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Trailer Snark (August 25, 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!

All Saints (Columbia Pictures) – Drama
Rated PG for thematic elements
Tagline: From a seed of faith grows hope.
Starring: John Corbett, Cara Buono
Plot: ALL SAINTS is based on the inspiring true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock (John Corbett), the tiny church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia. Together, they risked everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.
Running Time: 108 minutes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frovRQJSvus
Chris: Feel good movie and I will certainly check it out in the comforts of my own home.
Wayne: Looks like an inspiring movie, but I’m selling.

Birth of the Dragon (BH Tilt) – Action/Biography/Drama
Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence, language and thematic elements
Tagline: The fight that created a legend.
Starring: Yu Xia, Billy Magnussen, Phillip Ng
Plot: Set against the backdrop of 1960s San Francisco, BIRTH OF THE DRAGON is a modern take on the classic movies that Bruce Lee was known for. It takes its inspiration from the epic and still controversial showdown between an up-and-coming Bruce Lee and kung fu master Wong Jack Man – a battle that gave birth to a legend.
Running Time: 103 minutes

Wayne: I love stories about Bruce Lee, but have a feeling that these stories will be very embellished. I’m buying this because I love Lee and Kung Fu movies.
Chris: Fantastic looking film. Hard to believe WWE studios is behind it. I am curious to learn more of Bruce Lee’s past before stardom visited.

Leap! (The Weinstein Company) – Animation/Adventure/Comedy
Rated PG for some impolite humor, and action
Tagline: Never give up on your dreams
Starring: Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan
Plot: An orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina and flees her rural Brittany for Paris, where she passes for someone else and accedes to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera house.
Running Time: 89 minutes

Chris:  Nobody puts Baby Icarus in the corner.
Wayne: Looks like another inspiring movie, but I’m selling. I’ll check it out but not expecting much.

Beach Rats (Neon) – Drama
Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language
Tagline: None
Starring: Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein
Plot: An aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn struggles to escape his bleak home life and navigate questions of self-identity, as he balances his time between his delinquent friends, a potential new girlfriend, and older men he meets online.
Running Time: 95 minutes

Wayne: Thought provoking and will be controversial. I’m buying and will check it out.
Chris: Could not be less interested.

Bushwick (RLJ Entertainment) – Action
Not Rated
Tagline: None
Starring: Dave Bautista, Brittany Snow
Plot: When a Texas military force invades their Brooklyn neighborhood, 20-year-old Lucy and war veteran Stupe must depend on each other to survive.
Running Time: 94 minutes

Chris: When a Texas military force invades Brooklyn? Sounds pretty dumb to me. Skip.
Wayne: I’m selling this, however, I want to see Dave Bautista in this role and it will push his acting abilities. Curious to see if he is growing as an actor.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for Birth of the Dragon

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Trailer Snark (June 21, 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, Rob from Spector for Hire, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Transformers: The Last Knight (Paramount) – Action/Sci-Fi
Rated PG-13 for violence and intense sequences of sci-fi action, language, and some innuendo
Tag Line: For one world to live, the other must die.
Starring:  Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins
Plot: Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth.
Running Time: 149 minutes

Chris: The news of plans for 14 more films had a suddenly wearying effect on me.  Yeah, you read that right.
Jim: I was born about 10 years too early to get excited about the mention of the word Transformers. I’ve only seen the first movie in this franchise and thought it was Ok as time-wasting popcorn flicks go. The trailers for the rest of them have just looked boring in that we’re-gonna-shove-CGI-down-your-throat-until-you-beg-for-mercy way. Including this one.
Wayne: I’ve given up on the trailers because they are always better than the movies.  With that said, I saw it last (k)night.

You can read Wayne’s review of the movie at The Dope Sheet right here!

The Big Sick (Lionsgate) – Comedy/Romance
Rated R for language including some sexual references
Tag Line: An awkward love story.
Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Ray Romano
Plot: A couple deals with their cultural differences as their relationship grows.
Running Time: 119 minutes

Wayne: Interesting movie, surely going to be a tear jerker.  Going to sell this one and wait for Netflix.
Chris: Nice to see Ray Romano in a feature film that isn’t animated, but I found the laughs hard to come by in this trailer.  Pass.
Jim: This looks like it could be a great romcom. Hope all of the good moments aren’t in the trailer.

The Beguiled (Focus Features) – Drama
Rated R for some sexuality
Tag Line: None
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Colin Farrell
Plot: At a girls’ school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries, and an unexpected turn of events.
Running Time: 93 minutes

Jim: Interesting-looking remake of the ’71 Clint Eastwood classic. The cast certainly helps.
Wayne: Going to sell this trailer.  I don’t care for time period pieces like this and I also don’t find this cast ensemble appealing.   
Chris: Now we’re talking!  Kirsten Dunst and Nicole Kidman sharing the screen together is a treat.  Add in some Colin Farrel and a touch of revenge and you have yourself some pretty good cinematic potential!

