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Trailer Snark (July 15, 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: Finding Dory was finally dethroned and it took another family-friendly animated film to do it!  The Secret Life of Pets took in $103.1M in its opening weekend.  In second place was The Legend of Tarzan with another $20.6M to add to its $81.4M total.  The aforementioned Finding Dory came in third doing great business at $20.3M and an astounding $422.5M total domestic.  Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates debuted in fourth with $16.6M.  Rounding out the top five was The Purge: Election Year ($11.7M/$58.1M).  The rest of the top ten went as follows: Central Intelligence ($8.1M/$108.3M), Independence Day: Resurgence ($7.7M/$91.4M), The BFG ($7.6M/$38.7M), The Shallows ($4.8M/$45.8M), and Sultan ($2.2M/$3.2M).  Here are this week’s new entries…..

Ghostbusters (Columbia) – Sci-Fi/Comedy
Rated PG-13 for supernatural action and some crude humor
Tag Line: Who You Gonna Call?
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon
Plot: Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.
Running Time: 116 minutes

Jessica: I LOVE the originals (yes, even the sequel so hush) but I also adore Paul Feige and this crew of ladies so I am really excited about this movie. Even after hearing it’s not perfect but a lot of fun, I’m still excited. Plus, Thor as their secretary???? Yes please!
Chris: Don’t tell my wife (she is hating on the relaunch), but I think this looks like a big bucket of buttered popcorn fun to me!

The Infiltrator (Broad Green) – Crime/Biography
Rated R for strong violence, language throughout, some sexual content and drug material
Tag Line: The true story of one man against the biggest drug cartel in history
Starring: Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo
Plot: A U.S. Customs official uncovers a money laundering scheme involving Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.
Running Time: 127 minutes

Chris: A look into the story of the people responsible for taking down one of the biggest criminal creeps in our lifetime?  Love this type of film!
Jessica: I would watch Bryan Cranston narrate stereo instructions in a dramatic fashion. He is just awesome and this looks fantastic.

Cafe Society (Lionsgate) – Comedy/Drama/Romance
Rated PG-13 for some violence, a drug reference, suggestive material and smoking
Tag Line: Anyone who is anyone will be seen at Café Society.
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Steve Carrell, Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively
Plot: Set in the 1930s, a young Bronx native moves to Hollywood where he falls in love with the secretary of his powerful uncle, an agent to the stars. After returning to New York he is swept up in the vibrant world of high society nightclub life.
Running Time: 96 minutes

Jessica: 1. I STRONGLY DISLIKE Woody Allen and refuse to watch his movies. 2. I STRONGLY DISLIKE Kristen Stewart and often avoid her movies if I can. So yeah, BIG pass on this bore-fest for me. Even with a stellar cast I’m all sorts of set with never seeing it.
Chris:  I think Jessica summed up my thoughts quite nicely here.

Equals (A24) – Drama/Romance/Sci-Fi
Rated PG-13 for thematic content, sensuality, partial nudity and disturbing images
Tag Line: Find your equal.
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Kristen Stewart
Plot: In an emotionless utopia, two people fall in love when they regain their feelings from a mysterious disease, causing tensions between them and their society.
Running Time: 101 minutes

Chris: Aside from the boring trailer, it is Kristen Stewart AGAIN!  Can’t stay far enough away.
Jessica: ANOTHER KRISTEN STEWART MOVIE!?!?!? I am trying to resist swearing. I didn’t even make it through the trailer. I’m almost 100% certain this has been done before (and better). PASS PASS PASS.

Undrafted (Vertical Entertainment) – Comedy/Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line: Twelve guys loved a game.  It didn’t love them back.
Starring:  James Belushi, Tyler Hoechlin, Joseph Mazzello
Plot: When twelve ragtag teammates set out to play what should be a meaningless summer intramural baseball game, it ends up becoming the most important game of their lives.
Running Time: 90 minutes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4c56soXrNs
Chris:  Low rent fodder that should be going straight to DVD.
Jessica: Surprisingly cute looking. I’d watch this at home. It looks funny but with a heart (yep, I went with the cliche).

