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Trailer Snark (September 25, 2015 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, Rob from Spector for Hire, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Last Week:  Did anyone think Maze Runner would not take top prize?  The teen audience united for a weekend of adventure and drama giving the second installment (named Scorch Trials) at box office victory with just over $30M in receipts.  The Johnny Depp portrayal of the infamous mobsters, Whitey Bulger, came in second.  Black Mass accumulated just over $25M in business.  The Visit was down two spots in its second week in release with another $11M ($42M overall).  The Perfect Guy took in another $9.6M ($41M overall), and Everest debuted at number five with its limited to IMAX theaters first week ($7.5M).  Everest will expand to wide release this week.  The last half of the top ten fell in this order:  6.  War Room  7.  Walk in the Woods  8. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation  9.  Straight Outta Compton  10.  Captive

So what’s hitting theaters today?

Hotel Transylvania 2 (Sony) – Animated/Family
Rated PG for some scary images, action and rude humor
Tag Line: Drac’s pack is back!
Starring:  Adam Sandler, Adam Samberg, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, and Kevin James
Plot:  Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel.
Running Time: 89 minutes

Ken:  Family friendly vampire movies suck more than just blood.
Chris: I wasn’t too enthralled with the original.  Sorry Happy.
Jessica: Didn’t see the first one, don’t care about the sequel.

The Intern (Warner Bros) – Comedy
Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content and brief strong language
Tag Line: Experience never gets old
Starring: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, and Rene Russo
Plot: 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.
Running Time: 121 minutes

Ken: Looks dull beyond words
Chris: Right you are Ken.  I practically fell asleep during the two and a half minute trailer.
Jessica: I think I fell asleep. What the heck DeNiro?

The Green Inferno (High Top Releasing) – Horror
Rated R for aberrant violence and torture, grisly disturbing images, brief graphic nudity, sexual content, language and some drug use
Tag Line:  Fear will consume you.
Starring: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, and Aaron Burns
Plot: A group of student activists travels to the Amazon to save the rain forest and soon discover that they are not alone, and that no good deed goes unpunished.
Running Time:  100 minutes

Jessica: Now THIS is my speed baby! It’s Roth’s homage to the Cannibal films back in the day. “Cannibal Ferox” and “Cannibal Holocaust” and all that disgusting nonsense. I have been waiting for this one for awhile as Roth had problems getting backing for it but you can bet your butts I’ll be there when it comes out!
Ken: Anyone have an extra pair of pants? I like Roth’s horror movies but wish they were more intellectual and less torture fests.
Chris: I have to say my skin was crawling (or was it being eaten?) during this trailer.  I have a feeling the content will be depraved, gory, and horrific beyond words, but I think that is what Eli Roth is aiming for here.  Proceed with caution ye of faint heart.

Stonewall (Roadside Attractions) – Drama
Rated R for sexual content, language throughout, some violence and drug use
Tag Line: None
Starring: Ron Perlman, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Jeremy Irvine
Plot: A young man’s political awakening and coming of age during the days and weeks leading up to the Stonewall Riots.
Running Time: 129 minutes

Jessica: I’m a sucker for true story movies like this. Not only is it perfect for today’s times it looks dang good.
Ken: Looks solid. A bit gay, but solid nonetheless.
Chris: A piece of civil rights history in the making.  Always interesting topical matter.  Just not on the big screen.

99 Homes (Broad Green Pictures) – Drama
Rated R for language including some sexual references, and a brief violent image
Tag Line:  Greed is the only game in town
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, and Laura Dern
Plot: A father struggles to get back the home that his family was evicted from by working for the greedy real estate broker who’s the source of his frustration.
Running Time: 112 minutes

Chris: Effective trailer.  Michael Shannon once played the title character in a movie called The Iceman.  The title could certainly apply to his role here too.
Jessica: Eh. I like Michael Shannon quite a bit and would probably only watch it because he’s in and he looks like he is a bad man.
Ken: The 1% are such an easy target. Michael Shannon might as well be wearing a cloak and monacle, twirling his moustache.

The Keeping Room (Drafthouse Films) – Drama
Rated R for strong violence including a sexual assault
Tag Line:  Some things are worth fighting for.
Starring: Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, and Sam Worthington
Plot: Left without men in the dying days of the American Civil War, three Southern women – two sisters and one African-American slave – must fight to defend their home and themselves from two rogue soldiers who have broken off from the fast-approaching Union Army.
Running Time: 95 minutes

Chris: I think the trailer showed too much, but the movie looks like it could be a winner.
Ken: That was an unexpected thrill. Keeping Room looks amazing.
Jessica: I’m intrigued about a “female western with bite” but not theater cost intrigued. At home watching intrigued.

