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Trailer Snark (December 1, 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!

The Disaster Artist (New Line Cinema) – Biography/Drama/Comedy
Rated R for language throughout and some sexuality/nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Dave Franco, James Franco, Seth Rogen
Plot: When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.
Running Time: 103 minutes

Chris: I know there is a lot of James Franco hate.  Now you get twice the Franco!  I don’t hate Franco.
Jim: I’m writing this while still trying to get over the trailer for Another Wolfcop. Oh yeah, uh, The Disaster Artist…looks like a nice Portrait of A Jerk, but have to admit it looks interesting. One of Franco’s stronger performances, most likely.

Wonder Wheel (Amazon Studios) – Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic content including some sexuality, language and smoking
Tag Line: None
Starring: Jim Belushi, Juno Temple, Justin Timberlake
Plot: On Coney Island in the 1950s, a lifeguard tells the story of a middle-aged carousel operator and his beleaguered wife.
Running Time: 101 minutes

Jim: I think Woody Allen is an amazing artist (sure I’m getting a few titters at this) and I always look forward to seeing his work. Have you seen the trailer for Another Wolfcop?
Chris: What if Woody Allen directed Another Wolfcop instead?

The Shape of Water (Fox Searchlight) – Adventure/Fantasy/Drama
Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, violence and language
Tag Line: A Fairy Tale for Troubled Times
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon
Plot: An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

Chris: Del Toro films are always on point but I am not taken with this trailer.  I am sure it won’t disappoint, however.
Jim: At the very least, this is just amazing to look at. Couple this with the strong cast and this could be another Pan’s Labyrinth for del Toro. Bet it’s no Another Wolfcop, though.

The Tribes of Palos Verdes (Relativity Media) – Drama
Rated R for drug use, language throughout and some sexual content
Tag Line: None
Starring: Maika Monroe, Jennifer Garner
Plot: When the situation at her idyllic Palos Verdes home turns volatile, young Medina attempts to surf her way to happiness.

Jim: It’s got the appealing Jennifer Garner, but I’ll pass on this drama rife with strife.
Chris:  This one is getting passed on quicker than a taco.

Love Beats Rhymes (Lionsgate) – Drama/Musical
Rated R for language and some sexual material
Tag Line: None
Starring: Common, Hana Mae Lee, Method Man
Plot: When struggling rapper Coco (Azealia Banks) enrolls in a poetry class, she thinks her rhymes will impress her teacher, Professor Dixon (Jill Scott). Instead, Dixon challenges Coco to seek real meaning in her lyrics, setting her on a journey of discovery that takes her through rap clubs and poetry slams, leading her to find her true voice – and true love – in this uplifting movie costarring Lucien Laviscount and Common.

Chris:  Blah Blah Blah
Jim: the message is loud and the message is good, but my dislike for rap’ll keep me outta the ‘hood. Rapping Wolfcops, though, that’d be different.

Gangster Land (Cinedigm) – Crime/Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Sean Faris, Milo Gibson
Plot: The story of America’s most famous mobsters and their rise to power, GANGSTER LAND examines Al Capone’s ascension through the eyes of his second in command, “Machine Gun” Jack McGurn. Once an amateur boxer, McGurn is lured into the Italian mafia after the murder of his stepfather. Upon joining, he rises swiftly through the ranks along with friend and eventual boss, Capone. As the Italian mob becomes the most lucrative criminal organization in the country, tensions build with “Bugs” Moran and the Irish mob which ignites a brutal gang war culminating with the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
Running Time: 97 minutes

Jim: Looks like a good, solid old-style gangster pic, nice rental.
Chris: I’m with Jim on this one.  Good one for the living room couch potato.

Another Wolfcop (Vortex) – Comedy/Horror
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Leo Fafard, Jonathan Cherry
Plot: Alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou springs into action when an eccentric businessman with evil intentions seduces Woodhaven’s residents with a new brewery and hockey team in this outrageous horror-comedy sequel.
Running Time: 82 minutes

Chris:  Doesn’t it just smack of old drive in movie goodness?  A movie you can’t take seriously and I love that.
Jim: OK. This trailer was just pure genius. Simply put, it’s just a perfect expression of why I go to the movies. If I were in college, I’d write a term paper on it.

Slumber (Vertical Entertainment) – Horror
Rated R for some disturbing material, and language
Tag Line: Welcome to the original nightmare
Starring: Honor Kneafsey, Maggie Q
Plot: A sleep doctor tries to protect a family from a demon that feeds on people in their nightmares.
Running Time: 84 minutes

Jim: Another boring horror trailer that would have looked dull 20 years ago. And for cryin’out loud, it takes place at night, so why no Wolfcops?
Chris: Could be the cure for no sleep.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for Another WolfCop!

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Trailer Snark (March 18, 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!

