Posted on

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

Smurfs: The Lost Village (Columbia) – Family/Animation
Rated PG for some mild action and rude humor
Tag Line:  A whole new world awaits.
Starring: Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Mandy Patinkin
Plot: In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history.
Running Time: 89 minutes

Chris: It’s funny how smurfy everything is when a new smurfy trailer hits the smurfinet.
Jim: They came about 10-15 years too late for me (kind of like Transformers), so they don’t mean much to me. All I see is an annoying trailer.

Going in Style (Warner Bros) – Comedy/Crime
Rated PG-13 for drug content, language and some suggestive material
Tag Line:  You’re never too old to get even.
Starring:  Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin, Michael Caine
Plot: Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, three lifelong pals risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.
Running Time: 96 minutes

Jim: This is actually a remake —the original had George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg. You just can’t go wrong with Caine, Freeman, and Arkin.
Chris: I really wanted this one to have that crotchety charm that I felt way back in the day when I saw Grumpy Old Men for the first time.  Sadly, no.
Jessica: I love all these guys and this looks like a fun romp. I’d be into this in a heartbeat. I need some levity!

The Case for Christ (Pure Flixx) – Drama
Rated PG for thematic elements including medical descriptions of crucifixion, and incidental smoking
Tag Line: None
Starring: Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway
Plot: An investigative journalist and self-proclaimed atheist sets out to disprove the existence of God after his wife becomes a Christian.
Running Time: 112 minutes

Jessica: The trailer was powerful enough that I have to now buy the book. It sounds like a really fascinating story. Faith is such a private, powerful and intangible thing that how do you go from having none to proving it should exist? I would certainly check this out.
Jim: Thought-provoking and powerful.
Chris: An atheist reporter has a come to Jesus life-changing moment.  Sounds like the story of Saul.  I am interested.

Colossal (Neon) – Action/Comedy/Sci-Fi
Rated R for language
Tag Line: There’s a monster in all of us.
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis
Plot: A woman discovers that severe catastrophic events are somehow connected to the mental breakdown from which she’s suffering.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Chris: Mildly amusing premise.  I was waiting for the giant monster to pull of some “Thriller” poses.
Jessica: Oh this just looks like a lot of fun. I enjoy Hathaway and this looks like a crazy story, something I also enjoy. Plus it’s a giant monster! You know I love me some giant monsters!
Jim: A funny, fantastic premise, and I love Anne Hathaway! Me too, bring on dem giant monsters!

Alive and Kicking (Magnolia Pictures) – Documentary/Musical
Not Rated
Tag Line:  Happiness is a few steps away
Starring: Hilary Alexander, Evita Arce
Plot: Alive and Kicking gives the audience an intimate, insider’s view into the culture of the current swing dance world while shedding light on issues facing modern society.
Running Time:88 minutes

Jim: I love dancing (even though I’m hopeless), I love swing music, and I love WATCHING swing dancing. This looks like a lot of fun!
Chris: I just don’t dig dance themed movies…..must be that white boy in me?
Jessica: This looks like a fun look at something I love doing, dancing! I’d watch this at home.

Gifted (Fox Searchlight) – Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language and some suggestive material
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Chris Evans, Lindsay Duncan, McKenna Grace
Plot: Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle with his mother.
Running Time: 101 minutes

Jessica: This likes like a sweet story that I’d watch at home and cry about it. I love me some Chris Evans, and it’s nice to see him as someone other than the Captain. Also Octavia Spencer is great. Maybe it’s a story that’s been told a bunch, but it looks sweet, even if it does talk about math (which to all those reading, I am currently studying and don’t like it).
Jim: Oft-told tale, but at least it looks well made.
Chris: Magic Eight Ball says I will likely see this.  Not really a math joke for the gifted, but at least I worked a number in there.

Their Finest (EuropaCorp USA) – Comedy/Drama/Romance
Rated R for some language and a scene of sexuality
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Gemma Arterton, Bill Nighy, Sam Claflin
Plot: A British film crew attempts to boost morale during World War II by making a propaganda film after the Blitzkrieg.
Running Time: 117 minutes

Chris:  I love war movies, but sometimes the stories of those people who work behind the scenes and not on the front lines can prove just as compelling.
Jessica: I love me a good British film plus a war film, yep I’m into this one. Good actors, good story (about writing, yay!) and telling a story worth telling. Another heartwarming film, lovely.
Jim: Bill Nighy’s always worth watching, possible rental.

The Void (Screen Media) – Horror
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Ellen Wong, Kathleen Munroe, Kenneth Welsh
Plot: Shortly after delivering a patient to an understaffed hospital, a police officer experiences strange and violent occurrences seemingly linked to a group of mysterious hooded figures.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Jim: Another rehashing of The Thing. No thanks, I’ll just put in the ’51 and ’82 versions.
Chris: Drawing comparisons to one of the greatest horror movies of all time (John Carpenter’s The Thing) is certainly going to grab my attention.
Jessica: Oh sure it looks a lot like “The Thing”, but I don’t care. Looks like it is well-acted and nice and gory. My kind of film!

Tickets Purchased: Two for Colossal (Jessica and Jim) and One for The Void (Chris)

dancingmonster

Posted on

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)

amazonqueen
Do you know how hard it was to come up with an image to include strong female characters (The Keeping Room), the treacherous Amazon (The Green Inferno), and gambling (Mississippi Grind)? Now you know….