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Trailer Snark (July 14, 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!

War of the Planet of the Apes (Twentieth Century Fox) – Adventure/Drama/Sci-Fi
Rated PG-13 for violence, language, and disturbing images.
Tag Line: For freedom. For family. For the planet.
Starring: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson
Plot: After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.
Running Time: 140 minutes

Jim: These movies have some of the most unbelievably realistic effects I’ve ever seen. Almost too realistic. So real that, at times, I forget that I’m looking at things that aren’t there. Which, admittedly, takes a little bit of the fun out of it for me. That said, the movies are very well-made, and this looks like a worthy addition. And I’m looking forward to Steve Zahn play an ape.
Chris: Woody has a knack for playing a great bad guy.  He really makes you dislike him so well.  The last two entries in this franchise were very good and I have no reason to think this one won’t be some popcorn crunching fine entertainment!

Wish Upon (Orion Pictures) – Horror
Rated PG-13 for violent and disturbing images, thematic elements and language
Tag Line: Be careful what you wish for.
Starring: Joey King, Ryan Phillipe
Plot: A teenage girl discovers a box that carries magic powers and a deadly price for using them.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Chris: I was expecting to see a trailer I’ve seen a million times before, advertising a decidedly C-grade horror film, but was actually surprised to find myself enjoying the pacing and feel.  This one has potential to be a little horrific gem.
Jim: The premise manages to overcome the bewhiskered predictability of yet another horror movie trailer. A good rental.

Lady Macbeth (Roadside Attractions) – Drama
Rated R for some disturbing violence, strong sexuality/nudity, and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton
Plot: Set in 19th century rural England, young bride who has been sold into marriage to a middle-aged man discovers an unstoppable desire within herself as she enters into an affair with a worker on her estate.
Running Time: 89 minutes

Jim: A great trailer that makes this movie look very absorbing. And all hail movies made for grownups!
Chris:  Is this Lady Chatterley of Lady Macbeth?

Blind (Vertical Entertainment) – Drama/Romance
Rated R for language including some sexual references, and brief drug use
Tag Line: Love….unexpected.
Starring: Demi Moore, Alec Baldwin
Plot: A novelist blinded in a car crash which killed his wife rediscovers his passion for both life and writing when he embarks on an affair with the neglected wife of an indicted businessman.
Running Time: 98 minutes

Chris: This movie has Lifetime Channel written all over it.
Jim: Alec Baldwin is very talented and very funny. Whenever I see him in a drama these days though, he just comes off as…too creepy. Demi Moore is a beautiful woman but has never impressed me as an actress (except for the occasional flick like “Disclosure”). Pass.

Tickets Purchased:  One for Lady Macbeth (Jim) and one for War of the Planet of the Apes (Chris)

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Trailer Snark (July 7, 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!

Spider-Man: Homecoming (Sony) – Action/Adventure
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments
Tag Line: None
Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr.
Plot: Several months after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens, New York City while fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man as a new threat, the Vulture, emerges.
Running Time: 133 minutes

Wayne: I’m buying this trailer.  I think we are going to have our best Peter Parker yet.
Jim: Been anticipating this since Tom Holland stole Captain America: Civil War. After the mess of Spiderman 3 and the two Andrew Garfield snoozefests, this is most welcome. Micheal Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey…there’s almost TOO much entertainment!
Chris: Oh gee…another Spider-Man movie.  Heck yeah, I’m going to see it!  Tom Holland rocked the Parker role in Civil War.  Stroke of casting and scripting genius!

A Ghost Story (A24) – Drama/Fantasy/Romance
Rated R for brief language and a disturbing image
Tag Line: It’s All About Time.
Starring: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara
Plot: In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife.
Running Time: 92 minutes

Chris: I was not actually expecting much, but got a beautifully crafted trailer and compelling story.  No Sheet!
Jim: a beautiful trailer. This looks spooky, moody, and intelligent.
Wayne: I’m buying this trailer.  The idea of leaving a piece of yourself behind so that you live on after death is an interesting concept.  The metaphor of the ghost is a great device.  Looking forward to this one.

