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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