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Trailer Snark (March 3, 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!

Logan (Twentieth Century Fox) – Action/Drama/Sci-Fi
Rated R for strong brutal violence and language throughout, and for brief nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Hugh Jackman, Patrick Steward, Dafne Keen
Plot: In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
Running Time: 137 minutes

Jessica: The Apocalypse XMen movie lost me, but this looks really good. I love the idea of an old Logan and it looks dark and gritty, my two least favorite superhero adjectives, but it’s appealing to me, I cannot lie!
Chris: The advanced buzz on this movie has been crazy good, and the trailer kicked me in the rear and got my attention.  I am certain High Jackman will be leaving the role that he has made his own on a very high note.

Before I Fall (Open Road Films) – Drama/Mystery
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving drinking, sexuality, bullying, some violent images, and language-all involving teens.
Tag Line: What if today was the only day for the rest of your life?
Starring: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Jennifer Beals
Plot: February 12 is just another day in Sam’s charmed life until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day over one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she’s in danger of losing.
Running Time: 99 minutes

Jessica: Interesting idea. Like a morbid teenage angsty Groundhog Day. Hmmm.
Chris:  Darnit Jess….you stole my Groundhog Day comparison.  Tweens will be all over this.  All that is missing is some 90’s era “I hate my life grunge music.”

Table 19 (Fox Searchlight) – Drama/Comedy
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual content, drug use, language and some brief nudity
Tag Line: You are invited to the wedding of the season.
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Craig Robinson, Lisa Kudrow
Plot: Ex-maid of honor Eloise, having been relieved of her duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text, decides to attend the wedding anyway only to find herself seated with 5 “random” guests at the dreaded Table 19.
Running Time: 87 minutes

Chris: I like the concept of this one.  Anyone who has planned a wedding can certainly see the humor.  Will catch it at RedBox in a few months.
Jessica: I really enjoy Anna K. and the rest of the cast are pretty solid low-key comedy talents, looks funny, watch at home fare.

The Shack (Summit Entertainment) – Drama/Fantasy
Rated PG-13 for thematic material including some violence
Tag Line: You’re never as alone as you think.
Starring: Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Tim McGraw, Radha Mitchell
Plot: A grieving man receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God at a place called “The Shack.”
Running Time: 132 minutes

Chris: I read this book a few years back, and enjoyed it.  Harmed children is always tough material to digest.  Pretty good cast in this one though, and worth a look down the road.
Jessica:  *crickets*

The Last Word (Bleecker Street Media) – Drama/Comedy
Rated R for language.
Tag Line: An unexpected friendship that begins at the end
Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried
Plot: Harriet is a retired businesswoman who tries to control everything around her. When she decides to write her own obituary, a young journalist takes up the task of finding out the truth resulting in a life-altering friendship.
Running Time: 108 minutes

Jessica:  I do love Shirley McClaine so I’d watch this at home, though it looks a bit like “chick flick” fare.
Chris: Came in expecting to not like it, but actually found it to be a bit charming.  I mean, not get me to the theater charming, but I could see myself watching it with the wife, and joking with her that this could be a vision of her future.  😉

Donald Cried (The Orchard) – Comedy/Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line: Some people can take a hint. And some people are Donald.
Starring: Jesse Wakeman, Louisa Krause
Plot: With sudden passing of his grandmother, Peter Latang returns to his hometown and encounters his long lost, childhood friend, Donald Treebeck. What begins as a simple favor, turns into a long day’s journey into the past.
Running Time: 85 minutes

Chris: Talk about trainwreck friendships!  LOL.  Cringeworthy pathos was a phrase within the trailer, and it fits perfectly. 
Jessica: Um, what the heck? Not sure about this one, looks funny and scary.

