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Trailer Snark (November 22, 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, 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!

Coco (Disney) – Animation/Adventure/Comedy
Rated PG for thematic elements
Tag Line: None
Starring: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal
Plot: Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to work out the mystery.
Running Time: 109 minutes

Chris: Disney does what they do best. This time with latin flare. I’ll catch it when it comes to my Blu Ray shelf.
Jim: Not the strongest Pixar trailer I’ve ever seen, but Inside Out had a weak one and the movie was awesome. Most likely see this in between helpings of hopefully not too much unhealthy holiday food.

Darkest Hour (Focus Features) – Biography/Drama/History
Rated PG-13 for some thematic material
Tag Line: Never give up. Never give in.
Starring: Gary Oldman, Lily James
Plot: During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.
Running Time: 125 minutes

Jim: A great trailer for what looks like might be a rousing and fitting portrayal of the man. Some amazing makeup on that human chameleon Gary Oldman.
Chris: Churchill was the right leader for Britain at the right time. I haven’t seen any other films that really center on this historical figure, and I am intrigued to see how he is portrayed.

The Man Who Invented Christmas (Bleecker Street Media) – Biography/Comedy/Drama
Rated PG for thematic elements and some mild language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer
Plot: The journey that led to Charles Dickens’ creation of “A Christmas Carol,” a timeless tale that would redefine the holiday.
Running Time: 104 minutes

Chris: Dickens develops relationships with the characters he is best remembered for in the furious run-up to the publishing of the renowned A Christmas Carol. Looks like a pretty cool take on the history and a Christmas movie I could really get into.
Jim: Finishing a great year for Dan Stevens and featuring the very prolific Christopher Plummer. I can never tire of this story and just finished some historical fiction on the making of it (Mr Dickens and His Carol). A must-see.

Chappaquiddick (Entertainment Studios) – Biography/Crime/Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic material, disturbing images, some strong language, and historical smoking
Tag Line: None
Starring: Jason Clarke, Clancy Brown, Kata Mara, Ed Helms
Plot: Ted Kennedy’s life and political career become derailed in the aftermath of a fatal car accident in 1969 that claims the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne.
Running time: 107 minutes

*There is no trailer available for this film, which is the first time in Trailer Snark history that you cannot find an active trailer on the internet for a film that is being released in the same week.  Hard to believe that someone has not cut a trailer for a film that has already screened at the Toronto Film Festival and features some major actors.  So it is not so much a stretch to believe that some powerful politicos are trying to squash promotion of the film.  It is too bad we can’t get an advanced peak, but if it turns out to be a good film, we certainly hope that people go see it.*

Tickets Purchased:  Two for The Man Who Invented Christmas

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Trailer Snark (March 17, 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!

Beauty and the Beast (Disney) – Family/Fantasy/Musical
Rated PG for some action violence, peril and frightening images
Tag Line:  Experience the tale as old as time.
Starring:  Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans
Plot: An adaptation of the Disney fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.
Running Time: 129 minutes

Chris: I have been impressed with Disney’s live action presentations of their classic animated works.  And from the looks of things, I won’t be changing my opinion any time soon.
Jessica: I’d rather watch the cartoon. I’ve read many versions of the story and I do really adore it, but this does nothing for me for some reason, which is surprising because I love musicals and Hermoine!

T2 Trainspotting (Sony) – Drama
Rated R for drug use, language throughout, strong sexual content, graphic nudity and some violence
Tag Line: Face your past.  Choose your future.
Starring: Ewan MacGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner
Plot: After 20 years abroad, Mark Renton returns to Scotland and reunites with his old friends Sick Boy, Spud, and Begbie.
Running Time: 117 minutes

Jessica: I saw the original and remember liking it years ago, I’d have to rewatch it before I see this one, which looks like a good time to me. I can give or take Danny Boyles movies, but I remember enjoying the original film and you can really never go wrong with Ewan!
Chris: I was not a fan of the original, though I know it holds cult status among certain circles.  My appreciation for Ewan MacGregor’s talents came later than some.  Not my fix.

Song to Song (Broad Green Pictures) – Drama/Musical/Romance
Rated R for some sexuality, nudity, drug use and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara
Plot: Two intersecting love triangles. Obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, Texas.
Running Time: 129 minutes

Chris: What is with Ryan Gosling and musicals?  Love that Dion tune!  The trailer, not so much.
Jessica: Eh, looks like typical Ryan Gosling fair, entertaining but not theater worthy.

The Belko Experiment (High Top Releasing) – Horror/Thriller/Action
Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, language including sexual references, and some drug use
Tag Line: Office Space Meets Battle Royale
Starring: John Gallagher Jr, Tony Goldwyn
Plot: In a twisted social experiment, 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company’s intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed.
Running Time: 88 minutes
Jessica: OH MY GOD does this look amazing. Office workers trying to kill each other? Michael Rooker! John C McGinley! Tony Goldwyn! I AM IN.
Chris: My wife will wonder who she married when I take her to the movies, buy her a ticket for Beauty and the Beast and some popcorn, and tell her I will meet her in the lobby after the showing for this movie. 😉

Tickets Purchased:  Two for The Belko Experiment

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