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Trailer Snark (November 3, 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, Eric from View from Above, Robert from Cards and Counters, Wayne from The Dope Sheet, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Thor: Ragnarok (Disney) – Action/Adventure/Comedy
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive material
Tag Line: No hammer? No problem.
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett
Plot: Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.
Running Time: 130 minutes

Chris: OK, let’s face it. The trailer is brilliant, and there ain’t no way another movie this week is overtaking my desire to purchase this particular ticket. Thor is the strongest there is…..maybe?
Rob: Hel yeah! See what I did there? Hulk like raging fire. Box office like Marvel flicks.
Jim: Looking forward to seeing this of course, but a bit of concern. What made the first Thor movie so entertaining to me was pitting fantasy against the realities of earth. To me, many of the best fantasy movies come from a place with this fantasy/reality confrontation. From what I can see in the trailer, it’s all taking place on another world with very little that’s earthbound. I’m just afraid that I’ll be watching such an overload of fantasy and spectacle that I’ll become bored and bitchy. We’ll see.

A Bad Mom’s Christmas (STX Entertainment) – Action/Adventure/Comedy
Rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, and some drug use
Tag Line: Merry is relative.
Starring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn
Plot: A Bad Moms Christmas follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas.
Running Time: 104 minutes

Jim: Thought the first was very funny. The “naughtiness” in the trailer seems predictable, but the premise and the actresses might make it a good rental.
Chris: Much like the malls, Hollywood wasted no time giving us our first Christmas film before the the body of Halloween went dead and cold. And I am just not feeling it.
Rob: This one will be popular with the ladies. But for most of us dudes, it’s a clear pass.

Last Flag Flying (Amazon Studios) – Comedy/Drama
Rated R for language throughout including some sexual references
Tag Line: Their last mission wasn’t on the battlefield.
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne
Plot: Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry “Doc” Shepherd re-unites with his old buddies, former Marines Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.
Running Time: 124 minutes

Rob: Looks like a solid story with talented actors, but not a big screen flick for this moviegoer. Will happily rent down the road.
Jim: Some talented actors in a Richard Linklater flick. He hasn’t made a bad movie yet that I’ve seen, but this trailer isn’t strong enough to pull me into a theater. Probably a worthwhile rental.
Chris: This one has me fully intrigued. Great cast, and a touching theme. If not for Thor, this would definitely pull me to the theaters.

Lady Bird (A24) – Comedy
Rated R for language, sexual content, brief graphic nudity and teen partying
Tag Line: Time to fly.
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Odeya Rush, Kathryn Newton
Plot: The adventures of a young woman living in Northern California for a year.
Running Time: 93 minutes

Chris: Not the target audience here, but the trailer seemed somewhat entertaining.
Rob: I originally read this as Larry Bird and was repulsed at the thought of watching the trailer. I was pleasantly surprised to see a quirky coming of age flick. Looks pretty good.

LBJ (Electric Entertainment) – Biography/Drama
Rated R for language
Tag Line: None
Starring Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Plot: The story of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson from his young days in West Texas to the White House.
Running Time: 98 minutes

Jim: Some hokey makeup on Harrelson, but he’s always worth seeing. A great subject directed by the solid Rob Reiner. I’m in.
Chris: Curious to see how Hollywood treats this one, but not curious enough to watch it in the theaters.
Rob: A compelling look at a far better President than we have seen in some time. Harrelson looks to deliver an accomplished performance. Definite rental for me, but not a big screen flick.

My Friend Dahmer (FilmRise) – Biography/Drama/Horror
R for disturbing images, language, teen drug use, drinking and sexual content, and for brief nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Ross Lynch, Alex Wolff, Anne Heche
Plot: Before Jeffrey Dahmer became a notorious serial killer, he was a shy, alcoholic teen who never quite fit in. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Derf Backderf, this is the true, haunting story of Jeffrey Dahmer in high school.
Running Time: 107 minutes

Rob: A terrifying exploration of the mind of a killer. Perhaps we all should watch, to better understand the depths of mental illness and the small actions in our lives and the negative impact they can have on those who are struggling with mental illness. Lynch appears to deliver a haunting performance from the look of things.
Jim: The squeaky-clean Ross Lynch from the Disney Channel as Jeffrey Dahmer??!! You bet I’m seeing this.
Chris: That trailer just spooked me out big time. Probably more frightening than anything Hollywood put out in the run-up to Halloween. I am definitely going to be giving this one a chance.

The Light of the Moon (Imagination Worldwide) – Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Stephanie Beatriz, Michael Stahl-David
Plot: After her world is irrevocably changed, a successful New York City architect struggles to regain intimacy and control in her life.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Chris: Zero interest in this one as the subject matter is too unnerving.
Rob: A harrowing look at the impact of rape. Not my idea of entertainment, but something that some in the world clearly needs to learn more about.
Jim: Not exactly a fun time at the movies, but the trailer was certainly effective, with a touching final scene.

