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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)

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Trailer Snark (October 6, 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!

Blade Runner 2049 (Columbia Pictures) – Sci-Fi/Thriller
Rated R for violence, some sexuality, nudity and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling
Plot: A young blade runner’s discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who’s been missing for thirty years.
Running Time: 163 minutes

Wayne: This is going to be the #1 film this week. Looks amazing.
Rob F: Just seeing the trailer makes me want to go re-watch the original and be ready for this weekend.
Chris:  Honestly, I barely remember watching the original as a young kid.  I feel a bit sheepish in saying that my enthusiasm to see the sequel is not exactly high. 

My Little Pony: The Movie (Lionsgate) – Animation/Adventure
Rated PG for mild action
Tag Line: Discover a different breed of hero.
Starring: Emily Blunt, Kristen Chenoweth
Plot: A dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6 embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship to save their home.
Running Time: 99 minutes

Chris: Are they marketing this to the kids, or to the adult kids?  Very curious as to the demographic this one brings in due to the sizeable sub-culture this IP has created.  Not curious enough to grab myself a seat though.
Wayne: Going to pass on this one.
Rob F: Some people with certain screen savers may want to see this. When we saw the trailer for this film at Ninjago, my daughter said “That looks really bad”. Then again, so was Ninjago.

The Mountain Between Us (20th Century Fox) – Adventure/Drama
Rated PG-13 for a scene of sexuality, peril, injury images, and brief strong language
Tag Line: What if your life depended on a stranger?
Starring: Idris Elba, Kate Winslet
Plot: Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across the wilderness.
Running Time: 103 minutes

Rob F: Looks like a cool survival story with two talented actors. I’d rent it for sure.
Chris: These types of films are right up my alley.  And the Gunslinger walked through the mountains….oh wait, wrong movie. Solid leads though, and a nice trailer have my attention.
Wayne: Looks inspiring, but I don’t think this is a movie people have been asking for. Going to pass.

The Florida Project (A24) – Drama
Rated R for language throughout, disturbing behavior, sexual references and some drug material.
Tag Line: Welcome to a magical kingdom.
Starring: Willem Dafoe, Brooklyn Prince
Plot: Set over one summer, the film follows precocious 6-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World.
Running Time: 115 minutes

Wayne: Looks depressing, however I’m going to catch this on Netflix. Looks like a good story.
Rob F: Gorgeous cinematography and what looks to be a meaningful story. Looks solid. Not a big screen film for me, but I’d watch it for sure.
Chris: Something about this trailer really captivated me, and stirred my emotions.  Bravo!

Walking Out (IFC Films) – Adventure/Drama/Mystery
Rated PG-13 for bloody injury images, some thematic elements and brief strong language
Tag Line: Survival runs in the blood.
Starring: Matt Bomer, Josh Wiggins, Bill Pullman
Plot: An urban teenager journeys to Montana to hunt big game with his estranged father. Father and son struggle to connect, until a brutal encounter in the heart of the wilderness changes everything.
Running Time: 95 minutes

Chris: This is the best time of year for film.  Serious movies with real substance.  While totally unlike the last trailer, this one digs down into the bonds of family and relationship.  On top of that, my own Montana experience while incredible was also humbling.  So much wilderness and feeling so small and insignificant.  Makes for an awesome setting!
Wayne: Hmmm. I feel like we’ve seen this story, just not like this. I’ll check it out at some point.  
Rob F: Wow, another one that looks really good! Would absolutely watch this, and maybe even on the big screen.

Tickets Purchased: Two for Blade Runner 2049 (Rob and Wayne) and One for The Florida Project (Chris)

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Trailer Snark (September 29, 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!

American Made (Universal) – Action/Biography/Comedy
Rated R for language throughout and some sexuality/nudity
Tag Line: The CIA. The White House. Pablo Escobar. One Man Played Them All.
Starring: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright
Plot: A pilot lands work for the CIA and as a drug runner in the south during the 1980s.
Running Time: 115 minutes

Tylor: Another Tommy Cruise action film that tries to season cliche story telling with bit comedy. Seems like a “wait for stream” kind of film.
Jim: another action hero job for Dorian Gray….I mean, Tom Cruise. Rental.
Chris: Apparently, I have a higher tolerance for Couch-hopping Cruise than my counterparts.  This one looks like a great time at the theater!