City of Ghosts (IFC Films) – Documentary/War
Rated R for disturbing violent content, and for some language
Tag Line:  None
Starring: Real people
Plot: A documentary that follows the efforts of “Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently,” a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. With deeply personal access, this is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Wayne: I’m buying this trailer.  If this movie is as good as the trailer, I’ll be very satisfied.  I enjoy a good documentary and this story is very relevant today.
Chris: I see a trailer like this and just realize how thankful I am to have been born in the USA with all of the snowflakes and safe zones.  Maybe Americans could use some perspective and watch this one?
Jim: Too much real life. Pass.

Patti Cake$ (Fox Searchlight) – Drama
Rated R for language throughout, crude sexual references, some drug use and a brief nude image
Tag Line: None
Starring: Danielle MacDonald, Bridget Everett
Plot: PATTI CAKE$ is centered on aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$ who is fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in New Jersey.
Running Time: 108 minutes

Jim: I’m not a big fan of rap music, but I have to admit this looks pretty interesting, a lot of passion and arresting images.
Wayne: It is a clean sweep, I’m buying this trailer and all trailers this week.  Is this a white woman’s Eminem story?  Looks fun and I love an underdog story.  Hope to catch this one too.
Chris: I wanted to dislike it, but just couldn’t.  I’ll catch it on the small screen at some p0int.

Tickets Purchased:  Three for Spider-Man, as if you didn’t already know?!

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“Let’s talk about your Aunt May.”

 

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Trailer Snark (June 30, 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, Rob from Spector for Hire, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Despicable Me 3 (Universal) –  Family/Animation
Rated PG for action and rude humor
Tag Line: Hard time ahead.
Starring: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig
Plot: Gru meets his long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Chris: “You’re despicable”….yes, that was animated entertainment.  If you don’t know the reference, you are too young.
Jim: These movies are hilarious and great for families to watch. Seeing it today. Gotta love the minions.

The House (Warner Bros) – Comedy
Rated R for language throughout, sexual references, drug use, some violence and brief nudity.
Tag Line: If you can’t beat the house, be… The House.
Starring: Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler
Plot: A dad convinces his friends to start an illegal casino in his basement after he and his wife spend their daughter’s college fund.
Running Time: 88 minutes

Jim: A great cast and premise—-this week is looking good.
Chris: Amusing concept.  Will Ferrell movies tend to be pretty good, so I am intrigued.  How far would you go to send your kid to college?  Definitely not this far.

Baby Driver (TriStar Pictures) – Action
Rated R for Violence, Language, and Adult Situations.
Tag Line: All you need is one killer track.
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Jamie Fox, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey
Plot: After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.
Running Time: 113 minutes

Chris: Hey, Frank Castle sighting!  Other than that, I am not too interested in this one.  It will probably be worth a rainy night rental.
Jim: Good trailer #3. Over the top, mind-numbing action—it must be summertime. And with Edgar Wright, director of Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World “at the wheel.”

You can read our very own Dope Sheet Review of Baby Driver here!

The Little Hours (Gunpowder & Sky) – Comedy/Romance
Rated R for graphic nudity, sexual content and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie, Dave Franco, John C. Reilly
Plot: A young servant fleeing from his master takes refuge at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns in the Middle Ages. Introduced as a deaf blind man, he must fight to hold his cover as the nuns try to resist temptation.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Jim: What the…? Sheesh. I love Aubrey Plaza.
Chris: I almost feel ashamed to say it, but Aubrey Plaza may have found the perfect role.  Looks funny as all heck.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for The Little Hours (Jim and Chris) and One for Despicable Me (Jim)

Aubrey Plaza Goes All Out Nun Ratchet in "The Little Hours"
Aubrey Plaza Goes All Out Nun Ratchet in “The Little Hours”
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Trailer Snark (June 21, 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, Rob from Spector for Hire, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Transformers: The Last Knight (Paramount) – Action/Sci-Fi
Rated PG-13 for violence and intense sequences of sci-fi action, language, and some innuendo
Tag Line: For one world to live, the other must die.
Starring:  Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins
Plot: Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth.
Running Time: 149 minutes

Chris: The news of plans for 14 more films had a suddenly wearying effect on me.  Yeah, you read that right.
Jim: I was born about 10 years too early to get excited about the mention of the word Transformers. I’ve only seen the first movie in this franchise and thought it was Ok as time-wasting popcorn flicks go. The trailers for the rest of them have just looked boring in that we’re-gonna-shove-CGI-down-your-throat-until-you-beg-for-mercy way. Including this one.
Wayne: I’ve given up on the trailers because they are always better than the movies.  With that said, I saw it last (k)night.

