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Trailer Snark (November 17, 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!

Justice League (Warner Bros) – Action/Adventure/Fantasy
Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action
Tag Line: Justice for all.
Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams
Plot: Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.
Running Time: 120 minutes

Jim: Sorry, but I hated, hated, hated Batman vs. Superman, and it looks like Zack Snyder is back to bore me to bat-tears. Not a good feeling for this, despite the presence of Wonder Woman.
Chris: When you hear that they spent $40 million on re-shoots, it does not inspire confidence, but DC is coming off a very big, successful, and high quality Wonder Woman film.  I’ll obviously be going to the theater to see this one, though maybe not opening week.

Wonder (Lionsgate) – Drama
Rated PG for thematic elements including bullying, and some mild language
Tag Line: Choose kind.
Starring: Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Julia Roberts
Plot: Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.
Running Time: 113 minutes

Chris: Seems like a nice one to watch with the kids with a message and they and the rest of us can all be reminded of. 
Jim: A nice lump-in-the -throat trailer, looks like it’s handled with much care and sensitivity. Not quite enough to get me into a theater, but it looks like a worthwhile rental.

The Star (Columbia Pictures) – Animation/Adventure/Comedy
Rated PG for some thematic elements
Tag Line: It Takes Many Tails To Tell The Greatest Story Ever
Starring: Steven Yeun, Ving Rhames, Keegan Michael-Key
Plot: A small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas.
Running Time: 86 minutes

Jim: To be honest, despite the great subject matter, the whole thing looks kinda chintzy. Think I’ll put in my copy of The Little Drummer Boy instead.
Chris: Yeah, I have to agree with Jim here.  But I will catch it when it goes to stream.

Roman J. Israel, Esq (Columbia Pictures) – Crime/Drama
Rated PG-13 for language and some violence
Tag Line: All rise.
Starring: Denzell Washington, Colin Farrell
Plot: Denzel Washington stars as Roman Israel, a driven, idealistic defense attorney who, through a tumultuous series of events, finds himself in a crisis that leads to extreme action.
Running Time: 129 minutes

Chris: Listen to that music!  Can you dig it?  LOL.  Yes, I am there.  Denzel is awesome.
Jim: Looks like another meaty role for the mighty Denzel, I’m in!

Mudbound (Netflix) – Drama
Rated R for some disturbing violence, brief language and nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke
Plot: Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi, where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war.
Running Time: 134 minutes

Jim: A worthwhile rental.
Chris: Heck of a trailer!  And with easy Netflix access, I can’t see me staying away from this one too long.

Almost Friends (Gravitas Ventures) – Comedy/Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line: Timing is everything.
Starring: Freddie Highmore, Odeya Rush, Christopher Meloni
Plot: Charlie is an unmotivated man in his mid 20s still living at home with his mother and stepfather who falls for a young woman who has a serious boyfriend.
Running Time: 101 minutes

Chris: I still see creepy young Norman Bates, but Highmore keeps taking some interesting roles between his Good Doctor tv show and films like this.  Rental.
Jim: Looks nicely done with a great premise, another worthwhile rental.

Mr. Roosevelt (Paladin) – Comedy
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Noel Wells, Nick Thune, Britt Lower
Plot: After a loved one falls ill, struggling comedian Emily Martin returns to her college town of Austin, Texas and must come to terms with her past while staying with her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Jim: Speak softly and walk past the theater showing this.
Chris: I can’t beat that comment, Jim.  Yeah, this looks terrible.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for Roman J Israel, Esq!

 

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Trailer Snark (June 2, 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!

Wonder Woman (Warner Bros) – Action/Adventure/Fantasy
Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive content
Tag Line: Power. Grace. Wisdom. Wonder.
Starring:  Gal Gadot, Chris Pine
Plot: Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.
Running Time: 141 minutes

Chris: I have been pretty hard on DC’s cinematic universe, but this is the first time I have some true hopefulness in one of their films.  Here’s to a wonderous Wonder Woman!
Jim: Like most of the world, I’m looking forward to seeing this. The trailer’s certainly action-packed, and Gal Gadot is a stunning-looking woman.  I found her performance very wooden in that endurance test called Batman vs. Superman. Maybe she’ll pull it off in the new movie.
Jessica: A woman-led superhero flick directed by a woman? This little feminist heart is all for it!!! I cannot wait to see it and I have HIGH hopes that it is going to be the best of the best!!!!

