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Trailer Snark (May 20, 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: Disney continued its box office dominance by taking the top two slots.  Captain America: Civil War racked up another $72.5M for a total of $295.8M in overall domestic receipts.  Jungle Book was able to break $300M with its $17.7M weekend.  Clooney and Roberts’ Money Monster premiered in third place with $15M, while the Kevin Bacon horror, The Darkness, managed only $5.1M in its fourth place debut.  Mother’s Day finished out the top five ($3.2M/$28.7M).  The rest of the top ten were as follows:  Zootopia ($2.8M/$331.8M), Huntsman ($2.5M/$44.5M), Keanu ($1.9M/$18.6M), Barbershop ($1.6M/$51.3M), and The Boss ($1.1M/$61.1M).  Let’s take a look at this week’s new entries into our cineplexes.

Angry Birds (Sony) – Family
Rated PG for rude humor and action
Tag Line: Meet Bomb
Starring:  The voice talents of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Sean Penn, and more.
Plot: Find out why the birds are so angry. When an island populated by happy, flightless birds is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to three unlikely outcasts – Red, Chuck and Bomb – to figure out what the pigs are up to.
Running Time: 97 minutes

Ken: This movie should have been made years ago, if it should have been made at all.  
Chris: Not a chance.
Jessica: I don’t get it. I played the game, why is there a movie?
Jim: I’ve seen these trailers too many times, but I’ve never needed one to tell me I’m definitely not seeing this movie.

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (Universal) – Comedy
Rated R for crude sexual content including brief graphic nudity, language throughout, drug use and teen partying
Tag Line: New neighbors.
Starring: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron
Plot: After a sorority moves in next door, which is even more debaucherous than the fraternity before it, Mac and Kelly have to ask for help from their former enemy, Teddy.
Running Time: 92 minutes

Jim: The first was only mildly amusing, but…yeeeaaaaah, I think I’m still in for the second.
Ken: I couldn’t sit through the first one, not even going to attempt the sequel.
Chris: I actually thoroughly enjoyed the first.  Hope to laugh my way through a second installment.
Jessica: I love Seth Rogen to pieces but the first one bored me, I turned it off near the end I was so un-amused by it. I think it’s really only funny to folks who have to learn to be parents after being partygoers, etc. Not being a parent, this really just fell flat with me.

The Nice Guys (Warner Bros) – Action/Comedy/Crime
Rated R for violence, sexuality, nudity, language and brief drug use
Tag Line: Nice pair.
Starring: Russel Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice
Plot: A mismatched pair of private eyes investigate the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in 1970s Los Angeles.
Running Time: 116 minutes

Jessica: This movie looks great, I love Gosling and Crowe and this looks like a quirky little comedy that’s smart, but also totally ridiculous.
Jim: Looks like fun, reminds me of Shane Black’s other action comedy Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Love the ’70s-style graphics and voice-over.
Ken: Looks like a fun, buddy cop, action flick in the vein of Lethal Weapon.
Chris: Agree with the crew on this one.  Throwback buddy cop film with a bit of quirkiness thrown in.  Entertainment looks promising.
Weiner (Motto) – Documentary
Rated R for language and some sexual material
Tag Line: None
Starring: Huma Abedin
Plot: An examination of disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner’s mayoral campaign and the landscape of today’s political landscape.
Running Time: 96 minutes

Chris: The only good weiner is a grilled one….who wants some BBQ?
Jim: The current campaign has driven out of me any interest in seeing a documentary about one.
Ken: A hysterical look at how the weiner gets made.

Holy Hell (CNN Films) – Documentary
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Will Allen, Dimitrius Pulido
Plot: An inside look at a West Hollywood cult formed by a charismatic teacher in the 1980s that eventually imploded.
Running Time: 100 minutes

Ken: Hell no.
Chris: The Age of Aquarius gets a rebirth in the 80’s?  That dude is creepy looking.  Rental.
Jim: Looks interesting, possible rental.

Tickets Purchased:  Three for The Nice Guys (Ken, Jessica, and Jim) and One for Neighbors 2 (Chris)

The original nice guys....Alice Cooper and Dave Mustaine!
The original nice guys….Alice Cooper and Dave Mustaine!
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Trailer Snark (April 21st, 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: Jungle Book was the run-away winner this week taking in $103.5M in its debut.  Second place belonged to another new entry, Barbershop Next Cut with $20.2M in receipts.  The Boss dropped to third ($10.1M/$40.3M).  Meanwhile, Batman v. Superman winds down in fourth place ($9M/$311.3M).  Zootopia held fifth ($8.2M/$307.4M).  The rest of the top ten went as follows:  Criminal ($5.8M/NEW), My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 ($3.2M/$52M), Miracles from Heaven ($1.9M/$56.9M), Gods Not Dead 2 ($1.7M/$16.9M), and Eye in the Sky ($1.5M/$16.9M).  This week’s new releases are heavy on royalty…..let’s check them out.

