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Trailer Snark (April 28, 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!

The Circle (STX Entertainment) – Drama/Sc-Fi/Thriller
Rated PG-13 for a sexual situation, brief strong language and some thematic elements including drug use
Tag Line: Knowing is good. Knowing everything is better.
Starring: Tom Hanks, Emma Watson
Plot: A woman lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover a nefarious agenda that will affect the lives of her friends, family and that of humanity.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Jim: It’s obvious that Emma Watson’s going to have the best post-Potter career out of the three leads from that franchise. This looks pretty gripping, kind of a Firm for the 21st century. And with the ever-reliable Tom Hanks on board, count me in!
Chris: George Orwell’s influence is ever so felt here.  Tom Hanks is watching you!

How To Be A Latin Lover (Pantelion Films) – Comedy
Rated PG-13 for crude humor, sexual references and gestures, and for brief nudity
Tag Line: The seduction begins April 28
Starring: Eugenio Derbez, Salma Hayek
Plot: Finding himself dumped after 25 years of marriage, a man who made a career of seducing rich older women must move in with his estranged sister, where he begins to learn the value of family.
Running Time:  115 minutes

Chris: The shoe polish in the pool gag made me chuckle, but the creepy Michael Cera appearance is enough to kill it for me.
Jim: The studio must hate this movie, ‘cuz I don’t think anyone could make a trailer any worse than this.

Sleight (BH Tilt) – Action/Drama/Sci-Fi
Rated R for language throughout, drug content and some violence
Tag Line: You can change the cards you’re dealt.
Starring: Jacob Latimore, Seychelle Gabriel
Plot: A young street magician (Jacob Latimore) is left to care for his little sister after their parents passing, and turns to illegal activities to keep a roof over their heads. When he gets in too deep, his sister is kidnapped, and he is forced to use his magic and brilliant mind to save her.
Running Time: 90 minutes
Jim: Ho hum.
Chris:  This will be a good rental on a rainy night, but the comparisons to Chronicle don’t exactly move me.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for The Circle (Jim and Chris)

 

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Trailer Snark (October 28, 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!

Inferno (Columbia Pictures) – Drama/Thriller
Rated PG-13 for sequences of action and violence, disturbing images, some language, thematic elements and brief sensuality
Tag Line: The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons were just the beginning
Starring: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones
Plot: When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.
Running Time: 121 minutes

Rob: I enjoy Dan Brown’s books, but I’m not sold on this one.  Something seems off with Hanks’ acting in the trailer, and normally I think he’s quite good.  Then again, it has almost no competition this week and features the lovely Felicity Jones aka Jyn Erso….
Jessica: I read a bunch of Dan Brown’s books awhile back and they are entertaining, though formulaic, and Tom Hanks is the worst casting (as much as I adore him) for this role. Not to mention I find these movies to be dull and I agree, something is just off! Pass.
Jim: I like Dan Brown’s books, but I thought the movie version of Davinci Code was glum and plodding. It made me wish for the “funny” Tom Hanks. This looks like more of the same.
Chris: Never a fan of this series to be honest.  Both The DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons left me cold in spite of the popularity of the books and the star power on screen. 

Gimme Danger (Magnolia Pictures) – Documentary
Rated R for drug content and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Iggy Pop, Ron Asheton
Plot: An in-depth look at the legendary punk band, The Stooges.
Running Time: 108 minutes

Chris:  Iggy Pop doesn’t need to wear a Halloween mask.
Rob: The Stooges have a sound that stands out in musical history, and I’ll definitely watch this….just not on the big screen.
Jessica: Love The Stooges, but I don’t do documentaries in the theater!
Jim: Wow. Not one, but two documentaries this week featuring bands I know pretty much nothing about. Maybe here’s my chance. For those who’re into them, enjoy! They both look good.

Oasis: Supersonic (A24) – Documentary
Rated R for pervasive language and some drug material
Tag Line: None
Starring: Liam Gallagher, Noel Gallagher
Plot: An in-depth look at the life and music of Manchester-based rock band, Oasis.
Running Time: 122 minutes

Jim: See my previous comment.
Chris: No wonder on that cinematic wall for me.
Rob: Although this one holds less appeal than Gimme Danger for me, it’s another flick I would stream. 
Jessica: I HATE OASIS.

