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Trailer Snark (August 12 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:  It was Suicide Squad and then everyone else this week.  DC’s latest took in $135M at the box office to claim ultimate supremacy.  Jason Bourne was second with $22M to add to its $103.4M total.  Bad Moms came in with $14.2M and just over $50M total since its release.  The Secret Life of Pets was fourth with $11.5M/$319M.  Star Trek Beyond claimed fifth with $10.2M/$127.9M.  The rest of the top ten went as follows:  Nine Lives $6.5M/NEW, Lights Out ($6M/$54.7M), Nerve ($4.9M/$26.8M), Ghostbusters ($4.8M/$116.7M), and Ice Age ($4.3M/$53.5M).  Let’s take a look at the new entries…..

Pete’s Dragon (Walt Disney) – Family/Adventure
Rated PG for action, peril and brief language
Tag Line: Some secrets are too big to keep.
Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford
Plot: The adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon.
Running Time: 102 minutes

Jessica: Looks interesting, but I never saw the original so I’m so-so on seeing it.
Jim: never saw the original,  looks like another fantasy CGI retread. Bonus points for having Bryce Dallas Howard in it, though.
Rob:  Pretty sure the original came out the same year Star Wars did.  Yep, way back in 1977.  I’m kind of tired of the whole Hollywood just redoes the classics thing, but that won’t stop me from this guilty pleasure.  I loved this film when I was a kid, and besides what kid didn’t imagine having a pet dragon at some point?  I sure as heck did.
Ken: Disney’s had success updating their classic animated features into live action movies. I remember renting the original on VHS from the public library as a child, so the nostalgia is definitely there for me.
Chris: Disney success written all over it, and all the kids will be asking their parents for their own dragon this Christmas.

Florence Foster Jenkins (Paramount) – Biography/Comedy/Drama
Rated PG-13 for brief suggestive material.
Tag Line:  The inspiring true story of the world’s worst singer.
Starring: Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant
Plot:  The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Chris:  One of the reasons I don’t watch American Idol.
Jessica: Eh.
Jim: Meryl and Hugh make it look interesting, possible rental.
Rob: Not in a million years, well ok maybe if her nephew Leeroy was the focus of the film.  At least he has chicken.
Ken: Speaking as someone who loves to sing but can’t carry a tune with a bucket, I can totally relate to this character. Singing isn’t  just about having a beautiful voice, it’s about heart. Just ask Bob Dylan.

Sausage Party (Columbia) – Comedy
Rated R for strong crude sexual content, pervasive language, and drug use
Tag Line: Watch what you eat.
Starring:  Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, and James Franco
Plot: A sausage strives to discover the truth about his existence.
Running Time: 89 minutes

Ken: This movie has been on my radar for months. The trailer is laugh out loud funny, and there’s an R-rated trailer that is even better.
Chris:  I used have dreams like this when I was a kid.
Jessica: This looks freakin’ hilarious. Not sure I’d see it in a theater, but I’ll definitely be catching this when it’s on streaming.
Jim: NOW we’re cookin’! Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd are involved, I’m in!
Rob: Looks like a good rental for laughs.

Hell or High Water (CBS Films) – Comedy/Drama
Rated R for some strong violence, language throughout and brief sexuality
Tag Line: Blood always follows money.
Starring: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges
Plot: A divorced dad and his ex-con brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family’s farm in West Texas.
Running Time: 102 minutes

Rob: Maybe down the road on Netflix, but probably not.  Too many better choices.
Ken: This trailer impressed the heck out of me. Great cast, compelling plot and lots of gunfights and explosions.
Chris:  Probably a solid film, but does not move me to really want to see it.  Ben Foster is a great actor, though. 
Jessica: Ben Foster, Chis Pine and Jeff FLIPPIN Bridges??? I am SOLD.
Jim: Nice cast, looks like a good one.

Anthropoid (Bleecker Street Media) – History/Thriller
Rated R for violence and some disturbing images
Tag Line: Resistance has a code name.
Starring:  Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan, Toby Jones
Plot: Based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the WWII mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution and the Reich’s third in command after Hitler and Himmler.
Running Time: 120 minutes

Jessica: I droned off during the trailer, pass.
Jim: Yeah, I kinda checked out during the trailer, too.
Rob: WWII assassination plot.  Could be ok I suppose, but not on the big screen.
Ken:  I’m always down to hunt Nazis.
Chris:  This one looks fantastic!  The similarly themed Valkyrie with Tom Cruise was awesome, and to get more story about German patriots calls to me.

Operation Chromite (Taewon Entertainment) – Historical/Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line:  None
Starring:  Liam Neeson, Jung-jae Lee
Plot: A squad of soldiers fight in the Korean War’s crucial Battle of Incheon.
Running Time: 115 minutes

Chris:  I wanted this trailer to be better than it was.
Jessica: I got bored and turned the trailer off. Pass again.
Jim: Always good to see and hear Liam Neeson, but this looks like another by-the-numbers war flick.
Rob: 5000:1 odds really aren’t that impressive when you have Liam Neeson on your side.  Haven’t you seen Taken!? 
Ken: Not sure what’s going on here, but you can bet that Liam Neeson’s going to be bad-ass.