Tickets Purchased:  Two for Ghostbusters!

What do you want to see in the new Ghostbusters film?  Definitely the ghost of Bob Ross for me please!
What do you want to see in the new Ghostbusters film? Definitely the ghost of Bob Ross for me please!
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Trailer Snark (June 10, 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:  The Turtles ruled the box office with $35.2M, dropping X-Men: Apocalypse to second place with $22.3M to add to their $116M total.  In third was the debut of Me Before You with $18.2M.  Fourth place belonged to Johnny Depp and Alice Through the Looking Glass ($10.6M/$50.7M).  Angry Birds stayed in the top five with $9.7M and $86.6M overall.  The rest of the top ten shook out this way.  Captain America: Civil War ($7.5M/$388.5M), Neighbors 2 ($4.7M/$48.5M), Popstar ($4.6M/New), Jungle Book ($4.2M/$347.4M), and The Nice Guys ($3.5M/$29.1M).  Here are this week’s new entries.

The Conjuring 2 (New Line Cinema) – Horror
Rated R for terror and horror violence
Tag Line: The next true story from the case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren.
Starring:  Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga
Plot: Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.
Running Time: 134 minutes

Jessica: The first movie actually scared me (which hardly ever happens) so I am interested to see what they come up with for the 2nd one. Hopefully it’s just as creepy!
Chris: The first was a horrific triumph…..I am quite looking forward to some more scares.
Ken: Hadn’t seen the first Conjuring or Annabelle movies and would skip this latest installment. I appreciate that they are based on real-life cases investigated by the Warrens, but they stray pretty far from the source material in order to draw in the crowds.
Jim: The first movie was scary. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga helped make it credible. This looks effective enough to step past the usual horror movie trailer cliches.

Now You See Me 2 (Lionsgate) – Action/Comedy/Thriller
Rated PG-13 for violence and some language
Tag Line: Reappearing June 10
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Lizzy Caplan
Plot: The Four Horsemen resurface and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius to pull off their most impossible heist yet.
Running Time: 129 minutes

Jim: Didn’t see the first one. Might be worth a rental.
Jessica: I really liked the first movie so I will most certainly be checking out the sequel. I love a movie about magic tricks!
Chris: Rarely do I laud a second sequel film in one week, but here goes.  Make my money disappear.
Ken: No I don’t.  Magic loses its charm when I’m aware that it is all special effects.

Warcraft (Universal) – Action/Adventure/Fantasy
Rated PG – 13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy violence
Tag Line: Two worlds. One home.
Starring: Paula Patton, Travis Fimmel, Domenic Cooper, Ben Foster
Plot: The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people, and their home.
Running Time: 123 minutes

Chris: Truth be told, I want to like this one more than I do.  I think it will be entertaining, but in no way will it provide the same satisfaction as the similarly themed Tolkien movies.
Jim: ZZZZZZ SO SICK OF CGI-STUFFED “EPIC” FANTASIES ZZZZZZZZ

Ken: The music at the end of that trailer was awful. I wanted to like this one too, but pass. Anyone who has ever played a Blizzard video game knows how epic their cut scenes are. But despite the eye-popping blend of CG and live action, everything else felt pretty lifeless. 
Jessica: Pass, pass, pass…Looks like a poor person’s “Lord of the Rings”

King Jack (Well Go USA) – Adventure/Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line:  Everyone should rule for a day.
Starring:  Charlie Plummer, Cory Nicholls
Plot: Trapped in a violent feud with a cruel older bully and facing another bout of summer school, Jack’s got all the problems he can handle. So when Jack’s aunt falls ill and his runty younger cousin must stay with him for the weekend the last thing Jack wants to do is look after him. Unfortunately no one really cares what Jack wants.
Running Time: 81 minutes

Ken: I grew up in a small, suburban town and this pushed a lot of my nostalgia buttons.
Jessica: Looks sweet and thought provoking, and very, very sad. I’d watch this at home where I can weep in the dark, alone.
Jim: Nice trailer, looks like it might be a well-made slice ‘o life flick.

