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Trailer Snark (February 10, 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, Rob from Spector for Hire, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

The Lego Batman Movie (Warner Bros) – Animated/Family
Rated PG for rude humor and some action
Tag Line: Checkin’ out these sick beats
Starring: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes
Plot: Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted.
Running Time: 104 minutes

Jessica:  I thought the Lego Movie was hilarious so I have hopes that this one will be too. The previews crack me up!
Chris: One superhero movie I won’t be seeing in the theater.  I’d rather walk barefoot on the whole cast.

Fifty Shades Darker (Universal) – Drama/Romance
Rated R for strong erotic sexual content, some graphic nudity, and language
Tag Line: Slip into something a shade darker
Starring:  Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson
Plot: While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her.
Running Time: 118 minutes

Chris: Probably the only thing more torturous than walking barefoot across the lego movie cast would be watching this pile of garbage.
Jessica: I detested the first book, the movie was moderately better (which is NOT saying much) and I have ZERO interest in seeing this though I suspect Frankie will trick me into it at some point. We’ll never pay movie ticket prices for this load of blah.

John Wick: Chapter 2 (Lionsgate) –  Action/Crime/Thriller
Rated R for strong violence throughout, some language and brief nudity.
Tag Line: None
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Ruby Rose, Lawrence Fishburne
Plot: After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.
Running Time: 122 minutes

Jessica: LOVED the first one! Can’t wait to catch the sequel!
Chris: I still have not seen the first movie, but this one looks like a fun night at the theater.  Perhaps a little double feature Blu-Ray showing of the original coupled with a big screen Keanu how do you do?

A United Kingdom (Fox Searchlight) – Biography/Drama/Romance
Rated PG-13 for some language including racial epithets and a scene of sensuality
Tag Line: None
Starring: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike
Plot: Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana causes an international stir when he marries a white woman from London in the late 1940s.
Running Time: 111 minutes

Chris: I have been watching The Crown on Netflix lately…similar type material, and I am a fan of Rosamund Pike.  More likely a small screen candidate though.
Jessica: Oh this is right up my alley. Love the cast and the message behind it is so very important. This looks fantastic.

Tickets purchased:  Two for John Wick: Chapter 2!

You killed his dog....prepare to die
You killed his dog….prepare to die
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Trailer Snark (February 12, 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: Kung Fu Panda 3 reigned supreme for a second straight week with $21M added to its $69.2M domestic haul thus far.  The Coen Brothers latest, Hail Caesar took second place with $11.3M in its debut.  The Force Awakens edged out The Revenant for third place with $6.97M($906M overall) while the DiCaprio thriller took in $6.93M($149.5M overall) for fourth.  The Choice, Nicholas Sparks’ latest novel to movie, placed fifth in its debut with $6M.  And Pride and Prejudice and Zombies fell in just behind with a $5.3M opening (maybe the zombie craze is subsiding?).  The rest of the top ten was as follows:  Finest Hours ($4.8M/$18.4M), Ride Along 2 ($4.5M/$77.2M), The Boy ($4M/$26.8M), and Dirty Grandpa ($4M/$29.3M).  And now on to this week’s new entries……

Deadpool (Fox) – Action/Comedy
Rated R for strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity
Tag Line:  With great power comes great irresponsibility.
Starring:  Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller
Plot: A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopting the alter ego Deadpool.
Running Time: 108 minutes

Ken: The self-referential dig at Ryan Reynold’s Green Lantern movies was fantastic. Let’s break down some fourth walls! Get well soon DMX. Who else gonna give it to us?
Rob: Oh Hells Yeah!  This flick is full of win.  Plus, we get Colossus.  Hands down my pick of the week.
Jessica: All about this one this week!! I think it might even be what my Valentine and I go see this weekend.
Jim: A little TOO much snark (hey, nice word) in the trailer (another nice word), but Reynolds is almost always entertaining (points lost for Green Lantern). I always look forward to flicks that send up the superhero movies (such as Super or Antman).
Chris: A comic book movie made decidedly for adults.  Don’t take the kids, because this is going to be the theatrical equivalent of Cards Against Humanity, and I’m going to love every minute of it.

Zoolander 2 (Paramount) – Comedy
Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, a scene of exaggerated violence, and brief strong language
Tag Line: Long time, No Z.
Starring:  Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Penelope Cruz, Olivia Munn
Plot: Derek and Hansel are modelling again when an opposing company attempts to take them out from the business.
Running Time: 102 minutes

Chris:  I actually thought the first one was truly unfunny (except for the gas station scene).  Maybe I will give it a chance on Netflix.  Great cast though.
Ken: I’m probably the minority but I didn’t love the first Zoolander. I thought it had some funny moments but on the whole it was just beyond absurd. This looks about the same.
Rob: Disinterested in the original and more disinterested in this one.
Jessica: I LOVED the first one and am very excited about this sequel. I realize I may be disappointed but I have hope people. Hope that Blue Steel will make me laugh once again.
Jim: Disappointing trailer for a sequel to a funny movie. I’ll give it a go on video.

