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Trailer Snark (April 7, 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!

Smurfs: The Lost Village (Columbia) – Family/Animation
Rated PG for some mild action and rude humor
Tag Line:  A whole new world awaits.
Starring: Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Mandy Patinkin
Plot: In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history.
Running Time: 89 minutes

Chris: It’s funny how smurfy everything is when a new smurfy trailer hits the smurfinet.
Jim: They came about 10-15 years too late for me (kind of like Transformers), so they don’t mean much to me. All I see is an annoying trailer.

Going in Style (Warner Bros) – Comedy/Crime
Rated PG-13 for drug content, language and some suggestive material
Tag Line:  You’re never too old to get even.
Starring:  Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin, Michael Caine
Plot: Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, three lifelong pals risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.
Running Time: 96 minutes

Jim: This is actually a remake —the original had George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg. You just can’t go wrong with Caine, Freeman, and Arkin.
Chris: I really wanted this one to have that crotchety charm that I felt way back in the day when I saw Grumpy Old Men for the first time.  Sadly, no.
Jessica: I love all these guys and this looks like a fun romp. I’d be into this in a heartbeat. I need some levity!

The Case for Christ (Pure Flixx) – Drama
Rated PG for thematic elements including medical descriptions of crucifixion, and incidental smoking
Tag Line: None
Starring: Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway
Plot: An investigative journalist and self-proclaimed atheist sets out to disprove the existence of God after his wife becomes a Christian.
Running Time: 112 minutes

Jessica: The trailer was powerful enough that I have to now buy the book. It sounds like a really fascinating story. Faith is such a private, powerful and intangible thing that how do you go from having none to proving it should exist? I would certainly check this out.
Jim: Thought-provoking and powerful.
Chris: An atheist reporter has a come to Jesus life-changing moment.  Sounds like the story of Saul.  I am interested.

Colossal (Neon) – Action/Comedy/Sci-Fi
Rated R for language
Tag Line: There’s a monster in all of us.
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis
Plot: A woman discovers that severe catastrophic events are somehow connected to the mental breakdown from which she’s suffering.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Chris: Mildly amusing premise.  I was waiting for the giant monster to pull of some “Thriller” poses.
Jessica: Oh this just looks like a lot of fun. I enjoy Hathaway and this looks like a crazy story, something I also enjoy. Plus it’s a giant monster! You know I love me some giant monsters!
Jim: A funny, fantastic premise, and I love Anne Hathaway! Me too, bring on dem giant monsters!

Alive and Kicking (Magnolia Pictures) – Documentary/Musical
Not Rated
Tag Line:  Happiness is a few steps away
Starring: Hilary Alexander, Evita Arce
Plot: Alive and Kicking gives the audience an intimate, insider’s view into the culture of the current swing dance world while shedding light on issues facing modern society.
Running Time:88 minutes

Jim: I love dancing (even though I’m hopeless), I love swing music, and I love WATCHING swing dancing. This looks like a lot of fun!
Chris: I just don’t dig dance themed movies…..must be that white boy in me?
Jessica: This looks like a fun look at something I love doing, dancing! I’d watch this at home.

Gifted (Fox Searchlight) – Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language and some suggestive material
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Chris Evans, Lindsay Duncan, McKenna Grace
Plot: Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle with his mother.
Running Time: 101 minutes

Jessica: This likes like a sweet story that I’d watch at home and cry about it. I love me some Chris Evans, and it’s nice to see him as someone other than the Captain. Also Octavia Spencer is great. Maybe it’s a story that’s been told a bunch, but it looks sweet, even if it does talk about math (which to all those reading, I am currently studying and don’t like it).
Jim: Oft-told tale, but at least it looks well made.
Chris: Magic Eight Ball says I will likely see this.  Not really a math joke for the gifted, but at least I worked a number in there.

Their Finest (EuropaCorp USA) – Comedy/Drama/Romance
Rated R for some language and a scene of sexuality
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Gemma Arterton, Bill Nighy, Sam Claflin
Plot: A British film crew attempts to boost morale during World War II by making a propaganda film after the Blitzkrieg.
Running Time: 117 minutes

Chris:  I love war movies, but sometimes the stories of those people who work behind the scenes and not on the front lines can prove just as compelling.
Jessica: I love me a good British film plus a war film, yep I’m into this one. Good actors, good story (about writing, yay!) and telling a story worth telling. Another heartwarming film, lovely.
Jim: Bill Nighy’s always worth watching, possible rental.

The Void (Screen Media) – Horror
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Ellen Wong, Kathleen Munroe, Kenneth Welsh
Plot: Shortly after delivering a patient to an understaffed hospital, a police officer experiences strange and violent occurrences seemingly linked to a group of mysterious hooded figures.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Jim: Another rehashing of The Thing. No thanks, I’ll just put in the ’51 and ’82 versions.
Chris: Drawing comparisons to one of the greatest horror movies of all time (John Carpenter’s The Thing) is certainly going to grab my attention.
Jessica: Oh sure it looks a lot like “The Thing”, but I don’t care. Looks like it is well-acted and nice and gory. My kind of film!