Flatliners (Columbia Pictures) – Drama/Sci-Fi/Horror
Rated PG – 13 for violence and terror, sexual content, language, thematic material, and some drug references
Tag Line: You Haven’t Lived Until You’ve Died
Starring: Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, Kiefer Sutherland
Plot: Five medical students, obsessed by what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods, each triggers a near-death experience – giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife.
Running Time: 108 minutes

Chris: Did this really need to be remade?  I don’t think so. Predicting the box office returns to be DOA, too.
Tylor: Mad science + temporary death experience creates pseudo-spiritual awakening until chaos ensues from unforeseen recourse. Its ‘Lazarus Effect’ with some run time dedicated to the “happier side” of playing with death.
Jim: The original Julia Roberts/Kiefer Sutherland head flick was an Ok thriller. This doesn’t seem different enough to warrant a viewing from me.

Super Dark Times (The Orchard) – Drama/Thriller
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Owen Campbell, Charlie Tahan, Elizabeth Cappucino
Plot: Teenagers Zach and Josh have been best friends their whole lives, but when a gruesome accident leads to a cover-up, the secret drives a wedge between them and propels them down a rabbit hole of escalating paranoia and violence.
Running Time: 100 minutes

Jim: Interested. Starts out looking like another ET knockoff, but turns darker.
Chris: A tale of morality and mortality.  Looks absolutely haunting, and one that I will be checking out for sure.
Tylor: A young man fails to keep it together after a terrible incident. Now his world and his psyche begins to crumble. I’m actually interested in seeing how this story unfolds.

A Question of Faith (Pure Flix) – Drama
Rated PG for thematic elements
Tag Line: Divided by loss. United by faith.
Starring: Richard T Jones, Kim Fields, C. Thomas Howell
Plot: When tragedy strikes three families, their destiny forces them on a converging path to discover God’s love, grace and mercy as the challenges of their fate could also resurrect their beliefs.
Running Time: 104 minutes

Tylor: It follows the same narrative style as most christian movies these days. One problems that several different families deal with in different ways, but there only one true solution. Not always the best films, but generally touching with a nice lesson.
Jim: Looks well-made and worthwhile, but still not enough to get me into a theater.
Chris: I’ll save this one for my Tuesday community group.

Lucky (Magnolia Pictures) – Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston
Plot: The spiritual journey of a ninety-year-old atheist.
Running Time: 88 minutes

Chris: Looks quite off-beat in a good way.  The one-liner in the doctor’s office had me belly-laughing.  I am sold.
Tylor: I personally enjoy these “extraordinary life of” style movies. Mix in some wholesome humor and its got my attention for an hour and a half.
Jim: RIP great character actor Harry Dean Stanton—this looks like a nice sendoff for him.

Literally, Right Before Aaron (Screen Media Films) – Comedy/Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line:  Her wedding.  His funeral.
Starring: Cobie Smulders, Justin Long, Lea Thompson
Plot: A young man attends the wedding of his ex-girlfriend.
Running Time: 105 minutes

Jim: An enjoyable-looking rental.
Chris: I like Cobie better as Maria Hill.
Tylor: Another type-cast awkward Justin Long rom-com. I can’t so I don’t love him, but this is really more a “date night on the couch” movie.

Til Death Do Us (Novus Content) – Thriller
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements involving domestic abuse, violence, some sexuality and language
Tag Line: When your marriage vows could mean your life.
Starring: Taye Diggs, Annie Ilonzeh, Stephen Bishop
Plot: Michael and Madison Roland had planned to spend the rest of their lives together, until one day Michael’s controlling ways turned their perfect marriage. With the help of her best friend, Madison decides to get away. After adopting a new identity, she meets Alex Stone and learns to love again. All is well, until Michael discovers Madison’s whereabouts, and recreates the nightmare she once lived all over again.
Running Time: 101 minutes

Tylor: This narrative is so over done, I’m already calling it. Ex kills the new lover, but then gets killed by leading lady. Not unwatchable, but we definitely have seen it before.
Jim: In honor of Fatal Attraction’s 30th anniversary, its latest clone.
Chris: I am with Tylor and Jim on this one.  That said, I would not hesitate to pop this one some Friday night with my favorite comfort food.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for Super Dark Times (Tylor and Chris) and One for Lucky (Jim)

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Trailer Snark (September 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!

