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Trailer Snark (March 18, 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:  Zootopia makes it two weeks in a row in the top slot, fending off a challenge from 10 Cloverfield Lane and others with ease.  The animated Disney hit took in another $50M to bring its total to $142.6M.  The aforementioned Cloverfield sequel managed a $25.2M opening in second.  Deadpool held fast in third with another $10.8M to add to its $328M total and just ahead of fourth place London Has Fallen ($10.6M/$38.8M).  Whiskey Tango Foxtrot rounded out the top five ($4.6M/$14.5M).  Three other debuts occupied the sixth through eighth, but failing to make much of an impact as follows:  The Perfect Match ($4.1M), The Young Messiah ($3.4M), and The Brothers Grimsby ($3.1M).  Gods of Egypt placed ninth ($2.5M/$27.3M) and Risen in tenth ($2.2M/$32.3M).  And now lets look at this week’s new releases.

Allegiant Pt 1 (Lionsgate) – Action/Drama
Rated PG-13 for intense violence and action, thematic elements, and some partial nudity
Tag Line: What makes us different ties us together.
Starring:  Shailene Woodley, Naomi Watts, Jeff Daniels, Theo James
Plot: After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, Tris must escape with Four beyond the wall that encircles Chicago to finally discover the shocking truth of what lies behind it.
Running Time: 121 minutes

Chris: Sadly, I will probably see this one in theaters due to a teen kid, but it won’t be by choice.
Jessica: Never made it through the 1st one, couldn’t possibly care less about this one.
Jim: Or The Slumber Games Part 12. The first one didn’t impress me.  I’m beginning to get tired of CGI stunts with mere mortals doing things that their bodies couldn’t possibly do in real life. No thanks.
Rob: Pass.  On the series.

Miracles from Heaven (TriStar) – Drama
Rated PG for thematic material, including accident and medical images
Tag Line: How do you explain the impossible?
Starring: Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers, Queen Latifah
Plot: A young girl suffering from a rare digestive disorder finds herself miraculously cured after surviving a terrible accident.
Running Time: 109 minutes

Rob: Pass.  On the “miracle”.
Chris: Another emotional roller coaster type true story.  Bad things happening to kids is always tough to watch on screen, but at least this one shows a victory in the end.
Jessica: This one did nothing for me, a typical story about kids getting hurt and a “miracle”, not really something that makes me run to the theater.
Jim: Life is scary enough without having to sit through sick kid movies, even if there’s a happy ending. Pass.

Midnight Special (Warner Bros) – Adventure/Drama/Sci-Fi
Rated PG-13 for some violence and action
Tag Line: He’s not like us.
Starring: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver
Plot: A father and son go on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers.
Running Time: 111 minutes

Jim: Interesting-looking rental.
Rob: This looks like a possible rental down the road, but not big screen caliber for me.
Chris: OK, I just had to watch that trailer twice.  I don’t know what is going on, but I want to find out!
Jessica: Oh yes! Great actors, looks like an interesting story. If this is done right it could be really good.

The Bronze (Sony Picture Classics) – Comedy
Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language throughout and some drug use
Tag Line:  There’s no place like third.
Starring: Melissa Rauch, Gary Cole, Sebastian Stan
Plot: A foul-mouthed former gymnastics bronze medalist must fight for her local celebrity status when a new young athlete’s star rises in town.
Running Time: 108 minutes

Jessica: Well, huh, this looks either really funny or really bad, not quite sure which it is yet.
Jim: This looks funny, although there’s the possibility that it could wear pretty thin after about 20 minutes.
Rob: Pass.  Wow, rough week.
Chris: Melissa Rauch steps out of Big Bang Theory for a different kind of laugh.  The trailer didn’t exactly have me in stitches, but I’ll check it out on Netflix down the road.

The Program (Entertainment One) – Bio/Drama/Sports
Rated R for language
Tag Line: Winning was in his blood.
Starring: Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd
Plot: An Irish sports journalist becomes convinced that Lance Armstrong’s performances during the Tour de France victories are fueled by banned substances. With this conviction, he starts hunting for evidence that will expose Armstrong.
Running Time: 103 minutes

Chris: Like so many others, I was crushed to find out that Lance Armstrong doped his way to legend.  Ben Foster seems perfectly cast here.  I am in.
Jessica: I LOVE Ben Foster (310 To Yuma, brilliance) but i really have no interest in Lance Armstrong’s story. Possibly at-home viewer for me.
Jim: I know that Lance has his followers, but I’m not interested, despite the great cast. OK, so kill me, I’m more interested in an embittered gymnast!
Rob: I’d rent this down the road, but again another film that really doesn’t need a theatrical release.

Krisha (A24) – Comedy/Drama
Rated R for language, substance abuse and some sexual content
Tag Line: None
Starring: Krisha Fairchild, Olivia Grace Applegate
Plot: Krisha returns for Thanksgiving dinner after ten years away from her family, but past demons threaten to ruin the festivities.
Running Time: 83 minutes

Rob: Zero interest.  Pass.
Chris:  I was a bit disturbed by the trailer on some level.  Family dysfunction is on full display here.
Jessica: Meh. Seen movies like this many times before, it might be good but I might just not care enough to watch it. We get enough dysfunction in reality.
Jim: Predictable-looking dysfunctional family saga.

