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Trailer Snark (July 29, 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: Star Trek Beyond took tops in the Box Office fight this week with $59.6M in receipts.  Secret Life of Pets dropped to second with $29.3M to add to its $260.7M overall.  Ghostbusters was third ($21.6M/$86.8M) and just ahead of the fourth place debut of horror movie Lights Out ($21.6M).  Ice Age: Collision Course managed fifth with $21M, but its audience was fragmented with two other major hit animated films.  Finding Dory was still doing nice business in sixth ($7.2M/$460.1M).  The rest of the top ten went as follows:  Legend of Tarzan ($6.4M/$115.8M), Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates ($4.4M/$40.3M), Hillary’s America ($3.7M), and The Infiltrator ($3.2M/$12.2M).  Let’s check out this week’s new cinematic fare!

Jason Bourne (Universal) – Action/Thriller
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and brief strong language
Tag Line:  You know his name.
Starring:  Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Julia Stiles
Plot: The most dangerous former operative of the CIA is drawn out of hiding to uncover hidden truths about his past.
Running Time: 123 minutes

Jessica: I tried really hard to care about the Bourne movies but I just don’t so I’ll be skipping this one.
Ken: Love this franchise. Smart, cool and action packed, Bourne is the American Bond.
Chris: The talented Mr. Bourne runs wild again.  I like the films, though this has never been one of my favorite series.  Think I will wait for the small screen.

Bad Moms (STX Entertainment) – Comedy
Rated R for sexual material, full frontal nudity, language throughout, and drug and alcohol content.
Tag Line: Party like a mother.
Starring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christina Applegate
Plot: When three overworked and under-appreciated moms are pushed beyond their limits, they ditch their conventional responsibilities for a jolt of long overdue freedom, fun, and comedic self-indulgence.
Running Time: 101 minutes

Chris:  OK, that was amusing.
Jessica: I saw a trailer for this awhile back and thought it looked hysterical. Not being a mom, but knowing quite a few, I think this will really resonate. Not to mention, it looks pretty dang funny.
Ken: Moms I’d Like to Watch

Nerve (Lionsgate) – Crime/Mystery
Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving dangerous and risky behavior, some sexual content, language, drug content, drinking and nudity-all involving teens
Tag Line: Are you a watcher or a player?
Starring:  Emma Roberts, Dave Franco
Plot: A high school senior finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of “watchers.”
Running Time: 96 minutes

Ken: How much cash do we win if we sit through this steaming pile of hot garbage?
Chris:  I remember watching this movie when it was good and it was named The Game with Michael Douglas.
Jessica: Nope. All set with this boring millennial BS.

Equity (Broad Street Pictures) – Drama
Rated R for language throughout
Tag Line: On Wall Street, not all players are created equal.
Starring: Anna Gun, Jame Purefoy
Plot: Senior investment banker Naomi Bishop is threatened by a financial scandal and must untangle a web of corruption.
Running Time: 100 minutes

Jessica: You know, a movie about money and banking sounds tiresome to me, but the star power (I love Anna G from “Breaking Bad”) makes it seem pretty interesting. I’d watch this at home for sure. Not to mention, I love the idea of women really stepping into their power (shocking as a feminist).
Ken: This movie is like my checking account. It gives me almost no interest.
Chris: Screamed TV movie to me, so that is how I will see this one.

Indignation (Roadside Attractions) – Drama
Rated R for sexual content and some language
Tag Line: Based on the novel by Phillip Roth
Starring: Sarah Gadon, Logan Lerman
Plot: In 1951, Marcus, a working-class Jewish student from New Jersey, attends a small Ohio college, where he struggles with sexual repression and cultural disaffection, amid the ongoing Korean War.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Chris:  Ding Ding Ding….looks like a winner folks!
Jessica: Intriguing. Interesting. Home viewing.
Ken: Very effective trailer. Enough to get you interested but not enough to give away the game. Well done, I may catch this at home.

Tallulah (Netflix) – Comedy/Drama/Romance
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Ellen Page, Zachary Quinto, Uzo Aduba
Plot: Desperate to be rid of her toddler, a dissatisfied Beverly Hills housewife hires a stranger to babysit and ends up getting much more than she bargained for.
Running Time: 111 minutes

Ken: I’m really digging the premise and Ellen Page is one of my favorites.
Chris:  Really not feeling this one.  I still think you rock, Netflix!
Jessica: I adore Ellen Page AND Alison Janney so I will be watching this for sure.

Tickets Purchased:  One for Bad Moms (Jessica), One for Jason Bourne ( Ken), and One for Indignation (Chris)

"My boy is better than those awful mothers!"
“My boy is better than those awful mothers!”
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Trailer Snark (July 31st Theatrical Releases)

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!

Before we tell you about last week’s Box Office results, the team would like to give a shout out to our friend Jim (Front Row View) who has not blogged with us for a few weeks due to having surgery.  We are pleased to report that his recovery is going very well and we hope to have him back with us soon!  Thanks for joining us in wishing him a continued speedy recovery!

