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Trailer Snark (March 3, 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!

Logan (Twentieth Century Fox) – Action/Drama/Sci-Fi
Rated R for strong brutal violence and language throughout, and for brief nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Hugh Jackman, Patrick Steward, Dafne Keen
Plot: In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
Running Time: 137 minutes

Jessica: The Apocalypse XMen movie lost me, but this looks really good. I love the idea of an old Logan and it looks dark and gritty, my two least favorite superhero adjectives, but it’s appealing to me, I cannot lie!
Chris: The advanced buzz on this movie has been crazy good, and the trailer kicked me in the rear and got my attention.  I am certain High Jackman will be leaving the role that he has made his own on a very high note.

Before I Fall (Open Road Films) – Drama/Mystery
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving drinking, sexuality, bullying, some violent images, and language-all involving teens.
Tag Line: What if today was the only day for the rest of your life?
Starring: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Jennifer Beals
Plot: February 12 is just another day in Sam’s charmed life until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day over one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she’s in danger of losing.
Running Time: 99 minutes

Jessica: Interesting idea. Like a morbid teenage angsty Groundhog Day. Hmmm.
Chris:  Darnit Jess….you stole my Groundhog Day comparison.  Tweens will be all over this.  All that is missing is some 90’s era “I hate my life grunge music.”

Table 19 (Fox Searchlight) – Drama/Comedy
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual content, drug use, language and some brief nudity
Tag Line: You are invited to the wedding of the season.
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Craig Robinson, Lisa Kudrow
Plot: Ex-maid of honor Eloise, having been relieved of her duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text, decides to attend the wedding anyway only to find herself seated with 5 “random” guests at the dreaded Table 19.
Running Time: 87 minutes

Chris: I like the concept of this one.  Anyone who has planned a wedding can certainly see the humor.  Will catch it at RedBox in a few months.
Jessica: I really enjoy Anna K. and the rest of the cast are pretty solid low-key comedy talents, looks funny, watch at home fare.

The Shack (Summit Entertainment) – Drama/Fantasy
Rated PG-13 for thematic material including some violence
Tag Line: You’re never as alone as you think.
Starring: Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Tim McGraw, Radha Mitchell
Plot: A grieving man receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God at a place called “The Shack.”
Running Time: 132 minutes

Chris: I read this book a few years back, and enjoyed it.  Harmed children is always tough material to digest.  Pretty good cast in this one though, and worth a look down the road.
Jessica:  *crickets*

The Last Word (Bleecker Street Media) – Drama/Comedy
Rated R for language.
Tag Line: An unexpected friendship that begins at the end
Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried
Plot: Harriet is a retired businesswoman who tries to control everything around her. When she decides to write her own obituary, a young journalist takes up the task of finding out the truth resulting in a life-altering friendship.
Running Time: 108 minutes

Jessica:  I do love Shirley McClaine so I’d watch this at home, though it looks a bit like “chick flick” fare.
Chris: Came in expecting to not like it, but actually found it to be a bit charming.  I mean, not get me to the theater charming, but I could see myself watching it with the wife, and joking with her that this could be a vision of her future.  😉

Donald Cried (The Orchard) – Comedy/Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line: Some people can take a hint. And some people are Donald.
Starring: Jesse Wakeman, Louisa Krause
Plot: With sudden passing of his grandmother, Peter Latang returns to his hometown and encounters his long lost, childhood friend, Donald Treebeck. What begins as a simple favor, turns into a long day’s journey into the past.
Running Time: 85 minutes

Chris: Talk about trainwreck friendships!  LOL.  Cringeworthy pathos was a phrase within the trailer, and it fits perfectly. 
Jessica: Um, what the heck? Not sure about this one, looks funny and scary.

Wolves (IFC Films) – Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line: You ready to rise up?
Starring: Michael Shannon, Taylor John Smith
Plot: An 18-year-old basketball star who is being recruited by Cornell University seems to have it all figured out: captain of his team, a good student, has a longtime girlfriend and some good friends. But at home he’s struggling with his troubled father who has a gambling addiction. His mother tries to keep the family afloat but does so with great emotional and financial sacrifice.
Running Time: 109 minutes

Jessica: I adore Michael Shannon, he’s so solid so I’d watch this on the power of his name alone, but the rest of the story looks pretty compelling as well. Another watch at home film though.
Chris: I agree with Jess that Michael Shannon is a fine actor, and this could be an understated gem.  It just won’t find its audience on the big screen, I am almost certain.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for Logan

Farewell Hugh. You were a better Logan than the movies you starred in.
Farewell Hugh. You were a better Logan than the movies you starred in.
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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.

 

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Trailer Snark (April 21st, 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: Jungle Book was the run-away winner this week taking in $103.5M in its debut.  Second place belonged to another new entry, Barbershop Next Cut with $20.2M in receipts.  The Boss dropped to third ($10.1M/$40.3M).  Meanwhile, Batman v. Superman winds down in fourth place ($9M/$311.3M).  Zootopia held fifth ($8.2M/$307.4M).  The rest of the top ten went as follows:  Criminal ($5.8M/NEW), My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 ($3.2M/$52M), Miracles from Heaven ($1.9M/$56.9M), Gods Not Dead 2 ($1.7M/$16.9M), and Eye in the Sky ($1.5M/$16.9M).  This week’s new releases are heavy on royalty…..let’s check them out.

