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Trailer Snark (October 20, 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!

Wonderstruck (Amazon Studios) – Drama/Family/Mystery
Rated PG for thematic elements and smoking
Tag Line: It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
Starring: Oakes Fegley, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams
Plot: The story of a young boy in the Midwest is told simultaneously with a tale about a young girl in New York from fifty years ago as they both seek the same mysterious connection.
Running Time: 117 minutes

Wayne: Hmmm. Looks like a wonderful movie, but there is something that is missing in the trailer to grab me and I bet it is missing something in the movie too.
Chris: I see the “praise” but I don’t see the appeal.
Jim: Definitely a feel-good trailer, but I think mainly because I can never get enough of Space Oddity. The trailer has that something missing that would get me to the theater.

The Snowman (Universal) – Crime/Drama/Horror
Rated R for grisly images, violence, some language, sexuality and brief nudity
Tag Line: Mister Police. You Could have Saved Her. I Gave You All The Clues.
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson
Plot: Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.
Running Time: 119 minutes

Jim: A slow buildup, but it had me intrigued. Rental.
Wayne: It doesn’t appeal to me, but given the time of year we are in, the Halloween scary movie feel is in the air and I have a feeling it will be a success this weekend. But not for me.
Chris: This one looks like creepy good crime thriller fun. I missed Wind River earlier this year which seemed to have some similar themes, but I will need to do my best to catch this one.

Same Kind of Different As Me (Paramount) – Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including some violence and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Renée Zellweger, Jon Voight, Djimon Hounsou
Plot: International art dealer Ron Hall must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife, a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the journey of their lives.
Running Time: 95 minutes

Chris: A movie with a message I can get behind and will make you feel good….just put the lessons into practice first. Count me in.
Jim: Certainly had a message that we could all benefit from, but to be honest the trailer piled on the schmaltz a bit too much.
Wayne: All Star cast but doesn’t give you the good feels. No good feels means no ticket. I pass.

Geostorm (Warner Bros) – Action/Sci-Fi/Thriller
Rated PG-13 for destruction, action and violence
Tag Line: Some things were never meant to be controlled.
Starring: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish
Plot: When the network of satellites designed to control the global climate start to attack Earth, it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything and everyone.
Running Time: 109 minutes

Wayne: I don’t care for these types of films because they usually rely heavily on the cgi effects. I’m going to pass on this.
Chris: This is the kind of garbage that gives Hollywood a bad name….I mean, outside of Harvey Weinstein.
Jim: The latest cheesy disaster flick, but it might have some worth as a guilty pleasure. I’m hoping. ‘Cause my daughter wants to see it. Keep me in your prayers.

Tyler Perry’s Boo 2: A Madea Halloween (Lionsgate) – Comedy/Horror
PG-13 for sexual references, drug content, language and some horror images
Tag Line: None
Starring: Tyler Perry, Patrice Lovely, Brock O’Hurn
Plot: Madea, Bam, and Hattie venture to a haunted campground and the group must run for their lives when monsters, goblins, and the boogeyman are unleashed.
Running Time: 95 minutes

Jim: Jim Cannizzaro’s Noo 2. Sorry.
Wayne: I didn’t see the first and the second doesn’t make me feel any better. Pass.
Chris: I haven’t seen a Tyler Perry movie yet, and this ain’t changing that.

Only the Brave (Columbia) – Biography/Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic content, some sexual references, language and drug material
Tag Line: It’s Not What Stands In Front Of You, It’s Who Stands Beside You
Starring: Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges
Plot: Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite firefighters risk everything to protect a town from a historic wildfire.
Running Time: 133 minutes

Chris: Oscar buzz is in the air on this one. And it could not be more tragically timing.
Jim: Well, this looks like something resembling a movie. A quick shot and voice-over from Jeff Bridges gives me added hope, although he most likely isn’t in it for long. Interested.
Wayne: Another movie that doesn’t hit me in the feels and I won’t see. Feels like a throw away movie to me.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (A24) – Drama/Horror/Mystery
R for disturbing violent and sexual content, some graphic nudity and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Alicia Silverstone
Plot: Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.
Running Time: 121 minutes

Wayne: Oh boy. Will she stop singing? Lousy trailer means I’m skipping this movie.
Chris: I was in a trance for the whole trailer, but I have no idea what this is really going to end up being about. I am very intrigued.
Jim: Intriguing trailer, but yet another that’s unclear as to what it’s about almost to the point of madness. Loved The Lobster.