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (20th Century Fox) – Action/Adventure/Comedy
Rated R for sequences of strong violence, drug content, language throughout and some sexual material
Tag Line: Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.
Starring: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore
Plot: When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman’s journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy.
Running Time: 141 minutes

Rob F: I pledge my spear and sword to Prince Oberyn of House Martell. Pedro Pascal is a phenomenal actor and he isn’t even listed in the credits. Halle Berry isn’t half-bad either. Overall, this looks like an action-packed, fun romp through “The Secret Service” comic world created by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. Sign me up.
Wayne: Action packed with a killer cast. I hope this one lives up to the hype. The first one was surprisingly good and has set the bar high for the sequel. I’m buying this.
Chris: The very first time I read Mark Millar’s The Secret Service #1, I knew this Kingsman property was something special. The first movie only solidified that position. We may not get Samual L Jackson’s villainous lisp, but you know what we get is going to be good.
Jim: First one was a decent actioner, this one looks to be more of the same—rental. In the barrage of images laboring to get my attention, the coolest was of Colin Firth firing from his umbrella. 

The Lego Ninjago Movie (Warner Bros) – Animation/Action/Adventure
Rated PG for some mild action and rude humor
Tag Line: Find your inner piece.
Starring: Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Fred Armisen, Michael Pena
Plot: Six young ninjas Lloyd, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Nya are tasked with defending their island home, called Ninjago. By night, they’re gifted warriors, using their skills and awesome fleet of vehicles to fight villains and monsters. By day, they’re ordinary teens struggling against their greatest enemy: high school.
Running Time: 101 minutes

Jim: More high octane humor from the Lego people, quips and gags whipping by faster than the human brain can process them. Rental.
Rob F: My six year old would never forgive me if I didn’t bring her to see this one. She’s been talking about it for months and is a huge fan of the toys and the seven seasons of the show. What’s not to love? Legos plus ninjas plus time with my youngest. Hard to beat that! It’s spinjitsu time!
Wayne: Who doesn’t like Lego’s? I don’t think this will be as successful as Lego Batman, but kids love this stuff and it has spilled over to adults with the Lego Movie. Ya, I’ll check it out. I’m buying this.
Chris: I previously doubted the Lego Batman movie based on the trailer, and was proven wrong. I am not going to doubt the creators again, but it won’t be on the big screen for me.

Battle of the Sexes (Fox Searchlight) – Biography/Comedy/Sports
Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and partial nudity
Tag Line: He made a bet.  She made history.
Starring: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough
Plot: The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.
Running Time: 121 minutes

Chris: It’s 40 Year Old Wash-up vs. Billy Jean Tennis Queen. Yeah, I am interested, but again it won’t be in the cineplex.
Jim: Now we’re cookin.’ Two great actors in a story worth constructing a movie around.
Rob F: Emma Stone vs. Steve Carell; Billy Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs. Based on the true story of a fabled tennis match that took place in 1973 at the Houston Astrodome. It may still be the most viewed tennis match in history. The build up was intense and showcased emerging feminism and of course it’s counterpart. “I’m gonna put the show back in chauvinism.” ~Bobby Riggs. Looks entertaining, and would definitely watch at home, but not a big screen take for this moviegoer.
Wayne: I’m old enough to remember seeing this on Wide World of Sports. I’m not certain this movie will be overly successful, but the cast alone has me sold and I’m interested in the story of how this came together. I’m buying this.

Friend Request (Entertainment Studios) – Horror/Thriller
Rated R for horror violence, disturbing images, and language
Tag Line: Evil is trending.
Starring: Alycia Debnam-Carey, William Mosely
Plot: A popular college student graciously accepts a social outcast’s online friend request, but soon finds herself fighting a demonic presence that wants to make her lonely by killing her closest friends.
Running Time: 92 minutes

Wayne: (yawn) Ya, not buying this. Moving on.
Chris: This is my genre, but this looks woefully bad. Deleting this Friend Request.
Jim: Laughable, but fascinating. It’s schlock, but might be worth looking at for the cheese factor alone.
Rob F: Paranormal unfriend request on Facebook. Meh. Not my genre.

