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!
Logan (Twentieth Century Fox) – Action/Drama/Sci-Fi
Rated R for strong brutal violence and language throughout, and for brief nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Steward, Dafne Keen
Plot: In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
Running Time: 137 minutes
Jessica: The Apocalypse XMen movie lost me, but this looks really good. I love the idea of an old Logan and it looks dark and gritty, my two least favorite superhero adjectives, but it’s appealing to me, I cannot lie!
Chris: The advanced buzz on this movie has been crazy good, and the trailer kicked me in the rear and got my attention. I am certain High Jackman will be leaving the role that he has made his own on a very high note.
Before I Fall (Open Road Films) – Drama/Mystery
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving drinking, sexuality, bullying, some violent images, and language-all involving teens.
Tag Line: What if today was the only day for the rest of your life?
Starring: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Jennifer Beals
Plot: February 12 is just another day in Sam’s charmed life until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day over one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she’s in danger of losing.
Running Time: 99 minutes
Jessica: Interesting idea. Like a morbid teenage angsty Groundhog Day. Hmmm.
Chris: Darnit Jess….you stole my Groundhog Day comparison. Tweens will be all over this. All that is missing is some 90’s era “I hate my life grunge music.”
Table 19 (Fox Searchlight) – Drama/Comedy
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual content, drug use, language and some brief nudity
Tag Line: You are invited to the wedding of the season.
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Craig Robinson, Lisa Kudrow
Plot: Ex-maid of honor Eloise, having been relieved of her duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text, decides to attend the wedding anyway only to find herself seated with 5 “random” guests at the dreaded Table 19.
Running Time: 87 minutes
Chris: I like the concept of this one. Anyone who has planned a wedding can certainly see the humor. Will catch it at RedBox in a few months.
Jessica: I really enjoy Anna K. and the rest of the cast are pretty solid low-key comedy talents, looks funny, watch at home fare.
The Shack (Summit Entertainment) – Drama/Fantasy
Rated PG-13 for thematic material including some violence
Tag Line: You’re never as alone as you think.
Starring: Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Tim McGraw, Radha Mitchell
Plot: A grieving man receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God at a place called “The Shack.”
Running Time: 132 minutes
Chris: I read this book a few years back, and enjoyed it. Harmed children is always tough material to digest. Pretty good cast in this one though, and worth a look down the road.
The Last Word (Bleecker Street Media) – Drama/Comedy
Rated R for language.
Tag Line: An unexpected friendship that begins at the end
Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried
Plot: Harriet is a retired businesswoman who tries to control everything around her. When she decides to write her own obituary, a young journalist takes up the task of finding out the truth resulting in a life-altering friendship.
Running Time: 108 minutes
Jessica: I do love Shirley McClaine so I’d watch this at home, though it looks a bit like “chick flick” fare.
Chris: Came in expecting to not like it, but actually found it to be a bit charming. I mean, not get me to the theater charming, but I could see myself watching it with the wife, and joking with her that this could be a vision of her future. 😉
Donald Cried (The Orchard) – Comedy/Drama
Tag Line: Some people can take a hint. And some people are Donald.
Starring: Jesse Wakeman, Louisa Krause
Plot: With sudden passing of his grandmother, Peter Latang returns to his hometown and encounters his long lost, childhood friend, Donald Treebeck. What begins as a simple favor, turns into a long day’s journey into the past.
Running Time: 85 minutes
Chris: Talk about trainwreck friendships! LOL. Cringeworthy pathos was a phrase within the trailer, and it fits perfectly.
Jessica: Um, what the heck? Not sure about this one, looks funny and scary.
Wolves (IFC Films) – Drama
Tag Line: You ready to rise up?
Starring: Michael Shannon, Taylor John Smith
Plot: An 18-year-old basketball star who is being recruited by Cornell University seems to have it all figured out: captain of his team, a good student, has a longtime girlfriend and some good friends. But at home he’s struggling with his troubled father who has a gambling addiction. His mother tries to keep the family afloat but does so with great emotional and financial sacrifice.
Running Time: 109 minutes
Jessica: I adore Michael Shannon, he’s so solid so I’d watch this on the power of his name alone, but the rest of the story looks pretty compelling as well. Another watch at home film though.
Chris: I agree with Jess that Michael Shannon is a fine actor, and this could be an understated gem. It just won’t find its audience on the big screen, I am almost certain.
Tickets Purchased: Two for Logan