Tickets Purchased: Two for The Snowman (Wayne and Chris) and One for Only the Brave (Jim)

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Trailer Snark (February 5, 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:  Po’s Kung Fun is strong apparently.  The third in the kid’s series of animated films took in $41M in its debut to top the box office this past week.  Meanwhile, The Revenant slipped to second place with $12.4M/$138M.  Star Wars:  The Force Awakens is still doing solid business in third with $10.7M/$895.4M.  The Finest Hours debuted at number four with $10.3M.  Ride Along 2 was fifth with $8.3M/$70.7M.  The rest of the top ten went as follows:  The Boy ($7.8M/$21.5M), Dirty Grandpa ($7.5M/$22.8M), The 5th Wave ($7M/$20.1M), Fifty Shades of Black ($6.1M/NEW), and 13 Hours ($6M/$42.5M).  This week’s new entries are an eclectic mix…let’s check them out.

Hail, Caesar (Universal Pictures) – Comedy/Drama/Musical
Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content and smoking
Tag Line:  Lights.  Camera.  Abduction.
Starring:  George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlet JohanssonPlot: A Hollywood fixer in the 1950s works to keep the studio’s stars in line.
Running Time: 106 minutes

Jessica:  I LOVE the Coen Brothers so this is a no-brainer. Top-notch talent, a fun story and kooky-crazy storytelling. Yes indeed. This looks to be a winner.
Chris:  There is a certain element to every Coen Brothers film that makes them hard to dismiss.  And with the cast lined up for this one, I will be certain to catching it at some point, even if not in theaters. 

The Choice (Lionsgate) – Drama/Romance
Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some thematic issues
Tag Line: Let your heart decide.
Starring: Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Maggie Grace
Plot: Travis and Gabby first meet as neighbors in a small coastal town and wind up in a relationship that is tested by life’s most defining events.
Running Time: 111 minutes

Chris:  Did you know that Nicholas Sparks has his own film production company?  Yeah, that didn’t make my day either.
Jessica:  Oh gag me. I swore in a very unlady-like fashion when I saw the “Nicholas Sparks” at the top of the trailer and turned it off. Melodramatic, boring, all the bad things about movies. P A S S.

Regression (RADiUS-TWC) – Crime/Thriller
Rated R for disturbing violent and sexual content, and for language
Tag Line: Fear always finds its victim.
Starring: Emma Watson, Ethan Hawke
Plot: A detective and a psychoanalyst uncover evidence of a satanic cult while investigating the rape of a young woman.
Running Time: 106 minutes

Jessica: Looks intriguing and like a good thriller. I’d watch this at home.
Chris:  Ethan Hawke is one of my favorite actors and I have always been a sucker for a religion-based thriller.  Game on!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Sony Pictures) – Action/Horror/Romance
Rated PG-13 for zombie violence and action, and brief suggestive material
Tag Line: Bloody lovely.
Starring: Lily James, Suki Waterhouse, Sam Riley
Plot: Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England is faced with a new challenge — an army of undead zombies.
Running Time: 108 minutes

Chris: I remember seeing this book in the stores and doing a double-take.  After one look at the trailer, I am not inclined to a similar reaction.  Perhaps if buzz is positive, I’d catch it on small screen.
Jessica: Sigh. I’m torn on this one. I read the book (both of them actually and a few others with the addition of monsters) and I enjoyed it but this trailer leaves me feeling really indifferent about it. Probably a pass for me.

