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!
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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (20the Century Fox) – Adventure/Fantasy
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy action/violence and peril
Tag Line: Stay peculiar.
Starring: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel Jackson, Judi Dench
Plot: When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that stretches across time, he finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the danger deepens after he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.
Running Time: 127 minutes
Jessica: I didn’t read the books but hear they’re really good. I also really love Tim Burton though for some reason, this one leaves me feeling a bit blah. Not sure why. I’m sure I’ll eventually see it at home, but not a big theater film for me.
Chris: I might catch fire for this, but I have never been a big Tim Burton fan. He has talent and a signature style of his own, to his credit, but his calling cards typically don’t call to me. That said, this trailer had me hooked and eager to see this film.
Jim: always worth checking out a Tim Burton movie, even if his stuff isn’t always up to par. Here’s hoping for a Beetlejuice and not an Alice in Wonderland. Let’s hope this hangs together as a movie and not a showcase for special effects.
Deepwater Horizon (Summit Entertainment) – Action/Drama
Rated PG-13 for prolonged intense disaster sequences and related disturbing images, and brief strong language
Tag Line: When faced with our darkest hour, hope is not a tactic.
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell
Plot: A story set on the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, which exploded during April 2010 and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
Running Time: 107 minutes
Jim: Certainly looks well made, but it’s clearly a case of I’ve Seen This Trailer Before.
Chris: Wahlberg and Russell combo has me intrigued. Seems like a solid action thriller with Peter Berg (have you seen The Kingdom?) in the director’s seat. All signs point to a good result.
Jessica: I saw about 30 million commercials for this the other day on Hulu and I can say confidently that I have no desire to see this movie.
Masterminds (Relativity Media) – Action/Comedy
Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, some language and violence
Tag Line: What would you do with $17 million?
Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig
Plot: A night guard at an armored car company in the Southern U.S. organizes one of the biggest bank heists in American history.
Running Time: 94 minutes
Jessica: Wait, TRUE STORY? This looks hilarious and its some top-notch comedians (to me, anyway). Though I wouldn’t pay to see this, I am totally curious and would watch it at home.
Jim: Yep, how can you pass up THAT cast? That said, most likely a rental.
Chris: I am with Jessica here. Comedies are not often presented as true stories, but the trailer had me quite amused and I am always up for an Owen Wilson film….a guy who can do both funny and serious.
America Honey (A24) – Drama
Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language throughout, drug/alcohol abuse-all involving teens
Tag Line: None
Starring: Sasha Lane, Shia LeBeouf
Plot: A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.
Running Time: 163 minutes
Chris: Two hours and forty three minutes of I couldn’t care less.
Jessica: I truly have ZERO interest in anything Shia LeBOOF does, because lately his movies have bored me to tears. I miss the goofy Shia. That being said, this really does nothing for me. If I want to watch a “road movie” I’ll watch “Natural Born Killers”.
Jim: Bonnie , Clyde, Thelma, Louise…their outlaw road movies said it well, this doesn’t look like anything new.
Denial (Bleecker Street Media) – Biography/Drama/History
Rated PG-13 for thematic material and brief strong language
Tag Line: The whole world knows the Holocaust happened. Now she needs to prove it.
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson
Plot: Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving, a renowned denier, sues her for libel.
Running Time: 110 minutes
Jim: This definitely had my attention, what a gripping trailer. And man, Peter Pettigrew sure looks different outside of the Harry Potter movies.
Jessica: Ahh, I was getting worried I wouldn’t want to see any of the pics this week, but this one caught my attention. I didn’t know this story and would love to learn more about someone trying to say that the Holocaust didn’t happen. Fascinating stuff.
Chris: How could I honestly sit here and tell you that a movie about a politically charged debate would not interest me? And one of such important historical significance? Sold.
Danny Says (Magnolia Pictures) – Documentary/Biography
Tag Line: When the mode of the music changes, the walls of the city shake.
Starring: Justin Bond, Danny Fields
Plot: Danny Says is a documentary on the life and times of Danny Fields. Since 1966, Danny Fields has played a pivotal role in music and “culture” of the late 20th century: working for the Doors, Cream, Lou Reed, Nico, Judy Collins and managing groundbreaking artists like the Stooges, the MC5 and the Ramones. Danny Says follows Fields from Phi Beta Kappa whiz-kid, to Harvard Law dropout, to the Warhol Silver Factory, to Director of Publicity at Elektra Records, to “punk pioneer” and beyond. Danny’s taste and opinion, once deemed defiant and radical, has turned out to have been prescient. Danny Says is a story of marginal turning mainstream, avant garde turning prophetic, as Fields looks to the next generation.
Running Time: 104 minutes
Chris: I’ll just listen to the music, which speaks for itself.
Jim: Looks interesting, great bands, but definitely home viewing.
Jessica: As a fan of these bands, this looks right up my alley.
Tickets Purchased: Two for Denial (Jim and Chris), One for Miss Peregrine (Jim going for a double), and One for home viewing of Luke Cage on Netflix (Jessica)