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Trailer Snark (June 16, 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, Rob from Spector for Hire, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Cars 3 (Disney) – Animation/Family
Rated G
Tag Line: It’s On!
Starring:  Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Larry the Cable Guy
Plot: Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he’s still the best race car in the world.
Running Time: 109 minutes

Chris: Animation and fast cars?  The wife is already buying the tickets.  But my enthusiasm is a bit more tempered.  Animated sequels are historically disappointing.
Jessica: I simply do not understand why people love these so much, I think they’re pretty dull. Big pass for me.

Rough Night (Sony Pictures) – Comedy
R for crude sexual content, language throughout, drug use and brief bloody images
Tag Line: Dropping June 16
Starring: Scarlet Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Zoe Kravitz
Plot: Things go terribly wrong for a group of girlfriends who hire a male stripper for a bachelorette party in Miami.
Running Time: 101 minutes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_B4Jfdp1P8
Jessica: I usually love these types of movies and I adore McKinnon, but this one doesn’t make me laugh much. I’ll probably watch it one day for free at home, but not a movie theater film for me at all.
Chris: It would be one if I were forced to see this at my local theater.

All Eyez On Me (Lionsgate) – Biography/Drama/Music
Rated R for language and drug use throughout, violence, some nudity and sexuality
Tag Line: Legends never die.
Starring: Demetrius Shipp Jr, Danai Gurira, Kat Graham
Plot: Tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur.
Running Time: 160 minutes

Chris: Was never a Tupac fan, but this one seems less about the music and more about the man.  Could be worth the rental?

47 Meters Down (Entertainment Studios) – Horror/Thriller
Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense peril, bloody images, and brief strong language
Tag Line: No help above, no hope below.
Starring: Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Matthew Modine
Plot: Two sisters vacationing in Mexico are trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean. With less than an hour of oxygen left and great white sharks circling nearby, they must fight to survive.
Running Time: 89 minutes

Jessica: This looks like it could be fun, a rental though, again not wasting my money on it! I can always watch the classic shark films like Jaws or Deep Blue Sea!
Chris: Anyone who knows me knows that I loathe and fear sharks.  I guess that makes this one a good candidate for morbid curiosity and masochism.

The Book of Henry (Focus Features) – Drama/Thriller
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong language
Tag Line: Never leave things undone.
Starring: Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher
Plot: A single mother discovers a scheme in her son’s book to rescue a young girl from the hands of her abusive stepfather and sets out to execute the plan at any cost.
Running Time: 105 minutes

Chris: I’ve always enjoyed Naomi Watts and I am liking the dynamic between her and her son played by Jaeden Lieberher in the face of their neighbor’s abusive step-father.  How far will they go to protect a child?  I will be sure to find out!
Jessica: I’m intrigued so I’d watch this at home.

The Journey (IFC Films) – Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including violent images and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Freddie Highmore, Tobey Stephens, John Hurt, Catherine McCormack
Plot: A fictional account of the extraordinary story of two implacable enemies in Northern Ireland – firebrand Democratic Unionist Party leader Ian Paisley and Sinn Fein politician Martin …
Running Time: 94 minutes

Chris: I grew up literally reading article after article in our Boston newspaper publications about Sinn Fein and the IRA.  Although this is a fictionalized account of two of the most prominent rivals in the Northern Ireland conflict, I am eager to see it.

Maudie (Sony Picture Classics) – Biography/Drama/Romance
Rated PG-13 for some thematic content and brief sexuality.
Tag Line: None
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Sally Hawkins
Plot: An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community.
Running Time: 115 minutes

Chris: I literally fell asleep watching this trailer.

Tickets Purchased:  One for The Book of Henry (Chris) while Jessica goes for another viewing of Wonder Woman.

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Trailer Snark (September 30, 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!