You can read Wayne’s review of the movie at The Dope Sheet right here!

The Big Sick (Lionsgate) – Comedy/Romance
Rated R for language including some sexual references
Tag Line: An awkward love story.
Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Ray Romano
Plot: A couple deals with their cultural differences as their relationship grows.
Running Time: 119 minutes

Wayne: Interesting movie, surely going to be a tear jerker.  Going to sell this one and wait for Netflix.
Chris: Nice to see Ray Romano in a feature film that isn’t animated, but I found the laughs hard to come by in this trailer.  Pass.
Jim: This looks like it could be a great romcom. Hope all of the good moments aren’t in the trailer.

The Beguiled (Focus Features) – Drama
Rated R for some sexuality
Tag Line: None
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Colin Farrell
Plot: At a girls’ school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries, and an unexpected turn of events.
Running Time: 93 minutes

Jim: Interesting-looking remake of the ’71 Clint Eastwood classic. The cast certainly helps.
Wayne: Going to sell this trailer.  I don’t care for time period pieces like this and I also don’t find this cast ensemble appealing.   
Chris: Now we’re talking!  Kirsten Dunst and Nicole Kidman sharing the screen together is a treat.  Add in some Colin Farrel and a touch of revenge and you have yourself some pretty good cinematic potential!

The Bad Batch (Neon) – Romance/Sci-Fi
Rated R for violence, language, some drug content and brief nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa
Plot: A dystopian love story in a Texas wasteland and set in a community of cannibals.
Running Time: 118 minutes

Chris: What is this?  Some kind of Mad Max meets Hills Have Eyes meets Rob Zombie hybrid?  May be a rental, even if that, to be honest.  The Bad Batch is right.
Jim: Looks like a bad Tarantino knockoff minus the humor. Pass.
Wayne: Looks like a great cast, but has the feel of an 80’s film with no direction.  Going to sell this trailer.

Tickets Purchased: One for Transformers (Wayne), One for The Big Sick (Jim), and One for The Beguiled (Chris)

We just could not agree this week.
We just could not agree this week.
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Trailer Snark (June 16, 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, Rob from Spector for Hire, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Cars 3 (Disney) – Animation/Family
Rated G
Tag Line: It’s On!
Starring:  Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Larry the Cable Guy
Plot: Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he’s still the best race car in the world.
Running Time: 109 minutes

Chris: Animation and fast cars?  The wife is already buying the tickets.  But my enthusiasm is a bit more tempered.  Animated sequels are historically disappointing.
Jessica: I simply do not understand why people love these so much, I think they’re pretty dull. Big pass for me.

Rough Night (Sony Pictures) – Comedy
R for crude sexual content, language throughout, drug use and brief bloody images
Tag Line: Dropping June 16
Starring: Scarlet Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Zoe Kravitz
Plot: Things go terribly wrong for a group of girlfriends who hire a male stripper for a bachelorette party in Miami.
Running Time: 101 minutes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_B4Jfdp1P8
Jessica: I usually love these types of movies and I adore McKinnon, but this one doesn’t make me laugh much. I’ll probably watch it one day for free at home, but not a movie theater film for me at all.
Chris: It would be one if I were forced to see this at my local theater.

All Eyez On Me (Lionsgate) – Biography/Drama/Music
Rated R for language and drug use throughout, violence, some nudity and sexuality
Tag Line: Legends never die.
Starring: Demetrius Shipp Jr, Danai Gurira, Kat Graham
Plot: Tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur.
Running Time: 160 minutes

Chris: Was never a Tupac fan, but this one seems less about the music and more about the man.  Could be worth the rental?

