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Trailer Snark (December 15, 2018 Theatrical Trailers)

Welcome to Trailer Snark, a weekly column covering trailers for movies that will be released this week with thoughts from our roster of bloggers (Jessica from The Female Perspective, Ken from The Crank File, Jim from The Front Row View, Eric from View from Above, Robert from Cards and Counters, Wayne from The Dope Sheet, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Disney) – Action/Advernture/Sci-Fi
Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence.
Tag Line: None
Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver
Plot: Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.
Running Time: 152 minutes

Rob F: It’s finally here!!! We’re going to get some answers about Luke, Rey, and Snoke! We’re going to build on the greatest entertainment franchise in the history of mankind. This is way better than Christmas! Fan event tickets for Thursday’s first showing are locked and loaded on IMAX. May the Force be with you…
Chris: The reinvigorated franchise is back with the middle frame of its latest trilogy, and throngs of Star Wars faithful will never be the same.  Every movie is an event in and of itself.  Let the debate begin on the result.

Ferdinand (20th Century Fox Animation) – Animation/Adventure/Comedy
Rated PG for rude humor, action and some thematic elements
Tag Line: This Christmas, BULL-ieve.
Starring: John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Canavale
Plot: After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure.
Running Time: 106 minutes

Chris: With this week’s purchase of Fox’s film rights, don’t we technically consider this one a Disney Film?  Is there a princess in it anywhere?  Is John Cena the princess?  Will John Cena now visit my house to bodyslam me through my coffee table?  News at 11.
Rob F: Looks mediocre, but will probably end up watching it as a rental with my youngest down the road.  

Permanent (Magnolia) – Comedy
Rated PG-13 for crude sexual references, language and thematic elements
Tag Line: Hairstyles are temporary. Families are forever.
Starring: Patricia Arquette, Rainn Wilson, Kira McLean
Plot: Permanent is a comedy about bad hair, adolescence, and socially awkward family members. It involves life-altering permanents and poorly-made toupees. Obstacles to daily survival ensue.
Running Time: 93 minutes

Rob F: Hard pass. If this were a magazine I would not be a subscriber.
Chris: I wouldn’t buy a ticket with Rob’s wallet.

Beyond Skyline (Vertical Entertainment) – Action/Adventure/Horror
Rated R for sequences of bloody sci-fi violence, and language throughout.
Tag Line: None
Starring: Frank Grillo, Bojana Novakovic, Iko Uwais
Plot: A tough-as-nails detective embarks on a relentless pursuit to free his son from a nightmarish alien warship.
Running Time: 105 minutes

Chris:  I hadn’t even heard of this one before seeing the news of its release this week.  But it looks to me like a fun little theater outing.  Frank Grillo is bad*ss.
Rob F: I would probably enjoy renting this. It’s got no chance at the box office though.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for Star Wars….like it was a contest.

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Trailer Snark (December 8, 2017 Theatrical Trailers)

Welcome to Trailer Snark, a weekly column covering trailers for movies that will be released this week with thoughts from our roster of bloggers (Jessica from The Female Perspective, Ken from The Crank File, Jim from The Front Row View, Eric from View from Above, Robert from Cards and Counters, Wayne from The Dope Sheet, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

 

The Shape of Water (Fox Searchlight) – Adventure/Fantasy/Drama
Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, violence and language
Tag Line: A Fairy Tale for Troubled Times
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon
Plot: An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

Chris: Del Toro films are always on point but I am not taken with this trailer.  I am sure it won’t disappoint, however.
Jim: At the very least, this is just amazing to look at. Couple this with the strong cast and this could be another Pan’s Labyrinth for del Toro.

Just Getting Started (Broad Green Pictures) – Action/Comedy
Rated PG-13 for language, suggestive material and brief violence
Tag Line: None
Starring: Glenne Headly, Morgan Freeman, Rene Russo, Tommy Lee Jones
Plot: A two-hander action comedy in the vein of Midnight Run (1988), about an ex-F.B.I. Agent (Tommy Lee Jones) and an ex-mob lawyer in the Witness Protection Program (Morgan Freeman) having to put aside their petty rivalry on the golf course to fend off a mob hit.

Jim: I was going to say possible rental until I realized it was a Ron Shelton movie. The subject matter still isn’t enough to get me into a theater, but the cast and writer-director upgrade it to definite rental.
Chris: The trailer is mildly entertaining, but not enough to drop the wallet for a theater viewing.  Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones are a solid one-two punch for any movie.

I, Tonya (30West) – Biography/Drama/Sports
Rated R for pervasive language, violence, and some sexual content/nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney
Plot: Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.

