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Trailer Snark (August 12 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:  It was Suicide Squad and then everyone else this week.  DC’s latest took in $135M at the box office to claim ultimate supremacy.  Jason Bourne was second with $22M to add to its $103.4M total.  Bad Moms came in with $14.2M and just over $50M total since its release.  The Secret Life of Pets was fourth with $11.5M/$319M.  Star Trek Beyond claimed fifth with $10.2M/$127.9M.  The rest of the top ten went as follows:  Nine Lives $6.5M/NEW, Lights Out ($6M/$54.7M), Nerve ($4.9M/$26.8M), Ghostbusters ($4.8M/$116.7M), and Ice Age ($4.3M/$53.5M).  Let’s take a look at the new entries…..

Pete’s Dragon (Walt Disney) – Family/Adventure
Rated PG for action, peril and brief language
Tag Line: Some secrets are too big to keep.
Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford
Plot: The adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon.
Running Time: 102 minutes

Jessica: Looks interesting, but I never saw the original so I’m so-so on seeing it.
Jim: never saw the original,  looks like another fantasy CGI retread. Bonus points for having Bryce Dallas Howard in it, though.
Rob:  Pretty sure the original came out the same year Star Wars did.  Yep, way back in 1977.  I’m kind of tired of the whole Hollywood just redoes the classics thing, but that won’t stop me from this guilty pleasure.  I loved this film when I was a kid, and besides what kid didn’t imagine having a pet dragon at some point?  I sure as heck did.
Ken: Disney’s had success updating their classic animated features into live action movies. I remember renting the original on VHS from the public library as a child, so the nostalgia is definitely there for me.
Chris: Disney success written all over it, and all the kids will be asking their parents for their own dragon this Christmas.

Florence Foster Jenkins (Paramount) – Biography/Comedy/Drama
Rated PG-13 for brief suggestive material.
Tag Line:  The inspiring true story of the world’s worst singer.
Starring: Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant
Plot:  The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Chris:  One of the reasons I don’t watch American Idol.
Jessica: Eh.
Jim: Meryl and Hugh make it look interesting, possible rental.
Rob: Not in a million years, well ok maybe if her nephew Leeroy was the focus of the film.  At least he has chicken.
Ken: Speaking as someone who loves to sing but can’t carry a tune with a bucket, I can totally relate to this character. Singing isn’t  just about having a beautiful voice, it’s about heart. Just ask Bob Dylan.

Sausage Party (Columbia) – Comedy
Rated R for strong crude sexual content, pervasive language, and drug use
Tag Line: Watch what you eat.
Starring:  Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, and James Franco
Plot: A sausage strives to discover the truth about his existence.
Running Time: 89 minutes

Ken: This movie has been on my radar for months. The trailer is laugh out loud funny, and there’s an R-rated trailer that is even better.
Chris:  I used have dreams like this when I was a kid.
Jessica: This looks freakin’ hilarious. Not sure I’d see it in a theater, but I’ll definitely be catching this when it’s on streaming.
Jim: NOW we’re cookin’! Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd are involved, I’m in!
Rob: Looks like a good rental for laughs.

Hell or High Water (CBS Films) – Comedy/Drama
Rated R for some strong violence, language throughout and brief sexuality
Tag Line: Blood always follows money.
Starring: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges
Plot: A divorced dad and his ex-con brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family’s farm in West Texas.
Running Time: 102 minutes

Rob: Maybe down the road on Netflix, but probably not.  Too many better choices.
Ken: This trailer impressed the heck out of me. Great cast, compelling plot and lots of gunfights and explosions.
Chris:  Probably a solid film, but does not move me to really want to see it.  Ben Foster is a great actor, though. 
Jessica: Ben Foster, Chis Pine and Jeff FLIPPIN Bridges??? I am SOLD.
Jim: Nice cast, looks like a good one.

Anthropoid (Bleecker Street Media) – History/Thriller
Rated R for violence and some disturbing images
Tag Line: Resistance has a code name.
Starring:  Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan, Toby Jones
Plot: Based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the WWII mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution and the Reich’s third in command after Hitler and Himmler.
Running Time: 120 minutes

Jessica: I droned off during the trailer, pass.
Jim: Yeah, I kinda checked out during the trailer, too.
Rob: WWII assassination plot.  Could be ok I suppose, but not on the big screen.
Ken:  I’m always down to hunt Nazis.
Chris:  This one looks fantastic!  The similarly themed Valkyrie with Tom Cruise was awesome, and to get more story about German patriots calls to me.

