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Trailer Snark (March 4 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:  There was no stopping the merc with a mouth, as Deadpool spent a third week atop the box office charts, shaking off a pathetic challenge from the second place Gods of Egypt.  Fox scored another $31.5M for their R-rated superhero entry to bring the total domestic haul to $285.6M.  The aforementioned Gods of Egypt took in $14M in its debut.  In third was Kung Fu Panda 3 ($9M/$128.4M).  Fourth place belonged to the Christian drama Risen ($7M/$22.7M) and fifth was the debut of Eddie the Eagle with $6.3M.  Triple 9 could not break the top five and ended up with a $6.1M debut in sixth.  The rest of the top ten went as follows:  How to Be Single ($5.1M/$39.6M), The Witch ($5M/$16.6M), Race ($4.2M/$13.8M), and The Revanant ($3.8M/$170.5M).  So, who are this week’s contenders to Deadpool’s bullet-riddled crown?

Zootopia (Disney) – Family/Animated
Rated PG for some thematic elements, rude humor and action
Tag Line: Welcome to the urban jungle.
Starring: Ginnefer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba
Plot: In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a fugitive con artist fox and a rookie bunny cop must work together to uncover a conspiracy.
Running Time: 108 minutes

Chris: I must admit to being amused with the trailer.  Perhaps it is the mood of the political season, but I feel the need for something light-hearted and innocent.
Ken: I saw an extended trailer for this before Star Wars and I thought it was hysterical. Not a theater experience for me, but I’ll definitely catch this one at home.
Jim: Been laughing at this trailer for months, particularly the Sloth version. A must-see.
Jessica: The sloth cracks me up. I’d watch this on the strength of that alone.
Rob:  I’m all over this!!

London Has Fallen (Gramercy) – Action/Drama
Rated R for strong violence and language throughout
Tag Line: Prepare for bloody hell.
Starring: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman
Plot: In London for the Prime Minister’s funeral, Mike Banning discovers a plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders.
Running Time: 99 minutes

Rob: My interest has fallen.  Possible renter on a rainy day.
Chris: Make this the second straight week Gerard Butler has appeared in a movie I have no interest in.
Ken: I’d rather be waterboarded than suffer through this.
Jim: Olympus Has Fallen was pretty good as Die Hard knockoffs go. Not a lot of surprises here— might be good for a rental where I’m half awake on the couch.
Jessica: The first one was enjoyable, a fun action romp so I’d totally watch this at home, for free. What is up with Butler these days? First Gods of Egypt (gag) and now this? He used to be better than this garbage.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (Paramount) – Comedy/War
Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content, drug use and violent war images
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina
Plot: A journalist recounts her wartime coverage in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Running Time: 112 minutes

Jessica: I love Tina Fey and this look like a good film. Not one for the theater but one I’d watch at home and probably very much enjoy.
Rob: What the f?  Come on.  You all wanted to say it.  But I’m betting only a small number want to see it.
Chris: Could be an entertaining flick on the small screen?  A non-Tina Fey role for Tina Fey.
Ken: Starring Tina Fey as herself in someone else’s true story.
Jim: More entertaining than the stupid trailer from  that Tina Fey movie  with Amy Poehler a couple of months ago. Rental.

The Other Side of the Door (20th Century Fox) – Horror
Rated R for some bloody violence
Tag Line: It was never meant to be opened.
Starring: Sarah Wayne Callies, Jeremy Sisto
Plot: After her young son is killed in a tragic accident, a woman learns of a ritual which will bring him back to say goodbye, but when she disobeys a sacred warning, she upsets the balance between life and death.
Running Time: 96 minutes

Jim: Not even one frame of film that contains something that I haven’t seen in other horror trailers/movies. I felt like it was yawning at me.
Jessica: Of COURSE she opened it. Looks fairly tried and true as far as horror films go. I’ll pass.
Rob: Horror.  Pass.
Chris: Nothing worse than seeing the main character be so monumentally dumb, you want to reach through the screen and shake them.  Pass.
Ken: Horror movies are generally cliche, but this just looks lazy. The lock that bars the doorway to the realm of the dead is a stick?? Come on!