Your trailer snark now comes with more thrills and less fill!  Let’s get right down to it!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (20the Century Fox) – Adventure/Fantasy
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy action/violence and peril
Tag Line: Stay peculiar.
Starring:  Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel Jackson, Judi Dench
Plot: When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that stretches across time, he finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the danger deepens after he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.
Running Time: 127 minutes

Jessica: I didn’t read the books but hear they’re really good. I also really love Tim Burton though for some reason, this one leaves me feeling a bit blah. Not sure why. I’m sure I’ll eventually see it at home, but not a big theater film for me.
Chris:  I might catch fire for this, but I have never been a big Tim Burton fan.  He has talent and a signature style of his own, to his credit, but his calling cards typically don’t call to me.  That said, this trailer had me hooked and eager to see this film.
Jim: always worth checking out a Tim Burton movie, even if his stuff isn’t always up to par. Here’s hoping for a Beetlejuice and not an Alice in Wonderland.  Let’s hope this hangs together as a movie and not a showcase for special effects.

Deepwater Horizon (Summit Entertainment) – Action/Drama
Rated PG-13 for prolonged intense disaster sequences and related disturbing images, and brief strong language
Tag Line: When faced with our darkest hour, hope is not a tactic.
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell
Plot: A story set on the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, which exploded during April 2010 and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
Running Time: 107 minutes

Jim: Certainly looks well made, but it’s clearly a case of I’ve Seen This Trailer Before.
Chris: Wahlberg and Russell combo has me intrigued.  Seems like a solid action thriller with Peter Berg (have you seen The Kingdom?) in the director’s seat. All signs point to a good result.
Jessica: I saw about 30 million commercials for this the other day on Hulu and I can say confidently that I have no desire to see this movie.

Masterminds (Relativity Media) – Action/Comedy
Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, some language and violence
Tag Line: What would you do with $17 million?
Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig
Plot: A night guard at an armored car company in the Southern U.S. organizes one of the biggest bank heists in American history.
Running Time: 94 minutes

Jessica: Wait, TRUE STORY? This looks hilarious and its some top-notch comedians (to me, anyway). Though I wouldn’t pay to see this, I am totally curious and would watch it at home.
Jim: Yep, how can you pass up THAT cast?  That said, most likely a rental.
Chris:  I am with Jessica here.  Comedies are not often presented as true stories, but the trailer had me quite amused and I am always up for an Owen Wilson film….a guy who can do both funny and serious.

America Honey (A24) – Drama
Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language throughout, drug/alcohol abuse-all involving teens
Tag Line: None
Starring: Sasha Lane, Shia LeBeouf
Plot: A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.
Running Time: 163 minutes

Chris: Two hours and forty three minutes of I couldn’t care less.
Jessica: I truly have ZERO interest in anything Shia LeBOOF does, because lately his movies have bored me to tears. I miss the goofy Shia. That being said, this really does nothing for me. If I want to watch a “road movie” I’ll watch “Natural Born Killers”.
Jim: Bonnie , Clyde, Thelma, Louise…their outlaw road movies said it well,  this doesn’t look like anything new.

Denial (Bleecker Street Media) – Biography/Drama/History
Rated PG-13 for thematic material and brief strong language
Tag Line: The whole world knows the Holocaust happened. Now she needs to prove it.
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson
Plot: Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving, a renowned denier, sues her for libel.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Jim: This definitely had my attention, what a gripping trailer. And man, Peter Pettigrew sure looks different outside of the Harry Potter movies.
Jessica: Ahh, I was getting worried I wouldn’t want to see any of the pics this week, but this one caught my attention. I didn’t know this story and would love to learn more about someone trying to say that the Holocaust didn’t happen. Fascinating stuff.
Chris:  How could I honestly sit here and tell you that a movie about a politically charged debate would not interest me?  And one of such important historical significance?  Sold.