Chris: I remember when competitive ice skating turned into a Jerry Springer-like joke of a fiasco.  And I was ready to cry “Why? Why?” at making a movie about it all, but then I saw the trailer, and now I can’t help but be intrigued by the spectacle.  Nice job trailer editing people!
Jim: Margot Robbie is always worth watching (heck, even in still photographs), Allison Janney is amazing, and the unbelievable story held the world captive back in ’94. Definite Rental 2

November Criminals (Sony Pictures) – Crime/Drama/Mystery
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content including teen sexuality, drug material, brief violence and strong language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Ansel Elgort, Catherine Keener
Plot: A teenager takes on his own investigation of a murder in Washington D.C.

Jim: A nicely done trailer certainly stirs my interest, but not as a visit to a movie theater.
Chris: Alright, you got my attention!  If the movie is as good as the trailer portends, we may have a nice little film on our hands here.

Tickets Purchased:  2 for The Shape of Water

 

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Trailer Snark (December 1, 2017 Theatrical Trailers)

Welcome to Trailer Snark, a weekly column covering trailers for movies that will be released this week with thoughts from our roster of bloggers (Jessica from The Female Perspective, Ken from The Crank File, Jim from The Front Row View, Eric from View from Above, Robert from Cards and Counters, Wayne from The Dope Sheet, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

The Disaster Artist (New Line Cinema) – Biography/Drama/Comedy
Rated R for language throughout and some sexuality/nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Dave Franco, James Franco, Seth Rogen
Plot: When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.
Running Time: 103 minutes

Chris: I know there is a lot of James Franco hate.  Now you get twice the Franco!  I don’t hate Franco.
Jim: I’m writing this while still trying to get over the trailer for Another Wolfcop. Oh yeah, uh, The Disaster Artist…looks like a nice Portrait of A Jerk, but have to admit it looks interesting. One of Franco’s stronger performances, most likely.

Wonder Wheel (Amazon Studios) – Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic content including some sexuality, language and smoking
Tag Line: None
Starring: Jim Belushi, Juno Temple, Justin Timberlake
Plot: On Coney Island in the 1950s, a lifeguard tells the story of a middle-aged carousel operator and his beleaguered wife.
Running Time: 101 minutes

Jim: I think Woody Allen is an amazing artist (sure I’m getting a few titters at this) and I always look forward to seeing his work. Have you seen the trailer for Another Wolfcop?
Chris: What if Woody Allen directed Another Wolfcop instead?

The Shape of Water (Fox Searchlight) – Adventure/Fantasy/Drama
Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, violence and language
Tag Line: A Fairy Tale for Troubled Times
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon
Plot: An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

Chris: Del Toro films are always on point but I am not taken with this trailer.  I am sure it won’t disappoint, however.
Jim: At the very least, this is just amazing to look at. Couple this with the strong cast and this could be another Pan’s Labyrinth for del Toro. Bet it’s no Another Wolfcop, though.

The Tribes of Palos Verdes (Relativity Media) – Drama
Rated R for drug use, language throughout and some sexual content
Tag Line: None
Starring: Maika Monroe, Jennifer Garner
Plot: When the situation at her idyllic Palos Verdes home turns volatile, young Medina attempts to surf her way to happiness.

Jim: It’s got the appealing Jennifer Garner, but I’ll pass on this drama rife with strife.
Chris:  This one is getting passed on quicker than a taco.

Love Beats Rhymes (Lionsgate) – Drama/Musical
Rated R for language and some sexual material
Tag Line: None
Starring: Common, Hana Mae Lee, Method Man
Plot: When struggling rapper Coco (Azealia Banks) enrolls in a poetry class, she thinks her rhymes will impress her teacher, Professor Dixon (Jill Scott). Instead, Dixon challenges Coco to seek real meaning in her lyrics, setting her on a journey of discovery that takes her through rap clubs and poetry slams, leading her to find her true voice – and true love – in this uplifting movie costarring Lucien Laviscount and Common.

Chris:  Blah Blah Blah
Jim: the message is loud and the message is good, but my dislike for rap’ll keep me outta the ‘hood. Rapping Wolfcops, though, that’d be different.

Gangster Land (Cinedigm) – Crime/Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Sean Faris, Milo Gibson
Plot: The story of America’s most famous mobsters and their rise to power, GANGSTER LAND examines Al Capone’s ascension through the eyes of his second in command, “Machine Gun” Jack McGurn. Once an amateur boxer, McGurn is lured into the Italian mafia after the murder of his stepfather. Upon joining, he rises swiftly through the ranks along with friend and eventual boss, Capone. As the Italian mob becomes the most lucrative criminal organization in the country, tensions build with “Bugs” Moran and the Irish mob which ignites a brutal gang war culminating with the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
Running Time: 97 minutes

Jim: Looks like a good, solid old-style gangster pic, nice rental.
Chris: I’m with Jim on this one.  Good one for the living room couch potato.