Chris: Coming of age film of a boy who is learning what it means to live for more than himself.  Lessons all of us go through in our formative years.  I’ll check it out on the small screen.

Tickets Purchased: 4 tickets for The Conjuring 2 (unanimous decision!).

The Trailer Snark team is going for scares this week!
The Trailer Snark team is going for scares this week!
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Trailer Snark (April 8th, 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:  DC owned the box office again this past week in spite of a massive drop in ticket sales for Batman v Superman.  The dueling duo took in another $52.3M for a total domestic haul of $261.4M in its second week of release.  Zootopia placed second with $20M and $275.9M overall.  My Big fat Greek Wedding 2 placed third ($11.1M/$36.4M).  The highest debut came from fourth place God’s Not Dead 2, which managed $8.1M.  Miracles from Heaven was right behind in fifth ($7.5M/$46.8M).  The rest of the top ten went as follows:  Allegiant ($5.7M/$56.3M), 10 Cloverfield Ln ($4.7M/$63.5M), Meet the Blacks ($4M/NEW), Eye in the Sky ($4M/$6.1M), and Deadpool ($3.5M/$355.1M).  Let’s take a look at what is rolling into theaters this weekend….

Hardcore Henry (STX Entertainment) – Action/Sci-Fi
Rated R for non-stop bloody brutal violence and mayhem, language throughout, sexual content/nudity and drug use
Tag Line: First they made him dangerous.  Then they made him mad.
Starring:  Sharlto Copley, Tim Roth, Haley Bennett
Plot: A first-person action film from the eyes of Henry, who’s resurrected from death with no memory. He must discover his identity and save his wife from a warlord with a plan to bio-engineer soldiers.
Running Time: 96 minutes

Chris: Gosh, the first person camera movies are getting about as old as “reality” TV.
Jim: I swear that some people who make trailers try to figure out the best way to keep people like me away. Case in point.
Jessica: I can’t deal with this. It makes me seasick. Big pass.

The Boss (Universal Pictures) – Comedy
Rated R for sexual content, language and brief drug use
Tag Line: Watch your assets.
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell
Plot: A titan of industry is sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.
Running Time: 99 minutes

Jessica: I adore McCarthy so I would totally see this at home. Not a theater flick but she does tickle me.
Chris: Please fire me!
Jim: There might be a good movie in here, but you wouldn’t know it from this idiotic trailer.

Demolition (Fox Searchlight) – Comedy/Drama
Rated R for language, some sexual references, drug use and disturbing behavior
Tag Line: LIFE: Some Disassembly Required.
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper
Plot: As an investment banker struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash, his increasingly confessional series of letters to a vending machine company catch the attention of a customer service rep with whom he forms an unlikely connection.
Running Time: 100 minutes

Jim: Jake Gyllenhaal is amazing, might be worth a look.
Jessica: Good actors, interesting premise. Not a theater viewing but I would watch this at home.
Chris: Intriguing method of channeling hurt.  Not sure my desire for the melancholy is high enough with spring dawning, but I’ll certainly give this a look down the road.

The Invitation (Drafthouse Films) – Horror/Thriller
Not Rated
Tag Line: There is nothing to be afraid of.
Starring: Logan Marshall-Green, Michiel Huisman
Plot: While attending a dinner party at his former home, a man thinks his ex-wife and her new husband have sinister intentions for their guests.
Running Time: 100 minutes

Chris: You had me at “hello, and welcome to my absolutely sinister home”!
Jim: Love house party movies, especially creepy ones like this.
Jessica: Interesting. I’d watch this at home, I like a good psychological thriller and this could be one.