47 Meters Down (Entertainment Studios) – Horror/Thriller
Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense peril, bloody images, and brief strong language
Tag Line: No help above, no hope below.
Starring: Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Matthew Modine
Plot: Two sisters vacationing in Mexico are trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean. With less than an hour of oxygen left and great white sharks circling nearby, they must fight to survive.
Running Time: 89 minutes

Jessica: This looks like it could be fun, a rental though, again not wasting my money on it! I can always watch the classic shark films like Jaws or Deep Blue Sea!
Chris: Anyone who knows me knows that I loathe and fear sharks.  I guess that makes this one a good candidate for morbid curiosity and masochism.

The Book of Henry (Focus Features) – Drama/Thriller
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong language
Tag Line: Never leave things undone.
Starring: Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher
Plot: A single mother discovers a scheme in her son’s book to rescue a young girl from the hands of her abusive stepfather and sets out to execute the plan at any cost.
Running Time: 105 minutes

Chris: I’ve always enjoyed Naomi Watts and I am liking the dynamic between her and her son played by Jaeden Lieberher in the face of their neighbor’s abusive step-father.  How far will they go to protect a child?  I will be sure to find out!
Jessica: I’m intrigued so I’d watch this at home.

The Journey (IFC Films) – Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including violent images and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Freddie Highmore, Tobey Stephens, John Hurt, Catherine McCormack
Plot: A fictional account of the extraordinary story of two implacable enemies in Northern Ireland – firebrand Democratic Unionist Party leader Ian Paisley and Sinn Fein politician Martin …
Running Time: 94 minutes

Chris: I grew up literally reading article after article in our Boston newspaper publications about Sinn Fein and the IRA.  Although this is a fictionalized account of two of the most prominent rivals in the Northern Ireland conflict, I am eager to see it.

Maudie (Sony Picture Classics) – Biography/Drama/Romance
Rated PG-13 for some thematic content and brief sexuality.
Tag Line: None
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Sally Hawkins
Plot: An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community.
Running Time: 115 minutes

Chris: I literally fell asleep watching this trailer.

Tickets Purchased:  One for The Book of Henry (Chris) while Jessica goes for another viewing of Wonder Woman.

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Trailer Snark (June 9, 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, Rob from Spector for Hire, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

The Mummy (Universal) – Adventure/Action/Fantasy
Rated PG-13 for violence, action and scary images, and for some suggestive content and partial nudity
Tag Line: Ancient evil returns.
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jake Johnson, Annabelle Wallis, Russel Crowe
Plot: An ancient princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Chris: I am absolutely stoked to see this one.  I loved the Indiana Jones-esque Mummy movie franchise, but now Universal if launching a classic monsters universe, and by the trailer the first movie looks intense, thrilling, and pretty much everything that Van Helsing was not.  Game on!
Jessica: I am back and forth on this, I want it to be good, I actually don’t mind Tommy C. all that much and think he can often be a fine actor, but it could also be really, really, really bad if they don’t have fun with story. Not curious enough for the theater, but certainly curious once it’s out on DVD.
Jim: After she saw the trailer, my daughter turned to me wide-eyed and yelled “Yes!” Love going to movies with her. Fer sure.

My Cousin Rachel (Fox Searchlight) – Drama/Mystery/Romance
Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and brief strong language.
Tag Line: None.
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin
Plot: A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.
Running Time: 105 minutes

Jessica: I think I liked the song better than the trailer. I mean, dude, that’s your cousin. Ick.
Jim: I’m not even going to try to top Jessica’s comment. Except that it’s a Daphne DuMaurier story, so it’s probably pretty interesting.
Chris: Period piece and interesting cover of Chris Isaac’s Wicked Game song.  Not sure its my cup of proverbial tea, however.

Megan Leavey (Bleecker Street) – Drama/Biography/War
Rated PG-13 for war violence, language, suggestive material, and thematic elements
Tag Line: None
Starring: Kate Mara, Ramon Rodriguez, Tom Felton
Plot: Based on the true life story of a young Marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq.
Running Time: 116 minutes

Jim: Interesting rental.
Chris: Looks like a wonderful story of a warrior and her warrior companion.  Count me in.
Jessica: Oh man, I am a sucker for a sweet pet true story.

