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Trailer Snark (October 27, 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!

Jigsaw (Lionsgate) – Horror/Mystery
Rated R for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, and for language
Tag Line: Are you worthy?
Starring: Tobin Bell, Matt Passmore, Laura Vandervoot
Plot: Bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one suspect: John Kramer, the man known as Jigsaw, who has been dead for ten years.
Running Time: 91 minutes
Chris: I honestly thought we were finally done with this series. The first movie was a stroke of genius, and it was all downhill from there. I’ll pass.
Jim: I’ve only seen the first one, liked it, and had no interest in seeing the others. Typical Hollywood can’t-quit-while-we’re-ahead overkill.

Suburbicon (Paramount) – Crime/Drama/Mystery
Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality
Tag Line: Welcome to the neighborhood.
Starring: Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac
Plot: A home invasion rattles a quiet family town.
Running Time: 104 minutes

Jim: Clooney straining for Coen-ish dark comedy? Rental.
Chris: George Clooney in the director’s chair. Matt Damon mugging it up on screen. Looks intriguing, but not for a theater viewing.

Thank You for Your Service (Universal) – Biography/War/Drama
Rated R for strong violent content, language throughout, some sexuality, drug material and brief nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Amy Schumer
Plot: A group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq struggles to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield.
Running Time: 108 minutes

Chris: I could feel the storm of emotions brewing through the entire trailer. If I feel strong, I’ll be in my seat for this one.
Jim: A stirring trailer for an oft-told tale, albeit one that must be told.

Novitiate (Sony Picture Classics) – Drama
Rated R for language, some sexuality and nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Margaret Qualley, Julianne Nicholson
Plot: Set in the early 1960s and during the era of Vatican II, a young woman in training to become a nun struggles with issues of faith, the changing church and sexuality.
Running Time: 123 minutes

Jim: Melissa Leo does a fantastic job in this trailer. What a riveting presence! This got my attention.
Chris: Get thee to a nunnery….or maybe not!  Man, that was a pretty stark look.

All I See Is You (Open Road Films) – Drama
Rated R for strong sexual content/nudity, and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Blake Lively, Jason Clarke
Plot: A blind woman’s relationship with her husband changes when she regains her sight and discovers disturbing details about themselves.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Chris: The trailer felt like DePalma. Blind married woman gains sight for first time in life and suddenly the marriage goes south. Disconcerting trailer, and a tragedy unfolding on screen. Could be worth a rental.
Jim: Seconding Chris, felt like DePalma (one of my faves). Definitely up for this one —hopefully the movie can deliver as much as the trailer promises.

Tickets Purchased: One for All I See is You (Jim) and One for Thank You For Your Service (Chris)

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Trailer Snark (February 17, 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 Great Wall (Universal) – Action/Adventure/Fantasy
Rated PG-13 for sequences of fantasy action violence
Tag Line: 1700 years to build. 5500 miles long. What were they trying to keep out?
Starring: Matt Damon, Tian Jing, Willem Dafoe
Plot: European mercenaries searching for black powder become embroiled in the defense of the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures.
Running Time: 103 minutes

Jessica: I really, for the life of me, cannot get into this movie. When he says he’s fought by Gods and kings and has never seen this I lose my mind because REALLY??? You fought with GODS and you’ve never seen this??? Give me a break. It’s a big pass on this one.
Chris: Yeah, it may look good visually, but just can’t buy into it.  Matt Damon seems way too out of place.
Jim: Yeah, as great an actor as Matt Damon is, he’s too much of a modern one for this. Question—is anyone else annoyed when trailers refer to their movie’s director as “visionary”? Two instances this week.

Fist Fight (Warner Bros) – Comedy
Rated R for language throughout, sexual content/nudity and drug material
Tag Line: After school. Parking lot. It’s on.
Starring: Charlie Day, Ice Cube
Plot: When one school teacher gets the other fired, he is challenged to an after-school fight.
Running Time: 91 minutes

Jim: Cute idea, dumb trailer.
Jessica: I got bored a minute and a half in and turned it off. I like Charlie Day but this looks awful.
Chris: Maybe on a rainy night when nothing else is on.  I am with Jess and Jim.  The movie just looks dumb, and not in the good funny way.

