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Trailer Snark (January 13, 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!

Monster Trucks (Paramount) – Action/Adventure
Rated PG for action, peril, brief scary images, and some rude humor
Tag Line:  On January 13, meet Creach
Starring: Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Rob Lowe, Danny Glover
Plot: Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.
Running Time: 104 minutes

Jim: How cookie-cutter can you get?
Jessica: Looks dumb. That’s all I have to say about that.
Chris:  This could be Rob Lowe’s newest commercial….”I’m bad career decisions Rob Lowe”.

The Bye Bye Man (STX Entertainment) – Horror
Rated PG-13 for terror, horror violence, bloody images, sexual content, thematic elements, partial nudity, some language and teen drinking
Tag Line: Don’t think it. Don’t say it.
Starring: Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Carrie-Ann Moss
Plot: Three friends stumble upon the horrific origins of the Bye Bye Man, a mysterious figure they discover is the root cause of the evil behind man’s most unspeakable acts.
Running Time: 96 minutes

Chris: Destined for Netflix streaming, like most paint by numbers horrors.
Jim: Don’t think it, Don’t say it, Don’t see it.
Jessica: I HATE the name of the “creature” and also, this has been done to death. Maybe this is going to be good, but honestly I got a bit bored by the trailer and I really like Carrie Ann Moss. It’s a pass for me.

Live By Night (Warner Bros) – Crime/Drama
Rated R for strong violence, language throughout, and some sexuality/nudity
Tag Line: The American Dream has a price.
Starring: Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleason
Plot: A story set in the Prohibition Era and centered around a group of individuals and their dealings in the world of organized crime.
Running Time:  128 minutes

Jessica: I do really enjoy Affleck and this looks really good. I’d check this out.
Chris: That’s how you cut a trailer, folks!  Makes me want to go read some Dennis Lehane.
Jim: An absorbing Dennis Lehane book, so I’m looking forward to seeing this.

Sleepless (Open Road Films) – Action/Thriller
Rated R for strong violence and language throughout
Tag Line: Don’t judge a cop by his cover.
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monoghan, Gabrielle Union
Plot: A cop with a connection to the criminal underworld scours a nightclub in search of his kidnapped son.
Running Time: 95 minutes

Chris:  Corrupt cops, kidnappings, guns, and car chases.  You might call it one of the most tried and true recipes in the Hollywood cookbook.  But I am in the mood for finer dining this week.
Jim: yet another by-the numbers cop action snoozefest.

The Comedian (Sony Picture Classics) – Comedy
Rated R for crude sexual references and language throughout
Tag Line: Nobody’s a bargain.
Starring: Robert DeNiro, Leslie Mann, Billy Crystal, Danny Devito
Plot: A look at the life of an aging insult comic.
Running Time: 119 minutes

Jessica: The cast is AMAZING and it looks excellent acted, directed and all that. I think this may be my pick of the week.
Jim: A great cast, this looks like one of the best DeNiros in a while, some good, solid entertainment.
Chris:  It’s been a while since I have enjoyed any movie DeNiro has been in.  This could be a reversal of that recent trend.

The Book of Love (Electric Entertainment) – Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic content, language and drug material
Tag Line: How far would you go for a lost love?
Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Maise Williams, Jessica Biel
Plot: Henry is an introverted architect. After the death of his wife in a car accident, he sets out to help Millie, a homeless teen, to build a raft to sail across the Atlantic.
Running Time: 106 minutes

Chris:  One of those movies that pulls at your heart-strings and hopefully leaves you inspired.  Won’t be going to the theater for this one, but it is on my future watch list.
Jessica: This looks heart wrenching, even though, like Bye Bye it’s been done before, I do enjoy Sudekis and Arya is a solid actress. Might check it out at home.
Jim: See my comments in the first two reviews.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for The Comedian (Jim and Jessica) and One for Live By Night (Chris)

Haven't enjoyed a DeNiro film since this gem...could be times are changing?
Haven’t enjoyed a DeNiro film since this gem…could be times are changing?

 

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Trailer Snark (December 30, 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 Trailer Snark team is taking a break for Christmas, so this week’s edition will be without commentary.  Happy Holidays!

Live By Night (Warner Bros) – Crime/Drama
Rated R for strong violence, language throughout, and some sexuality/nudity
Tag Line: The American Dream has a price.
Starring: Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleason
Plot: A story set in the Prohibition Era and centered around a group of individuals and their dealings in the world of organized crime.
Running Time:  128 minutes

Hidden Figures (20th Century Fox) – Drama
Rated PG for thematic elements and some language
Tag Line: Based on the untold true story.
Starring: Taraji Henson, Octavia Spencer
Plot: Based on a true story! A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions.
Running Time: 127 minutes

Gold (TWC-Dimension) – Crime/Drama/Thriller
Rated R for language throughout and some sexuality/nudity
Tag Line:  Prove ’em all wrong.
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Bryce Dallas Howard
Plot: An unlikely pair venture to the Indonesian jungle in search of gold.
Running Time: 121 minutes

20th Century Women (A24) – Comedy/Drama
Rated R for sexual material, language, some nudity and brief drug use
Tag Line: None
Starring: Annette Benning, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig
Plot: The story of three women who explore love and freedom in Southern California during the late 1970s.
Running Time: 118 minutes

Paterson (Bleecker Street Media) – Comedy/Drama
Rated R for some language
Tag Line: If you ever left me I’d tear my heart out and never put it back
Starring: Adam Driver, Nellie, Goldshifteh Farahani
Plot: A quiet observation of the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details. Running Time: 118 minutes

