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Trailer Snark (April 14, 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!

The Fate of the Furious (Universal) – Action/Crime/Thriller
Rated PG-13 for prolonged sequences of violence and destruction, suggestive content, and language
Tag Line:  The ride isn’t over.
Starring: Vin Diesel, Kurt Russell, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham
Plot: When a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of terrorism and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before.
Running Time: 136 minutes

Chris: If you ask my kids, this is the best series to have ever been created.  It’s descent enough cinema.
Jim: I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve only seen the first in the series (and liked it). I’ll have to catch up. This has an amazing cast and plenty of action, worth a look.

Spark: A Space Tail (Open Road Films) – Animation/Adventure
Rated PG for some action and rude humor
Tag Line:  None
Starring: Jessica Biel, Susan Sarandon, Patrick Stewart, Hillary Swank
Plot: Spark, a teenage monkey and his friends, Chunk and Vix, are on a mission to regain Planet Bana – a kingdom overtaken by the evil overlord Zhong.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Jim: Where? Not under me to get me to see this cheap-looking kid flick.
Chris: Did anyone else see the nod to StarBlazers?  That was pretty cool….not cool enough though.

The Lost City of Z (Amazon) – Action/Adventure/Biography
Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, brief strong language and some nudity
Tag Line: In 1925, Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon in search of a myth. What he discovered became legendary.
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattison, Sienna Miller
Plot: A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.
Running Time: 141 minutes

Chris: Now, here is some real Indiana Jones style stuff going on.  I like it!
Jim: Blessedly short and to the point,  a trailer that actually makes me want to see the movie.

A Quiet Passion (Music Box Films) – Biography/Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, disturbing images and brief suggestive material
Tag Line: None
Starring: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle
Plot: The story of American poet Emily Dickinson from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognized artist.
Running Time: 125 minutes

Jim: One of those movies that looks tasteful and well-acted and will probably win an award somewhere. But there will always be a part of me that screams “No!” at the prospect of seeing a movie where people sit around in immaculate drawing rooms.
Chris: Finely cut trailer, but I have zero interest, as I am clearly not the target audience.

Tickets Purchased: Two for The Lost City of Z (Jim and Chris) and One for The Fate of the Furious (Jessica)

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Trailer Snark (January 13, 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!

Monster Trucks (Paramount) – Action/Adventure
Rated PG for action, peril, brief scary images, and some rude humor
Tag Line:  On January 13, meet Creach
Starring: Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Rob Lowe, Danny Glover
Plot: Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.
Running Time: 104 minutes

Jim: How cookie-cutter can you get?
Jessica: Looks dumb. That’s all I have to say about that.
Chris:  This could be Rob Lowe’s newest commercial….”I’m bad career decisions Rob Lowe”.

The Bye Bye Man (STX Entertainment) – Horror
Rated PG-13 for terror, horror violence, bloody images, sexual content, thematic elements, partial nudity, some language and teen drinking
Tag Line: Don’t think it. Don’t say it.
Starring: Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Carrie-Ann Moss
Plot: Three friends stumble upon the horrific origins of the Bye Bye Man, a mysterious figure they discover is the root cause of the evil behind man’s most unspeakable acts.
Running Time: 96 minutes

Chris: Destined for Netflix streaming, like most paint by numbers horrors.
Jim: Don’t think it, Don’t say it, Don’t see it.
Jessica: I HATE the name of the “creature” and also, this has been done to death. Maybe this is going to be good, but honestly I got a bit bored by the trailer and I really like Carrie Ann Moss. It’s a pass for me.

Live By Night (Warner Bros) – Crime/Drama
Rated R for strong violence, language throughout, and some sexuality/nudity
Tag Line: The American Dream has a price.
Starring: Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleason
Plot: A story set in the Prohibition Era and centered around a group of individuals and their dealings in the world of organized crime.
Running Time:  128 minutes

Jessica: I do really enjoy Affleck and this looks really good. I’d check this out.
Chris: That’s how you cut a trailer, folks!  Makes me want to go read some Dennis Lehane.
Jim: An absorbing Dennis Lehane book, so I’m looking forward to seeing this.

Sleepless (Open Road Films) – Action/Thriller
Rated R for strong violence and language throughout
Tag Line: Don’t judge a cop by his cover.
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monoghan, Gabrielle Union
Plot: A cop with a connection to the criminal underworld scours a nightclub in search of his kidnapped son.
Running Time: 95 minutes

Chris:  Corrupt cops, kidnappings, guns, and car chases.  You might call it one of the most tried and true recipes in the Hollywood cookbook.  But I am in the mood for finer dining this week.
Jim: yet another by-the numbers cop action snoozefest.