Tickets Purchased:  Three for Thor: Ragnarok

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Trailer Snark (September 22, 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, Eric from View from Above, Robert from Cards and Counters, Wayne from The Dope Sheet, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (20th Century Fox) – Action/Adventure/Comedy
Rated R for sequences of strong violence, drug content, language throughout and some sexual material
Tag Line: Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.
Starring: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore
Plot: When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman’s journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy.
Running Time: 141 minutes

Rob F: I pledge my spear and sword to Prince Oberyn of House Martell. Pedro Pascal is a phenomenal actor and he isn’t even listed in the credits. Halle Berry isn’t half-bad either. Overall, this looks like an action-packed, fun romp through “The Secret Service” comic world created by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. Sign me up.
Wayne: Action packed with a killer cast. I hope this one lives up to the hype. The first one was surprisingly good and has set the bar high for the sequel. I’m buying this.
Chris: The very first time I read Mark Millar’s The Secret Service #1, I knew this Kingsman property was something special. The first movie only solidified that position. We may not get Samual L Jackson’s villainous lisp, but you know what we get is going to be good.
Jim: First one was a decent actioner, this one looks to be more of the same—rental. In the barrage of images laboring to get my attention, the coolest was of Colin Firth firing from his umbrella. 

The Lego Ninjago Movie (Warner Bros) – Animation/Action/Adventure
Rated PG for some mild action and rude humor
Tag Line: Find your inner piece.
Starring: Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Fred Armisen, Michael Pena
Plot: Six young ninjas Lloyd, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Nya are tasked with defending their island home, called Ninjago. By night, they’re gifted warriors, using their skills and awesome fleet of vehicles to fight villains and monsters. By day, they’re ordinary teens struggling against their greatest enemy: high school.
Running Time: 101 minutes

Jim: More high octane humor from the Lego people, quips and gags whipping by faster than the human brain can process them. Rental.
Rob F: My six year old would never forgive me if I didn’t bring her to see this one. She’s been talking about it for months and is a huge fan of the toys and the seven seasons of the show. What’s not to love? Legos plus ninjas plus time with my youngest. Hard to beat that! It’s spinjitsu time!
Wayne: Who doesn’t like Lego’s? I don’t think this will be as successful as Lego Batman, but kids love this stuff and it has spilled over to adults with the Lego Movie. Ya, I’ll check it out. I’m buying this.
Chris: I previously doubted the Lego Batman movie based on the trailer, and was proven wrong. I am not going to doubt the creators again, but it won’t be on the big screen for me.

Battle of the Sexes (Fox Searchlight) – Biography/Comedy/Sports
Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and partial nudity
Tag Line: He made a bet.  She made history.
Starring: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough
Plot: The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.
Running Time: 121 minutes

Chris: It’s 40 Year Old Wash-up vs. Billy Jean Tennis Queen. Yeah, I am interested, but again it won’t be in the cineplex.
Jim: Now we’re cookin.’ Two great actors in a story worth constructing a movie around.
Rob F: Emma Stone vs. Steve Carell; Billy Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs. Based on the true story of a fabled tennis match that took place in 1973 at the Houston Astrodome. It may still be the most viewed tennis match in history. The build up was intense and showcased emerging feminism and of course it’s counterpart. “I’m gonna put the show back in chauvinism.” ~Bobby Riggs. Looks entertaining, and would definitely watch at home, but not a big screen take for this moviegoer.
Wayne: I’m old enough to remember seeing this on Wide World of Sports. I’m not certain this movie will be overly successful, but the cast alone has me sold and I’m interested in the story of how this came together. I’m buying this.

Friend Request (Entertainment Studios) – Horror/Thriller
Rated R for horror violence, disturbing images, and language
Tag Line: Evil is trending.
Starring: Alycia Debnam-Carey, William Mosely
Plot: A popular college student graciously accepts a social outcast’s online friend request, but soon finds herself fighting a demonic presence that wants to make her lonely by killing her closest friends.
Running Time: 92 minutes

Wayne: (yawn) Ya, not buying this. Moving on.
Chris: This is my genre, but this looks woefully bad. Deleting this Friend Request.
Jim: Laughable, but fascinating. It’s schlock, but might be worth looking at for the cheese factor alone.
Rob F: Paranormal unfriend request on Facebook. Meh. Not my genre.

