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Trailer Snark (July 21, 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!

Dunkirk (Warner Bros) – Action/War/Drama
Rated PG-13 for intense war experience and some language
Tag Line: Surrounded.
Starring: Fionn Whitehead, Aneurin Barnard, Tom Hardy
Plot: Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.
Running Time: 106 minutes

Rob: I am have soft spot movie about that era. Maybe the only subject in history class I ever did well at. I need know if they’ll make it off the beach.
Chris: Probably my most anticipated movie of the summer, next to Spider-Man.  An epic true story of the Greatest Generation’s sacrifice for a better world. 

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (STX Entertainment) – Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action, suggestive material and brief language
Tag Line: A universe without boundaries needs heroes without limits.
Starring: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen
Plot: A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.
Running Time: 137 minutes

Chris: I am ashamed to say I am unfamiliar with the comic series.  But in spite of Luc Besson’s talents, I felt like I was watching a video game trailer and not a real movie.  This one might just have to wait.
Rob: With all of the SiFi movies coming out, this one looks to be the most fun and most beautiful visual effects. I’ve actually been waiting for this one to come out.

Girls Trip (Universal Pictures) – Comedy
Rated R for crude and sexual content throughout, pervasive language, brief graphic nudity, and drug material
Tag Line: You’ll be glad you came.
Starring: Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett-Smith
Plot: When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.
Running Time: 122 minutes

Rob: This looks like a funny movie. Not my choice for the big screen though and maybe if its on TV on one of the wife’s channels that she watches.
Chris: Ummm….R Kelly is going to love this one!  OK, that was uncalled for.

Landline (Amazon) – Comedy
Rated R for sexual content, language and drug use
Tag Line: 1995. When people were harder to reach.
Starring: Jenny Slate, Jay Duplass
Plot: In 1995, a teenager living with her sister and parents in Manhattan discovers that her father is having an affair.
Running Time: 93 minutes

Chris:  “Take a better look cool guy. I’m a California Raisin.”  LOL.  Yeah, this one looks good….even to this 80’s kid.
Rob: Amazon is doing some a amazing things with the movies they’re putting out. It seems like they’re going with the joy and heart breaks of being a regular family back in 1995. Back in the good old days. (yes folks from the 80’s, I’m a 90’s kid).


Tickets Purchased:  Two for Dunkirk and One for Valerian


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Trailer Snark (September 9, 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!

Sully (Warner Bros.) – Drama/Biography
Rated PG-13 for some peril and brief strong language
Tag Line: The untold story behind the miracle on the Hudson.
Starring:  Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart
Plot: Story of the man who became a hero after gliding his plane along the water in the Hudson River, saving all of the airplane flights 155 crew and passengers.
Running Time: 95 minutes

Chris: Eastwood and Hanks = Instant Winner
Jessica: If anyone can do this role justice, it’s Hanks. I honestly didn’t realize that the real Sully went through so much after the landing, looks interesting, but a home viewer for me
Ken: Could Tom Hanks be our greatest national treasure? If anyone else was playing the lead, I would have given this a pass.

When the Bough Breaks (Screen Gems) – Drama/Horror/Mystery
Rated PG-13 for violence, sexuality/partial nudity, thematic elements, some disturbing images, and language
Tag Line: She’s carrying more than just a secret.
Starring: Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall
Plot: A surrogate mom for a couple becomes dangerously obsessed with the soon-to-be father.
Running Time: 107 minutes

Ken: Move along. Nothing new to see here.
Chris: I will not brake for this movie.
Jessica: This ground has been mostly well-tred before but it looks like a decent adaptation and it’s Juice from Sons of Anarchy! Again, another one I might check out at home, if I came across it accidentally and went, “Oh yeah, i remember this from Trailer Snark”.

The Disappointments Room (Rogue Pictures) – Drama/Horror/Thriller
Rated R for violent content, bloody images, some sexuality and language
Tag Line: Some mysteries should not be unlocked.
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Lucas Till
Plot: A mother and her young son release unimaginable horrors from the attic of their rural dream home.
Running Time: 92 minutes

Jessica: Anytime a trailer starts with someone saying “Its a new beginning”, you know bad things are about to go down. I got bored during the trailer, I’ll most likely skip this one. It doesn’t look engaging enough to even be a fun kind of scary movie. Just looks like stuff that’s been done before.
Ken: The real disappointments room will be theater screening this movie. Maybe the trailer just wasn’t very effective but it didn’t evoke even the slightest feeling of dread.
Chris: Just what the scary doctor ordered!