Last Week:  Zootopia makes it two weeks in a row in the top slot, fending off a challenge from 10 Cloverfield Lane and others with ease.  The animated Disney hit took in another $50M to bring its total to $142.6M.  The aforementioned Cloverfield sequel managed a $25.2M opening in second.  Deadpool held fast in third with another $10.8M to add to its $328M total and just ahead of fourth place London Has Fallen ($10.6M/$38.8M).  Whiskey Tango Foxtrot rounded out the top five ($4.6M/$14.5M).  Three other debuts occupied the sixth through eighth, but failing to make much of an impact as follows:  The Perfect Match ($4.1M), The Young Messiah ($3.4M), and The Brothers Grimsby ($3.1M).  Gods of Egypt placed ninth ($2.5M/$27.3M) and Risen in tenth ($2.2M/$32.3M).  And now lets look at this week’s new releases.

Allegiant Pt 1 (Lionsgate) – Action/Drama
Rated PG-13 for intense violence and action, thematic elements, and some partial nudity
Tag Line: What makes us different ties us together.
Starring:  Shailene Woodley, Naomi Watts, Jeff Daniels, Theo James
Plot: After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, Tris must escape with Four beyond the wall that encircles Chicago to finally discover the shocking truth of what lies behind it.
Running Time: 121 minutes

Chris: Sadly, I will probably see this one in theaters due to a teen kid, but it won’t be by choice.
Jessica: Never made it through the 1st one, couldn’t possibly care less about this one.
Jim: Or The Slumber Games Part 12. The first one didn’t impress me.  I’m beginning to get tired of CGI stunts with mere mortals doing things that their bodies couldn’t possibly do in real life. No thanks.
Rob: Pass.  On the series.

Miracles from Heaven (TriStar) – Drama
Rated PG for thematic material, including accident and medical images
Tag Line: How do you explain the impossible?
Starring: Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers, Queen Latifah
Plot: A young girl suffering from a rare digestive disorder finds herself miraculously cured after surviving a terrible accident.
Running Time: 109 minutes

Rob: Pass.  On the “miracle”.
Chris: Another emotional roller coaster type true story.  Bad things happening to kids is always tough to watch on screen, but at least this one shows a victory in the end.
Jessica: This one did nothing for me, a typical story about kids getting hurt and a “miracle”, not really something that makes me run to the theater.
Jim: Life is scary enough without having to sit through sick kid movies, even if there’s a happy ending. Pass.

Midnight Special (Warner Bros) – Adventure/Drama/Sci-Fi
Rated PG-13 for some violence and action
Tag Line: He’s not like us.
Starring: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver
Plot: A father and son go on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers.
Running Time: 111 minutes

Jim: Interesting-looking rental.
Rob: This looks like a possible rental down the road, but not big screen caliber for me.
Chris: OK, I just had to watch that trailer twice.  I don’t know what is going on, but I want to find out!
Jessica: Oh yes! Great actors, looks like an interesting story. If this is done right it could be really good.

The Bronze (Sony Picture Classics) – Comedy
Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language throughout and some drug use
Tag Line:  There’s no place like third.
Starring: Melissa Rauch, Gary Cole, Sebastian Stan
Plot: A foul-mouthed former gymnastics bronze medalist must fight for her local celebrity status when a new young athlete’s star rises in town.
Running Time: 108 minutes

Jessica: Well, huh, this looks either really funny or really bad, not quite sure which it is yet.
Jim: This looks funny, although there’s the possibility that it could wear pretty thin after about 20 minutes.
Rob: Pass.  Wow, rough week.
Chris: Melissa Rauch steps out of Big Bang Theory for a different kind of laugh.  The trailer didn’t exactly have me in stitches, but I’ll check it out on Netflix down the road.

The Program (Entertainment One) – Bio/Drama/Sports
Rated R for language
Tag Line: Winning was in his blood.
Starring: Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd
Plot: An Irish sports journalist becomes convinced that Lance Armstrong’s performances during the Tour de France victories are fueled by banned substances. With this conviction, he starts hunting for evidence that will expose Armstrong.
Running Time: 103 minutes

Chris: Like so many others, I was crushed to find out that Lance Armstrong doped his way to legend.  Ben Foster seems perfectly cast here.  I am in.
Jessica: I LOVE Ben Foster (310 To Yuma, brilliance) but i really have no interest in Lance Armstrong’s story. Possibly at-home viewer for me.
Jim: I know that Lance has his followers, but I’m not interested, despite the great cast. OK, so kill me, I’m more interested in an embittered gymnast!
Rob: I’d rent this down the road, but again another film that really doesn’t need a theatrical release.

Krisha (A24) – Comedy/Drama
Rated R for language, substance abuse and some sexual content
Tag Line: None
Starring: Krisha Fairchild, Olivia Grace Applegate
Plot: Krisha returns for Thanksgiving dinner after ten years away from her family, but past demons threaten to ruin the festivities.
Running Time: 83 minutes

Rob: Zero interest.  Pass.
Chris:  I was a bit disturbed by the trailer on some level.  Family dysfunction is on full display here.
Jessica: Meh. Seen movies like this many times before, it might be good but I might just not care enough to watch it. We get enough dysfunction in reality.
Jim: Predictable-looking dysfunctional family saga.

Tickets Purchased:  One for Midnight Special (Chris) and One for The Bronze (Jim).  Rob and Jessica at home watching the new season of Daredevil.

Word is Thirst, or was it Third is Worst?
Word is Thirst, or was it Third is Worst?