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Trailer Snark (June 16, 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!

Cars 3 (Disney) – Animation/Family
Rated G
Tag Line: It’s On!
Starring:  Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Larry the Cable Guy
Plot: Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he’s still the best race car in the world.
Running Time: 109 minutes

Chris: Animation and fast cars?  The wife is already buying the tickets.  But my enthusiasm is a bit more tempered.  Animated sequels are historically disappointing.
Jessica: I simply do not understand why people love these so much, I think they’re pretty dull. Big pass for me.

Rough Night (Sony Pictures) – Comedy
R for crude sexual content, language throughout, drug use and brief bloody images
Tag Line: Dropping June 16
Starring: Scarlet Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Zoe Kravitz
Plot: Things go terribly wrong for a group of girlfriends who hire a male stripper for a bachelorette party in Miami.
Running Time: 101 minutes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_B4Jfdp1P8
Jessica: I usually love these types of movies and I adore McKinnon, but this one doesn’t make me laugh much. I’ll probably watch it one day for free at home, but not a movie theater film for me at all.
Chris: It would be one if I were forced to see this at my local theater.

All Eyez On Me (Lionsgate) – Biography/Drama/Music
Rated R for language and drug use throughout, violence, some nudity and sexuality
Tag Line: Legends never die.
Starring: Demetrius Shipp Jr, Danai Gurira, Kat Graham
Plot: Tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur.
Running Time: 160 minutes

Chris: Was never a Tupac fan, but this one seems less about the music and more about the man.  Could be worth the rental?

47 Meters Down (Entertainment Studios) – Horror/Thriller
Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense peril, bloody images, and brief strong language
Tag Line: No help above, no hope below.
Starring: Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Matthew Modine
Plot: Two sisters vacationing in Mexico are trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean. With less than an hour of oxygen left and great white sharks circling nearby, they must fight to survive.
Running Time: 89 minutes

Jessica: This looks like it could be fun, a rental though, again not wasting my money on it! I can always watch the classic shark films like Jaws or Deep Blue Sea!
Chris: Anyone who knows me knows that I loathe and fear sharks.  I guess that makes this one a good candidate for morbid curiosity and masochism.

The Book of Henry (Focus Features) – Drama/Thriller
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong language
Tag Line: Never leave things undone.
Starring: Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher
Plot: A single mother discovers a scheme in her son’s book to rescue a young girl from the hands of her abusive stepfather and sets out to execute the plan at any cost.
Running Time: 105 minutes

Chris: I’ve always enjoyed Naomi Watts and I am liking the dynamic between her and her son played by Jaeden Lieberher in the face of their neighbor’s abusive step-father.  How far will they go to protect a child?  I will be sure to find out!
Jessica: I’m intrigued so I’d watch this at home.

The Journey (IFC Films) – Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including violent images and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Freddie Highmore, Tobey Stephens, John Hurt, Catherine McCormack
Plot: A fictional account of the extraordinary story of two implacable enemies in Northern Ireland – firebrand Democratic Unionist Party leader Ian Paisley and Sinn Fein politician Martin …
Running Time: 94 minutes

Chris: I grew up literally reading article after article in our Boston newspaper publications about Sinn Fein and the IRA.  Although this is a fictionalized account of two of the most prominent rivals in the Northern Ireland conflict, I am eager to see it.

Maudie (Sony Picture Classics) – Biography/Drama/Romance
Rated PG-13 for some thematic content and brief sexuality.
Tag Line: None
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Sally Hawkins
Plot: An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community.
Running Time: 115 minutes

Chris: I literally fell asleep watching this trailer.

Tickets Purchased:  One for The Book of Henry (Chris) while Jessica goes for another viewing of Wonder Woman.

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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.
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Trailer Snark (March 25th, 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: Zootopia topped the box office for the third straight week with $38M and putting its overall domestic haul to over $200M.  The latest Divergent series entry, Allegiant, came in second place with a $29M opening.  Miracles from Heaven debuted at number three with $18.5M.  10 Cloverfield Lane was in fourth ($12.5M/$45.1M).  In fifth was Deadpool still doing good biz ($8M/$340.9M).  The rest of the top ten was as follows:  London Has Fallen ($6.8M/$50M), Whiskey Tango Foxtrot ($2.8M/$19.2M), The Perfect Match ($1.9M/$7.3M), The Brothers Grimsby ($1.4M/$5.9M), and The Revanant ($1.2M/$181.1M).  It’s a short list of new releases this week as most studios made way for a certain superhero battle royal movie.  Let’s see what is on tap!

Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (Warner Bros) – Action/Adventure
Rated PG – 13 for intense sequences of violence and action throughout, and some sensuality
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg
Plot: Fearing the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the man of steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. With Batman and Superman fighting each other, a new threat, Doomsday, is created by Lex Luthor. It’s up to Superman and Batman to set aside their differences along with Wonder Woman to stop Lex Luthor and Doomsday from destroying Metropolis.
Running Time: 151 minutes

Ken: I don’t care how bad the latest slew of reviews have been, I’m still pretty excited to see Dawn of Justice this weekend. Please be good…
Jessica: I remember a time were advance info and reviews weren’t as easily available and I miss those days. I don’t care what anyone else says, i want to see this bad boy and I have high hopes for it.
Jim: I’m reaching my saturation point with superhero movies, but have to admit this looks like a good one. Hopefully, it’s not just the trailer that’s good. Jesse Eisenberg as Luthor has me hopeful…but then again, so did Kevin Spacey. Ugh.
Chris: I have scoffed at the premise of any scenario where Batman could take on Superman, but comic movies are all about suspending reality anyway, so what the heck.  I am in.
Rob:  Make mine Marvel!

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (Universal) – Comedy/Romance
Rated PG-13 for some suggestive material
Tag Line:  Every day of my life is Greek Club.
Starring: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett
Plot: A Portokalos family secret brings the beloved characters back together for an even bigger and Greeker wedding.
Running Time: 94 minutes

Rob:  I will probably be forced to watch this with my wife at some point, but will try to resist.
Chris:  I formally renew my vow to not see this film.
Ken: Didn’t see the first, no interest in the sequel.
Jessica: Where’s the caped crusader? The man of steel? Wonder Woman? No superhero’s means I don’t care.
Jim: Jaded Moviegoer is showing up a lot this week—I’ve had it with ethnic family comedies as well—they peaked with Moonstruck.

I Saw the Light (Sony Picture Classics) – Biography/Drama/Music
Rated R for some language and brief sexuality/nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen
Plot: The story of the country-western singer Hank Williams, who in his brief life created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music. The film chronicles his rise to fame and its tragic effect on his health and personal life.
Running Time: 123 minutes

Jim: Might as well just rent Walk the Line.
Rob:  No interest.  But Hiddleston may be the next Bond, so it may be good to see what he can do.
Chris: Tom Hiddleston seems to take to this role of country legend well.  Color me intrigued.
Ken: Reminds me of Walk the Line, the Johnny Cash movie, but with a much grimmer ending.
Jessica: Nope, nope, nope…No Lex Luthor? All set.

Born to Be Blue (IFC Films) – Biography/Drama/Music
Rated R for drug use, language, some sexuality and brief violence
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Ethan Hawke, Carmen Ejogo
Plot: A re-imagining of jazz legend Chet Baker’s musical comeback in the late ’60s.

Jessica: Music is nice, I bet Batman likes music, moody sad music, oh so jazz is perfect for him!
Jim: I love jazz and Ethan Hawke always surprises me—rental, at the least.
Rob: Looks really good, but rental material.

Chris: Two musical bio-pics in one week.  Country Vs Jazz….FIGHT!
Ken: Another dark, musical biopic. Not familiar with Chet Baker so not very jazzed about this movie.

They’re Watching (Amplify) – Comedy/Horror
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Mia Faith, Kris Lemche
Plot: When an American home improvement TV show visits a remote Eastern European village, the young crew thinks the lack of mocha lattés and free wifi will be the worst of their problems. But after their filming interrupts the superstitious villagers’ private religious ritual, the situation takes a turn for the homicidal… and when the blood starts flowing, that’s when things get really weird. With THEY’RE WATCHING, noted graphic novelists and animators Micah Wright and Jay Lender turn a classic horror premise upside down to create a fresh, funny, eye-popping twist on the genre.
Running Time: 95 minutes

Ken: Literally watched the trailer 3 times, still can’t figure out wtf is going on. Who just yells out “witch” at a strange bar?
Jessica: Um what? Superman would blow this film up with his heat vision.
Jim: WHAT are we watching? Sorry, the SpongeBob reference threw me.
Rob:  Stupidly amusing, and would rent it.  I also love the SpongeBob reference.

Chris:  They is certainly not me.