The Wild Life (Lionsgate) – Family/Animation
Rated PG for mild action/peril and some rude humor
Tag Line: Adventure’s in full swing.
Starring: Matthias Schweighofer, Kaya Yanar
Plot: A daring parrot recounts how Robinson Crusoe came to be stranded on a tropical island.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Chris: Mildly amusing and may be a nice one to watch at home with my animation loving wife.
Jessica: This did nothing for me whatsoever.
Ken: This has direct to DVD written all over it. If that’s Robinson Crusoe then the ship that wrecked was a slaver ship on a mission to haul slaves across the Atlantic from Africa. Sort of makes it hard to sympathize for the guy.

Other People (Vertical Entertainment) – Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line:  None
Starring:  Molly Shannon, Bradley Whitford
Plot: A struggling comedy writer, fresh off a breakup and in the midst of the worst year of his life, returns to Sacramento to care for his dying mother.
Running Time: 97 minutes

Ken: This looks funny and touching, and Molly Shannon surprised the heck out of me with her dramatic acting chops. That said, this feels like well worn territory but could be worth a rental.
Chris: It’s probably a fantastic Lifetime movie.
Jessica: I have to say, Molly Shannon surprises me here and Jesse Plemons was fantastic on “Friday Night Lights”. I’d watch this, not in the theater, but I’d totally watch this at home and probably laugh/cry.

Kicks (Focus World) – Adventure
Rated R for violence, drug/alcohol use and language throughout, and sexual content – involving teens
Tag Line: They aren’t just shoes.
Starring: Jahking Guillory, Christopher Jordan Wallace
Plot: Brandon is a 15 year old whose dream is a pair of fresh Air Jordans. Soon after he gets his hands on them, they’re stolen by a local hood, causing Brandon and his two friends go on a dangerous mission through Oakland to retrieve them.
Running Time: 80 minutes

Jessica: All I could think of was that movie that I can’t think of the title of that has Jake Gyllenhaal and that dang rabbit, this kid has an astronaut. Interesting looking film, but not interesting enough for me to shell out my hard-earned dollars at the theater.
Ken: Makes me glad I grew up in white-bred suburbia. This looks like a damn fine movie about coming of age in a black urban community in the vein of Boys in the Hood.
Chris: My kids would love this movie…me, not so much.

Come What May (Cohen Media Group) – Drama/War
Rated R for some war violence/bloody images
Tag Line: France, May 1940. Millions abandon all they have. One father searches for all that matters.
Starring: Olivier Gourmet, August Deihl
Plot: In may 1940, the German troops enter France. Frightened by the progress of the enemy, the people of a small village of Pas-de-Calais decide on the recommendations of the prefecture, to give up everything to go on the road, fleeing to the coast.
Running Time: 114 minutes

Chris: I am a sucker for WWII movies, so count me in.  I like that the Germans actually deliver their lines in German.
Jessica: I usually love WWII movies as well, but this one kind of left me a bit blah. Could be a great film, but the trailer was lackluster.
Ken: Yuck, subtitles. I usually watch movies when I’m feeling too lazy to read.

Demon (The Orchard) -Comedy/Horror/Thriller
Rated R for language and some sexuality/nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Itay Tiran, Agnieszka Zulewska
Plot: A bridegroom is possessed by an unquiet spirit in the midst of his own wedding celebration, in this clever take on the Jewish legend of the dybbuk.
Running Time: 94 minutes

Ken: As if it didn’t look creepy enough, the movie’s director hung himself after he completed this film.
Chris: The trailer is sufficiently creepy but The Disappointments Room is all that plus Kate Benckinsale.  Sorry Demon…but you lose.
Jessica: Now this looks intriguing! If I had to choose between the Disappointments movie and this one, I’d hands down go with this one. Using an old world legend in a new world? I’m SOLD. Looks creepy and artsy and as if it’ll make you jump a bit.

Tickets Purchased: One for Demon (Ken), One for Other People (Jessica) and One for The Disappointments Room (Chris)

Molly Shannon cuts a PSA to remind people to use the bathroom before grabbing your theater seat so you don't miss her dramatic turn in Other People!
Molly Shannon cuts a PSA to remind people to use the bathroom before grabbing your theater seat so you don’t miss her dramatic turn in Other People!
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Trailer Snark (April 15th, 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: The Boss was in charge of last weekend’s box office taking in $23.4M in its debut.  Batman v Superman slipped to second place with an almost identical $23.4M.  It’s total domestic gross is at $296.6M.  Zootopia placed third with $14.3M and $296M overall.  Fourth place belonged to My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 ($6.4M/$46.7M) and Hardcore Henry debuted in fifth with $5M.  The rest of the top ten went as follows:  Miracles from Heaven ($4.8M/$55.8M), God’s Not Dead 2 ($4M/$13.8M), Allegiant ($3.6M/$61.8M), 10 Cloverfield Ln ($3M/$67.9M), and Eye in the Sky ($2.8M/$10.4M).  Taking a look at this week’s new releases we have another Disney film entry, a sequel to a successful comedy, and others….Let’s take a look.