Victoria & Abdul (Focus Features) – Biography/Drama/History
Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and language
Tag Line: History’s most unlikely friendship.
Starring: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal
Plot: Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.
Running Time: 112 minutes

Rob F: Judi Dench as Queen of England and Empress of India. Based on a true and what looks to be interesting story about an unlikely friendship and the evolving human condition. Not a big screen flick, but I’d enjoy it.
Wayne: This looks like a charming story, but not enough to pull me into a theater. I will check it out when it comes to Netflix. Going to sell this.
Chris: Long Live the Queen! Judi Dench is a fantastic actress, and this one could be one of those understated gems, humanizing the British royalty. But didn’t we just see virtually the same film just a few weeks back (The Viceroy’s something or other), except that one was in India.
Jim: And one for the Mahstahpiece Theatuh crowd—Dame Judi’s always worth watching, looks worthwhile.

Stronger (Lionsgate) – Biography/Drama
Rated R for language throughout, some graphic injury images, and brief sexuality/nudity
Tag Line: Strength defines us.
Starring: Jake Gylenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson
Plot: Stronger is the inspiring real life story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become a symbol of hope following the infamous 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
Running Time: 116 minutes

Jim: Yeah, I tried to fight it, but it got me. I felt the lump forming in my throat about 15 seconds in.
Rob F: I can’t. I just can’t watch this. It’s too soon. When I do watch it, you can bet it will be in the privacy of my own home. #BostonStrong #FTerrorism
Wayne: This movie is primed to pull at your heart strings. I’m going to sell this though. The struggle is real for this person, but I’m just not compelled to see it in the theater.
Chris: My heart was just ripped from my chest with that trailer. Yeah, I am in.

Woodshock (A24) – Drama/Thriller
Rated R for drug use, language and a scene of violence
Tag Line: None
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Joe Cole
Plot: A woman falls deeper into paranoia after taking a deadly drug.
Running Time: 100 minutes

Chris: I love Kirsten Dunst, but this movie looks a bit too psychedelic for my taste. Cheech & Chong meets Cabin Fever weird.
Jim: Huh?
Rob F: Pass. Not even really sure what was happening in that trailer, but I think that was their goal.
Wayne: After seeing Mother!, I’m gun shy about going into a movie that I’m not certain what I’m going to get. This looks strange and familiar and I’m not willing to put my money on the line that I’m going to get a story worth seeing. I’m selling this.

Tickets Purchased: Two for Kingsman (Wayne and Chris), One for Ninjago (Rob), and One for Battle of the Sexes (Jim)

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Trailer Snark (June 30, 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, Eric from View from Above, Robert from Cards and Counters, Rob from Spector for Hire, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Despicable Me 3 (Universal) –  Family/Animation
Rated PG for action and rude humor
Tag Line: Hard time ahead.
Starring: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig
Plot: Gru meets his long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Chris: “You’re despicable”….yes, that was animated entertainment.  If you don’t know the reference, you are too young.
Jim: These movies are hilarious and great for families to watch. Seeing it today. Gotta love the minions.

The House (Warner Bros) – Comedy
Rated R for language throughout, sexual references, drug use, some violence and brief nudity.
Tag Line: If you can’t beat the house, be… The House.
Starring: Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler
Plot: A dad convinces his friends to start an illegal casino in his basement after he and his wife spend their daughter’s college fund.
Running Time: 88 minutes

Jim: A great cast and premise—-this week is looking good.
Chris: Amusing concept.  Will Ferrell movies tend to be pretty good, so I am intrigued.  How far would you go to send your kid to college?  Definitely not this far.

Baby Driver (TriStar Pictures) – Action
Rated R for Violence, Language, and Adult Situations.
Tag Line: All you need is one killer track.
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Jamie Fox, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey
Plot: After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.
Running Time: 113 minutes

Chris: Hey, Frank Castle sighting!  Other than that, I am not too interested in this one.  It will probably be worth a rainy night rental.
Jim: Good trailer #3. Over the top, mind-numbing action—it must be summertime. And with Edgar Wright, director of Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World “at the wheel.”

You can read our very own Dope Sheet Review of Baby Driver here!

The Little Hours (Gunpowder & Sky) – Comedy/Romance
Rated R for graphic nudity, sexual content and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie, Dave Franco, John C. Reilly
Plot: A young servant fleeing from his master takes refuge at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns in the Middle Ages. Introduced as a deaf blind man, he must fight to hold his cover as the nuns try to resist temptation.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Jim: What the…? Sheesh. I love Aubrey Plaza.
Chris: I almost feel ashamed to say it, but Aubrey Plaza may have found the perfect role.  Looks funny as all heck.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for The Little Hours (Jim and Chris) and One for Despicable Me (Jim)

Aubrey Plaza Goes All Out Nun Ratchet in "The Little Hours"
Aubrey Plaza Goes All Out Nun Ratchet in “The Little Hours”