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Trailer Snark (November 22, 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!

Coco (Disney) – Animation/Adventure/Comedy
Rated PG for thematic elements
Tag Line: None
Starring: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal
Plot: Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to work out the mystery.
Running Time: 109 minutes

Chris: Disney does what they do best. This time with latin flare. I’ll catch it when it comes to my Blu Ray shelf.
Jim: Not the strongest Pixar trailer I’ve ever seen, but Inside Out had a weak one and the movie was awesome. Most likely see this in between helpings of hopefully not too much unhealthy holiday food.

Darkest Hour (Focus Features) – Biography/Drama/History
Rated PG-13 for some thematic material
Tag Line: Never give up. Never give in.
Starring: Gary Oldman, Lily James
Plot: During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.
Running Time: 125 minutes

Jim: A great trailer for what looks like might be a rousing and fitting portrayal of the man. Some amazing makeup on that human chameleon Gary Oldman.
Chris: Churchill was the right leader for Britain at the right time. I haven’t seen any other films that really center on this historical figure, and I am intrigued to see how he is portrayed.

The Man Who Invented Christmas (Bleecker Street Media) – Biography/Comedy/Drama
Rated PG for thematic elements and some mild language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer
Plot: The journey that led to Charles Dickens’ creation of “A Christmas Carol,” a timeless tale that would redefine the holiday.
Running Time: 104 minutes

Chris: Dickens develops relationships with the characters he is best remembered for in the furious run-up to the publishing of the renowned A Christmas Carol. Looks like a pretty cool take on the history and a Christmas movie I could really get into.
Jim: Finishing a great year for Dan Stevens and featuring the very prolific Christopher Plummer. I can never tire of this story and just finished some historical fiction on the making of it (Mr Dickens and His Carol). A must-see.

Chappaquiddick (Entertainment Studios) – Biography/Crime/Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic material, disturbing images, some strong language, and historical smoking
Tag Line: None
Starring: Jason Clarke, Clancy Brown, Kata Mara, Ed Helms
Plot: Ted Kennedy’s life and political career become derailed in the aftermath of a fatal car accident in 1969 that claims the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne.
Running time: 107 minutes

*There is no trailer available for this film, which is the first time in Trailer Snark history that you cannot find an active trailer on the internet for a film that is being released in the same week.  Hard to believe that someone has not cut a trailer for a film that has already screened at the Toronto Film Festival and features some major actors.  So it is not so much a stretch to believe that some powerful politicos are trying to squash promotion of the film.  It is too bad we can’t get an advanced peak, but if it turns out to be a good film, we certainly hope that people go see it.*

Tickets Purchased:  Two for The Man Who Invented Christmas

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Trailer Snark (February 3, 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, Rob from Spector for Hire, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Rings (Paramount) – Horror
Rated PG-13 for violence/terror, thematic elements, some sexuality and brief drug material
Tag Line: Evil is reborn.
Starring: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Alex Roe, Vincent D’Onofrio
Plot: A young woman finds herself on the receiving end of a terrifying curse that threatens to take her life in 7 days.
Running Time: 102 minutes

Jim: Yet another example of “Just because the original was good and made a ton of money doesn’t mean we need to see it again.”
Chris: The first movie was quite good, but I find this particular property’s sequels to be completely unnecessary.  They’ve gone to the well too many times (those of you who have seen the original will appreciate the pun).  😉
Jessica: I really found the first round of Rings kind of boring. Not scary at all. I need more from my horror films than a creepy dirty kid in a well.

The Space Between Us (STX Entertainment) – Adventure/Drama/Romance
Rated PG-13 for brief sensuality and language
Tag Line:  What’s your favorite thing about Earth?
Starring: Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino
Plot: The first human born on Mars travels to Earth for the first time, experiencing the wonders of the planet through fresh eyes. He embarks on an adventure with a street smart girl to discover how he came to be.
Running Time: 120 minutes

Jessica: I wanted to like this movie because I mean, come on GARY OLDMAN. But no. No thank you very much. Still, GARY OLDMAN. I love him.
Jim: MMMMnnnnaaaah. Too many genres raided that we’ve been to before.
Chris: This one has Valentine’s Date Movie written all over it.  Something for everyone.  Pretty good twist on the space travel genre of movie.

I Am Not Your Negro (Magnolia) – Documentary
Rated PG-13 for disturbing violent images, thematic material, language and brief nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Narrated by Samuel L Jackson
Plot: Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House.
Running Time: 95 minutes

Chris:  Compelling look at a very painful era in our history. Not big screen material for me however.
Jessica: Yes. Yes. 100 times yes. This looks amazing. And is a story people need to see these days. Remember what this country was built on; protesting, speaking out for what is right, letting your voice be heard. This is my pick of the week, without a doubt.
Jim: NOW we’re cookin’! What thought-provoking images and ideas! And, yes, timely.

Tickets purchased:  Two for I Am Not Your Negro (Jim and Jessica) and one for The Space Between Us (Chris).

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Trailer Snark (December 2, 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!

Jackie (Fox Searchlight) – Drama/Biography
Rated R for brief strong violence and some language
Tag Line: I want them to see what they have done to Jack.
Starring:  Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard
Plot: Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s historic legacy.
Running Time:  99 minutes

Jessica:  I am starting to think that Portman can do anything. This looks like an interesting take on her story.
Jim: Absorbing and very moving. Doesn’t it seem like Natalie Portman was a kid just a few years ago?
Chris:  A national tragedy always makes for compelling fare.  And a story told from the perspective of the First Lady is a welcome perspective.

Incarnate (BH Tilt) – Horror
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of horror violence, terror, disturbing images, brief strong language, sensuality and thematic elements
Tag Line: None
Starring: Carice van Houten, Aaron Eckhart
Plot: A scientist with the ability to enter the subconscious minds of the possessed must save a young boy from the grips of a demon with powers never seen before, while facing the horrors of his past.
Running Time: 91 minutes

Chris:  Looks like a fine candidate for the Raspberry Awards!
Jim: Another day, another cliched horror movie trailer.
Jessica: I’m inclined to agree, another day, another cliched horror movie.

Man Down (Lionsgate) – Drama/Thriller
Rated R for some disturbing violence, and language throughout.
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Shia LaBeouf, Jai Courtney, Gary Oldman
Plot: In a post-apocalyptic America, former U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer searches desperately for the whereabouts of his son, accompanied by his best friend and a survivor.  Running Time: 92 minutes

Jessica: Shia LeBeouf is the male version of Kristen Stewart for me. It looks like a good, painful movie to watch. A reminder of the cost of war.
Chris: I was caught by surprise with this trailer.  Not a big fan of the Beouf but I will make an exception here.

Tickets Purchased: Two for Jackie (Jessica and Jim) and One for Man Down (Chris)

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Jackie and family