Danny Says (Magnolia Pictures) – Documentary/Biography
Not Rated
Tag Line: When the mode of the music changes, the walls of the city shake.
Starring: Justin Bond, Danny Fields
Plot: Danny Says is a documentary on the life and times of Danny Fields. Since 1966, Danny Fields has played a pivotal role in music and “culture” of the late 20th century: working for the Doors, Cream, Lou Reed, Nico, Judy Collins and managing groundbreaking artists like the Stooges, the MC5 and the Ramones. Danny Says follows Fields from Phi Beta Kappa whiz-kid, to Harvard Law dropout, to the Warhol Silver Factory, to Director of Publicity at Elektra Records, to “punk pioneer” and beyond. Danny’s taste and opinion, once deemed defiant and radical, has turned out to have been prescient. Danny Says is a story of marginal turning mainstream, avant garde turning prophetic, as Fields looks to the next generation.
Running Time: 104 minutes

Chris: I’ll just listen to the music, which speaks for itself.
Jim: Looks  interesting, great bands, but definitely home viewing.
Jessica: As a fan of these bands, this looks right up my alley.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for Denial (Jim and Chris), One for Miss Peregrine (Jim going for a double), and One for home viewing of Luke Cage on Netflix (Jessica)

Tis' the season for debate!
Tis’ the season for debate!
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Trailer Snark (February 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: Kung Fu Panda 3 reigned supreme for a second straight week with $21M added to its $69.2M domestic haul thus far.  The Coen Brothers latest, Hail Caesar took second place with $11.3M in its debut.  The Force Awakens edged out The Revenant for third place with $6.97M($906M overall) while the DiCaprio thriller took in $6.93M($149.5M overall) for fourth.  The Choice, Nicholas Sparks’ latest novel to movie, placed fifth in its debut with $6M.  And Pride and Prejudice and Zombies fell in just behind with a $5.3M opening (maybe the zombie craze is subsiding?).  The rest of the top ten was as follows:  Finest Hours ($4.8M/$18.4M), Ride Along 2 ($4.5M/$77.2M), The Boy ($4M/$26.8M), and Dirty Grandpa ($4M/$29.3M).  And now on to this week’s new entries……

Deadpool (Fox) – Action/Comedy
Rated R for strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity
Tag Line:  With great power comes great irresponsibility.
Starring:  Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller
Plot: A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopting the alter ego Deadpool.
Running Time: 108 minutes

Ken: The self-referential dig at Ryan Reynold’s Green Lantern movies was fantastic. Let’s break down some fourth walls! Get well soon DMX. Who else gonna give it to us?
Rob: Oh Hells Yeah!  This flick is full of win.  Plus, we get Colossus.  Hands down my pick of the week.
Jessica: All about this one this week!! I think it might even be what my Valentine and I go see this weekend.
Jim: A little TOO much snark (hey, nice word) in the trailer (another nice word), but Reynolds is almost always entertaining (points lost for Green Lantern). I always look forward to flicks that send up the superhero movies (such as Super or Antman).
Chris: A comic book movie made decidedly for adults.  Don’t take the kids, because this is going to be the theatrical equivalent of Cards Against Humanity, and I’m going to love every minute of it.

Zoolander 2 (Paramount) – Comedy
Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, a scene of exaggerated violence, and brief strong language
Tag Line: Long time, No Z.
Starring:  Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Penelope Cruz, Olivia Munn
Plot: Derek and Hansel are modelling again when an opposing company attempts to take them out from the business.
Running Time: 102 minutes

Chris:  I actually thought the first one was truly unfunny (except for the gas station scene).  Maybe I will give it a chance on Netflix.  Great cast though.
Ken: I’m probably the minority but I didn’t love the first Zoolander. I thought it had some funny moments but on the whole it was just beyond absurd. This looks about the same.
Rob: Disinterested in the original and more disinterested in this one.
Jessica: I LOVED the first one and am very excited about this sequel. I realize I may be disappointed but I have hope people. Hope that Blue Steel will make me laugh once again.
Jim: Disappointing trailer for a sequel to a funny movie. I’ll give it a go on video.

How to be Single (Warner Bros) – Comedy/Romance
Rated R for sexual content and strong language throughout
Tag Line: Welcome to the party
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Damon Wayans Jr, Leslie Mann
Plot: New York City is full of lonely hearts seeking the right match, and what Alice, Robin, Lucy, Meg, Tom and David all have in common is the need to learn how to be single in a world filled with ever-evolving definitions of love.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Jim: She was amusing enough in Bridesmaids, but now it’s become obvious that Rebel Wilson’s repeating that schtick in every movie that she’s in. I liked Dakota  Johnson in the otherwise forgettable 50 Shades of Grey. If she had a better co-star here, I might’ve been  interested.
Chris: Not even sure I’d see this on the small screen.  Pass.
Ken: Rebel Wilson is a riot. Not a big screener for me though, probably a small.
Rob: Looks like a rental to me.  No real big screen potential even with the Valentine’s Day weekend release.
Jessica: It’s a total cliche but I really do enjoy Rebel Wilson so I’d watch this at home.