How to be Single (Warner Bros) – Comedy/Romance
Rated R for sexual content and strong language throughout
Tag Line: Welcome to the party
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Damon Wayans Jr, Leslie Mann
Plot: New York City is full of lonely hearts seeking the right match, and what Alice, Robin, Lucy, Meg, Tom and David all have in common is the need to learn how to be single in a world filled with ever-evolving definitions of love.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Jim: She was amusing enough in Bridesmaids, but now it’s become obvious that Rebel Wilson’s repeating that schtick in every movie that she’s in. I liked Dakota  Johnson in the otherwise forgettable 50 Shades of Grey. If she had a better co-star here, I might’ve been  interested.
Chris: Not even sure I’d see this on the small screen.  Pass.
Ken: Rebel Wilson is a riot. Not a big screener for me though, probably a small.
Rob: Looks like a rental to me.  No real big screen potential even with the Valentine’s Day weekend release.
Jessica: It’s a total cliche but I really do enjoy Rebel Wilson so I’d watch this at home.

Where to Invade Next (IMG Films) – Documentary
Rated R for language, some violent images, drug use and brief graphic nudity
Tag Line: Michael Moore’s most dangerous comedy
Starring:  Michael Moore
Plot: To learn what the USA can learn from other nations, Michael Moore playfully “invades” them to see what they have to offer.
Running Time: 119 minutes
Jessica: I enjoy Moore’s movies. While I realize his is just one side of a bigger story, he makes movies that are easily digestible and make you think. Definitely something I’ll check out.
Jim: Not my wallet.
Chris: Michael Moore’s finest contribution to cinema is still Team America….&^%$ Yeah!
Ken: Moore’s previous movies were huge downers, exposing how prevalent injustice and tragedy has become in America. I liked this trailer because he’s going out and finding the good and righteous that currently exists in the world.
Rob: Michael Moore documentary.  Pass.

Of Mind and Music (Monterey Media) – Drama/Music
Rated PG – 13 for thematic elements, drug references and some suggestive material
Tag Line: None
Starring: Joaquim de Almeida, Ruth Negga, Bill Cobbs
Plot: A story about a beautiful street musician suffering from memory loss and a disheartened neuroscientist intent on helping her, bringing together the city of New Orleans and the jazz that made it famous.
Running Time: 98 minutes

Rob: Looks like it has some soul.  Will check it out down the road from RedBox.
Jessica: Interesting, I’d watch this at home.
Jim: Looks heartfelt and well-made, worth a rental.
Chris: I wasn’t expecting much, but I was quite taken by the trailer.  Absolutely will check this one out…just not on the big screen.
Ken: this movie hits pretty close to home for me. Losing my memory is one of my greatest fears. My memory is already atrocious but somehow I am capable of memorizing music and lyrics easily.

Providence (Mainstreet Productions) – Drama/Romance
Not Rated
Tag Line: A love story forty years in the making
Starring: Juli Tapken, Rich Swingle, Jenn Gotzon
Plot: Rachel Cartwright and Mitchell Little both grow up in the small town of Providence, Tennessee. Their paths keep crossing and at one point it looks like they’ll finally get together. But the opportunity slips away and they go their separate ways. It takes a tragedy many years later before they’re reunited.
Running Time: 79 minutes

Ken: Silent yet charming. And Christian. Very, very Christian.
Rob: Sap alert.  Chick Flick.  Run away…
Jessica: Ugh. This is a cliche’ I’m not interested in watching.
Jim: Nicely done trailer, but…nah.
Chris:  Props to the people behind the appealing trailer, but it still isn’t getting me to watch the movie.

Touched with Fire (Roadside Attractions) – Drama/Romance
Rated R for language, a disturbing image, brief sexuality and drug use
Tag Line: None
Starring: Katie Holmes, Luke Kirby
Plot: Two manic depressives meet in a psychiatric hospital and begin a romance that brings out all of the beauty and horror of their condition.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Chris:  Life is crazy enough to have to share in this humanary stew of lunacy.
Ken: Congrats to Katie Holmes, for escaping the “church” of Scientology.  But glamorizing mental illness by linking it to artistic creativity is putting me off. So pass.
Rob: Didn’t even make it through the trailer.  Pass.
Jessica: Left me feeling touched by snow. All set with never seeing this one.
Jim: Yet another trailer that reminds me that the February-April months are a dumping ground for movies that studios don’t have a lot of faith in. Thanks, but no thanks.

Purchased Tickets:  Ding Ding Ding…we have a Great Stories unanimous winner.  Wade Wilson and his multiple personality disorder anti-hero Deadpool get the big Great Stories seal of approval with five tickets!

It doesn't have to go that far!  Take our money!
It doesn’t have to go that far! Take our money!