Operation Chromite (Taewon Entertainment) – Historical/Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line:  None
Starring:  Liam Neeson, Jung-jae Lee
Plot: A squad of soldiers fight in the Korean War’s crucial Battle of Incheon.
Running Time: 115 minutes

Chris:  I wanted this trailer to be better than it was.
Jessica: I got bored and turned the trailer off. Pass again.
Jim: Always good to see and hear Liam Neeson, but this looks like another by-the-numbers war flick.
Rob: 5000:1 odds really aren’t that impressive when you have Liam Neeson on your side.  Haven’t you seen Taken!? 
Ken: Not sure what’s going on here, but you can bet that Liam Neeson’s going to be bad-ass.

Edge of Winter (Vertical Entertainment) – Drama/Thriller
Rated R for language and some violence
Tag Line: Nothing is more dangerous than a father’s love.
Starring: Tom Holland, Joel Kinnaman
Plot: When two brothers are stranded by a brutal winter storm with an unpredictable father they barely know, the boys begin to suspect their supposed protector may be their biggest threat.
Running Time: 89 minutes

Ken: Thrills and chills and I think someone kills.
Chris:  Riveting trailer….the road to hell was paved with good intentions, they say.
Jessica: I enjoy Joel K. quite a bit after seeing his talents on “The Killing”, didn’t love him in the “Robocop” remake but did enjoy him (for the most part) in “Suicide Squad”, I’d check this out at home.
Jim: Looks intense.
Rob: Stranded in a cabin with a father they don’t know and he’s probably a total psycho.  Pass.  Heck, even Cersei Lannister puts her kids above all else.

Ghost Team (The Orchard) – Comedy
Rated PG-13 for language including some sexual references, and drug material
Tag Line: Paranormal investigation. No experience necessary.
Starring: Jon Heder, Justin Long
Plot: A paranormal-obsessed man mounts his own investigation into the beyond with his depressed best friend, misfit nephew, a cable access medium and an overeager security guard.
Running Time: 83 minutes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O65BJtQ-ROk
Rob: Doesn’t look funny enough for even a rental.
Ken: Looks terrifyingly awful.
Chris:  Seems about as funny Napolean Dynamite, which is to say…..Not at all.
Jessica: Some funny people here, cheesy trailer, but that might mean it’s comic brilliance, or utter tripe. Not sure yet on this one.
Jim: Seconding JL again here—funny people, not -so-impressive trailer, but it could be intentional. Might be worth a look.

Tickets Purchased: Three for Sausage Party (Jim, Jessica, and Ken), One for Pete’s Dragon (Rob) and One for Anthropoid (Chris)

Now it's really a party!
Now it’s really a party!
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Trailer Snark (June 10, 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:  The Turtles ruled the box office with $35.2M, dropping X-Men: Apocalypse to second place with $22.3M to add to their $116M total.  In third was the debut of Me Before You with $18.2M.  Fourth place belonged to Johnny Depp and Alice Through the Looking Glass ($10.6M/$50.7M).  Angry Birds stayed in the top five with $9.7M and $86.6M overall.  The rest of the top ten shook out this way.  Captain America: Civil War ($7.5M/$388.5M), Neighbors 2 ($4.7M/$48.5M), Popstar ($4.6M/New), Jungle Book ($4.2M/$347.4M), and The Nice Guys ($3.5M/$29.1M).  Here are this week’s new entries.

The Conjuring 2 (New Line Cinema) – Horror
Rated R for terror and horror violence
Tag Line: The next true story from the case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren.
Starring:  Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga
Plot: Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.
Running Time: 134 minutes

Jessica: The first movie actually scared me (which hardly ever happens) so I am interested to see what they come up with for the 2nd one. Hopefully it’s just as creepy!
Chris: The first was a horrific triumph…..I am quite looking forward to some more scares.
Ken: Hadn’t seen the first Conjuring or Annabelle movies and would skip this latest installment. I appreciate that they are based on real-life cases investigated by the Warrens, but they stray pretty far from the source material in order to draw in the crowds.
Jim: The first movie was scary. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga helped make it credible. This looks effective enough to step past the usual horror movie trailer cliches.

