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Trailer Snark (July 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, 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!

Spider-Man: Homecoming (Sony) – Action/Adventure
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments
Tag Line: None
Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr.
Plot: Several months after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens, New York City while fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man as a new threat, the Vulture, emerges.
Running Time: 133 minutes

Wayne: I’m buying this trailer.  I think we are going to have our best Peter Parker yet.
Jim: Been anticipating this since Tom Holland stole Captain America: Civil War. After the mess of Spiderman 3 and the two Andrew Garfield snoozefests, this is most welcome. Micheal Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey…there’s almost TOO much entertainment!
Chris: Oh gee…another Spider-Man movie.  Heck yeah, I’m going to see it!  Tom Holland rocked the Parker role in Civil War.  Stroke of casting and scripting genius!

A Ghost Story (A24) – Drama/Fantasy/Romance
Rated R for brief language and a disturbing image
Tag Line: It’s All About Time.
Starring: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara
Plot: In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife.
Running Time: 92 minutes

Chris: I was not actually expecting much, but got a beautifully crafted trailer and compelling story.  No Sheet!
Jim: a beautiful trailer. This looks spooky, moody, and intelligent.
Wayne: I’m buying this trailer.  The idea of leaving a piece of yourself behind so that you live on after death is an interesting concept.  The metaphor of the ghost is a great device.  Looking forward to this one.

City of Ghosts (IFC Films) – Documentary/War
Rated R for disturbing violent content, and for some language
Tag Line:  None
Starring: Real people
Plot: A documentary that follows the efforts of “Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently,” a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. With deeply personal access, this is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Wayne: I’m buying this trailer.  If this movie is as good as the trailer, I’ll be very satisfied.  I enjoy a good documentary and this story is very relevant today.
Chris: I see a trailer like this and just realize how thankful I am to have been born in the USA with all of the snowflakes and safe zones.  Maybe Americans could use some perspective and watch this one?
Jim: Too much real life. Pass.

Patti Cake$ (Fox Searchlight) – Drama
Rated R for language throughout, crude sexual references, some drug use and a brief nude image
Tag Line: None
Starring: Danielle MacDonald, Bridget Everett
Plot: PATTI CAKE$ is centered on aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$ who is fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in New Jersey.
Running Time: 108 minutes

Jim: I’m not a big fan of rap music, but I have to admit this looks pretty interesting, a lot of passion and arresting images.
Wayne: It is a clean sweep, I’m buying this trailer and all trailers this week.  Is this a white woman’s Eminem story?  Looks fun and I love an underdog story.  Hope to catch this one too.
Chris: I wanted to dislike it, but just couldn’t.  I’ll catch it on the small screen at some p0int.

Tickets Purchased:  Three for Spider-Man, as if you didn’t already know?!

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“Let’s talk about your Aunt May.”

 

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Trailer Snark (November 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!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Warner Bros) – Adventure/Family
Rated PG-13 for some fantasy action violence
Tag Line: Explore a new era of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world.
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston
Plot: The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.
Running Time: 133 minutes

Jessica: I’m a Harry Potter nerd so I do want to see this, even if it wasn’t technically a “real” HP book. Looks like a good amount of jolly HP fun!
Chris:  I can guarantee you I will be seeing this one since my wife is a massive Rowling fan.  My enthusiasm is measured, however.

The Edge of Seventeen (STX Entertainment) – Comedy/Drama
Rated R for sexual content, language and some drinking – all involving teens
Tag Line: You’re only young once… is it over yet?
Starring:  Hailee Steinfeld, Blake Jenner
Plot: High-school life gets even more unbearable for Nadine when her best friend, Krista, starts dating her older brother.
Running Time: 104 minutes

Chris: If I were a teen girl, I’d be all over this.
Jessica: Looks cute. I’d probably watch this at home. I do love a quirky coming of age film.