It Comes at Night (A24) – Horror/Mystery
Rated R for violence, disturbing images, and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo
Plot: Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son, but this will soon be put to test when a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.
Running Time: 91 minutes

Chris: A friend of mine joked about what the third title would be if this was a sequel to It Follows.  Putting aside the sophomoric for a moment, this trailer looks disturbing enough to be an effective summer scare-fest.
Jessica: This one looks really interesting, a home viewer for sure, but decent cast, interesting story. I’d watch it.
Jim: How many boring trailers does it take to turn off a moviegoer?

The Hero (The Orchard) – Comedy/Drama
Rated R for drug use, language and some sexual content
Tag Line: None
Starring: Sam Elliot, Laura Prepon
Plot: An ailing movie star comes to terms with his past and mortality.
Running Time: 93 minutes

Jessica: It had me at Sam Elliot. That is all.
Jim: Would you pay just to see Sam Elliott read a few pages from the phone book? I would. It’s time this good actor got his due.
Chris: An aging actor fighting for relevance. Sam Elliot looks absolutely fantastic in the role.  A different actor may not have pulled me in the way he did.

Beatriz at Dinner (FilmNation Entertainment) – Comedy
Rated R for language and a scene of violence
Tag Line: None
Starring: Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Chloe Sevigny
Plot: A holistic medicine practitioner attends a wealthy client’s dinner party after her car breaks down.
Running Time: 83 minutes

Jim: I breathe a sigh of contentment at a trailer for a movie made for grownups. And in the summertime, to boot! This looks absolutely riveting.
Jessica: This movie looks like it could be fantastic! I think that Hayek can rock this, she has been good in almost everything I’ve ever seen her in. I LOVE when Lithgow is smarmy and rude, and honestly looks like it could be a good story for this time and place in our world.
Chris: Certainly an unassuming role for the usually more sultry Hayek, but the obviously stereotyped role written for Lithgow was a bit of a turn-off.

Tickets Purchased: 2 for Beatriz at Dinner (Jessica and Jim) and 1 for The Mummy (Chris)

I guess the snarkies enjoy watching Salma Hayek eat?
I guess the snarkies enjoy watching Salma Hayek eat?
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Trailer Snark (June 2, 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, Rob from Spector for Hire, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Wonder Woman (Warner Bros) – Action/Adventure/Fantasy
Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive content
Tag Line: Power. Grace. Wisdom. Wonder.
Starring:  Gal Gadot, Chris Pine
Plot: Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.
Running Time: 141 minutes

Chris: I have been pretty hard on DC’s cinematic universe, but this is the first time I have some true hopefulness in one of their films.  Here’s to a wonderous Wonder Woman!
Jim: Like most of the world, I’m looking forward to seeing this. The trailer’s certainly action-packed, and Gal Gadot is a stunning-looking woman.  I found her performance very wooden in that endurance test called Batman vs. Superman. Maybe she’ll pull it off in the new movie.
Jessica: A woman-led superhero flick directed by a woman? This little feminist heart is all for it!!! I cannot wait to see it and I have HIGH hopes that it is going to be the best of the best!!!!

Check out Great Stories very own Dope Sheet Review of the movie here!

Captain Underpants (Twentieth Century Fox) – Animated/Family
Rated PG for mild rude humor throughout
Tag Line: Change is coming!
Starring: Kevin Hart, Ed Helms
Plot: Two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.
Running Time: 89 minutes

Jim: A funny trailer, looks like a good rental.
Chris: Actually looks mildly amusing, but my wife is horrified.

Dean (CBS Films) – Comedy/Drama
Rated PG-13 for language and some suggestive material
Tag Line: A comedy about tragedy.
Starring: Demetri Martin, Kevin Kline, Gillian Jacobs
Plot: A comedy about loss, grief and the redemptive power of love, Dean is an NY illustrator who falls hard for an LA woman while trying to prevent his father from selling the family home in the wake of his mother’s death.
Running Time: 87 minutes

Chris: Watching Dean totally destroy himself in front of the pretty girl was very funny, but it looks like a rental at best.
Jim: At last, a romantic comedy that’s not falling all over itself trying to impress me how witty it thinks it is. Good date night material, and the scene that Chris mentioned is very funny.