Now You See Me 2 (Lionsgate) – Action/Comedy/Thriller
Rated PG-13 for violence and some language
Tag Line: Reappearing June 10
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Lizzy Caplan
Plot: The Four Horsemen resurface and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius to pull off their most impossible heist yet.
Running Time: 129 minutes

Jim: Didn’t see the first one. Might be worth a rental.
Jessica: I really liked the first movie so I will most certainly be checking out the sequel. I love a movie about magic tricks!
Chris: Rarely do I laud a second sequel film in one week, but here goes.  Make my money disappear.
Ken: No I don’t.  Magic loses its charm when I’m aware that it is all special effects.

Warcraft (Universal) – Action/Adventure/Fantasy
Rated PG – 13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy violence
Tag Line: Two worlds. One home.
Starring: Paula Patton, Travis Fimmel, Domenic Cooper, Ben Foster
Plot: The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people, and their home.
Running Time: 123 minutes

Chris: Truth be told, I want to like this one more than I do.  I think it will be entertaining, but in no way will it provide the same satisfaction as the similarly themed Tolkien movies.
Jim: ZZZZZZ SO SICK OF CGI-STUFFED “EPIC” FANTASIES ZZZZZZZZ

Ken: The music at the end of that trailer was awful. I wanted to like this one too, but pass. Anyone who has ever played a Blizzard video game knows how epic their cut scenes are. But despite the eye-popping blend of CG and live action, everything else felt pretty lifeless. 
Jessica: Pass, pass, pass…Looks like a poor person’s “Lord of the Rings”

King Jack (Well Go USA) – Adventure/Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line:  Everyone should rule for a day.
Starring:  Charlie Plummer, Cory Nicholls
Plot: Trapped in a violent feud with a cruel older bully and facing another bout of summer school, Jack’s got all the problems he can handle. So when Jack’s aunt falls ill and his runty younger cousin must stay with him for the weekend the last thing Jack wants to do is look after him. Unfortunately no one really cares what Jack wants.
Running Time: 81 minutes

Ken: I grew up in a small, suburban town and this pushed a lot of my nostalgia buttons.
Jessica: Looks sweet and thought provoking, and very, very sad. I’d watch this at home where I can weep in the dark, alone.
Jim: Nice trailer, looks like it might be a well-made slice ‘o life flick.

Chris: Coming of age film of a boy who is learning what it means to live for more than himself.  Lessons all of us go through in our formative years.  I’ll check it out on the small screen.

Tickets Purchased: 4 tickets for The Conjuring 2 (unanimous decision!).

The Trailer Snark team is going for scares this week!
The Trailer Snark team is going for scares this week!
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Trailer Snark (March 18, 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 makes it two weeks in a row in the top slot, fending off a challenge from 10 Cloverfield Lane and others with ease.  The animated Disney hit took in another $50M to bring its total to $142.6M.  The aforementioned Cloverfield sequel managed a $25.2M opening in second.  Deadpool held fast in third with another $10.8M to add to its $328M total and just ahead of fourth place London Has Fallen ($10.6M/$38.8M).  Whiskey Tango Foxtrot rounded out the top five ($4.6M/$14.5M).  Three other debuts occupied the sixth through eighth, but failing to make much of an impact as follows:  The Perfect Match ($4.1M), The Young Messiah ($3.4M), and The Brothers Grimsby ($3.1M).  Gods of Egypt placed ninth ($2.5M/$27.3M) and Risen in tenth ($2.2M/$32.3M).  And now lets look at this week’s new releases.

Allegiant Pt 1 (Lionsgate) – Action/Drama
Rated PG-13 for intense violence and action, thematic elements, and some partial nudity
Tag Line: What makes us different ties us together.
Starring:  Shailene Woodley, Naomi Watts, Jeff Daniels, Theo James
Plot: After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, Tris must escape with Four beyond the wall that encircles Chicago to finally discover the shocking truth of what lies behind it.
Running Time: 121 minutes

Chris: Sadly, I will probably see this one in theaters due to a teen kid, but it won’t be by choice.
Jessica: Never made it through the 1st one, couldn’t possibly care less about this one.
Jim: Or The Slumber Games Part 12. The first one didn’t impress me.  I’m beginning to get tired of CGI stunts with mere mortals doing things that their bodies couldn’t possibly do in real life. No thanks.
Rob: Pass.  On the series.