The Huntman: Winter’s War (Universal) – Action/Adventure/Drama
Rated PG-13 for fantasy action violence and some sensuality
Tag Line: None
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron
Plot: As a war between rival queen sisters Ravenna and Freya escalates, Eric and fellow warrior Sara, members of the Huntsmen army raised to protect Freya, try to conceal their forbidden love as they combat Ravenna’s wicked intentions.
Running Time: 114 minutes

Ken: The visuals look snazzy and I’m all for returning fairy-tales to their dark origins. But a prequel to Snow White? Snow thanks.
Jessica: Eh. I liked the first one and am very happy that Stewart is not in here, but I’m on the fence. It looks gorgeous but the heavy effects tend to get boring if there isn’t a good story attached. Though Theron was the best part of the first one … Totally on the fence on this one.
Chris:  Does anyone else think Hemsworth would make a great Kristoff?  But I digress…..looks good and I am sure the wife would agree!

Elvis and Nixon (Bleecker Street Media) – Comedy/History
Rated R for some language
Tag Line: On December 21st, 1970, two of America’s greatest recording artists met for the first time.
Starring:  Michael Shannon, Kevin Spacey
Plot: The untold true story behind the meeting between the King of Rock ‘n Roll and President Nixon, resulting in this revealing, yet humorous moment immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives.
Running Time: 86 minutes

Chris:  I think this one might be good for a chuckle on a low key night at home.  By the way, I like Ken’s title recommendation below!
Ken: A better title would have been The President and The King. Looks interesting enough, but not enough for a trip to the theater.
Jessica: Oh this looks like a hoot. Great actors, a compelling story. Love it.

A Hologram for the King (Lionsgate) – Drama
Rated R for some sexuality/nudity, language and brief drug use
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Tom Hanks, Sarita Choudhary, Tom Skerritt
Plot: A failed American businessman looks to recoup his losses by traveling to Saudi Arabia and selling his idea to a wealthy monarch.
Running Time: 97 minutes

Jessica: I’m more intrigued after seeing this trailer, but this would be a home viewer, if at all.
Chris: I am having trouble caring at all about the story. 
Ken: It had me with the quirky Talking Heads opening but then lost me shortly after.

Tale of Tales (IFC Films) – Fantasy/Horror/Romance
Not rated
Tag Line:  A feast for the imagination.
Starring:  Salma Hayek, John C Reilly, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones
Plot: From the bitter quest of the Queen of Longtrellis, to two mysterious sisters who provoke the passion of a king, to the King of Highhills obsessed with a giant Flea, these tales are inspired by the fairytales by Giambattista Basile.
Running Time: 133 minutes

Ken: No idea what I watched, but the music was beautiful and the production design looks both gorgeous and terrifying. Rent it and hope for the best.
Jessica: I don’t … What the Heck? I don’t get it. I don’t know if i WANT to get it and then again, I kind of do. What the heck I say!
Chris:  I, for one, am happy to have not heard this fairy tale as a child.  But as an adult, I may be more willing to open this little Pandora Box.

Compadres (Pantelion Films) – Action/Comedy
Not Rated
Tag Line:  None
Starring: Omar Chaparro, Joey Morgan, Eric Roberts
Plot: As former cop Garza seeks revenge on Santos, the crime lord who framed him, he forms an unlikely team with a young hacker who successfully stole $10 million from Santos.
Running Time: 101 minutes

Chris:  Eric Roberts is the kiss of “B” movie death….pass.
Ken: Dios mio, no.
Jessica: No. No. A thousand times NO.

The Meddler (Sony Picture Classics) – Comedy/Drama
Rated PG-13 for brief drug content
Tag Line: None
Starring: Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons
Plot: An aging widow from New York City follows her daughter to Los Angeles in hopes of starting a new life after her husband passes away.
Running Time: 100 minutes

Jessica: Eh. Looks cute and that’s about it.
Chris: A movie for moms and daughters everywhere….in other words, pass.
Ken: This is my mother, no exaggeration. Looks charming enough for a stream.

Tickets Purchased: One for Elvis and Nixon (Jessica), One for The Huntsman: Winter’s War (Chris) and Ken “takes the black” to find out what happened to Jon Snow.

While we are at it Treasury Department....
While we are at it Treasury Department….