Tumbledown (Starz Digital Media) – Comedy/Romance/Music
Rated R for a sex scene
Tag Line: Turn the page.  Start a new chapter.
Starring:  Dianna Agron, Rebecca Hall, Jason Sudeikis
Plot: A young woman struggles to move on with her life after the death of her husband, an acclaimed folk singer, when a brash New York writer forces her to confront her loss and the ambiguous circumstances of his death.
Running Time: 105 minutes

Jessica: I was fully intending to pass on this one, but darn-it, it got to me. Good actors and an interesting story about loss and music and blah, blah. I’d watch this at home.
Chris:  I don’t think so.

Tickets Purchased:  One for Hail, Caesar (Jessica) and one for Regression (Chris)

Though the weather outside is frightful, movies are so delightful. So curl up and enjoy another Trailer Snark!
Though the weather outside is frightful, movies are so delightful. So curl up and enjoy another Trailer Snark!
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Trailer Snark (September 18 2015 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: It was a dogfight for the top spot at the box office this past weekend but in the end, The Perfect Guy ($26.7M) edged out The Visit ($25.6M).  While these are not staggering numbers, both films have already turned big profits thanks to their low budgets.  War Room, last week’s number one, dropped to number three with $7.4M in receipts ($39M overall).  The rest of the field scored under $5M in box office and landed in the following order:  A Walk in the Woods, Mission Impossible Rogue Nation, Straight Outta Compton, No Escape, The Transporter Refueled, the debuting 90 Minutes in Heaven, and the foreign film Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos.  There is no doubt, however, that by next week we will be crowning a new box office champion with some serious contenders vying for the honors.  Let’s take a look!

Everest (Universal) – Adventure/Drama/Thriller
Rated PG-13 for intense peril and disturbing images
Tag Line: Never let go
Starring:  Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, Keira Knightley, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sam Worthington, and Emily Watson.
Plot: A climbing expedition on Mt. Everest is devastated by a severe snow storm.
Running Time: 121 minutes

Jessica: I have a mild to moderate obsession with Mt. Everest so I actually have seen another movie (though the name eludes me) about this exact Everest disaster – it’s a very compelling story and a very tragically sad one. This looks really good, great actors (I love me some Brolin) and hopefully does a good job with respecting the individual stories of that day on the mountain. Either way, it’s right up my Everest alley.
Ken: I’m petrified of heights. I get vertigo watching this trailer on my laptop screen. Windowed. The effects look insane, this might be the one to watch in theaters.
Rob: One of the penultimate man versus nature tales, and it looks like a good one.
Chris: My life group is discussing pushing the limitations of what we believe possible, and I can think of no better physical example than those that brave the perilous journey to the top of Mount Everest.  The movie looks beautiful, terrifying, and riveting.  Can’t miss it.

Maze Runner:  The Scorch Trials (Twentieth Century Fox) – Action/Drama
Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of violence and action, some thematic elements, substance use and language
Tag Line: The maze was just the beginning
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Plot: After having escaped the Maze, the Gladers now face a new set of challenges on the open roads of a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles.
Running Time: 131 minutes

Ken: Never read the books, didn’t watch the first movie, wasn’t planning on seeing the second one either but the trailer for Scorch Trails was entertaining. I’ll give it a look down the road when it comes to homes.
Chris: The first movie was decent enough, especially when measured against its teen drama contemporaries, but it is just not my choice cup of tea.  Particularly in the face of such other strong competition this week.  Consider it a rental for me.
Jessica: I read the series that these books are based on and I’ll say this, they were wickedly entertaining and the first movie did a bang-on job with getting the story right. i have a lot of faith that this one will follow its lead.