Another Wolfcop (Vortex) – Comedy/Horror
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Leo Fafard, Jonathan Cherry
Plot: Alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou springs into action when an eccentric businessman with evil intentions seduces Woodhaven’s residents with a new brewery and hockey team in this outrageous horror-comedy sequel.
Running Time: 82 minutes

Chris:  Doesn’t it just smack of old drive in movie goodness?  A movie you can’t take seriously and I love that.
Jim: OK. This trailer was just pure genius. Simply put, it’s just a perfect expression of why I go to the movies. If I were in college, I’d write a term paper on it.

Slumber (Vertical Entertainment) – Horror
Rated R for some disturbing material, and language
Tag Line: Welcome to the original nightmare
Starring: Honor Kneafsey, Maggie Q
Plot: A sleep doctor tries to protect a family from a demon that feeds on people in their nightmares.
Running Time: 84 minutes

Jim: Another boring horror trailer that would have looked dull 20 years ago. And for cryin’out loud, it takes place at night, so why no Wolfcops?
Chris: Could be the cure for no sleep.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for Another WolfCop!

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Trailer Snark (November 22, 2017 Theatrical Trailers)

Welcome to Trailer Snark, a weekly column covering trailers for movies that will be released this week with thoughts from our roster of bloggers (Jessica from The Female Perspective, Ken from The Crank File, Jim from The Front Row View, Eric from View from Above, Robert from Cards and Counters, Wayne from The Dope Sheet, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Coco (Disney) – Animation/Adventure/Comedy
Rated PG for thematic elements
Tag Line: None
Starring: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal
Plot: Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to work out the mystery.
Running Time: 109 minutes

Chris: Disney does what they do best. This time with latin flare. I’ll catch it when it comes to my Blu Ray shelf.
Jim: Not the strongest Pixar trailer I’ve ever seen, but Inside Out had a weak one and the movie was awesome. Most likely see this in between helpings of hopefully not too much unhealthy holiday food.

Darkest Hour (Focus Features) – Biography/Drama/History
Rated PG-13 for some thematic material
Tag Line: Never give up. Never give in.
Starring: Gary Oldman, Lily James
Plot: During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.
Running Time: 125 minutes

Jim: A great trailer for what looks like might be a rousing and fitting portrayal of the man. Some amazing makeup on that human chameleon Gary Oldman.
Chris: Churchill was the right leader for Britain at the right time. I haven’t seen any other films that really center on this historical figure, and I am intrigued to see how he is portrayed.

The Man Who Invented Christmas (Bleecker Street Media) – Biography/Comedy/Drama
Rated PG for thematic elements and some mild language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer
Plot: The journey that led to Charles Dickens’ creation of “A Christmas Carol,” a timeless tale that would redefine the holiday.
Running Time: 104 minutes

Chris: Dickens develops relationships with the characters he is best remembered for in the furious run-up to the publishing of the renowned A Christmas Carol. Looks like a pretty cool take on the history and a Christmas movie I could really get into.
Jim: Finishing a great year for Dan Stevens and featuring the very prolific Christopher Plummer. I can never tire of this story and just finished some historical fiction on the making of it (Mr Dickens and His Carol). A must-see.

Chappaquiddick (Entertainment Studios) – Biography/Crime/Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic material, disturbing images, some strong language, and historical smoking
Tag Line: None
Starring: Jason Clarke, Clancy Brown, Kata Mara, Ed Helms
Plot: Ted Kennedy’s life and political career become derailed in the aftermath of a fatal car accident in 1969 that claims the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne.
Running time: 107 minutes

*There is no trailer available for this film, which is the first time in Trailer Snark history that you cannot find an active trailer on the internet for a film that is being released in the same week.  Hard to believe that someone has not cut a trailer for a film that has already screened at the Toronto Film Festival and features some major actors.  So it is not so much a stretch to believe that some powerful politicos are trying to squash promotion of the film.  It is too bad we can’t get an advanced peak, but if it turns out to be a good film, we certainly hope that people go see it.*

Tickets Purchased:  Two for The Man Who Invented Christmas

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Trailer Snark (November 17, 2017 Theatrical Trailers)

Welcome to Trailer Snark, a weekly column covering trailers for movies that will be released this week with thoughts from our roster of bloggers (Jessica from The Female Perspective, Ken from The Crank File, Jim from The Front Row View, Eric from View from Above, Robert from Cards and Counters, Wayne from The Dope Sheet, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Justice League (Warner Bros) – Action/Adventure/Fantasy
Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action
Tag Line: Justice for all.
Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams
Plot: Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.
Running Time: 120 minutes

Jim: Sorry, but I hated, hated, hated Batman vs. Superman, and it looks like Zack Snyder is back to bore me to bat-tears. Not a good feeling for this, despite the presence of Wonder Woman.
Chris: When you hear that they spent $40 million on re-shoots, it does not inspire confidence, but DC is coming off a very big, successful, and high quality Wonder Woman film.  I’ll obviously be going to the theater to see this one, though maybe not opening week.

