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Trailer Snark (November 4, 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!

Doctor Strange (Disney) – Action/Fantasy/Adventure
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action throughout, and an intense crash sequence
Tag Line:  Open your mind.  Change your reality.
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton
Plot: A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts.
Running Time: 115 minutes

Jessica: HECK YEAH!!! This is what Im seeing this week, no question. I know nothing of the source materials, but it looks amazing and Marvel has a stellar track record in my book!
Jim: Not being a comic book follower, I don’t get the chills from this that fans have been getting, but it looks intriguing. That, and Benedict Cumberbatch rocks!
Chris:  It’s a Marvel movie….of course I want to see it.  And though Ken and Rob are absent from this week’s trailer reviews, It would be safe to speak for them as well.

Trolls (Dreamworks) – Family/Animation
Rated PG for some mild rude humor
Tag Line: Find your happy place
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Russel Brand
Plot: After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends.
Running Time: 92 minutes

Chris:  I knew it…Russel Brand is a troll!  Pass.
Jessica: Good lord no.
Jim: Despite the surfeit of animated flicks, this looks amusing  enough to be watchable. Have to admit I like the Timberlake tune.

Loving (Focus Features) – Biography/Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements
Tag Line: All love is created equal.
Starring: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton
Plot: Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, are sentenced to prison in Virginia in 1958 for getting married.
Running Time: 123 minutes

Jim: Looks well-acted and absorbing.
Chris:  One of the most important civil rights cases in our nation’s history.  How can that not be compelling fare for the big screen?
Jessica: This looks truly amazing and I have definite plans to check this out.

Hacksaw Ridge (Summit Entertainment) – Biography/Drama
Rated R for intense prolonged realistically graphic sequences of war violence including grisly bloody images
Tag Line: When the order came to retreat, one man stayed.
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Teresa Palmer, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington
Plot: WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to be awarded the Medal of Honor.
Running Time: 131 minutes

Jessica: This looks intriguing, I’d watch this at home.
Jim: Wow. This looks incredible. Interesting that Mel Gibson isn’t mentioned by name.
Chris: This has to be one of the most unique war stories I have ever heard of…..and the fact that it is based fully on the real life story of this incredible young man.  Count me in!

Peter and the Farm (Magnolia Pictures) – Documentary
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Peter Dunning
Plot: A documentary on Peter Dunning, the proprietor of Mile Hill Farm in Vermont who has isolated himself away from his family and often suggests to the filmmakers to make his own suicide a narrative device.
Running Time: 91 minutes

Chris:  An exploration of mental illness or an indictment of society?  I am not really sure, but the trailer managed to grip me hard.
Jessica: Well then, this looks…interestingly intense. I’m curious.
Jim: Ohhhh-kaaaay. I dunno…

Tickets Purchased:  Two for Doctor Strange (Jessica and Chris) and One for Hacksaw Ridge (Jim)

Does that make him the magical version of The Punisher?
Does that make him the magical version of The Punisher?
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Trailer Snark (August 26, 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:  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)

An army of women were hoping this was a movie about McCounaghey playing a lumberjack.
An army of women were hoping this was a movie about McCounaghey playing a lumberjack.