Tickets Purchased:  One for Midnight Special (Chris) and One for The Bronze (Jim).  Rob and Jessica at home watching the new season of Daredevil.

Word is Thirst, or was it Third is Worst?
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Fresh Popped Corn: June 2014 Movie Trailers

Once per month, we will be taking a look at movies released for the upcoming month, and telling our readers where we would be spending our movie dollars each week, based on the look of the trailers.  Links to the chosen trailers will be provided so you can see just what we are so excited about.  Movie release dates are subject to change.

 

June 6th

Tom Cruise looks to reverse his declining ticket sale trends with another sci fi action flick called The Edge of Tomorrow, also starring Emily Blunt.  Looks like a cross between Halo and Ground Hog Day to us, and a good friend of Great Stories who had the privilege of seeing it at a special showing said it was a great flick.  The Fault in Our Stars has Shailene Woodley and Angel Elgort as cancer survivors who strike up an unlikely and challenging romance after meeting in a support group.  The Moment stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Martin Henderson star in a psychological thriller or a photographer who becomes convinced she is guilty of the murder or her lover.  Jenny Slate is a stand-up comedian who goes through personal crisis (no, not losing the person who writes all her funny lines) in the movie Obvious Child.  In The Sacrament, the menace of a Jonestown-like cult is brought to life as a documentary team goes in search of one of the team’s family members.  Supermensch is an expose on legendary Hollywood manager Shep Gordon who has made stars in many musicians and actors.  Mike Myers directs and shows his search for happiness amidst a sea of celebrity.  And finally, Trust Me boasts Agent Coulson, er Clark Gregg, as a Hollywood agent struggling to make a name for himself and may have found his ticket with the next big thing.  The movie co-stars Amanda Peet and Sam Rockwell.  Our pick for the first week is with the horror thriller, The Sacrament.  Check out the trailer below.

 

June 13th

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum have the comedy sequel 22 Jump Street headlining the second week of June.  A bit “meh” if you ask us since the first was not all that entertaining.  Come on Hollywood…stop remaking or rehashing old properties and give us more original material!  How to Train Your Dragon 2 will drive the kiddies and their parents to the theaters with the voice talents of Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, and Jonah Hill (that’s right….two films in one weekend for him!).  Ivory Tower is a documentary on the astronomical rise in the cost of education and mounting student loan debts.  Hellion stars Aaron Paul as a single dad whose family is spinning out of control.  I Am I is a drama finding a woman who attempts to re-connect with her ailing father, only to have him believe that she is his departed wife.  Lullaby stars Amy Adams and Garett Hedlund in a film about an estranged son who comes back to the family after his long-dying father decides to take himself off of life support…..OK, can we get off the downer already?  It’s summer for crying eye!  The Rover is a post-apocalyptic revenge flick starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattison.  And finally, Laurence Fishburn stars in a sci-fi thriller, The Signal,  about two MIT hackers who cross paths with a rival and uncover a sinister plot in the middle of the New Mexican desert.  OK, we are seriously at a loss this week folks.  If you have a kid, grab him/her and go see a nice family film even though we admit to not having seen the first movie.  BAD GREAT STORIES BLOGGERS ….BAD!  Guess we will be renting that one from Netflix before the 13th!

 

June 20th

Back on track this week with the release of the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons biopic, Jersey Boys (also a pretty popular broadway musical) with Clint Eastwood at the helm.  Think Like A Man Too has Kevin Hart drumming up laughs again with a pretty solid supporting cast as he and his cohorts hit Vegas to party it up and exchange nuptials.  In Third Person, Liam Neeson takes a break from kicking some butt to work through some psychological baggage as a writer who leaves his wife and re-connects with a lover in Paris while two other separate yet inter-connected plot lines weave themselves through (Crash-style).  James Franco, Mila Kunis, Maria Bello, Olivia Wilde, and Adrian Brody all star alongside in this drama.  A light week for sure, but we are looking forward to taking a trip back in time to see the rise of a pop sensation……take a look at the Jersey Boys trailer!

 

June 26th

We finish out the month of June strong with another huge blockbuster, as only Michael Bay can provide, in Transformers:  Age of Extinction.  This time, Shia LaBeouf gets traded for Mark Wahlberg, and the results look to be promising.  We say this after having absolutely despised part two of this series, but we’ll let bygones be bygones after part three put the Transformers series back in good standing.  Snowpiercer has Chris Evans fighting for his right of survival in a brave new world…..on a train housing the survivors of an ice age brought on by natural disaster flavor of the decade Global Warming.  It is based on a French graphic novel, which is something we always support…..yes, so many good stories to be had in the world of comics.  Keep ’em coming!  And nothing else to report for the last week of June, as these two potential blockbusters will be battling for supremacy.  And for this reason, we will give you both trailers and let you decide which is the best movie to see before we set foot over the mid-year point of 2014!