Wonder (Lionsgate) – Drama
Rated PG for thematic elements including bullying, and some mild language
Tag Line: Choose kind.
Starring: Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Julia Roberts
Plot: Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.
Running Time: 113 minutes

Chris: Seems like a nice one to watch with the kids with a message and they and the rest of us can all be reminded of. 
Jim: A nice lump-in-the -throat trailer, looks like it’s handled with much care and sensitivity. Not quite enough to get me into a theater, but it looks like a worthwhile rental.

The Star (Columbia Pictures) – Animation/Adventure/Comedy
Rated PG for some thematic elements
Tag Line: It Takes Many Tails To Tell The Greatest Story Ever
Starring: Steven Yeun, Ving Rhames, Keegan Michael-Key
Plot: A small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas.
Running Time: 86 minutes

Jim: To be honest, despite the great subject matter, the whole thing looks kinda chintzy. Think I’ll put in my copy of The Little Drummer Boy instead.
Chris: Yeah, I have to agree with Jim here.  But I will catch it when it goes to stream.

Roman J. Israel, Esq (Columbia Pictures) – Crime/Drama
Rated PG-13 for language and some violence
Tag Line: All rise.
Starring: Denzell Washington, Colin Farrell
Plot: Denzel Washington stars as Roman Israel, a driven, idealistic defense attorney who, through a tumultuous series of events, finds himself in a crisis that leads to extreme action.
Running Time: 129 minutes

Chris: Listen to that music!  Can you dig it?  LOL.  Yes, I am there.  Denzel is awesome.
Jim: Looks like another meaty role for the mighty Denzel, I’m in!

Mudbound (Netflix) – Drama
Rated R for some disturbing violence, brief language and nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke
Plot: Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi, where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war.
Running Time: 134 minutes

Jim: A worthwhile rental.
Chris: Heck of a trailer!  And with easy Netflix access, I can’t see me staying away from this one too long.

Almost Friends (Gravitas Ventures) – Comedy/Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line: Timing is everything.
Starring: Freddie Highmore, Odeya Rush, Christopher Meloni
Plot: Charlie is an unmotivated man in his mid 20s still living at home with his mother and stepfather who falls for a young woman who has a serious boyfriend.
Running Time: 101 minutes

Chris: I still see creepy young Norman Bates, but Highmore keeps taking some interesting roles between his Good Doctor tv show and films like this.  Rental.
Jim: Looks nicely done with a great premise, another worthwhile rental.

Mr. Roosevelt (Paladin) – Comedy
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Noel Wells, Nick Thune, Britt Lower
Plot: After a loved one falls ill, struggling comedian Emily Martin returns to her college town of Austin, Texas and must come to terms with her past while staying with her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Jim: Speak softly and walk past the theater showing this.
Chris: I can’t beat that comment, Jim.  Yeah, this looks terrible.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for Roman J Israel, Esq!

 

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Trailer Snark (November 10, 2017 Theatrical Trailers)

Welcome to Trailer Snark, a weekly column covering trailers for movies that will be released this week with thoughts from our roster of bloggers (Jessica from The Female Perspective, Ken from The Crank File, Jim from The Front Row View, Eric from View from Above, Robert from Cards and Counters, Wayne from The Dope Sheet, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Murder on the Orient Express (Twentieth Century Fox) – Crime/Drama/Mystery
Rated PG-13 for violence and thematic elements
Tag Line: Everyone is a suspect.
Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe
Plot: A lavish train ride unfolds into a stylish & suspenseful mystery. From the novel by Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express tells of thirteen stranded strangers & one man’s race to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again.
Running Time: 114 minutes

Chris: I have been a fan of Agatha Christie mysteries ever since my days of roaming my local libraries halls as a wee lad. To see a high production version of one of her most classic stories come to life is something I will be glued to my seat for!
Jim: my favorite actress of all time, Michelle Pfeiffer, in an Agatha Christie movie. It’s just too much for me to handle. Add to that a great cast directed by the amazing Kenneth Branagh. Except for Star Wars and maybe Thor, this is the must-see of the holiday season.
Rob F: A classic Christie tale retold on the big screen again. Looks good, but if you already know the story from the book or the 1974 version of the film… But, hey this version’s got Olaf! Do you want to build a snowman?

Daddy’s Home 2 (Paramount Pictures) – Comedy
Rated PG-13 for suggestive material and some language
Tag Line: More Daddies. More problems.
Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, John Lithgow, Mel Gibson
Plot: Brad and Dusty must deal with their intrusive fathers during the holidays.
Running Time: 100 minutes

Rob F: The first one was good and this looks to be more of the same. Just not a big screen option for me.
Chris: I just love the chemistry between Wahlberg and Ferrell. Add in some Mel Gibson and John Lithgow as the polar opposite dad’s, and it looks like we may have a sequel winner!
Jim: I haven’t seen the original (I’ll have to), but this looks like a blast.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbings, Missouri (Fox Searchlight) – Comedy/Crime/Drama
Rated R for violence, language throughout, and some sexual references
Tag Line: None
Starring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell
Plot: In this darkly comic drama, a mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder, when they fail to catch the culprit.
Running Time: 115 minutes

Jim: One of two movies this week with lousy titles and trailers that scream DON’T SEE THIS MOVIE!
Rob F: Could be ok, but I’m not feeling it after that trailer. Certainly not a big screen trip for me.
Chris: A trailer as poorly cut and convoluted as the film was named.