Louder Than Bombs (The Orchard) – Drama
Rated R for language, some sexual content, nudity and violent images
Tag Line: Break the silence.
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne, Isabelle Huppert
Plot: The fractious family of a father and his two sons confront their different feelings and memories of their deceased wife and mother, a famed war photographer.
Running Time: 109 minutes

Jessica: Eh. That’s about all I felt, eh.
Chris: Jesse Eisenberg is really turning out to be a treat to watch on film.  While I wouldn’t say his presence commands an audience, his delivery sure as heck makes up for it!
Jim: Looks like an intriguing rental. Jesse Eisenberg helps, maybe he’ll redeem himself for his overacting in Batman Vs. Superman (yes, overacted even for an over-the-top villain).

Mr. Right (Focus World) – Action/Comedy/Romance
Rated R for violence and language throughout
Tag Line: They make a killer couple.
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Sam Rockewell
Plot: A girl falls for the “perfect” guy, who happens to have a very fatal flaw: he’s a hitman on the run from the crime cartels who employ him.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Jim: Wrong. Sorry, couldn’t resist.
Jessica: I simply adore Rockwell so I was sold right away.
Chris: Not a chance, even if it were called Mrs. Right.

Tickets Purchased: Two for The Invitation (Jim and Chris) and Jessica stays at home with a good book!

I think he is a glass half full kind of guy.
I think he is a glass half full kind of guy.
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Trailer Snark (March 25th, 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 topped the box office for the third straight week with $38M and putting its overall domestic haul to over $200M.  The latest Divergent series entry, Allegiant, came in second place with a $29M opening.  Miracles from Heaven debuted at number three with $18.5M.  10 Cloverfield Lane was in fourth ($12.5M/$45.1M).  In fifth was Deadpool still doing good biz ($8M/$340.9M).  The rest of the top ten was as follows:  London Has Fallen ($6.8M/$50M), Whiskey Tango Foxtrot ($2.8M/$19.2M), The Perfect Match ($1.9M/$7.3M), The Brothers Grimsby ($1.4M/$5.9M), and The Revanant ($1.2M/$181.1M).  It’s a short list of new releases this week as most studios made way for a certain superhero battle royal movie.  Let’s see what is on tap!

Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (Warner Bros) – Action/Adventure
Rated PG – 13 for intense sequences of violence and action throughout, and some sensuality
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg
Plot: Fearing the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the man of steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. With Batman and Superman fighting each other, a new threat, Doomsday, is created by Lex Luthor. It’s up to Superman and Batman to set aside their differences along with Wonder Woman to stop Lex Luthor and Doomsday from destroying Metropolis.
Running Time: 151 minutes

Ken: I don’t care how bad the latest slew of reviews have been, I’m still pretty excited to see Dawn of Justice this weekend. Please be good…
Jessica: I remember a time were advance info and reviews weren’t as easily available and I miss those days. I don’t care what anyone else says, i want to see this bad boy and I have high hopes for it.
Jim: I’m reaching my saturation point with superhero movies, but have to admit this looks like a good one. Hopefully, it’s not just the trailer that’s good. Jesse Eisenberg as Luthor has me hopeful…but then again, so did Kevin Spacey. Ugh.
Chris: I have scoffed at the premise of any scenario where Batman could take on Superman, but comic movies are all about suspending reality anyway, so what the heck.  I am in.
Rob:  Make mine Marvel!

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (Universal) – Comedy/Romance
Rated PG-13 for some suggestive material
Tag Line:  Every day of my life is Greek Club.
Starring: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett
Plot: A Portokalos family secret brings the beloved characters back together for an even bigger and Greeker wedding.
Running Time: 94 minutes

Rob:  I will probably be forced to watch this with my wife at some point, but will try to resist.
Chris:  I formally renew my vow to not see this film.
Ken: Didn’t see the first, no interest in the sequel.
Jessica: Where’s the caped crusader? The man of steel? Wonder Woman? No superhero’s means I don’t care.
Jim: Jaded Moviegoer is showing up a lot this week—I’ve had it with ethnic family comedies as well—they peaked with Moonstruck.