Tickets Purchased:  None….that’s right.  No one on the team is inspired by this week’s lineup.  We’ll all be taking our popcorn bowls to the couch for a weekend of scary Halloween fare, and saving our money for next week perhaps?

We'll just be chilling on the couch with a good movie.
We’ll just be chilling on the couch with a good movie.
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Trailer Snark (September 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!

Your trailer snark now comes with more thrills and less fill!  Let’s get right down to it!

Sully (Warner Bros.) – Drama/Biography
Rated PG-13 for some peril and brief strong language
Tag Line: The untold story behind the miracle on the Hudson.
Starring:  Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart
Plot: Story of the man who became a hero after gliding his plane along the water in the Hudson River, saving all of the airplane flights 155 crew and passengers.
Running Time: 95 minutes

Chris: Eastwood and Hanks = Instant Winner
Jessica: If anyone can do this role justice, it’s Hanks. I honestly didn’t realize that the real Sully went through so much after the landing, looks interesting, but a home viewer for me
Ken: Could Tom Hanks be our greatest national treasure? If anyone else was playing the lead, I would have given this a pass.

When the Bough Breaks (Screen Gems) – Drama/Horror/Mystery
Rated PG-13 for violence, sexuality/partial nudity, thematic elements, some disturbing images, and language
Tag Line: She’s carrying more than just a secret.
Starring: Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall
Plot: A surrogate mom for a couple becomes dangerously obsessed with the soon-to-be father.
Running Time: 107 minutes

Ken: Move along. Nothing new to see here.
Chris: I will not brake for this movie.
Jessica: This ground has been mostly well-tred before but it looks like a decent adaptation and it’s Juice from Sons of Anarchy! Again, another one I might check out at home, if I came across it accidentally and went, “Oh yeah, i remember this from Trailer Snark”.

The Disappointments Room (Rogue Pictures) – Drama/Horror/Thriller
Rated R for violent content, bloody images, some sexuality and language
Tag Line: Some mysteries should not be unlocked.
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Lucas Till
Plot: A mother and her young son release unimaginable horrors from the attic of their rural dream home.
Running Time: 92 minutes

Jessica: Anytime a trailer starts with someone saying “Its a new beginning”, you know bad things are about to go down. I got bored during the trailer, I’ll most likely skip this one. It doesn’t look engaging enough to even be a fun kind of scary movie. Just looks like stuff that’s been done before.
Ken: The real disappointments room will be theater screening this movie. Maybe the trailer just wasn’t very effective but it didn’t evoke even the slightest feeling of dread.
Chris: Just what the scary doctor ordered!

The Wild Life (Lionsgate) – Family/Animation
Rated PG for mild action/peril and some rude humor
Tag Line: Adventure’s in full swing.
Starring: Matthias Schweighofer, Kaya Yanar
Plot: A daring parrot recounts how Robinson Crusoe came to be stranded on a tropical island.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Chris: Mildly amusing and may be a nice one to watch at home with my animation loving wife.
Jessica: This did nothing for me whatsoever.
Ken: This has direct to DVD written all over it. If that’s Robinson Crusoe then the ship that wrecked was a slaver ship on a mission to haul slaves across the Atlantic from Africa. Sort of makes it hard to sympathize for the guy.

Other People (Vertical Entertainment) – Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line:  None
Starring:  Molly Shannon, Bradley Whitford
Plot: A struggling comedy writer, fresh off a breakup and in the midst of the worst year of his life, returns to Sacramento to care for his dying mother.
Running Time: 97 minutes

Ken: This looks funny and touching, and Molly Shannon surprised the heck out of me with her dramatic acting chops. That said, this feels like well worn territory but could be worth a rental.
Chris: It’s probably a fantastic Lifetime movie.
Jessica: I have to say, Molly Shannon surprises me here and Jesse Plemons was fantastic on “Friday Night Lights”. I’d watch this, not in the theater, but I’d totally watch this at home and probably laugh/cry.

Kicks (Focus World) – Adventure
Rated R for violence, drug/alcohol use and language throughout, and sexual content – involving teens
Tag Line: They aren’t just shoes.
Starring: Jahking Guillory, Christopher Jordan Wallace
Plot: Brandon is a 15 year old whose dream is a pair of fresh Air Jordans. Soon after he gets his hands on them, they’re stolen by a local hood, causing Brandon and his two friends go on a dangerous mission through Oakland to retrieve them.
Running Time: 80 minutes

Jessica: All I could think of was that movie that I can’t think of the title of that has Jake Gyllenhaal and that dang rabbit, this kid has an astronaut. Interesting looking film, but not interesting enough for me to shell out my hard-earned dollars at the theater.
Ken: Makes me glad I grew up in white-bred suburbia. This looks like a damn fine movie about coming of age in a black urban community in the vein of Boys in the Hood.
Chris: My kids would love this movie…me, not so much.