Amanda & Jack Go Glamping (Gravitas Ventures) – Comedy/Drama/Romance
Not Rated
Tag Line: Love the one yurt with.
Starring: Amy Acker, Adam Canto, David Arquette
Plot: With his marriage and career against the ropes, dejected author Jack Spencer travels with his wife, Amanda, to an isolated glamping retreat in search of a spark. When a surprise double booking finds their private retreat anything but private, Jack spins into a comedic exploration of love, lost dreams, small-town-wisdom, and friendship with a miniature donkey to get over himself before he loses all he holds dear.
Running Time: 94 minutes

Chris: This movie’s fate has been sealed by the David Arquette kiss of death.
Jim: This is the other one (see Three Billboards comment). Gimme a break.
Rob F: Nope. Nope. Nope.

Thumper (The Orchard) – Crime/Drama/Thriller
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Eliza Taylor, Pablo Schreiber, Lena Headey
Plot: Teens in a low income neighborhood are lured into working for a violent and dangerous drug dealer. When a new girl harboring a dark secret arrives in town, their relationship jeopardizes everything.
Running Time: 93 minutes

Rob F: Could be a possible rental down the line. It has Lena Headey after all.
Chris: With heroin addiction running rampant across the country, I guess you could say its timely. Too often these types of films tend to leave me cold and angry. I’ll pass.
Jim: Undoubtedly a problem in the world, and the movie probably needs to be seen by certain people. Just not me.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for Murder on the Orient Express (Chris and Jim) while Rob saves his money for repeat viewings of The Last Jedi in December.

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Trailer Snark (November 3, 2017 Theatrical Trailers)

Welcome to Trailer Snark, a weekly column covering trailers for movies that will be released this week with thoughts from our roster of bloggers (Jessica from The Female Perspective, Ken from The Crank File, Jim from The Front Row View, Eric from View from Above, Robert from Cards and Counters, Wayne from The Dope Sheet, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Thor: Ragnarok (Disney) – Action/Adventure/Comedy
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive material
Tag Line: No hammer? No problem.
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett
Plot: Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.
Running Time: 130 minutes

Chris: OK, let’s face it. The trailer is brilliant, and there ain’t no way another movie this week is overtaking my desire to purchase this particular ticket. Thor is the strongest there is…..maybe?
Rob: Hel yeah! See what I did there? Hulk like raging fire. Box office like Marvel flicks.
Jim: Looking forward to seeing this of course, but a bit of concern. What made the first Thor movie so entertaining to me was pitting fantasy against the realities of earth. To me, many of the best fantasy movies come from a place with this fantasy/reality confrontation. From what I can see in the trailer, it’s all taking place on another world with very little that’s earthbound. I’m just afraid that I’ll be watching such an overload of fantasy and spectacle that I’ll become bored and bitchy. We’ll see.

A Bad Mom’s Christmas (STX Entertainment) – Action/Adventure/Comedy
Rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, and some drug use
Tag Line: Merry is relative.
Starring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn
Plot: A Bad Moms Christmas follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas.
Running Time: 104 minutes

Jim: Thought the first was very funny. The “naughtiness” in the trailer seems predictable, but the premise and the actresses might make it a good rental.
Chris: Much like the malls, Hollywood wasted no time giving us our first Christmas film before the the body of Halloween went dead and cold. And I am just not feeling it.
Rob: This one will be popular with the ladies. But for most of us dudes, it’s a clear pass.

Last Flag Flying (Amazon Studios) – Comedy/Drama
Rated R for language throughout including some sexual references
Tag Line: Their last mission wasn’t on the battlefield.
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne
Plot: Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry “Doc” Shepherd re-unites with his old buddies, former Marines Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.
Running Time: 124 minutes

Rob: Looks like a solid story with talented actors, but not a big screen flick for this moviegoer. Will happily rent down the road.
Jim: Some talented actors in a Richard Linklater flick. He hasn’t made a bad movie yet that I’ve seen, but this trailer isn’t strong enough to pull me into a theater. Probably a worthwhile rental.
Chris: This one has me fully intrigued. Great cast, and a touching theme. If not for Thor, this would definitely pull me to the theaters.

Lady Bird (A24) – Comedy
Rated R for language, sexual content, brief graphic nudity and teen partying
Tag Line: Time to fly.
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Odeya Rush, Kathryn Newton
Plot: The adventures of a young woman living in Northern California for a year.
Running Time: 93 minutes

Chris: Not the target audience here, but the trailer seemed somewhat entertaining.
Rob: I originally read this as Larry Bird and was repulsed at the thought of watching the trailer. I was pleasantly surprised to see a quirky coming of age flick. Looks pretty good.

