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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 (September 30, 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!

Your trailer snark now comes with more thrills and less fill!  Let’s get right down to it!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (20the Century Fox) – Adventure/Fantasy
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy action/violence and peril
Tag Line: Stay peculiar.
Starring:  Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel Jackson, Judi Dench
Plot: When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that stretches across time, he finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the danger deepens after he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.
Running Time: 127 minutes

Jessica: I didn’t read the books but hear they’re really good. I also really love Tim Burton though for some reason, this one leaves me feeling a bit blah. Not sure why. I’m sure I’ll eventually see it at home, but not a big theater film for me.
Chris:  I might catch fire for this, but I have never been a big Tim Burton fan.  He has talent and a signature style of his own, to his credit, but his calling cards typically don’t call to me.  That said, this trailer had me hooked and eager to see this film.
Jim: always worth checking out a Tim Burton movie, even if his stuff isn’t always up to par. Here’s hoping for a Beetlejuice and not an Alice in Wonderland.  Let’s hope this hangs together as a movie and not a showcase for special effects.

Deepwater Horizon (Summit Entertainment) – Action/Drama
Rated PG-13 for prolonged intense disaster sequences and related disturbing images, and brief strong language
Tag Line: When faced with our darkest hour, hope is not a tactic.
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell
Plot: A story set on the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, which exploded during April 2010 and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
Running Time: 107 minutes

Jim: Certainly looks well made, but it’s clearly a case of I’ve Seen This Trailer Before.
Chris: Wahlberg and Russell combo has me intrigued.  Seems like a solid action thriller with Peter Berg (have you seen The Kingdom?) in the director’s seat. All signs point to a good result.
Jessica: I saw about 30 million commercials for this the other day on Hulu and I can say confidently that I have no desire to see this movie.

Masterminds (Relativity Media) – Action/Comedy
Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, some language and violence
Tag Line: What would you do with $17 million?
Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig
Plot: A night guard at an armored car company in the Southern U.S. organizes one of the biggest bank heists in American history.
Running Time: 94 minutes

Jessica: Wait, TRUE STORY? This looks hilarious and its some top-notch comedians (to me, anyway). Though I wouldn’t pay to see this, I am totally curious and would watch it at home.
Jim: Yep, how can you pass up THAT cast?  That said, most likely a rental.
Chris:  I am with Jessica here.  Comedies are not often presented as true stories, but the trailer had me quite amused and I am always up for an Owen Wilson film….a guy who can do both funny and serious.

America Honey (A24) – Drama
Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language throughout, drug/alcohol abuse-all involving teens
Tag Line: None
Starring: Sasha Lane, Shia LeBeouf
Plot: A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.
Running Time: 163 minutes

Chris: Two hours and forty three minutes of I couldn’t care less.
Jessica: I truly have ZERO interest in anything Shia LeBOOF does, because lately his movies have bored me to tears. I miss the goofy Shia. That being said, this really does nothing for me. If I want to watch a “road movie” I’ll watch “Natural Born Killers”.
Jim: Bonnie , Clyde, Thelma, Louise…their outlaw road movies said it well,  this doesn’t look like anything new.

Denial (Bleecker Street Media) – Biography/Drama/History
Rated PG-13 for thematic material and brief strong language
Tag Line: The whole world knows the Holocaust happened. Now she needs to prove it.
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson
Plot: Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving, a renowned denier, sues her for libel.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Jim: This definitely had my attention, what a gripping trailer. And man, Peter Pettigrew sure looks different outside of the Harry Potter movies.
Jessica: Ahh, I was getting worried I wouldn’t want to see any of the pics this week, but this one caught my attention. I didn’t know this story and would love to learn more about someone trying to say that the Holocaust didn’t happen. Fascinating stuff.
Chris:  How could I honestly sit here and tell you that a movie about a politically charged debate would not interest me?  And one of such important historical significance?  Sold.