Victoria & Abdul (Focus Features) – Biography/Drama/History
Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and language
Tag Line: History’s most unlikely friendship.
Starring: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal
Plot: Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.
Running Time: 112 minutes

Rob F: Judi Dench as Queen of England and Empress of India. Based on a true and what looks to be interesting story about an unlikely friendship and the evolving human condition. Not a big screen flick, but I’d enjoy it.
Wayne: This looks like a charming story, but not enough to pull me into a theater. I will check it out when it comes to Netflix. Going to sell this.
Chris: Long Live the Queen! Judi Dench is a fantastic actress, and this one could be one of those understated gems, humanizing the British royalty. But didn’t we just see virtually the same film just a few weeks back (The Viceroy’s something or other), except that one was in India.
Jim: And one for the Mahstahpiece Theatuh crowd—Dame Judi’s always worth watching, looks worthwhile.

Stronger (Lionsgate) – Biography/Drama
Rated R for language throughout, some graphic injury images, and brief sexuality/nudity
Tag Line: Strength defines us.
Starring: Jake Gylenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson
Plot: Stronger is the inspiring real life story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become a symbol of hope following the infamous 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
Running Time: 116 minutes

Jim: Yeah, I tried to fight it, but it got me. I felt the lump forming in my throat about 15 seconds in.
Rob F: I can’t. I just can’t watch this. It’s too soon. When I do watch it, you can bet it will be in the privacy of my own home. #BostonStrong #FTerrorism
Wayne: This movie is primed to pull at your heart strings. I’m going to sell this though. The struggle is real for this person, but I’m just not compelled to see it in the theater.
Chris: My heart was just ripped from my chest with that trailer. Yeah, I am in.

Woodshock (A24) – Drama/Thriller
Rated R for drug use, language and a scene of violence
Tag Line: None
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Joe Cole
Plot: A woman falls deeper into paranoia after taking a deadly drug.
Running Time: 100 minutes

Chris: I love Kirsten Dunst, but this movie looks a bit too psychedelic for my taste. Cheech & Chong meets Cabin Fever weird.
Jim: Huh?
Rob F: Pass. Not even really sure what was happening in that trailer, but I think that was their goal.
Wayne: After seeing Mother!, I’m gun shy about going into a movie that I’m not certain what I’m going to get. This looks strange and familiar and I’m not willing to put my money on the line that I’m going to get a story worth seeing. I’m selling this.

Tickets Purchased: Two for Kingsman (Wayne and Chris), One for Ninjago (Rob), and One for Battle of the Sexes (Jim)

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Trailer Snark (September 15, 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!

Mother! (Paramount Pictures) – Drama/Horror/Mystery
Rated R for strong disturbing violent content, some sexuality, nudity and language
Tag Line: Seeing is believing
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer
Plot: A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
Running Time: 121 minutes

Chris:  I wonder how mother nature will punish Jennifer Lawrence for making this movie?
Wayne: Mother! ******* was this movie is mostly boring. It is far too intellectual for my liking.
Rob: What a great cast in what looks like a thriller, but doesn’t really appeal or even make sense of what it is.

You can read The Dope Sheet review of Mother! here.

American Assassin (Lionsgate) – Action/Thriller
Rated R for strong violence throughout, some torture, language and brief nudity
Tag Line: Assassins aren’t born. They are made.
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan
Plot: A story centered on counterterrorism agent Mitch Rapp.
Running Time: 111 minutes

Rob: At first glance I thought, what is this? A copy of punisher from 2004?
Chris: Michael Keaton is a national treasure, and this movie looks entertaining as all heck.  In!
Wayne: I’m going to check it out just for Keaton.

Brad’s Status (Annapurna Pictures) – Comedy
Rated R for language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Ben Stiller, Austin Abrams, Jenna Fischer
Plot: A father takes his son to tour colleges on the East Coast and meets up with an old friend who makes him feel inferior about his life’s choices.
Running Time: 101 minutes

Wayne: Looks interesting. Maybe.
Rob: Oh look another Ben Stiller midlife crisis movie!
Chris: Hahaha. Rob just summed that one up perfectly.  I got nothing more to say.

Rebel in the Rye (IFC Films) – Biography/Drama
Rated PG-13 for some language including sexual references, brief violence, and smoking
Tag Line: Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.
Starring: Sarah Paulson, Zoey Deutch, Nicholas Hoult
Plot: The life of celebrated but reclusive author, J.D. Salinger, who gained worldwide fame with the publication of his novel, “The Catcher in the Rye”.
Running Time: 106 minutes

Chris: Now, that’s a compelling trailer.  I’ve never read Catcher in the Rye, but I may have to go pick out the classic as my next read!
Wayne: YES! Looks like a good story.
Rob: Now this one gave me the Dead Poet Society feel. But with a veteran. This one I can get into. 

