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!
Dunkirk (Warner Bros) – Action/War/Drama
Rated PG-13 for intense war experience and some language
Tag Line: Surrounded.
Starring: Fionn Whitehead, Aneurin Barnard, Tom Hardy
Plot: Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.
Running Time: 106 minutes
Rob: I am have soft spot movie about that era. Maybe the only subject in history class I ever did well at. I need know if they’ll make it off the beach. Chris: Probably my most anticipated movie of the summer, next to Spider-Man. An epic true story of the Greatest Generation’s sacrifice for a better world.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (STX Entertainment) – Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action, suggestive material and brief language
Tag Line: A universe without boundaries needs heroes without limits.
Starring: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen
Plot: A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.
Running Time: 137 minutes
Chris: I am ashamed to say I am unfamiliar with the comic series. But in spite of Luc Besson’s talents, I felt like I was watching a video game trailer and not a real movie. This one might just have to wait. Rob: With all of the SiFi movies coming out, this one looks to be the most fun and most beautiful visual effects. I’ve actually been waiting for this one to come out.
Girls Trip (Universal Pictures) – Comedy
Rated R for crude and sexual content throughout, pervasive language, brief graphic nudity, and drug material
Tag Line: You’ll be glad you came.
Starring: Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett-Smith
Plot: When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.
Running Time: 122 minutes
Rob: This looks like a funny movie. Not my choice for the big screen though and maybe if its on TV on one of the wife’s channels that she watches. Chris: Ummm….R Kelly is going to love this one! OK, that was uncalled for.
Landline (Amazon) – Comedy
Rated R for sexual content, language and drug use
Tag Line: 1995. When people were harder to reach.
Starring: Jenny Slate, Jay Duplass
Plot: In 1995, a teenager living with her sister and parents in Manhattan discovers that her father is having an affair.
Running Time: 93 minutes
Chris: “Take a better look cool guy. I’m a California Raisin.” LOL. Yeah, this one looks good….even to this 80’s kid. Rob: Amazon is doing some a amazing things with the movies they’re putting out. It seems like they’re going with the joy and heart breaks of being a regular family back in 1995. Back in the good old days. (yes folks from the 80’s, I’m a 90’s kid).
Tickets Purchased: Two for Dunkirk and One for Valerian
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: It was Suicide Squad and then everyone else this week. DC’s latest took in $135M at the box office to claim ultimate supremacy. Jason Bourne was second with $22M to add to its $103.4M total. Bad Moms came in with $14.2M and just over $50M total since its release. The Secret Life of Pets was fourth with $11.5M/$319M. Star Trek Beyond claimed fifth with $10.2M/$127.9M. The rest of the top ten went as follows: Nine Lives $6.5M/NEW, Lights Out ($6M/$54.7M), Nerve ($4.9M/$26.8M), Ghostbusters ($4.8M/$116.7M), and Ice Age ($4.3M/$53.5M). Let’s take a look at the new entries…..
Pete’s Dragon (Walt Disney) – Family/Adventure
Rated PG for action, peril and brief language
Tag Line: Some secrets are too big to keep.
Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford
Plot: The adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon.
Running Time: 102 minutes
Jessica: Looks interesting, but I never saw the original so I’m so-so on seeing it. Jim: never saw the original, looks like another fantasy CGI retread. Bonus points for having Bryce Dallas Howard in it, though. Rob: Pretty sure the original came out the same year Star Wars did. Yep, way back in 1977. I’m kind of tired of the whole Hollywood just redoes the classics thing, but that won’t stop me from this guilty pleasure. I loved this film when I was a kid, and besides what kid didn’t imagine having a pet dragon at some point? I sure as heck did. Ken: Disney’s had success updating their classic animated features into live action movies. I remember renting the original on VHS from the public library as a child, so the nostalgia is definitely there for me. Chris: Disney success written all over it, and all the kids will be asking their parents for their own dragon this Christmas.
Florence Foster Jenkins (Paramount) – Biography/Comedy/Drama
Rated PG-13 for brief suggestive material.
Tag Line: The inspiring true story of the world’s worst singer.
Starring: Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant
Plot: The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.
Running Time: 110 minutes
Chris: One of the reasons I don’t watch American Idol. Jessica: Eh. Jim: Meryl and Hugh make it look interesting, possible rental. Rob: Not in a million years, well ok maybe if her nephew Leeroy was the focus of the film. At least he has chicken. Ken: Speaking as someone who loves to sing but can’t carry a tune with a bucket, I can totally relate to this character. Singing isn’t just about having a beautiful voice, it’s about heart. Just ask Bob Dylan.