Check out Great Stories very own Dope Sheet Review of the movie here!

Captain Underpants (Twentieth Century Fox) – Animated/Family
Rated PG for mild rude humor throughout
Tag Line: Change is coming!
Starring: Kevin Hart, Ed Helms
Plot: Two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.
Running Time: 89 minutes

Jim: A funny trailer, looks like a good rental.
Chris: Actually looks mildly amusing, but my wife is horrified.

Dean (CBS Films) – Comedy/Drama
Rated PG-13 for language and some suggestive material
Tag Line: A comedy about tragedy.
Starring: Demetri Martin, Kevin Kline, Gillian Jacobs
Plot: A comedy about loss, grief and the redemptive power of love, Dean is an NY illustrator who falls hard for an LA woman while trying to prevent his father from selling the family home in the wake of his mother’s death.
Running Time: 87 minutes

Chris: Watching Dean totally destroy himself in front of the pretty girl was very funny, but it looks like a rental at best.
Jim: At last, a romantic comedy that’s not falling all over itself trying to impress me how witty it thinks it is. Good date night material, and the scene that Chris mentioned is very funny.

Band Aid (IFC Films) – Comedy
Not Rated
Tag Line: Misery loves accompaniment
Starring: Zoe Lister-Jones, Adam Pally, Colin Hanks, Brooklyn Decker
Plot: A couple who can’t stop fighting embark on a last-ditch effort to save their marriage: turning their fights into songs and starting a band.
Running Time: 91 minutes

Jim: Another interesting romcom, and one about a married couple that actually looks good. What a great premise!
Chris: This actually looks darn good.  A romantic comedy done in a style of its own. A romcom that is not paint by numbers…how refreshing!

Vincent n Roxxy (Vertical Entertainment) – Crime/Drama/Thriller
Rated R for brutal bloody violence, language throughout, some strong sexual content, nudity, and brief drug use
Tag Line: None
Starring: Emile Hirsch, Zoe Kravitz
Plot: A small town loner and a rebellious punk rocker unexpectedly fall in love as they are forced on the run and soon discover violence follows them everywhere.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Chris: That’s a whole lot of dysfunctional people in one trailer.
Jim: Blecchh. Yawn. ZZZZ.  And other negative sounds.

Tickets Purchased: Three for Wonder Woman

Righting the wrongs of Batman vs Superman?
Righting the wrongs of Batman vs Superman?

 

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Trailer Snark (October 21, 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!

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (Paramount) – Action/Adventure
Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, some bloody images, language and thematic elements
Tag Line: Never give in, Never give up, Never go back
Starring: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders
Plot: Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear his name. On the run as a fugitive from the law, Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever.
Running Time: 118 minutes

Jessica: I saw the first one they did and really enjoyed it. I’ve also read a bunch of the Jack Reacher books, including this one, and love the stories. I think even though Cruise looks NOTHING like how Jack Reacher is described in the books, he did a fantastic job and I’m excited for this one.
Chris:  Feeling some Rick Astley love in that tag line.  This movie never gonna give you up.  Never gonna let you down.  Never gonna run around and hurt you.  Yeah!

Ouija: Origin of Evil (Universal) – Horror/Thriller
Rated PG-13 for disturbing images, terror and thematic elements
Tag Line: No telling what you’ll see.
Starring: Elizabeth Reaser, Lulu Wilson
Plot: In 1965 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their seance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by a merciless spirit, the family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.
Running Time: 99 minutes

Chris: While I like the throwback sixties vibe, this looks like your standard run of the mill horror outing.  Better saved for a Netflix stream.
Jessica: Pass. When the trailer makes it seem cheesy and lame, that usually means the movie is going to be cheesy and lame. Plus, haven’t there been like twelve BILLION Ouija board movies already? Enough already! Next thing you know there will be a zombie vampire movie about using Ouija boards that turn into magical turnips or something.

