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Trailer Snark (November 22, 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!

Coco (Disney) – Animation/Adventure/Comedy
Rated PG for thematic elements
Tag Line: None
Starring: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal
Plot: Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to work out the mystery.
Running Time: 109 minutes

Chris: Disney does what they do best. This time with latin flare. I’ll catch it when it comes to my Blu Ray shelf.
Jim: Not the strongest Pixar trailer I’ve ever seen, but Inside Out had a weak one and the movie was awesome. Most likely see this in between helpings of hopefully not too much unhealthy holiday food.

Darkest Hour (Focus Features) – Biography/Drama/History
Rated PG-13 for some thematic material
Tag Line: Never give up. Never give in.
Starring: Gary Oldman, Lily James
Plot: During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.
Running Time: 125 minutes

Jim: A great trailer for what looks like might be a rousing and fitting portrayal of the man. Some amazing makeup on that human chameleon Gary Oldman.
Chris: Churchill was the right leader for Britain at the right time. I haven’t seen any other films that really center on this historical figure, and I am intrigued to see how he is portrayed.

The Man Who Invented Christmas (Bleecker Street Media) – Biography/Comedy/Drama
Rated PG for thematic elements and some mild language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer
Plot: The journey that led to Charles Dickens’ creation of “A Christmas Carol,” a timeless tale that would redefine the holiday.
Running Time: 104 minutes

Chris: Dickens develops relationships with the characters he is best remembered for in the furious run-up to the publishing of the renowned A Christmas Carol. Looks like a pretty cool take on the history and a Christmas movie I could really get into.
Jim: Finishing a great year for Dan Stevens and featuring the very prolific Christopher Plummer. I can never tire of this story and just finished some historical fiction on the making of it (Mr Dickens and His Carol). A must-see.

Chappaquiddick (Entertainment Studios) – Biography/Crime/Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic material, disturbing images, some strong language, and historical smoking
Tag Line: None
Starring: Jason Clarke, Clancy Brown, Kata Mara, Ed Helms
Plot: Ted Kennedy’s life and political career become derailed in the aftermath of a fatal car accident in 1969 that claims the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne.
Running time: 107 minutes

*There is no trailer available for this film, which is the first time in Trailer Snark history that you cannot find an active trailer on the internet for a film that is being released in the same week.  Hard to believe that someone has not cut a trailer for a film that has already screened at the Toronto Film Festival and features some major actors.  So it is not so much a stretch to believe that some powerful politicos are trying to squash promotion of the film.  It is too bad we can’t get an advanced peak, but if it turns out to be a good film, we certainly hope that people go see it.*

Tickets Purchased:  Two for The Man Who Invented Christmas

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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!