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Trailer Snark (November 18, 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!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Warner Bros) – Adventure/Family
Rated PG-13 for some fantasy action violence
Tag Line: Explore a new era of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world.
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston
Plot: The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.
Running Time: 133 minutes

Jessica: I’m a Harry Potter nerd so I do want to see this, even if it wasn’t technically a “real” HP book. Looks like a good amount of jolly HP fun!
Chris:  I can guarantee you I will be seeing this one since my wife is a massive Rowling fan.  My enthusiasm is measured, however.

The Edge of Seventeen (STX Entertainment) – Comedy/Drama
Rated R for sexual content, language and some drinking – all involving teens
Tag Line: You’re only young once… is it over yet?
Starring:  Hailee Steinfeld, Blake Jenner
Plot: High-school life gets even more unbearable for Nadine when her best friend, Krista, starts dating her older brother.
Running Time: 104 minutes

Chris: If I were a teen girl, I’d be all over this.
Jessica: Looks cute. I’d probably watch this at home. I do love a quirky coming of age film.

Bleed for This (Open Road) – Biography/Sports/Drama
Rated R for language, sexuality/nudity and some accident images
Tag Line: This is what the greatest comeback in sports history looks like
Starring: Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart
Plot: The inspirational story of World Champion Boxer Vinny Pazienza who, after a near fatal car crash, which left him not knowing if he’d ever walk again, made one of sports most incredible comebacks.
Running Time: 116 minutes
Jessica:  I have NO love for Vinny Paz. I’ll pass.
Chris:  I’m with Jessica on this one. 

Manchester by the Sea (Roadside Attractions) – Drama
Rated R for language throughout and some sexual content
Tag Line:  None
Starring:  Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams
Plot: An uncle is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies.
Running Time: 137 minutes
Chris: No way is this a theater viewer, but it may make for a good home view.  Melodramas are better left for the small screen.
Jessica: Oh boy, another Affleck doing ANOTHER MA accent. I’m sure this is a touching, heartfelt, blah, blah, blah, but I’m kind of over it.

Nocturnal Animals (Focus Features) – Drama/Thriller
Rated R for violence, menace, graphic nudity, and language
Tag Line: When you love someone you can’t just throw it away
Starring:  Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon
Plot: An art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband’s novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale.
Running Time: 117 minutes

Jessica: Blah. A lot of tense whispering.
Chris: That one got my attention!  Great cast, and looks to be a taut thriller.

The Eyes of My Mother (Magnet) – Drama/Horror
Rated R for disturbing violent content and behavior, and brief nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Kika Magalhaes, Olivia Bond, Will Brill
Plot: A young, lonely woman is consumed by her deepest and darkest desires after tragedy strikes her quiet country life.
Running Time: 76 minutes

Chris:  At 76 minutes, there must not be much story to tell. What’s worse is that they didn’t have the confidence to schedule this one against other Halloween fare.
Jessica: Where are the comedies? This trailer annoyed the crap out of me.

Officer Downe (Magnolia) – Action
Rated R for brutal bloody stylized violence throughout, a strong prolonged sex scene with nudity, and pervasive language
Tag Line: Protecting. Serving. Ass Kicking.
Starring: Tyler Ross, Kim Coates
Plot: Based on the graphic novel, a police officer who can’t be stopped by death returns to the streets time and time again to fight crime.
Running Time: 88 minutes

Jessica: Oh here’s a comedy! Ummm…This looks just insane enough that I’d want to see it.
Chris: Looks a bit campy and silly, but might be some fun.

A Streetcat Named Bob (Cleopatra) – Biography/Comedy/Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line: Sometimes it takes nine lives to save one
Starring: Luke Treadaway, Bob the Cat
Plot: Based on the international best selling book. The true feel good story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat.
Running Time: 103 minutes

Chris: I can’t believe I am saying this, but I actually really want to see this one!
Jessica: A movie about a man and a cat…Okay, sure. This is truly a weird group of trailers this week.

Life on the Line (Lionsgate) – Action/Drama
Rated R for some violence/grisly images and brief strong language
Tag Line: Courage. Risk. Sacrifice.
Starring: John Travolta, Kate Bosworth, Devon Sawa, Sharon Stone
Plot: A crew of men who do the high-wire work of fixing the electrical grid are hit by a sudden deadly storm.
Running Time: 97 minutes

Jessica: So this is the Twister for Linemen, Cool. That’s fine. I respect linemen, this movie? I don’t think I’ll be seeing it.
Chris: Could make for a good rainy night viewing….pun very much intended.

Tickets Purchased: One for Fantastic Beasts (Jessica) and One for Nocturnal Animals (Chris)

Rejected cast member of Fantastic Beasts
Rejected cast member of Fantastic Beasts
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Trailer Snark (November 25th, 2015 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: Was there any doubt?  Hunger Games destroyed the box office this past weekend with $101M in Katniss currency.  The newest James Bond film settled for a very distant second with an addition of $14.6M to it’s overall domestic $153.7M total.  The Peanuts Movie came in third with $12.8M and is poised to break the $100M mark this week.  Our next highest debut was the Seth Rogen comedy The Night Before with $10.1M.  Secret in Their Eyes debuted in fifth with $6.6M.  The rest of the top ten was as follows:  Love the Coopers ($3.9M/$14.5M), The Martian ($3.7M/$213M), Spotlight ($3.6M/$5.8M), The 33 ($2.2M/$9.9M), and Bridge of Spies ($1.9M/$65.1M).  Who are this week’s Thanksgiving contenders?