Mississippi Grind (A24) – Drama
Rated R for language
Tag Line: We can’t lose.
Starring: Ben Mendelsohn and Ryan Reynolds
Plot: Down on his luck and facing financial hardship, Gerry teams up with younger charismatic poker player, Curtis, in an attempt to change his luck. The two set off on a road trip through the South with visions of winning back what’s been lost.
Running Time: 108 minutes

Ken: Fold.
Chris: I became a Ben Mendelsohn fan after watching Bloodline on Netflix.  Add in a little Ryan Reynolds and this pair look like they may have made a bit of movie magic together.  Count me in!
Jessica: I enjoy Reynolds but I’ll probably never watch this.

Tickets Purchased:  Without the input of Rob and Jim, we are left with a three-way split.  One ticket for The Keeping Room (Ken), one ticket for The Green Inferno (Jessica), and one ticket for Mississippi Grind (Chris)

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Trailer Snark (July 24th 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, Rob from Spector for Hire, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Last Week: (Chris Comments) Something tells me that Rob may have missed the mark on his Ant-Man analysis last week….oh yeah,that something was my eyes, ears, heart, and the fist that went flying in the air in triumph after watching Marvel’s latest on the big screen this past weekend.  And it appears that Jessica, Ken, and I were not alone at its opening weekend as Ant-Man claimed first place with a $58 million haul.  Now, that may not seem so much considering the openings of most of Marvel’s films of late, but it could be great word of mouth that prevents a big second week drop-off.  Here is to hoping that some of those Pym Particles can boost up the box office returns Ant-Man so richly deserves.  Coming in at number two was Minions (my wife’s pick to be number one again this week) with another $50 million ($217 million overall),  Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck premiered in third place with $30 million.  A huge drop off in box office receipts after that with Inside Out and Jurassic World battling it out with just over $11 million a piece (Inside Out cracked $300 million and Jurassic World went over an astounding $600 million overall).  Terminator: Genisys, Magic Mike XXL, The Gallows, and Ted 2 were all next with the tenth spot occupied by the debut of Mr. Holmes.

Pixels (Columbia Pictures) – Comedy/Action/Sci-Fi
Rated PG-13 for some language and suggestive comments
Tag Line: Game On.
Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Peter Dinklage, Dan Akroyd, Michelle Monghan, Sean Bean, and more
Plot: When aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth in the form of the video games.
Running Time: 105 minutes

Rob: Mindless fun based on the video games of our 8-bit youth.  Yeah, you heard me right you young whipersnappers only 8-bit!
Chris: Adam Sandler has been due for a hit…actually, he is due for a decent movie.  Pixels is certainly tapping into nostalgia for the forty-something crowd which could be a magnet to those parents who hope to make a connection with their video-game culture kids.
Ken: Rated M for middle aged. I don’t think the nostalgia factor will be enough to drive a thin premise for almost 2 hours and I’m afraid that the retro arcade references will be lost on younger audiences.  I love the spirit of this movie but I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s gonna suck.
Jessica: Actually this one surprised me, I might actually see this though Adam Sandler and Kevin James don’t fill me with confidence the story seems funny/interesting and it might actually be good. Or it could suck big time, hard to tell.

Southpaw (The Weinstein Company) – Drama/Action/Sports
Rated R for language throughout, and some violence
Tag Line: Believe in Hope.
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, and Curtis Jackson
Plot: Boxer Billy Hope turns to trainer Tick Willis to help him get his life back on track after losing his wife in a tragic accident and his daughter to child protection services.
Running Time: 123 minutes

Jessica: So all over this one! I’m a fan of Gyllenhaal and I love a good boxing/redemption story.
Ken: This is essentially a vehicle for Eminem to promote himself. That’s his name on the title track, his boy Fitty acting in it, and his life story being told, except he’s a boxer in the movie. Metaphors like metafives.
Chris: It’s Jacked Gyllenhaal vs the System as a parent coping with family tragedy, dangerous career, and questionable life choices.  After his total creep turn in Nightcrawler, I find myself interested in Jake’s movie roles.
Rob: Looks promising if it can focus more on the main character’s  ambitions as a father instead of those of a boxer.

