Poll: What Are You Most Anticipating? (Mar. 2020, Wide)

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What Are You Most Anticipating? (Mar. 2020, Wide)

Cinema Sight Asks: Which March 2020 wide release are you most anticipating?

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Film Preview: The Jesus Rolls (2020)

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(February 9, 2020) Original
(February 16, 2020) New Trailer (#2)

Release Date:

February 28, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A spin-off of The Big Lebowski centered on the notable bowler, Jesus Quintana.”

Poster Rating: C- / C- / D+

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Review: (#1) Cheap and cheesy with holes in incorrect positions. It’s an ugly design. (#2) Another relatively ugly design with nothing exciting or enticing about it. (#3) You don’t typically see major motion pictures with this poor an eye for design. You really do, but you’d think they could or would do better.

Trailer Rating: C / C

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Review: (#1) This trailer never finds a hook that would bring in non-fans of this character, a minimal figure in the cult favorite The Big Lebowski. The need for this film is never established in the trailer and the cheesiness with which it’s infused doesn’t make it look subversive, indie, or interesting.

(#2) This trailer may seem more straight forward with its story than the teasing original, but none of that makes the whole affair look palatable. It’s a horrendous mess of a trailer that looks like someone wanting to mirror the Coen Brothers style without having any idea how to accomplish it, even with a talented filmmaker like John Turturro behind (and in front of) the camera.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Weekend Preview: Feb. 21-23, 2020

Below are six previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Brahms: The Boy II (Wide)

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The Call of the Wild (Wide)

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Emma (Limited)

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Impractical Jokers: The Movie (Limited)

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My Boyfriend’s Meds (Limited)

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The Night Clerk (Limited)

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Film Preview: Impractical Jokers: The Movie (2020)

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(February 16, 2020) Original

Release Date:

February 21, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The story of a humiliating high school mishap from 1992 that sends the Impractical Jokers on the road competing in hidden-camera challenges for the chance to turn back the clock and redeem three of the four Jokers.”

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: If we didn’t already see enough lame practical jokes with the Jackass movies, this film comes along looking nearly identical, but with fewer hostile practice jokes. Fans of Jackass or this particular group of television practical jokers might be interested, but the rest will stay away.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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This Day in Oscar History: February 16 (2019)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released

Oscar Nominations

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Precursor: 65th Filmfare Nominations & Awards (2019)

Not much to go on here since no American films are on the list and no Oscar contenders are, either.

Award Tallies

(13) Gully Boy
(3) Article 15, Uri: The Surgical Strike, War
(2) Kalank, Saand Ki Aankh, Sonchiriya, Tindey

Nominations Tallies

(19) Gully Boy
(11) Article 15, Sonchiriya, Uri: The Surgical Strike
(8) Kabir Singh, Kesari, Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota
(7) Kalank, War
(6) Judgementall Hai Kya, Mission Mangal, Saand Ki Aankh
(5) Chhichhore
(4) Badia, Photograph
(3) Bala, Bharat, Good Newwz, Mardaani 2, The Sky Is Pink, Super 30

The Awards

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Film Preview: The Kindness of Strangers (2020)

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(February 9, 2020) Original

Release Date:

February 14, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The story of people whose lives intertwine during a dramatic winter in New York City.”

Poster Rating: B / C

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Review: (#1) As simplistic as this is with a dull, blank background, the composition of the core image, as straight-forward as it is, has a certain flow, balance, and cohesiveness to it. (#2) A blocky, predictable mess for an ensemble film and one that just doesn’t hold a lot of appeal.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: A straight-forward ensemble drama about homelessness without a lot of sermonizing or creative energy, making it feel dismissable.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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This Day in Oscar History: February 15 (2019)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Our Site Milestones

Born

Died

Released

Oscar Nominations

Our Site Milestones

1996: The Oscar Guy Launched on GeoCities (24)

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Trailer Watch: Fast & Furious 9 (2020) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#9-#11)

Fast & Furious 9, updated

Preview Link: CLICK HERE for all of the new content as well as the original.

Oscar in Box Office History (Week 7, 2020)

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

Ordinary Love (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Actor (Liam Neeson), Actress (Lesley Manville).

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The Friday Face-Off Round One #27

Below are our ten face-offs for this week. Each category requires you to select a certain number of films to save. For more information on how the game works, click here.

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This Day in Oscar History: February 14 (2019)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released

Oscar Nominations

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Poll: Remaking Best Supporting Actress, 2003

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Remaking Best Supporting Actress, 2003

In our third pass of the Oscar nominees from 1997 through 2016, we take a look at the nominees for Best Supporting Actress. Each week, we’ll present a list of contenders from which you can select five to make up the Best Supporting Actress slate. There will be an “Other” option, but you can only use this once and you’ll have to specify your other in the comments. Now on to the game: Best Supporting Actress.

Cinema Sight Asks: Which Hopefuls Should Have Been Nominated for Best Supporting Actress (select up to 5)?

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Film Preview: Balloon (2020)

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(February 9, 2020) Original

Release Date:

February 21, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Balloon is a German thriller that deals with the crossing of the inner German border of the families Strelzyk and Wetzel from the GDR to West Germany with a homemade hot-air balloon.”

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 East/West German drama rushed by too quickly in a trailer that doesn’t do enough to establish anything creative, distinctive, or compelling about the story.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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5 Favorites Redux #15: Best of the Decade, Part 5

Welcome to 5 Favorites. Each week, I will put together a list of my 5 favorites (films, performances, whatever strikes my fancy) along with commentary on a given topic each week, usually in relation to a specific film releasing that week.

We are finally at the end. The best films of the decade reach their conclusion with a batch of dramas. The prior entries in this list covered 18 films, 14 films, 19 films, and 18 films over the course of the four previous articles. That leaves space for 31 titles on this list. And even that is not really enough as it couldn’t make room for 2011’s Melancholia.

Ostensibly, there are two kinds of films, comedies and dramas. All of the other genres fall into one of these two overall categories. This is why there are so many titles on this list as they don’t easily fit into the previous articles’ lists. Before we get into those, though, here are links to the first four editions of this article:

Part 1 – Animation & Fantasy
Part 2 – Horror & Suspense
Part 3 – Comedy & Musical
Part 4 – Science Fiction & Action Thriller
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