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Trailer Snark (November 3, 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!

Thor: Ragnarok (Disney) – Action/Adventure/Comedy
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive material
Tag Line: No hammer? No problem.
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett
Plot: Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.
Running Time: 130 minutes

Chris: OK, let’s face it. The trailer is brilliant, and there ain’t no way another movie this week is overtaking my desire to purchase this particular ticket. Thor is the strongest there is…..maybe?
Rob: Hel yeah! See what I did there? Hulk like raging fire. Box office like Marvel flicks.
Jim: Looking forward to seeing this of course, but a bit of concern. What made the first Thor movie so entertaining to me was pitting fantasy against the realities of earth. To me, many of the best fantasy movies come from a place with this fantasy/reality confrontation. From what I can see in the trailer, it’s all taking place on another world with very little that’s earthbound. I’m just afraid that I’ll be watching such an overload of fantasy and spectacle that I’ll become bored and bitchy. We’ll see.

A Bad Mom’s Christmas (STX Entertainment) – Action/Adventure/Comedy
Rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, and some drug use
Tag Line: Merry is relative.
Starring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn
Plot: A Bad Moms Christmas follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas.
Running Time: 104 minutes

Jim: Thought the first was very funny. The “naughtiness” in the trailer seems predictable, but the premise and the actresses might make it a good rental.
Chris: Much like the malls, Hollywood wasted no time giving us our first Christmas film before the the body of Halloween went dead and cold. And I am just not feeling it.
Rob: This one will be popular with the ladies. But for most of us dudes, it’s a clear pass.

Last Flag Flying (Amazon Studios) – Comedy/Drama
Rated R for language throughout including some sexual references
Tag Line: Their last mission wasn’t on the battlefield.
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne
Plot: Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry “Doc” Shepherd re-unites with his old buddies, former Marines Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.
Running Time: 124 minutes

Rob: Looks like a solid story with talented actors, but not a big screen flick for this moviegoer. Will happily rent down the road.
Jim: Some talented actors in a Richard Linklater flick. He hasn’t made a bad movie yet that I’ve seen, but this trailer isn’t strong enough to pull me into a theater. Probably a worthwhile rental.
Chris: This one has me fully intrigued. Great cast, and a touching theme. If not for Thor, this would definitely pull me to the theaters.

Lady Bird (A24) – Comedy
Rated R for language, sexual content, brief graphic nudity and teen partying
Tag Line: Time to fly.
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Odeya Rush, Kathryn Newton
Plot: The adventures of a young woman living in Northern California for a year.
Running Time: 93 minutes

Chris: Not the target audience here, but the trailer seemed somewhat entertaining.
Rob: I originally read this as Larry Bird and was repulsed at the thought of watching the trailer. I was pleasantly surprised to see a quirky coming of age flick. Looks pretty good.

LBJ (Electric Entertainment) – Biography/Drama
Rated R for language
Tag Line: None
Starring Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Plot: The story of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson from his young days in West Texas to the White House.
Running Time: 98 minutes

Jim: Some hokey makeup on Harrelson, but he’s always worth seeing. A great subject directed by the solid Rob Reiner. I’m in.
Chris: Curious to see how Hollywood treats this one, but not curious enough to watch it in the theaters.
Rob: A compelling look at a far better President than we have seen in some time. Harrelson looks to deliver an accomplished performance. Definite rental for me, but not a big screen flick.

My Friend Dahmer (FilmRise) – Biography/Drama/Horror
R for disturbing images, language, teen drug use, drinking and sexual content, and for brief nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Ross Lynch, Alex Wolff, Anne Heche
Plot: Before Jeffrey Dahmer became a notorious serial killer, he was a shy, alcoholic teen who never quite fit in. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Derf Backderf, this is the true, haunting story of Jeffrey Dahmer in high school.
Running Time: 107 minutes

Rob: A terrifying exploration of the mind of a killer. Perhaps we all should watch, to better understand the depths of mental illness and the small actions in our lives and the negative impact they can have on those who are struggling with mental illness. Lynch appears to deliver a haunting performance from the look of things.
Jim: The squeaky-clean Ross Lynch from the Disney Channel as Jeffrey Dahmer??!! You bet I’m seeing this.
Chris: That trailer just spooked me out big time. Probably more frightening than anything Hollywood put out in the run-up to Halloween. I am definitely going to be giving this one a chance.

The Light of the Moon (Imagination Worldwide) – Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Stephanie Beatriz, Michael Stahl-David
Plot: After her world is irrevocably changed, a successful New York City architect struggles to regain intimacy and control in her life.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Chris: Zero interest in this one as the subject matter is too unnerving.
Rob: A harrowing look at the impact of rape. Not my idea of entertainment, but something that some in the world clearly needs to learn more about.
Jim: Not exactly a fun time at the movies, but the trailer was certainly effective, with a touching final scene.

