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Trailer Snark (May 13th, 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: Captain America:  Civil War ruled all with a whopping $181.7M in receipts.  Jungle Book was a very distant second at $21.8 bringing its total to $284.9M domestic.  Third place Mother’s Day did not crack double digits at $9M and $20.7M overall.  Botttom line is a Disney Box Office wipeout.  The rest of the top ten shook out like this:  Huntsman:  Winter’s War ($3.5M/$40.3M), Keanu ($3M/$15.1M), Barbershop ($2.7M/$48.7M), Zootopia ($2.6M/$327.6M), The Boss ($$1.7M/$59.1M), and Batman vs Superman ($1M/$327.2M).  Now, on to this week’s new releases, sure to be crushed by Civil War.

Money Monster (Sony) – Drama
Rated R for language throughout, some sexuality and brief violence
Tag Line: #FollowTheMoney
Starring: George Clooney, Julia Roberts
Plot: Financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor takes over their studio.
Running Time: 98 minutes

Jessica: Snooze fest.
Jim: Love these Dog Day Afternoon set-ups. A strong cast helps.
Chris:  Some days I’d like to punch George Clooney in his perfect teeth.

The Darkness (High Top) – Horror/Thriller
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some disturbing violence, brief sensuality and language
Tag Line: Evil comes home.
Starring:  Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Morrison
Plot:  A family returns from a Grand Canyon vacation, haunted by an ancient supernatural entity they unknowingly awakened and engages them in a fight for their survival.
Running Time: 92 minutes

Chris:  Kevin Bacon and Jennifer Morrison last starred together in Stir of Echoes….good flick.  Not sure if I feel the stir with this trailer, however.
Jessica: Great choice to put it out on Friday the 13th and I love Kevin Bacon. The kid makes me nuts on “Gotham” but this could be a good home viewer.
Jim: Despite the presence of the great Kevin Bacon, looks like a by-the numbers modern horror movie.

Love and Friendship (Roadside Attractions) – Drama/Romance
Rated PG for some thematic elements
Tag Line: A lady never reveals her tactics.
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny
Plot: Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-laws’ estate and, while there, is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica — and herself too, naturally.
Running Time: 92 minutes

Jim: Costume pictures are always a risk. They can be great (Dangerous Liasons), but most of the time it always looks too much like what it is—modern-day actors playing dress-up.
Chris: My mom would love this…yes, that was a back-handed compliment. 😉
Jessica: I got bored during the trailer. Skip!

The Lobster (A24) – Comedy/Drama/Romance
Rated R for sexual content including dialogue, and some violence
Tag Line: An unconventional love story by Yorgos Lanthimos.
Starring:  Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz
Plot: In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.
Running Time: 118 minutes

Jessica: I love quirky films and this looks just on the right side of quirky.
Jim: Looks bizarre enough to be interesting.
Chris:  Man, Collin packed on some weight for this lobster roll!

High Rise (Magnolia Pictures) – Drama
Rated R for violence, disturbing images, strong sexual content/graphic nudity, language and some drug use
Tag Line: Leave the real world behind.
Starring:  Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller
Plot: Life for the residents of a tower block begins to run out of control.
Running Time:  119 minutes

Chris:  Looks like Snowpiercer in an apartment building.  Meh.
Jessica: Another one that intrigues me and I do so love Loki! I would watch this at home.
Jim: It must be Brit Week here on Trailer Snark—another strange, interesting- looking movie.

Last Days in the Desert (Broad Green Pictures) – Adventure/History/Drama
Rated PG-13 for some disturbing images and brief partial nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Ewan MacGregor, Ciaran Hinds
Plot: An imagined chapter from Jesus’ forty days of fasting and praying in the desert. On his way out of the wilderness, Jesus struggles with the Devil over the fate of a family in crisis.
Running Time: 98 minutes

Jim: Sorry, No.
Chris: I love Ewan MacGregor and this one looks interesting to me.  Small screen viewing for sure.
Jessica: Not my cup of tea.

Search Party (Focus World) – Comedy
Rated R for language throughout, drug use, graphic nudity, and sexual content
Tag Line: This is not a vacation.  It’s a rescue mission.
Starring:  Adam Pally, T.J. Miller, Alison Brie
Plot: A pair of friends embark on a mission to reunite their pal with the woman he was going to marry.
Running Time: 93 minutes

Jessica: A poor mans Hangover. No thanks.
Jim: Scraping the last dregs of The Hangover. The vomiting donkey doesn’t help.
Chris: From the “I didn’t need to see that” files comes donkey puke!  The trailer was enough for me.  Pass.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for a re-visit with Civil War (Jessica and Chris) and one for Money Monster (Jim)

Box Office Champ?  Civil War's second week will be very telling!
Box Office Champ? Civil War’s second week will be very telling!

 

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Trailer Snark (November 20, 2015 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: Spectre ruled the box office for a second straight week doing $35.4M in receipts for a total of $130.7M domestically.  Similarly, The Peanuts Movie also held on to its number two position with $24.2M over the weekend and $82.4M overall.  The highest debut came from Love the Coopers in third place with $8.4M.  Matt Damon’s The Martian was in fourth ($6.7M/$207.4M).  The 33 debuted at number five with $5.8M.  The rest of the top ten was as follows:  Goosebumps ($4.6M/$73.4M), Bridge of Spies ($4.2M/$61.6M), Prem Ratan Dhan Payo ($2.4M/$2.4M), Hotel Transylvania 2 ($2.3M/$165.2M), and The Last Witch Hunter ($1.5M/$26M).  What does this weekend hold in store for us moviegoers?  Let’s take a look…..

