Category: Film Previews

Film Preview: The Exchange (2021)

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(July 18, 2021) Original

Release Date:

July 30, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Hoping to find friendship with a French exchange student, an awkward teenager discovers that the student is not as sophisticated and cultured as he assumed.”

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: A film about a troublemaking charismatic foreign exchange student has a lot of potential, but the trailer doesn’t quite provide the supporting documentation to compel the audience to give the film a try.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Beckett (2021)

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(July 18, 2021) Original

Release Date:

August 13, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Following a tragic car accident in Greece, Beckett, an American tourist, finds himself at the center of a dangerous political conspiracy and on the run for his life.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: This design says nothing about the kind of film it is. Sure, there’s the gun and the arm cast, but that’s it, which is not enough to be appealing.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: The thriller elements of the trailer aren’t well focused, making the film feel pathless and derivative.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Turning Red (2022)

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(July 18, 2021) Original

Release Date:

March 11, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A 13-year-old girl turns into a giant red panda whenever she gets too excited.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: Cute, sure, but not detailed enough.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: More than many animated teasers of late, this trailer looks a little bit more juvenile than prior Pixar/Disney efforts, but that might just be why it’s releasing early in 2022 rather than in summer or winter.

Oscar Prospects:

It’s a bit early, but the film will at least compete for Best Animated Feature if nothing else.

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2021 Blockbuster Season Box Office Preview: August

Here we look at the upcoming month’s offerings.

August 6, 2021

The Suicide Squad

Premise: From IMDb: “Supervillains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker and a collection of nutty cons at Belle Reve prison join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X as they are dropped off at the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.”
Box Office Prospects: $250 M
Expectations: Uncertain. The first Suicide Squad made over $325 million, but the Harley Quinn-focused Birds of Prey made $85 million thanks to the rise of the pandemic. The pandemic is still in play, so it might not be able to come close to the original, but we shall see.
Oscar Prospects: Uncertain. The first film was nominated for, and won, an Oscar for Best Makeup & Haristyling. Lightning isn’t likely to strike twice, but we will see.
Cinema Sight Preview: See my preview of this title here.

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Looking at the Weekend: Jul. 23-25, 2021

The box office continues to be unpredictable with audiences still not turning out in droves like it should be. Strong debuts are followed by week second frames, which might just give Snake Eyes a chance to top the box office without much competition. Old is another M. Night Shyamalan attempt to revitalize his career, but I’m not sure it can overtake Snake Eyes.

Our Highest Rated Films: Joe Bell, Old
Our Best Awards Ratings: No consensus.

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Ailey (Limited)
All the Streets are Silent: The Convergence of Hip Hop and Skateboarding (1987-1997) (Limited)
Fear and Loathing in Aspen (Limited)
The Ogglies (Limited)
Once I Was Engaged (Limited)
Room 9 (Limited)
Secret Agent Dingledorf and His Trusty Dog Splat (Limited)
Trackside Goons (Limited)
Val (Limited)
Victim of Love (Limited)

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Film Preview: Encanto (2021)

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(July 18, 2021) Original

Release Date:

November 24, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A young Colombian girl has to face the frustration of being the only member of her family without magical powers.”

Poster Rating: B- / B

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Review: (#1) Although the capybara, toucan, and parrot are cute, they don’t add much to a satisfactory design. (#2) While it doesn’t entirely speak to the film’s concept, there’s just enough here to be intriguing.

Trailer Rating: B+

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Review: While the trailer is somewhat enchanting, the musical elements are minimized to the point of feeling irrelevant. That kind of deemphasis has doomed more than a handful of potential blockbusters.

Oscar Prospects:

A certain contender for Best Animated Feature and is very likely to compete in Original Song and Original Score as well, which means Sound is, in tandem, a potential.

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Film Preview: Ema (2021)

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(July 18, 2021) Original

Release Date:

August 13, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A couple deals with the aftermath of an adoption that goes awry as their household falls apart.”