The Jungle Book (Disney) – Family
Rated PG for some sequences of scary action and peril
Tag Line: The legend will never be the same.
Starring: Bill Murray, Ben Kinglsley, Idris Elba, Neel Sethi
Plot: The man-cub Mowgli flees the jungle after a threat from the tiger Shere Khan. Guided by Bagheera the panther and the bear Baloo, Mowgli embarks on a journey of self-discovery, though he also meets creatures who don’t have his best interests at heart.
Running Time: 105 minutes

Chris: I was pleasantly surprised by Maleficent and then disappointed in the live action Cinderella.  This one actually looks promising to me.
Jessica: Eh. I have never been big fan of this story but that being said, this looks interesting enough for me to want to watch at home.
Jim: Looks like a good, solid epic. Always thought the ’67 Disney flick was one of his best. I’m in!
Ken: My favorite Rudyard Kipling book turned animated Disney film makes the jump to live action movie and it looks epic. Wish they didn’t go so heavy on the celebrity voice actors.

Barbershop:  The Next Cut (Warner Bros) – Comedy
Rated PG-13 for sexual material and language
Tag Line:  Everybody’s back for a fresh cut.
Starring:  Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Regina Hall, Sean Patrick Thomas
Plot: As their surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, the crew at Calvin’s Barbershop come together to bring some much needed change to their neighborhood.
Running Time: 112 minutes

Ken: Not a big screener. Maybe not even a small screener.
Chris: I never saw the original.  Should I?  I don’t know…meh.
Jessica: Do not care.
Jim: Didn’t see the original, but this looks funny. Rental.

Criminal (Lionsgate) – Action/Crime/Drama
Rated R for strong violence and language throughout
Tag Line: The mission is in the memories.
Starring: Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds
Plot: In a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot, a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets, and skills are implanted into a death-row inmate in hopes the he will complete the operative’s mission.
Running Time: 113 minutes

Jim: Costner does play a good bad guy and Mr. Brooks was great. He’s due for a hit, looks like this deserves to be one.
Ken: All star cast, interesting premise and explosions all over the place. I’m in.
Chris: Costner plays a great bad guy.  Just go see Mr. Brooks for absolute proof.  This could be a diamond in the rough.
Jessica: I’m half and half on this one, I saw an extended trailer before BvS and the story sounded interesting Add to that Mr. Deadpool, Tommy Lee Jones and Gary freakin Oldman, on top of Kevin Costner and Wonder Woman and it does make me want to see it. I also agree Costner as a bad guy is fantastic to watch.

Green Room (Broad Green Pictures) – Crime/Horror/Thriller
Rated R for strong brutal graphic violence, gory images, language and some drug conten
Tag Line: Now. Whatever you saw or did. Is no longer my concern. But let’s be clear. It won’t end well.
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots
Plot: After witnessing a murder, a punk rock band is forced into a vicious fight for survival against a group of maniacal skinheads.
Running Time: 94 minutes

Chris: What a departure from type for Patrick Stewart!  Not going to get me to the theater though.
Jim: Ooohhh, scary Picard. Rental.
Ken: I might rent it to see Patrick Stewart playing the villain role, but otherwise totally uninterested.

Sing Street (The Weinstein Company) – Musical/Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including strong language and some bullying behavior, a suggestive image, drug material and teen smoking
Tag Line: Boy meets girl, girl unimpressed, boy starts band.
Starring: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Aiden Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy
Plot: A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band and moving to London.
Running Time: 106 minutes

Ken: Europeans showing us what a good High School Musical movie looks like.
Chris: This one looks amusing.  I’m in.  Gotta love the 80’s!
Jim: I liked Once and Begin Again, this looks cheerful and tuneful enough to make me want to see it.

Colonia (Screen Media Films) – Drama/History/Romance
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Emma Watson, Daniel Bruhl, Michael Nyqvist
Plot: A young woman’s desperate search for her abducted boyfriend that draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a sect nobody ever escaped from.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Jessica: I…I am honestly not even sure what i just watched, but it has Hermoine and I love Hermoine…
Ken: Apparently the leaders of this Christian cult were none too pleased about Hermoine transferring over from Hogwarts school of witchcraft.
Jim: nothing I haven’t seen before, but Hermione’s always worth watching.
Chris: Am I the only one that is not typecasting Emma Watson at Trailer Snark?  😉

Tickets Purchased:  Two for The Jungle Book (Ken and Jim), One for Sing Street (Chris), and Jessica stays at home reading her Stephen King book.

The original Jungle Book movie came out 74 years ago!
The original Jungle Book movie came out 74 years ago!