Where to Invade Next (IMG Films) – Documentary
Rated R for language, some violent images, drug use and brief graphic nudity
Tag Line: Michael Moore’s most dangerous comedy
Starring:  Michael Moore
Plot: To learn what the USA can learn from other nations, Michael Moore playfully “invades” them to see what they have to offer.
Running Time: 119 minutes
Jessica: I enjoy Moore’s movies. While I realize his is just one side of a bigger story, he makes movies that are easily digestible and make you think. Definitely something I’ll check out.
Jim: Not my wallet.
Chris: Michael Moore’s finest contribution to cinema is still Team America….&^%$ Yeah!
Ken: Moore’s previous movies were huge downers, exposing how prevalent injustice and tragedy has become in America. I liked this trailer because he’s going out and finding the good and righteous that currently exists in the world.
Rob: Michael Moore documentary.  Pass.

Of Mind and Music (Monterey Media) – Drama/Music
Rated PG – 13 for thematic elements, drug references and some suggestive material
Tag Line: None
Starring: Joaquim de Almeida, Ruth Negga, Bill Cobbs
Plot: A story about a beautiful street musician suffering from memory loss and a disheartened neuroscientist intent on helping her, bringing together the city of New Orleans and the jazz that made it famous.
Running Time: 98 minutes

Rob: Looks like it has some soul.  Will check it out down the road from RedBox.
Jessica: Interesting, I’d watch this at home.
Jim: Looks heartfelt and well-made, worth a rental.
Chris: I wasn’t expecting much, but I was quite taken by the trailer.  Absolutely will check this one out…just not on the big screen.
Ken: this movie hits pretty close to home for me. Losing my memory is one of my greatest fears. My memory is already atrocious but somehow I am capable of memorizing music and lyrics easily.

Providence (Mainstreet Productions) – Drama/Romance
Not Rated
Tag Line: A love story forty years in the making
Starring: Juli Tapken, Rich Swingle, Jenn Gotzon
Plot: Rachel Cartwright and Mitchell Little both grow up in the small town of Providence, Tennessee. Their paths keep crossing and at one point it looks like they’ll finally get together. But the opportunity slips away and they go their separate ways. It takes a tragedy many years later before they’re reunited.
Running Time: 79 minutes

Ken: Silent yet charming. And Christian. Very, very Christian.
Rob: Sap alert.  Chick Flick.  Run away…
Jessica: Ugh. This is a cliche’ I’m not interested in watching.
Jim: Nicely done trailer, but…nah.
Chris:  Props to the people behind the appealing trailer, but it still isn’t getting me to watch the movie.

Touched with Fire (Roadside Attractions) – Drama/Romance
Rated R for language, a disturbing image, brief sexuality and drug use
Tag Line: None
Starring: Katie Holmes, Luke Kirby
Plot: Two manic depressives meet in a psychiatric hospital and begin a romance that brings out all of the beauty and horror of their condition.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Chris:  Life is crazy enough to have to share in this humanary stew of lunacy.
Ken: Congrats to Katie Holmes, for escaping the “church” of Scientology.  But glamorizing mental illness by linking it to artistic creativity is putting me off. So pass.
Rob: Didn’t even make it through the trailer.  Pass.
Jessica: Left me feeling touched by snow. All set with never seeing this one.
Jim: Yet another trailer that reminds me that the February-April months are a dumping ground for movies that studios don’t have a lot of faith in. Thanks, but no thanks.

Purchased Tickets:  Ding Ding Ding…we have a Great Stories unanimous winner.  Wade Wilson and his multiple personality disorder anti-hero Deadpool get the big Great Stories seal of approval with five tickets!