The Bad Batch (Neon) – Romance/Sci-Fi
Rated R for violence, language, some drug content and brief nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa
Plot: A dystopian love story in a Texas wasteland and set in a community of cannibals.
Running Time: 118 minutes

Chris: What is this?  Some kind of Mad Max meets Hills Have Eyes meets Rob Zombie hybrid?  May be a rental, even if that, to be honest.  The Bad Batch is right.
Jim: Looks like a bad Tarantino knockoff minus the humor. Pass.
Wayne: Looks like a great cast, but has the feel of an 80’s film with no direction.  Going to sell this trailer.

Tickets Purchased: One for Transformers (Wayne), One for The Big Sick (Jim), and One for The Beguiled (Chris)

We just could not agree this week.
We just could not agree this week.
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Trailer Snark (May 5, 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, Rob from Spector for Hire, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 (Disney) – Adventure/Sci-Fi
Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language, and brief suggestive content
Tag Line: Obviously.
Starring:  Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper
Plot: Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.
Running Time: 136 minutes

Chris: If anyone thinks this is not going to be the movie I end up seeing, you don’t know me very well.  That said, this trailer gives us all of the campy laughs and charm that the first movie delivered to us.  A feast for your jolly Marvel soul!
Jim: Surprisingly, I was disappointed in the original. However, this is one of the best trailers I’ve seen in a while (and scored to “Fox on the Run, nice!). Not only do I want to see this movie, I want to have another look at the original. That, to me, is a successful trailer.
Robert: The Guardians trailer is so exciting to me. It gave just enough not to give any big moment of the movie away, and had laughing multiple times. But I maybe biased since I fan-girl over everything that Marvel does.

The Lovers (A24) – Comedy
Rated R for sexuality and language
Tag Line: A love so strong it can survive marriage.
Starring: Debra Winger, Tracy Letts
Plot: Debra Winger and Tracy Letts play a long-married, dispassionate couple who are both in the midst of serious affairs. But on the brink of calling it quits, a spark between them suddenly reignites, leading them into an impulsive romance.
Running Time: 94 minutes

Robert: This will be a good date with the wife.
Chris: Not a chance.
Jim: Welcome back, Debra Winger. She alone would make this worth a rental.

The Dinner (The Orchard) – Drama/Mystery/Thriller
Rated R for disturbing violent content, and language throughout.
Tag Line: How far would you go…to save your children.
Starring: Richard Gere, Laura Linney
Plot: Two sets of wealthy parents meet for dinner to decide what to do about a crime their sons have committed.
Running Time: 120 minutes

Jim: I couldn’t get into the book and I can’t get into the trailer.
Robert: This trailer left me confused but interested enough to look into reading the book.
Chris: Looks like a taut thriller/drama.  I haven’t seen much from Richard Gere lately that has made me want to affix me to my seat, but this one has my attention.

3 Generations (The Weinstein Company) – Drama
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content, some sexual references and language
Tag Line: Three of the most acclaimed actors of their generations in a human comedy for today.
Starring: Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, Susan Sarandon
Plot: After Ray decides to transition from female to male, Ray’s mother, Maggie, must come to terms with the decision while tracking down Ray’s biological father to get his legal consent.
Running Time: 92 minutes

Chris:  This trailer has me confused.
Jim: I’m with Chris—3 accomplished actresses in a hazy trailer.
Robert: That cast is amazing. It’s not my type of movie but I’m happy that a topic like that is getting a good movie

Tickets Purchased:  3 for Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2!

Oh, but we do Drax. We do.
Oh, but we do Drax. We do.

 

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Trailer Snark (December 30, 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!

The Trailer Snark team is taking a break for Christmas, so this week’s edition will be without commentary.  Happy Holidays!

Live By Night (Warner Bros) – Crime/Drama
Rated R for strong violence, language throughout, and some sexuality/nudity
Tag Line: The American Dream has a price.
Starring: Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleason
Plot: A story set in the Prohibition Era and centered around a group of individuals and their dealings in the world of organized crime.
Running Time:  128 minutes

Hidden Figures (20th Century Fox) – Drama
Rated PG for thematic elements and some language
Tag Line: Based on the untold true story.
Starring: Taraji Henson, Octavia Spencer
Plot: Based on a true story! A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions.
Running Time: 127 minutes

Gold (TWC-Dimension) – Crime/Drama/Thriller
Rated R for language throughout and some sexuality/nudity
Tag Line:  Prove ’em all wrong.
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Bryce Dallas Howard
Plot: An unlikely pair venture to the Indonesian jungle in search of gold.
Running Time: 121 minutes

20th Century Women (A24) – Comedy/Drama
Rated R for sexual material, language, some nudity and brief drug use
Tag Line: None
Starring: Annette Benning, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig
Plot: The story of three women who explore love and freedom in Southern California during the late 1970s.
Running Time: 118 minutes

Paterson (Bleecker Street Media) – Comedy/Drama
Rated R for some language
Tag Line: If you ever left me I’d tear my heart out and never put it back
Starring: Adam Driver, Nellie, Goldshifteh Farahani
Plot: A quiet observation of the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details. Running Time: 118 minutes

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Trailer Snark (June 24, 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: Was there ever any doubt?  Finding Dory topped the box office with $136.1M.  Central Intelligence managed a solid second place debut with $34.5M.  The Conjuring 2 slipped to third place with $15.5M to add to its $71.7M domestic total.  The rest of the list did not manage double digits and came in this order:  Now You See Me 2 ($9.6M/$41.3M), Warcraft ($6.5M/$37.7M), X-Men: Apocalypse ($5.2M/$143M), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:  Out of the Shadows ($5.2M/$71.9M), Me Before You ($4.1M/$46.3M), Alice Through the Looking Glass ($3.6M/$69.3M), and Captain America: Civil War ($2.2M/$401.2M).  This week’s contenders are…..