LBJ (Electric Entertainment) – Biography/Drama
Rated R for language
Tag Line: None
Starring Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Plot: The story of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson from his young days in West Texas to the White House.
Running Time: 98 minutes

Jim: Some hokey makeup on Harrelson, but he’s always worth seeing. A great subject directed by the solid Rob Reiner. I’m in.
Chris: Curious to see how Hollywood treats this one, but not curious enough to watch it in the theaters.
Rob: A compelling look at a far better President than we have seen in some time. Harrelson looks to deliver an accomplished performance. Definite rental for me, but not a big screen flick.

My Friend Dahmer (FilmRise) – Biography/Drama/Horror
R for disturbing images, language, teen drug use, drinking and sexual content, and for brief nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Ross Lynch, Alex Wolff, Anne Heche
Plot: Before Jeffrey Dahmer became a notorious serial killer, he was a shy, alcoholic teen who never quite fit in. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Derf Backderf, this is the true, haunting story of Jeffrey Dahmer in high school.
Running Time: 107 minutes

Rob: A terrifying exploration of the mind of a killer. Perhaps we all should watch, to better understand the depths of mental illness and the small actions in our lives and the negative impact they can have on those who are struggling with mental illness. Lynch appears to deliver a haunting performance from the look of things.
Jim: The squeaky-clean Ross Lynch from the Disney Channel as Jeffrey Dahmer??!! You bet I’m seeing this.
Chris: That trailer just spooked me out big time. Probably more frightening than anything Hollywood put out in the run-up to Halloween. I am definitely going to be giving this one a chance.

The Light of the Moon (Imagination Worldwide) – Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Stephanie Beatriz, Michael Stahl-David
Plot: After her world is irrevocably changed, a successful New York City architect struggles to regain intimacy and control in her life.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Chris: Zero interest in this one as the subject matter is too unnerving.
Rob: A harrowing look at the impact of rape. Not my idea of entertainment, but something that some in the world clearly needs to learn more about.
Jim: Not exactly a fun time at the movies, but the trailer was certainly effective, with a touching final scene.

Tickets Purchased:  Three for Thor: Ragnarok

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Trailer Snark (October 27, 2017 Theatrical Trailers)

Welcome to Trailer Snark, a weekly column covering trailers for movies that will be released this week with thoughts from our roster of bloggers (Jessica from The Female Perspective, Ken from The Crank File, Jim from The Front Row View, Eric from View from Above, Robert from Cards and Counters, Wayne from The Dope Sheet, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Jigsaw (Lionsgate) – Horror/Mystery
Rated R for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, and for language
Tag Line: Are you worthy?
Starring: Tobin Bell, Matt Passmore, Laura Vandervoot
Plot: Bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one suspect: John Kramer, the man known as Jigsaw, who has been dead for ten years.
Running Time: 91 minutes
Chris: I honestly thought we were finally done with this series. The first movie was a stroke of genius, and it was all downhill from there. I’ll pass.
Jim: I’ve only seen the first one, liked it, and had no interest in seeing the others. Typical Hollywood can’t-quit-while-we’re-ahead overkill.

Suburbicon (Paramount) – Crime/Drama/Mystery
Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality
Tag Line: Welcome to the neighborhood.
Starring: Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac
Plot: A home invasion rattles a quiet family town.
Running Time: 104 minutes

Jim: Clooney straining for Coen-ish dark comedy? Rental.
Chris: George Clooney in the director’s chair. Matt Damon mugging it up on screen. Looks intriguing, but not for a theater viewing.

Thank You for Your Service (Universal) – Biography/War/Drama
Rated R for strong violent content, language throughout, some sexuality, drug material and brief nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Amy Schumer
Plot: A group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq struggles to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield.
Running Time: 108 minutes

Chris: I could feel the storm of emotions brewing through the entire trailer. If I feel strong, I’ll be in my seat for this one.
Jim: A stirring trailer for an oft-told tale, albeit one that must be told.

Novitiate (Sony Picture Classics) – Drama
Rated R for language, some sexuality and nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Margaret Qualley, Julianne Nicholson
Plot: Set in the early 1960s and during the era of Vatican II, a young woman in training to become a nun struggles with issues of faith, the changing church and sexuality.
Running Time: 123 minutes

Jim: Melissa Leo does a fantastic job in this trailer. What a riveting presence! This got my attention.
Chris: Get thee to a nunnery….or maybe not!  Man, that was a pretty stark look.