Wolves (IFC Films) – Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line: You ready to rise up?
Starring: Michael Shannon, Taylor John Smith
Plot: An 18-year-old basketball star who is being recruited by Cornell University seems to have it all figured out: captain of his team, a good student, has a longtime girlfriend and some good friends. But at home he’s struggling with his troubled father who has a gambling addiction. His mother tries to keep the family afloat but does so with great emotional and financial sacrifice.
Running Time: 109 minutes

Jessica: I adore Michael Shannon, he’s so solid so I’d watch this on the power of his name alone, but the rest of the story looks pretty compelling as well. Another watch at home film though.
Chris: I agree with Jess that Michael Shannon is a fine actor, and this could be an understated gem.  It just won’t find its audience on the big screen, I am almost certain.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for Logan

Farewell Hugh. You were a better Logan than the movies you starred in.
Farewell Hugh. You were a better Logan than the movies you starred in.
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Trailer Snark (November 4, 2016 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!

Doctor Strange (Disney) – Action/Fantasy/Adventure
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action throughout, and an intense crash sequence
Tag Line:  Open your mind.  Change your reality.
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton
Plot: A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts.
Running Time: 115 minutes

Jessica: HECK YEAH!!! This is what Im seeing this week, no question. I know nothing of the source materials, but it looks amazing and Marvel has a stellar track record in my book!
Jim: Not being a comic book follower, I don’t get the chills from this that fans have been getting, but it looks intriguing. That, and Benedict Cumberbatch rocks!
Chris:  It’s a Marvel movie….of course I want to see it.  And though Ken and Rob are absent from this week’s trailer reviews, It would be safe to speak for them as well.

Trolls (Dreamworks) – Family/Animation
Rated PG for some mild rude humor
Tag Line: Find your happy place
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Russel Brand
Plot: After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends.
Running Time: 92 minutes

Chris:  I knew it…Russel Brand is a troll!  Pass.
Jessica: Good lord no.
Jim: Despite the surfeit of animated flicks, this looks amusing  enough to be watchable. Have to admit I like the Timberlake tune.

Loving (Focus Features) – Biography/Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements
Tag Line: All love is created equal.
Starring: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton
Plot: Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, are sentenced to prison in Virginia in 1958 for getting married.
Running Time: 123 minutes

Jim: Looks well-acted and absorbing.
Chris:  One of the most important civil rights cases in our nation’s history.  How can that not be compelling fare for the big screen?
Jessica: This looks truly amazing and I have definite plans to check this out.

Hacksaw Ridge (Summit Entertainment) – Biography/Drama
Rated R for intense prolonged realistically graphic sequences of war violence including grisly bloody images
Tag Line: When the order came to retreat, one man stayed.
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Teresa Palmer, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington
Plot: WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to be awarded the Medal of Honor.
Running Time: 131 minutes

Jessica: This looks intriguing, I’d watch this at home.
Jim: Wow. This looks incredible. Interesting that Mel Gibson isn’t mentioned by name.
Chris: This has to be one of the most unique war stories I have ever heard of…..and the fact that it is based fully on the real life story of this incredible young man.  Count me in!

Peter and the Farm (Magnolia Pictures) – Documentary
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Peter Dunning
Plot: A documentary on Peter Dunning, the proprietor of Mile Hill Farm in Vermont who has isolated himself away from his family and often suggests to the filmmakers to make his own suicide a narrative device.
Running Time: 91 minutes

Chris:  An exploration of mental illness or an indictment of society?  I am not really sure, but the trailer managed to grip me hard.
Jessica: Well then, this looks…interestingly intense. I’m curious.
Jim: Ohhhh-kaaaay. I dunno…

Tickets Purchased:  Two for Doctor Strange (Jessica and Chris) and One for Hacksaw Ridge (Jim)

Does that make him the magical version of The Punisher?
Does that make him the magical version of The Punisher?
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Trailer Snark (October 14, 2016 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 Accountant (Warner Bros) – Action/Crime/Drama
Rated R for strong violence and language throughout
Tag Line:  Calculate your choices.
Starring:  Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick
Plot: As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise.
Running Time: 128 minutes

Jessica: Oh I’m 100% into this one. Great cast, interesting premise. Looks like a fun and possibly violent romp.
Jim: Looks solid and gripping. A good Affleck here, I’m in.
Chris: After checking my balances, I have determined that the assets outweigh the liabilities and I will be glad to exercise my options for this movie.

