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Trailer Snark (September 9, 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!

Your trailer snark now comes with more thrills and less fill!  Let’s get right down to it!

Sully (Warner Bros.) – Drama/Biography
Rated PG-13 for some peril and brief strong language
Tag Line: The untold story behind the miracle on the Hudson.
Starring:  Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart
Plot: Story of the man who became a hero after gliding his plane along the water in the Hudson River, saving all of the airplane flights 155 crew and passengers.
Running Time: 95 minutes

Chris: Eastwood and Hanks = Instant Winner
Jessica: If anyone can do this role justice, it’s Hanks. I honestly didn’t realize that the real Sully went through so much after the landing, looks interesting, but a home viewer for me
Ken: Could Tom Hanks be our greatest national treasure? If anyone else was playing the lead, I would have given this a pass.

When the Bough Breaks (Screen Gems) – Drama/Horror/Mystery
Rated PG-13 for violence, sexuality/partial nudity, thematic elements, some disturbing images, and language
Tag Line: She’s carrying more than just a secret.
Starring: Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall
Plot: A surrogate mom for a couple becomes dangerously obsessed with the soon-to-be father.
Running Time: 107 minutes

Ken: Move along. Nothing new to see here.
Chris: I will not brake for this movie.
Jessica: This ground has been mostly well-tred before but it looks like a decent adaptation and it’s Juice from Sons of Anarchy! Again, another one I might check out at home, if I came across it accidentally and went, “Oh yeah, i remember this from Trailer Snark”.

The Disappointments Room (Rogue Pictures) – Drama/Horror/Thriller
Rated R for violent content, bloody images, some sexuality and language
Tag Line: Some mysteries should not be unlocked.
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Lucas Till
Plot: A mother and her young son release unimaginable horrors from the attic of their rural dream home.
Running Time: 92 minutes

Jessica: Anytime a trailer starts with someone saying “Its a new beginning”, you know bad things are about to go down. I got bored during the trailer, I’ll most likely skip this one. It doesn’t look engaging enough to even be a fun kind of scary movie. Just looks like stuff that’s been done before.
Ken: The real disappointments room will be theater screening this movie. Maybe the trailer just wasn’t very effective but it didn’t evoke even the slightest feeling of dread.
Chris: Just what the scary doctor ordered!

The Wild Life (Lionsgate) – Family/Animation
Rated PG for mild action/peril and some rude humor
Tag Line: Adventure’s in full swing.
Starring: Matthias Schweighofer, Kaya Yanar
Plot: A daring parrot recounts how Robinson Crusoe came to be stranded on a tropical island.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Chris: Mildly amusing and may be a nice one to watch at home with my animation loving wife.
Jessica: This did nothing for me whatsoever.
Ken: This has direct to DVD written all over it. If that’s Robinson Crusoe then the ship that wrecked was a slaver ship on a mission to haul slaves across the Atlantic from Africa. Sort of makes it hard to sympathize for the guy.

Other People (Vertical Entertainment) – Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line:  None
Starring:  Molly Shannon, Bradley Whitford
Plot: A struggling comedy writer, fresh off a breakup and in the midst of the worst year of his life, returns to Sacramento to care for his dying mother.
Running Time: 97 minutes

Ken: This looks funny and touching, and Molly Shannon surprised the heck out of me with her dramatic acting chops. That said, this feels like well worn territory but could be worth a rental.
Chris: It’s probably a fantastic Lifetime movie.
Jessica: I have to say, Molly Shannon surprises me here and Jesse Plemons was fantastic on “Friday Night Lights”. I’d watch this, not in the theater, but I’d totally watch this at home and probably laugh/cry.