I Saw the Light (Sony Picture Classics) – Biography/Drama/Music
Rated R for some language and brief sexuality/nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen
Plot: The story of the country-western singer Hank Williams, who in his brief life created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music. The film chronicles his rise to fame and its tragic effect on his health and personal life.
Running Time: 123 minutes

Jim: Might as well just rent Walk the Line.
Rob:  No interest.  But Hiddleston may be the next Bond, so it may be good to see what he can do.
Chris: Tom Hiddleston seems to take to this role of country legend well.  Color me intrigued.
Ken: Reminds me of Walk the Line, the Johnny Cash movie, but with a much grimmer ending.
Jessica: Nope, nope, nope…No Lex Luthor? All set.

Born to Be Blue (IFC Films) – Biography/Drama/Music
Rated R for drug use, language, some sexuality and brief violence
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Ethan Hawke, Carmen Ejogo
Plot: A re-imagining of jazz legend Chet Baker’s musical comeback in the late ’60s.

Jessica: Music is nice, I bet Batman likes music, moody sad music, oh so jazz is perfect for him!
Jim: I love jazz and Ethan Hawke always surprises me—rental, at the least.
Rob: Looks really good, but rental material.

Chris: Two musical bio-pics in one week.  Country Vs Jazz….FIGHT!
Ken: Another dark, musical biopic. Not familiar with Chet Baker so not very jazzed about this movie.

They’re Watching (Amplify) – Comedy/Horror
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Mia Faith, Kris Lemche
Plot: When an American home improvement TV show visits a remote Eastern European village, the young crew thinks the lack of mocha lattés and free wifi will be the worst of their problems. But after their filming interrupts the superstitious villagers’ private religious ritual, the situation takes a turn for the homicidal… and when the blood starts flowing, that’s when things get really weird. With THEY’RE WATCHING, noted graphic novelists and animators Micah Wright and Jay Lender turn a classic horror premise upside down to create a fresh, funny, eye-popping twist on the genre.
Running Time: 95 minutes

Ken: Literally watched the trailer 3 times, still can’t figure out wtf is going on. Who just yells out “witch” at a strange bar?
Jessica: Um what? Superman would blow this film up with his heat vision.
Jim: WHAT are we watching? Sorry, the SpongeBob reference threw me.
Rob:  Stupidly amusing, and would rent it.  I also love the SpongeBob reference.

Chris:  They is certainly not me.

Tickets Purchased:  Four tickets for the DC throw-down (Ken, Chris, Jessica, and Jim).  Rob stays home and watches more Daredevil.

Whose Side Are You On?
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Trailer Snark (August 21 Theatrical Releases)

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:  Straight Outta Compton busted out of the ghetto and into theaters with a storm taking in $56M.  Tom Cruise slipped to very distant second place with MI: Rogue Nation ($17M/$138M).  The Man from U.N.C.L.E. received some ordinary reviews and only could muster a third place $13.5M opening.  Fantastic Four held fourth place with $8M bringing its total to $42M overall.  It was a log-jam for the rest of the top ten, however as fifth place The Gift ($6.5M/$23.5M) only beat out the tenth place Trainwreck ($3.8M/$97M) by less than $3M.  Ant-Man, Vacation, Minions, and Ricki and the Flash in between in that order.  And now, onto our candidates for cinematic glory this week….

Sinister 2 (Blumhouse) – Horror
Rated R for strong violence, bloody and disturbing images, and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, and Robert Daniel Sloan
Plot: A young mother and her twin sons move into a rural house that’s marked for death.
Running Time: 97 minutes

Chris: The first was an OK effort, but not nearly good enough for a visit to the theater. This one provides me the same feeling of mediocrity best left for home theater viewing.
Jessica: I barely remembered the first one until the showed the pic with Ethan Hawke and I don’t feel this needed a sequel. That being said, I know I’ll end up watching it at home when it’s on Netflix or something. Though I had a lot of problems with the first one, the biggest being it was so dark the big reveal at the end was less than interesting to me.
Ken:
The first movie had some insanely creepy moments and the premise was solid, but the story fell apart at the end. I think given a budget and a decent script this could be a good horror film.