Tickets Purchased:  Four tickets for the DC throw-down (Ken, Chris, Jessica, and Jim).  Rob stays home and watches more Daredevil.

Whose Side Are You On?
Whose Side Are You On?
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Trailer Snark (February 5, 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:  Po’s Kung Fun is strong apparently.  The third in the kid’s series of animated films took in $41M in its debut to top the box office this past week.  Meanwhile, The Revenant slipped to second place with $12.4M/$138M.  Star Wars:  The Force Awakens is still doing solid business in third with $10.7M/$895.4M.  The Finest Hours debuted at number four with $10.3M.  Ride Along 2 was fifth with $8.3M/$70.7M.  The rest of the top ten went as follows:  The Boy ($7.8M/$21.5M), Dirty Grandpa ($7.5M/$22.8M), The 5th Wave ($7M/$20.1M), Fifty Shades of Black ($6.1M/NEW), and 13 Hours ($6M/$42.5M).  This week’s new entries are an eclectic mix…let’s check them out.

Hail, Caesar (Universal Pictures) – Comedy/Drama/Musical
Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content and smoking
Tag Line:  Lights.  Camera.  Abduction.
Starring:  George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlet JohanssonPlot: A Hollywood fixer in the 1950s works to keep the studio’s stars in line.
Running Time: 106 minutes

Jessica:  I LOVE the Coen Brothers so this is a no-brainer. Top-notch talent, a fun story and kooky-crazy storytelling. Yes indeed. This looks to be a winner.
Chris:  There is a certain element to every Coen Brothers film that makes them hard to dismiss.  And with the cast lined up for this one, I will be certain to catching it at some point, even if not in theaters. 

The Choice (Lionsgate) – Drama/Romance
Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some thematic issues
Tag Line: Let your heart decide.
Starring: Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Maggie Grace
Plot: Travis and Gabby first meet as neighbors in a small coastal town and wind up in a relationship that is tested by life’s most defining events.
Running Time: 111 minutes

Chris:  Did you know that Nicholas Sparks has his own film production company?  Yeah, that didn’t make my day either.
Jessica:  Oh gag me. I swore in a very unlady-like fashion when I saw the “Nicholas Sparks” at the top of the trailer and turned it off. Melodramatic, boring, all the bad things about movies. P A S S.

Regression (RADiUS-TWC) – Crime/Thriller
Rated R for disturbing violent and sexual content, and for language
Tag Line: Fear always finds its victim.
Starring: Emma Watson, Ethan Hawke
Plot: A detective and a psychoanalyst uncover evidence of a satanic cult while investigating the rape of a young woman.
Running Time: 106 minutes

Jessica: Looks intriguing and like a good thriller. I’d watch this at home.
Chris:  Ethan Hawke is one of my favorite actors and I have always been a sucker for a religion-based thriller.  Game on!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Sony Pictures) – Action/Horror/Romance
Rated PG-13 for zombie violence and action, and brief suggestive material
Tag Line: Bloody lovely.
Starring: Lily James, Suki Waterhouse, Sam Riley
Plot: Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England is faced with a new challenge — an army of undead zombies.
Running Time: 108 minutes

Chris: I remember seeing this book in the stores and doing a double-take.  After one look at the trailer, I am not inclined to a similar reaction.  Perhaps if buzz is positive, I’d catch it on small screen.
Jessica: Sigh. I’m torn on this one. I read the book (both of them actually and a few others with the addition of monsters) and I enjoyed it but this trailer leaves me feeling really indifferent about it. Probably a pass for me.

Tumbledown (Starz Digital Media) – Comedy/Romance/Music
Rated R for a sex scene
Tag Line: Turn the page.  Start a new chapter.
Starring:  Dianna Agron, Rebecca Hall, Jason Sudeikis
Plot: A young woman struggles to move on with her life after the death of her husband, an acclaimed folk singer, when a brash New York writer forces her to confront her loss and the ambiguous circumstances of his death.
Running Time: 105 minutes

Jessica: I was fully intending to pass on this one, but darn-it, it got to me. Good actors and an interesting story about loss and music and blah, blah. I’d watch this at home.
Chris:  I don’t think so.

Tickets Purchased:  One for Hail, Caesar (Jessica) and one for Regression (Chris)

Though the weather outside is frightful, movies are so delightful. So curl up and enjoy another Trailer Snark!
Though the weather outside is frightful, movies are so delightful. So curl up and enjoy another Trailer Snark!