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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 (August 7th 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: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation reigned supreme at the Box Office this past weekend, and it wasn’t even a contest!  Cruise and company pulled in $56 million, leaving the second placed Vacation sequel in the dust.  The Helms/Applegate comedy took in just under $15 million and really not much ahead of Ant-Man, which scooped up another $13 million (for a total domestic haul of $132M).  Look for the next Vacation movie to go direct to DVD for National Lampoon as word of mouth is likely to kill its second week (cinema-goers did not give it high enough marks to pull in a casual audience).  Minions ($12M/$287M) and Pixels ($10M/$46M) rounded out the top five.  Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck managed to take in almost another $10M in sixth ($80M overall), Southpaw fell to number seven ($7.5M/$31.5M), Paper Towns came in eighth ($4.6M/$23.8M), while Inside Out ($4.5M/329.5M) and Jurassic World ($3.7M/$631.4M) rounded out the bottom half of the top ten.  Still stunned by Jurassic World’s summer performance.  Let’s see what competition is in store for Team MI!

Fantastic Four (Fox) – Action/Adventure
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, and languageTag Line: When you change the world, prepare to defend it.
Starring: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell
Plot: Four young outsiders teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe which alters their physical form in shocking ways. The four must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
Running Time: 100 minutes

Chris: Hopefully better executed than the last incarnation.  I am intrigued, but find myself wishing this property had been sold back to the parent company.
Ken: I’m not one to complain about movies taking creative liberties with established characters. But where are the Thing’s underpants? Maybe a new origin story for how Ben Grimm got his superhero name?
Jessica: Totally in to this new take on the familiar Four. I’ll go see this when it comes out. I’ll admit that I don’t mind artistic license if it makes sense, I’m willing to watch this and see if it does, in fact, make sense.
Rob: It’s Clobberin’ Time!  Trailer is decent, but doesn’t blow me away like Deadpool just did.  Still, might get me to show up at a theater….

The Gift (Blumhouse) – Mystery/Thriller
Rated R for language
Tag Line: The Sins Of The Past Will Become Your Present.
Starring: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton
Plot: A young married couple’s lives are thrown into a harrowing tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband’s past brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light after more than 20 years.Running Time: 108 minutes

Ken: What’s in the box?! Looks like a pretty formulaic, revenge thriller.
Jessica: Blah. Meh. I don’t think so.
Rob: Meh.  Psycho revenge thrillers aren’t really my cup of tea, and this one looks pretty cookie cutter.
Chris: I like Jason Bateman, and a good thriller.  This one could be played by the numbers, as it does not seem to hold a too imaginitive plot twist, but maybe that is OK if the execution is there.

Ricki and the Flash (Tri-Star) – Comedy/Drama
Rated PG – 13 for thematic material, brief drug content, sexuality and language
Tag Line: Get Ready for Ricki
Starring: Meryl Streep, Mamie Gummer, and Kevin Kline
Plot: A musician who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom returns home, looking to make things right with her family.
Running Time: 102 minutes

Jessica: Not a theater viewing but maybe someday, in a cable galaxy far-far away I’ll watch it. I do enjoy Streep.
Rob: No.  Just no.  I would rather eat broken glass.
Chris: Meryl Streep as an aging rocker absentee Mom who has a chance for a do-over.  Streep is always excellent, but this has Lifetime Channel written all over it.
Ken: The absent mother is played by the always luminous Meryl Streep. The daughter is played by Mamie Gummer, Streep’s RL daughter. So much Streep.

Shaun the Sheep (Studio Canal) – Family/Adventure/Comedy
Rated PG for rude humor
Tag Line: On the lamb.
Starring: The voice talents of Justin Fletcher, Emma Tate, and John Sparks
Plot: When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it’s up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.
Running Time: 85 minutes

Chris:  Not with Rob’s eyes, Ken’s ears, and Jessica’s money.
Ken: Love the claymation art direction in the style of Wallace and Gromit, but an 85 minute feature length film with zero dialogue is too much. A horde of mighty Minions couldn’t pull it off, what chance do sheep stand?
Jessica: I love Wallace & Gromit but I’m not sure…it sure does LOOK adorable.
Rob: Aardman animation delivers.  Stop motion animation is a medium I truly enjoy and these guys look to have made another great film.