Band Aid (IFC Films) – Comedy
Not Rated
Tag Line: Misery loves accompaniment
Starring: Zoe Lister-Jones, Adam Pally, Colin Hanks, Brooklyn Decker
Plot: A couple who can’t stop fighting embark on a last-ditch effort to save their marriage: turning their fights into songs and starting a band.
Running Time: 91 minutes

Jim: Another interesting romcom, and one about a married couple that actually looks good. What a great premise!
Chris: This actually looks darn good.  A romantic comedy done in a style of its own. A romcom that is not paint by numbers…how refreshing!

Vincent n Roxxy (Vertical Entertainment) – Crime/Drama/Thriller
Rated R for brutal bloody violence, language throughout, some strong sexual content, nudity, and brief drug use
Tag Line: None
Starring: Emile Hirsch, Zoe Kravitz
Plot: A small town loner and a rebellious punk rocker unexpectedly fall in love as they are forced on the run and soon discover violence follows them everywhere.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Chris: That’s a whole lot of dysfunctional people in one trailer.
Jim: Blecchh. Yawn. ZZZZ.  And other negative sounds.

Tickets Purchased: Three for Wonder Woman

Righting the wrongs of Batman vs Superman?
Righting the wrongs of Batman vs Superman?

 

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Trailer Snark (May 26, 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, Rob from Spector for Hire, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Disney) – Adventure/Fantasy
Rated PG-13 for sequences of adventure violence, and some suggestive content
Tag Line: None
Starring: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem
Plot: Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the trident of Poseidon.
Running Time: 129 minutes

Chris: I’m ready to dust off that bottle of rum and raise that jolly roger.  Jack Sparrow is back!
Robert: Really….. Another One?….. I say that as I look at show times for this weekend.
Jim: I know, another one—but my daughter loves them, I like them, and I love movies that I can enjoy with my daughter.

Baywatch (Paramount) – Action/Comedy/Drama
Rated R for language throughout, crude sexual content, and graphic nudity
Tag Line: Go ahead and stare.
Starring: Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, Alexandra Daddario, Zac Effron
Plot: Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchanan butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.
Running Time: 116 minutes

Jim: Never watched the show, but worth a rental. In other words, see-worthy. Heh heh.
Chris:  like The Rock, but I remember that moment when David Hasselhoff became uncool when I was a youngster.  When he traded in the leather jacket for the orange trunks.
Robert: (eye roll) You mean to tell me that a life guard is so proud of his job that he going to act like an FBI agent? Get outta here.

Long Strange Trip (Amazon Studios) – Documentary
Rated R for drug content throughout, language and some graphic nudity
Tag Line: The untold story of the Grateful Dead.
Starring: You know who.
Plot: The tale of the Grateful Dead is inspiring, complicated, and downright messy. A tribe of contrarians, they made art out of open-ended chaos and inadvertently achieved success on their own terms. Never-before-seen footage and interviews offer this unprecedented and unvarnished look at the life of the Dead.
Running Time: 238 minutes

Robert: I like music history. I took a lot of music classes in college, so I enjoy documentaries on anything music. But I’m glad Amazon Prime… I don’t have to pay for it. That is if I remember to stream it.
Jim: Not a big fan of the band, so gets a blank, hazy,  stare from me.
Chris: Not a fan of this band, so my interest is Dead on Arrival.

Drone (Screen Media Films) – Thriller
Not Rated
Tag Line: Choose your targets wisely.
Starring: Sean Bean, Mary McCormack, Patrick Sabongui
Plot: Ideologies collide with fatal results when a military drone contractor meets an enigmatic Pakistani businessman.
Running Time: 91 minutes

Chris: Could be an entertaining thriller, but not enough to get me to the theater.  Will Sean Bean lose his head again?  Stay tuned.
Robert: I can see this being a roller coaster of emotions. Sean Bean is just one of those ones where you gotta like whatever he’s in. But I will save this one for the small screen.
Jim: Kind of like Patriot Games, but this time Sean Bean’s the good guy.

Tickets Purchased: 3 for Pirates of the Caribbean!

