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Trailer Snark (November 23, 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!

Moana (Disney) – Animation/Family
Rated PG for peril, some scary images and brief thematic elements
Tag Line: The ocean is calling.
Starring: Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson
Plot: A young woman uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island. Joining her on the adventure is her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui.
Running Time: 103 minutes

Jim: Looks like good, solid Disney fun with the added bonus of dreaming of warmer climates.
Chris: Got to admit….this looks fun! All that is missing is a surfing penguin…Oops.  Sorry Disney.

Bad Santa 2 (Broad Green) – Comedy
Rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, and some graphic nudity
Tag Line: Giving the holidays another shot.
Starring:  Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates
Plot: Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie teams up once again with his angry little sidekick, Marcus, to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve.
Running Time: 92 minutes

Chris:  One of the more disappointing naughty comedies of its time when the first one came out a few years back, I won’t be in a rush to hop down the same chimney.
Jim: I HATED HATED HATED the original, shame on you Billy Bob, no way, not even after 75 egg nogs.

Lion (The Weinstein Company) – Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic material and some sensuality.
Tag Line: The search begins.
Starring:  Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel
Plot: A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
Running Time: 120 minutes

Jim: Certainly looks well made, but not much interest here, I’m afraid (Hey, this sounds like a review from Dr. Seuss. I wonder which films would have taken his abuse?).
Chris: Well, I am going to have to be in the right mood for this one.  And that is not this week.

Allied (Paramount) – Action/Drama/Romance
Rated R for violence, some sexuality/nudity, language and brief drug use
Tag Line: The closer he gets, the more dangerous it becomes.
Starring:  Brad Pitt, Vincent Ebrahim, Marion Cottilard
Plot: In 1942, an intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.
Running Time: 124 minutes

Chris:  World War II intrigue-filled drama with strong cast. Viva la resistance!
Jim: From Robert Zemeckis, an old Hollywood pro, comes this epic adventure, one to which I will go.

Rules Don’t Apply (20th Century Fox) – Comedy/Drama/Romance
Rated PG-13 for sexual material including brief strong language, thematic elements, and drug references
Tag Line: None
Starring: Lily Collins, Haley Bennett, Taissa Farmiga, Paul Sorvino, Warren Beatty
Plot: An unconventional love story of an aspiring actress, her determined driver, and the eccentric billionaire who they work for.
Running Time: 126 minutes

Jim: Looks rather spry. So does Beatty, who next year will be 80. My, how the time does go by.
Chris: Quite the ensemble!  I’d watch this one on the small screen.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for Allied (Chris/Jim) and One for Rules Don’t Apply (Jim goes double-dipping!)

Fun Fact:  Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt starred in the remake of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, a movie about husband and wife spies hired to kill each other by competing agencies.  The original came out during the height of WWII.  Recently while filming WWII drama Allied, Brad and Angelina are once again reprising their roles as they head to divorce.
Fun Fact: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt starred in the remake of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, a movie about husband and wife spies hired to kill each other by competing agencies. The original came out during the height of WWII. Recently while filming WWII drama Allied, Brad and Angelina are once again reprising their roles as they head to divorce.

 

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Trailer Snark (October 30, 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: The Martian regained the top of the box office this week, which is a bit of an anomaly these days.  $15.9M is all it took to be crowned champion again (the film has made over $166M domestically).  In second place was the Goosebumps movie, still attracting enough families as it took in $15.5M for $43.7M overall.  Bridge of Spies was third ($11.3M/$32.5M).  The highest debut came from Vin Diesel’s The Last Witch Hunter, but it still was an under-performance against expectation as it only took in $10.8M.  Hotel Transylvania 2 stayed in the top five ($9M/$148.2M).  Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension was the only other debut in the top ten with $8.2M, perhaps marking the theatrical death knell of the series.  The rest of the list was as follows: Steve Jobs ($7.2/$9.9), Crimson Peak ($5.5M/$22.4M), The Intern ($3.8M/$64.7M), and Sicario ($2.9M/$39.3M).  Important to note that despite wide screenings, both Rock the Kasbah and the Jem movie absolutely bombed with just over $1M each and outside the chart.  This week’s schedule is very light, and here are the entries…..

Our Brand is Crisis (Warner Bros) – Drama
Rated R for language including some sexual references
Tag Line: May the best campaign win.
Starring: Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton
Plot: An American woman, well-versed in political campaigns, is sent to the war-torn lands of South America to help install a new leader but is threatened to be thwarted by a long-term rival.
Running Time: 107 minutes

Rob: I’m almost with the llama on this one.  No thanks.
Jessica: I usually enjoy a political movie but not in a theater. I’d watch it for free sometime at home.
Chris: Sandra Bullock is a fine actress, and this political thriller seems to be a non-typical role for her.  If my premature weariness over this year’s political cycle can subside, I may be game.
Ken: Pass.

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (Paramount) – Comedy/Horror
Rated R for zombie violence and gore, sexual material, graphic nudity, and language throughout
Tag Line: Always bring protection.
Starring: Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan
Plot: Three scouts, on the eve of their last camp-out, discover the true meaning of friendship when they attempt to save their town from a zombie outbreak.
Running Time: 93 minutes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5e7Mr7eVTk
Ken: Pass.
Rob: This one looks pretty funny.  A few scouts and a “cocktail waitress” against the zombie apocalypse.  What could possibly go wrong?  Do I get a merit badge for watching this?  I’m in either way.
Jessica: Please don’t ever make me see this trailer again. I usually love a good zombie flick but this looks awful and I suspect the funny bits are in the trailer which bums me out since it’s not a funny trailer.
Chris: Looks atrocious…..that being said, my lack of cinematic standards will guarantee a Netflix viewing down the road, I am sure.

Carter High (Sweet Chariot) – Drama
Rated PG – 13 for thematic elements, some strong language and suggestive material
Tag Line: None
Starring: Vivica Fox, Charles Dutton, Pooch Hall
Plot: During the 1980s Carter High School in Dallas, Texas was a football powerhouse. This is the story of four of the student athletes whose off the field activities cost them their future.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Chris: I am not sure what it is about football movies, but they are (for me) the ultimate in sports drama.  The fact that this high school football drama takes place in a time period that I was beginning my own high school years will bring a certain nostalgia.
Ken: I’ll watch it on TV.
Rob: A story of racism impacting Texas High School football.  Looks pretty good, and pretty scary (since we’re talking late 1980’s true story material).  I’ll probably catch it on video though.
Jessica: Looks good and terrifying.

Tickets Purchased:  One for Carter High (Chris), one for Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (Rob).  Meanwhile Jessica stays home to watch Trick ‘r’ Treat on TV and Ken wonders where his darn scary movies are?

Happy Halloween from the Great Stories Football Team!
Happy Halloween from the Great Stories Football Team!