The Vatican Tapes (Lionsgate) – Horror
Rated PG-13 for disturbing violent content, and some sexual references
Tag Line: For 2,000 years the Vatican has recorded evidence of evil. May God have mercy on their souls.
Starring: Michael Pena, Kathleen Robinson, Dougray Scott, Djimon Housou, and Olivia Taylor Dudley
Plot: A priest and two Vatican exorcists must do battle with an ancient satanic force to save the soul of a young woman.
Running Time: 91 minutes

Chris: After seeing Michael Pena in his goofy role in Ant-Man, this is quite the departure as he plays a priest who may be trying to exorcise the Anti-Christ.  The last image in the trailer recalls the ever so skincrawling Prince of Darkness from the great John Carpenter.
Rob: Horror.  Religion.  Couldn’t be less interested.
Jessica: At first I was very “meh” about this one but there are some good actors in this film and it COULD be an interesting take on the whole exorcism thing. Doesn’t look scary at all but more intriguing. I wouldn’t see in a theater but I’d watch it on Amazon or Netflix for sure.
Ken: Religious horror fascinates me because demonic possessions are recorded events. These things actually happen. This movie however looks fake beyond belief. Not a good sign when the trailer doesn’t scare you.

Paper Towns (20th Century Fox) – Drama/Mystery
Rated PG-13 for some language, drinking, sexuality and partial nudity – all involving teens
Tag Line: Get Lost. Get Found.
Starring: Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff
Plot: A young man and his friends embark upon the road trip of their lives to find the missing girl next door.
Running Time: 109 minutes

Ken: Romantic optimism battles the rebellious, cynicism of youth. Being young was awful, so many conflicting feelings to process. I’m so glad I grew out of it. But I like to remember it fondly.
Jessica: BORING. BORING. BORING. The trailer bores me, I actually have seen it a couple times now before movies and I’m all sorts of set. Teen drama, blah blah blah. I think I’d rather watch anything other than this. Oh wait, I still have to talk about Smoosh. Hold please.
Chris: It’s a coming of age film filled with mystery and possibilities for, especially for a young man who just wanted to be noticed by the girl of his dreams.  Looks like a winner.
Rob: Jogn Green can write and this looks like a fun ride complete with mystery and a search for greater purpose.

Smosh: The Movie (Lionsgate) – Comedy
Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, language, some drug content and violence
Tag Line: Based on the YouTube channel “Smosh” launched by Ian Andrew Hecox and Anthony Padilla in 2005.
Starring: Ian Andrew Hecox and Anthony Padilla
Plot: An embarrassing video of Anthony surfaces online right before his fifth high school reunion. The Smosh dudes then race to pull down the clip before it blows Anthony’s chances of reconnecting with his teen crush Anna.
Running Time: 84 minutes

Jessica: Smosh or Smoosh or whatever it is: NO THANK YOU. I’d rather watch Paper Towns. On repeat, for days.
Chris: Weak….just weak.
Rob: It’s like Bill & Ted took a portal into Youtube only 10,000 times more poorly executed.  Just no.
Ken: I’m probably dating myself horribly when I say this, but I don’t know what a Smosh is or what is going on with this movie. 

American Heist (Lionsgate) – Action/Crime/Drama
Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, some sexual material and brief drug use
Tag Line: N/A
Starring: Adrien Brody, Hayden Christensen, Jordana Brewster, and Akon
Plot: James owes his life to his older brother, Frankie after taking the rap for a crime they committed together. While Frankie served time, James worked to turn his life around, got a steady job and began courting his former girlfriend Emily. Now, Frankie is released and back on the streets with no money and no place to go.
Running Time: 94 minutes

Rob: Thought it might be decent, then I heard Hayden Christensen use a whiny tone of voice.  I’m out.
Ken: The word cliché gets thrown around a lot in this forum.  
Chris: Lionsgate with three movies in one week?  In spite of Hayden Christensen, this movie looks like a good time at the theater.  Adrian Brody is on board, speaking of actors who truly need a successful movie, as he plays a seriously troubled young man who owes favors to all the wrong people.
Jessica: Eh. I like Adrian Brody but this story has been done to death and seriously, Jordana Brewster, stop doing car/heist movies! Yeesh.

Unexpected (The Film Arcade) – Drama
Rated R for language
Tag Line: No one is ever really prepared.
Starring: Cobie Smulders and Gail Bean
Plot: An inner-city high school teacher discovers she is pregnant at the same time as one of her most promising students and the two develop an unlikely friendship while struggling to navigate their unexpected pregnancies.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Ken: The working title for this film was Stand and Delivering Babies.
Rob: A teacher and one of her students both become unexpectedly pregnant and explore the consequences of their choices.  Something maybe they should have thought about first…maybe the film will help some folks do just that.
Chris: Cobie Smothers plays a teacher who finds herself striking a special relationship with one of her students as they both become pregnant.  It looks like a big screen Lifetime movie…..yawn.

Tickets Purchased:  2 for Paper Towns (Ken and Chris) and 2 for Southpaw (Rob and Jessica)

Remember when Jake couldn't punch his way out of a plastic bag?
Remember when Jake couldn’t punch his way out of a plastic bag?
I Ain't No Bubble Boy No More!
I Ain’t No Bubble Boy No More!

What will you be watching this week?
-The Great Stories Team