Independence Day: Resurgence (Twentieth Century Fox) – Action/Sci-Fi
Rated PG – 13 for sequences of sci – fi action and destruction, and for some language
Tag Line: We had twenty years to prepare. So did they.
Starring: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman
Plot: Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind’s new space defenses be enough?
Running Time: 120 minutes

Chris: I was one of the few people I know that did not enjoy it the first time around.  I guarantee you I will not be rushing out to see the sequel.
Jessica: YESSSSS!!! I ADORE the first movie for it’s goofy America-ness so I am soo there for this one. It looks equally as fun and has a Hemsworth in it to boot (any Hemsworth will do really).
Jim: 20 years ago, a big-budget alien invasion movie was still something of a novelty. Now they’re a dime a dozen. I’m not sure how many people are interested in this, could be this year’s Terminator: Genisys.  That  said, the trailer’s well done, evoking the enjoyably corny too-muchness of  the original.
Ken: That looked sweet, guess I should get around to watching the first movie at some point. Earth should build a wall around the planet to keep the alien invaders out. And have the aliens pay for it.

The Shallows (Columbia) – Drama/Horror
Rated PG – 13 for bloody images, intense sequences of peril, and brief strong language
Tag Line: Plan your getaway.
Starring:  Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada
Plot: A mere 200 yards from shore, surfer Nancy is attacked by a great white shark, with her short journey to safety becoming the ultimate contest of wills.
Running Time: 87 minutes

Jessica: Good timing with Shark Week starting on Saturday, it shows A LOT in the trailer so that concerns me, I’d watch this at home though because I do enjoy a good shark flick and this has potential to be good.
Jim: The Shallows—Jaws and Open Water did it for me. What more can anyone really add to another shark attack movie without it appearing drawn out and/or ridiculous?
Ken: She’s gonna need a bigger surfboard. Probably pass on this one, but that is one cool looking shark.
Chris: I hate that they show you so much in the trailer, but it sure freaks me out something fierce.  I am ready to squirm in my seat!

Free State of Jones (STX Entertainment) – Biography/Drama
Rated R for brutal battle scenes and disturbing graphic images
Tag Line: Based on the incredible true story.
Starring: Matthew McCounaghey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell
Plot: As civil war divides the nation, a poor farmer from Mississippi leads a group of rebels against the Confederate army.
Running Time: 139 minutes

Jim: Civil War movies have always held an appeal for me. That and Matthew McConaughey—I’m in.
Ken: Love me some Civil War. The McConaughey revival marches on.
Chris: Looks like a solid civil war era military drama…..my cup of tea.
Jessica: I do enjoy Matthew and this looks like a solid pick, but I’d watch it at home, not the theater.

The Neon Demon (Broad Green Pictures) – Drama/Horror
Rated R for disturbing violent content, bloody images, graphic nudity, a scene of aberrant sexuality, and language
Tag Line: Beauty isn’t everything it’s the only thing.
Starring:  Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves
Plot: When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.
Running Time: 117 minutes

Ken: I don’t know what I just watched, but I didn’t like it.
Chris: Psycho model Elle Fanning.  I remember when she was such a sweet girl.  Pass.
Jessica: Looks interesting but I really didn’t like “Drive” all that much and a movie about unhappy models…Meh.
Jim: Trying too hard to impress me with its weirdness.

Weiner Dog (IFC Films) – Comedy
Rated R for language and some disturbing content.
Tag Line: None
Starring: Danny Devito, Ellen Burnstyn
Plot: A dachshund passes from oddball owner to oddball owner, whose radically dysfunctional lives are all impacted by the pooch.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Chris: Was that supposed to be funny?
Jessica: This one charmed me I have to say. I’d watch it at home for sure.
Jim: Couldn’t be less interested.
Ken: I found this oddly charming, but not enough to make a trip out of it. Renter maybe.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (The Orchard) – Adventure/Comedy
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including violent content, and for some language
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Sam Neill, Julian Denson
Plot: A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.
Running Time: 101 minutes

Jessica: I am already in love with this movie. Great casting, I loved “What We Do In The Shadows” so I have a feeling the humor will be spot-on and creative.
Jim: Looks funny and enjoyable.  Sam Neill is always a plus.
Ken: The dialogue had me in stitches.  I’ll definitely be streaming this down the line.
Chris:  Now, THAT looks funny.

Tickets Purchased: Two for Independence Day (Jessica and Ken), One for Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Jim), and One for The Shallows (Chris).

Keanu's movie didn't get picked by anyone this week, but he is so captionable!
Keanu’s movie didn’t get picked by anyone this week, but he is so captionable!