Because of Gracia (ArtAffects Entertainment) – Comedy/Drama/Romance
Rated PG-13 for thematic material
Tag Line: None
Starring: John Schneider, Chris Massoglia, Moriah Peters
Plot: Two high-school couples explore friendship and dating along dissimilar lines, leading to courage and transformation for one teen and a personal crisis for another.
Running Time: 107 minutes

Rob: Just another love triangle of high school drama
Chris: This one seems to have some heart and charisma.  Not a theater pick, but I’ll check it out on the small screen.
Wayne: Maybe, I like the JEEP. I bet she dies in the end.

In Search of Fellini (Ambi Distribution) – Adventure/Drama
Rated R for sexuality/nudity and language
Tag Line: Inspired by a true adventure.
Starring: Maria Bello, Ksenia Solo
Plot: A shy small-town Ohio girl who loves movies but dislikes reality, discovers the delightfully bizarre films of Federico Fellini, and sets off on a strange, beautiful journey across Italy to find him.
Running Time: 93 minutes

Wayne: Going to wait for it on Netflix. Looks interesting.
Rob: yes. Let the sheltered child not only finally leave home but go to an entirely different country. What could possibly go wrong? Or… what could go right? Ah love.
Chris: “You’re my fellini?” Must mean cheese in Italian.  😉

Tickets Purchased: Two for American Assassin (Wayne and Chris) and one for Rebel in the Rye (Rob).

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Trailer Snark (September 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!

It (New Line Cinema) – Horror/Drama
Rated R for violence/horror, bloody images, and for language
Tag Line:  You’ll float too.
Starring: Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard
Plot: A group of bullied kids band together when a monster, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children.
Running Time: 135 minutes

Chris: Looks like the movie the TV movie of yesteryear should have been. I feel strange in saying that I am really looking forward to this nasty little piece, but I am.
Jim: The book was scary and entertaining. It was old news to me by the time the TV movie appeared. Same here, but it looks good enough to check out on video.

Home Again (Open Road Films) – Comedy/Drama/Romance
Rated PG-13 for some thematic and sexual material
Tag Line: Starting over is not for beginners.
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Nat Wolff, Lake Bell
Plot: Life for a single mom in Los Angeles takes an unexpected turn when she allows three young guys to move in with her.
Running Time: 97 minutes

Jim: Not a fan of precocious movie kids. That said, might be worth a look for Reese.
Chris: Not much interesting here to me, but that was a very cute little kid in the back seat moment.

The Good Catholic (Broad Green Pictures) – Comedy/Drama
Rated PG-13 for language including a sexual reference.
Tag Line: What is your passion?
Starring: Zachary Spicer, Wrenn Schmidt, Danny Glover
Plot: Daniel loved his job as a small town priest more than anything. Then he met Jane. God help him.

Chris: Meh………
Jim: What could have come off as dull was helped considerably by a well-crafted trailer and a good cast. Have to admit it held my attention.

9/11 (20th Century Fox) – Action/Drama
Rated R for language
Tag Line: The world watched it, they lived it.
Starring: Charlie Sheen, Whoopi Goldberg
Plot: A group of 5 people find themselves trapped in an elevator in the World Trade Center’s North Tower on 9/11. They work together, never giving up hope, to try to escape before the unthinkable happens.
Running Time: 90 minutes
Jim: How many times will Hollywood go to the 9/11 well for cheap dramatic effect? Can anyone take Charlie Sheen seriously?
Chris: Is this movie a joke? ‘Cause that is just not cool. This looks like pure rubbish. Charlie Sheen and Whoopi Goldberg? Ugh…..

Tickets Purchased: One for It (Chris) and one for The Good Catholic (Jim)

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Trailer Snark (September 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!

Tulip Fever (The Weinstein Company) – Drama/Romance
Rated R for sexual content and nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Judi Dench, Cara Delevigne
Plot: An artist falls for a young married woman while he’s commissioned to paint her portrait during the Tulip mania of 17th century Amsterdam.
Running Time: 107 minutes

Wayne: Looks like a great cast, but I hate this time period for films. I’m selling.
Chris: Zach Galafianakis in a serious role? That was unexpected. But all the dramatic theme music the trailer had to offer could not manage to pique my interest in this one.

