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Trailer Snark (November 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, Eric from View from Above, Robert from Cards and Counters, Wayne from The Dope Sheet, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Thor: Ragnarok (Disney) – Action/Adventure/Comedy
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive material
Tag Line: No hammer? No problem.
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett
Plot: Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.
Running Time: 130 minutes

Chris: OK, let’s face it. The trailer is brilliant, and there ain’t no way another movie this week is overtaking my desire to purchase this particular ticket. Thor is the strongest there is…..maybe?
Rob: Hel yeah! See what I did there? Hulk like raging fire. Box office like Marvel flicks.
Jim: Looking forward to seeing this of course, but a bit of concern. What made the first Thor movie so entertaining to me was pitting fantasy against the realities of earth. To me, many of the best fantasy movies come from a place with this fantasy/reality confrontation. From what I can see in the trailer, it’s all taking place on another world with very little that’s earthbound. I’m just afraid that I’ll be watching such an overload of fantasy and spectacle that I’ll become bored and bitchy. We’ll see.

A Bad Mom’s Christmas (STX Entertainment) – Action/Adventure/Comedy
Rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, and some drug use
Tag Line: Merry is relative.
Starring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn
Plot: A Bad Moms Christmas follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas.
Running Time: 104 minutes

Jim: Thought the first was very funny. The “naughtiness” in the trailer seems predictable, but the premise and the actresses might make it a good rental.
Chris: Much like the malls, Hollywood wasted no time giving us our first Christmas film before the the body of Halloween went dead and cold. And I am just not feeling it.
Rob: This one will be popular with the ladies. But for most of us dudes, it’s a clear pass.

Last Flag Flying (Amazon Studios) – Comedy/Drama
Rated R for language throughout including some sexual references
Tag Line: Their last mission wasn’t on the battlefield.
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne
Plot: Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry “Doc” Shepherd re-unites with his old buddies, former Marines Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.
Running Time: 124 minutes

Rob: Looks like a solid story with talented actors, but not a big screen flick for this moviegoer. Will happily rent down the road.
Jim: Some talented actors in a Richard Linklater flick. He hasn’t made a bad movie yet that I’ve seen, but this trailer isn’t strong enough to pull me into a theater. Probably a worthwhile rental.
Chris: This one has me fully intrigued. Great cast, and a touching theme. If not for Thor, this would definitely pull me to the theaters.

Lady Bird (A24) – Comedy
Rated R for language, sexual content, brief graphic nudity and teen partying
Tag Line: Time to fly.
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Odeya Rush, Kathryn Newton
Plot: The adventures of a young woman living in Northern California for a year.
Running Time: 93 minutes

Chris: Not the target audience here, but the trailer seemed somewhat entertaining.
Rob: I originally read this as Larry Bird and was repulsed at the thought of watching the trailer. I was pleasantly surprised to see a quirky coming of age flick. Looks pretty good.

LBJ (Electric Entertainment) – Biography/Drama
Rated R for language
Tag Line: None
Starring Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Plot: The story of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson from his young days in West Texas to the White House.
Running Time: 98 minutes

Jim: Some hokey makeup on Harrelson, but he’s always worth seeing. A great subject directed by the solid Rob Reiner. I’m in.
Chris: Curious to see how Hollywood treats this one, but not curious enough to watch it in the theaters.
Rob: A compelling look at a far better President than we have seen in some time. Harrelson looks to deliver an accomplished performance. Definite rental for me, but not a big screen flick.

My Friend Dahmer (FilmRise) – Biography/Drama/Horror
R for disturbing images, language, teen drug use, drinking and sexual content, and for brief nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Ross Lynch, Alex Wolff, Anne Heche
Plot: Before Jeffrey Dahmer became a notorious serial killer, he was a shy, alcoholic teen who never quite fit in. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Derf Backderf, this is the true, haunting story of Jeffrey Dahmer in high school.
Running Time: 107 minutes

Rob: A terrifying exploration of the mind of a killer. Perhaps we all should watch, to better understand the depths of mental illness and the small actions in our lives and the negative impact they can have on those who are struggling with mental illness. Lynch appears to deliver a haunting performance from the look of things.
Jim: The squeaky-clean Ross Lynch from the Disney Channel as Jeffrey Dahmer??!! You bet I’m seeing this.
Chris: That trailer just spooked me out big time. Probably more frightening than anything Hollywood put out in the run-up to Halloween. I am definitely going to be giving this one a chance.

The Light of the Moon (Imagination Worldwide) – Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Stephanie Beatriz, Michael Stahl-David
Plot: After her world is irrevocably changed, a successful New York City architect struggles to regain intimacy and control in her life.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Chris: Zero interest in this one as the subject matter is too unnerving.
Rob: A harrowing look at the impact of rape. Not my idea of entertainment, but something that some in the world clearly needs to learn more about.
Jim: Not exactly a fun time at the movies, but the trailer was certainly effective, with a touching final scene.

