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Trailer Snark (November 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, 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!

Justice League (Warner Bros) – Action/Adventure/Fantasy
Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action
Tag Line: Justice for all.
Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams
Plot: Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.
Running Time: 120 minutes

Jim: Sorry, but I hated, hated, hated Batman vs. Superman, and it looks like Zack Snyder is back to bore me to bat-tears. Not a good feeling for this, despite the presence of Wonder Woman.
Chris: When you hear that they spent $40 million on re-shoots, it does not inspire confidence, but DC is coming off a very big, successful, and high quality Wonder Woman film.  I’ll obviously be going to the theater to see this one, though maybe not opening week.

Wonder (Lionsgate) – Drama
Rated PG for thematic elements including bullying, and some mild language
Tag Line: Choose kind.
Starring: Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Julia Roberts
Plot: Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.
Running Time: 113 minutes

Chris: Seems like a nice one to watch with the kids with a message and they and the rest of us can all be reminded of. 
Jim: A nice lump-in-the -throat trailer, looks like it’s handled with much care and sensitivity. Not quite enough to get me into a theater, but it looks like a worthwhile rental.

The Star (Columbia Pictures) – Animation/Adventure/Comedy
Rated PG for some thematic elements
Tag Line: It Takes Many Tails To Tell The Greatest Story Ever
Starring: Steven Yeun, Ving Rhames, Keegan Michael-Key
Plot: A small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas.
Running Time: 86 minutes

Jim: To be honest, despite the great subject matter, the whole thing looks kinda chintzy. Think I’ll put in my copy of The Little Drummer Boy instead.
Chris: Yeah, I have to agree with Jim here.  But I will catch it when it goes to stream.

Roman J. Israel, Esq (Columbia Pictures) – Crime/Drama
Rated PG-13 for language and some violence
Tag Line: All rise.
Starring: Denzell Washington, Colin Farrell
Plot: Denzel Washington stars as Roman Israel, a driven, idealistic defense attorney who, through a tumultuous series of events, finds himself in a crisis that leads to extreme action.
Running Time: 129 minutes

Chris: Listen to that music!  Can you dig it?  LOL.  Yes, I am there.  Denzel is awesome.
Jim: Looks like another meaty role for the mighty Denzel, I’m in!

Mudbound (Netflix) – Drama
Rated R for some disturbing violence, brief language and nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke
Plot: Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi, where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war.
Running Time: 134 minutes

Jim: A worthwhile rental.
Chris: Heck of a trailer!  And with easy Netflix access, I can’t see me staying away from this one too long.

Almost Friends (Gravitas Ventures) – Comedy/Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line: Timing is everything.
Starring: Freddie Highmore, Odeya Rush, Christopher Meloni
Plot: Charlie is an unmotivated man in his mid 20s still living at home with his mother and stepfather who falls for a young woman who has a serious boyfriend.
Running Time: 101 minutes

Chris: I still see creepy young Norman Bates, but Highmore keeps taking some interesting roles between his Good Doctor tv show and films like this.  Rental.
Jim: Looks nicely done with a great premise, another worthwhile rental.

Mr. Roosevelt (Paladin) – Comedy
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Noel Wells, Nick Thune, Britt Lower
Plot: After a loved one falls ill, struggling comedian Emily Martin returns to her college town of Austin, Texas and must come to terms with her past while staying with her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Jim: Speak softly and walk past the theater showing this.
Chris: I can’t beat that comment, Jim.  Yeah, this looks terrible.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for Roman J Israel, Esq!

 

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Trailer Snark (September 23, 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!

The Magnificent Seven (MGM) – Western/Action
Rated PG-13 for extended and intense sequences of Western violence, and for historical smoking, some language and suggestive material
Tag Line: Justice has a number.
Starring:  Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke
Plot: Seven gun men in the old west gradually come together to help a poor village against savage thieves.
Running Time: 132 minutes

Chris: One trailer in, and I cannot imagine anything overtaking this one.  Denzell and Pratt are favorites of mine, and the Old West never looked so wild and good.
Jessica: All over this one. One, it’s a Western. Two, it’s Denzel. Three, it’s Chris Pratt. Four, it’s a WESTERN.
Jim: Oh yeah. Great cast, good director, awesome source material (Seven Samurai and the 1960 original) and a well-made trailer. Get thee to a big screen.

Storks (Warner Bros) – Animated/Family
Rated PG for mild action and some thematic elements
Tag Line: A bundle of trouble is coming.
Starring: Adam Samberg, Jennifer Aniston, Kelsey Grammer
Plot: Storks have moved on from delivering babies to packages. But when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork must scramble to fix the error by delivering the baby.
Running Time: 89 minutes

Jim: Kids movies are a pretty crowded field. This doesn’t look much different than the rest—possible home viewer.
Chris: I’d rather watch Sporks….you know…an animated tale of the school lunch utensil’s answer to the platypus.
Jessica: Eh. Still not a fan of animated films so I’ll pass.

Queen of Katwe (Disney) – Biography/Drama
Rated PG for thematic elements, an accident scene and some suggestive material
Tag Line: One girl’s triumphant path to becoming a chess champion.
Starring: Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo
Plot: An Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of chess.
Running Time: 124 minutes

Jessica: This looks super sweet — perhaps TOO sweet, it is Disney so I am sure they gloss over how horrible her life truly was, but I’d watch it at home at some point.
Jim: Inspirational in a TV movie kind of way. Home viewer.
Chris: Chess movies usually don’t stir much interest for me, but this one has a nice human interest element to it.

The Dressmaker (Broad Green) – Drama
Rated R for brief language and a scene of violence
Tag Line: Revenge is back in fashion.
Starring: Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth
Plot: A glamorous woman returns to her small town in rural Australia. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.
Running Time: 118 minutes

Chris: Not sure what to make of this one…….how about a dress?
Jessica: This look like a decent bit of fun. I enjoy Winslet and Thor’s little brother? AND HUGO WEAVING? Yeah, I’d watch this one at home.
Jim: Looks OK, good cast, but not worth plunking down the ten bucks. Home viewer.

Goat (Paramount) – Drama
Rated R for disturbing behavior involving hazing, strong sexual content and nudity, pervasive language, violence, alcohol abuse and some drug use
Tag Line: Cruelty. Brutality. Fraternity.
Starring: Ben Schnetzer, Nick Jonas
Plot: Reeling from a terrifying assault, a 19 year-old boy enrolls into college with his brother and pledges the same fraternity. What happens there, in the name of “brotherhood,” tests the boy and his loyalty to his brother in brutal ways.
Running Time: 96 minutes
Jim: If I want to watch morons for 2 hours, I’ll put in Dumb and Dumber. No way.
Chris:  Makes me glad I went to a school that lacked fraternities.  I’ll pass.
Jessica: What the F? Why do I care about a bunch of boys doing stupid things to be in a frat? I got annoyed and turned off the trailer. All set with this one. Forever. And no one else should see it either.

Tickets Purchased:  Unanimous decision for The Magnificent Seven!

This town ain't big enough for eight.
This town ain’t big enough for eight.