Coming Soon Trailers: Justice League, Wonder, The Star.

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Coming Soon Trailers: Justice League, Wonder, The Star.

Warner Brothers hopes you’ve forgotten about Batman V Superman long enough to see Justice League.  Or at least liked Wonder Woman enough to see Justice League.

Coming Soon Trailers: Justice League, Wonder, The Star.
You can’t save the franchise alone, either.

The second big comic book movie of November drops this weekend, and I’m sure Warner Brothers is praying that Justice League gets the kind of attention Thor Ragnarok garnered.  While the DCEU films haven’t had a financial flop yet, the critic and audience ratings for their films (besides Wonder Woman) have been miserable. If they want to keep the franchise around long enough to poop out several stand-alone films for lesser heroes like Flash and Cyborg, Justice League may be their last stand.

Our Video on Demand offerings this week are a tad eclectic.  A woman trapped on a luxury island get-away with a weird host, a man selling babies who don’t age, and a documentary about Jim Carrey’s time spent playing Andy Kaufman round out the usual horror movies and artsy millennial relationship dramas.

Wide Release.

Justice League.

Haunted by visions of an impending alien invasion and motivated by the loss of Superman, Batman sets about creating a peacekeeping group of super-powered individuals.  As he tries to convince Aquaman, The Flash, and the mysterious Cyborg to join him and Wonder Woman in their fight, the first signs of the coming onslaught appear.

See It?:  Yes…and then never again if it sucks.

This is the DCEU’s last chance.  Wonder Woman was just OK enough for me to hope they’re learning.  The rest have been utter dumpster fires.  If they want to make their world and characters compelling enough to give a damn, this is their big shot.  If they bollocks this up, I’m good with never seeing another DC licensed movie for a decade.

Wonder.

A young boy whose face is marked by a rare disease and several corrective surgeries enters middle school after having been kept apart from other children.

See It?:  Rent it.

There’s a specific genre of Hollywood film where we all learn a life lesson from somebody whose got it worse than we can imagine.  There’s also the genre where we learn a life lesson from a precocious child.  We’re kind of doubling down by combining the genre.  The performances look solid and the film looks well made…I’d just rather learn life lessons on the cheap at home while indulging in behavior that actively conflicts with learning life lessons.

The Star.

A donkey and his animal friends are all looking for something in life, and wind up following a guiding star to Bethlehem on the eve of the first Christmas.

See It?:  Wait for it to be free.  So a week.

This bargain bin animation is only seeing theatrical release because of the season and, probably, Oprah.  It’s a cookie cutter Christmas flick of the kind that will be flooding the airwaves for free any second now.  There’s no reason to spend money on an unpolished, formulaic animated movie.  This will probably be in syndication before THIS holiday, let alone waiting for next Christmas.

Video on Demand.

Automatic at Sea.

Eve, a young traveler from Sweden, accepts an unexpected invitation to spend some vacation time with a young man whose family owns an exclusive island.  As the days wear on and nobody else arrives, the man’s behavior becomes more bizarre and worrisome and Eve must find a way to get free.

See It?:  Yes?

An intensely surreal thriller, I’m intrigued by the novel sensibilities but could see the piece collapsing under the weight of its oddity.  Still, if it’s reasonably priced, I’d recommend at least shaking its hand.

Infinity Baby.

A botched experiment results in 1000 babies who cannot age, leading to the invention of Infinity Baby, a company that sells these perpetually young tots.

See It?:  Yes.

A sardonic look at societal values with a nice visual style.  Keiran Culkin has been making some really intense and interesting films, so I’m hopeful for this project.

Devil’s Whisper.

A young Latino-American boy longs to become a Catholic priest, but his aspirations are put to a horrifying test when he becomes the target of an ancient devil who stalks children.

See It?:  Wait.

I’ve heard quite a bit about how this horror thriller plays with and breaks the mold of the posession genre, but I didn’t quite see enough of that here.  Of course, studios play towards the broadest audience in trailers, so that may not reflect on the finished piece.  Check out a trusted reviewer before seeing if this is your cup of tea.

It Happened in L.A.

Annette and Elliot are a fairly average couple in Los Angeles…which means they’re royally screwed.  Instead of accepting the usual problems of a relationship, Annette begins comparing her love life to those of the women around her.  Unfortunately, the rosy surface life of others gives way to private lives every bit as complicated as her own.

See It?:  Nope.

This may play to a very particular audience, but I can’t forgive the forced delivery of kitschy dialogue and the atrocious sound work.  Seriously, its amateur hour.  The tired dating genre were we watch a half dozen awful people make bad decisions while being too cool for self awareness is played out.  I’ve run out of chuckles for vapid, loathsome people.

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond.

A documentary that examines the period of time where comedian Jim Carrey channeled the character of Andy Kaufman for a break-out performance, essentially living and acting like Kaufman during the process.  This doc assembles hours of footage taken during the filming of Man on the Moon, with commentary and interviews with Carrey and others.

See It?:  Yes.

Despite Jim Carrey looking like a train-hopping hobo these days, there was a period in his career where his intensity led to some acutely interesting performances.  I’d like to peer behind the curtain to see what the heck was going on.  Partly to see somebody losing himself in a role and partly to see if it becomes a glorious train wreck.

Almost Friends.

Charlie was once a promising young chef before he burnt out and wound up living at his mom’s.  His friends are an odd bunch who do little to help him grow up, and his fawning crush on a local barista isn’t helping much either.  As he gets to know Amber, he realizes she’s going through tumultuous times as well.

See It?: Nope.

Dear god, how many people in the first minute of this trailer have to tell our generic white kid how special he is?  I know they think him narrating his character flaws makes him seem realistic and relatable, but it just gets tiresome.  Sorry you flamed out of your first career choice at the ripe age of 22.  Life sucks, wear a helmet.

 

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