It doesn't have to go that far!  Take our money!
It doesn’t have to go that far! Take our money!
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Trailer Snark (August 28th Theatrical Releases)

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:  Without any true strong competition from the new releases, Straight Outta Compton and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation continued to occupy the top two spots at the box office this past weekend, with $26.7 million and $11.7 million respectively.  Compton has taken in $111.7 million since its debut two weeks ago, while the latest Tom Cruise action sequel has gone to $157.7 million domestically.  The top debut last week was the horror sequel Sinister 2, which took $10.6 million for a third place showing.  Of course, it cost less than $10 million to make, so it is still a success.  Hitman: Agent 47, meanwhile, opened to a disappointing $8.2 million in fourth. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. took in $7.4 million which was good for fifth place, but it has only taken in $26 million against its reported $75 million budget.  The rest of the top ten were as follows:  American Ultra (debut at $5.5M), The Gift ($4.3M/$31M), Ant-Man ($4M/$164.5M), Minions ($3.7M/$319.9M), and Fantastic Four ($3.6M/$49.6M).  And now for this week’s new entries….

We Are Your Friends (Warner Bros) – Drama/Music
Rated R for language throughout, drug use, sexual content and some nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Zac Efron, Wes Bentley, Emily Ratajkowski
Plot: Caught between a forbidden romance and the expectations of his friends, aspiring DJ Cole Carter attempts to find the path in life that leads to fame and fortune.
Running Time: 96 minutes

Ken: We live in an age where any clown with a Macbook can  call themself a DJ. Given enough money and minimal talent, all it takes is lights, loud music and lots of pretty people to throw a good party. Can the same be said about movies?
Rob: A movie about a DJ trying to make his mark.  Pass.
Chris: Rave music DJ movie….about the antithesis of my core interests at this age.

No Escape (Weinstein Company) – Action/Drama
Rated R for strong violence including a sexual assault, and for language
Tag Line: Survive together or die together
Starring: Lake Bell, Pierce Brosnan, and Owen Wilson
Plot: In their new overseas home, an American family soon finds themselves caught in the middle of a coup, and they frantically look for a safe escape in an environment where foreigners are being immediately executed.
Running Time: 103 minutes

Chris: I remember being pleasantly surprised by Owen Wilson’s serious acting turn in the action movie Behind Enemy Lines, and I look forward to his return to the genre.
Ken: Well wasn’t that a pleasant surprise? I saw Owen Wilson’s dumb face and my brain automatically thought “rom-com” and went into hibernation mode but that got real, real quick. Rescue copter? Nope, machine gun copter!
Rob: A family in jeopardy trying to escape Asian war and get to the US Embassy. Pass.

Z for Zachariah (Grindstone Entertainment Group) – Drama/SciFi/Thriller
Rated PG – 13 for a scene of sexuality, partial nudity, and brief strong language
Tag Line: After the end of the world she thought she was alone. She was wrong.
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Pine, Margot Robbie
Plot: In the wake of a disaster that wipes out most of civilization, two men and a young woman find themselves in an emotionally charged love triangle as the last known survivors.
Running Time: 95 minutes

Rob: A Post-Apocalyptic Love Triangle.  Pass.
Chris: I saw apocalyspe movie, and I immediately thought another zombie movie. Thankfully it was not.  And it actually looks like it could be a diamond in the rough.
Ken: Z for zzzzzzzzzzz….

War Room (Sony) – Spiritual Drama
Rated PG for thematic elements throughout
Tag Line: Prayer is a powerful weapon
Starring: Priscilla Shirer, T.C. Stallings, and Karen Abercrombie
Plot: A seemingly perfect family look to fix their problems with the help of Miss Clara, an older, wiser woman.
Running Time: 120 minutes

Ken: Is it just me or did that feel a little bit churchy? Dear lord, deliver me from this movie.
Rob: Religious Schlock.  Pass.
Chris: The trailer does not delve into too much except about the plot except that its about the power of prayer, but if you have seen Courageous, you know that the filmmaker’s can make a truly inspiring movie.