Kevin Hart:  What Now? (Universal) – Documentary/Comedy
Rated R for some sexual material, and language throughout
Tag Line: The comedy event of the year.
Starring:  Kevin Hart, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle
Plot: Comedian Kevin Hart performs in front of a crowd of 50,000 people at Philadelphia’s outdoor venue, Lincoln Financial Field.
Running Time: 96 minutes

Chris:  I’ll watch it on Netflix for sure.  KH brings the comedy for me.
Jessica: Don’t care. He’s annoying as hell and this movie looks like a waste of money.
Jim: Irritating and in-your-face.

Max Steel (Open Road Films) – Action/Adventure
Rated PG-13 for some sci-fi action violence
Tag Line: Unleash your power.
Starring: Ben Winchell, Josh Brener
Plot: The adventures of teenager Max McGrath and his alien companion, Steel, who must harness and combine their tremendous new powers to evolve into the turbo-charged superhero Max Steel.
Running Time: 92 minutes

Jim: Looks like spare parts from half a dozen superhero movies put in a blender. Dull, dull, dull.
Chris:  Disinterest to the Max.
Jessica: My boyfriend got really excited about this one, though I can’t say the same. It looks a bit cheesy to me and not really something I care too much about seeing in the theater.

Certain Women (IFC Films) – Drama
Rated R for some language
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams
Plot: The lives of three women intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail.
Running Time: 107 minutes

Jessica: I’m all for a movie about independent women, but does it have to star Kristen Stewart? She is about as interesting as a paper sack, actually, I’d rather watch the paper sack. I honestly got bored watching the trailer. Pass on this one.
Jim: It’s amazing how  often a quiet trailer full of people talking can make a movie look interesting.
Chris: ACK!  Kristen Stewart alert!  WARNING! WARNING!  Jessica and I may have to start a support group. 

Priceless (Roadside Attractions) – Drama/Romance
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving human trafficking, and some violence
Tag Line: You’re priceless.
Starring: Joel Smallbone, David Koechner
Plot: A widower who loses custody of his daughter finds himself unable to hold down a job. He agrees to drive a truck across the country, no questions asked. But when he discovers what he is delivering, he is faced with a life-changing choice.
Running Time: 97 minutes

Chris: Might be a descent rental.  Its the guy from For King and Country!
Jessica: Ugh. This went down a remarkably cheesy trailer path for such a story. Pass.
Jim: Meh.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for The Accountant (Jessica and Chris) and One for Certain Women (Jim)

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I’m Batma….ahem, at your service for all your accounting needs!

 

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Trailer Snark (July 8th, 2016 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: Finding Dory took first place for the third week in a row!  The popular sequel made another $41.9M for a total domestic haul of $372.2M to date.  The next three spots were occupied by films making their debut.  The Legend of Tarzan was the runner-up with $38.1M, followed by The Purge:  Election Year at $30.8M and The BFG at $19.5M.  Independence Day 2 closed out the top five with another $16.5M to add to its $72.6M total.  The rest of the top ten was as follows:  Central Intelligence ($12.3M/$91.7M), The Shallows ($9M/$35.2M), Free State of Jones ($4.1M/$15.1M), The Conjuring 2 ($3.8M/$95.2M), and Now You See Me 2 ($2.9M/$58.6M).  Let’s take a look at this week’s new entries.