Unlocked (Lionsgate) – Action/Drama/Mystery
Rated R for violence and language
Tag Line: To stop the terror, they must fight the conspiracy.
Starring: Orlando Bloom, Noomi Rapace, Michael Douglas, John Malkovich, Toni Collette
Plot: A CIA interrogator is lured into a ruse that puts London at risk of a biological attack.
Running Time: 98 minutes

Chris: Awesome cast, and a trailer ripe with intrigue. Is Orlando Bloom producing movies now?
Wayne: Looks like Jason Bourne has a sister. I’d go see this. I’m buying it.

Viceroy’s House (IFC Films) – Drama/History/Biography
Not Rated
Tag Line: The end of an empire.  The birth of two nations.
Starring: Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Hugh Bonneville
Plot: The final Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, is tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence, but meets with conflict as different sides clash in the face of monumental change.
Running Time: 106 minutes

Wayne: An amazing cast, but this story doesn’t call out to me. I’m selling.
Chris: I’d watch this on the small screen, but all the tea in India won’t get me to buy a ticket.

Temple (Screen Media Films) – Horror/History
Not rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Naoto Takenaka, Asahi Uchida, Logan Huffman
Plot: Three American tourists follow a mysterious map deep into the jungles of Japan searching for an ancient temple. When spirits entrap them, their adventure quickly becomes a horrific nightmare.
Running Time: 78 minutes

Chris: Looks like a serviceable enough spook flick, but not enough to get me to bite. The real Halloween season kick-off comes next week with It.
Wayne: Yawn. Selling it.

Jackals (Shout Factory) – Horror/Thriller
Not Rated
Tag Line: Sacrifices must be made.
Starring: Deborah Kara-Unger, Stephen Dorff
Plot: Set in the 1980s, an estranged family hires a cult deprogrammer to take back their teenage son from a murderous cult, but find themselves under siege when the cultists surround their cabin, demanding the boy back.
Running Time: 85 minutes

Wayne: Here piggy piggy piggy. Dumb. Selling it.
Chris: Again, another decent looking horror, but one that maybe shows too much. Those masks were creepy. I’ll wait this one out too.

I Do ….Until I Don’t (The Film Arcade) – Comedy
Rated R for sexual material and language
Tag Line: Happily ever after is a lot to ask.
Starring: Lake Bell, Ed Helms, Paul Reiser, Amber Heard
Plot: An ensemble comedy about the meaning of matrimony.
Running Time: 103 minutes

Wayne: Not fun watching relationships struggle and fall apart because there isn’t enough time to put them back together and it feel rewarding. Not a feel good movie, selling this.
Chris: I am with Wayne on the subject matter……and the comedy was completely underwhelming in the trailer aside. Was it supposed to be funny?

Tickets Purchased: Two for Unlocked

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Trailer Snark (August 25, 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!

All Saints (Columbia Pictures) – Drama
Rated PG for thematic elements
Tagline: From a seed of faith grows hope.
Starring: John Corbett, Cara Buono
Plot: ALL SAINTS is based on the inspiring true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock (John Corbett), the tiny church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia. Together, they risked everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.
Running Time: 108 minutes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frovRQJSvus
Chris: Feel good movie and I will certainly check it out in the comforts of my own home.
Wayne: Looks like an inspiring movie, but I’m selling.

Birth of the Dragon (BH Tilt) – Action/Biography/Drama
Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence, language and thematic elements
Tagline: The fight that created a legend.
Starring: Yu Xia, Billy Magnussen, Phillip Ng
Plot: Set against the backdrop of 1960s San Francisco, BIRTH OF THE DRAGON is a modern take on the classic movies that Bruce Lee was known for. It takes its inspiration from the epic and still controversial showdown between an up-and-coming Bruce Lee and kung fu master Wong Jack Man – a battle that gave birth to a legend.
Running Time: 103 minutes

Wayne: I love stories about Bruce Lee, but have a feeling that these stories will be very embellished. I’m buying this because I love Lee and Kung Fu movies.
Chris: Fantastic looking film. Hard to believe WWE studios is behind it. I am curious to learn more of Bruce Lee’s past before stardom visited.

