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Trailer Snark (June 9, 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!

The Mummy (Universal) – Adventure/Action/Fantasy
Rated PG-13 for violence, action and scary images, and for some suggestive content and partial nudity
Tag Line: Ancient evil returns.
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jake Johnson, Annabelle Wallis, Russel Crowe
Plot: An ancient princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Chris: I am absolutely stoked to see this one.  I loved the Indiana Jones-esque Mummy movie franchise, but now Universal if launching a classic monsters universe, and by the trailer the first movie looks intense, thrilling, and pretty much everything that Van Helsing was not.  Game on!
Jessica: I am back and forth on this, I want it to be good, I actually don’t mind Tommy C. all that much and think he can often be a fine actor, but it could also be really, really, really bad if they don’t have fun with story. Not curious enough for the theater, but certainly curious once it’s out on DVD.
Jim: After she saw the trailer, my daughter turned to me wide-eyed and yelled “Yes!” Love going to movies with her. Fer sure.

My Cousin Rachel (Fox Searchlight) – Drama/Mystery/Romance
Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and brief strong language.
Tag Line: None.
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin
Plot: A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.
Running Time: 105 minutes

Jessica: I think I liked the song better than the trailer. I mean, dude, that’s your cousin. Ick.
Jim: I’m not even going to try to top Jessica’s comment. Except that it’s a Daphne DuMaurier story, so it’s probably pretty interesting.
Chris: Period piece and interesting cover of Chris Isaac’s Wicked Game song.  Not sure its my cup of proverbial tea, however.

Megan Leavey (Bleecker Street) – Drama/Biography/War
Rated PG-13 for war violence, language, suggestive material, and thematic elements
Tag Line: None
Starring: Kate Mara, Ramon Rodriguez, Tom Felton
Plot: Based on the true life story of a young Marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq.
Running Time: 116 minutes

Jim: Interesting rental.
Chris: Looks like a wonderful story of a warrior and her warrior companion.  Count me in.
Jessica: Oh man, I am a sucker for a sweet pet true story.

It Comes at Night (A24) – Horror/Mystery
Rated R for violence, disturbing images, and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo
Plot: Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son, but this will soon be put to test when a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.
Running Time: 91 minutes

Chris: A friend of mine joked about what the third title would be if this was a sequel to It Follows.  Putting aside the sophomoric for a moment, this trailer looks disturbing enough to be an effective summer scare-fest.
Jessica: This one looks really interesting, a home viewer for sure, but decent cast, interesting story. I’d watch it.
Jim: How many boring trailers does it take to turn off a moviegoer?

The Hero (The Orchard) – Comedy/Drama
Rated R for drug use, language and some sexual content
Tag Line: None
Starring: Sam Elliot, Laura Prepon
Plot: An ailing movie star comes to terms with his past and mortality.
Running Time: 93 minutes

Jessica: It had me at Sam Elliot. That is all.
Jim: Would you pay just to see Sam Elliott read a few pages from the phone book? I would. It’s time this good actor got his due.
Chris: An aging actor fighting for relevance. Sam Elliot looks absolutely fantastic in the role.  A different actor may not have pulled me in the way he did.

Beatriz at Dinner (FilmNation Entertainment) – Comedy
Rated R for language and a scene of violence
Tag Line: None
Starring: Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Chloe Sevigny
Plot: A holistic medicine practitioner attends a wealthy client’s dinner party after her car breaks down.
Running Time: 83 minutes

Jim: I breathe a sigh of contentment at a trailer for a movie made for grownups. And in the summertime, to boot! This looks absolutely riveting.
Jessica: This movie looks like it could be fantastic! I think that Hayek can rock this, she has been good in almost everything I’ve ever seen her in. I LOVE when Lithgow is smarmy and rude, and honestly looks like it could be a good story for this time and place in our world.
Chris: Certainly an unassuming role for the usually more sultry Hayek, but the obviously stereotyped role written for Lithgow was a bit of a turn-off.