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part Two (Lionsgate) – Adventure/Sci-Fi
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and for some thematic material
Tag Line: The fire will burn forever.
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Plot: As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts by the Capitol, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance.
Running Time: 137 minutes

Chris: I just don’t get the fascination with this series.  I may see it only because I have a teen kid who loves the films, but consider me kicking and screaming from the car to the front door.
Jim: How can  a series of such exciting books get turned into such dull movies? That killer cast deserves better. The trailer is well made but, most likely, I won’t be saying the same about the movie.
Jessica: I read the books and only felt “meh” about them. They didn’t grab me like everyone else. I am sincerely tired of a love triangle. I find them boring and childish but I guess that’s the world of YA. Regardless, the movies have been OK but I don’t get real excited about seeing them, though I am curious how they wrap up the series so I’m sure I’ll see this, just not in the theater.
Rob: Looks entertaining, but I’d have to watch the prior movies before it.  I think I only saw the first one.
Ken: Love J Law but the first Hunger Games just didn’t capture my imagination. Might wait until they are all out on demand and binge watch it.

The Night Before (Columbia Pictures) – Comedy
Rated R for drug use and language throughout, some strong sexual content and graphic nudity
Tag Line: Bringing joy to the world.
Starring: Seth Rogen, James Franco, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anthony Mackie, Lizzy Caplan, Jillian BellPlot: On Christmas eve, three lifelong friends, two of whom are Jewish, spend the night in New York City looking for the Holy Grail of Christmas parties.
Running Time: 101 minutes

Ken: That looked funny and it incorporated all of the major holidays, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza. Could be a Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza classic for years to come.
Chris: Seth Rogen giving the creepy looks in the limo made me laugh.  Good for a renter I am sure.
Jim: there’s just never enough Seth Rogen. Count me in.
Jessica: Oh, I’m so in. This kind of stuff makes me laugh. I enjoy Rogen and the other guys should be fun as well and I’m a sucker for a funny Christmas movie.
Rob: Funny rental or Netflix film.  Not something I’d see on the big screen.

Secret in Their Eyes (STX Entertainment) – Mystery/Thriller
Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving disturbing violent content, language and some sexual references
Tag Line: Don’t look closer.
Starring: Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Plot: A tight-knit team of rising investigators, along with their supervisor, is suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered.
Running Time: 111 minutes

Rob: Aside from the fact that a child is killed the movie looks very good.  Plus it has Nicole Kidman.  Hello Nurse!
Ken: Snooze. It had me for a second but pretty soon after…  Great cast though, might see some powerful performances.
Chris: Looks like my kind of thriller.  Great cast, and an effective trailer!
Jim: Movie certainly looks well-made and engrossing, but I have to admit that I’m tired of getting pummeled by trailers that try to get my attention.
Jessica: I hate the title of this movie but it’s PACKED with stars. I would check it out.

Legend (Universal Pictures) – Bio/Crime/Thriller
Rated R for strong violence, language throughout, some sexual and drug material
Tag Line: Love. Fight. Live. Rule like a legend.
Starring: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning
Plot: The film tells the story of the identical twin gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray, two of the most notorious criminals in British history, and their organized crime empire in the East End of London during the 1960s.
Running Time: 131 minutes

Jessica: Oh Tom Hardy. TWO Tom Hardy’s? I’m in love with this movie already.
Rob: Meh.  60’s crime thriller based in London.  Pass.
Ken: That looked like good fun, dinnit? Had a bit of the classic Guy Ritchie feel to it. Best YouTube Comment:  i wasn’t interested in the movie when i saw Tom Hardy in it, then i realized that Tom Hardy was in it.  Now I’m sold.
Chris: I don’t know.  I am probably going to be in the minority on this one, but this gangster flick does nothing for me. I do like Chazz Palminteri.
Jim: Think this has been made before as The Krays, back about 1990. Trailer looks good enough,  but not enough to send me running to the theater.

Carol (Weinstein Company) – Drama/Romance
Rated R for a scene of sexuality/nudity and brief language
Tag Line: Some people change your life forever.
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler
Plot: Set in 1950s New York, a department-store clerk who dreams of a better life falls for an older, married woman.
Running Time: 118 minutes

Jessica: I’m intrigued for sure and Cate Blanchett is a personal fave of mine.
Rob: Looks good, but again not a big screen type of film in my book.
Ken: I’m digging the 50’s vibe and Blanchett is a fave of mine as well.
Chris: A married couple’s relationship threatened by another woman.  I don’t know.  Looks a bit too Lifetime for me….
Jim: Stylish-looking and Cate Blanchett is great, but I’m with Chris—too Lifetime-ish.

#Horror (IFC Midnight) – Horror/Mystery
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Sadie Seelert, Haley Murphy, Timothy Hutton
Plot: Inspired by actual events, a group of 12 year old girls face a night of horror when the compulsive addiction of an online social media game turns a moment of cyber bullying into a night of insanity.
Running Time: 101 minutes

Jim: Not a lot that I haven’t seen before in a horror trailer, but creepy enough to look interesting.
Jessica: No. A thousand times no. The trailer was boring and unoriginal so I can only imagine the movie is the same.
Rob: #SkippedtheTrailer #NoInterest
Ken: #Horrible . They flashed like 10 names across the screen at the end. I didn’t recognize any of them, but I admittedly don’t watch a lot of movies.
Chris: Stylish horror genre picture from actress turned director Tara Subkoff.  It actually looks pretty intriguing and creepy from my perspective.  Could be a good one to catch curled up in bed on a cold night.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for The Night Before (Jessica and Jim), one for Secret in Their Eyes (Chris), one for Legend (Ken), and Rob continues buying up all of the pre-sale Force Awakens tickets he can find.

The opposite of Rogen and Company's prayers.  And we all hope they are answered!
The opposite of Rogen and Company’s prayers. And we all hope they are answered!