Leap! (The Weinstein Company) – Animation/Adventure/Comedy
Rated PG for some impolite humor, and action
Tagline: Never give up on your dreams
Starring: Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan
Plot: An orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina and flees her rural Brittany for Paris, where she passes for someone else and accedes to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera house.
Running Time: 89 minutes

Chris:  Nobody puts Baby Icarus in the corner.
Wayne: Looks like another inspiring movie, but I’m selling. I’ll check it out but not expecting much.

Beach Rats (Neon) – Drama
Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language
Tagline: None
Starring: Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein
Plot: An aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn struggles to escape his bleak home life and navigate questions of self-identity, as he balances his time between his delinquent friends, a potential new girlfriend, and older men he meets online.
Running Time: 95 minutes

Wayne: Thought provoking and will be controversial. I’m buying and will check it out.
Chris: Could not be less interested.

Bushwick (RLJ Entertainment) – Action
Not Rated
Tagline: None
Starring: Dave Bautista, Brittany Snow
Plot: When a Texas military force invades their Brooklyn neighborhood, 20-year-old Lucy and war veteran Stupe must depend on each other to survive.
Running Time: 94 minutes

Chris: When a Texas military force invades Brooklyn? Sounds pretty dumb to me. Skip.
Wayne: I’m selling this, however, I want to see Dave Bautista in this role and it will push his acting abilities. Curious to see if he is growing as an actor.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for Birth of the Dragon

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Trailer Snark (August 18, 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 Hitman’s Bodyguard (Lionsgate) – Action/Comedy
Rated R for strong violence and language throughout
Tag Line: Never let him out of your sight. Never let your guard down. Never fall in love.
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds, Salma Hayek
Plot: The world’s top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.
Running Time: 118 minutes

Chris: A mildly amusing comedic action romp. But not enough to get me to shell out the cashola. Guess they are going to have to pry it from my cold dead fingers. Just call me 251.
Wayne: I’m buying this trailer.  Dark comedy. Two quality actors familiar with comedy and action.  Looking forward to seeing this one.

Logan Lucky (Bleecker Street Media) – Comedy
Rated PG-13 for language and some crude comments
Tag Line: See how the other half steals.
Starring: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig
Plot: Two brothers attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina.
Running Time: 119 minutes

Chris: Daniel Craig really pulled off that southern accent with skill. Color me surprised! Logan may be lucky enough to get me in a theater seat.
Wayne:  Looks like a fun comedy.  Going to get a lot of NASCAR fans going to this one.  Looking forward to seeing Craig in a comedic role.

Gook (Samuel Goldwyn Films) – Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line:  None
Starring: Simone Baker, Justin Chon
Plot: Eli and Daniel, two Korean American brothers, own a struggling shoe store and have an unlikely friendship with Kamilla, a street wise 11-year-old African American girl. Kamilla ditches school, Eli stresses about the store, and Daniel tries to have a good time. It’s just another typical day at the store until the Rodney King verdict is read and riots break out. With the chaos moving towards them, the trio is forced to defend the store while contemplating the future of their own personal dreams and the true meaning of family.
Running Time: 94 minutes

Chris: One of the biggest stories of the LA riots triggered by the Rodney King chase and beating (which occurred when I was a freshman in college) was the relationship between the Black and Korean communities in the city. That, in itself, makes this a very interesting human interest piece for me.
Wayne:  With all going on in the world right now, I’m going to sell this trailer.  Looking for more upbeat stories.

Lemon (Magnolia Pictures) – Comedy/Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Inger Tudor, Brett Gelman, Judy Greer, Michael Cera
Plot: A man watches his life unravel after he is left by his girlfriend of 10 years.
Running Time: 83 minutes

Chris: Looks a little too offbeat, awkward, and Michael Cera for my liking.
Wayne:  Selling this movie.  There is only so much downward spiral stories one can take. 

6 Days (Icon Films) – Action/Drama/History
Rated R for violence and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Abbie Cornish, Jamie Bell
Plot: In April 1980, armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy in Princes Gate, London and took all inside hostage. Over the next six days a tense standoff took place, all the while a group of highly trained soldiers from the SAS prepared for a raid the world had never seen the likes of.
Running Time: 94 minutes

Chris: Riveting and intense trailer. Count me in.
Wayne:  Looks interesting.  Might be a rainy day film to catch.  I buy this trailer.

Tickets Purchased: One for Logan Lucky (Wayne) and one for 6 Days (Chris)