Knight of Cups (Broad Green Pictures) – Drama/Romance
Rated R for some nudity, sexuality and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman
Plot: A writer indulging in all that Los Angeles and Las Vegas has to offer undertakes a search for love and self via a series of adventures with six different women.
Running Time: 118 minutes

Ken: Looks like someone made a feature length film out of an ad for cologne.
Jim: As soon as I can figure out what’s going on in the trailer, I’ll tell you that it’s a Terrence Malick movie and worth seeing.
Jessica: I read about this one and have ZERO interest in watching a self-absorbed man wander through life looking for love. Even if that man used to be my secret husband Christian Bale. I got bored watching the trailer. All set.
Rob: No thanks.
Chris: Is this the most pretentious garbage you have seen this year at Trailer Snark?  I thought so.

Tickets Purchased:  It’s a unanimous decision folks!  Zootopia for President!!!!!!

Can we get Judy Hopps to run for President?
Can we get Judy Hopps to run for President?
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Trailer Snark (November 20, 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: Spectre ruled the box office for a second straight week doing $35.4M in receipts for a total of $130.7M domestically.  Similarly, The Peanuts Movie also held on to its number two position with $24.2M over the weekend and $82.4M overall.  The highest debut came from Love the Coopers in third place with $8.4M.  Matt Damon’s The Martian was in fourth ($6.7M/$207.4M).  The 33 debuted at number five with $5.8M.  The rest of the top ten was as follows:  Goosebumps ($4.6M/$73.4M), Bridge of Spies ($4.2M/$61.6M), Prem Ratan Dhan Payo ($2.4M/$2.4M), Hotel Transylvania 2 ($2.3M/$165.2M), and The Last Witch Hunter ($1.5M/$26M).  What does this weekend hold in store for us moviegoers?  Let’s take a look…..

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part Two (Lionsgate) – Adventure/Sci-Fi
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and for some thematic material
Tag Line: The fire will burn forever.
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Plot: As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts by the Capitol, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance.
Running Time: 137 minutes

Chris: I just don’t get the fascination with this series.  I may see it only because I have a teen kid who loves the films, but consider me kicking and screaming from the car to the front door.
Jim: How can  a series of such exciting books get turned into such dull movies? That killer cast deserves better. The trailer is well made but, most likely, I won’t be saying the same about the movie.
Jessica: I read the books and only felt “meh” about them. They didn’t grab me like everyone else. I am sincerely tired of a love triangle. I find them boring and childish but I guess that’s the world of YA. Regardless, the movies have been OK but I don’t get real excited about seeing them, though I am curious how they wrap up the series so I’m sure I’ll see this, just not in the theater.
Rob: Looks entertaining, but I’d have to watch the prior movies before it.  I think I only saw the first one.
Ken: Love J Law but the first Hunger Games just didn’t capture my imagination. Might wait until they are all out on demand and binge watch it.

The Night Before (Columbia Pictures) – Comedy
Rated R for drug use and language throughout, some strong sexual content and graphic nudity
Tag Line: Bringing joy to the world.
Starring: Seth Rogen, James Franco, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anthony Mackie, Lizzy Caplan, Jillian BellPlot: On Christmas eve, three lifelong friends, two of whom are Jewish, spend the night in New York City looking for the Holy Grail of Christmas parties.
Running Time: 101 minutes

Ken: That looked funny and it incorporated all of the major holidays, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza. Could be a Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza classic for years to come.
Chris: Seth Rogen giving the creepy looks in the limo made me laugh.  Good for a renter I am sure.
Jim: there’s just never enough Seth Rogen. Count me in.
Jessica: Oh, I’m so in. This kind of stuff makes me laugh. I enjoy Rogen and the other guys should be fun as well and I’m a sucker for a funny Christmas movie.
Rob: Funny rental or Netflix film.  Not something I’d see on the big screen.

Secret in Their Eyes (STX Entertainment) – Mystery/Thriller
Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving disturbing violent content, language and some sexual references
Tag Line: Don’t look closer.
Starring: Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Plot: A tight-knit team of rising investigators, along with their supervisor, is suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered.
Running Time: 111 minutes

Rob: Aside from the fact that a child is killed the movie looks very good.  Plus it has Nicole Kidman.  Hello Nurse!
Ken: Snooze. It had me for a second but pretty soon after…  Great cast though, might see some powerful performances.
Chris: Looks like my kind of thriller.  Great cast, and an effective trailer!
Jim: Movie certainly looks well-made and engrossing, but I have to admit that I’m tired of getting pummeled by trailers that try to get my attention.
Jessica: I hate the title of this movie but it’s PACKED with stars. I would check it out.