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: B+

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Review: The trailer doesn’t quite explain the narrative and plotting elements that would make it compelling. What makes it fascinating is the rhythmic, entrancing nature of the music and dance elements. That could be enough to entice curiosity seekers.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Pig (2021)

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(July 11, 2021) Original

Release Date:

July 16, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A truffle hunter who lives alone in the Oregonian wilderness must return to his past in Portland in search of his beloved foraging pig after she is kidnapped.”

Poster Rating: C- / D

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Review: (#1) Simple, but unappealing. This close up of a pig’s hide adds nothing of measurable importance. (#2) The absence of background detail and the visage of star Nicolas Cage don’t make for a very interesting design, especially in this dark and dull effort.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: This truffle-hunting pig version of John Wick is a seemingly existential film that doesn’t look terribly appealing or interesting. The trailer is generic, confusing, and lifeless.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Jul. 23-25, 2021

Below are seven previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Old (Wide)

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Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (Wide)

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How It Ends (Limited)

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Joe Bell (Limited)

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Mandibles (Limited)

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Midnight in the Switchgrass (Limited)

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Settlers (Limited)

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Film Preview: Settlers (2021)

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(July 18, 2021) Original

Release Date:

July 23, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Mankind’s earliest settlers on the Martian frontier do what they must to survive the cosmic elements and each other.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: The background is a shade misleading and the foreground while minorly contemplative is not very intriguing.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: As compelling as the concept might sound on paper, the execution provided in the trailer is rote and uninvolving.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Midnight in the Switchgrass (2021)

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(July 18, 2021) Original

Release Date:

July 23, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An FBI agent and Florida State officer team up to investigate a string of unsolved murder cases.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: There’s nothing much to see here. The background and lower foreground details simply don’t make up for the cheapness of the design.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: A surprisingly effective trailer for a film that is very clearly a throwaway effort for all those involved.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Mandibles (2021)

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(July 18, 2021) Original

Release Date:

July 23, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Two simple-minded friends discover a giant fly in the trunk of a car and decide to domesticate it to earn money with it.”

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: B-

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Review: Selling the film on its creator’s previous work (Rubber and Deerskin) could have been more effective, but the strangeness of the events in the trailer, combined with the elements of satire and farce might ultimately make the film more appealing than it might otherwise be.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Nine Days (2021)

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(July 11, 2021) Original

Release Date:

July 30, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A reclusive man conducts a series of interviews with human souls for a chance to be born.”

Poster Rating: C / C / D+ (7) / C / B

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Review: (#1 & #2) These designs don’t tell the viewer much of anything about the film, which makes it difficult to be intrigued. (#3-#9) These character posters are bland and simplistic with colored text over black-and-white imagery, none of which looks more than passable together. (#10) This is a little more creative than the first two darker designs, but it isn’t that much more inventive. (#10) Using a very interesting color-based aesthetic using photographic and videographic color bars adds something unique even if it’s not easily identifiable with the film’s themes.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: A confusing, listless trailer that hints at something supposedly deep and meaningful, but fails to execute the concept for a previewing audience.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Addams Family 2 (2021)

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(July 11, 2021) Original

Release Date:

October 1, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The Addams get tangled up in more wacky adventures and find themselves involved in hilarious run-ins with all sorts of unsuspecting characters. Sequel to the 2019 animated film, ‘The Addams Family’.”

Poster Rating: C- / D+ (10) / C-

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Review: (#1) The solid orange background with faint fading does not make for a pleasing combination, even if it is a Halloween-style film for this Halloween release. (#2-#11) These character posters are fitted with dull, albeit different, colored backgrounds that don’t make the foreground image stand out more interestingly. (#12) Another full character poster with an uninspired solid-ish color background.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: The opening bit feels like a teaser trailer that is carelessly blended into the full narrative review, giving the audience plenty of expectations for the film without any of them feeling worthwhile.

Oscar Prospects:

The first film didn’t manage to surprise with a nomination, the sequel isn’t likely to either.

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Film Preview: The Evening Hour (2021)

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(July 11, 2021) Original

Release Date:

July 13, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Adaptation of Carter Sickels’ 2012 novel.”

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: The trailer’s lugubrious pace is supplemented by images that are modestly striking, but which never engage the viewer. This kind of design is meant to appeal to cineastes and even they might ultimately feel disenchanted by the preview’s end.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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