The Huntman: Winter’s War (Universal) – Action/Adventure/Drama
Rated PG-13 for fantasy action violence and some sensuality
Tag Line: None
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron
Plot: As a war between rival queen sisters Ravenna and Freya escalates, Eric and fellow warrior Sara, members of the Huntsmen army raised to protect Freya, try to conceal their forbidden love as they combat Ravenna’s wicked intentions.
Running Time: 114 minutes

Ken: The visuals look snazzy and I’m all for returning fairy-tales to their dark origins. But a prequel to Snow White? Snow thanks.
Jessica: Eh. I liked the first one and am very happy that Stewart is not in here, but I’m on the fence. It looks gorgeous but the heavy effects tend to get boring if there isn’t a good story attached. Though Theron was the best part of the first one … Totally on the fence on this one.
Chris:  Does anyone else think Hemsworth would make a great Kristoff?  But I digress…..looks good and I am sure the wife would agree!

Elvis and Nixon (Bleecker Street Media) – Comedy/History
Rated R for some language
Tag Line: On December 21st, 1970, two of America’s greatest recording artists met for the first time.
Starring:  Michael Shannon, Kevin Spacey
Plot: The untold true story behind the meeting between the King of Rock ‘n Roll and President Nixon, resulting in this revealing, yet humorous moment immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives.
Running Time: 86 minutes

Chris:  I think this one might be good for a chuckle on a low key night at home.  By the way, I like Ken’s title recommendation below!
Ken: A better title would have been The President and The King. Looks interesting enough, but not enough for a trip to the theater.
Jessica: Oh this looks like a hoot. Great actors, a compelling story. Love it.

A Hologram for the King (Lionsgate) – Drama
Rated R for some sexuality/nudity, language and brief drug use
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Tom Hanks, Sarita Choudhary, Tom Skerritt
Plot: A failed American businessman looks to recoup his losses by traveling to Saudi Arabia and selling his idea to a wealthy monarch.
Running Time: 97 minutes

Jessica: I’m more intrigued after seeing this trailer, but this would be a home viewer, if at all.
Chris: I am having trouble caring at all about the story. 
Ken: It had me with the quirky Talking Heads opening but then lost me shortly after.

Tale of Tales (IFC Films) – Fantasy/Horror/Romance
Not rated
Tag Line:  A feast for the imagination.
Starring:  Salma Hayek, John C Reilly, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones
Plot: From the bitter quest of the Queen of Longtrellis, to two mysterious sisters who provoke the passion of a king, to the King of Highhills obsessed with a giant Flea, these tales are inspired by the fairytales by Giambattista Basile.
Running Time: 133 minutes

Ken: No idea what I watched, but the music was beautiful and the production design looks both gorgeous and terrifying. Rent it and hope for the best.
Jessica: I don’t … What the Heck? I don’t get it. I don’t know if i WANT to get it and then again, I kind of do. What the heck I say!
Chris:  I, for one, am happy to have not heard this fairy tale as a child.  But as an adult, I may be more willing to open this little Pandora Box.

Compadres (Pantelion Films) – Action/Comedy
Not Rated
Tag Line:  None
Starring: Omar Chaparro, Joey Morgan, Eric Roberts
Plot: As former cop Garza seeks revenge on Santos, the crime lord who framed him, he forms an unlikely team with a young hacker who successfully stole $10 million from Santos.
Running Time: 101 minutes

Chris:  Eric Roberts is the kiss of “B” movie death….pass.
Ken: Dios mio, no.
Jessica: No. No. A thousand times NO.

The Meddler (Sony Picture Classics) – Comedy/Drama
Rated PG-13 for brief drug content
Tag Line: None
Starring: Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons
Plot: An aging widow from New York City follows her daughter to Los Angeles in hopes of starting a new life after her husband passes away.
Running Time: 100 minutes

Jessica: Eh. Looks cute and that’s about it.
Chris: A movie for moms and daughters everywhere….in other words, pass.
Ken: This is my mother, no exaggeration. Looks charming enough for a stream.

Tickets Purchased: One for Elvis and Nixon (Jessica), One for The Huntsman: Winter’s War (Chris) and Ken “takes the black” to find out what happened to Jon Snow.

While we are at it Treasury Department....
While we are at it Treasury Department….
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Trailer Snark (March 18, 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:  Zootopia makes it two weeks in a row in the top slot, fending off a challenge from 10 Cloverfield Lane and others with ease.  The animated Disney hit took in another $50M to bring its total to $142.6M.  The aforementioned Cloverfield sequel managed a $25.2M opening in second.  Deadpool held fast in third with another $10.8M to add to its $328M total and just ahead of fourth place London Has Fallen ($10.6M/$38.8M).  Whiskey Tango Foxtrot rounded out the top five ($4.6M/$14.5M).  Three other debuts occupied the sixth through eighth, but failing to make much of an impact as follows:  The Perfect Match ($4.1M), The Young Messiah ($3.4M), and The Brothers Grimsby ($3.1M).  Gods of Egypt placed ninth ($2.5M/$27.3M) and Risen in tenth ($2.2M/$32.3M).  And now lets look at this week’s new releases.