Come What May (Cohen Media Group) – Drama/War
Rated R for some war violence/bloody images
Tag Line: France, May 1940. Millions abandon all they have. One father searches for all that matters.
Starring: Olivier Gourmet, August Deihl
Plot: In may 1940, the German troops enter France. Frightened by the progress of the enemy, the people of a small village of Pas-de-Calais decide on the recommendations of the prefecture, to give up everything to go on the road, fleeing to the coast.
Running Time: 114 minutes

Chris: I am a sucker for WWII movies, so count me in.  I like that the Germans actually deliver their lines in German.
Jessica: I usually love WWII movies as well, but this one kind of left me a bit blah. Could be a great film, but the trailer was lackluster.
Ken: Yuck, subtitles. I usually watch movies when I’m feeling too lazy to read.

Demon (The Orchard) -Comedy/Horror/Thriller
Rated R for language and some sexuality/nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Itay Tiran, Agnieszka Zulewska
Plot: A bridegroom is possessed by an unquiet spirit in the midst of his own wedding celebration, in this clever take on the Jewish legend of the dybbuk.
Running Time: 94 minutes

Ken: As if it didn’t look creepy enough, the movie’s director hung himself after he completed this film.
Chris: The trailer is sufficiently creepy but The Disappointments Room is all that plus Kate Benckinsale.  Sorry Demon…but you lose.
Jessica: Now this looks intriguing! If I had to choose between the Disappointments movie and this one, I’d hands down go with this one. Using an old world legend in a new world? I’m SOLD. Looks creepy and artsy and as if it’ll make you jump a bit.


Tickets Purchased: One for Demon (Ken), One for Other People (Jessica) and One for The Disappointments Room (Chris)

Molly Shannon cuts a PSA to remind people to use the bathroom before grabbing your theater seat so you don't miss her dramatic turn in Other People!
Molly Shannon cuts a PSA to remind people to use the bathroom before grabbing your theater seat so you don’t miss her dramatic turn in Other People!
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Trailer Snark (April 21st, 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: Jungle Book was the run-away winner this week taking in $103.5M in its debut.  Second place belonged to another new entry, Barbershop Next Cut with $20.2M in receipts.  The Boss dropped to third ($10.1M/$40.3M).  Meanwhile, Batman v. Superman winds down in fourth place ($9M/$311.3M).  Zootopia held fifth ($8.2M/$307.4M).  The rest of the top ten went as follows:  Criminal ($5.8M/NEW), My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 ($3.2M/$52M), Miracles from Heaven ($1.9M/$56.9M), Gods Not Dead 2 ($1.7M/$16.9M), and Eye in the Sky ($1.5M/$16.9M).  This week’s new releases are heavy on royalty…..let’s check them out.

The Huntman: Winter’s War (Universal) – Action/Adventure/Drama
Rated PG-13 for fantasy action violence and some sensuality
Tag Line: None
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron
Plot: As a war between rival queen sisters Ravenna and Freya escalates, Eric and fellow warrior Sara, members of the Huntsmen army raised to protect Freya, try to conceal their forbidden love as they combat Ravenna’s wicked intentions.
Running Time: 114 minutes

Ken: The visuals look snazzy and I’m all for returning fairy-tales to their dark origins. But a prequel to Snow White? Snow thanks.
Jessica: Eh. I liked the first one and am very happy that Stewart is not in here, but I’m on the fence. It looks gorgeous but the heavy effects tend to get boring if there isn’t a good story attached. Though Theron was the best part of the first one … Totally on the fence on this one.
Chris:  Does anyone else think Hemsworth would make a great Kristoff?  But I digress…..looks good and I am sure the wife would agree!