Legend (Universal Pictures) – Bio/Crime/Thriller
Rated R for strong violence, language throughout, some sexual and drug material
Tag Line: Love. Fight. Live. Rule like a legend.
Starring: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning
Plot: The film tells the story of the identical twin gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray, two of the most notorious criminals in British history, and their organized crime empire in the East End of London during the 1960s.
Running Time: 131 minutes

Jessica: Oh Tom Hardy. TWO Tom Hardy’s? I’m in love with this movie already.
Rob: Meh.  60’s crime thriller based in London.  Pass.
Ken: That looked like good fun, dinnit? Had a bit of the classic Guy Ritchie feel to it. Best YouTube Comment:  i wasn’t interested in the movie when i saw Tom Hardy in it, then i realized that Tom Hardy was in it.  Now I’m sold.
Chris: I don’t know.  I am probably going to be in the minority on this one, but this gangster flick does nothing for me. I do like Chazz Palminteri.
Jim: Think this has been made before as The Krays, back about 1990. Trailer looks good enough,  but not enough to send me running to the theater.

Carol (Weinstein Company) – Drama/Romance
Rated R for a scene of sexuality/nudity and brief language
Tag Line: Some people change your life forever.
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler
Plot: Set in 1950s New York, a department-store clerk who dreams of a better life falls for an older, married woman.
Running Time: 118 minutes

Jessica: I’m intrigued for sure and Cate Blanchett is a personal fave of mine.
Rob: Looks good, but again not a big screen type of film in my book.
Ken: I’m digging the 50’s vibe and Blanchett is a fave of mine as well.
Chris: A married couple’s relationship threatened by another woman.  I don’t know.  Looks a bit too Lifetime for me….
Jim: Stylish-looking and Cate Blanchett is great, but I’m with Chris—too Lifetime-ish.

#Horror (IFC Midnight) – Horror/Mystery
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Sadie Seelert, Haley Murphy, Timothy Hutton
Plot: Inspired by actual events, a group of 12 year old girls face a night of horror when the compulsive addiction of an online social media game turns a moment of cyber bullying into a night of insanity.
Running Time: 101 minutes

Jim: Not a lot that I haven’t seen before in a horror trailer, but creepy enough to look interesting.
Jessica: No. A thousand times no. The trailer was boring and unoriginal so I can only imagine the movie is the same.
Rob: #SkippedtheTrailer #NoInterest
Ken: #Horrible . They flashed like 10 names across the screen at the end. I didn’t recognize any of them, but I admittedly don’t watch a lot of movies.
Chris: Stylish horror genre picture from actress turned director Tara Subkoff.  It actually looks pretty intriguing and creepy from my perspective.  Could be a good one to catch curled up in bed on a cold night.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for The Night Before (Jessica and Jim), one for Secret in Their Eyes (Chris), one for Legend (Ken), and Rob continues buying up all of the pre-sale Force Awakens tickets he can find.

The opposite of Rogen and Company's prayers.  And we all hope they are answered!
The opposite of Rogen and Company’s prayers. And we all hope they are answered!

 

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Trailer Snark (October 16, 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: Matt Damon’s The Martian once again claims the top spot this past week with an additional $37M added to its $108.7M total.  The animated Sandler sequel Hotel Transylvania also managed to stay in its second place spot with $20.5M and $116.8M overall.  The debuting Pan came in third amidst mediocre reviews with $15.5M.  The Intern was bumped one spot to fourth ($8.6M/$49.5M).  Sicario took fifth ($7.3M/$26.7M).  The rest of the list lacked any surprises or new debuts and was as follows:  Maze Runner: Scorch Trials ($5.2M/$70.6M), The Walk ($3.6M/$6.3M), Black Mass ($3.1M/$57.5M), Everest ($3M/$38.2M), and The Visit ($2.4M/$61M).  Let’s see who the contenders are this week……

Goosebumps (Columbia) – Action/Comedy/Adventure
Rated PG for scary and intense creature action and images, and for some rude humor
Tag Line: The stories are alive.
Starring: Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush
Plot: A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R.L. Stine after the writer’s imaginary demons are set free on the town of Greendale, Maryland.
Running Time: 103 minutes

Chris: We have Jack Black as the curmudgeon gatekeeper/author of every Goosebump ever written and about the be unleashed on humanity.  I was actually pleasantly surprised by the trailer, with an assist from low expectation.
Jessica: Didn’t read the books, don’t care about the movie.
Ken: Is Jack Black supposed to be playing R.L. Stein? I read a lot of Goosebumps as a child and I only felt the slightest twinge of nostalgia.