Tickets Purchased:  Three for Thor: Ragnarok

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Trailer Snark (June 10, 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:  The Turtles ruled the box office with $35.2M, dropping X-Men: Apocalypse to second place with $22.3M to add to their $116M total.  In third was the debut of Me Before You with $18.2M.  Fourth place belonged to Johnny Depp and Alice Through the Looking Glass ($10.6M/$50.7M).  Angry Birds stayed in the top five with $9.7M and $86.6M overall.  The rest of the top ten shook out this way.  Captain America: Civil War ($7.5M/$388.5M), Neighbors 2 ($4.7M/$48.5M), Popstar ($4.6M/New), Jungle Book ($4.2M/$347.4M), and The Nice Guys ($3.5M/$29.1M).  Here are this week’s new entries.

The Conjuring 2 (New Line Cinema) – Horror
Rated R for terror and horror violence
Tag Line: The next true story from the case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren.
Starring:  Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga
Plot: Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.
Running Time: 134 minutes

Jessica: The first movie actually scared me (which hardly ever happens) so I am interested to see what they come up with for the 2nd one. Hopefully it’s just as creepy!
Chris: The first was a horrific triumph…..I am quite looking forward to some more scares.
Ken: Hadn’t seen the first Conjuring or Annabelle movies and would skip this latest installment. I appreciate that they are based on real-life cases investigated by the Warrens, but they stray pretty far from the source material in order to draw in the crowds.
Jim: The first movie was scary. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga helped make it credible. This looks effective enough to step past the usual horror movie trailer cliches.

Now You See Me 2 (Lionsgate) – Action/Comedy/Thriller
Rated PG-13 for violence and some language
Tag Line: Reappearing June 10
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Lizzy Caplan
Plot: The Four Horsemen resurface and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius to pull off their most impossible heist yet.
Running Time: 129 minutes

Jim: Didn’t see the first one. Might be worth a rental.
Jessica: I really liked the first movie so I will most certainly be checking out the sequel. I love a movie about magic tricks!
Chris: Rarely do I laud a second sequel film in one week, but here goes.  Make my money disappear.
Ken: No I don’t.  Magic loses its charm when I’m aware that it is all special effects.

Warcraft (Universal) – Action/Adventure/Fantasy
Rated PG – 13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy violence
Tag Line: Two worlds. One home.
Starring: Paula Patton, Travis Fimmel, Domenic Cooper, Ben Foster
Plot: The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people, and their home.
Running Time: 123 minutes

Chris: Truth be told, I want to like this one more than I do.  I think it will be entertaining, but in no way will it provide the same satisfaction as the similarly themed Tolkien movies.
Jim: ZZZZZZ SO SICK OF CGI-STUFFED “EPIC” FANTASIES ZZZZZZZZ

Ken: The music at the end of that trailer was awful. I wanted to like this one too, but pass. Anyone who has ever played a Blizzard video game knows how epic their cut scenes are. But despite the eye-popping blend of CG and live action, everything else felt pretty lifeless. 
Jessica: Pass, pass, pass…Looks like a poor person’s “Lord of the Rings”

King Jack (Well Go USA) – Adventure/Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line:  Everyone should rule for a day.
Starring:  Charlie Plummer, Cory Nicholls
Plot: Trapped in a violent feud with a cruel older bully and facing another bout of summer school, Jack’s got all the problems he can handle. So when Jack’s aunt falls ill and his runty younger cousin must stay with him for the weekend the last thing Jack wants to do is look after him. Unfortunately no one really cares what Jack wants.
Running Time: 81 minutes

Ken: I grew up in a small, suburban town and this pushed a lot of my nostalgia buttons.
Jessica: Looks sweet and thought provoking, and very, very sad. I’d watch this at home where I can weep in the dark, alone.
Jim: Nice trailer, looks like it might be a well-made slice ‘o life flick.

Chris: Coming of age film of a boy who is learning what it means to live for more than himself.  Lessons all of us go through in our formative years.  I’ll check it out on the small screen.

Tickets Purchased: 4 tickets for The Conjuring 2 (unanimous decision!).

The Trailer Snark team is going for scares this week!
The Trailer Snark team is going for scares this week!
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Trailer Snark (November 6, 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: Matt Damon is still stranded on Mars and piling up the money as the campaign to save him has now captured $182.8M domestically and still had enough of a draw to take the tops of an anemic box office with $11.4M this week.  Goosebumps remained in second place with $10.2 and $57M overall.  Bridge of Spies was third ($8M/$45.2M).  Hotel Transylvania in fourth ($5.8M/$156M) and fifth place belonged to the slightly delayed and debuting Bradley Cooper film Burnt, which pulled in $5M.  The rest of the top ten featured only one newcomer (Our Brand is Crisis) and went as follows:  The Last Witch Hunter ($4.7M/$18.6M), Paranormal Activity Ghost Dimension ($3.4M/$13.5M), Our Brand is Crisis ($3.4M), Crimson Peak ($3.1M/$27.7M) and Steve Jobs ($2.5M/$14.5M).  A bigger group of new entries are coming this Friday than what we saw last week.  Here they are….