American Ultra (Lionsgate) – Action/Comedy
Rated R for strong bloody violence, language throughout, drug use and some sexual content
Tag Line: The ultimate secret agent becomes the ultimate target
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Topher Grace, Connie Britton, John Leguizamo, and Bill Pullman.
Plot: A stoner – who is in fact a government agent – is marked as a liability and targeted for extermination. But he’s too well-trained and too high for them to handle.
Running Time: 95 minutes

Ken: That looked like a good amount of fun. Could be a sleeper.  
Chris: I like Jesse Eisenberg, but I absolutely loathe Kristen Stewart.  Stoner comedy was funny to me back when I was in college, but I can only take small doses now…no, not small doses of reefer…I meant the comedy.
Jessica: I like Eisenberg but cannot stand Stewart so I’ll skip this one. I cannot possibly watch another movie where Stewart looks awkward and stutters.

Hitman:  Agent 47 (20th Century Fox) – Action
Rated R for sequences of strong violence, and some language
Tag Line:  None
Starring:  Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto
Plot: An assassin teams up with a woman to help her find her father and uncover the mysteries of her ancestry.
Running Time: 96 minutes

Jessica: Never saw the first one and I don’t care! This looks like fun and I enjoy Quinto quite a bit, especially if he’s the bad guy. I love me a good action movie with totally improbable action sequences. Can I say action more? I CAN! I love action movies with lots of action!
Ken: As a fan of the game franchise, I can tell you honesty that this trailer did nothing for me. Hitman is stealth and precision, not car chases and romantic subplots. It got the CGI right though.
Chris: How many years has it been since the original?  This one looks like a fun theater experience with some great action set pieces and fast-[aced fun.  Some of the key elements to a traditional summer movie….and there aren’t many of those to enjoy remaining on our 2016 calendar.

Grandma (Sony Pictures Classics) – Comedy
Rated R for language and some drug use
Tag Line: None
Starring: Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner
Plot: Self-described misanthrope Elle Reid has her protective bubble burst when her 18-year-old granddaughter, Sage, shows up needing help. The two of them go on a day-long journey that causes Elle to come to terms with her past and Sage to confront her future.
Running Time: 79 minutes

Chris: Lily Tomlin looks to be rocking this role pretty well from the trailer.  I’ll catch it in another medium.
Jessica: Love this. Love this so much I could watch the trailer a few times and still love it. It’s the kind of movie I’d want to see in the theater but will probably forget and see it at home but Lily Tomlin I adore and holy bejesus, Sam Elliot? I am SO ON BOARD
Ken: I love grandmas and I love Lily Tomlin, so it reasons that I would love this movie. But life is full of little surprises.  

6 Years (The Orchard) – Drama/Romance
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Taissa Farmiga, Ben Rosenfield, Lindsay Burdge
Plot: A young couple bound by a seemingly ideal love, begins to unravel as unexpected opportunities spin them down a volatile and violent path and threaten the future they had always imagined.
Running Time: 85 minutes

Ken: So angsty.
Chris: Indie movie all the way…..and not the kind I am usually intrigued by,
Jessica: What exactly is the point? I’m too old to watch teenagers deal with their relationship ending or hitting a bump, I’ve been through enough of my own. Big ole pass on this pile of boring.

Digging for Fire (The Orchard) – Drama
Rated R for language including some sexual references, drug use and brief graphic nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Jake Johnson, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Orlando Bloom
Plot: The discovery of a bone and a gun send a husband and wife on separate adventures over the course of a weekend.
Running Time: 85 minutes

Jessica: What rock did Orlando Bloom crawl out from? This looks like it could actually be some fun and holy bejesus, Sam Eliott again??? And Sam Rockwell? I am in a heaven of awesome Sam’s. I’d watch this at home for sure, could be totally funny but “with a  message” or something
Ken: “A fascinating character study” Translation – boring,
Chris: Orlando Bloom gets top billing here, but I think I only saw him in one scene in the entire trailer….maybe I just wasn’t focusing?  I must have been digging for some pocket change to get me that second coffee I so desperately need.  Yawn….