All I See Is You (Open Road Films) – Drama
Rated R for strong sexual content/nudity, and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Blake Lively, Jason Clarke
Plot: A blind woman’s relationship with her husband changes when she regains her sight and discovers disturbing details about themselves.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Chris: The trailer felt like DePalma. Blind married woman gains sight for first time in life and suddenly the marriage goes south. Disconcerting trailer, and a tragedy unfolding on screen. Could be worth a rental.
Jim: Seconding Chris, felt like DePalma (one of my faves). Definitely up for this one —hopefully the movie can deliver as much as the trailer promises.

Tickets Purchased: One for All I See is You (Jim) and One for Thank You For Your Service (Chris)

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Trailer Snark (October 20, 2017 Theatrical Trailers)

Welcome to Trailer Snark, a weekly column covering trailers for movies that will be released this week with thoughts from our roster of bloggers (Jessica from The Female Perspective, Ken from The Crank File, Jim from The Front Row View, Eric from View from Above, Robert from Cards and Counters, Wayne from The Dope Sheet, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Wonderstruck (Amazon Studios) – Drama/Family/Mystery
Rated PG for thematic elements and smoking
Tag Line: It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
Starring: Oakes Fegley, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams
Plot: The story of a young boy in the Midwest is told simultaneously with a tale about a young girl in New York from fifty years ago as they both seek the same mysterious connection.
Running Time: 117 minutes

Wayne: Hmmm. Looks like a wonderful movie, but there is something that is missing in the trailer to grab me and I bet it is missing something in the movie too.
Chris: I see the “praise” but I don’t see the appeal.
Jim: Definitely a feel-good trailer, but I think mainly because I can never get enough of Space Oddity. The trailer has that something missing that would get me to the theater.

The Snowman (Universal) – Crime/Drama/Horror
Rated R for grisly images, violence, some language, sexuality and brief nudity
Tag Line: Mister Police. You Could have Saved Her. I Gave You All The Clues.
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson
Plot: Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.
Running Time: 119 minutes

Jim: A slow buildup, but it had me intrigued. Rental.
Wayne: It doesn’t appeal to me, but given the time of year we are in, the Halloween scary movie feel is in the air and I have a feeling it will be a success this weekend. But not for me.
Chris: This one looks like creepy good crime thriller fun. I missed Wind River earlier this year which seemed to have some similar themes, but I will need to do my best to catch this one.

Same Kind of Different As Me (Paramount) – Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including some violence and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Renée Zellweger, Jon Voight, Djimon Hounsou
Plot: International art dealer Ron Hall must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife, a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the journey of their lives.
Running Time: 95 minutes

Chris: A movie with a message I can get behind and will make you feel good….just put the lessons into practice first. Count me in.
Jim: Certainly had a message that we could all benefit from, but to be honest the trailer piled on the schmaltz a bit too much.
Wayne: All Star cast but doesn’t give you the good feels. No good feels means no ticket. I pass.

Geostorm (Warner Bros) – Action/Sci-Fi/Thriller
Rated PG-13 for destruction, action and violence
Tag Line: Some things were never meant to be controlled.
Starring: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish
Plot: When the network of satellites designed to control the global climate start to attack Earth, it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything and everyone.
Running Time: 109 minutes

Wayne: I don’t care for these types of films because they usually rely heavily on the cgi effects. I’m going to pass on this.
Chris: This is the kind of garbage that gives Hollywood a bad name….I mean, outside of Harvey Weinstein.
Jim: The latest cheesy disaster flick, but it might have some worth as a guilty pleasure. I’m hoping. ‘Cause my daughter wants to see it. Keep me in your prayers.

Tyler Perry’s Boo 2: A Madea Halloween (Lionsgate) – Comedy/Horror
PG-13 for sexual references, drug content, language and some horror images
Tag Line: None
Starring: Tyler Perry, Patrice Lovely, Brock O’Hurn
Plot: Madea, Bam, and Hattie venture to a haunted campground and the group must run for their lives when monsters, goblins, and the boogeyman are unleashed.
Running Time: 95 minutes

Jim: Jim Cannizzaro’s Noo 2. Sorry.
Wayne: I didn’t see the first and the second doesn’t make me feel any better. Pass.
Chris: I haven’t seen a Tyler Perry movie yet, and this ain’t changing that.

Only the Brave (Columbia) – Biography/Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic content, some sexual references, language and drug material
Tag Line: It’s Not What Stands In Front Of You, It’s Who Stands Beside You
Starring: Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges
Plot: Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite firefighters risk everything to protect a town from a historic wildfire.
Running Time: 133 minutes

Chris: Oscar buzz is in the air on this one. And it could not be more tragically timing.
Jim: Well, this looks like something resembling a movie. A quick shot and voice-over from Jeff Bridges gives me added hope, although he most likely isn’t in it for long. Interested.
Wayne: Another movie that doesn’t hit me in the feels and I won’t see. Feels like a throw away movie to me.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (A24) – Drama/Horror/Mystery
R for disturbing violent and sexual content, some graphic nudity and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Alicia Silverstone
Plot: Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.
Running Time: 121 minutes

Wayne: Oh boy. Will she stop singing? Lousy trailer means I’m skipping this movie.
Chris: I was in a trance for the whole trailer, but I have no idea what this is really going to end up being about. I am very intrigued.
Jim: Intriguing trailer, but yet another that’s unclear as to what it’s about almost to the point of madness. Loved The Lobster.