Allegiant Pt 1 (Lionsgate) – Action/Drama
Rated PG-13 for intense violence and action, thematic elements, and some partial nudity
Tag Line: What makes us different ties us together.
Starring:  Shailene Woodley, Naomi Watts, Jeff Daniels, Theo James
Plot: After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, Tris must escape with Four beyond the wall that encircles Chicago to finally discover the shocking truth of what lies behind it.
Running Time: 121 minutes

Chris: Sadly, I will probably see this one in theaters due to a teen kid, but it won’t be by choice.
Jessica: Never made it through the 1st one, couldn’t possibly care less about this one.
Jim: Or The Slumber Games Part 12. The first one didn’t impress me.  I’m beginning to get tired of CGI stunts with mere mortals doing things that their bodies couldn’t possibly do in real life. No thanks.
Rob: Pass.  On the series.

Miracles from Heaven (TriStar) – Drama
Rated PG for thematic material, including accident and medical images
Tag Line: How do you explain the impossible?
Starring: Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers, Queen Latifah
Plot: A young girl suffering from a rare digestive disorder finds herself miraculously cured after surviving a terrible accident.
Running Time: 109 minutes

Rob: Pass.  On the “miracle”.
Chris: Another emotional roller coaster type true story.  Bad things happening to kids is always tough to watch on screen, but at least this one shows a victory in the end.
Jessica: This one did nothing for me, a typical story about kids getting hurt and a “miracle”, not really something that makes me run to the theater.
Jim: Life is scary enough without having to sit through sick kid movies, even if there’s a happy ending. Pass.

Midnight Special (Warner Bros) – Adventure/Drama/Sci-Fi
Rated PG-13 for some violence and action
Tag Line: He’s not like us.
Starring: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver
Plot: A father and son go on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers.
Running Time: 111 minutes

Jim: Interesting-looking rental.
Rob: This looks like a possible rental down the road, but not big screen caliber for me.
Chris: OK, I just had to watch that trailer twice.  I don’t know what is going on, but I want to find out!
Jessica: Oh yes! Great actors, looks like an interesting story. If this is done right it could be really good.

The Bronze (Sony Picture Classics) – Comedy
Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language throughout and some drug use
Tag Line:  There’s no place like third.
Starring: Melissa Rauch, Gary Cole, Sebastian Stan
Plot: A foul-mouthed former gymnastics bronze medalist must fight for her local celebrity status when a new young athlete’s star rises in town.
Running Time: 108 minutes

Jessica: Well, huh, this looks either really funny or really bad, not quite sure which it is yet.
Jim: This looks funny, although there’s the possibility that it could wear pretty thin after about 20 minutes.
Rob: Pass.  Wow, rough week.
Chris: Melissa Rauch steps out of Big Bang Theory for a different kind of laugh.  The trailer didn’t exactly have me in stitches, but I’ll check it out on Netflix down the road.

The Program (Entertainment One) – Bio/Drama/Sports
Rated R for language
Tag Line: Winning was in his blood.
Starring: Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd
Plot: An Irish sports journalist becomes convinced that Lance Armstrong’s performances during the Tour de France victories are fueled by banned substances. With this conviction, he starts hunting for evidence that will expose Armstrong.
Running Time: 103 minutes

Chris: Like so many others, I was crushed to find out that Lance Armstrong doped his way to legend.  Ben Foster seems perfectly cast here.  I am in.
Jessica: I LOVE Ben Foster (310 To Yuma, brilliance) but i really have no interest in Lance Armstrong’s story. Possibly at-home viewer for me.
Jim: I know that Lance has his followers, but I’m not interested, despite the great cast. OK, so kill me, I’m more interested in an embittered gymnast!
Rob: I’d rent this down the road, but again another film that really doesn’t need a theatrical release.

Krisha (A24) – Comedy/Drama
Rated R for language, substance abuse and some sexual content
Tag Line: None
Starring: Krisha Fairchild, Olivia Grace Applegate
Plot: Krisha returns for Thanksgiving dinner after ten years away from her family, but past demons threaten to ruin the festivities.
Running Time: 83 minutes

Rob: Zero interest.  Pass.
Chris:  I was a bit disturbed by the trailer on some level.  Family dysfunction is on full display here.
Jessica: Meh. Seen movies like this many times before, it might be good but I might just not care enough to watch it. We get enough dysfunction in reality.
Jim: Predictable-looking dysfunctional family saga.

Tickets Purchased:  One for Midnight Special (Chris) and One for The Bronze (Jim).  Rob and Jessica at home watching the new season of Daredevil.

Word is Thirst, or was it Third is Worst?
Word is Thirst, or was it Third is Worst?