Coming Soon Trailers: Downsizing, Pitch Perfect 3, The Greatest Showman.

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Coming Soon Trailers: Downsizing, Pitch Perfect 3, The Greatest Showman.

With Hollywood releasing five new films, the video on demand market closes shop until January.

Coming Soon Trailers: Downsizing, Pitch Perfect 3, The Greatest Showman.
It’s a jungle at the theater this weekend.

It’s a good thing there’s a holiday around the corner, because you’ll need the extra time If you’re planning on catching most of the new releases coming out.  We had two wide releases, Jumanji and The Greatest Showman, drop on Wednesday, and three more are slated to join them on Friday.  Adding to this blitz are all of the indie films and Oscar hopefuls that have started expanding ahead of the nomination season.  With such a crowded field it is no surprise that the VOD market has gone dormant.  One new rental film releases this week and that will be the last such title until the new year.

Wide Release.

The Greatest Showman.

P.T. Barnum longs to escape his humble origins and provide the high-life for his family, but society rejects his dreams and schemes at every turn.  Gambling on the wild and provocative, he opens a circus filled with the outcasts of society and sets the polite world on fire.

See It?:  Yes.

Despite being ahistorical as all hell and having a rather simple plot, this musical soars on energy, music, and style.  See our full review for more.

Jumanji:  Welcome to the Jungle.

An old video game transports four players into the world of Jumanji, changing them from mild mannered to super powered in an escapist fantasy-land…but can they beat the game and return to the real world or will the jungle claim them forever?

See It?:  Rent it.

While the components for this comedy seem as solid as the Rock’s chiseled biceps, there’s not much here you can’t find in the other dozen comedies he’s done in the last three years.

Pitch Perfect 3.

The Bellas have separated after winning a global singing contest, but decide to give the limelight one last go when offered a spot on a USO tour.  They need to knock the rust off and get their acts in gear before another group steals the show.

See It?:  Rent it.

The Pitch Perfect premise seems to have peaked with the last entry, making the plot of this one feel like a let down.  Where do you go after winning the biggest contest in the world?  The charming personalities don’t seem to be enough to overcome a “been there, seen that” sequel that’s probably best saved for a rental marathon of the franchise.

Father Figures.

Two grown up brothers go on a road trip to discover which of their mother’s lovers is their father.

See It?:  Rent it.

Another comedy that feels overly familiar.  Of the three, I’d say this one stood out as having the most material to work with, but it still feels more worthy of a rental price than your ticket money.

Downsizing.

Technology that can shrink a person to only a few inches tall promises a cash strapped couple a way out of their problems, but the prospect of a scaled down life creates more troubles between them.

See It?:  No.

This film wears its premise and social commentary on its sleeve to a degree that I feel like I don’t need to see it to know exactly what is going to happen.

Video on Demand.

She Remembers, He Forgets.

A young couple caught up in the demands of modern life are watching their marriage disintegrate.  The wife thinks the answer lies in recalling their high school dreams, but the husband feels that those adolescent memories bring only disappointment.

See It?:  Yes.

This film explores the bustle of Hong Kong and nicely juxtaposes it with a rose-tinted look at school life, without falling into the trap of sentimentality.  The style and cinematography evoke classic films while retaining its own identity.

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