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Cinema Sight Asks: Now that you've seen "Nomadland," which Frances McDormand performance is best?

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Film Preview: Cruella (2021)

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(February 21, 2021) Original

Release Date:

May 28, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A live-action prequel feature film following a young Cruella de Vil.”

Poster Rating: C- / C

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Review: (#1) There’s little interesting about this design. It looks like Emma Stone is posing for a fashion magazine rather than a film poster. (#2) While this isn’t much more interesting than the prior design, Stone’s smirk certainly makes more of a statement here.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: Emma Stone’s voiceover might set the place, but it doesn’t set a sufficient tone. That comes later in the trailer which has a lot of interesting visual elements, but doesn’t quite make the film feel necessary.

Oscar Prospects:

A contender for Production Design, Costume Design, and Makeup & Hairstyling. I don’t see it competing anywhere else.

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Film Preview: Weekenders (2021)

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(February 14, 2021) Original

Release Date:

February 12, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A scheduling mix-up at an Airbnb brings four twenty-somethings together, each navigating the open waters of where, how, and with whom they’re supposed to be.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: (#1) With a film that includes a sort of love triangle, it seems strange to ignore that and go for something simplistic and fakely romantic with a color scheme that’s not that interesting.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: Having the protagonist take his glasses off at a regular interval makes it difficult to follow the narrative. There’s a modest throughline of his voice that kind of keeps things going, but it’s insufficient. As a result, this romantic love triangle doesn’t seem nearly as interesting as it should.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Feb. 26-28, 2021

Below are seven previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Tom & Jerry (Wide)

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Cherry (Limited)

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Crisis (Limited)

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The Father (Limited)

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The Killing of Two Lovers (Limited)

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The Obituary of Tunde Johnson (Limited)

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The Vigil (Limited)

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Film Preview: Son of the South (2021)

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(February 14, 2021) Original

Release Date:

February 5, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A grandson of a Klansman comes of age in the deep south and eventually joins the Civil Rights Movement. Based on Bob Zellner’s autobiography “The Wrong Side of Murder Creek.””

Poster Rating: C+ / C

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Review: (#1) The colors work, but the staid character positions and insets are utterly unoriginal. (#2) Take the prior design, re-do the insets to something more interesting, but eliminate all the unique colors and keep everything else the same and you have an uninspired design.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: The first thing you should do when you come up with an idea that has a white man at the center of the Civil Rights movement is decide if it’s a story that really has to be told. This trailer does nothing to sell that idea to the viewer, making it feel like a shoddy effort.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: True Mothers (2021)

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(February 14, 2021) Original

Release Date:

January 29, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A woman with an adopted child is contacted unexpectedly by the child’s birth mother.”

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: There’s an interesting premise about adoptive mothers and teen motherhood at the heart of this film, but the trailer moves along so ploddingly that it’s difficult to maintain interest through to the end.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 8, 2021)

Every week, we’ll take a look back in 5-year intervals at the box office past to explore how Oscar’s nominees were doing at the box office each weekend historically. The first section under each year is the positioning of all Oscar nominees during that weekend at the box office (as well as a section looking at the inflation-adjusted numbers). The third section is an alphabetical list of those films and the categories in which they were nominated. And to start each week off, we’ll be looking at the films releasing over the weekend that have the best chance of getting Oscar nominations and specifying the categories where we think they have the best shots at this stage of the game. If you have any suggestions for more data you’d like to see, please let us know.

This Year: Potential Oscar Nominees Releasing This Weekend

Nomadland (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Picture, Directing, Actress (Frances McDormand), Adapted Screenplay, Original Score, Film Editing, Cinematography.

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