Queen of the Earth (IFC Films) – Drama/Thriller
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Katherine Waterston, and Patrick Fugit
Plot: Two women who grew up together discover they have drifted apart when they retreat to a lake house together.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Chris: With the throw-back 1970’s style trailer, I don’t know if I am supposed to take the subject matter seriously or not.  Creepy, quirky, and exploitive…words that come to mind.
Ken: Holy crap that was so unsettling for so many reasons. Foremost being the narrator’s voice.
Rob: A very crappy looking psychological thriller.  Pass.

Tickets Purchased:  2 for No Escape (Ken and Chris) while Rob stays home to re-enact Billy Madison scenes in his bath tub.

Escape is apparently futile
Escape is apparently futile
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Trailer Snark (August 21 Theatrical Releases)

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:  Straight Outta Compton busted out of the ghetto and into theaters with a storm taking in $56M.  Tom Cruise slipped to very distant second place with MI: Rogue Nation ($17M/$138M).  The Man from U.N.C.L.E. received some ordinary reviews and only could muster a third place $13.5M opening.  Fantastic Four held fourth place with $8M bringing its total to $42M overall.  It was a log-jam for the rest of the top ten, however as fifth place The Gift ($6.5M/$23.5M) only beat out the tenth place Trainwreck ($3.8M/$97M) by less than $3M.  Ant-Man, Vacation, Minions, and Ricki and the Flash in between in that order.  And now, onto our candidates for cinematic glory this week….

Sinister 2 (Blumhouse) – Horror
Rated R for strong violence, bloody and disturbing images, and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, and Robert Daniel Sloan
Plot: A young mother and her twin sons move into a rural house that’s marked for death.
Running Time: 97 minutes

Chris: The first was an OK effort, but not nearly good enough for a visit to the theater. This one provides me the same feeling of mediocrity best left for home theater viewing.
Jessica: I barely remembered the first one until the showed the pic with Ethan Hawke and I don’t feel this needed a sequel. That being said, I know I’ll end up watching it at home when it’s on Netflix or something. Though I had a lot of problems with the first one, the biggest being it was so dark the big reveal at the end was less than interesting to me.
Ken:
The first movie had some insanely creepy moments and the premise was solid, but the story fell apart at the end. I think given a budget and a decent script this could be a good horror film.

American Ultra (Lionsgate) – Action/Comedy
Rated R for strong bloody violence, language throughout, drug use and some sexual content
Tag Line: The ultimate secret agent becomes the ultimate target
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Topher Grace, Connie Britton, John Leguizamo, and Bill Pullman.
Plot: A stoner – who is in fact a government agent – is marked as a liability and targeted for extermination. But he’s too well-trained and too high for them to handle.
Running Time: 95 minutes

Ken: That looked like a good amount of fun. Could be a sleeper.  
Chris: I like Jesse Eisenberg, but I absolutely loathe Kristen Stewart.  Stoner comedy was funny to me back when I was in college, but I can only take small doses now…no, not small doses of reefer…I meant the comedy.
Jessica: I like Eisenberg but cannot stand Stewart so I’ll skip this one. I cannot possibly watch another movie where Stewart looks awkward and stutters.

Hitman:  Agent 47 (20th Century Fox) – Action
Rated R for sequences of strong violence, and some language
Tag Line:  None
Starring:  Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto
Plot: An assassin teams up with a woman to help her find her father and uncover the mysteries of her ancestry.
Running Time: 96 minutes

Jessica: Never saw the first one and I don’t care! This looks like fun and I enjoy Quinto quite a bit, especially if he’s the bad guy. I love me a good action movie with totally improbable action sequences. Can I say action more? I CAN! I love action movies with lots of action!
Ken: As a fan of the game franchise, I can tell you honesty that this trailer did nothing for me. Hitman is stealth and precision, not car chases and romantic subplots. It got the CGI right though.
Chris: How many years has it been since the original?  This one looks like a fun theater experience with some great action set pieces and fast-[aced fun.  Some of the key elements to a traditional summer movie….and there aren’t many of those to enjoy remaining on our 2016 calendar.

