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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)

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Trailer Snark (August 11, 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!

Annabelle: Creation (Warner Bros) – Horror/Mystery/Thriller
Rated R for horror violence and terror.
Tag Line: You don’t know the real story.
Starring: Stephanie Sigman, Miranda Otto
Plot: Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.
Running Time: 109 minutes

Wayne: I’m selling this movie. Uses so many tricks to get a jump out of you. I’m not a fan of giving a doll an origin story. 
Chris: Am I alone in not knowing that Annabelle was tied to the Conjuring series? Well, this is no Conjuring from what I have seen.
Jessica: I LOVE the Conjuring, and the sequel was okay, this looks like a big pile of poo.
Jim: Jim Asleep

The Glass Castle (Lionsgate) – Bigoraphy/Drama
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving family dysfunction, and for some language and smoking
Tag Line: Home goes wherever we go.
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Brie Larson
Plot: A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who’s an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children’s imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty.
Running Time: 127 minutes

Jim: Woody is awesome, but I was beaten a little too much with the Inspirational Movie Stick during the trailer.
Wayne: I’m selling this movie. A story that isn’t going to get us anywhere. I like the casting, but don’t believe this to be worth seeing in a theater.
Chris: Wake me when it’s over.
Jessica: I LOVE Woody Harrelson but this looks like a great film to take a nap to.

The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature (Open Road Films) – Animation/Family
Rated PG for action and some rude humor
Tag Line: Get ready. Get set.  Get nuts!
Starring: Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Jackie Chan
Plot: Following the events of the first film, Surly and his friends must stop Oakton City’s mayor from destroying their home to make way for a dysfunctional amusement park.
Running Time: 91 minutes

Jessica: I don’t even have the words for how stupid this looks. Oh wait, I do, it looks stupid.
Jim: Was the first one even a hit? I remember seeing the trailer for the first one and hoping my daughter didn’t ask me to take her to see it. Mercifully, she didn’t. Man, this is one lame summer for movies.
Wayne: I’m selling this movie. Only a week out and now we’re seeing the push for this movie? Also opening late in the summer tells me they don’t have confidence in the film and neither do I.  
Chris: This first felt like a direct to DVD family film. I suspect this will be no better.

The Only Living Boy in New York (Roadside Attractions) – Drama
Rated R for adult situations
Tag Line: None
Starring: Jeff Bridge, Pierce Brosnan, Callum Turner, Kate Beckinsale
Plot: Adrift in New York City, a recent college graduate’s life is upended by his father’s mistress.
Running Time: 88 minutes

Chris: Mildly interesting, if only for Beckinsale and Bridges. Could be a good choice for the small screen.
Jessica: Pretentious drivel. I do enjoy Jeff Bridges, but you’d have to pay me to see this in theaters, or at home.
Jim: The good cast makes it a possible rental.
Wayne: I’m buying this. An interesting story and hey, it has KATE! 

The Trip to Spain (IFC Films) – Comedy/Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line:  The two amigos are back.
Starring: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon
Plot: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on a six-part episodic road trip through Spain, sampling the restaurants, eateries, and sights along the way.
Running Time: 108 minutes

Wayne: I’m buying this. While the ladies of the summer have had their share of girl only fun, time for the guys to get their chance with some old fart trip to Spain. Interesting story and will check it out.
Chris: I still have not seen the first two movies, but this one looks like a good reason to hunt it down quickly.
Jessica: I didn’t see the first two either Chris, but this looks fun, as do the ones that came before.
Jim: The Trip, The Trip to Italy, and now this. I thought the first two were a blast, this looks to be the same. Picturesque locations, great-looking food, and some witty bantering from these two likable comedians (love the Roger Moore bit). If only more movies were as enjoyable on a simple level as these are.

Tickets Purchased: Three for The trip to Spain (Wayne, Chris, and Jim) and One for The Only Living Boy in New York (Wayne) while Jessica gets caught up with a viewing of Dunkirk.

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Trailer Snark (August 4, 2017 Theatrical Releases)

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 Dark Tower (Columbia Pictures) – Action/Adventure/Fantasy
Rated PG-13 for thematic material including sequences of gun violence and action.
Tag Line: There are other worlds than these.
Starring: Idris Elba, Matthew McCaunaughey, Katheryn Winnick
Plot: The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black, determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.
Running Time: 95 minutes

Chris: Being a King fan, I feel a bit sheepish in saying that the epic work of his literary career is among my least favorite of his creative endeavors. That said, Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey are awesome which make this one worth checking out.
Jim: I’m a King fan, but for some reason I’ve never had any interest in reading the Dark Tower books. Despite the great cast, this looks like a pretty blah and routine actioner/thriller/whatever.

Detroit (Annapurna Distribution) – Drama/Crime/History
Rated R for strong violence and pervasive language
Tag Line: It’s time we knew.
Starring: John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Algee Smith
Plot: Amidst the chaos of the Detroit Rebellion, with the city under curfew and as the Michigan National Guard patrolled the streets, three young African American men were murdered at the Algiers Motel.
Running Time: 143 minutes

Jim: Looks like another winner from the red-hot Kathryn Bigelow. A great example of how a trailer can effectively sell a movie.
Chris: Intensity! Based on a true story, and definitely makes me want to know more. I’ll be checking it out.

