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Trailer Snark (November 10, 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!

Murder on the Orient Express (Twentieth Century Fox) – Crime/Drama/Mystery
Rated PG-13 for violence and thematic elements
Tag Line: Everyone is a suspect.
Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe
Plot: A lavish train ride unfolds into a stylish & suspenseful mystery. From the novel by Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express tells of thirteen stranded strangers & one man’s race to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again.
Running Time: 114 minutes

Chris: I have been a fan of Agatha Christie mysteries ever since my days of roaming my local libraries halls as a wee lad. To see a high production version of one of her most classic stories come to life is something I will be glued to my seat for!
Jim: my favorite actress of all time, Michelle Pfeiffer, in an Agatha Christie movie. It’s just too much for me to handle. Add to that a great cast directed by the amazing Kenneth Branagh. Except for Star Wars and maybe Thor, this is the must-see of the holiday season.
Rob F: A classic Christie tale retold on the big screen again. Looks good, but if you already know the story from the book or the 1974 version of the film… But, hey this version’s got Olaf! Do you want to build a snowman?

Daddy’s Home 2 (Paramount Pictures) – Comedy
Rated PG-13 for suggestive material and some language
Tag Line: More Daddies. More problems.
Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, John Lithgow, Mel Gibson
Plot: Brad and Dusty must deal with their intrusive fathers during the holidays.
Running Time: 100 minutes

Rob F: The first one was good and this looks to be more of the same. Just not a big screen option for me.
Chris: I just love the chemistry between Wahlberg and Ferrell. Add in some Mel Gibson and John Lithgow as the polar opposite dad’s, and it looks like we may have a sequel winner!
Jim: I haven’t seen the original (I’ll have to), but this looks like a blast.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbings, Missouri (Fox Searchlight) – Comedy/Crime/Drama
Rated R for violence, language throughout, and some sexual references
Tag Line: None
Starring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell
Plot: In this darkly comic drama, a mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder, when they fail to catch the culprit.
Running Time: 115 minutes

Jim: One of two movies this week with lousy titles and trailers that scream DON’T SEE THIS MOVIE!
Rob F: Could be ok, but I’m not feeling it after that trailer. Certainly not a big screen trip for me.
Chris: A trailer as poorly cut and convoluted as the film was named.

Amanda & Jack Go Glamping (Gravitas Ventures) – Comedy/Drama/Romance
Not Rated
Tag Line: Love the one yurt with.
Starring: Amy Acker, Adam Canto, David Arquette
Plot: With his marriage and career against the ropes, dejected author Jack Spencer travels with his wife, Amanda, to an isolated glamping retreat in search of a spark. When a surprise double booking finds their private retreat anything but private, Jack spins into a comedic exploration of love, lost dreams, small-town-wisdom, and friendship with a miniature donkey to get over himself before he loses all he holds dear.
Running Time: 94 minutes

Chris: This movie’s fate has been sealed by the David Arquette kiss of death.
Jim: This is the other one (see Three Billboards comment). Gimme a break.
Rob F: Nope. Nope. Nope.

Thumper (The Orchard) – Crime/Drama/Thriller
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Eliza Taylor, Pablo Schreiber, Lena Headey
Plot: Teens in a low income neighborhood are lured into working for a violent and dangerous drug dealer. When a new girl harboring a dark secret arrives in town, their relationship jeopardizes everything.
Running Time: 93 minutes

Rob F: Could be a possible rental down the line. It has Lena Headey after all.
Chris: With heroin addiction running rampant across the country, I guess you could say its timely. Too often these types of films tend to leave me cold and angry. I’ll pass.
Jim: Undoubtedly a problem in the world, and the movie probably needs to be seen by certain people. Just not me.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for Murder on the Orient Express (Chris and Jim) while Rob saves his money for repeat viewings of The Last Jedi in December.