Tickets Purchased: 2 for Beatriz at Dinner (Jessica and Jim) and 1 for The Mummy (Chris)

I guess the snarkies enjoy watching Salma Hayek eat?
I guess the snarkies enjoy watching Salma Hayek eat?
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Trailer Snark (October 21, 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!

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (Paramount) – Action/Adventure
Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, some bloody images, language and thematic elements
Tag Line: Never give in, Never give up, Never go back
Starring: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders
Plot: Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear his name. On the run as a fugitive from the law, Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever.
Running Time: 118 minutes

Jessica: I saw the first one they did and really enjoyed it. I’ve also read a bunch of the Jack Reacher books, including this one, and love the stories. I think even though Cruise looks NOTHING like how Jack Reacher is described in the books, he did a fantastic job and I’m excited for this one.
Chris:  Feeling some Rick Astley love in that tag line.  This movie never gonna give you up.  Never gonna let you down.  Never gonna run around and hurt you.  Yeah!

Ouija: Origin of Evil (Universal) – Horror/Thriller
Rated PG-13 for disturbing images, terror and thematic elements
Tag Line: No telling what you’ll see.
Starring: Elizabeth Reaser, Lulu Wilson
Plot: In 1965 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their seance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by a merciless spirit, the family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.
Running Time: 99 minutes

Chris: While I like the throwback sixties vibe, this looks like your standard run of the mill horror outing.  Better saved for a Netflix stream.
Jessica: Pass. When the trailer makes it seem cheesy and lame, that usually means the movie is going to be cheesy and lame. Plus, haven’t there been like twelve BILLION Ouija board movies already? Enough already! Next thing you know there will be a zombie vampire movie about using Ouija boards that turn into magical turnips or something.

Keeping Up with the Joneses (Fox) – Comedy
Rated PG-13 for sexual content, action/violence and brief strong language
Tag Line: Meet the Joneses.
Starring: Zach Galafianakis, Isla Fisher, Gal Gadot
Plot: A suburban couple becomes embroiled in an international espionage plot when they discover that their seemingly perfect new neighbors are government spies.
Running Time: 105 minutes

Jessica: When I saw Gal Gadot and Hamm and Zack and Isla I was partially sold. When he yelled into his tie microphone I laughed out loud. This looks like a fun, stupidly funny action comedy. love it.
Chris: I am with Jess on this one.  Laughter is good medicine in times such as these.  Bring on the silliness!

Boo! A Madea Halloween (Lionsgate) – Comedy/Horror
Rated PG-13 for drug use and references, suggestive content, language, some horror images and thematic material
Tag Line: Witch, please.
Starring: Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis
Plot: Madea winds up in the middle of mayhem when she spends a haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens.
Running Time: 103 minutes

Chris: While I was mildly amused by the trailer, I am not sure if this will be the film to break my streak of not watching Tyler Perry movies.
Jessica: You can’t PAY me to even WATCH this BS trailer. P A S S.

American Pastoral (Lionsgate) – Crime/Drama
Rated R for some strong sexual material, language and brief violent images
Tag Line: A radically ordinary story.
Starring: Ewan MacGregor, Jennifer Connelly
Plot: In 1968, a hardworking man, who’s been a staple in his quaint community for years, watches his seemingly perfect middle class life fall apart as his daughter’s new radical political affiliation threatens to destroy their family.
Running Time: 126 minutes

Jessica: I have no idea what this is about but I am intrigued.
Chris:  Probably the shortest Trailer Snark trailer we have had.  That said, directorial debut of Ewan MacGregor.  It will be worth seeing if he is every bit the director as he is the actor.  Count me in!