A Cure for Wellness (Twentieth Century Fox) – Mystery/Thriller
Rated R for disturbing violent content and images, sexual content including an assault, graphic nudity, and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs
Plot: An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps but soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem.
Running Time: 146 minutes

Chris: My skin was crawling watching the trailer, and have high hopes for this one.  Kind of had a Shutter Island feel in the trailer, which is a good thing.
Jim: Creepy, creepy, creepy, rental, rental, rental.
Jessica: Oh man this looks creepy, I hope it’s as creepy as it looks! I heard all sorts of great things about that movie “Witch” and was not impressed. Here’s hoping this is scary and gross and everything a horror movie should be!

Everybody Loves Somebody (Pantelion Films) – Comedy/Romance
Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Karla Souza, Ben O’Toole
Plot: A successful and single career woman asks her co-worker to pose as her boyfriend at a family wedding back home in Mexico. Her situation gets complicated when her ex shows up at the ceremony.
Running Time: 102 minutes

Jessica: Both the title and the movie look so full of boring cliche’s that I might just choke on them. Pass.
Chris: Some writers are cashing in on the growing multilingual American culture.  I really am loathe to reading my movies, even if the whole film is not subtitled, and where I make exceptions, it is not for romantic comedies.
Jim: No cliche is left unturned here, but I’m definitely interested in taking part in the World Sock Sliding Championship.

In Dubious Battle (Momentum Pictures) – Drama
Rated R for some violence and brief sexuality
Tag Line: None
Starring: Nat Wolff, James Franco, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Selena Gomez
Plot: An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Jim: Franco is overrated, but the trailer is good. Steinbeck has an admirable history as far as movie adaptations, so this could be worth seeing.
Jessica: Great cast, great story, totally into this, but probably at home.
Chris: Phenomenal cast and a solid trailer.  I’ll be striking out to see this one.  Pun very much intended.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for In Dubious Battle (Jim and Chris) and One for The Cure for Wellness (Jessica)

Where are you James Franco?  You are our only hope.
Where are you James Franco? You are our only hope.
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Trailer Snark (July 29, 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: Star Trek Beyond took tops in the Box Office fight this week with $59.6M in receipts.  Secret Life of Pets dropped to second with $29.3M to add to its $260.7M overall.  Ghostbusters was third ($21.6M/$86.8M) and just ahead of the fourth place debut of horror movie Lights Out ($21.6M).  Ice Age: Collision Course managed fifth with $21M, but its audience was fragmented with two other major hit animated films.  Finding Dory was still doing nice business in sixth ($7.2M/$460.1M).  The rest of the top ten went as follows:  Legend of Tarzan ($6.4M/$115.8M), Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates ($4.4M/$40.3M), Hillary’s America ($3.7M), and The Infiltrator ($3.2M/$12.2M).  Let’s check out this week’s new cinematic fare!

Jason Bourne (Universal) – Action/Thriller
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and brief strong language
Tag Line:  You know his name.
Starring:  Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Julia Stiles
Plot: The most dangerous former operative of the CIA is drawn out of hiding to uncover hidden truths about his past.
Running Time: 123 minutes

Jessica: I tried really hard to care about the Bourne movies but I just don’t so I’ll be skipping this one.
Ken: Love this franchise. Smart, cool and action packed, Bourne is the American Bond.
Chris: The talented Mr. Bourne runs wild again.  I like the films, though this has never been one of my favorite series.  Think I will wait for the small screen.

Bad Moms (STX Entertainment) – Comedy
Rated R for sexual material, full frontal nudity, language throughout, and drug and alcohol content.
Tag Line: Party like a mother.
Starring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christina Applegate
Plot: When three overworked and under-appreciated moms are pushed beyond their limits, they ditch their conventional responsibilities for a jolt of long overdue freedom, fun, and comedic self-indulgence.
Running Time: 101 minutes

Chris:  OK, that was amusing.
Jessica: I saw a trailer for this awhile back and thought it looked hysterical. Not being a mom, but knowing quite a few, I think this will really resonate. Not to mention, it looks pretty dang funny.
Ken: Moms I’d Like to Watch

Nerve (Lionsgate) – Crime/Mystery
Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving dangerous and risky behavior, some sexual content, language, drug content, drinking and nudity-all involving teens
Tag Line: Are you a watcher or a player?
Starring:  Emma Roberts, Dave Franco
Plot: A high school senior finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of “watchers.”
Running Time: 96 minutes

Ken: How much cash do we win if we sit through this steaming pile of hot garbage?
Chris:  I remember watching this movie when it was good and it was named The Game with Michael Douglas.
Jessica: Nope. All set with this boring millennial BS.