Bleed for This (Open Road) – Biography/Sports/Drama
Rated R for language, sexuality/nudity and some accident images
Tag Line: This is what the greatest comeback in sports history looks like
Starring: Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart
Plot: The inspirational story of World Champion Boxer Vinny Pazienza who, after a near fatal car crash, which left him not knowing if he’d ever walk again, made one of sports most incredible comebacks.
Running Time: 116 minutes
Jessica:  I have NO love for Vinny Paz. I’ll pass.
Chris:  I’m with Jessica on this one. 

Manchester by the Sea (Roadside Attractions) – Drama
Rated R for language throughout and some sexual content
Tag Line:  None
Starring:  Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams
Plot: An uncle is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies.
Running Time: 137 minutes
Chris: No way is this a theater viewer, but it may make for a good home view.  Melodramas are better left for the small screen.
Jessica: Oh boy, another Affleck doing ANOTHER MA accent. I’m sure this is a touching, heartfelt, blah, blah, blah, but I’m kind of over it.

Nocturnal Animals (Focus Features) – Drama/Thriller
Rated R for violence, menace, graphic nudity, and language
Tag Line: When you love someone you can’t just throw it away
Starring:  Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon
Plot: An art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband’s novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale.
Running Time: 117 minutes

Jessica: Blah. A lot of tense whispering.
Chris: That one got my attention!  Great cast, and looks to be a taut thriller.

The Eyes of My Mother (Magnet) – Drama/Horror
Rated R for disturbing violent content and behavior, and brief nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Kika Magalhaes, Olivia Bond, Will Brill
Plot: A young, lonely woman is consumed by her deepest and darkest desires after tragedy strikes her quiet country life.
Running Time: 76 minutes

Chris:  At 76 minutes, there must not be much story to tell. What’s worse is that they didn’t have the confidence to schedule this one against other Halloween fare.
Jessica: Where are the comedies? This trailer annoyed the crap out of me.

Officer Downe (Magnolia) – Action
Rated R for brutal bloody stylized violence throughout, a strong prolonged sex scene with nudity, and pervasive language
Tag Line: Protecting. Serving. Ass Kicking.
Starring: Tyler Ross, Kim Coates
Plot: Based on the graphic novel, a police officer who can’t be stopped by death returns to the streets time and time again to fight crime.
Running Time: 88 minutes

Jessica: Oh here’s a comedy! Ummm…This looks just insane enough that I’d want to see it.
Chris: Looks a bit campy and silly, but might be some fun.

A Streetcat Named Bob (Cleopatra) – Biography/Comedy/Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line: Sometimes it takes nine lives to save one
Starring: Luke Treadaway, Bob the Cat
Plot: Based on the international best selling book. The true feel good story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat.
Running Time: 103 minutes

Chris: I can’t believe I am saying this, but I actually really want to see this one!
Jessica: A movie about a man and a cat…Okay, sure. This is truly a weird group of trailers this week.

Life on the Line (Lionsgate) – Action/Drama
Rated R for some violence/grisly images and brief strong language
Tag Line: Courage. Risk. Sacrifice.
Starring: John Travolta, Kate Bosworth, Devon Sawa, Sharon Stone
Plot: A crew of men who do the high-wire work of fixing the electrical grid are hit by a sudden deadly storm.
Running Time: 97 minutes

Jessica: So this is the Twister for Linemen, Cool. That’s fine. I respect linemen, this movie? I don’t think I’ll be seeing it.
Chris: Could make for a good rainy night viewing….pun very much intended.

