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Trailer Snark (March 17, 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!

Beauty and the Beast (Disney) – Family/Fantasy/Musical
Rated PG for some action violence, peril and frightening images
Tag Line:  Experience the tale as old as time.
Starring:  Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans
Plot: An adaptation of the Disney fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.
Running Time: 129 minutes

Chris: I have been impressed with Disney’s live action presentations of their classic animated works.  And from the looks of things, I won’t be changing my opinion any time soon.
Jessica: I’d rather watch the cartoon. I’ve read many versions of the story and I do really adore it, but this does nothing for me for some reason, which is surprising because I love musicals and Hermoine!

T2 Trainspotting (Sony) – Drama
Rated R for drug use, language throughout, strong sexual content, graphic nudity and some violence
Tag Line: Face your past.  Choose your future.
Starring: Ewan MacGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner
Plot: After 20 years abroad, Mark Renton returns to Scotland and reunites with his old friends Sick Boy, Spud, and Begbie.
Running Time: 117 minutes

Jessica: I saw the original and remember liking it years ago, I’d have to rewatch it before I see this one, which looks like a good time to me. I can give or take Danny Boyles movies, but I remember enjoying the original film and you can really never go wrong with Ewan!
Chris: I was not a fan of the original, though I know it holds cult status among certain circles.  My appreciation for Ewan MacGregor’s talents came later than some.  Not my fix.

Song to Song (Broad Green Pictures) – Drama/Musical/Romance
Rated R for some sexuality, nudity, drug use and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara
Plot: Two intersecting love triangles. Obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, Texas.
Running Time: 129 minutes

Chris: What is with Ryan Gosling and musicals?  Love that Dion tune!  The trailer, not so much.
Jessica: Eh, looks like typical Ryan Gosling fair, entertaining but not theater worthy.

The Belko Experiment (High Top Releasing) – Horror/Thriller/Action
Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, language including sexual references, and some drug use
Tag Line: Office Space Meets Battle Royale
Starring: John Gallagher Jr, Tony Goldwyn
Plot: In a twisted social experiment, 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company’s intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed.
Running Time: 88 minutes
Jessica: OH MY GOD does this look amazing. Office workers trying to kill each other? Michael Rooker! John C McGinley! Tony Goldwyn! I AM IN.
Chris: My wife will wonder who she married when I take her to the movies, buy her a ticket for Beauty and the Beast and some popcorn, and tell her I will meet her in the lobby after the showing for this movie. 😉

Tickets Purchased:  Two for The Belko Experiment

Yeah, it's kind of like that.
Yeah, it’s kind of like that.

 

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Trailer Snark (December 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!

La La Land (Lionsgate) – Drama/Musical
Rated PG-13 for some language
Tag Line: Here’s to the fools who dream.
Starring:  Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling
Plot: A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.
Running Time: 128 minutes

Jessica: I don’t really know what I just watched, but it looks fun and unique. Plus I really like Stone and Gosling so I’m into this.
Chris: I typically do not dig on musicals, but this one grabbed me right from the start and the advance buzz on this movie has been electrifying.

Office Christmas Party (Paramount) – Comedy
Rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, drug use and graphic nudity
Tag Line: Party like your job depends on it.
Starring: Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, Jennifer Aniston, T.J. Miller
Plot: When his uptight CEO sister threatens to shut down his branch, the branch manager throws an epic Christmas party in order to land a big client and save the day, but the party gets way out of hand…
Running Time: 105 minutes

Chris:  I am attending my wife’s company Christmas party this evening.  Maybe I should catch an afternoon showing for some inspiration? 
Jessica: Oh so stupid and silly, I’d watch this at home for sure.

Miss Sloane (EurpaCorp USA) – Drama/Thriller
Rated R for language and some sexuality
Tag Line: Make sure you surprise them.
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong
Plot: In the world of political power-brokers, Sloane takes on the most powerful opponent of her career and will do whatever is required to win.
Running Time: 132 minutes

Jessica: Looks really interesting to me, plus I also enjoy Chasten. She’s always solid.
Chris: I like Chastain, but this trailer really didn’t do it for me.  Perhaps I will catch it on the small screen.

Befikre (Yash Raj Films) – Comedy/Crime/Romance
Not Rated
Tag Line:  Those who dare to love.
Starring: Vaani Kapoor, Ranveer Singh
Plot: Set in Paris, Befikre is a free spirited, contemporary love story of Dharam and Shyra, who find love in an impulsive, engaging series of experiences. Doused in the spirit of Paris, it celebrates love- sensual, carefree and focused on living life to the fullest.
Running Time: 132 minutes

Chris: Well, that was a lively trailer.  Points for that.  Almost felt like a big music video.
Jessica: No idea what I just watched but man it looks like fun!

Tickets Purchased:  Two for Office Christmas Party!

The Christmas Party was crazy this year, yo!
The Christmas Party was crazy this year, yo!
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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!