She’s Funny That Way (Lionsgate) – Comedy
Rated R for some language including sexual references
Tag Line: Showbiz has always been a little screwball.
Starring: Imogen Poots, Owen Wilson, Scott Campbell, and Jennifer Aniston
Plot: On the set of a playwright’s new project, a love triangle forms between his wife, her ex-lover, and the call girl-turned-actress cast in the production.
Running Time: 93 minutes

Chris:  I was prepared to disregard this one out of hand, but the Own Wilson/Jennifer Aniston comedy actually looks pretty entertaining with its ensemble cast.  Color me surprised.
Jessica: I’m all set with this one, it was just really unappealing.
Ken: She must be funny in that understated, not-funny kind of way.

Learning to Drive (Broad Green Pictures) – Comedy/Drama/Romance
Rated R for language and sexual content
Tag Line: It’s never too late to begin a new adventure.
Starring: Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley, and Jake Weber
Plot: As her marriage dissolves, a Manhattan writer takes driving lessons from a Sikh instructor with marriage troubles of his own. In each other’s company they find the courage to get back on the road and the strength to take the wheel.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Ken: Of all the movies out this week, a movie about an over the hill odd couple feels the freshest.  
Chris: Kingsley plays an Sikh driving instructor whose student, played by Patricia Clarkson, is going through a personal crisis.  Driving skills seem to take a back seat to other life lessons in the process.  Looks charming in its own way, and I may catch it after market eventually.
Jessica: At first I was pretty blah about it but as the trailer went on, I think I kinda dig it. Looks totally charming.

Tickets Purchased:  1 ticket for Hitman:  Agent 47 (Chris), 1 ticket for Grandma (Jessica), and 1 ticket for Sinister 2 (Ken).  With no one to break a Trailer Snark first three-way tie, you be the judge!

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Trailer Snark (July 31st Theatrical Releases)

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!

Before we tell you about last week’s Box Office results, the team would like to give a shout out to our friend Jim (Front Row View) who has not blogged with us for a few weeks due to having surgery.  We are pleased to report that his recovery is going very well and we hope to have him back with us soon!  Thanks for joining us in wishing him a continued speedy recovery!

Last Week:  Ant-Man dominated the box office for the second week in a row ($25 million for a total of $106 million), fending off a challenge from Adam Sandler’s Pixels (debuting with $24 million), while Minions proved its staying power with a strong third place (adding $22 million for a total of $262 million).  And Rob has still not gone to see it!  Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck was in fourth bringing its two week total to just over $61milliion, and Southpaw took the number five slot with a $16.5 million haul in its debut week.  The teen drama Paper Towns was in sixth ($12.5 million).  Inside Out (now over $320 million), Jurassic World (now over $628 million), Mr. Holmes (just over $6 million), and Terminator: Genisys (just over $85 million) rounded out the top ten.  And now for this week’s releases……

Vacation (New Line Cinema) – Comedy
Rated R for crude and sexual content and language throughout, and brief graphic nudity
Tag Line: What could go wrong?
Starring:  Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chevy Chase, Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann, Beverly D’Angelo
Plot: Rusty Griswold takes his own family on a road trip to “Walley World” in order to spice things up with his wife and reconnect with his sons.
Running Time: 99 minutes

Jessica: I’ll admit, I was skeptical at first but the trailer has me laughing (I mean, Thor alone cracked me up for a few good minutes) and I do enjoy Ed Helms. I’ll definitely be seeing this one.
Chris: Looks like some goofy fung…I mean fun.
Ken: Rusty Griswald following in his old man’s legacy. I was really enjoying the trailer until that last scene. That was just too gross. Yuck, Chevy Chase.
Rob:  I am on vacation with Vacation. (Rob unreachable for further comments..<snicker>)

