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Trailer Snark (January 13, 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!

Monster Trucks (Paramount) – Action/Adventure
Rated PG for action, peril, brief scary images, and some rude humor
Tag Line:  On January 13, meet Creach
Starring: Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Rob Lowe, Danny Glover
Plot: Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.
Running Time: 104 minutes

Jim: How cookie-cutter can you get?
Jessica: Looks dumb. That’s all I have to say about that.
Chris:  This could be Rob Lowe’s newest commercial….”I’m bad career decisions Rob Lowe”.

The Bye Bye Man (STX Entertainment) – Horror
Rated PG-13 for terror, horror violence, bloody images, sexual content, thematic elements, partial nudity, some language and teen drinking
Tag Line: Don’t think it. Don’t say it.
Starring: Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Carrie-Ann Moss
Plot: Three friends stumble upon the horrific origins of the Bye Bye Man, a mysterious figure they discover is the root cause of the evil behind man’s most unspeakable acts.
Running Time: 96 minutes

Chris: Destined for Netflix streaming, like most paint by numbers horrors.
Jim: Don’t think it, Don’t say it, Don’t see it.
Jessica: I HATE the name of the “creature” and also, this has been done to death. Maybe this is going to be good, but honestly I got a bit bored by the trailer and I really like Carrie Ann Moss. It’s a pass for me.

Live By Night (Warner Bros) – Crime/Drama
Rated R for strong violence, language throughout, and some sexuality/nudity
Tag Line: The American Dream has a price.
Starring: Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleason
Plot: A story set in the Prohibition Era and centered around a group of individuals and their dealings in the world of organized crime.
Running Time:  128 minutes

Jessica: I do really enjoy Affleck and this looks really good. I’d check this out.
Chris: That’s how you cut a trailer, folks!  Makes me want to go read some Dennis Lehane.
Jim: An absorbing Dennis Lehane book, so I’m looking forward to seeing this.

Sleepless (Open Road Films) – Action/Thriller
Rated R for strong violence and language throughout
Tag Line: Don’t judge a cop by his cover.
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monoghan, Gabrielle Union
Plot: A cop with a connection to the criminal underworld scours a nightclub in search of his kidnapped son.
Running Time: 95 minutes

Chris:  Corrupt cops, kidnappings, guns, and car chases.  You might call it one of the most tried and true recipes in the Hollywood cookbook.  But I am in the mood for finer dining this week.
Jim: yet another by-the numbers cop action snoozefest.

The Comedian (Sony Picture Classics) – Comedy
Rated R for crude sexual references and language throughout
Tag Line: Nobody’s a bargain.
Starring: Robert DeNiro, Leslie Mann, Billy Crystal, Danny Devito
Plot: A look at the life of an aging insult comic.
Running Time: 119 minutes

Jessica: The cast is AMAZING and it looks excellent acted, directed and all that. I think this may be my pick of the week.
Jim: A great cast, this looks like one of the best DeNiros in a while, some good, solid entertainment.
Chris:  It’s been a while since I have enjoyed any movie DeNiro has been in.  This could be a reversal of that recent trend.

The Book of Love (Electric Entertainment) – Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic content, language and drug material
Tag Line: How far would you go for a lost love?
Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Maise Williams, Jessica Biel
Plot: Henry is an introverted architect. After the death of his wife in a car accident, he sets out to help Millie, a homeless teen, to build a raft to sail across the Atlantic.
Running Time: 106 minutes

Chris:  One of those movies that pulls at your heart-strings and hopefully leaves you inspired.  Won’t be going to the theater for this one, but it is on my future watch list.
Jessica: This looks heart wrenching, even though, like Bye Bye it’s been done before, I do enjoy Sudekis and Arya is a solid actress. Might check it out at home.
Jim: See my comments in the first two reviews.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for The Comedian (Jim and Jessica) and One for Live By Night (Chris)

Haven't enjoyed a DeNiro film since this gem...could be times are changing?
Haven’t enjoyed a DeNiro film since this gem…could be times are changing?

 

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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 (December 25, 2015 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:  Who would’ve thunk it (sic)?  Our prediction of Star Wars owning the box office came true.  Pats on the back all around for our deft forecasting and dark horse pick!  LOL.  OK, now we can get serious.  The Force Awakens shattered records far and wide with $238M.  Incredible.  Hard to believe that there were still enough other movie-goers left to give any biz to the other films that had the misfortune of competing, but there were.  Two other films debuted in the top five this week including Alvin and the Chipmunks at number two ($14.4M) and Sisters at number three ($13.4M). Not much else to note about the rest of the list, so lets move on to this week’s Christmas releases!

The Hateful Eight (Weinstein Company) – Drama/Thriller
Rated R for strong bloody violence, a scene of violent sexual content, language and some graphic nudity
Tag Line:  No one comes up here without a good damn reason.
Starring:  Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Plot: In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception. Will they survive?
Running Time:  168 minutes

Chris:  Kurt Russell is the man.  ‘Nuff said.
Jessica: I am A HUGE QT fan so I am there. I. Am. There.

Joy (Fox 2000) – Comedy/Drama
Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro, Bradley Cooper
Plot: Joy is the story of a family across four generations and the woman who rises to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty.
Running Time:  124 minutes

Jessica: Eh. I like the people in it but the story does nothing for me.
Chris: Yawn……next!

Point Break (Warner Bros) – Action/Crime
Rated PG-13 for violence, thematic material involving perilous activity, some sexuality, language and drug material
Tag Line: No rules.  No limits.
Starring: Edgar Ramirez, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer
Plot: A young FBI agent infiltrates an extraordinary team of extreme sports athletes he suspects of masterminding a string of unprecedented, sophisticated corporate heists. “Point Break” is inspired by the classic 1991 hit.
Running Time: 113 minutes
Chris: No Dead Presidents?  No spendo cashola!
Jessica: I found the original boring and this looks even more boring (if that’s possible). I think I fell asleep in despair watching this trailer. All set.

Daddy’s Home (Paramount) – Comedy
PG-13 for language and suggestive material
Tag Line: Family is worth fighting for.Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, Thomas Hayden Church
Plot: A mild-mannered radio executive strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids.
Running Time: 96 minutes

Jessica: Eh. It had it’s funny moments but not one I’d rush to see.
Chris: OK, I laughed most the way through this one.  Just might have to check this one out.

Concussion (Columbia) – Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic material including some disturbing images, and language
Tag Line: Even legends need a hero.
Starring: Will Smith, Alec Baldwin
Plot:  In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play.
Running Time: 123 minutes

Chris: Will Smith plays world reknowned pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, and comes across pretty convincing.
Jessica: This, this looks FANTASTIC. Will Smith looks dynamic and convincing and it’s a compelling story about fighting for what you believe. I’d see this in the theater but Hateful Eight comes first for me.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for The Hateful Eight…another unanimous, even if under-represented, decision!

Not everyone approves of this year's Christmas Carolers.
Not everyone approves of this year’s Christmas Carolers.