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Great Stories Pop Culture Talk June 2018

Hey Everyone….check out our ultra-spoilery video that discusses the teams thoughts on both Solo: A Star Wars Story and Deadpool 2!  Special thanks to our Production Team and Barry Giles for their support and making us look and sound better than ever.

 

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Trailer Snark (June 3, 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:  Another Marvel franchise tops the box office in its debut week as X-Men:  Apocalypse took in $65M.  Alice Through the Looking Glass debuted in second with $28.1M.  Last week’s winner, Angry Birds, slipped to third place with another $18.7M for a total domestic haul of $66.3M.  Civil War came in fourth with $15.1M and $372.6M overall.   Neighbors 2 rounded out the first five with $9.1M and $$38.3M overall.  The rest of the top ten was as follows:  Jungle book ($6.9M/$338.4M), The Nice Guys ($6.3M/$21.7M), Money Monster ($4.2M/$33.9M), Love and Friendship ($2.4M/$3.4M), and Zooptopia ($1M/$335.8).  Let’s check out this week’s new box office entries!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (Paramount) – Action/Adventure
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence
Tag Line: Only one team can defend us all.
Starring: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Tyler Perry
Plot: As Shredder joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman and henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady to take over the world, the Turtles must confront an even greater nemesis: the notorious Krang.
Running Time: 112 minutes

Chris: A vigilante who uses a hockey stick as a weapon?  It’s about dang time!  I’ll take that with a side of pizza any day.
Jim: Between the onslaught in the early ’90s and the current rebirth—-enough awready!
Jessica: Please good Lord above, no more turtles! I barely made it through the 1st one, i cannot do it again.

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (Universal) – Comedy
Rated R for some graphic nudity, language throughout, sexual content and drug use
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Adam Samberg, Imogen Poots, Bill Hader
Plot: When it becomes clear that his solo album is a failure, a former boy band member does everything in his power to maintain his celebrity status.
Running Time: 86 minutes too long

Jessica: Eh. Could be funny, could be terrible. Either way, I am NOT going to the theater for it.
Chris: More like poopstar.
Jim: A few too many poop jokes.

Me Before You (MGM) – Drama/Romance
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some suggestive material
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin
Plot: A girl in a small town forms an unlikely bond with a recently-paralyzed man she’s taking care of.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Jim: Looks good, I guess the book was a big deal.  They probably didn’t have to show the whole dang movie in the trailer, though. Rental.
Jessica: This looks good, but only the kind of good movie that I watch to get in a good cry, like “PS I Love You”.
Chris: I may catch this at home with the wife, but no way is this a theater viewer.

The Fits (Oscilloscope) – Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett
Plot: While training at the gym 11-year-old tomboy Toni becomes entranced with a dance troupe. As she struggles to fit in she finds herself caught up in danger as the group begins to suffer from fainting spells and other violent fits.
Running Time: 72 minutes

Chris: Another one more “fit” for the small screen, especially at a 72 minute running time.  I hear that Royalty Hightower gives a heck of a performance in her breakout role.
Jim: Always good to see something other than the usual cookie cutter trailer. Nicely done.
Jessica: I want to say I’ll watch this at home because it does intrigue me, but I know I’ll forget all about it and never watch it. Looks like an interesting story and some great acting from Royalty Hightower (amazing name by the way).

Tickets Purchased:  One for The Fits (Jim) and One for the Turtles (Chris)

This rookie could have a bright future!
This rookie could have a bright future!