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Trailer Snark (November 25th, 2015 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!

Last Week: Was there any doubt?  Hunger Games destroyed the box office this past weekend with $101M in Katniss currency.  The newest James Bond film settled for a very distant second with an addition of $14.6M to it’s overall domestic $153.7M total.  The Peanuts Movie came in third with $12.8M and is poised to break the $100M mark this week.  Our next highest debut was the Seth Rogen comedy The Night Before with $10.1M.  Secret in Their Eyes debuted in fifth with $6.6M.  The rest of the top ten was as follows:  Love the Coopers ($3.9M/$14.5M), The Martian ($3.7M/$213M), Spotlight ($3.6M/$5.8M), The 33 ($2.2M/$9.9M), and Bridge of Spies ($1.9M/$65.1M).  Who are this week’s Thanksgiving contenders?

Cue the music……

Creed (MGM) – Drama/Sports
Rated PG-13 for violence, language and some sensuality
Tag Line:  Your legacy is more than a name.
Starring:  Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone
Plot: The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.
Running Time: 133 minutes

Chris: Brought back some memories of the classic original Rocky movie.  Might have to expand this trip down memory lane to a full length feature viewing!
Rob: I’m a sucker for a good boxing flick, and Apollo Creed was one of favorite Rocky characters.  I’m looking forward to seeing this down the road.
Jessica: In preparation for this Frankie had me watch all the Rocky films and I gotta say, Apollo Creed was totally a favorite of mine. This look like it’s going to be really good and I’m glad to see Sly making an appearance.
Ken: Every generation should watch Rocky (at least the first two, and skip #5). Rocky is an American classic and Creed looks like a worthy contender.
Jim: Looks like it could be a good one. I roll my eyes at how many times that Stallone has played Rocky, but I have to admit that, for the most part, he does well with the character.

The Good Dinosaur (Disney/Pixar) – Family
Rated PG for peril, action and thematic elements
Tag Line:  Little arms.  Big attitude.
Starring: Jeffrey Wright, Anna Paquin, Sam Elliot, and more.
Plot: An epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.
Running Time: 100 minutes

Jim: The dinosaurs look a bit rubbery, but Pixar seldom disappoints. I won’t be waiting long to see this one.
Chris: If my kids were younger, I’d be all over this one.  Rob IS all over this one….guaranteed.
Rob: I’m even more of a sucker for good animation, and Disney-Pixar is leaps and bounds above good.  They are quite simply, the best.  While this particular “What If” scenario (what if the asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs missed) isn’t of very much interest to me, I will ALWAYS take a chance on Walt Disney Feature Animation.  They excel at not only animation, but at telling powerful stories.
Jessica: I am not a huge fan of “kid” movies or animation so it has to be something that looks REALLY fun for me to want to see it. This does not look that way. This is a big pass for me.
Ken: Looks cute and the animation is gorgeous. Choosing to go with no dialogue seems like a gamble for an animated kid’s film. Half the fun of the Never Ending Story was the superb voice acting.

Victor Frankenstein (20th Century Fox) – Drama/Horror/Sci-Fi
Rated PG-13 for macabre images, violence and a sequence of destruction
Tag Line: Discover the origin of the monster and his creation.
Starring:  Daniel Radcliffe, James McEvoy
Plot: Told from Igor’s perspective, we see the troubled young assistant’s dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man – and the legend – we know today.
Running Time: 109 minutes

Ken: I was hoping that this was an expanded look at the R&D that went into building Frankenstein’s monster, as seen through the eyes of the Doctor’s assistant. Boy was I disappointed. It’s a hideous monster, all right.
Jim: Doesn’t look like it’s sure what kind of movie it wants to be, the tone slipped around a little too much in the trailer. Pass, most likely.
Chris: Effective trailer.  I was skeptical at first, but I’ll be sure to catch this one on the small screen when it hits.
Rob: Another take on one of my favorite books.  Looks like it could be entertaining, but a rental type flick at best methinks.
Jessica: I was SO excited when I saw it was Harry Potter and McAvoy in this one but the trailer leaves me feeling cold. Looks like an attempt to be “hip” with one of the best monster stories ever told. I will only ever watch this when it’s 100% free either on Amazon or Netflix.

The Danish Girl (Focus Features) – Bio/Drama
Rated R for some sexuality and full nudity
Tag Line: Have the courage to love.
Starring:  Eddie Redmayne. Alicia Vikander
Plot: The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.
Running Time: 120 minutes

Jessica: After seeing Redmayne play Hawking I am VERY excited to see this film. Add to that the topical nature of the fight for transgender rights and this one is right up my alley and down my street.
Ken: Yikes, could you imagine what that kind of surgery was like back in the 20’s? They didn’t even have penicillin.
Jim: Redmayne was great as Hawking, looks like he’s doing some interesting stuff here. Might be worth a look.
Chris: It’s Caetlyn the Movie!  Pass.
Rob: Transgender in the 1920’s.  Could be an interesting film, but not big screen material.

Janis: Little Girl Blue (FilmRise) – Bio/Documentary/Music
Not Rated
Tag Line:  None
Starring: Janis Joplin
Plot: Musician Cat Power narrates this documentary on Janis Joplin’s evolution into a star from letters that Joplin wrote over the years to her friends, family, and collaborators.
Running Time: 103 minutes

Rob: Janis Joplin is, of course, a rock and roll legend.  I don’t know very much about her, so this could be an interesting view.  But this broken record will once more say this isn’t big screen material.
Jessica: I am a HUGE Joplin fan and this looks interesting. A home viewer though, not theater.
Ken: A lot of world changing events came out of this era, including the greatest outpouring of musical creativity heard in the last two hundred years. If there was a book written about the 60’s, Janis would be its cover-girl.
Jim: What a voice. Led a short but interesting life. Definitely worth a rental.
Chris: Documentary on one of the biggest ground-breakers in rock history.  Not theater viewing for me, but worth a look down the line.

Tickets Purchased:  Three for Creed (Jessica, Ken, and Chris) and two for The Good Dinosaur (Rob and Jim)

When has boxing a dinosaur ever been successful?
When has boxing a dinosaur ever been successful?