Category: Previews

Film Preview: Luckiest Girl Alive (2022)

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(September 11, 2022) Original

Release Date:

October 7, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A woman in New York, who seems to have things under control, is faced with a trauma that makes her life unravel.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: This watercolor catastrophe is visually dull and looks overly flat, which might be intentional. Intentional or not, it simply doesn’t work.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: This suspense narrative is poorly presented in the trailer. There aren’t enough clues to make sense of anything and thereby to form a connection to the central character. Everyone around her seems paper thin and the whole film looks like an exercise in pablum.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Good Nurse (2022)

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(September 11, 2022) Original

Release Date:

October 26, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An infamous caregiver is implicated in the deaths of hundreds of hospital patients.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: The mind wasn’t designed to parse the kind of overlap used here. They are meant to do that, but the indistinct merging at the neckline makes it visually horrendous and the bland backdrop doesn’t improve anything.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: There’s a compelling narrative at the center of this film and that comes across, as does the potential for strong performances; however, the production feels overly predictable and quite a bit dull and that’s not a pleasing prospect.

Oscar Prospects:

It has elements that might make the performances contenders, but I suspect the film will be drowned out by other work this year.

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Trailer Watch: Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (2022) Updated

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Film Preview: Armageddon Time (2022)

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(September 11, 2022) Original

Release Date:

November 11, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A deeply personal coming-of-age story about the strength of family and the generational pursuit of the American Dream.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: While it’s a nice line drawing of New York City, the lack of background details makes for a rather bland experience.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: A slice-of-life coming-of-age drama from a bygone era looks like it covers a lot of old ground, but also features some potentially compelling moments. The trailer also struggles to find its footing.

Oscar Prospects:

Another potential Oscar contender with quite a few potential nominations.

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Film Preview: Wendell & Wild (2022)

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(September 11, 2022) Original

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October 28, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Two scheming demon brothers, Wendell and Wild, must face their arch-nemesis, the demon-dusting nun Sister Helly, and her two acolytes, the goth teens Kat and Raul. However, Raul cannot see them so Kat helps Wendell and Wild to help him.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: The effort employed to make this feel as dull-witted as possible doesn’t go unnoticed. While you do get an understanding of the medium and indistinctly the narrative, it all feels a bit rushed.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: The visuals are stunning and that’s to be expected from Henry Selick. The distinction comes with the narrative presented, which is slipshod and uninteresting. That dichotomy battles in the viewer’s mind to such a degree that someone might be equally interested and suspicious.

Oscar Prospects:

The first thing a Best Animated Feature contender has to do is eliminate the Disney entries. While the film is sure to be Oscar nominated, it will mostly compete against the Disney and Pixar efforts. Lightyear was a dud and Turning Red‘s eligibility is in question due to its streaming release. Strange World is their last 2022 release and it is directed by Don Hall. So, if that film flops with critics, i think this one can win the Oscar. If not, then all bets are off.

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Film Preview: All Quiet on the Western Front (2022)

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(September 11, 2022) Original

Release Date:

October 28, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A young German soldier’s terrifying experiences and distress on the western front during World War I.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: A simple design that has a handful of interesting details with a backdrop that isn’t dull.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: If you’re a fan of the 1930 film and/or the novel, then you know this anti-war film has a lot of potential emotional impact and the trailer largely sets that kind of tone, which should provide most viewers hope. The problem is that the potential for pessimism for the material comes through a bit too strongly, which might turn away a lot of people who should see the film.

Oscar Prospects:

The original film is one of the greatest Best Picture winners in Oscar history and the novel is considered a literary classic. The formula for Oscar competitiveness is there, but will this be the entry Netflix flogs above all others or will it be ignored? We will see how critics appreciate it first.

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Film Preview: Wood and Water (2022)

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(September 4, 2022) Original

Release Date:

March 24, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “As she enters retirement, a mother leaves behind her solitary life in rural Germany and memories of a once perfect family life and travels to protest-ridden Hong Kong, a place that has kept her son away from her for many years.”

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: What the trailer’s intent is remains a question. It’s a languid effort that doesn’t seem to understand how it’s supposed to intrigue the viewer without feeling exceedingly dull.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Good Boss (2022)

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(September 4, 2022) Original

Release Date:

August 26, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Awaiting a visit by a committee that could give his company an award for excellence, the owner of an industrial scales manufacturing business tries to resolve any problems from his workers in enough time.”

