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Trailer Snark (September 15, 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, Eric from View from Above, Robert from Cards and Counters, Wayne from The Dope Sheet, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Mother! (Paramount Pictures) – Drama/Horror/Mystery
Rated R for strong disturbing violent content, some sexuality, nudity and language
Tag Line: Seeing is believing
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer
Plot: A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
Running Time: 121 minutes

Chris:  I wonder how mother nature will punish Jennifer Lawrence for making this movie?
Wayne: Mother! ******* was this movie is mostly boring. It is far too intellectual for my liking.
Rob: What a great cast in what looks like a thriller, but doesn’t really appeal or even make sense of what it is.

You can read The Dope Sheet review of Mother! here.

American Assassin (Lionsgate) – Action/Thriller
Rated R for strong violence throughout, some torture, language and brief nudity
Tag Line: Assassins aren’t born. They are made.
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan
Plot: A story centered on counterterrorism agent Mitch Rapp.
Running Time: 111 minutes

Rob: At first glance I thought, what is this? A copy of punisher from 2004?
Chris: Michael Keaton is a national treasure, and this movie looks entertaining as all heck.  In!
Wayne: I’m going to check it out just for Keaton.

Brad’s Status (Annapurna Pictures) – Comedy
Rated R for language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Ben Stiller, Austin Abrams, Jenna Fischer
Plot: A father takes his son to tour colleges on the East Coast and meets up with an old friend who makes him feel inferior about his life’s choices.
Running Time: 101 minutes

Wayne: Looks interesting. Maybe.
Rob: Oh look another Ben Stiller midlife crisis movie!
Chris: Hahaha. Rob just summed that one up perfectly.  I got nothing more to say.

Rebel in the Rye (IFC Films) – Biography/Drama
Rated PG-13 for some language including sexual references, brief violence, and smoking
Tag Line: Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.
Starring: Sarah Paulson, Zoey Deutch, Nicholas Hoult
Plot: The life of celebrated but reclusive author, J.D. Salinger, who gained worldwide fame with the publication of his novel, “The Catcher in the Rye”.
Running Time: 106 minutes

Chris: Now, that’s a compelling trailer.  I’ve never read Catcher in the Rye, but I may have to go pick out the classic as my next read!
Wayne: YES! Looks like a good story.
Rob: Now this one gave me the Dead Poet Society feel. But with a veteran. This one I can get into. 

Because of Gracia (ArtAffects Entertainment) – Comedy/Drama/Romance
Rated PG-13 for thematic material
Tag Line: None
Starring: John Schneider, Chris Massoglia, Moriah Peters
Plot: Two high-school couples explore friendship and dating along dissimilar lines, leading to courage and transformation for one teen and a personal crisis for another.
Running Time: 107 minutes

Rob: Just another love triangle of high school drama
Chris: This one seems to have some heart and charisma.  Not a theater pick, but I’ll check it out on the small screen.
Wayne: Maybe, I like the JEEP. I bet she dies in the end.

In Search of Fellini (Ambi Distribution) – Adventure/Drama
Rated R for sexuality/nudity and language
Tag Line: Inspired by a true adventure.
Starring: Maria Bello, Ksenia Solo
Plot: A shy small-town Ohio girl who loves movies but dislikes reality, discovers the delightfully bizarre films of Federico Fellini, and sets off on a strange, beautiful journey across Italy to find him.
Running Time: 93 minutes

Wayne: Going to wait for it on Netflix. Looks interesting.
Rob: yes. Let the sheltered child not only finally leave home but go to an entirely different country. What could possibly go wrong? Or… what could go right? Ah love.
Chris: “You’re my fellini?” Must mean cheese in Italian.  😉

Tickets Purchased: Two for American Assassin (Wayne and Chris) and one for Rebel in the Rye (Rob).

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Trailer Snark (February 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: Kung Fu Panda 3 reigned supreme for a second straight week with $21M added to its $69.2M domestic haul thus far.  The Coen Brothers latest, Hail Caesar took second place with $11.3M in its debut.  The Force Awakens edged out The Revenant for third place with $6.97M($906M overall) while the DiCaprio thriller took in $6.93M($149.5M overall) for fourth.  The Choice, Nicholas Sparks’ latest novel to movie, placed fifth in its debut with $6M.  And Pride and Prejudice and Zombies fell in just behind with a $5.3M opening (maybe the zombie craze is subsiding?).  The rest of the top ten was as follows:  Finest Hours ($4.8M/$18.4M), Ride Along 2 ($4.5M/$77.2M), The Boy ($4M/$26.8M), and Dirty Grandpa ($4M/$29.3M).  And now on to this week’s new entries……

Deadpool (Fox) – Action/Comedy
Rated R for strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity
Tag Line:  With great power comes great irresponsibility.
Starring:  Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller
Plot: A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopting the alter ego Deadpool.
Running Time: 108 minutes

Ken: The self-referential dig at Ryan Reynold’s Green Lantern movies was fantastic. Let’s break down some fourth walls! Get well soon DMX. Who else gonna give it to us?
Rob: Oh Hells Yeah!  This flick is full of win.  Plus, we get Colossus.  Hands down my pick of the week.
Jessica: All about this one this week!! I think it might even be what my Valentine and I go see this weekend.
Jim: A little TOO much snark (hey, nice word) in the trailer (another nice word), but Reynolds is almost always entertaining (points lost for Green Lantern). I always look forward to flicks that send up the superhero movies (such as Super or Antman).
Chris: A comic book movie made decidedly for adults.  Don’t take the kids, because this is going to be the theatrical equivalent of Cards Against Humanity, and I’m going to love every minute of it.