Tickets Purchased:  Three for Thor: Ragnarok

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Trailer Snark (July 29, 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: Star Trek Beyond took tops in the Box Office fight this week with $59.6M in receipts.  Secret Life of Pets dropped to second with $29.3M to add to its $260.7M overall.  Ghostbusters was third ($21.6M/$86.8M) and just ahead of the fourth place debut of horror movie Lights Out ($21.6M).  Ice Age: Collision Course managed fifth with $21M, but its audience was fragmented with two other major hit animated films.  Finding Dory was still doing nice business in sixth ($7.2M/$460.1M).  The rest of the top ten went as follows:  Legend of Tarzan ($6.4M/$115.8M), Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates ($4.4M/$40.3M), Hillary’s America ($3.7M), and The Infiltrator ($3.2M/$12.2M).  Let’s check out this week’s new cinematic fare!

Jason Bourne (Universal) – Action/Thriller
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and brief strong language
Tag Line:  You know his name.
Starring:  Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Julia Stiles
Plot: The most dangerous former operative of the CIA is drawn out of hiding to uncover hidden truths about his past.
Running Time: 123 minutes

Jessica: I tried really hard to care about the Bourne movies but I just don’t so I’ll be skipping this one.
Ken: Love this franchise. Smart, cool and action packed, Bourne is the American Bond.
Chris: The talented Mr. Bourne runs wild again.  I like the films, though this has never been one of my favorite series.  Think I will wait for the small screen.

Bad Moms (STX Entertainment) – Comedy
Rated R for sexual material, full frontal nudity, language throughout, and drug and alcohol content.
Tag Line: Party like a mother.
Starring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christina Applegate
Plot: When three overworked and under-appreciated moms are pushed beyond their limits, they ditch their conventional responsibilities for a jolt of long overdue freedom, fun, and comedic self-indulgence.
Running Time: 101 minutes

Chris:  OK, that was amusing.
Jessica: I saw a trailer for this awhile back and thought it looked hysterical. Not being a mom, but knowing quite a few, I think this will really resonate. Not to mention, it looks pretty dang funny.
Ken: Moms I’d Like to Watch

Nerve (Lionsgate) – Crime/Mystery
Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving dangerous and risky behavior, some sexual content, language, drug content, drinking and nudity-all involving teens
Tag Line: Are you a watcher or a player?
Starring:  Emma Roberts, Dave Franco
Plot: A high school senior finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of “watchers.”
Running Time: 96 minutes

Ken: How much cash do we win if we sit through this steaming pile of hot garbage?
Chris:  I remember watching this movie when it was good and it was named The Game with Michael Douglas.
Jessica: Nope. All set with this boring millennial BS.

Equity (Broad Street Pictures) – Drama
Rated R for language throughout
Tag Line: On Wall Street, not all players are created equal.
Starring: Anna Gun, Jame Purefoy
Plot: Senior investment banker Naomi Bishop is threatened by a financial scandal and must untangle a web of corruption.
Running Time: 100 minutes

Jessica: You know, a movie about money and banking sounds tiresome to me, but the star power (I love Anna G from “Breaking Bad”) makes it seem pretty interesting. I’d watch this at home for sure. Not to mention, I love the idea of women really stepping into their power (shocking as a feminist).
Ken: This movie is like my checking account. It gives me almost no interest.
Chris: Screamed TV movie to me, so that is how I will see this one.

Indignation (Roadside Attractions) – Drama
Rated R for sexual content and some language
Tag Line: Based on the novel by Phillip Roth
Starring: Sarah Gadon, Logan Lerman
Plot: In 1951, Marcus, a working-class Jewish student from New Jersey, attends a small Ohio college, where he struggles with sexual repression and cultural disaffection, amid the ongoing Korean War.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Chris:  Ding Ding Ding….looks like a winner folks!
Jessica: Intriguing. Interesting. Home viewing.
Ken: Very effective trailer. Enough to get you interested but not enough to give away the game. Well done, I may catch this at home.

Tallulah (Netflix) – Comedy/Drama/Romance
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Ellen Page, Zachary Quinto, Uzo Aduba
Plot: Desperate to be rid of her toddler, a dissatisfied Beverly Hills housewife hires a stranger to babysit and ends up getting much more than she bargained for.
Running Time: 111 minutes

Ken: I’m really digging the premise and Ellen Page is one of my favorites.
Chris:  Really not feeling this one.  I still think you rock, Netflix!
Jessica: I adore Ellen Page AND Alison Janney so I will be watching this for sure.

Tickets Purchased:  One for Bad Moms (Jessica), One for Jason Bourne ( Ken), and One for Indignation (Chris)

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