Danny Says (Magnolia Pictures) – Documentary/Biography
Not Rated
Tag Line: When the mode of the music changes, the walls of the city shake.
Starring: Justin Bond, Danny Fields
Plot: Danny Says is a documentary on the life and times of Danny Fields. Since 1966, Danny Fields has played a pivotal role in music and “culture” of the late 20th century: working for the Doors, Cream, Lou Reed, Nico, Judy Collins and managing groundbreaking artists like the Stooges, the MC5 and the Ramones. Danny Says follows Fields from Phi Beta Kappa whiz-kid, to Harvard Law dropout, to the Warhol Silver Factory, to Director of Publicity at Elektra Records, to “punk pioneer” and beyond. Danny’s taste and opinion, once deemed defiant and radical, has turned out to have been prescient. Danny Says is a story of marginal turning mainstream, avant garde turning prophetic, as Fields looks to the next generation.
Running Time: 104 minutes

Chris: I’ll just listen to the music, which speaks for itself.
Jim: Looks  interesting, great bands, but definitely home viewing.
Jessica: As a fan of these bands, this looks right up my alley.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for Denial (Jim and Chris), One for Miss Peregrine (Jim going for a double), and One for home viewing of Luke Cage on Netflix (Jessica)

Tis' the season for debate!
Tis’ the season for debate!
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Trailer Snark (December 25, 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:  Who would’ve thunk it (sic)?  Our prediction of Star Wars owning the box office came true.  Pats on the back all around for our deft forecasting and dark horse pick!  LOL.  OK, now we can get serious.  The Force Awakens shattered records far and wide with $238M.  Incredible.  Hard to believe that there were still enough other movie-goers left to give any biz to the other films that had the misfortune of competing, but there were.  Two other films debuted in the top five this week including Alvin and the Chipmunks at number two ($14.4M) and Sisters at number three ($13.4M). Not much else to note about the rest of the list, so lets move on to this week’s Christmas releases!

The Hateful Eight (Weinstein Company) – Drama/Thriller
Rated R for strong bloody violence, a scene of violent sexual content, language and some graphic nudity
Tag Line:  No one comes up here without a good damn reason.
Starring:  Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Plot: In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception. Will they survive?
Running Time:  168 minutes

Chris:  Kurt Russell is the man.  ‘Nuff said.
Jessica: I am A HUGE QT fan so I am there. I. Am. There.

Joy (Fox 2000) – Comedy/Drama
Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro, Bradley Cooper
Plot: Joy is the story of a family across four generations and the woman who rises to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty.
Running Time:  124 minutes

Jessica: Eh. I like the people in it but the story does nothing for me.
Chris: Yawn……next!

Point Break (Warner Bros) – Action/Crime
Rated PG-13 for violence, thematic material involving perilous activity, some sexuality, language and drug material
Tag Line: No rules.  No limits.
Starring: Edgar Ramirez, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer
Plot: A young FBI agent infiltrates an extraordinary team of extreme sports athletes he suspects of masterminding a string of unprecedented, sophisticated corporate heists. “Point Break” is inspired by the classic 1991 hit.
Running Time: 113 minutes
Chris: No Dead Presidents?  No spendo cashola!
Jessica: I found the original boring and this looks even more boring (if that’s possible). I think I fell asleep in despair watching this trailer. All set.

Daddy’s Home (Paramount) – Comedy
PG-13 for language and suggestive material
Tag Line: Family is worth fighting for.Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, Thomas Hayden Church
Plot: A mild-mannered radio executive strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids.
Running Time: 96 minutes

Jessica: Eh. It had it’s funny moments but not one I’d rush to see.
Chris: OK, I laughed most the way through this one.  Just might have to check this one out.

Concussion (Columbia) – Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic material including some disturbing images, and language
Tag Line: Even legends need a hero.
Starring: Will Smith, Alec Baldwin
Plot:  In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play.
Running Time: 123 minutes

Chris: Will Smith plays world reknowned pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, and comes across pretty convincing.
Jessica: This, this looks FANTASTIC. Will Smith looks dynamic and convincing and it’s a compelling story about fighting for what you believe. I’d see this in the theater but Hateful Eight comes first for me.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for The Hateful Eight…another unanimous, even if under-represented, decision!

Not everyone approves of this year's Christmas Carolers.
Not everyone approves of this year’s Christmas Carolers.