Crimson Peak (Legendary Pictures) – Drama/Fantasy/Horror
Rated R for bloody violence, some sexual content and brief strong language
Tag Line: Beware.
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston
Plot: In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers.
Running Time: 119 minutes

Ken: The visuals look amazing. And who doesn’t like a good haunted house story around Halloween?
Chris: Guillermo del Toro is a true artist (see Pan’s Labrynth as evidence).  This looks to be a clear winner by my eyes and ears.  If you like stylistic horror, look no further.
Jessica: I love me some Guillermo so I’m in! I love a good spooky flick, plus it has Loki and Jax!

Bridge of Spies (Disney) – Biography/Drama/History
Rated PG-13 for some violence and brief strong language
Tag Line: In a world on the brink the difference between war and peace was one honest man.
Starring: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda
Plot: An American lawyer is recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to help rescue a pilot detained in the Soviet Union.
Running Time: 141 minutes

Jessica: What? I fell asleep again. BORING.
Ken: A lot of marquee names on this one: Spielberg, Hanks and the Coen brothers. I’ll check it out when it comes to streaming.
Chris: Spielberg and Hanks are at it again.  This time tackling the Cold War between the us and the Soviets.  Good timing as the Russian bear seems to be rising again to fill the world power vacuum.  Definitely has my attention.

Truth (Sony Pictures Classic) – Biography/Drama
Rated R for language and a brief nude photo
Tag Line: None
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Tpher Grace, Dennis Quaid, Bruce Greenwood
Plot: Newsroom drama detailing the 2004 CBS 60 Minutes report investigating then-President George W. Bush’s military service, and the subsequent firestorm of criticism that cost anchor Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes their careers.
Running Time: 121 minutes

Chris: Docu-drama on the forged military service documents of President George W Bush.  Apologist piece or objective presentation?  Who knows…maybe I will catch it on the small screen?
Jessica: This looks really fascinating, stellar, star-packed cast and an intriguing story about fighting the good fight and asking the hard questions. Totally want to see this.
Ken: I think I’m digging this movie’s message, but let’s just all take a moment and acknowledge that G. W. should never have been president in the first place.

Room (A24) – Drama
Rated R for language
Tag Line: Love knows no boundaries.
Starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, William H Macy
Plot: After 5-year old Jack and his Ma escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery: the outside world.
Running Time: 118 minutes

Ken: Looks like a good story that doesn’t interest me.
Chris: An escape to the real world?  I am not sure what this movie is really about from the trailer, but it looks like it wants to pull the heart strings.
Jessica: Looks intriguing. I’d totally check this out at home.

Woodlawn (PureFlix Cinema) – Drama
Rated PG for thematic elements including some racial tension/violence
Tag Line: One hope.  One truth. One way.
Starring: Caleb Castille, Sean Astin, Jon Voight
Plot: A gifted high school football player must learn to embrace his talent and his faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the field.
Running Time: 123 minutes

Jessica: Looks like an uplifting story about acceptance and faith. I’d check this out at home and I do have mad love for Samwise Gamgee.
Ken: Sean Astin needs to stop doing football movies. Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!
Chris: Faith-based football movie dealing with racism in the Deep South (a popular subject of film-making) in the early 70’s…..actually looks pretty good.  I kind of dig football movies.

Momentum (Starz Digital Media) – Action/Thriller
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Olga Kurylenko, James Purefoy, Morgan Freeman
Plot: Alex, a mysterious thief, is pulled in by her former partner for one last heist. She quickly finds it was never just about the diamonds. A brutal murder sparks a cat and mouse chase between…
Running Time: 96 minutes

Chris: Olga Kurylenko does non-Bond action thriller.  This one looks a bit more hard core than the shaken, not stirred English gentleman variety action film.
Jessica: Eh. This didn’t do a whole lot for me. Though, on an interesting note, I did a transcription of an interview between the director of this movie (it’s his first film. he has been Clint Eastwood’s main cameraman for YEARS), seems like a really passionate film guy, gotta respect that.
Ken: There’s just something about foreign accents that makes bad dialogue in action films bearable.

Tickets Purchased:  Three for Crimson Peak

It's that time of fear...er, we mean year!
It’s that time of fear…er, we mean year!