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Trailer Snark (June 9, 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, Rob from Spector for Hire, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

The Mummy (Universal) – Adventure/Action/Fantasy
Rated PG-13 for violence, action and scary images, and for some suggestive content and partial nudity
Tag Line: Ancient evil returns.
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jake Johnson, Annabelle Wallis, Russel Crowe
Plot: An ancient princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Chris: I am absolutely stoked to see this one.  I loved the Indiana Jones-esque Mummy movie franchise, but now Universal if launching a classic monsters universe, and by the trailer the first movie looks intense, thrilling, and pretty much everything that Van Helsing was not.  Game on!
Jessica: I am back and forth on this, I want it to be good, I actually don’t mind Tommy C. all that much and think he can often be a fine actor, but it could also be really, really, really bad if they don’t have fun with story. Not curious enough for the theater, but certainly curious once it’s out on DVD.
Jim: After she saw the trailer, my daughter turned to me wide-eyed and yelled “Yes!” Love going to movies with her. Fer sure.

My Cousin Rachel (Fox Searchlight) – Drama/Mystery/Romance
Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and brief strong language.
Tag Line: None.
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin
Plot: A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.
Running Time: 105 minutes

Jessica: I think I liked the song better than the trailer. I mean, dude, that’s your cousin. Ick.
Jim: I’m not even going to try to top Jessica’s comment. Except that it’s a Daphne DuMaurier story, so it’s probably pretty interesting.
Chris: Period piece and interesting cover of Chris Isaac’s Wicked Game song.  Not sure its my cup of proverbial tea, however.

Megan Leavey (Bleecker Street) – Drama/Biography/War
Rated PG-13 for war violence, language, suggestive material, and thematic elements
Tag Line: None
Starring: Kate Mara, Ramon Rodriguez, Tom Felton
Plot: Based on the true life story of a young Marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq.
Running Time: 116 minutes

Jim: Interesting rental.
Chris: Looks like a wonderful story of a warrior and her warrior companion.  Count me in.
Jessica: Oh man, I am a sucker for a sweet pet true story.

It Comes at Night (A24) – Horror/Mystery
Rated R for violence, disturbing images, and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo
Plot: Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son, but this will soon be put to test when a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.
Running Time: 91 minutes

Chris: A friend of mine joked about what the third title would be if this was a sequel to It Follows.  Putting aside the sophomoric for a moment, this trailer looks disturbing enough to be an effective summer scare-fest.
Jessica: This one looks really interesting, a home viewer for sure, but decent cast, interesting story. I’d watch it.
Jim: How many boring trailers does it take to turn off a moviegoer?

The Hero (The Orchard) – Comedy/Drama
Rated R for drug use, language and some sexual content
Tag Line: None
Starring: Sam Elliot, Laura Prepon
Plot: An ailing movie star comes to terms with his past and mortality.
Running Time: 93 minutes

Jessica: It had me at Sam Elliot. That is all.
Jim: Would you pay just to see Sam Elliott read a few pages from the phone book? I would. It’s time this good actor got his due.
Chris: An aging actor fighting for relevance. Sam Elliot looks absolutely fantastic in the role.  A different actor may not have pulled me in the way he did.

Beatriz at Dinner (FilmNation Entertainment) – Comedy
Rated R for language and a scene of violence
Tag Line: None
Starring: Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Chloe Sevigny
Plot: A holistic medicine practitioner attends a wealthy client’s dinner party after her car breaks down.
Running Time: 83 minutes

Jim: I breathe a sigh of contentment at a trailer for a movie made for grownups. And in the summertime, to boot! This looks absolutely riveting.
Jessica: This movie looks like it could be fantastic! I think that Hayek can rock this, she has been good in almost everything I’ve ever seen her in. I LOVE when Lithgow is smarmy and rude, and honestly looks like it could be a good story for this time and place in our world.
Chris: Certainly an unassuming role for the usually more sultry Hayek, but the obviously stereotyped role written for Lithgow was a bit of a turn-off.

Tickets Purchased: 2 for Beatriz at Dinner (Jessica and Jim) and 1 for The Mummy (Chris)

I guess the snarkies enjoy watching Salma Hayek eat?
I guess the snarkies enjoy watching Salma Hayek eat?