Last Week:  Ant-Man dominated the box office for the second week in a row ($25 million for a total of $106 million), fending off a challenge from Adam Sandler’s Pixels (debuting with $24 million), while Minions proved its staying power with a strong third place (adding $22 million for a total of $262 million).  And Rob has still not gone to see it!  Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck was in fourth bringing its two week total to just over $61milliion, and Southpaw took the number five slot with a $16.5 million haul in its debut week.  The teen drama Paper Towns was in sixth ($12.5 million).  Inside Out (now over $320 million), Jurassic World (now over $628 million), Mr. Holmes (just over $6 million), and Terminator: Genisys (just over $85 million) rounded out the top ten.  And now for this week’s releases……

Vacation (New Line Cinema) – Comedy
Rated R for crude and sexual content and language throughout, and brief graphic nudity
Tag Line: What could go wrong?
Starring:  Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chevy Chase, Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann, Beverly D’Angelo
Plot: Rusty Griswold takes his own family on a road trip to “Walley World” in order to spice things up with his wife and reconnect with his sons.
Running Time: 99 minutes

Jessica: I’ll admit, I was skeptical at first but the trailer has me laughing (I mean, Thor alone cracked me up for a few good minutes) and I do enjoy Ed Helms. I’ll definitely be seeing this one.
Chris: Looks like some goofy fung…I mean fun.
Ken: Rusty Griswald following in his old man’s legacy. I was really enjoying the trailer until that last scene. That was just too gross. Yuck, Chevy Chase.
Rob:  I am on vacation with Vacation. (Rob unreachable for further comments..<snicker>)

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (Paramount) – Action
Rated PG-13 for sequences of action and violence, and brief partial nudity
Tag Line: Go rogue.
Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames
Plot: Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.
Running Time: 131 minutes

Ken: I’ve never been a huge fan of the MI series so this is a pass, although they almost had me with the flute gun.
Chris: I was also one of those who could not stand the first one, but this series has gotten progressively better in my opinion.  Hoping they can continue that trend….the outlook is promising.
Jessica: I’ll admit, I think the first few MI movies are dull as dirt (actually, they might be duller than dirt) but the last one was a lot of fun and this one looks to be just as fun and hey, Tom Cruise REALLY did hang off that plane while it flew, pretty bad ass if you ask me!

Listen to Me Marlon (Passion Pictures) – Documentary/Biography
Not Rated
Tag Line:  The definitive Brando in his own words.
Starring:  Marlon Brando
Plot: A documentary that utilizes hundreds of hours of audio that Marlon Brandon recorded over the course of his life to tell the screen legend’s story.
Running Time:  95 minutes

Chris: I recognize that Marlon Brando is a Hollywood icon, but I just don’t much care for this behind the scenes introspection.  I don’t think anyone on this blog team is pretentious enough to make this their pick of the week.  😉
Ken: I’m not a film buff and my exposure to Brando is limited to his later work like Apocalypse Now and The Godfather. Still I’ve always been curious about the man many consider one of the greatest American actors. Looks interesting enough, could be a contender.
Jessica: A fascinating look into a fascinating man.

Best of Enemies (Magnolia) – Documentary/History
Rated R for some sexual content/nudity and language
Tag Line: Buckley vs. Vidal. 2 Men. 10 Debates. Television Would Never Be The Same.
Starring: William F. Buckley Jr., Gore Vidal
Plot: A documentary on the series of televised debates in 1968 between the liberal Gore Vidal and the conservative William F. Buckley Jr.
Running Time: 87 minutes

Ken: Two opposing cultural ideologies going head to head during one of the most tumultuous periods in US history. Another good history lesson.  
Jessica: Oh my gosh, this looks wildly entertaining and informative. Totally into it.
Chris: At the risk of sounding like a hypocrite, considering my thoughts on celebrity voyeurism, I admit to being very intrigued by the real life relationship between Gore Vidal and William Buckley.  The narrators of political history unfolding before us in the 1960
tumults and beyond.

The End of the Tour (A24) – Drama
Rated R for language including some sexual references
Tag Line:  Imagine the greatest conversation you’ve ever had.
Starring: Jason Segal, Jesse Eisenberg, Anna Chlumsky, Joan Cusack, and Ron Livingston
Plot: The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, ‘Infinite Jest.’
Running Time: 106 minutes

Jessica: As an author myself this one really appeals to me AND I have mad love for Jason Segal. This looks like a  story that’s been told loads of times but the actors are engaging and the story looks good.
Ken: Insightful, honest and devastatingly tragic. I didn’t know this movie existed until now but I desperately need to see it.
Chris: Seems that Segal and Eisenberg boast some real nice chemistry from the trailer.  Could be good.

A Lego Brickumentary (RADiUS-TWC) – Documentary
Rated G
Tag Line:  N/A
Starring: Jason Bateman
Plot: A look at the global culture and appeal of the LEGO building-block toys.
Running Time: 93 minutes

Chris: I run a pop culture company.  How could this not be required viewing?  Just maybe not in the theater.
Ken: Legos, the original Minecraft. I love that Jason Bateman is the narrator and wonder if he got cast because of his “twenty miles to Lego Land” line from Arrested Development.
Jessica: Oh heck yeah! Having lived with little boys who LOVE Lego’s I would love to watch something all about LEGO’s, totally in.

Tickets Purchased:  2 tickets for Vacation (Jessica and Rob), 1 ticket for Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (Chris), and 1 ticket for The End of the Tour (Ken)

Grumpy Jonathan Toews cat, FTW!
Grumpy Jonathan Toews cat, FTW!

What will you be seeing in theaters this weekend?
-The Great Stories Team