Spectre (Columbia Pictures) – Action/Thriller
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images, sensuality and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci, Ralph Fiennes, Lea Seydoux
Plot: A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.
Running Time: 148 minutes

Jessica: So all over this one! I really like Craig as James Bond and I loved the last movie quite a bit. Looking forward to this one, I mean, jeez louise, it looks to be both star and action-packed!
Rob: Bond.  James Bond.  Daniel Craig has proven himself time and again to have what it takes to deliver and excel in the role of Ian Fleming’s British Secret Service agent extraordinaire.  Mendes, who also directed Skyfall, is back for the next installment and based on the trailer it will not disappoint.  
Ken: Being Bond never goes out of style. That looked awesome.  Somebody pour me a vodka martini. Shaken, not stirred.
Chris:  He was the original superhero to me.  James Bond, no matter the incarnation, is the definition of cool and the movies almost never disappoint.

The Peanuts Movie (20th Century Fox) – Family
Rated G for kids like you and me
Tag Line: Violet.  Original Mean Girl
Starring:  Who cares…it’s Charlie Brown and gool ol’ Snoop!
Plot: Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home.
Running Time: 93 minutes
Chris:  I could not help but smile and recall childhood throughout the trailer.  Peanuts re-introduced to a new generation is not a bad thing at all!
Jessica: I want to want to see this but I’m not a huge Peanuts fan, this looks like fun though for people who really love the gang.
Rob: Anyone who skips this movie is a blockhead.  While I wish it was hand-drawn, it is clear to me that they truly wanted to honor the legacy of Charles Schulz.  I can’t wait to see this film!
Ken: The movie looks super cute and fun but I’m more of an old school Peanuts fan. Back before Snoopy hijacked the strip, Peanuts was straight brutal.

Spotlight (Open Road Films) – Drama/Crime
Rated R for some language including sexual references
Tag Line: The true story behind the scandal that shook the world.
Starring: Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schriber, Stanley Tucci
Plot: The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.
Running Time: 128 minutes

Ken: A priest, a rapist and a pedophile walk into a bar. Then a second guy walks in.  
Chris: I am sick just even entertaining the thought of watching the trailer.
Jessica: Holy crap this looks amazing, terrifying, disturbing and just plain fantastic. The trailer had me going, “Wow” out loud in my office like a crazy person.
Rob: A look at the depravity of one of the most evil groups of men on the face of the earth; the Catholic Clergy.

Trumbo (Bleecker Street Media) – Biography/Drama
Rated R for language including some sexual references
Tag Line: When they tried to silence him, he made the world listen.
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren
Plot: In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood’s top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.
Running Time: 124 minutes
Rob: Looks pretty solid, but not of the big screen caliber.  Then again, don’t let me tell you what to think…
Ken: I can’t watch Bryan Cranston wearing glasses without seeing Heisenberg. I keep wondering when Aaron Paul will show up. Hey Mr. White, it’s McCarthyism yo!
Chris: Meh……
Jessica: I adore Bryan Cranston and as a writer, this speaks volumes to me. Love it.

Brooklyn (Fox Searchlight) – Drama
Rated PG – 13 for a scene of sexuality and brief strong language
Tag Line: Two countries, two loves, one heart.
Starring: Saoirise Ronan, Emory Cohen
Plot: An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a new romance. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.
Running Time: 111 minutes

Jessica: Okay this one got me. I don’t usually truck with movies like this but it looks well-done and interesting. Not for theater prices but at home viewing for sure.
Rob: Another good looking film, but for the small screen.
Ken: Not my pot of potatoes.
Chris: Not my typical movie fare, but there is some old world charm is this one.  Renter with the wife.

Miss You Already (Roadside Attractions) – Comedy/Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic content, sexual material and some language
Tag Line: When life falls apart, friends keep it together.
Starring: Dru Barrymore, Toni Collette, Dominic Cooper
Plot: The friendship between two life-long girlfriends is put to the test when one starts a family and the other falls ill.
Running Time: 112 minutes

Chris:  I was actually quite moved by the trailer. Hope there is triumph in the end.
Jessica: Again, I didn’t think I’d like this one but darnit, it got me. I have a very powerful group of women friends and this is exactly what it would be like in a lot of ways if one of us got sick. I love stories about strong women supporting one another.
Rob: Chick flick.  Pass.
Ken: Looks like the sister movie to 50/50. Another trailer enhanced through the magic of music, this time it’s the classic REM track Losing My Religion.

Tickets Purchased: Four for Spectre (Ken, Jessica, Chris, and Rob) and one for Peanuts (Rob movie double duty)

Dr. Evil has nothing on this tyke!
Dr. Evil has nothing on this tyke!