The Secret Life of Pets (Universal) – Family/Comedy
Rated PG for action and some rude humor
Tag Line: Ever wonder what your pets do when you’re not home?
Starring: Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Albert Brooks, Lake Bell
Plot: A terrier named Max regularly invites his friends to hang out at his place while his owner is gone, but his quiet life is upended when said owner also takes in Duke, a stray mutt whom Max instantly dislikes.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Jessica: Looks cute, I’m not a huge fan of kids movies, but I’d probably watch this at home.
Chris: I am all over this one.  Haven’t been this excited by a kid’s film in ages.  Trailer had me in stitches.
Jim: Trailers for this have been shown at just about every kids movie since Christmastime—it’s still funny, definitely a go this weekend.
Ken: Adorable and hysterical. Any trailer that uses System of a Down is a winner in my book.

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (20th Century Fox) – Comedy
Rated R for crude sexual content, language throughout, drug use and some graphic nudity
Tag Line: They needed hot dates. They got hot messes.
Starring: Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza
Plot: Two brothers place an online ad to find dates for a wedding and the ad goes viral.
Running Time: 98 minutes

Ken: This movie looks dumb as…..
Jessica: Eh. This is one of those comedies that could be really good or being really, REALLY bad. Again, a home viewer (if that).
Chris: OK, maybe I am just inclined to amusement this week, but this looks like another laughfest.  Likely won’t be a theater view, but I’ll be looking for it on the small screen.
Jim: A good premise made to look crass and obnoxious.

Captain Fantastic (Bleecker Street Media) – Drama
Rated R for language and brief graphic nudity
Tag Line: He Prepared Them For Everything Except The Outside World
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Steve Zahn
Plot: In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent.
Running Time: 118 minutes

Jim: Viggo seldom disappoints—this looks heartfelt and absorbing.
Ken: This screams counter culture and I love it. Probably won’t score big with the mainstream but I’ll definitely be checking this out.
Jessica: Okay, this one got me. I’ll admit to being sold when I saw Viggo’s name, I mean, you cannot go wrong with Lord Aragorn in anything. The trailer made me laugh and cry so to me that’s a good sign
Chris: Could it be three winners in a row?  Might be tough finding this limited release film in theaters, but this film about a man who attempts to raise his family off the grid only to have them forced back into society looks compelling and heartfelt.

Cell (Saban Films) – Horror/Thriller
Rated R for disturbing violent content, terror, brief sexuality and language
Tag Line: When everyone is connected, no one is safe.
Starring:  Samuel L Jackson, John Cusack
Plot: When a mysterious cell phone signal causes apocalyptic chaos, an artist is determined to reunite with his young son in New England.
Running Time: 98 minutes

Chris: I love Stephen King and will watch any adaptation of his novels.  This one took a long time to land a distributor, which is a concern.
Jim: I’m a Stephen King fan, so I should be looking forward to this. The book was good— one would hope for a Carrie or Shawshank Redemption. This looks too much like a run of the mill zombie flick though, so  I might end up disappointed.
Ken: The premise is terrible but the execution looks tremendous. Pop culture is already overly saturated with zombies, do we really need one more?
Jessica: This is one of my all-time least favorite Stephen King books (and I love King) so I am less than excited about this one. It might be a home watch if I’m forced to see it.

Tickets Purchased:  Three for The Secret Life of Pets (Ken, Jim, and Chris) and One for Captain Fantastic (Jessica)

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Trailer Snark (April 8th, 2016 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:  DC owned the box office again this past week in spite of a massive drop in ticket sales for Batman v Superman.  The dueling duo took in another $52.3M for a total domestic haul of $261.4M in its second week of release.  Zootopia placed second with $20M and $275.9M overall.  My Big fat Greek Wedding 2 placed third ($11.1M/$36.4M).  The highest debut came from fourth place God’s Not Dead 2, which managed $8.1M.  Miracles from Heaven was right behind in fifth ($7.5M/$46.8M).  The rest of the top ten went as follows:  Allegiant ($5.7M/$56.3M), 10 Cloverfield Ln ($4.7M/$63.5M), Meet the Blacks ($4M/NEW), Eye in the Sky ($4M/$6.1M), and Deadpool ($3.5M/$355.1M).  Let’s take a look at what is rolling into theaters this weekend….