Edge of Winter (Vertical Entertainment) – Drama/Thriller
Rated R for language and some violence
Tag Line: Nothing is more dangerous than a father’s love.
Starring: Tom Holland, Joel Kinnaman
Plot: When two brothers are stranded by a brutal winter storm with an unpredictable father they barely know, the boys begin to suspect their supposed protector may be their biggest threat.
Running Time: 89 minutes

Ken: Thrills and chills and I think someone kills.
Chris:  Riveting trailer….the road to hell was paved with good intentions, they say.
Jessica: I enjoy Joel K. quite a bit after seeing his talents on “The Killing”, didn’t love him in the “Robocop” remake but did enjoy him (for the most part) in “Suicide Squad”, I’d check this out at home.
Jim: Looks intense.
Rob: Stranded in a cabin with a father they don’t know and he’s probably a total psycho.  Pass.  Heck, even Cersei Lannister puts her kids above all else.

Ghost Team (The Orchard) – Comedy
Rated PG-13 for language including some sexual references, and drug material
Tag Line: Paranormal investigation. No experience necessary.
Starring: Jon Heder, Justin Long
Plot: A paranormal-obsessed man mounts his own investigation into the beyond with his depressed best friend, misfit nephew, a cable access medium and an overeager security guard.
Running Time: 83 minutes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O65BJtQ-ROk
Rob: Doesn’t look funny enough for even a rental.
Ken: Looks terrifyingly awful.
Chris:  Seems about as funny Napolean Dynamite, which is to say…..Not at all.
Jessica: Some funny people here, cheesy trailer, but that might mean it’s comic brilliance, or utter tripe. Not sure yet on this one.
Jim: Seconding JL again here—funny people, not -so-impressive trailer, but it could be intentional. Might be worth a look.

Tickets Purchased: Three for Sausage Party (Jim, Jessica, and Ken), One for Pete’s Dragon (Rob) and One for Anthropoid (Chris)

Now it's really a party!
Now it’s really a party!
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Trailer Snark (August 7th 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: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation reigned supreme at the Box Office this past weekend, and it wasn’t even a contest!  Cruise and company pulled in $56 million, leaving the second placed Vacation sequel in the dust.  The Helms/Applegate comedy took in just under $15 million and really not much ahead of Ant-Man, which scooped up another $13 million (for a total domestic haul of $132M).  Look for the next Vacation movie to go direct to DVD for National Lampoon as word of mouth is likely to kill its second week (cinema-goers did not give it high enough marks to pull in a casual audience).  Minions ($12M/$287M) and Pixels ($10M/$46M) rounded out the top five.  Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck managed to take in almost another $10M in sixth ($80M overall), Southpaw fell to number seven ($7.5M/$31.5M), Paper Towns came in eighth ($4.6M/$23.8M), while Inside Out ($4.5M/329.5M) and Jurassic World ($3.7M/$631.4M) rounded out the bottom half of the top ten.  Still stunned by Jurassic World’s summer performance.  Let’s see what competition is in store for Team MI!

Fantastic Four (Fox) – Action/Adventure
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, and languageTag Line: When you change the world, prepare to defend it.
Starring: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell
Plot: Four young outsiders teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe which alters their physical form in shocking ways. The four must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
Running Time: 100 minutes

Chris: Hopefully better executed than the last incarnation.  I am intrigued, but find myself wishing this property had been sold back to the parent company.
Ken: I’m not one to complain about movies taking creative liberties with established characters. But where are the Thing’s underpants? Maybe a new origin story for how Ben Grimm got his superhero name?
Jessica: Totally in to this new take on the familiar Four. I’ll go see this when it comes out. I’ll admit that I don’t mind artistic license if it makes sense, I’m willing to watch this and see if it does, in fact, make sense.
Rob: It’s Clobberin’ Time!  Trailer is decent, but doesn’t blow me away like Deadpool just did.  Still, might get me to show up at a theater….

The Gift (Blumhouse) – Mystery/Thriller
Rated R for language
Tag Line: The Sins Of The Past Will Become Your Present.
Starring: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton
Plot: A young married couple’s lives are thrown into a harrowing tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband’s past brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light after more than 20 years.Running Time: 108 minutes

Ken: What’s in the box?! Looks like a pretty formulaic, revenge thriller.
Jessica: Blah. Meh. I don’t think so.
Rob: Meh.  Psycho revenge thrillers aren’t really my cup of tea, and this one looks pretty cookie cutter.
Chris: I like Jason Bateman, and a good thriller.  This one could be played by the numbers, as it does not seem to hold a too imaginitive plot twist, but maybe that is OK if the execution is there.

Ricki and the Flash (Tri-Star) – Comedy/Drama
Rated PG – 13 for thematic material, brief drug content, sexuality and language
Tag Line: Get Ready for Ricki
Starring: Meryl Streep, Mamie Gummer, and Kevin Kline
Plot: A musician who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom returns home, looking to make things right with her family.
Running Time: 102 minutes

Jessica: Not a theater viewing but maybe someday, in a cable galaxy far-far away I’ll watch it. I do enjoy Streep.
Rob: No.  Just no.  I would rather eat broken glass.
Chris: Meryl Streep as an aging rocker absentee Mom who has a chance for a do-over.  Streep is always excellent, but this has Lifetime Channel written all over it.
Ken: The absent mother is played by the always luminous Meryl Streep. The daughter is played by Mamie Gummer, Streep’s RL daughter. So much Streep.

