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: Was there any doubt? Hunger Games destroyed the box office this past weekend with $101M in Katniss currency. The newest James Bond film settled for a very distant second with an addition of $14.6M to it’s overall domestic $153.7M total. The Peanuts Movie came in third with $12.8M and is poised to break the $100M mark this week. Our next highest debut was the Seth Rogen comedy The Night Before with $10.1M. Secret in Their Eyes debuted in fifth with $6.6M. The rest of the top ten was as follows: Love the Coopers ($3.9M/$14.5M), The Martian ($3.7M/$213M), Spotlight ($3.6M/$5.8M), The 33 ($2.2M/$9.9M), and Bridge of Spies ($1.9M/$65.1M). Who are this week’s Thanksgiving contenders?
Cue the music……
Creed (MGM) – Drama/Sports
Rated PG-13 for violence, language and some sensuality
Tag Line: Your legacy is more than a name.
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone
Plot: The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.
Running Time: 133 minutes
The Good Dinosaur (Disney/Pixar) – Family
Rated PG for peril, action and thematic elements
Tag Line: Little arms. Big attitude.
Starring: Jeffrey Wright, Anna Paquin, Sam Elliot, and more.
Plot: An epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.
Running Time: 100 minutes
Victor Frankenstein (20th Century Fox) – Drama/Horror/Sci-Fi
Rated PG-13 for macabre images, violence and a sequence of destruction
Tag Line: Discover the origin of the monster and his creation.
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, James McEvoy
Plot: Told from Igor’s perspective, we see the troubled young assistant’s dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man – and the legend – we know today.
Running Time: 109 minutes
The Danish Girl (Focus Features) – Bio/Drama
Rated R for some sexuality and full nudity
Tag Line: Have the courage to love.
Starring: Eddie Redmayne. Alicia Vikander
Plot: The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.
Running Time: 120 minutes
Janis: Little Girl Blue (FilmRise) – Bio/Documentary/Music
Tag Line: None
Starring: Janis Joplin
Plot: Musician Cat Power narrates this documentary on Janis Joplin’s evolution into a star from letters that Joplin wrote over the years to her friends, family, and collaborators.
Running Time: 103 minutes
Rob: Janis Joplin is, of course, a rock and roll legend. I don’t know very much about her, so this could be an interesting view. But this broken record will once more say this isn’t big screen material.
Jessica: I am a HUGE Joplin fan and this looks interesting. A home viewer though, not theater.
Ken: A lot of world changing events came out of this era, including the greatest outpouring of musical creativity heard in the last two hundred years. If there was a book written about the 60’s, Janis would be its cover-girl.
Jim: What a voice. Led a short but interesting life. Definitely worth a rental.
Chris: Documentary on one of the biggest ground-breakers in rock history. Not theater viewing for me, but worth a look down the line.
Tickets Purchased: Three for Creed (Jessica, Ken, and Chris) and two for The Good Dinosaur (Rob and Jim)