Cue the music……

Creed (MGM) – Drama/Sports
Rated PG-13 for violence, language and some sensuality
Tag Line:  Your legacy is more than a name.
Starring:  Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone
Plot: The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.
Running Time: 133 minutes

Chris: Brought back some memories of the classic original Rocky movie.  Might have to expand this trip down memory lane to a full length feature viewing!
Rob: I’m a sucker for a good boxing flick, and Apollo Creed was one of favorite Rocky characters.  I’m looking forward to seeing this down the road.
Jessica: In preparation for this Frankie had me watch all the Rocky films and I gotta say, Apollo Creed was totally a favorite of mine. This look like it’s going to be really good and I’m glad to see Sly making an appearance.
Ken: Every generation should watch Rocky (at least the first two, and skip #5). Rocky is an American classic and Creed looks like a worthy contender.
Jim: Looks like it could be a good one. I roll my eyes at how many times that Stallone has played Rocky, but I have to admit that, for the most part, he does well with the character.

The Good Dinosaur (Disney/Pixar) – Family
Rated PG for peril, action and thematic elements
Tag Line:  Little arms.  Big attitude.
Starring: Jeffrey Wright, Anna Paquin, Sam Elliot, and more.
Plot: An epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.
Running Time: 100 minutes

Jim: The dinosaurs look a bit rubbery, but Pixar seldom disappoints. I won’t be waiting long to see this one.
Chris: If my kids were younger, I’d be all over this one.  Rob IS all over this one….guaranteed.
Rob: I’m even more of a sucker for good animation, and Disney-Pixar is leaps and bounds above good.  They are quite simply, the best.  While this particular “What If” scenario (what if the asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs missed) isn’t of very much interest to me, I will ALWAYS take a chance on Walt Disney Feature Animation.  They excel at not only animation, but at telling powerful stories.
Jessica: I am not a huge fan of “kid” movies or animation so it has to be something that looks REALLY fun for me to want to see it. This does not look that way. This is a big pass for me.
Ken: Looks cute and the animation is gorgeous. Choosing to go with no dialogue seems like a gamble for an animated kid’s film. Half the fun of the Never Ending Story was the superb voice acting.

Victor Frankenstein (20th Century Fox) – Drama/Horror/Sci-Fi
Rated PG-13 for macabre images, violence and a sequence of destruction
Tag Line: Discover the origin of the monster and his creation.
Starring:  Daniel Radcliffe, James McEvoy
Plot: Told from Igor’s perspective, we see the troubled young assistant’s dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man – and the legend – we know today.
Running Time: 109 minutes

Ken: I was hoping that this was an expanded look at the R&D that went into building Frankenstein’s monster, as seen through the eyes of the Doctor’s assistant. Boy was I disappointed. It’s a hideous monster, all right.
Jim: Doesn’t look like it’s sure what kind of movie it wants to be, the tone slipped around a little too much in the trailer. Pass, most likely.
Chris: Effective trailer.  I was skeptical at first, but I’ll be sure to catch this one on the small screen when it hits.
Rob: Another take on one of my favorite books.  Looks like it could be entertaining, but a rental type flick at best methinks.
Jessica: I was SO excited when I saw it was Harry Potter and McAvoy in this one but the trailer leaves me feeling cold. Looks like an attempt to be “hip” with one of the best monster stories ever told. I will only ever watch this when it’s 100% free either on Amazon or Netflix.

The Danish Girl (Focus Features) – Bio/Drama
Rated R for some sexuality and full nudity
Tag Line: Have the courage to love.
Starring:  Eddie Redmayne. Alicia Vikander
Plot: The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.
Running Time: 120 minutes

Jessica: After seeing Redmayne play Hawking I am VERY excited to see this film. Add to that the topical nature of the fight for transgender rights and this one is right up my alley and down my street.
Ken: Yikes, could you imagine what that kind of surgery was like back in the 20’s? They didn’t even have penicillin.
Jim: Redmayne was great as Hawking, looks like he’s doing some interesting stuff here. Might be worth a look.
Chris: It’s Caetlyn the Movie!  Pass.
Rob: Transgender in the 1920’s.  Could be an interesting film, but not big screen material.

Janis: Little Girl Blue (FilmRise) – Bio/Documentary/Music
Not Rated
Tag Line:  None
Starring: Janis Joplin
Plot: Musician Cat Power narrates this documentary on Janis Joplin’s evolution into a star from letters that Joplin wrote over the years to her friends, family, and collaborators.
Running Time: 103 minutes

Rob: Janis Joplin is, of course, a rock and roll legend.  I don’t know very much about her, so this could be an interesting view.  But this broken record will once more say this isn’t big screen material.
Jessica: I am a HUGE Joplin fan and this looks interesting. A home viewer though, not theater.
Ken: A lot of world changing events came out of this era, including the greatest outpouring of musical creativity heard in the last two hundred years. If there was a book written about the 60’s, Janis would be its cover-girl.
Jim: What a voice. Led a short but interesting life. Definitely worth a rental.
Chris: Documentary on one of the biggest ground-breakers in rock history.  Not theater viewing for me, but worth a look down the line.

Tickets Purchased:  Three for Creed (Jessica, Ken, and Chris) and two for The Good Dinosaur (Rob and Jim)

When has boxing a dinosaur ever been successful?
When has boxing a dinosaur ever been successful?