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
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
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!