Equity (Broad Street Pictures) – Drama
Rated R for language throughout
Tag Line: On Wall Street, not all players are created equal.
Starring: Anna Gun, Jame Purefoy
Plot: Senior investment banker Naomi Bishop is threatened by a financial scandal and must untangle a web of corruption.
Running Time: 100 minutes

Jessica: You know, a movie about money and banking sounds tiresome to me, but the star power (I love Anna G from “Breaking Bad”) makes it seem pretty interesting. I’d watch this at home for sure. Not to mention, I love the idea of women really stepping into their power (shocking as a feminist).
Ken: This movie is like my checking account. It gives me almost no interest.
Chris: Screamed TV movie to me, so that is how I will see this one.

Indignation (Roadside Attractions) – Drama
Rated R for sexual content and some language
Tag Line: Based on the novel by Phillip Roth
Starring: Sarah Gadon, Logan Lerman
Plot: In 1951, Marcus, a working-class Jewish student from New Jersey, attends a small Ohio college, where he struggles with sexual repression and cultural disaffection, amid the ongoing Korean War.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Chris:  Ding Ding Ding….looks like a winner folks!
Jessica: Intriguing. Interesting. Home viewing.
Ken: Very effective trailer. Enough to get you interested but not enough to give away the game. Well done, I may catch this at home.

Tallulah (Netflix) – Comedy/Drama/Romance
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Ellen Page, Zachary Quinto, Uzo Aduba
Plot: Desperate to be rid of her toddler, a dissatisfied Beverly Hills housewife hires a stranger to babysit and ends up getting much more than she bargained for.
Running Time: 111 minutes

Ken: I’m really digging the premise and Ellen Page is one of my favorites.
Chris:  Really not feeling this one.  I still think you rock, Netflix!
Jessica: I adore Ellen Page AND Alison Janney so I will be watching this for sure.

Tickets Purchased:  One for Bad Moms (Jessica), One for Jason Bourne ( Ken), and One for Indignation (Chris)

"My boy is better than those awful mothers!"
“My boy is better than those awful mothers!”
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Trailer Snark (October 2, 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: Animated Adam Sandler takes the top of the box office and virtually guarantees us a second sequel to Hotel Transylvania with over $47 million in its opening weekend.  The Intern, which was collectively panned by our panel, took second place with over $18 million.  The rest of the world must have seen a different trailer to sell that many tickets!  Scorch Trials, last week’s box office champ, slipped to third place ($14M/$51.6M).  Everest came in fourth place as it expanded to more theaters ($13M/$23M).  Black Mass was fifth ($11.5M/$42.6M).  The Visit in sixth ($6.7M/$52.2M).  The Perfect Guy took seventh ($4.7M/$48.8M).  War Room was eighth ($4.2M/$55.9M).  In ninth place was the debut of Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno with $3.5M.  And Sicario continued its slow expansion into more theaters for tenth place ($1.7M/$2.3M), but it will be in much wider circulation this week.  And now on to this week’s contenders….

The Martian (20th Century Fox) – Drama
Rated PG-13 for some strong language, injury images, and brief nudity.
Tag Line: Help is only 140 million miles away.
Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, Sean Bean
Plot: During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.
Running Time: 141 minutes

Chris: The last time Matt Damon was stranded on a planet, he turned out to be a real jerk.  This is his chance for a do-over!  BTW, the movie looks fantastic!
Rob: Finally a film I can sink my teeth into.  Looks amazing and with all the amazing discoveries being made about the red planet by NASA currently, it will be interesting to see how close the film comes to still fitting in with our new picture of Mars.
Jessica: This is what I’ve been waiting for!
Ken: I wanted to go into space so badly when I was a kid, and if I’m being totally I honest I still do. That trailer was awesome. It had me feeling like 6 years old again. I can’t wait to see this. We can watch the rest of the trailers, but this is my pick.