Check out The Dope Sheet Movie review here!

Wind River (The Weinstein Company) – Action/Crime/Mystery
Rated R for strong violence, a rape, disturbing images, and language
Tag line: Nothing is harder to track than the truth.
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Kelsey Asbille
Plot: An FBI agent teams with a town’s veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation.
Running Time: 107 minutes

Chris: Two Avengers reunited. Love the setting for this murder mystery, with the feeling of isolation leading to greater danger. I am in.
Jim: A pretty lackluster trailer (and come on, not even touting the names of the actors—they’re two of the Avengers, man!) Pass.

Tickets Purchased:  One for The Dark Tower (Chris) and one for Detroit (Jim)

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Trailer Snark (July 28, 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 Emoji Movie (Columbia Pictures) – Animation/Adventure
Rated PG
Tag Line:  Welcome to the secret world inside your phone.
Starring: T.J. Miller, James Corden, Anna Faris
Plot: Gene, a multi-expressional emoji, sets out on a journey to become a normal emoji.
Running Time: 86 minutes

Chris: I LOL and then ROFLMAO. J/K
Jess: *Throws Up*
Jim: It’s far to soon to rip off Inside Out. How dated is this going to be in a few years?

Atomic Blonde (Focus Features) – Action/Mystery/Thriller
Rated R for sequences of strong violence, language throughout, and some sexuality/nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman
Plot: An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.
Running Time: 115 minutes

Jim: All hail Charlize Theron, the Scariest Beautiful Woman ever. Looks like a worthy addition to Mindless Summer Fun at the Movies.
Chris: Charlize is looking like the clear winner by default this week. Hoping she kicks both Al Gore and the Don in the tush in this film.
Jess: Looks fun, like “The Long Kiss Goodnight” and I enjoy Theron and McAvoy!

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (Paramount Pictures) – Documentary
Rated PG
Tag Line: Fight Like Your World Depends On It.
Starring: Al Gore, Barack Obama, Donald Trump
Plot: A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.
Running Time: 98 minutes

Jess: I am a bad person because I never saw the first one and I love this kind of stuff. I like to stay as informed as I can and see all sides, even if I don’t believe all I hear. I’d watch this at home if I ever got around to the original.
Jim: I found the first one interesting and informative. This looks to be the same, although pervaded with more of a sense of dread.
Chris: Al Gore (private) jets around the world leaving this carbon imprint one more time. Celebrate!

Tickets Purchased:  Three for Atomic Blonde

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Trailer Snark (July 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, Wayne from The Dope Sheet, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Dunkirk (Warner Bros) – Action/War/Drama
Rated PG-13 for intense war experience and some language
Tag Line: Surrounded.
Starring: Fionn Whitehead, Aneurin Barnard, Tom Hardy
Plot: Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.
Running Time: 106 minutes

Rob: I am have soft spot movie about that era. Maybe the only subject in history class I ever did well at. I need know if they’ll make it off the beach.
Chris: Probably my most anticipated movie of the summer, next to Spider-Man.  An epic true story of the Greatest Generation’s sacrifice for a better world. 

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (STX Entertainment) – Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action, suggestive material and brief language
Tag Line: A universe without boundaries needs heroes without limits.
Starring: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen
Plot: A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.
Running Time: 137 minutes

Chris: I am ashamed to say I am unfamiliar with the comic series.  But in spite of Luc Besson’s talents, I felt like I was watching a video game trailer and not a real movie.  This one might just have to wait.
Rob: With all of the SiFi movies coming out, this one looks to be the most fun and most beautiful visual effects. I’ve actually been waiting for this one to come out.

Girls Trip (Universal Pictures) – Comedy
Rated R for crude and sexual content throughout, pervasive language, brief graphic nudity, and drug material
Tag Line: You’ll be glad you came.
Starring: Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett-Smith
Plot: When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.
Running Time: 122 minutes

Rob: This looks like a funny movie. Not my choice for the big screen though and maybe if its on TV on one of the wife’s channels that she watches.
Chris: Ummm….R Kelly is going to love this one!  OK, that was uncalled for.

Landline (Amazon) – Comedy
Rated R for sexual content, language and drug use
Tag Line: 1995. When people were harder to reach.
Starring: Jenny Slate, Jay Duplass
Plot: In 1995, a teenager living with her sister and parents in Manhattan discovers that her father is having an affair.
Running Time: 93 minutes

Chris:  “Take a better look cool guy. I’m a California Raisin.”  LOL.  Yeah, this one looks good….even to this 80’s kid.
Rob: Amazon is doing some a amazing things with the movies they’re putting out. It seems like they’re going with the joy and heart breaks of being a regular family back in 1995. Back in the good old days. (yes folks from the 80’s, I’m a 90’s kid).

 

Tickets Purchased:  Two for Dunkirk and One for Valerian

 

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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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