Black Mass (Warner Bros) – Biography/Crime/Drama
Rated R for brutal violence, language throughout, some sexual references and brief drug use
Tag Line: Based on the true story of one of the most notorious gangsters in U.S. history
Starring: Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Johnson, and Joel Edgerton.
Plot: The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.
Running Time: 122 minutes

Chris: Looks well-acted.  Its a dark story for those of us who have grown up in the Boston area.  Movies such as this run the risk of glamorizing the monster, which I hope the filmmakers manage to avoid.
Jessica: Oh man, there aren’t enough excited adjectives to express how excited I am about this movie. I have total faith that Johnny Depp is going to rock this role, can’t wait!
Ken: Before Disney and that unfortunate late Burton phase, Johnny Depp was considered one of the great American actors of our generation. He’s back to playing serious character roles and the results look spectacular. Black Mass has the makings of a classic gangster film.

Sicario (Lionsgate) – Action/Crime/Drama
Rated R for strong violence, grisly images, and language
Tag Line: The border is just another line to cross.
Starring: Josh Brolin, Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, and Jon Bernthal
Plot: An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by an elected government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.
Running Time: 121 minutes

Jessica: I was pleasantly surprised that this trailer looks actually quite interesting (and can we say Brolin again!?!?!). I love Del Toro and Emily Blunt is also a fave of mine. I say this looks like a total win.
Ken: Watched the trailer twice and still have no idea what this is going on, other than drug cartels are crazy. Great cast, but is all that star power enough to get me to lay down cash for this movie? As they say in Mexico, no.
Chris: Which Josh Brolin film do I want to see this week?  Sicario looks like incredible cinema to me.  Going to be a tough choice.

Captive (Paramount) – Crime/Drama
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving violence and substance abuse
Tag Line: Faith. Redemption. Survival.
Starring:  Kate Mara, David Oyelowo, and Mimi RogersPlot: A single mother struggling with drug addiction is taken hostage in her own apartment by a man on the run after breaking out of jail and murdering the judge assigned to his case.
Running Time: 97 minutes

Ken: A formulaic movie that pulls double duty as marketing vehicle for Rick Warren’s devotional, self-help book, The Purpose Driven Life.  
Chris: They should have called the movie by another version of the word.  Captivating.  Two broken people…will they be saved?  I’ll be tuning in.
Jessica: Hmmm … I’m back and forth on this one. Partly sickly sweet, party interesting. I’ll probably catch it online after it’s release.

Pawn Sacrifice (Bleecker Street Media) – Biography/Drama
Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexual content and historical smoking
Tag Line: In 1972, Bobby Fischer faced the Soviet Union in the greatest chess match ever played. On the board he fought the Cold War. In his mind he fought his madness.
Starring:  Tobey Maguire and Liev Schrieber
Plot: Set during the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer finds himself caught between two superpowers and his own struggles as he challenges the Soviet Empire.
Running Time: 114 minutes

Chris: I wonder at how closely the story follows reality.  Color me intrigued. Big fan of Liev Schrieber.
Jessica: I have a massive case of Toby McGuire dislike. I don’t know if it’s because he was Spiderman and I hate spiders and therefore am not a huge fan of Spiderman (yeah, I know it makes no sense, shush) or what but this one kind of leaves me feeling blah. Could be it’s about chess and I could not possibly care less about chess and Bobby Fisher.
Ken: Might ‘check’ it out.

About Ray (Weinstein Company) – Drama/Comedy
Not Rated
Tag Line: A family in transition.
Starring: Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, and Susan Sarandon
Plot: After Ray decides to transition from female to male, Ray’s mother, Maggie, must come to terms with the decision while tracking down Ray’s biological father to get his legal consent.
Running Time: 87 minutes

Jessica: I LOVE that they are making more movies about transgender and a transgender teen? Awesome on top of awesome. This has a powerhouse cast and looks uplifting and sad and everything it should be. I’ll watch it on DVD or on Amazon or Netflix.
Ken: Pass. But I’m rooting for it.
Chris: Seems like a pretty heartfelt movie.  Not my typical style, but I will check it out when it hits the small screen.

Tickets Purchased: 3 for Everest (Ken, Jessica, and Rob), 1 for Sicario (Chris), and 1 for Black Mass (Jessica on double movie duty).

Ken braves the heights and bumbles on his way to Everest's peak!
Ken braves the heights and bumbles on his way to Everest’s peak!