Tickets Purchased: Two for The Snowman (Wayne and Chris) and One for Only the Brave (Jim)

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Trailer Snark (October 13, 2017 Theatrical Trailers)

Welcome to Trailer Snark, a weekly column covering trailers for movies that will be released this week with thoughts from our roster of bloggers (Jessica from The Female Perspective, Ken from The Crank File, Jim from The Front Row View, Eric from View from Above, Robert from Cards and Counters, Wayne from The Dope Sheet, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Marshall (Open Road Films) – Drama/Biography
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content, sexuality, violence and some strong language.
Tag Line: His Name Means Justice
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad
Plot: About a young Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.
Running Time: 118 minutes

Rob F: Chadwick Boseman showed us the story of Jackie Robinson, and now he will show us that of Thurgood Marshall. With the ugliness of racism still far too prevalent in society, maybe this is film we should all watch and try to learn from.
Chris: Now, here is a piece of history I would like to learn more about.  Nicely cut trailer, and Chadwick Boseman is one of my new favorites on the scene today.
Wayne: Looks like a very interesting story and one I would pay to see. Buying a ticket.

The Foreigner (STX Entertainment) – Action/Thriller
Rated R for violence, language and some sexual material
Tag Line: Never push a good man too far.
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Jackie Chan, Katie Leung
Plot: A humble businessman with a buried past seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. A cat-and-mouse conflict ensues with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers’ identities.
Running Time: 114 minutes

Wayne: I want to see Jackie Chan in a role where it isn’t with some silly detective. High hopes for this film. Buying a ticket.
Rob F: Jackie Chan is not someone I would want to piss off, but this looks mediocre at best. Pass.
Chris:  Refreshing change of pace from cop buddy and silly roles for the talented Chan.  I am very excited to see him square off against Brosnan in what looks to be an intense film.

Happy Death Day (Universal Pictures) – Horror/Mystery
Rated PG-13 for violence/terror, crude sexual content, language, some drug material and partial nudity
Tag Line: Get Up. Live Your Day. Get Killed. Again.
Starring: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard
Plot: A college student relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.
Running Time: 96 minutes

Chris: Similar feel to Final Destination but a lot less fun it seems.  I like my horror movies, but this one is not calling me to the theater.
Wayne: I’ve seen Ground Hog Day and this is a twist on it. Not so sure I would enjoy seeing this one though. I’m going to pass.
Rob: Groundhog Day meets Scream. Good laughs I am sure, and I have a free pass that I might burn on this one.

Breathe (Bleecker Street Media) – Biography/Drama/Romance
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material including some bloody medical images
Tag Line: An inspiration love story.
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Tom Hollander
Plot: The inspiring true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. Their heartwarming celebration of human possibility marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis.
Running Time: 117 minutes

Rob F: Looks like a good film, but not a big screen one for me. 
Wayne: An excellent cast with a compelling story. I may not see it in the theater, but it is worth seeing. Buying a ticket.
Chris: I have this feeling that we are going to be very sad in the end.  Love is complicated and beautiful even in the face of hopelessness.  I’ll wait for the small screen though.

Goodbye Christopher Robin (Fox Searchlight) – Biography/History/Family
Rated PG for thematic elements, some bullying, war images and brief language
Tag Line: Inspired by the true story.
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie
Plot: A behind-the-scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son C.R. Milne.
Running Time: 107 minutes

Chris: Wow, I was taken by surprise with this one.  Captured me right from the get-go, and I will definitely be seeing this one.  Decidedly not Hollywood Poo(h). 
Rob F: No thanks. Animated I can tolerate some Pooh, but not a big enough fan to see this.
Wayne: I’m not a fan of this time period but the actors have me interested. Still, going to pass.

Professor Marston & the Wonder Woman (Annapurna Pictures) – Drama
R for strong sexual content including brief graphic images, and language.
Tag Line: Meet the women behind the man behind the woman.
Starring: Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote
Plot: The story of psychologist William Moulton Marston, the polyamorous relationship between his wife and his mistress, the creation of his beloved comic book character Wonder Woman, and the controversy the comic generated.
Running Time: 108 minutes
Wayne: I’m curious about this story only because I’m a fan of Wonder Woman, but feel this film will fall flat on viewers. I’m going to pass.
Chris:  Hey, it’s the pervy comic book creator origin story! 
Rob F: I’d probably rent it because of its relation to comics.  

Tickets Purchased: Two for The Foreigner (Chris and Wayne) and One for Marshall (Rob)