Grandma (Sony Pictures Classics) – Comedy
Rated R for language and some drug use
Tag Line: None
Starring: Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner
Plot: Self-described misanthrope Elle Reid has her protective bubble burst when her 18-year-old granddaughter, Sage, shows up needing help. The two of them go on a day-long journey that causes Elle to come to terms with her past and Sage to confront her future.
Running Time: 79 minutes

Chris: Lily Tomlin looks to be rocking this role pretty well from the trailer.  I’ll catch it in another medium.
Jessica: Love this. Love this so much I could watch the trailer a few times and still love it. It’s the kind of movie I’d want to see in the theater but will probably forget and see it at home but Lily Tomlin I adore and holy bejesus, Sam Elliot? I am SO ON BOARD
Ken: I love grandmas and I love Lily Tomlin, so it reasons that I would love this movie. But life is full of little surprises.  

6 Years (The Orchard) – Drama/Romance
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Taissa Farmiga, Ben Rosenfield, Lindsay Burdge
Plot: A young couple bound by a seemingly ideal love, begins to unravel as unexpected opportunities spin them down a volatile and violent path and threaten the future they had always imagined.
Running Time: 85 minutes

Ken: So angsty.
Chris: Indie movie all the way…..and not the kind I am usually intrigued by,
Jessica: What exactly is the point? I’m too old to watch teenagers deal with their relationship ending or hitting a bump, I’ve been through enough of my own. Big ole pass on this pile of boring.

Digging for Fire (The Orchard) – Drama
Rated R for language including some sexual references, drug use and brief graphic nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Jake Johnson, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Orlando Bloom
Plot: The discovery of a bone and a gun send a husband and wife on separate adventures over the course of a weekend.
Running Time: 85 minutes

Jessica: What rock did Orlando Bloom crawl out from? This looks like it could actually be some fun and holy bejesus, Sam Eliott again??? And Sam Rockwell? I am in a heaven of awesome Sam’s. I’d watch this at home for sure, could be totally funny but “with a  message” or something
Ken: “A fascinating character study” Translation – boring,
Chris: Orlando Bloom gets top billing here, but I think I only saw him in one scene in the entire trailer….maybe I just wasn’t focusing?  I must have been digging for some pocket change to get me that second coffee I so desperately need.  Yawn….

She’s Funny That Way (Lionsgate) – Comedy
Rated R for some language including sexual references
Tag Line: Showbiz has always been a little screwball.
Starring: Imogen Poots, Owen Wilson, Scott Campbell, and Jennifer Aniston
Plot: On the set of a playwright’s new project, a love triangle forms between his wife, her ex-lover, and the call girl-turned-actress cast in the production.
Running Time: 93 minutes

Chris:  I was prepared to disregard this one out of hand, but the Own Wilson/Jennifer Aniston comedy actually looks pretty entertaining with its ensemble cast.  Color me surprised.
Jessica: I’m all set with this one, it was just really unappealing.
Ken: She must be funny in that understated, not-funny kind of way.

Learning to Drive (Broad Green Pictures) – Comedy/Drama/Romance
Rated R for language and sexual content
Tag Line: It’s never too late to begin a new adventure.
Starring: Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley, and Jake Weber
Plot: As her marriage dissolves, a Manhattan writer takes driving lessons from a Sikh instructor with marriage troubles of his own. In each other’s company they find the courage to get back on the road and the strength to take the wheel.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Ken: Of all the movies out this week, a movie about an over the hill odd couple feels the freshest.  
Chris: Kingsley plays an Sikh driving instructor whose student, played by Patricia Clarkson, is going through a personal crisis.  Driving skills seem to take a back seat to other life lessons in the process.  Looks charming in its own way, and I may catch it after market eventually.
Jessica: At first I was pretty blah about it but as the trailer went on, I think I kinda dig it. Looks totally charming.

Tickets Purchased:  1 ticket for Hitman:  Agent 47 (Chris), 1 ticket for Grandma (Jessica), and 1 ticket for Sinister 2 (Ken).  With no one to break a Trailer Snark first three-way tie, you be the judge!

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