C'mon, that was punny!
C’mon, that was punny!
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Trailer Snark (May 19, 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, Rob from Spector for Hire, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Alien: Covenant (20th Century Fox) – Sci-Fi/Horror
Rated R for sci-fi violence, bloody images, language and some sexuality/nudity
Tag Line: Scream.
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston
Plot: The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape.
Running Time: 122 minutes

Chris: My heart is just bursting at the chance to see Ridley Scott’s latest work….or is that a xenomorph in my chest?
Jim: Just showed my daughter the original Alien, she couldn’t take her eyes away from the screen—not bad for a 38 year old flick. We’re there! And hopefully it’s not anything like the horribly overrated 1986 Aliens. Just had to get that in there.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (20th Century Fox) – Comedy/Family
Rated PG for some rude humor
Tag Line: A wimp will rise.
Starring: Jason Drucker, Alicia Silverstone
Plot: A Heffley family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention.
Running Time: 91 minutes

Jim: I love the author’s bookstore in Plainville, MA. That said, pass on the flick.
Chris: My kids are mercifully old enough to not want to see this.

Everything, Everything (MGM) – Drama/Romance
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief sensuality
Tag Line: Risk everything…for love.
Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson
Plot: A teenager who’s lived a sheltered life because she’s allergic to everything, falls for the boy who moves in next door.
Running Time: 96 minutes

Chris: While I don’t typically gravitate towards this type of melodrama,  I could not help but feel empathetic towards the main character’s plight.  Might be worth a look on the small screen.
Jim: Kinda like Girl in the Plastic Bubble. No thanks.

Tickets Purchased: 2 for Alien: Covenant

With purchase of ticket.
With purchase of ticket.
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Trailer Snark (May 5, 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, Rob from Spector for Hire, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 (Disney) – Adventure/Sci-Fi
Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language, and brief suggestive content
Tag Line: Obviously.
Starring:  Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper
Plot: Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.
Running Time: 136 minutes

Chris: If anyone thinks this is not going to be the movie I end up seeing, you don’t know me very well.  That said, this trailer gives us all of the campy laughs and charm that the first movie delivered to us.  A feast for your jolly Marvel soul!
Jim: Surprisingly, I was disappointed in the original. However, this is one of the best trailers I’ve seen in a while (and scored to “Fox on the Run, nice!). Not only do I want to see this movie, I want to have another look at the original. That, to me, is a successful trailer.
Robert: The Guardians trailer is so exciting to me. It gave just enough not to give any big moment of the movie away, and had laughing multiple times. But I maybe biased since I fan-girl over everything that Marvel does.

The Lovers (A24) – Comedy
Rated R for sexuality and language
Tag Line: A love so strong it can survive marriage.
Starring: Debra Winger, Tracy Letts
Plot: Debra Winger and Tracy Letts play a long-married, dispassionate couple who are both in the midst of serious affairs. But on the brink of calling it quits, a spark between them suddenly reignites, leading them into an impulsive romance.
Running Time: 94 minutes

Robert: This will be a good date with the wife.
Chris: Not a chance.
Jim: Welcome back, Debra Winger. She alone would make this worth a rental.

The Dinner (The Orchard) – Drama/Mystery/Thriller
Rated R for disturbing violent content, and language throughout.
Tag Line: How far would you go…to save your children.
Starring: Richard Gere, Laura Linney
Plot: Two sets of wealthy parents meet for dinner to decide what to do about a crime their sons have committed.
Running Time: 120 minutes

Jim: I couldn’t get into the book and I can’t get into the trailer.
Robert: This trailer left me confused but interested enough to look into reading the book.
Chris: Looks like a taut thriller/drama.  I haven’t seen much from Richard Gere lately that has made me want to affix me to my seat, but this one has my attention.

3 Generations (The Weinstein Company) – Drama
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content, some sexual references and language
Tag Line: Three of the most acclaimed actors of their generations in a human comedy for today.
Starring: Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, Susan Sarandon
Plot: After Ray decides to transition from female to male, Ray’s mother, Maggie, must come to terms with the decision while tracking down Ray’s biological father to get his legal consent.
Running Time: 92 minutes

Chris:  This trailer has me confused.
Jim: I’m with Chris—3 accomplished actresses in a hazy trailer.
Robert: That cast is amazing. It’s not my type of movie but I’m happy that a topic like that is getting a good movie

Tickets Purchased:  3 for Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2!

Oh, but we do Drax. We do.
Oh, but we do Drax. We do.