Kicks (Focus World) – Adventure
Rated R for violence, drug/alcohol use and language throughout, and sexual content – involving teens
Tag Line: They aren’t just shoes.
Starring: Jahking Guillory, Christopher Jordan Wallace
Plot: Brandon is a 15 year old whose dream is a pair of fresh Air Jordans. Soon after he gets his hands on them, they’re stolen by a local hood, causing Brandon and his two friends go on a dangerous mission through Oakland to retrieve them.
Running Time: 80 minutes

Jessica: All I could think of was that movie that I can’t think of the title of that has Jake Gyllenhaal and that dang rabbit, this kid has an astronaut. Interesting looking film, but not interesting enough for me to shell out my hard-earned dollars at the theater.
Ken: Makes me glad I grew up in white-bred suburbia. This looks like a damn fine movie about coming of age in a black urban community in the vein of Boys in the Hood.
Chris: My kids would love this movie…me, not so much.

Come What May (Cohen Media Group) – Drama/War
Rated R for some war violence/bloody images
Tag Line: France, May 1940. Millions abandon all they have. One father searches for all that matters.
Starring: Olivier Gourmet, August Deihl
Plot: In may 1940, the German troops enter France. Frightened by the progress of the enemy, the people of a small village of Pas-de-Calais decide on the recommendations of the prefecture, to give up everything to go on the road, fleeing to the coast.
Running Time: 114 minutes

Chris: I am a sucker for WWII movies, so count me in.  I like that the Germans actually deliver their lines in German.
Jessica: I usually love WWII movies as well, but this one kind of left me a bit blah. Could be a great film, but the trailer was lackluster.
Ken: Yuck, subtitles. I usually watch movies when I’m feeling too lazy to read.

Demon (The Orchard) -Comedy/Horror/Thriller
Rated R for language and some sexuality/nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Itay Tiran, Agnieszka Zulewska
Plot: A bridegroom is possessed by an unquiet spirit in the midst of his own wedding celebration, in this clever take on the Jewish legend of the dybbuk.
Running Time: 94 minutes

Ken: As if it didn’t look creepy enough, the movie’s director hung himself after he completed this film.
Chris: The trailer is sufficiently creepy but The Disappointments Room is all that plus Kate Benckinsale.  Sorry Demon…but you lose.
Jessica: Now this looks intriguing! If I had to choose between the Disappointments movie and this one, I’d hands down go with this one. Using an old world legend in a new world? I’m SOLD. Looks creepy and artsy and as if it’ll make you jump a bit.


Tickets Purchased: One for Demon (Ken), One for Other People (Jessica) and One for The Disappointments Room (Chris)

Molly Shannon cuts a PSA to remind people to use the bathroom before grabbing your theater seat so you don't miss her dramatic turn in Other People!
Molly Shannon cuts a PSA to remind people to use the bathroom before grabbing your theater seat so you don’t miss her dramatic turn in Other People!
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The Front Row View: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Front Row View is a regular column by Great Stories contributor Jim Cannizzaro.  He is a veteran community theater leading man, seasoned blogger, movie enthusiast, and family man. 

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Clint Eastwood is the Coolest Man in Movies. He was never an actor with a lot of range, but with what he could do, no one could touch him. His screen presence was made up of a mix of strange charisma, gruffness and world-weary humor. His lean frame and graceful movements were assets to many a western or action movie. Few films served him better than Sergio Leone’s seminal 1968 western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Leone was a master of the mythic, and he filled this epic with his peerless blend of gunfighter deities (Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef, one of the screens best bad guys), mangy outlaws (Eli Wallach, a well-respected method actor who grabs this role in his teeth and shakes it), gorgeous, stylish photography (Leone only made epics) and music, courtesy of the great Ennio Morricone, that makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up every time. Too many classic sequences to mention all of them, but I’ll note a few. The opening title sequence with Morricone’s iconic theme music. Eastwood’s first appearance with his back to us, then a cut to his front as he tilts his head up, finally revealing his face. Eastwood and Wallach’s excruciating trek across the desert. At the climax, Wallach’s odd tip-toed run through a graveyard that looks to be the size of 10 football fields, with Morricone’s composition “The Ecstasy of Gold” thundering on the soundtrack. And the final standoff between the three gunmen, with Leone s-t-t-t-r-r-r-e-e-t-t-c-c-h-h-ing the suspense as to who’ll draw first. The movie looks great on the Blu-ray that was recently released, but in any format Leone’s movie-making brio and Eastwood’s star power shine through.

-Jim