Category: Film Previews

Film Preview: Maneater (2022)

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(August 7, 2022) Original

Release Date:

August 26, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “After an accident during their vacations on a paradisiac island, a group of friends is stalked by a large shark.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: Predictable. Cheap. Unappealing. Three descriptive words that capture the essence of the design.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: Does this genre have anything new to say? If you go by this trailer, you might think that it doesn’t. There’s little rooting interest in the narrative and the scenes of shark attacks feel overly familiar. The score used even tries to surreptitiously connect itself to the Jaws theme and that might be the most telling element of the trailer that few will actually pick up on.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Aug. 19-21, 2022

Below are eight previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Beast (Wide)

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Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero (Wide)

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Delia’s Gone (Limited)

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The Immaculate Room (Limited)

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The Legend of Molly Johnson (Limited)

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Orphan: First Kill (Limited)

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Spin Me Round (Limited)

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Vesper (Limited)

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Film Preview: Spin Me Round (2022)

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(August 14, 2022) Original

Release Date:

August 19, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A woman wins an all-expenses trip to a company’s gorgeous “institute” outside of Florence, and also the chance to meet the restaurant chain’s wealthy and charismatic owner. She finds a different adventure than the one she imagined.”

Poster Rating: B

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Review: It’s a clever choice to make this look like a romance novel cover and that might be just enough to compel a few disinterested individuals into seeing the film, but might turn off quite a few others.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: The trailer does a fair job of conveying the film’s premise. It digs perhaps too deeply into it, giving away some of the originality, but the cast is appealing and there’s just enough of a light touch of comedy to hook some potential viewers.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Delia’s Gone (2022)

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(August 14, 2022) Original

Release Date:

August 19, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A convicted man embarks on a journey of violence and redemption to find out the truth about his sister’s death.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: Nothing new or inventive to see here with a shade too much obvious Photoshopping.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: It’s key to a film’s success to put forth a mystery the audience is interested in solving. This trailer tries desperately to provide that suspense, but the generic tediousness of the trailer undoes any good work they might have thought they were doing.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Out of the Blue (2022)

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(August 7, 2022) Original

Release Date:

August 26, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Connor, a man whose dull life is transformed into a thrilling fantasy world thanks to the seductive Marilyn.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: There’s a small amount of sultriness here and the tilt of the figures adds a measure of imbalance, but it’s generally just an overly simplistic effort.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: As much as the concept feels overly familiar, the trailer manages to avoid a lot of pitfalls that might make it feel too identifiable. That said, the trailer does an utterly poor job getting the audience engaged about the narrative. The tension is hampered by rapid cuts and dull backstory recitation. Sometimes, it’s nice to get information about the core of the film, but when you want to over-highlight the presence of Hank Azaria, you have to get him in often even if his presence feels tacked on.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: House of Darkness (2022)

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(August 7, 2022) Original

Release Date:

September 9, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Justin Long and Kate Bosworth star in this seductive thriller from director Neil LaBute (The Wicker Man). Driving home to her secluded estate after meeting at a local bar, a player out to score thinks his beautiful, mysterious date will be another casual hook-up. While getting acquainted, their flirtation turns playful, sexy and sinister. Hoping to get lucky, his luck may have just run out.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: Too much red with too much black and a disappointing amount of 2-dimensionality.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: The reference to Bram Stoker’s Dracula comes far too late in the trailer to be any good and the strangeness of the material outweighs any intrigue in the concept that might generate from that twist on Stoker’s tale.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Breaking (2022)

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(August 7, 2022) Original

Release Date:

August 26, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A Marine war veteran faces mental and emotional challenges when he tries to reintegrate back into civilian life.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: The attempt to add some details in the background works modestly welling, but their blend makes them hard to see and the background is still uninteresting.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: The look and feel of the film feels very much like Dog Day Afternoon, a connection related early in the trailer. Unfortunately, the reasons are poorly advanced and the audience only gets superficial bits of information about the film’s purpose without understanding what the resolution is intended to be.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Samaritan (2022)

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(August 7, 2022) Original

Release Date:

August 26, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A young boy learns that a superhero who was thought to have gone missing after an epic battle twenty years ago may in fact still be around.”

Poster Rating: B- / C

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Review: (#1) Although the design is a bit obvious and the background details are uninspired, it effectively gets the film’s concept out there for audiences to build intrigue. (#2) A simple, yet more obvious take on the prior design that is almost too simplistic as to be confusing.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: We’ve seen numerous films about aged hitmen trying to get out of the game, but we haven’t seen very many films about superheroes trying to get out of it. That gives the concept a fresh feeling, but the trailer doesn’t keep that newness engaged and ultimately feels like something we’ve seen countless times before even if unique.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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2022 Spring Season Box Office Wrap-Up: March

Below is a wrap-up of the predictions I made several months ago, an exploration of what succeeded and what failed, and how I observe things to have gone.

