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Destroyer

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How does a film that is positioned for Oscar nominations fall off the radar so quickly? Is this a transformative performance from Nicole Kidman? Why can’t Sebastian Stan stay away from girls that are going to be trouble? We only do 1 show a month so why a hiatus? We might answer these questions on this month’s Trailer Rewind.

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"You can be better than me."

Everything from the release date and the blurbs from critics told us this was going to be an Oscar contender. Nicole Kidman was delivering a performance unlike any we had seen from her before. Director Karyn Kusama had moved from film to television for nearly a decade until she returned with 2015’s The Invitation. Destroyer was a highly anticipated follow-up.

And then audiences failed to turn out for this film. Or was it a studio that failed to deliver a successful marketing and promotional strategy? Perhaps the Nicole Kidman audiences wanted last winter was on the screen in Aquaman and Boy Erased. Whatever the cause, Destroyer came and went from theaters and was forgotten.

On this month’s Trailer Rewind JJ and Steve dig into this gritty crime drama to uncover what works, what doesn’t, and ultimately determine if there’s a hidden treasure underneath it all.

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