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

The Fate of the Furious (Universal) – Action/Crime/Thriller
Rated PG-13 for prolonged sequences of violence and destruction, suggestive content, and language
Tag Line:  The ride isn’t over.
Starring: Vin Diesel, Kurt Russell, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham
Plot: When a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of terrorism and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before.
Running Time: 136 minutes

Chris: If you ask my kids, this is the best series to have ever been created.  It’s descent enough cinema.
Jim: I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve only seen the first in the series (and liked it). I’ll have to catch up. This has an amazing cast and plenty of action, worth a look.

Spark: A Space Tail (Open Road Films) – Animation/Adventure
Rated PG for some action and rude humor
Tag Line:  None
Starring: Jessica Biel, Susan Sarandon, Patrick Stewart, Hillary Swank
Plot: Spark, a teenage monkey and his friends, Chunk and Vix, are on a mission to regain Planet Bana – a kingdom overtaken by the evil overlord Zhong.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Jim: Where? Not under me to get me to see this cheap-looking kid flick.
Chris: Did anyone else see the nod to StarBlazers?  That was pretty cool….not cool enough though.

The Lost City of Z (Amazon) – Action/Adventure/Biography
Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, brief strong language and some nudity
Tag Line: In 1925, Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon in search of a myth. What he discovered became legendary.
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattison, Sienna Miller
Plot: A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.
Running Time: 141 minutes

Chris: Now, here is some real Indiana Jones style stuff going on.  I like it!
Jim: Blessedly short and to the point,  a trailer that actually makes me want to see the movie.

A Quiet Passion (Music Box Films) – Biography/Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, disturbing images and brief suggestive material
Tag Line: None
Starring: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle
Plot: The story of American poet Emily Dickinson from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognized artist.
Running Time: 125 minutes

Jim: One of those movies that looks tasteful and well-acted and will probably win an award somewhere. But there will always be a part of me that screams “No!” at the prospect of seeing a movie where people sit around in immaculate drawing rooms.
Chris: Finely cut trailer, but I have zero interest, as I am clearly not the target audience.

Tickets Purchased: Two for The Lost City of Z (Jim and Chris) and One for The Fate of the Furious (Jessica)

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Trailer Snark (March 31, 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, Rob from Spector for Hire, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Ghost in the Shell (Paramount) – Action/Crime/Drama
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, suggestive content and some disturbing images
Tag Line: None
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbaek, Takeshi Katano
Plot: In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals.
Running Time: 107 minutes

Chris: I have never read the source material, but the trailer looks to be action packed and further cements Scarlet Johansson as a certified female action star.
Jim: Looks freaky-interesting, but I’m a bigger fan of actress Scarlett than I am of action hero Scarlett. We’ll see.

The Boss Baby (Twentieth Century Fox) – Animation/Family
Rated PG for some mild rude humor
Tag Line: Born leader.
Starring: Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi
Plot: A suit-wearing briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his seven-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.
Running Time: 97 minutes

Jim: A mashup of every animated comedy in the last 20 years, but looks amusing enough to rent.
Chris: Mildly entertaining trailer, but I have been overloaded on kiddie animation thanks for my better half. 🙂

The Zookeeper’s Wife (Focus Features) – Biography/Drama/History
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, disturbing images, violence, brief sexuality, nudity and smoking
Tag Line: They gave all they had to save all they could.
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh
Plot: The Zookeeper’s Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.
Running Time: 124 minutes

Chris: Ripe with Schindler’s List type themes, and based on a true story.  This is my kind of historical movie.  I am sure it will be moving, and hopefully honors the people whose story it is.
Jim: No disrespect for the source material intended, but this looks like The Pianist meets We Bought A Zoo. I don’t know, maybe I just see too many movies. That said, it could be something to see.

Tickets Purchased:  One for The Zookeeper’s Wife (Chris) while Jim stays home and rents The Girl on the Train.

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