Zoolander 2 (Paramount) – Comedy
Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, a scene of exaggerated violence, and brief strong language
Tag Line: Long time, No Z.
Starring:  Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Penelope Cruz, Olivia Munn
Plot: Derek and Hansel are modelling again when an opposing company attempts to take them out from the business.
Running Time: 102 minutes

Chris:  I actually thought the first one was truly unfunny (except for the gas station scene).  Maybe I will give it a chance on Netflix.  Great cast though.
Ken: I’m probably the minority but I didn’t love the first Zoolander. I thought it had some funny moments but on the whole it was just beyond absurd. This looks about the same.
Rob: Disinterested in the original and more disinterested in this one.
Jessica: I LOVED the first one and am very excited about this sequel. I realize I may be disappointed but I have hope people. Hope that Blue Steel will make me laugh once again.
Jim: Disappointing trailer for a sequel to a funny movie. I’ll give it a go on video.

How to be Single (Warner Bros) – Comedy/Romance
Rated R for sexual content and strong language throughout
Tag Line: Welcome to the party
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Damon Wayans Jr, Leslie Mann
Plot: New York City is full of lonely hearts seeking the right match, and what Alice, Robin, Lucy, Meg, Tom and David all have in common is the need to learn how to be single in a world filled with ever-evolving definitions of love.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Jim: She was amusing enough in Bridesmaids, but now it’s become obvious that Rebel Wilson’s repeating that schtick in every movie that she’s in. I liked Dakota  Johnson in the otherwise forgettable 50 Shades of Grey. If she had a better co-star here, I might’ve been  interested.
Chris: Not even sure I’d see this on the small screen.  Pass.
Ken: Rebel Wilson is a riot. Not a big screener for me though, probably a small.
Rob: Looks like a rental to me.  No real big screen potential even with the Valentine’s Day weekend release.
Jessica: It’s a total cliche but I really do enjoy Rebel Wilson so I’d watch this at home.

Where to Invade Next (IMG Films) – Documentary
Rated R for language, some violent images, drug use and brief graphic nudity
Tag Line: Michael Moore’s most dangerous comedy
Starring:  Michael Moore
Plot: To learn what the USA can learn from other nations, Michael Moore playfully “invades” them to see what they have to offer.
Running Time: 119 minutes
Jessica: I enjoy Moore’s movies. While I realize his is just one side of a bigger story, he makes movies that are easily digestible and make you think. Definitely something I’ll check out.
Jim: Not my wallet.
Chris: Michael Moore’s finest contribution to cinema is still Team America….&^%$ Yeah!
Ken: Moore’s previous movies were huge downers, exposing how prevalent injustice and tragedy has become in America. I liked this trailer because he’s going out and finding the good and righteous that currently exists in the world.
Rob: Michael Moore documentary.  Pass.

Of Mind and Music (Monterey Media) – Drama/Music
Rated PG – 13 for thematic elements, drug references and some suggestive material
Tag Line: None
Starring: Joaquim de Almeida, Ruth Negga, Bill Cobbs
Plot: A story about a beautiful street musician suffering from memory loss and a disheartened neuroscientist intent on helping her, bringing together the city of New Orleans and the jazz that made it famous.
Running Time: 98 minutes

Rob: Looks like it has some soul.  Will check it out down the road from RedBox.
Jessica: Interesting, I’d watch this at home.
Jim: Looks heartfelt and well-made, worth a rental.
Chris: I wasn’t expecting much, but I was quite taken by the trailer.  Absolutely will check this one out…just not on the big screen.
Ken: this movie hits pretty close to home for me. Losing my memory is one of my greatest fears. My memory is already atrocious but somehow I am capable of memorizing music and lyrics easily.

Providence (Mainstreet Productions) – Drama/Romance
Not Rated
Tag Line: A love story forty years in the making
Starring: Juli Tapken, Rich Swingle, Jenn Gotzon
Plot: Rachel Cartwright and Mitchell Little both grow up in the small town of Providence, Tennessee. Their paths keep crossing and at one point it looks like they’ll finally get together. But the opportunity slips away and they go their separate ways. It takes a tragedy many years later before they’re reunited.
Running Time: 79 minutes

Ken: Silent yet charming. And Christian. Very, very Christian.
Rob: Sap alert.  Chick Flick.  Run away…
Jessica: Ugh. This is a cliche’ I’m not interested in watching.
Jim: Nicely done trailer, but…nah.
Chris:  Props to the people behind the appealing trailer, but it still isn’t getting me to watch the movie.

Touched with Fire (Roadside Attractions) – Drama/Romance
Rated R for language, a disturbing image, brief sexuality and drug use
Tag Line: None
Starring: Katie Holmes, Luke Kirby
Plot: Two manic depressives meet in a psychiatric hospital and begin a romance that brings out all of the beauty and horror of their condition.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Chris:  Life is crazy enough to have to share in this humanary stew of lunacy.
Ken: Congrats to Katie Holmes, for escaping the “church” of Scientology.  But glamorizing mental illness by linking it to artistic creativity is putting me off. So pass.
Rob: Didn’t even make it through the trailer.  Pass.
Jessica: Left me feeling touched by snow. All set with never seeing this one.
Jim: Yet another trailer that reminds me that the February-April months are a dumping ground for movies that studios don’t have a lot of faith in. Thanks, but no thanks.

Purchased Tickets:  Ding Ding Ding…we have a Great Stories unanimous winner.  Wade Wilson and his multiple personality disorder anti-hero Deadpool get the big Great Stories seal of approval with five tickets!

It doesn't have to go that far!  Take our money!
It doesn’t have to go that far! Take our money!