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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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Trailer Snark (March 25th, 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: Zootopia topped the box office for the third straight week with $38M and putting its overall domestic haul to over $200M.  The latest Divergent series entry, Allegiant, came in second place with a $29M opening.  Miracles from Heaven debuted at number three with $18.5M.  10 Cloverfield Lane was in fourth ($12.5M/$45.1M).  In fifth was Deadpool still doing good biz ($8M/$340.9M).  The rest of the top ten was as follows:  London Has Fallen ($6.8M/$50M), Whiskey Tango Foxtrot ($2.8M/$19.2M), The Perfect Match ($1.9M/$7.3M), The Brothers Grimsby ($1.4M/$5.9M), and The Revanant ($1.2M/$181.1M).  It’s a short list of new releases this week as most studios made way for a certain superhero battle royal movie.  Let’s see what is on tap!

Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (Warner Bros) – Action/Adventure
Rated PG – 13 for intense sequences of violence and action throughout, and some sensuality
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg
Plot: Fearing the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the man of steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. With Batman and Superman fighting each other, a new threat, Doomsday, is created by Lex Luthor. It’s up to Superman and Batman to set aside their differences along with Wonder Woman to stop Lex Luthor and Doomsday from destroying Metropolis.
Running Time: 151 minutes

Ken: I don’t care how bad the latest slew of reviews have been, I’m still pretty excited to see Dawn of Justice this weekend. Please be good…
Jessica: I remember a time were advance info and reviews weren’t as easily available and I miss those days. I don’t care what anyone else says, i want to see this bad boy and I have high hopes for it.
Jim: I’m reaching my saturation point with superhero movies, but have to admit this looks like a good one. Hopefully, it’s not just the trailer that’s good. Jesse Eisenberg as Luthor has me hopeful…but then again, so did Kevin Spacey. Ugh.
Chris: I have scoffed at the premise of any scenario where Batman could take on Superman, but comic movies are all about suspending reality anyway, so what the heck.  I am in.
Rob:  Make mine Marvel!

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (Universal) – Comedy/Romance
Rated PG-13 for some suggestive material
Tag Line:  Every day of my life is Greek Club.
Starring: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett
Plot: A Portokalos family secret brings the beloved characters back together for an even bigger and Greeker wedding.
Running Time: 94 minutes

Rob:  I will probably be forced to watch this with my wife at some point, but will try to resist.
Chris:  I formally renew my vow to not see this film.
Ken: Didn’t see the first, no interest in the sequel.
Jessica: Where’s the caped crusader? The man of steel? Wonder Woman? No superhero’s means I don’t care.
Jim: Jaded Moviegoer is showing up a lot this week—I’ve had it with ethnic family comedies as well—they peaked with Moonstruck.

I Saw the Light (Sony Picture Classics) – Biography/Drama/Music
Rated R for some language and brief sexuality/nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen
Plot: The story of the country-western singer Hank Williams, who in his brief life created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music. The film chronicles his rise to fame and its tragic effect on his health and personal life.
Running Time: 123 minutes

Jim: Might as well just rent Walk the Line.
Rob:  No interest.  But Hiddleston may be the next Bond, so it may be good to see what he can do.
Chris: Tom Hiddleston seems to take to this role of country legend well.  Color me intrigued.
Ken: Reminds me of Walk the Line, the Johnny Cash movie, but with a much grimmer ending.
Jessica: Nope, nope, nope…No Lex Luthor? All set.

Born to Be Blue (IFC Films) – Biography/Drama/Music
Rated R for drug use, language, some sexuality and brief violence
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Ethan Hawke, Carmen Ejogo
Plot: A re-imagining of jazz legend Chet Baker’s musical comeback in the late ’60s.

Jessica: Music is nice, I bet Batman likes music, moody sad music, oh so jazz is perfect for him!
Jim: I love jazz and Ethan Hawke always surprises me—rental, at the least.
Rob: Looks really good, but rental material.

Chris: Two musical bio-pics in one week.  Country Vs Jazz….FIGHT!
Ken: Another dark, musical biopic. Not familiar with Chet Baker so not very jazzed about this movie.

They’re Watching (Amplify) – Comedy/Horror
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Mia Faith, Kris Lemche
Plot: When an American home improvement TV show visits a remote Eastern European village, the young crew thinks the lack of mocha lattés and free wifi will be the worst of their problems. But after their filming interrupts the superstitious villagers’ private religious ritual, the situation takes a turn for the homicidal… and when the blood starts flowing, that’s when things get really weird. With THEY’RE WATCHING, noted graphic novelists and animators Micah Wright and Jay Lender turn a classic horror premise upside down to create a fresh, funny, eye-popping twist on the genre.
Running Time: 95 minutes

Ken: Literally watched the trailer 3 times, still can’t figure out wtf is going on. Who just yells out “witch” at a strange bar?
Jessica: Um what? Superman would blow this film up with his heat vision.
Jim: WHAT are we watching? Sorry, the SpongeBob reference threw me.
Rob:  Stupidly amusing, and would rent it.  I also love the SpongeBob reference.

Chris:  They is certainly not me.

Tickets Purchased:  Four tickets for the DC throw-down (Ken, Chris, Jessica, and Jim).  Rob stays home and watches more Daredevil.

Whose Side Are You On?
Whose Side Are You On?