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Cinema Sight Asks: Now that you've seen "Crawl," which aquatic horror film is best?

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Film Preview: Burn (2019)

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(July 14, 2019) Original

Release Date:

August 23, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “When a gas station is held at gunpoint by a desperate man in need of cash, a lonely and unstable gas station attendant, tired of being overshadowed by her more outgoing co-worker, finds an opportunity to make a connection with the robber.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: Warm colors indicative of titular burning and not terribly cluttered. That said, it’s inartfully constructed and lacks an exciting overall finish.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Josh Hutcherson isn’t easily recognizable in this trailer until his name appears at the end. That gives one a little more interesting if they are familiar with his work, but overall the trailer feels stiff and unfocused. It’s entirely unable to make the film feel vital rather than forgettable.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: Judy (2019) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Poster (#2)

Judy, updated

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Trailer Watch: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#2-#4)

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, updated

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jul. 12-14, 2019

We had one film release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

The Farewell

Few films can capitalize on early critical acclaim and move into the Oscar space as a frontrunner. Films like Get Out can do it, but personal family dramas can sometimes struggle. Enter The Farewell, a film with festival buzz that has finally released and, as of today sits with an incredibly rare 100% Fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes.

Starring break out star Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians), the film centers around a family who refuses to tell their grandmother about her terminal diagnosis. Opening at Sundance in January, the film has been steadily buzzed about since, especially in terms of Awkwafina’s chances at an Oscar nomination.

There have been numerous critically acclaimed films that never caught on with Oscar voters. The Farewell could very easily fall into that trap. Yet, critics are clearly head-over-heels for the film, which could give it a boost at the end of the year. While Oscar voters don’t have a long attention span, critics do and if they can push Get Out back into the Oscar conversation after being out of mind for more than six months, then a groundswell of support for The Farewell could boost its chances with the Academy.

Review: Moonlight (2016)

Moonlight

Rating

Director

Barry Jenkins

Screenplay

Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney

Length

111 min.

Starring

Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes, Jaden Piner, Jharrel Jerome, Andre Holland, Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monáe, Naomie Harris

MPAA Rating

R for some sexuality, drug use, brief violence, and language throughout

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Review: Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Nocturnal Animals

Rating

Director

Tom Ford

Screenplay

Tom Ford (Novel: Austin Wright)

Length

116 min.

Starring

Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Ellie Bamber, Armie Hammer, Karl Glusman, Robert Aramayo, Laura Linney, Andrea Riseborough, Michael Sheen, India Menuez, Imogen Waterhouse, Jena Malone

MPAA Rating

R for violence, menace, graphic nudity, and language

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This Day in Oscar History: July 15 (2019)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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2011: The Cinema Sight Film Club (1)

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Poll: Best of Jul. 2018, Limited

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Film Preview: Iron Sky: The Coming Race (2019)

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(July 7, 2019) Original

Release Date:

May 6, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A follow-up to the film Iron Sky (2012) in which Nazis plan to take over the world after lying dormant in a secret military base on the moon.”

Poster Rating: B / C+

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Review: (#1) This looks like someone took a Star Wars movie poster, replaced it with cheesy imagery from the cheesy movie and called it a day. Surprisingly, this could work on some folk. (#2) A de-cluttered version of the first design and the de-cluttering definitely diminishes it.

Trailer Rating: F

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Review: Uneven sound design, cheesy narrative, and a general feeling of cheapness make this film seem like a dreadful attempt to make a Rifftrax schedule.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: White Storm 2: Drug Lords (2019)

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(July 7, 2019) Original

Release Date:

July 12, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “There is an iron rule in the Ching Hing Gang: No drug dealing. The gang leader, Yu Nam (by Kent Cheng), has two right-hand men: one is Tin (by Andy lau), a bright and sober adherent of principles and loyalty; the other is Jizo (by Louis Koo), a cold-blooded smart man who secretly runs a drug business without Nam’s knowledge. Ordered by the top leader, Tin taught Jizo a lesson by cutting off one of his fingers and expelled him from the gang. On the same night, policeman Fung (by Michael Miu)’s wife was killed in Jizo’s nightclub during an operation. Meanwhile, Tin swore to change sides after his beloved girlfriend walked out of his life. 15 years later, the local drug market is now quadripartite. Jizo becomes the biggest drug dealer in Hong Kong; while Tin has now established himself as a financial tycoon and a philanthropist, and is offering a $100 million bounty to eliminate the No.1 drug dealer in Hong Kong. It causes a stir in both the society and the underworld. Inevitably, a battle between the two tycoons is underway.”

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: One of the biggest issues of bringing Asian cinema to the United States is that trailers focus too much on action while letting the rapid-fire dialogue (and subsequent subtitles) rush by such that the viewer has no idea what’s going on and gets only the loosest idea of why they should be engaged. This is the epitome of that.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Jul. 19-20, 2019

Below are three previews for films opening next weekend.

 

The Lion King (Wide)

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At War (Limited)

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Rosie (Limited)

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Film Preview: Rosie (2019)

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(July 14, 2019) Original

Release Date:

July 19, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “ROSIE tells the story of a mother trying to protect her family after their landlord sells their rented home and they become homeless.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: This seems a bit reductive, removing more than half of her family. It uses a nice batch of colors we don’t often see, but the over-large title is a bit distracting.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: A harrowing trailer that gets you within the first 30 seconds and asks you to take a difficult and heart-influencing journey and you can’t help but follow along.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 14 (2019)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Film Preview: Phil (2019)

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(July 7, 2019) Original

Release Date:

July 5, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A depressed dentist in mid life crisis tries to learn why one of his happiest patients suddenly commits suicide, and a dark comedic adventure ensues.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: The hamfisted insertion of Greek elements: the Phi in the title, otherwise the “F” sound, making the title Phfl and the Grecian border make for a cheap help make for an ugly design.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: If anyone watches this trailer and can honestly say that this is a story that needed to be told, I’ll show you someone who’s not seen very many stories. This trailer presents a dreadful-looking film of minimal value.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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