Keeping Up with the Joneses (Fox) – Comedy
Rated PG-13 for sexual content, action/violence and brief strong language
Tag Line: Meet the Joneses.
Starring: Zach Galafianakis, Isla Fisher, Gal Gadot
Plot: A suburban couple becomes embroiled in an international espionage plot when they discover that their seemingly perfect new neighbors are government spies.
Running Time: 105 minutes

Jessica: When I saw Gal Gadot and Hamm and Zack and Isla I was partially sold. When he yelled into his tie microphone I laughed out loud. This looks like a fun, stupidly funny action comedy. love it.
Chris: I am with Jess on this one.  Laughter is good medicine in times such as these.  Bring on the silliness!

Boo! A Madea Halloween (Lionsgate) – Comedy/Horror
Rated PG-13 for drug use and references, suggestive content, language, some horror images and thematic material
Tag Line: Witch, please.
Starring: Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis
Plot: Madea winds up in the middle of mayhem when she spends a haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens.
Running Time: 103 minutes

Chris: While I was mildly amused by the trailer, I am not sure if this will be the film to break my streak of not watching Tyler Perry movies.
Jessica: You can’t PAY me to even WATCH this BS trailer. P A S S.

American Pastoral (Lionsgate) – Crime/Drama
Rated R for some strong sexual material, language and brief violent images
Tag Line: A radically ordinary story.
Starring: Ewan MacGregor, Jennifer Connelly
Plot: In 1968, a hardworking man, who’s been a staple in his quaint community for years, watches his seemingly perfect middle class life fall apart as his daughter’s new radical political affiliation threatens to destroy their family.
Running Time: 126 minutes

Jessica: I have no idea what this is about but I am intrigued.
Chris:  Probably the shortest Trailer Snark trailer we have had.  That said, directorial debut of Ewan MacGregor.  It will be worth seeing if he is every bit the director as he is the actor.  Count me in!

31 (Saban Films) – Horror/Thriller
Rated R for strong bloody horror violence, pervasive language, sexual content and drug use
Tag Line: Welcome to Hell
Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Meg Foster, Richard Brake
Plot: Five carnival workers are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, Hell-like compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive twelve hours against a gang of sadistic clowns.
Running Time: 102 minutes

Chris:  I was not a fan of Zombie’s last film, Lords of Salem.  I wonder if he can rebound with this one?  The subject matter is certainly timely with America’s clown problem.
Jessica: I’ll watch anything Zombie makes so I’m in on this one!

I’m Not Ashamed (Pure-flix) – Biography/Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic material, teen drinking and smoking, disturbing violent content and some suggestive situations
Tag Line: Her faith would touch the world.
Starring: Masey McLain, Ben Davies
Plot: Based on the inspiring and powerful true story and journal entries of Rachel Joy Scott- the first student killed in the Columbine high school shooting in 1999.
Running Time: 112 minutes

Jessica: I honestly don’t know that I am ready for any film dealing with school shootings, especially in the current climate we’re in, but I give them credit for focusing on one of the slain, rather than the killers.
Chris: Tears welled up with this trailer.  I will definitely be seeing this one.

Moonlight (A24) – Drama
Rated R for some sexuality, drug use, brief violence, and language throughout
Tag Line:  This is the story of a lifetime.
Starring: Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp
Plot: A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.
Running Time: 110 minutes
Chris:  Personal journey movie fraught with tragedy.  Will be a good small screen viewer, I think.
Jessica: Another one where the trailer tells us very little, but the little it tells me is that it’s dealing with a man trying to find himself in a culture that does not fully accept who he is. Looks powerful.

Tickets Purchased: Two for Keeping Up with the Joneses

You'd never know that beneath the smiles lay a desperate pit of envy and distrust...but all for our utter amusement.
You’d never know that beneath the smiles lay a desperate pit of envy and distrust…but all for our utter amusement.