peter J. Patrick: (Nil)
Categories:

  • None

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): Having a well respected director on tap doesn’t make the film and its silly title seem interesting.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): A previously unexplored tale of the old west could be worth spending time with.

Film

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Hope Gap

(Limited Release)
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4.5
Wesley Lovell: (4)
Peter J. Patrick: (5)

2.5
Wesley Lovell: (Nil)
Peter J. Patrick: (5,Oscars)
Categories:

  • Actress (PP)
  • Supporting Actor (PP)

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): A fairly unexceptioanl story that we’ve seen told countless times in similar ways.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): Annette Bening and Josh O’Connor could be long shots for Oscars as mother and son in this film of William Nicholson’s semiautobiographical play.

Film

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Awards Chances

Run This Town

(Limited Release)
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2.0
Wesley Lovell: (2)
Peter J. Patrick: (2)

Nil
Wesley Lovell: (Nil)
Peter J. Patrick: (Nil)
Categories:

  • None

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): While not a new concept, the trailer does a poor job telling us what it’s about or why we should care.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): As the trailer says, “what am I looking at?”

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Awards Chances

Sometimes Always Never

(Limited Release)
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5.0
Wesley Lovell: (5)
Peter J. Patrick: (5)

Nil
Wesley Lovell: (Nil)
Peter J. Patrick: (Nil)
Categories:

  • None

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): Apart from the cast, there’s not a lot of appeal to this film.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): Two-year-old British comedy looks like it should have gone directly to home video.

Film

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Awards Chances

Sorry We Missed You

(Limited Release)
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6.0
Wesley Lovell: (4)
Peter J. Patrick: (8)

2.5
Wesley Lovell: (Nil)
Peter J. Patrick: (5,Critics)
Categories:

  • Picture (PP)

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): We’ve seen numerous explorations of the exploitation of the lower classes and this looks like every one of them.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): This recent BAFTA nominee for Best British Film looks like another gem from the always interesting Ken Loach.

Film

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Swallow

(Limited Release)
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3.0
Wesley Lovell: (6)
Peter J. Patrick: (0)

Nil
Wesley Lovell: (Nil)
Peter J. Patrick: (Nil)
Categories:

  • None

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): The original concept might help make this film look more appealing that it should be.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): Not something for anyone with ear, nose and throat issues to go near.

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