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 Accountant (Warner Bros) – Action/Crime/Drama
Rated R for strong violence and language throughout
Tag Line: Calculate your choices.
Starring: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick
Plot: As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise.
Running Time: 128 minutes
Jessica: Oh I’m 100% into this one. Great cast, interesting premise. Looks like a fun and possibly violent romp.
Jim: Looks solid and gripping. A good Affleck here, I’m in.
Chris: After checking my balances, I have determined that the assets outweigh the liabilities and I will be glad to exercise my options for this movie.
Kevin Hart: What Now? (Universal) – Documentary/Comedy
Rated R for some sexual material, and language throughout
Tag Line: The comedy event of the year.
Starring: Kevin Hart, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle
Plot: Comedian Kevin Hart performs in front of a crowd of 50,000 people at Philadelphia’s outdoor venue, Lincoln Financial Field.
Running Time: 96 minutes
Chris: I’ll watch it on Netflix for sure. KH brings the comedy for me.
Jessica: Don’t care. He’s annoying as hell and this movie looks like a waste of money.
Jim: Irritating and in-your-face.
Max Steel (Open Road Films) – Action/Adventure
Rated PG-13 for some sci-fi action violence
Tag Line: Unleash your power.
Starring: Ben Winchell, Josh Brener
Plot: The adventures of teenager Max McGrath and his alien companion, Steel, who must harness and combine their tremendous new powers to evolve into the turbo-charged superhero Max Steel.
Running Time: 92 minutes
Jim: Looks like spare parts from half a dozen superhero movies put in a blender. Dull, dull, dull.
Chris: Disinterest to the Max.
Jessica: My boyfriend got really excited about this one, though I can’t say the same. It looks a bit cheesy to me and not really something I care too much about seeing in the theater.
Certain Women (IFC Films) – Drama
Rated R for some language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams
Plot: The lives of three women intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail.
Running Time: 107 minutes
Jessica: I’m all for a movie about independent women, but does it have to star Kristen Stewart? She is about as interesting as a paper sack, actually, I’d rather watch the paper sack. I honestly got bored watching the trailer. Pass on this one.
Jim: It’s amazing how often a quiet trailer full of people talking can make a movie look interesting.
Chris: ACK! Kristen Stewart alert! WARNING! WARNING! Jessica and I may have to start a support group.
Priceless (Roadside Attractions) – Drama/Romance
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving human trafficking, and some violence
Tag Line: You’re priceless.
Starring: Joel Smallbone, David Koechner
Plot: A widower who loses custody of his daughter finds himself unable to hold down a job. He agrees to drive a truck across the country, no questions asked. But when he discovers what he is delivering, he is faced with a life-changing choice.
Running Time: 97 minutes
Chris: Might be a descent rental. Its the guy from For King and Country!
Jessica: Ugh. This went down a remarkably cheesy trailer path for such a story. Pass.
Tickets Purchased: Two for The Accountant (Jessica and Chris) and One for Certain Women (Jim)