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)