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Film Preview: Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021)

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(May 16, 2021) Original

Release Date:

September 24, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Plot unknown. Sequel to the 2018 film ‘Venom’.”

Poster Rating: C+ / C

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Review: (#1) A ravenous maw approaching a ravenous maw. Not a particularly inspired design. (#2) Strangely less interesting with a weak backdrop and an unappealing foreground.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: The attempts at humor in the trailer fall flat, the stakes are suitably set up, but don’t seem particularly compelling.

Oscar Prospects:

With a heftier slate of visual effects films releasing, It’s unlikely this one will be able to cut through the field.

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Film Preview: Zola (2021)

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(May 9, 2021) Original

Release Date:

June 30, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A stripper named Zola embarks on a wild road trip to Florida.”

Poster Rating: C / C

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Review: (#1) The almost kaleidoscopic effect here is interesting, but there aren’t enough details to be interesting. (#2) The same basic color scheme as the prior with the same kaleidoscope effect, but this is also equally uninteresting.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: A chaotic, messy trailer that tells us there’s an overarching story at play in the film that the audience will know up front, but we never get an understanding of what it is or why it’s important.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Werewolves Within (2021)

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(May 9, 2021) Original
(May 30, 2021) New Trailer (#2)

Release Date:

June 2, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Feature adaptation of the video game where werewolves attack a small town.”

Poster Rating: B

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Review: It’s a cute little design that says a lot about the nature of the film and its homespun charm. A very effective effort.

Trailer Rating: C / B-

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Review: (#1) Contrary to the poster design, the trailer is unfocused, keeping the audience form latching onto its core narrative with anything more than cursory exposition. Without knowing a film’s premise or purpose, it really makes it hard to get excited.

(#2) The film continues to look mildly interesting as a quirky small town must face off against a supernatural threat. It feels a bit too much like a short-run television series concept, but it’s a concept that looks somewhat appealing.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Gaia (2021)

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(May 9, 2021) Original
(June 6, 2021) New Trailer (#2)

Release Date:

June 18, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “On a surveillance mission in a primordial forest, a park ranger encounters two survivalists following a post-apocalyptic lifestyle. The boy and his philosophical father seem to have their own religion, and a mysterious relationship to nature. There are many suspicious aspects to their existence, but when the cabin is attacked by strange, post-human beings one night, she learns that there is a greater threat in this emergent wilderness.”

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+ / C+

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Review: (#1) A dull trailer with some gross imagery, but little in the way of narrative thrust. Combine that with the non-English dialogue and it makes the film difficult to understand both thematically and subjectively.

(#2) The strangeness of the first trailer is still present and they’ve added a few more details, but ultimately, the story presented by the trailers so far hasn’t had much cohesion and certainly doesn’t seem compelling.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: In the Heights (2021) Updated

In the Heights posterNew Trailer (#5) — New Poster (#8)

In the Heights, updated

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Trailer Watch: Wrath of Man (2021) Updated

Wrath of Man posterNew Trailer (#2) — New Poster (#2)

Wrath of Man, updated

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Film Preview: Plan B (2021)

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(May 9, 2021) Original

Release Date:

May 28, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Follows a straight-laced high school student and her slacker best friend who, after a regrettable first sexual encounter, have 24 hours to hunt down a Plan B pill in America’s heartland.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: The central image and its narrative connection is compelling, but the background is bland.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: While the trailer isn’t nearly as funny as it could be, there’s just enough humor to put this squarely in the comedy category and positioning the film as a statement on the difficulty of abortifacient access makes for an interesting comparison.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Night House (2021)

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(May 9, 2021) Original

Release Date:

July 16, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A widow begins to uncover her recently deceased husband’s disturbing secrets.”

Poster Rating: C+ / B- / C

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Review: (#1) The see-through hand is the most interesting element in this design. The colors are commonplace, but handled modestly well. (#2) Again the same color scheme, but still well placed and the image is simple and somewhat evocative. A compositionally solid arrangement. (#3) This design isn’t terribly inventive or otherwise appealing. It’s a dull set of colors with few intriguing details.

Trailer Rating: A-

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Review: While some trailers need narrative details to give the audience something to latch onto, this trailer does little with that and still manages to create an air of mystery that pulls the audience in. A fascinating approach that works surprisingly well here.

Oscar Prospects:

Could this be one of the rare inventive horror films that can nab a Best Actress nominee? Rebecca Hall has been circling Oscar nominations before in critically-favored roles, but the Academy’s aversion to horror has kept many actresses from securing nominations for such. Even Emily Blunt couldn’t ride the wave of popularity of The Quiet Place to an Oscar nomination, so I doubt the less “overdue” Hall is going to have a steeper hill to climb.

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