Sausage Party (Columbia) – Comedy
Rated R for strong crude sexual content, pervasive language, and drug use
Tag Line: Watch what you eat.
Starring: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, and James Franco
Plot: A sausage strives to discover the truth about his existence.
Running Time: 89 minutes
Ken: This movie has been on my radar for months. The trailer is laugh out loud funny, and there’s an R-rated trailer that is even better. Chris: I used have dreams like this when I was a kid. Jessica: This looks freakin’ hilarious. Not sure I’d see it in a theater, but I’ll definitely be catching this when it’s on streaming. Jim: NOW we’re cookin’! Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd are involved, I’m in! Rob: Looks like a good rental for laughs.
Hell or High Water (CBS Films) – Comedy/Drama
Rated R for some strong violence, language throughout and brief sexuality
Tag Line: Blood always follows money.
Starring: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges
Plot: A divorced dad and his ex-con brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family’s farm in West Texas.
Running Time: 102 minutes
Rob: Maybe down the road on Netflix, but probably not. Too many better choices. Ken: This trailer impressed the heck out of me. Great cast, compelling plot and lots of gunfights and explosions. Chris: Probably a solid film, but does not move me to really want to see it. Ben Foster is a great actor, though. Jessica: Ben Foster, Chis Pine and Jeff FLIPPIN Bridges??? I am SOLD. Jim: Nice cast, looks like a good one.
Anthropoid (Bleecker Street Media) – History/Thriller
Rated R for violence and some disturbing images
Tag Line: Resistance has a code name.
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan, Toby Jones
Plot: Based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the WWII mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution and the Reich’s third in command after Hitler and Himmler.
Running Time: 120 minutes
Jessica: I droned off during the trailer, pass. Jim: Yeah, I kinda checked out during the trailer, too. Rob: WWII assassination plot. Could be ok I suppose, but not on the big screen. Ken: I’m always down to hunt Nazis. Chris: This one looks fantastic! The similarly themed Valkyrie with Tom Cruise was awesome, and to get more story about German patriots calls to me.
Operation Chromite (Taewon Entertainment) – Historical/Drama
Tag Line: None
Starring: Liam Neeson, Jung-jae Lee
Plot: A squad of soldiers fight in the Korean War’s crucial Battle of Incheon.
Running Time: 115 minutes
Chris: I wanted this trailer to be better than it was. Jessica: I got bored and turned the trailer off. Pass again. Jim: Always good to see and hear Liam Neeson, but this looks like another by-the-numbers war flick. Rob: 5000:1 odds really aren’t that impressive when you have Liam Neeson on your side. Haven’t you seen Taken!? Ken: Not sure what’s going on here, but you can bet that Liam Neeson’s going to be bad-ass.
Edge of Winter (Vertical Entertainment) – Drama/Thriller
Rated R for language and some violence
Tag Line: Nothing is more dangerous than a father’s love.
Starring: Tom Holland, Joel Kinnaman
Plot: When two brothers are stranded by a brutal winter storm with an unpredictable father they barely know, the boys begin to suspect their supposed protector may be their biggest threat.
Running Time: 89 minutes
Ken: Thrills and chills and I think someone kills. Chris: Riveting trailer….the road to hell was paved with good intentions, they say. Jessica: I enjoy Joel K. quite a bit after seeing his talents on “The Killing”, didn’t love him in the “Robocop” remake but did enjoy him (for the most part) in “Suicide Squad”, I’d check this out at home. Jim: Looks intense. Rob: Stranded in a cabin with a father they don’t know and he’s probably a total psycho. Pass. Heck, even Cersei Lannister puts her kids above all else.
Ghost Team (The Orchard) – Comedy
Rated PG-13 for language including some sexual references, and drug material
Tag Line: Paranormal investigation. No experience necessary.
Starring: Jon Heder, Justin Long
Plot: A paranormal-obsessed man mounts his own investigation into the beyond with his depressed best friend, misfit nephew, a cable access medium and an overeager security guard.
Running Time: 83 minutes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O65BJtQ-ROk Rob: Doesn’t look funny enough for even a rental. Ken: Looks terrifyingly awful. Chris: Seems about as funny Napolean Dynamite, which is to say…..Not at all. Jessica: Some funny people here, cheesy trailer, but that might mean it’s comic brilliance, or utter tripe. Not sure yet on this one. Jim: Seconding JL again here—funny people, not -so-impressive trailer, but it could be intentional. Might be worth a look.
Tickets Purchased: Three for Sausage Party (Jim, Jessica, and Ken), One for Pete’s Dragon (Rob) and One for Anthropoid (Chris)