Hardcore Henry (STX Entertainment) – Action/Sci-Fi
Rated R for non-stop bloody brutal violence and mayhem, language throughout, sexual content/nudity and drug use
Tag Line: First they made him dangerous.  Then they made him mad.
Starring:  Sharlto Copley, Tim Roth, Haley Bennett
Plot: A first-person action film from the eyes of Henry, who’s resurrected from death with no memory. He must discover his identity and save his wife from a warlord with a plan to bio-engineer soldiers.
Running Time: 96 minutes

Chris: Gosh, the first person camera movies are getting about as old as “reality” TV.
Jim: I swear that some people who make trailers try to figure out the best way to keep people like me away. Case in point.
Jessica: I can’t deal with this. It makes me seasick. Big pass.

The Boss (Universal Pictures) – Comedy
Rated R for sexual content, language and brief drug use
Tag Line: Watch your assets.
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell
Plot: A titan of industry is sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.
Running Time: 99 minutes

Jessica: I adore McCarthy so I would totally see this at home. Not a theater flick but she does tickle me.
Chris: Please fire me!
Jim: There might be a good movie in here, but you wouldn’t know it from this idiotic trailer.

Demolition (Fox Searchlight) – Comedy/Drama
Rated R for language, some sexual references, drug use and disturbing behavior
Tag Line: LIFE: Some Disassembly Required.
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper
Plot: As an investment banker struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash, his increasingly confessional series of letters to a vending machine company catch the attention of a customer service rep with whom he forms an unlikely connection.
Running Time: 100 minutes

Jim: Jake Gyllenhaal is amazing, might be worth a look.
Jessica: Good actors, interesting premise. Not a theater viewing but I would watch this at home.
Chris: Intriguing method of channeling hurt.  Not sure my desire for the melancholy is high enough with spring dawning, but I’ll certainly give this a look down the road.

The Invitation (Drafthouse Films) – Horror/Thriller
Not Rated
Tag Line: There is nothing to be afraid of.
Starring: Logan Marshall-Green, Michiel Huisman
Plot: While attending a dinner party at his former home, a man thinks his ex-wife and her new husband have sinister intentions for their guests.
Running Time: 100 minutes

Chris: You had me at “hello, and welcome to my absolutely sinister home”!
Jim: Love house party movies, especially creepy ones like this.
Jessica: Interesting. I’d watch this at home, I like a good psychological thriller and this could be one.

Louder Than Bombs (The Orchard) – Drama
Rated R for language, some sexual content, nudity and violent images
Tag Line: Break the silence.
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne, Isabelle Huppert
Plot: The fractious family of a father and his two sons confront their different feelings and memories of their deceased wife and mother, a famed war photographer.
Running Time: 109 minutes

Jessica: Eh. That’s about all I felt, eh.
Chris: Jesse Eisenberg is really turning out to be a treat to watch on film.  While I wouldn’t say his presence commands an audience, his delivery sure as heck makes up for it!
Jim: Looks like an intriguing rental. Jesse Eisenberg helps, maybe he’ll redeem himself for his overacting in Batman Vs. Superman (yes, overacted even for an over-the-top villain).

Mr. Right (Focus World) – Action/Comedy/Romance
Rated R for violence and language throughout
Tag Line: They make a killer couple.
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Sam Rockewell
Plot: A girl falls for the “perfect” guy, who happens to have a very fatal flaw: he’s a hitman on the run from the crime cartels who employ him.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Jim: Wrong. Sorry, couldn’t resist.
Jessica: I simply adore Rockwell so I was sold right away.
Chris: Not a chance, even if it were called Mrs. Right.

Tickets Purchased: Two for The Invitation (Jim and Chris) and Jessica stays at home with a good book!

I think he is a glass half full kind of guy.
I think he is a glass half full kind of guy.