31 (Saban Films) – Horror/Thriller
Rated R for strong bloody horror violence, pervasive language, sexual content and drug use
Tag Line: Welcome to Hell
Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Meg Foster, Richard Brake
Plot: Five carnival workers are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, Hell-like compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive twelve hours against a gang of sadistic clowns.
Running Time: 102 minutes

Chris:  I was not a fan of Zombie’s last film, Lords of Salem.  I wonder if he can rebound with this one?  The subject matter is certainly timely with America’s clown problem.
Jessica: I’ll watch anything Zombie makes so I’m in on this one!

I’m Not Ashamed (Pure-flix) – Biography/Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic material, teen drinking and smoking, disturbing violent content and some suggestive situations
Tag Line: Her faith would touch the world.
Starring: Masey McLain, Ben Davies
Plot: Based on the inspiring and powerful true story and journal entries of Rachel Joy Scott- the first student killed in the Columbine high school shooting in 1999.
Running Time: 112 minutes

Jessica: I honestly don’t know that I am ready for any film dealing with school shootings, especially in the current climate we’re in, but I give them credit for focusing on one of the slain, rather than the killers.
Chris: Tears welled up with this trailer.  I will definitely be seeing this one.

Moonlight (A24) – Drama
Rated R for some sexuality, drug use, brief violence, and language throughout
Tag Line:  This is the story of a lifetime.
Starring: Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp
Plot: A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.
Running Time: 110 minutes
Chris:  Personal journey movie fraught with tragedy.  Will be a good small screen viewer, I think.
Jessica: Another one where the trailer tells us very little, but the little it tells me is that it’s dealing with a man trying to find himself in a culture that does not fully accept who he is. Looks powerful.

Tickets Purchased: Two for Keeping Up with the Joneses

You'd never know that beneath the smiles lay a desperate pit of envy and distrust...but all for our utter amusement.
You’d never know that beneath the smiles lay a desperate pit of envy and distrust…but all for our utter amusement.
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Trailer Snark (July 31st Theatrical Releases)

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!

Before we tell you about last week’s Box Office results, the team would like to give a shout out to our friend Jim (Front Row View) who has not blogged with us for a few weeks due to having surgery.  We are pleased to report that his recovery is going very well and we hope to have him back with us soon!  Thanks for joining us in wishing him a continued speedy recovery!

Last Week:  Ant-Man dominated the box office for the second week in a row ($25 million for a total of $106 million), fending off a challenge from Adam Sandler’s Pixels (debuting with $24 million), while Minions proved its staying power with a strong third place (adding $22 million for a total of $262 million).  And Rob has still not gone to see it!  Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck was in fourth bringing its two week total to just over $61milliion, and Southpaw took the number five slot with a $16.5 million haul in its debut week.  The teen drama Paper Towns was in sixth ($12.5 million).  Inside Out (now over $320 million), Jurassic World (now over $628 million), Mr. Holmes (just over $6 million), and Terminator: Genisys (just over $85 million) rounded out the top ten.  And now for this week’s releases……

Vacation (New Line Cinema) – Comedy
Rated R for crude and sexual content and language throughout, and brief graphic nudity
Tag Line: What could go wrong?
Starring:  Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chevy Chase, Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann, Beverly D’Angelo
Plot: Rusty Griswold takes his own family on a road trip to “Walley World” in order to spice things up with his wife and reconnect with his sons.
Running Time: 99 minutes

Jessica: I’ll admit, I was skeptical at first but the trailer has me laughing (I mean, Thor alone cracked me up for a few good minutes) and I do enjoy Ed Helms. I’ll definitely be seeing this one.
Chris: Looks like some goofy fung…I mean fun.
Ken: Rusty Griswald following in his old man’s legacy. I was really enjoying the trailer until that last scene. That was just too gross. Yuck, Chevy Chase.
Rob:  I am on vacation with Vacation. (Rob unreachable for further comments..<snicker>)

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (Paramount) – Action
Rated PG-13 for sequences of action and violence, and brief partial nudity
Tag Line: Go rogue.
Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames
Plot: Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.
Running Time: 131 minutes

Ken: I’ve never been a huge fan of the MI series so this is a pass, although they almost had me with the flute gun.
Chris: I was also one of those who could not stand the first one, but this series has gotten progressively better in my opinion.  Hoping they can continue that trend….the outlook is promising.
Jessica: I’ll admit, I think the first few MI movies are dull as dirt (actually, they might be duller than dirt) but the last one was a lot of fun and this one looks to be just as fun and hey, Tom Cruise REALLY did hang off that plane while it flew, pretty bad ass if you ask me!

