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Trailer Snark (September 15, 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!

Mother! (Paramount Pictures) – Drama/Horror/Mystery
Rated R for strong disturbing violent content, some sexuality, nudity and language
Tag Line: Seeing is believing
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer
Plot: A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
Running Time: 121 minutes

Chris:  I wonder how mother nature will punish Jennifer Lawrence for making this movie?
Wayne: Mother! ******* was this movie is mostly boring. It is far too intellectual for my liking.
Rob: What a great cast in what looks like a thriller, but doesn’t really appeal or even make sense of what it is.

You can read The Dope Sheet review of Mother! here.

American Assassin (Lionsgate) – Action/Thriller
Rated R for strong violence throughout, some torture, language and brief nudity
Tag Line: Assassins aren’t born. They are made.
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan
Plot: A story centered on counterterrorism agent Mitch Rapp.
Running Time: 111 minutes

Rob: At first glance I thought, what is this? A copy of punisher from 2004?
Chris: Michael Keaton is a national treasure, and this movie looks entertaining as all heck.  In!
Wayne: I’m going to check it out just for Keaton.

Brad’s Status (Annapurna Pictures) – Comedy
Rated R for language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Ben Stiller, Austin Abrams, Jenna Fischer
Plot: A father takes his son to tour colleges on the East Coast and meets up with an old friend who makes him feel inferior about his life’s choices.
Running Time: 101 minutes

Wayne: Looks interesting. Maybe.
Rob: Oh look another Ben Stiller midlife crisis movie!
Chris: Hahaha. Rob just summed that one up perfectly.  I got nothing more to say.

Rebel in the Rye (IFC Films) – Biography/Drama
Rated PG-13 for some language including sexual references, brief violence, and smoking
Tag Line: Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.
Starring: Sarah Paulson, Zoey Deutch, Nicholas Hoult
Plot: The life of celebrated but reclusive author, J.D. Salinger, who gained worldwide fame with the publication of his novel, “The Catcher in the Rye”.
Running Time: 106 minutes

Chris: Now, that’s a compelling trailer.  I’ve never read Catcher in the Rye, but I may have to go pick out the classic as my next read!
Wayne: YES! Looks like a good story.
Rob: Now this one gave me the Dead Poet Society feel. But with a veteran. This one I can get into. 

Because of Gracia (ArtAffects Entertainment) – Comedy/Drama/Romance
Rated PG-13 for thematic material
Tag Line: None
Starring: John Schneider, Chris Massoglia, Moriah Peters
Plot: Two high-school couples explore friendship and dating along dissimilar lines, leading to courage and transformation for one teen and a personal crisis for another.
Running Time: 107 minutes

Rob: Just another love triangle of high school drama
Chris: This one seems to have some heart and charisma.  Not a theater pick, but I’ll check it out on the small screen.
Wayne: Maybe, I like the JEEP. I bet she dies in the end.

In Search of Fellini (Ambi Distribution) – Adventure/Drama
Rated R for sexuality/nudity and language
Tag Line: Inspired by a true adventure.
Starring: Maria Bello, Ksenia Solo
Plot: A shy small-town Ohio girl who loves movies but dislikes reality, discovers the delightfully bizarre films of Federico Fellini, and sets off on a strange, beautiful journey across Italy to find him.
Running Time: 93 minutes

Wayne: Going to wait for it on Netflix. Looks interesting.
Rob: yes. Let the sheltered child not only finally leave home but go to an entirely different country. What could possibly go wrong? Or… what could go right? Ah love.
Chris: “You’re my fellini?” Must mean cheese in Italian.  😉

Tickets Purchased: Two for American Assassin (Wayne and Chris) and one for Rebel in the Rye (Rob).

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Mother! – The Dope Sheet Movie Review

Release Date:  September 15, 2017
Rating:  R
Run Time:  2 hours 1 min
After Credit Scene:  NO
IMAX Viewing:  NO
3D Viewing:  NO
Reviewer:  Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score:  2 out of 10

A spoiler review.

A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.”

What you need to know about Mother!:  Don’t go see this.  Honestly, save your money.

What works:  What an amazing cast they have lined up for this film.  All give excellent performances, but they cannot save this film.  Because I have so much respect for all the actors, I’m not going to list them.  Why?  Keep reading.

What doesn’t work:  Everything.  The film had hope as it felt like it was going to be in the style of a Hitchcock film, but it goes way, way out there.  The main character played by Jennifer Lawrence walks around that house always looking for someone.  Honest to God, STOP!  You want to SCREAM at her to stand up for herself and punch someone in the face because no one listens to her.  If you have OCD, don’t watch this movie because it is going to drive you through the roof.  Way too much shaky cam going on, you can’t always see what’s happening.  Fifteen minutes into the film I was wondering where the heck is this story headed and can you PLEASE give me something to interest me.  Nope.  Score to the film, can’t say it played a role at all.  I honestly can’t remember any music until the credits rolled.  The story goes so far into left field that I wanted to leave, but I stayed for all of you who are reading this.  The final act is so obscure and so full of symbolism that it was hurting my head.  My head may have hurt too because the volume was nearly doubled for the entire third act.  I’ve been to movies where the screen transitions to completely white once, this film does it three times.  Who cares?  It pulls you out of the film because you need your eyes to adjust again.  SPOILER!!!   At one point a baby is eaten and the entire scene was disturbing.  Folks, there is nothing good about this film.

I didn’t find anything horrific about the film which is filled with empty drama and the big mystery is who the heck cares about the ending.  Really.  The ending is supposed to be this big reveal and all I could think of was the quickest way out of the theater.  This is the worst movie I’ve seen in a very long time.

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give Mother! a 2.  Do not buy a ticket for this film.  Do not wait to rent it.  A shame with all the talent that was in the film that Mother! doesn’t deliver on any level.

Did you see the film?  If you did, I’m sorry, but do tell us your opinion below.