The Walk (Sony) – Drama/Biography
Rated PG for thematic elements involving perilous situations, and for some nudity, language, brief drug references and smoking
Tag Line:  Every dream begins with a single step.
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte LeBon
Plot: In 1974, high-wire artist Philippe Petit recruits a team of people to help him realize his dream: to walk the the immense void between the World Trade Center towers.
Running Time: 123 minutes

Ken: This would make for an amazing iMax experience. Spoiler alert, Philippe Petit the guy whose life this movie is based on, still alive.
Chris: Not saying it does not look good, but Man on a Wire was the genuine article and available for all to see.
Rob: An interesting story, but not for the big screen.  Renter.
Jessica: It’s not The Martian? Yeah, don’t care.

Freeheld (Lionsgate) – Biography/Drama
Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements, language and sexuality
Tag Line: A true story of love and injustice.
Starring: Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Michael Shannon, and Steve Carell
Plot: New Jersey police lieutenant, Laurel Hester, and her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree, both battle to secure Hester’s pension benefits when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Running Time: 103 minutes

Jessica: Let’s see, no Mars, no space hijinks? All set.
Ken: This one is sure to be a hit with the Westboro crowd. I love seeing Ellen Page playing an openly gay character and making an honest argument for marriage equality.
Chris: Partner rights are the subject for a same sex couple, coming on the heels of the Civil Rights themed Stonewall film released last week.  Julianne Moore is a quality performer, and I am sure I will catch this one on the small screen.
Rob: Powerful story about equality in love and basic human rights.  Worth a look on the small screen IMO.

Shanghai (RADiUS-TWC) – Mystery/Drama
Rated R for strong violence, some drug use and brief language
Tag Line: In a world filled with secrets, solving a mystery can be murder.
Starring: John Cusack, Li Gong, Yun-Fat Chow
Plot: A ’40s period piece which revolves around an American expat who returns to Shanghai in the months before Pearl Harbor due to the death of his friend.
Running Time: 105 minutes

Rob: Could be decent.  Yun-Fat always impresses me, but not compelling enough to draw me to the theater based on this trailer.
Jessica: Matt Damon, where are you??
Ken: Having spent almost 3 years living in Shanghai, I was very interested in the idea of a period piece set in the Paris of Asia. But the trailer was sort of meh, and the all star cast makes me think the budget for this film must have been huge. The fact that it is being released in the States 5 years after its international release makes me think the rest of the world didn’t think too much of it.
Chris: I was intrigued until I found out the movie was made and released overseas in 2010.  Yeah, you read that right.  Why did it take so long to make it to the US?  Warning bells….

Partisan (Well Go USA Entertainment) – Drama/Thriller
Not Rated
Tag Line:  None
Starring:  Vincent Cassel, Jeremy Chabriel
Plot: Alexander, a boy who has been raised in a sequestered commune, finds that his increasing unwillingness to fall in line puts him on a collision course with Gregori, the society’s charismatic and domineering leader.
Running Time: 98 minutes

Chris: Subversive counter-culture political leader runs his own commune promising shocking and disturbing results…..not getting me to the theater.
Ken: When you create a society built on the principals of rebellion against the established authority, can you really be that surprised when the children, ya  know, rebel against authority?
Rob: Looks disturbing.  A man and women raise a group of children to live outside of societal norms in their own little kingdom, but the oldest boy turns towards darkness.

Addicted to Fresno (Gravitas Ventures) – Comedy
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Natasha Lyonne, Judy Greer, Molly Shannon, Aubrey Plaza, Ron Livingston
Plot: This comedy tells the story of two sisters, a lesbian and a sex-addict, who work as maids at a hotel in a city named Fresno. Their lives change when one of the sisters thinks that they might have accidentally killed a man.
Running Time: 85 minutes

Rob: Co-Dependent sisters and their raunchy escapades as maids in Fresno.  Could be funny.  Could be awful.  Can’t decide, but leaning towards awful.
Ken: Looks very weird and offbeat but it is being driven by a stellar cast of comedians who excel at oddball humor.  I also think it could be funny, could be awful, but unlike Rob I’m leaning more towards funny.
Jessica: Nope. It’s not on Mars.
Chris: Was that trailer supposed to be funny?

Tickets Purchased:  Four tickets for the unanimous winner….The Martian

Matt Damon studies the oft-overlooked dermatological effects of deep space travel
Matt Damon studies the oft-overlooked dermatological effects of deep space travel