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Trailer Snark (September 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!

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (20th Century Fox) – Action/Adventure/Comedy
Rated R for sequences of strong violence, drug content, language throughout and some sexual material
Tag Line: Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.
Starring: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore
Plot: When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman’s journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy.
Running Time: 141 minutes

Rob F: I pledge my spear and sword to Prince Oberyn of House Martell. Pedro Pascal is a phenomenal actor and he isn’t even listed in the credits. Halle Berry isn’t half-bad either. Overall, this looks like an action-packed, fun romp through “The Secret Service” comic world created by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. Sign me up.
Wayne: Action packed with a killer cast. I hope this one lives up to the hype. The first one was surprisingly good and has set the bar high for the sequel. I’m buying this.
Chris: The very first time I read Mark Millar’s The Secret Service #1, I knew this Kingsman property was something special. The first movie only solidified that position. We may not get Samual L Jackson’s villainous lisp, but you know what we get is going to be good.
Jim: First one was a decent actioner, this one looks to be more of the same—rental. In the barrage of images laboring to get my attention, the coolest was of Colin Firth firing from his umbrella. 

The Lego Ninjago Movie (Warner Bros) – Animation/Action/Adventure
Rated PG for some mild action and rude humor
Tag Line: Find your inner piece.
Starring: Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Fred Armisen, Michael Pena
Plot: Six young ninjas Lloyd, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Nya are tasked with defending their island home, called Ninjago. By night, they’re gifted warriors, using their skills and awesome fleet of vehicles to fight villains and monsters. By day, they’re ordinary teens struggling against their greatest enemy: high school.
Running Time: 101 minutes

Jim: More high octane humor from the Lego people, quips and gags whipping by faster than the human brain can process them. Rental.
Rob F: My six year old would never forgive me if I didn’t bring her to see this one. She’s been talking about it for months and is a huge fan of the toys and the seven seasons of the show. What’s not to love? Legos plus ninjas plus time with my youngest. Hard to beat that! It’s spinjitsu time!
Wayne: Who doesn’t like Lego’s? I don’t think this will be as successful as Lego Batman, but kids love this stuff and it has spilled over to adults with the Lego Movie. Ya, I’ll check it out. I’m buying this.
Chris: I previously doubted the Lego Batman movie based on the trailer, and was proven wrong. I am not going to doubt the creators again, but it won’t be on the big screen for me.

Battle of the Sexes (Fox Searchlight) – Biography/Comedy/Sports
Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and partial nudity
Tag Line: He made a bet.  She made history.
Starring: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough
Plot: The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.
Running Time: 121 minutes

Chris: It’s 40 Year Old Wash-up vs. Billy Jean Tennis Queen. Yeah, I am interested, but again it won’t be in the cineplex.
Jim: Now we’re cookin.’ Two great actors in a story worth constructing a movie around.
Rob F: Emma Stone vs. Steve Carell; Billy Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs. Based on the true story of a fabled tennis match that took place in 1973 at the Houston Astrodome. It may still be the most viewed tennis match in history. The build up was intense and showcased emerging feminism and of course it’s counterpart. “I’m gonna put the show back in chauvinism.” ~Bobby Riggs. Looks entertaining, and would definitely watch at home, but not a big screen take for this moviegoer.
Wayne: I’m old enough to remember seeing this on Wide World of Sports. I’m not certain this movie will be overly successful, but the cast alone has me sold and I’m interested in the story of how this came together. I’m buying this.

Friend Request (Entertainment Studios) – Horror/Thriller
Rated R for horror violence, disturbing images, and language
Tag Line: Evil is trending.
Starring: Alycia Debnam-Carey, William Mosely
Plot: A popular college student graciously accepts a social outcast’s online friend request, but soon finds herself fighting a demonic presence that wants to make her lonely by killing her closest friends.
Running Time: 92 minutes

Wayne: (yawn) Ya, not buying this. Moving on.
Chris: This is my genre, but this looks woefully bad. Deleting this Friend Request.
Jim: Laughable, but fascinating. It’s schlock, but might be worth looking at for the cheese factor alone.
Rob F: Paranormal unfriend request on Facebook. Meh. Not my genre.

Victoria & Abdul (Focus Features) – Biography/Drama/History
Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and language
Tag Line: History’s most unlikely friendship.
Starring: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal
Plot: Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.
Running Time: 112 minutes

Rob F: Judi Dench as Queen of England and Empress of India. Based on a true and what looks to be interesting story about an unlikely friendship and the evolving human condition. Not a big screen flick, but I’d enjoy it.
Wayne: This looks like a charming story, but not enough to pull me into a theater. I will check it out when it comes to Netflix. Going to sell this.
Chris: Long Live the Queen! Judi Dench is a fantastic actress, and this one could be one of those understated gems, humanizing the British royalty. But didn’t we just see virtually the same film just a few weeks back (The Viceroy’s something or other), except that one was in India.
Jim: And one for the Mahstahpiece Theatuh crowd—Dame Judi’s always worth watching, looks worthwhile.

Stronger (Lionsgate) – Biography/Drama
Rated R for language throughout, some graphic injury images, and brief sexuality/nudity
Tag Line: Strength defines us.
Starring: Jake Gylenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson
Plot: Stronger is the inspiring real life story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become a symbol of hope following the infamous 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
Running Time: 116 minutes

Jim: Yeah, I tried to fight it, but it got me. I felt the lump forming in my throat about 15 seconds in.
Rob F: I can’t. I just can’t watch this. It’s too soon. When I do watch it, you can bet it will be in the privacy of my own home. #BostonStrong #FTerrorism
Wayne: This movie is primed to pull at your heart strings. I’m going to sell this though. The struggle is real for this person, but I’m just not compelled to see it in the theater.
Chris: My heart was just ripped from my chest with that trailer. Yeah, I am in.

