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: DC snatched another Box Office crown with Suicide Squad in its third straight week. The anti-hero group dredged up another $20.7M in receipts to go to $262.2M overall. And it was not a new release that took second place, as Sausage Party was still rocking with $15.3M and $65.3M overall. The next three spots were occupied by debuts. War Dogs was third with $14.3M, Kubo and the Two Strings in fourth with $12.6M, and Ben-Hur in fifth with $11.3M. Underwhelming results for these late summer entries. Here is the rest of the top ten in order: Pete’s Dragon ($11.3M/$42.8M), Bad Moms ($8M/$85.8M), Jason Bourne ($7.9M/$140.8M), Secret Life of Pets ($5.7M/$346.7M), and Florence Foster Jenkins ($4.3M/$14.4M). And now the new movie releases for this weekend…..
Mechanic: Resurrection (Lionsgate) – Action/Thriller
Rated R for violence throughout and language
Tag Line: Revenge is a dangerous business.
Starring: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones
Plot: Arthur Bishop thought he had put his murderous past behind him when his most formidable foe kidnaps the love of his life. Now he is forced to travel the globe to complete three impossible assassinations, and do what he does best, make them look like accidents.
Running Time: 99 minutes
Chris: Statham is easily one of the most prolific action stars of our time, and the first movie was one of his better outings. Should be a fun romp!
Jessica: I enjoy Stratham, but I don’t know, this needs to be done. That being said, it looks fun for a silly movie night at home.
Jim: Looks like some good solid action for a slow movie night. Rental.
Ken: Nothing ground breaking here. Just balls to the wall action with one of the best in the genre.
Don’t Breathe (Screen Gems) – Horror
Rated R for terror, violence, disturbing content, and language including sexual references
Tag Line: This house looked like an easy target. Until they found what was inside.
Starring: Stephen Lang, Jane Levy
Plot: A group of friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they’ll get away with the perfect heist. They’re wrong.
Running Time: 88 minutes
Ken: In the land of the dark, wouldn’t the man with the flashlight be king? Get the flashlight app kids, it’s only the most downloaded mobile app in the world and it’s free.
Chris: Sam Raimi does for low budget horror what new socks does for your feet.
Jessica: Looks creepy and clever.
Jim: I’m waiting for a horror movie where someone is tied down in a room and forced to watch an endless loop of cliched trailers for horror movies. This’d be one of ’em.
Blood Father (Lionsgate) – Action/Thriller
Rated R for strong violence, language throughout and brief drug use
Tag Line: A father makes his own justice.
Starring: Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty, William H Macy
Plot: An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward 16-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.
Running Time: 88 minutes
Jim: See my comment for Mechanic.
Ken: I can’t see Mel in a beard and not think drunken anti-semite. Otherwise it looks like a decent action flick.
Chris: Now, this looks like some popcorn p0pping fun!
Jessica: I was prepared to hate on this because it’s Mel Gibson and he’s nuts, but this look like classic Gibson so that means it looks exciting, action-packed and like a good flick.
Complete Unknown (IFC Films) – Drama/Mystery/Thriller
Rated R for some language
Tag Line: You are who you say you are.
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Michael Shannon
Plot: As a man contemplates moving to a new state with his wife for her graduate program, an old flame – a woman who often changes identities – reenters his life at a birthday dinner party.
Running Time: 90 minutes
Jessica: I love Michael Shannon, but this looks pretentious and boring. Pass.
Chris: A decidedly thrill-free thriller.
Jim: A bit on the somber side, but intriguing.
Ken: Completely uninterested.
Hands of Stone (The Weinstein Company) – Drama/Documentary
Rated R for language throughout and some sexuality/nudity
Tag Line: No mas. No surrender.
Starring: Robert DeNiro, Edgar Ramirez, Usher Raymond
Plot: The legendary Roberto Duran and his equally legendary trainer Ray Arcel change each other’s lives.
Running Time: 105 minutes
Ken: I tuned out when I realized Usher is playing Sugar Ray. Musicians and movies never work for me.
Chris: Good trailer. I still have not seen Creed or Southpaw. Maybe I will do a boxing trilogy on the small screen?
Jim: Creed gave me enough of a boxing flick to hold me for awhile. No thanks.
Southside with You (Miramax) – Biography/Drama/Romance
Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, smoking, a violent image and a drug reference
Tag Line: None
Starring: Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers
Plot: Chronicles the summer 1989 afternoon when the future President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, wooed his future First Lady on an epic first date across Chicago’s South Side.
Running Time: 84 minutes
Jim: A good, snappy trailer, I’d definitely be into this.
Jessica: Sweet little trailer about a couple of people I admire, but I probably will never ever see this.
Ken: I tuned out when I realized John Legend is the producer. Musicians and movies never work for me.
Chris: Looks cute, but not my cup of tea.
The Sea of Trees (A24) – Drama
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, some disturbing images and brief strong language
Tag Line: Love will bring you home.
Starring: Matthew McCounaghey, Ryoko Seta, Naomi Watts
Plot: A suicidal American befriends a Japanese man lost in a forest near Mt. Fuji and the two search for a way out.
Running Time: 110 minutes
Chris: My local town Facebook page was abuzz with McCounaghey sitings in downtown Uxbridge around the time that the production was filming near Purgatory Chasm. Local films always capture my interest.
Jim: OK, can not anyone NOT be moved by this trailer? A great cast, an accomplished director, partly filmed in my neighboring town of Foxboro—what’s not to like?
Jessica: Okay, this movie trailer made me cry. It’s a fantastic cast, a sad story, but darnit, it got me. I’d watch this at home with a box of tissues.
Ken: Outstanding cast and a heart wrenching story. This got to me too. I really have to stop watching these trailers at the office…
The Intervention (Samuel Goldwyn Films) – Comedy/Drama
Rated R for language including sexual references
Tag Line: What are friends for?
Starring: Cobie Smulders, Melanie Lynskey, Jason Ritter
Plot: A weekend getaway for four couples takes a sharp turn when one of the couples discovers the entire trip was orchestrated to host an intervention on their marriage.
Running Time: 90 minutes
Ken: I’d rather sit through an actual intervention.
Chris: I just quit cold turkey.
Jim: Other house party movies have looked better than this. Pass.
Jessica: I am intrigued! Could be wickedly funny. It’s a good cast of people and a different kind of story.
Tickets Purchased: 3 for Sea of Trees (Ken, Chris, and Jim) and 1 for Don’t Breathe (Jessica)