Elvis and Nixon (Bleecker Street Media) – Comedy/History
Rated R for some language
Tag Line: On December 21st, 1970, two of America’s greatest recording artists met for the first time.
Starring:  Michael Shannon, Kevin Spacey
Plot: The untold true story behind the meeting between the King of Rock ‘n Roll and President Nixon, resulting in this revealing, yet humorous moment immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives.
Running Time: 86 minutes

Chris:  I think this one might be good for a chuckle on a low key night at home.  By the way, I like Ken’s title recommendation below!
Ken: A better title would have been The President and The King. Looks interesting enough, but not enough for a trip to the theater.
Jessica: Oh this looks like a hoot. Great actors, a compelling story. Love it.

A Hologram for the King (Lionsgate) – Drama
Rated R for some sexuality/nudity, language and brief drug use
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Tom Hanks, Sarita Choudhary, Tom Skerritt
Plot: A failed American businessman looks to recoup his losses by traveling to Saudi Arabia and selling his idea to a wealthy monarch.
Running Time: 97 minutes

Jessica: I’m more intrigued after seeing this trailer, but this would be a home viewer, if at all.
Chris: I am having trouble caring at all about the story. 
Ken: It had me with the quirky Talking Heads opening but then lost me shortly after.

Tale of Tales (IFC Films) – Fantasy/Horror/Romance
Not rated
Tag Line:  A feast for the imagination.
Starring:  Salma Hayek, John C Reilly, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones
Plot: From the bitter quest of the Queen of Longtrellis, to two mysterious sisters who provoke the passion of a king, to the King of Highhills obsessed with a giant Flea, these tales are inspired by the fairytales by Giambattista Basile.
Running Time: 133 minutes

Ken: No idea what I watched, but the music was beautiful and the production design looks both gorgeous and terrifying. Rent it and hope for the best.
Jessica: I don’t … What the Heck? I don’t get it. I don’t know if i WANT to get it and then again, I kind of do. What the heck I say!
Chris:  I, for one, am happy to have not heard this fairy tale as a child.  But as an adult, I may be more willing to open this little Pandora Box.

Compadres (Pantelion Films) – Action/Comedy
Not Rated
Tag Line:  None
Starring: Omar Chaparro, Joey Morgan, Eric Roberts
Plot: As former cop Garza seeks revenge on Santos, the crime lord who framed him, he forms an unlikely team with a young hacker who successfully stole $10 million from Santos.
Running Time: 101 minutes

Chris:  Eric Roberts is the kiss of “B” movie death….pass.
Ken: Dios mio, no.
Jessica: No. No. A thousand times NO.

The Meddler (Sony Picture Classics) – Comedy/Drama
Rated PG-13 for brief drug content
Tag Line: None
Starring: Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons
Plot: An aging widow from New York City follows her daughter to Los Angeles in hopes of starting a new life after her husband passes away.
Running Time: 100 minutes

Jessica: Eh. Looks cute and that’s about it.
Chris: A movie for moms and daughters everywhere….in other words, pass.
Ken: This is my mother, no exaggeration. Looks charming enough for a stream.

Tickets Purchased: One for Elvis and Nixon (Jessica), One for The Huntsman: Winter’s War (Chris) and Ken “takes the black” to find out what happened to Jon Snow.

While we are at it Treasury Department....
While we are at it Treasury Department….
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Trailer Snark (October 16, 2015 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: Matt Damon’s The Martian once again claims the top spot this past week with an additional $37M added to its $108.7M total.  The animated Sandler sequel Hotel Transylvania also managed to stay in its second place spot with $20.5M and $116.8M overall.  The debuting Pan came in third amidst mediocre reviews with $15.5M.  The Intern was bumped one spot to fourth ($8.6M/$49.5M).  Sicario took fifth ($7.3M/$26.7M).  The rest of the list lacked any surprises or new debuts and was as follows:  Maze Runner: Scorch Trials ($5.2M/$70.6M), The Walk ($3.6M/$6.3M), Black Mass ($3.1M/$57.5M), Everest ($3M/$38.2M), and The Visit ($2.4M/$61M).  Let’s see who the contenders are this week……

Goosebumps (Columbia) – Action/Comedy/Adventure
Rated PG for scary and intense creature action and images, and for some rude humor
Tag Line: The stories are alive.
Starring: Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush
Plot: A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R.L. Stine after the writer’s imaginary demons are set free on the town of Greendale, Maryland.
Running Time: 103 minutes

Chris: We have Jack Black as the curmudgeon gatekeeper/author of every Goosebump ever written and about the be unleashed on humanity.  I was actually pleasantly surprised by the trailer, with an assist from low expectation.
Jessica: Didn’t read the books, don’t care about the movie.
Ken: Is Jack Black supposed to be playing R.L. Stein? I read a lot of Goosebumps as a child and I only felt the slightest twinge of nostalgia.