Tickets Purchased: One for Fantastic Beasts (Jessica) and One for Nocturnal Animals (Chris)

Rejected cast member of Fantastic Beasts
Rejected cast member of Fantastic Beasts
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Trailer Snark (February 26 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: Ryan Reynolds and Fox are celebrating their second straight week at number one as Deadpool captured another $55M at the Box Office and has now earned $235.3M domestic.  Kung Fu Panda 3 continued to get the kiddies to the cinema with $12.5M to add to its $117.1M total.  The highest debut of the week came from Risen with $11.8M.  Period horror piece, The Witch, debuted at number four with $8.6M.  How to Be Single fell to number five ($8.2M/$31.7M).  The only other debut in the top ten was Race at number six with $7.2M.  The rest of the list went as follows:  Zoolander 2 ($5.5M/$23.7M), Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($3.8M/$921.6M), The Revenant ($3.8M/$165.1M), and Hail, Caesar ($2.6M/$26.1M).  Its a short list of releases this week, but lets get down to it.

Gods of Egypt (Lionsgate) – Action/Adventure/Fantasy
Rated PG-13 for fantasy violence and action, and some sexuality
Tag Line: The journey of a lifetime begins.
Starring:  Gerard Butler, Brenton Thwaits
Plot: Mortal hero Bek teams with the god Horus in an alliance against Set, the merciless god of darkness who has usurped Egypt’s throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict.
Running Time: 127 minutes

Rob: High on visual effects and eye candy.  Worried about lack of story.  Renter.
Ken: Gods awful.
Jim: Yawn.
Chris:  I’d rather sit on the top of a pyramid.

Eddie the Eagle (20th Century Fox) – Biography/Sports/Drama
Rated PG-13 for some suggestive material, partial nudity and smoking
Tag Line: Landing in cinemas April 1
Starring: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Tom Costello, Jr.
Plot: The story of Eddie Edwards, the notoriously tenacious British underdog ski jumper who charmed the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics.
Running Time: 105 minutes

Chris:  A very charming trailer, and certainly a contender…pun very much intended.
Rob: The story of an unlikely Olympian.  I’d watch it for fun and more for my love of an underdog, but not on the big screen.
Ken: What sports fan doesn’t love a good underdog story? And it looks funny to boot.
Jim: Looks like a great, humorous story with the always entertaining Hugh Jackman.

Triple 9 (Open Road Films) – Crime/Thriller
Rated R for strong violence and language throughout, drug use and some nudity
Tag Line: The code on the street is never black and white.
Starring:  Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Woody Harrelson
Plot: A gang of criminals and corrupt cops plan the murder of a police officer in order to pull off their biggest heist yet across town.
Running Time: 115 minutes

Jim: Yawn II
Chris: I love a good cop thriller movie.  And this one appears to be a promising one.
Rob: A decent looking cops & robbers thriller.  Decent doesn’t get me to the big screen though…
Ken: Love me a good heist movie. Pretty loaded cast too.

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (The Weinstein Company)
Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence and brief partial nudity
Tag Line: The past returns with a vengeance.
Starring: Donnie Yen, Michelle Yeoh, Jason Scott Lee
Plot: A story of lost love, young love, a legendary sword and one last opportunity at redemption.
Running Time: 96 minutes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5ixd2ZRRpE
Rob: Limited IMAX release, but nothing near us.  Bummer!  But it’s a Netflix original so I can watch from the comfort of my own home.  Score!  Few films have been as visually stunning  as Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.  Ang Lee delivered a masterpiece in 2001, but can Woo-ping Yuen do the same today?  Michelle Yeoh is reprising her role, so we can expect more amazing martial arts and solid acting on that front.  The trailer definitely has me excited to see if they can deliver once more.
Ken: Yup, what Rob said. I’m surprised that a sequel hadn’t been made before. Getting Netflix was the best decision I’ve ever made.
Jim: The first was one of Ang Lee’s amazing films. Based on the trailer, this looks like it keeps the bar high. Always worth watching Michelle Yeoh, count me in.
Chris:  Time to get all Martial Artsy!

Tickets Purchased:  3 for Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (Jim, Ken, and Rob)…of course, you won’t be paying for any tickets watching it at home on your Netflix! Damn Kids!  1 for Triple 9 (Chris).

Oh, you said Martial....not Marital!
Oh, you said Martial….not Marital!