March 4, 2022

The Batman

Oscar Prospects: What I said: “None.”
Oscar Results: Still None
Box Office Prospects: $200 M
Box Office Expectations: What I Said: “Good. It’s hard to say how Warner Bros. will do now that they’ve stopped forcing day-and-date on their features. This should be an interesting test, though it’s fascianting how few wide release are coming out in the typically more lively March.”
Box Office Results: $369.5 M
Thoughts: [Major Success] The DC character that is most likely to win at the box office is Batman even though Superman also does well. It’s no surprise the film was a success, but this is a huge tally for a March release.

March 25, 2022

The Lost City

Oscar Prospects: What I said: “None.”
Oscar Results: Still None
Box Office Prospects: $100 M
Box Office Expectations: What I Said: “Good. Give audiences a good action-adventure romance film and they’ll show up. The question is will this be good enough to summon people to the box office.”
Box Office Results: $105.3 M
Thoughts: [Minor Success] A more expected tally for a March release, the $105 million box office pull for an original comedy is solid even if it’s just barely so.

Looking at the Weekend: Aug. 12-14, 2022

This weekend will have a few questions associated with it. 1) Can Bullet Train avoid a huge second weekend plunge and will that be enough to overcome a weak set of new releases? 2) Will Diane Keaton still be able to open a geriatric comedy at the top of the box office in spite of such a hackneyed premise? 3) Will the wide expansion of horror film Bodies Bodies Bodies be able to ride solid reviews to a number one finish? It’s hard to say what answers we’ll get as it’s just as possible that the opposite answers are true, but I suspect the answers are 1) Bullet Train will get a solid second-week hold, but it won’t be enough to top the box office. 2) Keaton is not going to have a good weekend as her film fails to appeal to the youth demographic, but it will still have modest support from Keaton fans and seniors. 3) The originality of the Bodies Bodies Bodies idea should be enough to boost it to the number one finish in a tight competition with Bullet Train.

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Trailer Watch: Blonde (2022) Updated

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Film Preview: Me Time (2022)

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(August 7, 2022) Original

Release Date:

August 26, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Follows a Dad who finds time for himself for the first time in years while his wife and kids are away. He reconnects with a friend for a wild weekend.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: That yellow-orange background is oppressive even if the foreground information is fitting. The titling looks cheap and dull as well.

Trailer Rating: B+

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Review: We’ve seen a handful of films about mothers getting away on a girls night trip and of course we’ve seen boys trips as well, but this feels like an inversion of some of those concepts. That alone is a reason to be wary, but the content of the trailer doesn’t start out very funny, but ramps up the comedic nature of the material as it progresses and ultimately ends on a high note. That will be enough to make this a popular choice.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero (2022)

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(July 31, 2022) Original

Release Date:

August 18, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The Red Ribbon Army from Goku’s past has returned with two new androids to challenge him and his friends.”

Poster Rating: C / C / C- (8) / C-

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Review: (#1) Stack all the characters and give them a blank background and it all looks impressively dull. (#2) A design with lots of details can be better than one without, but a design with a lot of chaotic details and no definition is not. (#3-#10) The laziest batch of character posters ever. Apart from a name change at the top and a character change, the designs are all identical and that’s a bad decision. (#11) Another dull IMAX design that might appeal to the core audience, but won’t appeal to anyone else.

Trailer Rating: D

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Review: A trailer for fans of the franchise that doesn’t seem interested in bringing in potential new viewers. And yet, it’s strangely still rather dull, narrative-lite, and incapable of making a case for a big screen roll out.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: TAR (2022)

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(July 31, 2022) Original

Release Date:

October 7, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Set in the international world of classical music, the film centers on Lydia Tár. widely considered one of the greatest living composer/conductors and first-ever female chief conductor of a major German orchestra.”

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: D+

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Review: This film had been put on the back burner during the pandemic and now that it’s finally coming out, it’s shocking just how unimpressive this trailer is. Sure, the narrator reciting dramatic lines is involving, the slow motion shot of Cate Blanchett exhaling a plume of smoke is rather dull and while it ends on an upbeat note with the orchestral conduction segment, that moment goes and goes too quickly to be of any merit.

Oscar Prospects:

Cate Blanchett should always be considered a contender for a dramatic role and while this trailer doesn’t give enough of an indication of the film’s level of quality to make a certain decision on its Oscar chances.

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Weekend Preview: Aug. 12-14, 2022

Below are five previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Fall (Wide)

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Mack & Rita (Wide)

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Bodies Bodies Bodies (Expanding)

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Emily the Criminal (Limited)

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Summering (Limited)

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