Shaun the Sheep (Studio Canal) – Family/Adventure/Comedy
Rated PG for rude humor
Tag Line: On the lamb.
Starring: The voice talents of Justin Fletcher, Emma Tate, and John Sparks
Plot: When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it’s up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.
Running Time: 85 minutes

Chris:  Not with Rob’s eyes, Ken’s ears, and Jessica’s money.
Ken: Love the claymation art direction in the style of Wallace and Gromit, but an 85 minute feature length film with zero dialogue is too much. A horde of mighty Minions couldn’t pull it off, what chance do sheep stand?
Jessica: I love Wallace & Gromit but I’m not sure…it sure does LOOK adorable.
Rob: Aardman animation delivers.  Stop motion animation is a medium I truly enjoy and these guys look to have made another great film.

Cop Car (Focus World) – Thriller
Rated R for language, violence and brief drug use
Tag Line: Their first drive could be their last.
Starring: Kevin Bacon and two breakout kids
Plot: A small town sheriff sets out to find the two kids who have taken his car on a joy ride.
Running Time: 86 minutes

Ken: Well that turned south fast. I was hoping this was a comedy about a couple kids joy riding in a stolen cop car.
Jessica: Totally in, I love when Kevin Bacon goes bad-boy, he does a fantastic job.
Rob: Started off somewhat interesting and then became quite the opposite.  But, hey this is an opportunity to point out that my Bacon Number is 2.
Chris: Kevin Bacon takes a sinister turn in his thriller about two kids who go on a joy ride they are about to regret.  Maybe this is the thriller I was waiting to see?

Diary of a Teenage Girl (Sony Picture Classics) – Drama
Rated R for strong sexual content including dialogue, graphic nudity, drug use, language and drinking-all involving teens.
Tag Line: N/A
Starring: Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig, and Alexander Skarsgard
Plot: A teen artist living in 1970s San Francisco enters into an affair with her mother’s boyfriend.
Running Time: 102 minutes

Rob: It’s like Diary of a Wimpy kid mixed with a young girl exploring her sexuality.  That’s one weird vibe.  No thanks.
Chris: I will avoid watching this as I have spent a lifetime avoiding reading them.
Ken: I closed the browser window that the trailer was playing in after she politely asked anyone listening without her permission to stop. The first twenty seconds looked cute though.

The Runner (Alchemy) – Drama
Rated R for language and some sexual material
Tag Line: N/A
Starring:  Nicholas Cage, Connie Nielsen, Peter Fonda, and Sarah Paulson
Plot: In the aftermath of the 2010 BP oil spill, an idealistic but flawed politician is forced to confront his dysfunctional life after his career is destroyed in a sex scandal.
Running Time: N/A

Ken: Fictional story that highlights the double edged relationship between contemporary politics and the media. Nice to see Nicholas Cage is still getting work.
Chris:  I just know Rob’s hopes got high with this title (he is our resident triathlete after all). But I digress…I have to admit when I saw Nicholas Cage’s name pop up, I was ready to dismiss it out of hand, but this movie actually looks fairly decent.  I won’t see it in theaters, but I might be inclined to rent it.
Rob: A cheating congressman, blackmail, and an oil spill.  I wont be spilling any popcorn in the theater while watching this one.

Dark Places (A24) – Drama/Mystery/Thriller
Rated R for some disturbing violence, language, drug use and sexual content
Tag Line: N/A
Starring:  Charlize Theron, Christina Hendricks, Nicholas Hoult, and Corey Stoll
Plot: Libby Day was only seven years old when her family was brutally murdered in their rural Kansas farmhouse. Twenty-five years later, she agrees to revisit the crime and uncovers the wrenching truths that led up to that tragic night.
Running Time: 113 minutes

Jessica: I really enjoy the world of Gillian Flynn, read this book after seeing the trailer. Its a dark book and it looks to be an equally dark movie. I’ll watch it even though Theron is bad casting – I adore her though so I think she can pull off the character well.
Rob: A weird thriller surrounding the Kansas Prairie Massacre in which a son is imprisoned for killing his parents and his sister escapes.  Years later a group called the Kill Club reaches out to her because they think he is innocent…  No where near good enough to separate me from thirteen bucks….
Chris: Another good rental on a dark and stormy night….when the wife is not around, that is.
Ken: That was certainly dark. No idea what was going on, but this looks genuinely creepy.

Tickets Purchased:  2 for Fantastic Four (Rob and Jessica), 1 ticket for Cop Car (Chris), and Ken stays at home binge watching Wet Hot American Summer First Day of Camp on Netflix over and over again.

Bloggers Rob and Jess on their way to get tickets to Fantastic Four.  ;)
Bloggers Rob and Jess on their way to get tickets to Fantastic Four. 😉