Tickets Purchased: Two for Colossal (Jessica and Jim) and One for The Void (Chris)

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Trailer Snark (December 4, 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: Who can beat the Hunger Games?  Apparently no one.  Mockingjay took the top of the box office again this week with $51.6M to add to their $198M domestic haul.  This week’s highest debut was driven by the kiddie factor as The Good Dinosaur came in second with $39M ($55M overall since it came on a few days earlier in the week).  Creed also fared well with a third place showing and hopeful that strong word of mouth could keep it from slipping too much next week.  It took in just a hair over $30M during the weekend and now has $42.6M overall.  The rest of the list played out like this:  Spectre ($12.8/$176M), The Peanuts Movie ($9.7M/$116.7M), The Night Before ($8.2M/$24.1M), The Secret in Their Eyes ($4.5M/$14M), Spotlight ($4.4M/$12.3M), Brooklyn ($3.8M/$7.2M), and The Martian ($3.3M/$218.6M).  Let’s check out this week’s new contenders……..

Krampus (Universal) – Comedy/Horror
Rated PG-13 for sequences of horror violence/terror, language and some drug material
Tag Line: ….Is Coming to Town.
Starring: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner
Plot: A boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a Christmas demon to his family home.
Running Time: 98 minutes

Chris: Warm cups of cheer, or was that blood?  Either way, pour me two!
Ken: Ho ho, horror! I love the scary Christmas genre, but I’ll wait to watch it when it hits the small screen.
Jessica: Totally excited about this one. I love me a good horror film and this one look stop be this PLUS a Christmas movie, it’s a win-win!
Jim: A few clichés, but a great premise and cast! Definitely worth a look.

Chi-Raq (Lionsgate) – Drama
Rated R for strong sexual content including dialogue, nudity, language, some violence and drug use
Tag Line: This is an emergency!
Starring: Samuel Jackson, Wesley Snipes, Nick Cannon, John Cusack, Angela Bassett
Plot: A modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago.
Running Time: 118 minutes

Jim: Spike Lee, John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson?! Yes!!
Chris: Socially conscious.  A bit off-beat in its approach it seems.  I am interested, but will hold off for the small screen.
Ken: Dave Chappelle sighting at 1:22. Still not enough to get me to watch this.

Macbeth (The Weinstein Company) – Drama/War
Rated R for strong violence and brief sexuality
Tag Line: All hail!
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard
Plot: Macbeth, a Thane of Scotland, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.
Running Time: 113 minutes

Ken: This looks like a proper adaptation of one of the Bard’s darkest and most relevant tragedies. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.
Jim: I’m usually up for a good Shakespeare adaptation, but this looks like a case of been there, done that. Pass (even though, yes, Fassbender rules!).
Chris: I was preparing to yawn my way through the trailer, but those were some riveting and beautiful shots.  Fassbender rules too.
Jessica: I love Macbeth and this looks well done and intriguing but def a home viewer for me.

Youth (Fox Searchlight) – Drama
Rated R for graphic nudity, some sexuality, and language
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel
Plot: A retired orchestra conductor is on holiday with his daughter and his film director best friend in the Alps when he receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip’s birthday.
Running Time: 118 minutes

Chris: Stop the presses…this is looking like a fantastic movie release week.  And from the looks of Youth, it could be Michael Caine’s best role in many years.
Ken: Pretty misleading title. Looks powerful and insightful though.  

Christmas Eve (Unstuck) – Comedy
Rated PG for some peril, thematic elements and language
Tag Line:  They’ll be home for Christmas…if only in their dreams.
Starring:  Patrick Stewart, Jon Heder
Plot: Hilarity, romance, and transcendence prevail after a power outage traps six different groups of New Yorkers inside elevators on Christmas Eve.
Running Time: 95 minutes

Ken: Ho, ho, no. Just no.
Chris: It may be entertaining on some level, but it screams TV movie to me.

A Royal Night Out (Atlas) – Drama/Romance
Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and brief drug elements
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Sarah Gadon, Bel Powley, Rupert Everett
Plot: On V.E. Day in 1945, as peace extends across Europe, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret are allowed out to join the celebrations. It is a night full of excitement, danger and the first flutters of romance.
Running Time: 97 minutes

Chris: Not a night out for me.  Pass.
Ken: Looks like a royal something, all right.

Tickets Purchased: Three for Krampus (Jessica, Chris, and Jim) and one for Macbeth (Ken)

The Krampus prefers Hamlet to Macbeth!
The Krampus prefers Hamlet to Macbeth!