Miracles from Heaven (TriStar) – Drama
Rated PG for thematic material, including accident and medical images
Tag Line: How do you explain the impossible?
Starring: Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers, Queen Latifah
Plot: A young girl suffering from a rare digestive disorder finds herself miraculously cured after surviving a terrible accident.
Running Time: 109 minutes

Rob: Pass.  On the “miracle”.
Chris: Another emotional roller coaster type true story.  Bad things happening to kids is always tough to watch on screen, but at least this one shows a victory in the end.
Jessica: This one did nothing for me, a typical story about kids getting hurt and a “miracle”, not really something that makes me run to the theater.
Jim: Life is scary enough without having to sit through sick kid movies, even if there’s a happy ending. Pass.

Midnight Special (Warner Bros) – Adventure/Drama/Sci-Fi
Rated PG-13 for some violence and action
Tag Line: He’s not like us.
Starring: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver
Plot: A father and son go on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers.
Running Time: 111 minutes

Jim: Interesting-looking rental.
Rob: This looks like a possible rental down the road, but not big screen caliber for me.
Chris: OK, I just had to watch that trailer twice.  I don’t know what is going on, but I want to find out!
Jessica: Oh yes! Great actors, looks like an interesting story. If this is done right it could be really good.

The Bronze (Sony Picture Classics) – Comedy
Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language throughout and some drug use
Tag Line:  There’s no place like third.
Starring: Melissa Rauch, Gary Cole, Sebastian Stan
Plot: A foul-mouthed former gymnastics bronze medalist must fight for her local celebrity status when a new young athlete’s star rises in town.
Running Time: 108 minutes

Jessica: Well, huh, this looks either really funny or really bad, not quite sure which it is yet.
Jim: This looks funny, although there’s the possibility that it could wear pretty thin after about 20 minutes.
Rob: Pass.  Wow, rough week.
Chris: Melissa Rauch steps out of Big Bang Theory for a different kind of laugh.  The trailer didn’t exactly have me in stitches, but I’ll check it out on Netflix down the road.

The Program (Entertainment One) – Bio/Drama/Sports
Rated R for language
Tag Line: Winning was in his blood.
Starring: Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd
Plot: An Irish sports journalist becomes convinced that Lance Armstrong’s performances during the Tour de France victories are fueled by banned substances. With this conviction, he starts hunting for evidence that will expose Armstrong.
Running Time: 103 minutes

Chris: Like so many others, I was crushed to find out that Lance Armstrong doped his way to legend.  Ben Foster seems perfectly cast here.  I am in.
Jessica: I LOVE Ben Foster (310 To Yuma, brilliance) but i really have no interest in Lance Armstrong’s story. Possibly at-home viewer for me.
Jim: I know that Lance has his followers, but I’m not interested, despite the great cast. OK, so kill me, I’m more interested in an embittered gymnast!
Rob: I’d rent this down the road, but again another film that really doesn’t need a theatrical release.

Krisha (A24) – Comedy/Drama
Rated R for language, substance abuse and some sexual content
Tag Line: None
Starring: Krisha Fairchild, Olivia Grace Applegate
Plot: Krisha returns for Thanksgiving dinner after ten years away from her family, but past demons threaten to ruin the festivities.
Running Time: 83 minutes

Rob: Zero interest.  Pass.
Chris:  I was a bit disturbed by the trailer on some level.  Family dysfunction is on full display here.
Jessica: Meh. Seen movies like this many times before, it might be good but I might just not care enough to watch it. We get enough dysfunction in reality.
Jim: Predictable-looking dysfunctional family saga.

Tickets Purchased:  One for Midnight Special (Chris) and One for The Bronze (Jim).  Rob and Jessica at home watching the new season of Daredevil.

Word is Thirst, or was it Third is Worst?
Word is Thirst, or was it Third is Worst?