The Comedian (Sony Picture Classics) – Comedy
Rated R for crude sexual references and language throughout
Tag Line: Nobody’s a bargain.
Starring: Robert DeNiro, Leslie Mann, Billy Crystal, Danny Devito
Plot: A look at the life of an aging insult comic.
Running Time: 119 minutes

Jessica: The cast is AMAZING and it looks excellent acted, directed and all that. I think this may be my pick of the week.
Jim: A great cast, this looks like one of the best DeNiros in a while, some good, solid entertainment.
Chris:  It’s been a while since I have enjoyed any movie DeNiro has been in.  This could be a reversal of that recent trend.

The Book of Love (Electric Entertainment) – Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic content, language and drug material
Tag Line: How far would you go for a lost love?
Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Maise Williams, Jessica Biel
Plot: Henry is an introverted architect. After the death of his wife in a car accident, he sets out to help Millie, a homeless teen, to build a raft to sail across the Atlantic.
Running Time: 106 minutes

Chris:  One of those movies that pulls at your heart-strings and hopefully leaves you inspired.  Won’t be going to the theater for this one, but it is on my future watch list.
Jessica: This looks heart wrenching, even though, like Bye Bye it’s been done before, I do enjoy Sudekis and Arya is a solid actress. Might check it out at home.
Jim: See my comments in the first two reviews.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for The Comedian (Jim and Jessica) and One for Live By Night (Chris)

Haven't enjoyed a DeNiro film since this gem...could be times are changing?
Haven’t enjoyed a DeNiro film since this gem…could be times are changing?

 

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Trailer Snark (December 16, 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!

Rogue One (Disney) – SciFi/Action
Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of sci-fi violence and action
Tag Line: Save the rebellion. Save the dream.
Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Forrest Whitaker
Plot: The Rebellion makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow.
Running Time: 134 minutes

Rob: #$%^ yeah baby!  Finally!!!  It doesn’t take a Jedi Master to recognize that The Force will be strong with this one.  I have secured two sets of tickets for sneak previews to kick off the viewings.  I am upset at the quantity of reshooting that is rumored to have taken place because the film was allegedly too dark.  We need a dark Star Wars film.  This film screams out for the Dark Side.  The Empire has the galaxy in a death grip during this particular period of time.  It’s time for the bothan bodies to hit the floor!  Fear.  Anger.  Hate.  Suffering.  And, yes….a sliver of hope, the spark of Rebellion.
Jessica: Yes. Yes. YES! Im seeing this in IMAX as a birthday gift. I cannot wait and I am super super duper stoked!
Chris:  Adventure. Excitement.  A Jedi craves not these things.  I ain’t no Jedi.  Bring it on baby!

Collateral Beauty (Warner Bros) – Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong language
Tag Line: We are all connected.
Starring: Will Smith, Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley
Plot: Retreating from life after a tragedy, a man questions the universe by writing to Love, Time and Death. Receiving unexpected answers, he begins to see how these things interlock and how even loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.
Running Time: 97 minutes

Chris: A fantastic cast and a pull at the heartstrings won’t prevent me from staying on target.
Rob: It’s not Rogue One.
Jessica: This looks like a really lovely, heart-warming story, but it’s got nothing on Rogue One! I would watch this at home though.

A Kind of Murder (Magnolia) – Drama/Thriller
Rated R for language and some violence
Tag Line: None
Starring: Haley Bennett, Jessica Biel, Patrick Wilson
Plot: In 1960s New York, Walter Stackhouse is a successful architect married to the beautiful Clara who leads a seemingly perfect life. But his fascination with an unsolved murder leads him into a spiral of chaos as he is forced to play cat-and-mouse with a clever killer and an overambitious detective, while at the same time lusting after another woman.
Running Time: 95 minutes

Jessica: Can’t even deal with this, it’s not Rogue One.
Chris: Meh…..maybe on Netflix.  A less thrilling thriller it would seem.
Rob: This is also not Rogue One.

Solace (Grindstone Entertainment) – Crime/Drama/Mystery
Rated R for violence and bloody images throughout, sexuality, nudity and language
Tag Line: How do you stop a killer who can read your mind?
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Abbie Cornish, Colin Farrell
Plot: A psychic works with the FBI in order to hunt down a serial killer.
Running Time: 101 minutes

Rob: Also a movie not worthy of my attention this week because it’s not Rogue One…  But wait!  Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins), Detective Velcoro (Colin Farrell), & $%^*ing Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan)!?!?!? Ok, you have my attention for a couple minutes.  Looks decent I suppose.  A possible rental down the road.
Jessica: Oh Dr. Ford, love you, but not Rogue One, don’t care.
Chris: This movie has been sitting on a shelf for over a year looking for a distributor.  Not sure how this bodes for the film, especially since they are dumping it into the same release week as the new Star Wars.

Tickets Purchased: It’s unanimous, as if you thought any different!

See what we did there?
See what we did there?