Listen to Me Marlon (Passion Pictures) – Documentary/Biography
Not Rated
Tag Line:  The definitive Brando in his own words.
Starring:  Marlon Brando
Plot: A documentary that utilizes hundreds of hours of audio that Marlon Brandon recorded over the course of his life to tell the screen legend’s story.
Running Time:  95 minutes

Chris: I recognize that Marlon Brando is a Hollywood icon, but I just don’t much care for this behind the scenes introspection.  I don’t think anyone on this blog team is pretentious enough to make this their pick of the week.  😉
Ken: I’m not a film buff and my exposure to Brando is limited to his later work like Apocalypse Now and The Godfather. Still I’ve always been curious about the man many consider one of the greatest American actors. Looks interesting enough, could be a contender.
Jessica: A fascinating look into a fascinating man.

Best of Enemies (Magnolia) – Documentary/History
Rated R for some sexual content/nudity and language
Tag Line: Buckley vs. Vidal. 2 Men. 10 Debates. Television Would Never Be The Same.
Starring: William F. Buckley Jr., Gore Vidal
Plot: A documentary on the series of televised debates in 1968 between the liberal Gore Vidal and the conservative William F. Buckley Jr.
Running Time: 87 minutes

Ken: Two opposing cultural ideologies going head to head during one of the most tumultuous periods in US history. Another good history lesson.  
Jessica: Oh my gosh, this looks wildly entertaining and informative. Totally into it.
Chris: At the risk of sounding like a hypocrite, considering my thoughts on celebrity voyeurism, I admit to being very intrigued by the real life relationship between Gore Vidal and William Buckley.  The narrators of political history unfolding before us in the 1960
tumults and beyond.

The End of the Tour (A24) – Drama
Rated R for language including some sexual references
Tag Line:  Imagine the greatest conversation you’ve ever had.
Starring: Jason Segal, Jesse Eisenberg, Anna Chlumsky, Joan Cusack, and Ron Livingston
Plot: The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, ‘Infinite Jest.’
Running Time: 106 minutes

Jessica: As an author myself this one really appeals to me AND I have mad love for Jason Segal. This looks like a  story that’s been told loads of times but the actors are engaging and the story looks good.
Ken: Insightful, honest and devastatingly tragic. I didn’t know this movie existed until now but I desperately need to see it.
Chris: Seems that Segal and Eisenberg boast some real nice chemistry from the trailer.  Could be good.

A Lego Brickumentary (RADiUS-TWC) – Documentary
Rated G
Tag Line:  N/A
Starring: Jason Bateman
Plot: A look at the global culture and appeal of the LEGO building-block toys.
Running Time: 93 minutes

Chris: I run a pop culture company.  How could this not be required viewing?  Just maybe not in the theater.
Ken: Legos, the original Minecraft. I love that Jason Bateman is the narrator and wonder if he got cast because of his “twenty miles to Lego Land” line from Arrested Development.
Jessica: Oh heck yeah! Having lived with little boys who LOVE Lego’s I would love to watch something all about LEGO’s, totally in.

Tickets Purchased:  2 tickets for Vacation (Jessica and Rob), 1 ticket for Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (Chris), and 1 ticket for The End of the Tour (Ken)

Grumpy Jonathan Toews cat, FTW!
Grumpy Jonathan Toews cat, FTW!

What will you be seeing in theaters this weekend?
-The Great Stories Team

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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!