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (Paramount) – Action
Rated PG-13 for sequences of action and violence, and brief partial nudity
Tag Line: Go rogue.
Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames
Plot: Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.
Running Time: 131 minutes

Ken: I’ve never been a huge fan of the MI series so this is a pass, although they almost had me with the flute gun.
Chris: I was also one of those who could not stand the first one, but this series has gotten progressively better in my opinion.  Hoping they can continue that trend….the outlook is promising.
Jessica: I’ll admit, I think the first few MI movies are dull as dirt (actually, they might be duller than dirt) but the last one was a lot of fun and this one looks to be just as fun and hey, Tom Cruise REALLY did hang off that plane while it flew, pretty bad ass if you ask me!

Listen to Me Marlon (Passion Pictures) – Documentary/Biography
Not Rated
Tag Line:  The definitive Brando in his own words.
Starring:  Marlon Brando
Plot: A documentary that utilizes hundreds of hours of audio that Marlon Brandon recorded over the course of his life to tell the screen legend’s story.
Running Time:  95 minutes

Chris: I recognize that Marlon Brando is a Hollywood icon, but I just don’t much care for this behind the scenes introspection.  I don’t think anyone on this blog team is pretentious enough to make this their pick of the week.  😉
Ken: I’m not a film buff and my exposure to Brando is limited to his later work like Apocalypse Now and The Godfather. Still I’ve always been curious about the man many consider one of the greatest American actors. Looks interesting enough, could be a contender.
Jessica: A fascinating look into a fascinating man.

Best of Enemies (Magnolia) – Documentary/History
Rated R for some sexual content/nudity and language
Tag Line: Buckley vs. Vidal. 2 Men. 10 Debates. Television Would Never Be The Same.
Starring: William F. Buckley Jr., Gore Vidal
Plot: A documentary on the series of televised debates in 1968 between the liberal Gore Vidal and the conservative William F. Buckley Jr.
Running Time: 87 minutes

Ken: Two opposing cultural ideologies going head to head during one of the most tumultuous periods in US history. Another good history lesson.  
Jessica: Oh my gosh, this looks wildly entertaining and informative. Totally into it.
Chris: At the risk of sounding like a hypocrite, considering my thoughts on celebrity voyeurism, I admit to being very intrigued by the real life relationship between Gore Vidal and William Buckley.  The narrators of political history unfolding before us in the 1960
tumults and beyond.

The End of the Tour (A24) – Drama
Rated R for language including some sexual references
Tag Line:  Imagine the greatest conversation you’ve ever had.
Starring: Jason Segal, Jesse Eisenberg, Anna Chlumsky, Joan Cusack, and Ron Livingston
Plot: The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, ‘Infinite Jest.’
Running Time: 106 minutes

Jessica: As an author myself this one really appeals to me AND I have mad love for Jason Segal. This looks like a  story that’s been told loads of times but the actors are engaging and the story looks good.
Ken: Insightful, honest and devastatingly tragic. I didn’t know this movie existed until now but I desperately need to see it.
Chris: Seems that Segal and Eisenberg boast some real nice chemistry from the trailer.  Could be good.

A Lego Brickumentary (RADiUS-TWC) – Documentary
Rated G
Tag Line:  N/A
Starring: Jason Bateman
Plot: A look at the global culture and appeal of the LEGO building-block toys.
Running Time: 93 minutes

Chris: I run a pop culture company.  How could this not be required viewing?  Just maybe not in the theater.
Ken: Legos, the original Minecraft. I love that Jason Bateman is the narrator and wonder if he got cast because of his “twenty miles to Lego Land” line from Arrested Development.
Jessica: Oh heck yeah! Having lived with little boys who LOVE Lego’s I would love to watch something all about LEGO’s, totally in.

Tickets Purchased:  2 tickets for Vacation (Jessica and Rob), 1 ticket for Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (Chris), and 1 ticket for The End of the Tour (Ken)

Grumpy Jonathan Toews cat, FTW!
Grumpy Jonathan Toews cat, FTW!

What will you be seeing in theaters this weekend?
-The Great Stories Team