Poster Rating: C- / C+ / C / D+

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Review: (#1) Marking through the “Good” on such a generic poster is the height of laziness. (#2) Taking a brief moment in the trailer and building your design around it (hopefully, a more significant moment in the film), is an interesting choice, though the non-existent and harshly bright background is a huge negative. (#3) The action in the title design is more interesting than the rest of the design. (#4) The height of laziness in poster design. It’s just shy of being a title-only design.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: Apart from the unnecessarily tiny and sometimes hard to read English translation, the trailer seems lost at trying to tell the story without giving away the purpose. You can get the barest of understanding about the film’s attitude towards its central figure, but it’s only superficial.

Oscar Prospects:

The film was submitted for the Best International Feature Oscar last year and didn’t make it, so don’t expect anything different this year.

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Film Preview: Land of Dreams (2022)

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(September 11, 2022) Original

Release Date:

September 16, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Land of Dreams is a political satire set in the near future where America has closed its borders and become more insular than ever. The story follows Simin, an Iranian American woman, on a journey to discover the core of what it means to be a free American. She works for the most important government agency of her time, the Census Bureau. In efforts to understand and control its populous, the government has begun a program to record the citizen’s dreams. Simin, one of the Census Bureau’s lead dream catchers, is unaware of this devious plot. She herself, being among the last immigrants allowed into the country, is torn between her appreciation for America’s acceptance, compassion for those whose dreams she is recording and a truth she must find within. Playful and poignant, Land of Dreams acknowledges the greatness of the American experiment while offering a warning beacon for what could come.”

Poster Rating: B-

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Review: The attempt to say something visually about the fakeness of the American Dream is well presented, but the surrounding design isn’t terribly interesting.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: The trailer is largely confusing, failing to get across a sense of a quasi-futurism with its characters. This also looks similar to another recent film, which won’t matter to a lot of people who see this particular trailer since they might have seen the other, but the similarities are stark enough that it trips the memory, but not strong enough to conjure up the memory of the title of the prior entry.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Casablanca Beats (2022)

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(September 11, 2022) Original

Release Date:

September 16, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Anas, a former rapper, is employed in a cultural centre. Encouraged by their new teacher, the students will try to free themselves from the weight of traditions to live their passion and express themselves through hip hop culture”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: A blurry, indistinct background, cheaply cobbled-together foreground elements, and a horrendously ugly, large-fonted title. It’s an uninteresting design.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: The trailer does a fine job setting up the cultural conflict inherent in the trailer’s premise, but it also can’t seem to find a path forward for viewers who are going to struggle to read the subtitles quickly enough to also pay attention to the events on screen. That struggle might not generate a repeat viewing.

Oscar Prospects:

The film was submitted by Morocco last year, so its Oscar chances this year are non-existent.

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Film Preview: The Swearing Jar (2022)

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(September 4, 2022) Original

Release Date:

September 23, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “”It is a rare and miraculous thing to find your one true soul mate.” Carey soon learns that finding two of them can pose an even greater problem.”

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 does very little to persuade the viewer that there’s something fresh or creative on offer in the film, which makes it a tough sell.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Son (2022)

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(September 4, 2022) Original

Release Date:

November 11, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Peter as his busy life with new partner Emma and their baby is thrown into disarray when his ex-wife Kate turns up with their teenage son, Nicholas.”

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: If you could teach a class on how to make an evocative trailer, this wouldn’t be the kind of effort that will appeal. The drama’s kept on the edge of the viewer’s mind without the reason or contemplative essence beneath it.

Oscar Prospects:

It could follow in The Father‘s footsteps or it could be ignored.

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Film Preview: Nanny (2022)

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(September 4, 2022) Original

Release Date:

November 23, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Immigrant nanny Aisha, piecing together a new life in New York City while caring for the child of an Upper East Side family, is forced to confront a concealed truth that threatens to shatter her precarious American Dream.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: It isn’t much of a design, but it at last tries for something visually interesting.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: It seems like a film that could be about something, but which is so enamored with its own attempts to ratchet up the tension that it cannot find a throughline that makes it all seem worth watching.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Superior (2022)

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(September 4, 2022) Original

Release Date:

March 25, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “On the run, Marian returns to her hometown to hide out with her identical twin sister, Vivian, altering the trajectory of both their lives.”

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: There’s an attempt to make this seem like a unique indie movie experience, but the trailer can’t find a rhythm that makes the content feel important or unmissable.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: White Noise (2022)

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(September 4, 2022) Original

Release Date:

December 30, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “White Noise dramatizes a contemporary American family’s attempts to deal with the mundane conflicts of everyday life while grappling with the universal mysteries of love, death, and the possibility of happiness in an uncertain world.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: You almost get the feeling of what the film’s about, but not enough of a feeling to make it appealing.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: You almost get the sense that this is an indie drama set during a pending apocalypse, but the trailer never quite succeeds at giving the audience an idea of why they should be interested.

Oscar Prospects:

It might be a contender for acting and writing, but the film is already a bit contentious in certain circles.

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