Category: Previews

Film Preview: Dungeon & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (2023)

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(July 31, 2022) Original

Release Date:

March 3, 2023

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Not Available”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: The giant ampersand is a familiar emblem for the D&D world, but the silhouettes being so small and the yellow energy burst being too large, makes it all feel rather bland.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: Dungeons & Dragons players of all stripes will likely find something here to get excited about. Mimics, owlbears, acid-spitting black dragons, and a simple introduction to some of the classes on display will certainly make the film appealing. However, those who aren’t already fans aren’t likely to be excited about this particular effort.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Immaculate Room (2022)

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(July 31, 2022) Original

Release Date:

August 19, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Secrets and private demons emerge when a seemingly perfect young couple competes for a 5 million dollar prize by isolating themselves in an empty white room for 50 days. No phones, no family – only the room trying to break their resolve.”

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: This year has brought a lot of quasi-futuristic mystery dramas to cinemas and each one finds a nice, unique way of setting itself apart from others. This trailer mostly does that, establishing its logline without giving away too many elements, though it struggles towards the end of maintaining the film’s relevance.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Pearl (2022)

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(July 31, 2022) Original

Release Date:

September 16, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Back story on how Pearl became the person she was.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: If you compare this design with the one for Orphan: First Kill, you’ll see a dramatically different take one a youthful protagonist. This one does it much better, though the empty background and pale cream foreground don’t make it that good.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: While not as fascinating as it could be, the rhythm and content of this trailer presents a film that looks to set itself apart from myriad others. While I respect the attempt to make it seem like a trailer that might have released in the 1960s alongside a B movie, the motif doesn’t quite work within the context of the trailer itself.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: Don’t Worry, Darling (2022) Updated

Don't Worry, Darling posterNew Trailer (#2) — New Poster (#1)

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Film Preview: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)

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(July 31, 2022) Original

Release Date:

November 11, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The nation of Wakanda is pitted against intervening world powers as they mourn the loss of their king T’Challa.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: There’s nothing particularly special about this time, but it will get its point across.

Trailer Rating: A

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Review: That cover of “No Woman No Cry” may be one of the most perfect tracks ever used in a film trailer. It’s a mournful song that sensationally fits the theme of the film, a nation in mourning after the loss of its king. The imagery that goes along wonderfully captures the essence of the film without giving away its entire plot. Easily one of my favorites of the year.

Oscar Prospects:

The first film was a surprisingly strong Oscar competitor and this film visually looks to compete in the same way.

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Trailer Watch: The Munsters (2022) Updated

The Munsters posterNew Trailer (#3) — New Release Date (changed from “Coming Soon”)

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Film Preview: Prey for the Devil (2022)

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(July 24, 2022) Original

Release Date:

October 28, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A nun prepares to perform an exorcism and comes face to face with a demonic force with mysterious ties to her past.”

Poster Rating: C / C-

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Review: (#1) It’s a design that almost makes you gag, but not because it’s terrifying, but because having hair in your mouth is gross. Not the kind of horror to sell a film off of. (#2) The hair is back in a different way, pulling in visual concepts from numerous similar films over time and none of it works.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: If you could get a computer to write a script that homogenized every other possession horror film into a single entity, this would probably be it and that’s even with the attempt at a new angle on the story.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. (2022)

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(July 24, 2022) Original

Release Date:

September 2, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “In the aftermath of a huge scandal, Trinitie Childs, the first lady of a prominent Southern Baptist Mega Church, attempts to help her pastor-husband, Lee-Curtis Childs, rebuild their congregation.”

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: This mockumentary doesn’t quite get across what it’s attempting to show. Are they trying to ridicule the bombastic preacher aesthetic or are they trying to humanize God? In the end, it looks like an attempt to sell a televangelist, not his redemption.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: They/Them (2022) Updated

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Film Preview: She Said (2022)

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(July 24, 2022) Original

Release Date:

November 18, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor break one of the most important stories in a generation — a story that helped launch the #MeToo movement and shattered decades of silence around the subject of sexual assault in Hollywood.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: The anonymity aspect, while interesting, doesn’t exactly work in a poster that has little else going for it.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: For such an important story, such a dull trailer is not to be expected. Carey Mulligan is wonderful to watch, but in this trailer, she looks like she’s acting in a wholly different film. A film that looks more Movie of the Week than Oscar contender, which is not the expectation.

Oscar Prospects:

This is a potentially big contender. Based on a real Hollywood story about the fallen Harvey Weinstein, it has a lot of social relevance and if it’s a good movie, it would well be a major player.

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Film Preview: Halloween Ends (2022)

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(July 24, 2022) Original

Release Date:

October 14, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode comes to a spine-chilling climax in this final installment of the franchise.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: If you’ve seen any of the prior designs for this recent series of films, you won’t be terribly impressed with another design that looks like the prior ones.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: This trailer isn’t showing the audience anything new. It’s just a standard issue battle between Laurie and Michael and we’ve seen it for several films now with little actually having changed it seems.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Gigi & Nate (2022)

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(July 24, 2022) Original

Release Date:

September 2, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A young man’s life is turned upside down after he is left a quadriplegic. Moving forward seems near impossible until he meets his unlikely service animal, Gigi – a curious and intelligent capuchin monkey.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: As cute as the monkey is, this poster tells us nothing about the film or why we should engage with it.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: Although this is an incredibly simple and familiar trailer style, the subjects are adorable enough to make it more appealing than it might otherwise feel.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: The Munsters (2022) Updated

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Film Preview: Medusa (2022)

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(July 24, 2022) Original

Release Date:

July 29, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “In order to resist temptation, Mariana and her girlfriends try their best to control everything and everyone around them. However, the day will come when the urge to scream will be stronger than it ever has been.”

Poster Rating: C / C+

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Review: (#1) The plant framing is a modest attempt at creativity, as is the use of the green coloration to all the text, but it doesn’t look the least bit shocking or interesting. (#2) An interesting design not often seen that paints the same character across three different personalities. Were the film about such, it might make more sense.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: This jumbled trailer can’t quite decide what it wants to me. Elements of coming of age and horror are both present, but neither blends well with the others and the overarching story just doesn’t get any attention.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: A Love Song (2022)

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(July 24, 2022) Original

Release Date:

July 29, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “At a campground in the rural West, a woman waits alone for an old flame from her past to arrive, uncertain of his intentions while bashful about her own.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: It’s a nice piece of art, but it doesn’t do much to tell or sell.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: As compelling a storyline as this is, the trailer is rather lifeless, taking too much time to get to its point and ultimately sharing very little of the narrative that make it more interesting.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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