Woodshock (A24) – Drama/Thriller
Rated R for drug use, language and a scene of violence
Tag Line: None
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Joe Cole
Plot: A woman falls deeper into paranoia after taking a deadly drug.
Running Time: 100 minutes

Chris: I love Kirsten Dunst, but this movie looks a bit too psychedelic for my taste. Cheech & Chong meets Cabin Fever weird.
Jim: Huh?
Rob F: Pass. Not even really sure what was happening in that trailer, but I think that was their goal.
Wayne: After seeing Mother!, I’m gun shy about going into a movie that I’m not certain what I’m going to get. This looks strange and familiar and I’m not willing to put my money on the line that I’m going to get a story worth seeing. I’m selling this.

Tickets Purchased: Two for Kingsman (Wayne and Chris), One for Ninjago (Rob), and One for Battle of the Sexes (Jim)

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Trailer Snark (July 29, 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: Star Trek Beyond took tops in the Box Office fight this week with $59.6M in receipts.  Secret Life of Pets dropped to second with $29.3M to add to its $260.7M overall.  Ghostbusters was third ($21.6M/$86.8M) and just ahead of the fourth place debut of horror movie Lights Out ($21.6M).  Ice Age: Collision Course managed fifth with $21M, but its audience was fragmented with two other major hit animated films.  Finding Dory was still doing nice business in sixth ($7.2M/$460.1M).  The rest of the top ten went as follows:  Legend of Tarzan ($6.4M/$115.8M), Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates ($4.4M/$40.3M), Hillary’s America ($3.7M), and The Infiltrator ($3.2M/$12.2M).  Let’s check out this week’s new cinematic fare!

Jason Bourne (Universal) – Action/Thriller
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and brief strong language
Tag Line:  You know his name.
Starring:  Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Julia Stiles
Plot: The most dangerous former operative of the CIA is drawn out of hiding to uncover hidden truths about his past.
Running Time: 123 minutes

Jessica: I tried really hard to care about the Bourne movies but I just don’t so I’ll be skipping this one.
Ken: Love this franchise. Smart, cool and action packed, Bourne is the American Bond.
Chris: The talented Mr. Bourne runs wild again.  I like the films, though this has never been one of my favorite series.  Think I will wait for the small screen.

Bad Moms (STX Entertainment) – Comedy
Rated R for sexual material, full frontal nudity, language throughout, and drug and alcohol content.
Tag Line: Party like a mother.
Starring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christina Applegate
Plot: When three overworked and under-appreciated moms are pushed beyond their limits, they ditch their conventional responsibilities for a jolt of long overdue freedom, fun, and comedic self-indulgence.
Running Time: 101 minutes

Chris:  OK, that was amusing.
Jessica: I saw a trailer for this awhile back and thought it looked hysterical. Not being a mom, but knowing quite a few, I think this will really resonate. Not to mention, it looks pretty dang funny.
Ken: Moms I’d Like to Watch

Nerve (Lionsgate) – Crime/Mystery
Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving dangerous and risky behavior, some sexual content, language, drug content, drinking and nudity-all involving teens
Tag Line: Are you a watcher or a player?
Starring:  Emma Roberts, Dave Franco
Plot: A high school senior finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of “watchers.”
Running Time: 96 minutes

Ken: How much cash do we win if we sit through this steaming pile of hot garbage?
Chris:  I remember watching this movie when it was good and it was named The Game with Michael Douglas.
Jessica: Nope. All set with this boring millennial BS.

Equity (Broad Street Pictures) – Drama
Rated R for language throughout
Tag Line: On Wall Street, not all players are created equal.
Starring: Anna Gun, Jame Purefoy
Plot: Senior investment banker Naomi Bishop is threatened by a financial scandal and must untangle a web of corruption.
Running Time: 100 minutes

Jessica: You know, a movie about money and banking sounds tiresome to me, but the star power (I love Anna G from “Breaking Bad”) makes it seem pretty interesting. I’d watch this at home for sure. Not to mention, I love the idea of women really stepping into their power (shocking as a feminist).
Ken: This movie is like my checking account. It gives me almost no interest.
Chris: Screamed TV movie to me, so that is how I will see this one.

Indignation (Roadside Attractions) – Drama
Rated R for sexual content and some language
Tag Line: Based on the novel by Phillip Roth
Starring: Sarah Gadon, Logan Lerman
Plot: In 1951, Marcus, a working-class Jewish student from New Jersey, attends a small Ohio college, where he struggles with sexual repression and cultural disaffection, amid the ongoing Korean War.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Chris:  Ding Ding Ding….looks like a winner folks!
Jessica: Intriguing. Interesting. Home viewing.
Ken: Very effective trailer. Enough to get you interested but not enough to give away the game. Well done, I may catch this at home.

Tallulah (Netflix) – Comedy/Drama/Romance
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Ellen Page, Zachary Quinto, Uzo Aduba
Plot: Desperate to be rid of her toddler, a dissatisfied Beverly Hills housewife hires a stranger to babysit and ends up getting much more than she bargained for.
Running Time: 111 minutes

Ken: I’m really digging the premise and Ellen Page is one of my favorites.
Chris:  Really not feeling this one.  I still think you rock, Netflix!
Jessica: I adore Ellen Page AND Alison Janney so I will be watching this for sure.

Tickets Purchased:  One for Bad Moms (Jessica), One for Jason Bourne ( Ken), and One for Indignation (Chris)

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