Crimson Peak (Legendary Pictures) – Drama/Fantasy/Horror
Rated R for bloody violence, some sexual content and brief strong language
Tag Line: Beware.
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston
Plot: In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers.
Running Time: 119 minutes

Ken: The visuals look amazing. And who doesn’t like a good haunted house story around Halloween?
Chris: Guillermo del Toro is a true artist (see Pan’s Labrynth as evidence).  This looks to be a clear winner by my eyes and ears.  If you like stylistic horror, look no further.
Jessica: I love me some Guillermo so I’m in! I love a good spooky flick, plus it has Loki and Jax!

Bridge of Spies (Disney) – Biography/Drama/History
Rated PG-13 for some violence and brief strong language
Tag Line: In a world on the brink the difference between war and peace was one honest man.
Starring: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda
Plot: An American lawyer is recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to help rescue a pilot detained in the Soviet Union.
Running Time: 141 minutes

Jessica: What? I fell asleep again. BORING.
Ken: A lot of marquee names on this one: Spielberg, Hanks and the Coen brothers. I’ll check it out when it comes to streaming.
Chris: Spielberg and Hanks are at it again.  This time tackling the Cold War between the us and the Soviets.  Good timing as the Russian bear seems to be rising again to fill the world power vacuum.  Definitely has my attention.

Truth (Sony Pictures Classic) – Biography/Drama
Rated R for language and a brief nude photo
Tag Line: None
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Tpher Grace, Dennis Quaid, Bruce Greenwood
Plot: Newsroom drama detailing the 2004 CBS 60 Minutes report investigating then-President George W. Bush’s military service, and the subsequent firestorm of criticism that cost anchor Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes their careers.
Running Time: 121 minutes

Chris: Docu-drama on the forged military service documents of President George W Bush.  Apologist piece or objective presentation?  Who knows…maybe I will catch it on the small screen?
Jessica: This looks really fascinating, stellar, star-packed cast and an intriguing story about fighting the good fight and asking the hard questions. Totally want to see this.
Ken: I think I’m digging this movie’s message, but let’s just all take a moment and acknowledge that G. W. should never have been president in the first place.

Room (A24) – Drama
Rated R for language
Tag Line: Love knows no boundaries.
Starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, William H Macy
Plot: After 5-year old Jack and his Ma escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery: the outside world.
Running Time: 118 minutes

Ken: Looks like a good story that doesn’t interest me.
Chris: An escape to the real world?  I am not sure what this movie is really about from the trailer, but it looks like it wants to pull the heart strings.
Jessica: Looks intriguing. I’d totally check this out at home.

Woodlawn (PureFlix Cinema) – Drama
Rated PG for thematic elements including some racial tension/violence
Tag Line: One hope.  One truth. One way.
Starring: Caleb Castille, Sean Astin, Jon Voight
Plot: A gifted high school football player must learn to embrace his talent and his faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the field.
Running Time: 123 minutes

Jessica: Looks like an uplifting story about acceptance and faith. I’d check this out at home and I do have mad love for Samwise Gamgee.
Ken: Sean Astin needs to stop doing football movies. Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!
Chris: Faith-based football movie dealing with racism in the Deep South (a popular subject of film-making) in the early 70’s…..actually looks pretty good.  I kind of dig football movies.

Momentum (Starz Digital Media) – Action/Thriller
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Olga Kurylenko, James Purefoy, Morgan Freeman
Plot: Alex, a mysterious thief, is pulled in by her former partner for one last heist. She quickly finds it was never just about the diamonds. A brutal murder sparks a cat and mouse chase between…
Running Time: 96 minutes

Chris: Olga Kurylenko does non-Bond action thriller.  This one looks a bit more hard core than the shaken, not stirred English gentleman variety action film.
Jessica: Eh. This didn’t do a whole lot for me. Though, on an interesting note, I did a transcription of an interview between the director of this movie (it’s his first film. he has been Clint Eastwood’s main cameraman for YEARS), seems like a really passionate film guy, gotta respect that.
Ken: There’s just something about foreign accents that makes bad dialogue in action films bearable.

Tickets Purchased:  Three for Crimson Peak

It's that time of fear...er, we mean year!
It’s that time of fear…er, we mean year!