Cop Car (Focus World) – Thriller
Rated R for language, violence and brief drug use
Tag Line: Their first drive could be their last.
Starring: Kevin Bacon and two breakout kids
Plot: A small town sheriff sets out to find the two kids who have taken his car on a joy ride.
Running Time: 86 minutes

Ken: Well that turned south fast. I was hoping this was a comedy about a couple kids joy riding in a stolen cop car.
Jessica: Totally in, I love when Kevin Bacon goes bad-boy, he does a fantastic job.
Rob: Started off somewhat interesting and then became quite the opposite.  But, hey this is an opportunity to point out that my Bacon Number is 2.
Chris: Kevin Bacon takes a sinister turn in his thriller about two kids who go on a joy ride they are about to regret.  Maybe this is the thriller I was waiting to see?

Diary of a Teenage Girl (Sony Picture Classics) – Drama
Rated R for strong sexual content including dialogue, graphic nudity, drug use, language and drinking-all involving teens.
Tag Line: N/A
Starring: Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig, and Alexander Skarsgard
Plot: A teen artist living in 1970s San Francisco enters into an affair with her mother’s boyfriend.
Running Time: 102 minutes

Rob: It’s like Diary of a Wimpy kid mixed with a young girl exploring her sexuality.  That’s one weird vibe.  No thanks.
Chris: I will avoid watching this as I have spent a lifetime avoiding reading them.
Ken: I closed the browser window that the trailer was playing in after she politely asked anyone listening without her permission to stop. The first twenty seconds looked cute though.

The Runner (Alchemy) – Drama
Rated R for language and some sexual material
Tag Line: N/A
Starring:  Nicholas Cage, Connie Nielsen, Peter Fonda, and Sarah Paulson
Plot: In the aftermath of the 2010 BP oil spill, an idealistic but flawed politician is forced to confront his dysfunctional life after his career is destroyed in a sex scandal.
Running Time: N/A

Ken: Fictional story that highlights the double edged relationship between contemporary politics and the media. Nice to see Nicholas Cage is still getting work.
Chris:  I just know Rob’s hopes got high with this title (he is our resident triathlete after all). But I digress…I have to admit when I saw Nicholas Cage’s name pop up, I was ready to dismiss it out of hand, but this movie actually looks fairly decent.  I won’t see it in theaters, but I might be inclined to rent it.
Rob: A cheating congressman, blackmail, and an oil spill.  I wont be spilling any popcorn in the theater while watching this one.

Dark Places (A24) – Drama/Mystery/Thriller
Rated R for some disturbing violence, language, drug use and sexual content
Tag Line: N/A
Starring:  Charlize Theron, Christina Hendricks, Nicholas Hoult, and Corey Stoll
Plot: Libby Day was only seven years old when her family was brutally murdered in their rural Kansas farmhouse. Twenty-five years later, she agrees to revisit the crime and uncovers the wrenching truths that led up to that tragic night.
Running Time: 113 minutes

Jessica: I really enjoy the world of Gillian Flynn, read this book after seeing the trailer. Its a dark book and it looks to be an equally dark movie. I’ll watch it even though Theron is bad casting – I adore her though so I think she can pull off the character well.
Rob: A weird thriller surrounding the Kansas Prairie Massacre in which a son is imprisoned for killing his parents and his sister escapes.  Years later a group called the Kill Club reaches out to her because they think he is innocent…  No where near good enough to separate me from thirteen bucks….
Chris: Another good rental on a dark and stormy night….when the wife is not around, that is.
Ken: That was certainly dark. No idea what was going on, but this looks genuinely creepy.

Tickets Purchased:  2 for Fantastic Four (Rob and Jessica), 1 ticket for Cop Car (Chris), and Ken stays at home binge watching Wet Hot American Summer First Day of Camp on Netflix over and over again.

Bloggers Rob and Jess on their way to get tickets to Fantastic Four.  ;)
Bloggers Rob and Jess on their way to get tickets to Fantastic Four. 😉