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Trailer Snark (November 10, 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!

Murder on the Orient Express (Twentieth Century Fox) – Crime/Drama/Mystery
Rated PG-13 for violence and thematic elements
Tag Line: Everyone is a suspect.
Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe
Plot: A lavish train ride unfolds into a stylish & suspenseful mystery. From the novel by Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express tells of thirteen stranded strangers & one man’s race to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again.
Running Time: 114 minutes

Chris: I have been a fan of Agatha Christie mysteries ever since my days of roaming my local libraries halls as a wee lad. To see a high production version of one of her most classic stories come to life is something I will be glued to my seat for!
Jim: my favorite actress of all time, Michelle Pfeiffer, in an Agatha Christie movie. It’s just too much for me to handle. Add to that a great cast directed by the amazing Kenneth Branagh. Except for Star Wars and maybe Thor, this is the must-see of the holiday season.
Rob F: A classic Christie tale retold on the big screen again. Looks good, but if you already know the story from the book or the 1974 version of the film… But, hey this version’s got Olaf! Do you want to build a snowman?

Daddy’s Home 2 (Paramount Pictures) – Comedy
Rated PG-13 for suggestive material and some language
Tag Line: More Daddies. More problems.
Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, John Lithgow, Mel Gibson
Plot: Brad and Dusty must deal with their intrusive fathers during the holidays.
Running Time: 100 minutes

Rob F: The first one was good and this looks to be more of the same. Just not a big screen option for me.
Chris: I just love the chemistry between Wahlberg and Ferrell. Add in some Mel Gibson and John Lithgow as the polar opposite dad’s, and it looks like we may have a sequel winner!
Jim: I haven’t seen the original (I’ll have to), but this looks like a blast.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbings, Missouri (Fox Searchlight) – Comedy/Crime/Drama
Rated R for violence, language throughout, and some sexual references
Tag Line: None
Starring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell
Plot: In this darkly comic drama, a mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder, when they fail to catch the culprit.
Running Time: 115 minutes

Jim: One of two movies this week with lousy titles and trailers that scream DON’T SEE THIS MOVIE!
Rob F: Could be ok, but I’m not feeling it after that trailer. Certainly not a big screen trip for me.
Chris: A trailer as poorly cut and convoluted as the film was named.

Amanda & Jack Go Glamping (Gravitas Ventures) – Comedy/Drama/Romance
Not Rated
Tag Line: Love the one yurt with.
Starring: Amy Acker, Adam Canto, David Arquette
Plot: With his marriage and career against the ropes, dejected author Jack Spencer travels with his wife, Amanda, to an isolated glamping retreat in search of a spark. When a surprise double booking finds their private retreat anything but private, Jack spins into a comedic exploration of love, lost dreams, small-town-wisdom, and friendship with a miniature donkey to get over himself before he loses all he holds dear.
Running Time: 94 minutes

Chris: This movie’s fate has been sealed by the David Arquette kiss of death.
Jim: This is the other one (see Three Billboards comment). Gimme a break.
Rob F: Nope. Nope. Nope.

Thumper (The Orchard) – Crime/Drama/Thriller
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Eliza Taylor, Pablo Schreiber, Lena Headey
Plot: Teens in a low income neighborhood are lured into working for a violent and dangerous drug dealer. When a new girl harboring a dark secret arrives in town, their relationship jeopardizes everything.
Running Time: 93 minutes

Rob F: Could be a possible rental down the line. It has Lena Headey after all.
Chris: With heroin addiction running rampant across the country, I guess you could say its timely. Too often these types of films tend to leave me cold and angry. I’ll pass.
Jim: Undoubtedly a problem in the world, and the movie probably needs to be seen by certain people. Just not me.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for Murder on the Orient Express (Chris and Jim) while Rob saves his money for repeat viewings of The Last Jedi in December.

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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”
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Trailer Snark (February 12, 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: Kung Fu Panda 3 reigned supreme for a second straight week with $21M added to its $69.2M domestic haul thus far.  The Coen Brothers latest, Hail Caesar took second place with $11.3M in its debut.  The Force Awakens edged out The Revenant for third place with $6.97M($906M overall) while the DiCaprio thriller took in $6.93M($149.5M overall) for fourth.  The Choice, Nicholas Sparks’ latest novel to movie, placed fifth in its debut with $6M.  And Pride and Prejudice and Zombies fell in just behind with a $5.3M opening (maybe the zombie craze is subsiding?).  The rest of the top ten was as follows:  Finest Hours ($4.8M/$18.4M), Ride Along 2 ($4.5M/$77.2M), The Boy ($4M/$26.8M), and Dirty Grandpa ($4M/$29.3M).  And now on to this week’s new entries……

Deadpool (Fox) – Action/Comedy
Rated R for strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity
Tag Line:  With great power comes great irresponsibility.
Starring:  Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller
Plot: A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopting the alter ego Deadpool.
Running Time: 108 minutes

Ken: The self-referential dig at Ryan Reynold’s Green Lantern movies was fantastic. Let’s break down some fourth walls! Get well soon DMX. Who else gonna give it to us?
Rob: Oh Hells Yeah!  This flick is full of win.  Plus, we get Colossus.  Hands down my pick of the week.
Jessica: All about this one this week!! I think it might even be what my Valentine and I go see this weekend.
Jim: A little TOO much snark (hey, nice word) in the trailer (another nice word), but Reynolds is almost always entertaining (points lost for Green Lantern). I always look forward to flicks that send up the superhero movies (such as Super or Antman).
Chris: A comic book movie made decidedly for adults.  Don’t take the kids, because this is going to be the theatrical equivalent of Cards Against Humanity, and I’m going to love every minute of it.

Zoolander 2 (Paramount) – Comedy
Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, a scene of exaggerated violence, and brief strong language
Tag Line: Long time, No Z.
Starring:  Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Penelope Cruz, Olivia Munn
Plot: Derek and Hansel are modelling again when an opposing company attempts to take them out from the business.
Running Time: 102 minutes

Chris:  I actually thought the first one was truly unfunny (except for the gas station scene).  Maybe I will give it a chance on Netflix.  Great cast though.
Ken: I’m probably the minority but I didn’t love the first Zoolander. I thought it had some funny moments but on the whole it was just beyond absurd. This looks about the same.
Rob: Disinterested in the original and more disinterested in this one.
Jessica: I LOVED the first one and am very excited about this sequel. I realize I may be disappointed but I have hope people. Hope that Blue Steel will make me laugh once again.
Jim: Disappointing trailer for a sequel to a funny movie. I’ll give it a go on video.

How to be Single (Warner Bros) – Comedy/Romance
Rated R for sexual content and strong language throughout
Tag Line: Welcome to the party
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Damon Wayans Jr, Leslie Mann
Plot: New York City is full of lonely hearts seeking the right match, and what Alice, Robin, Lucy, Meg, Tom and David all have in common is the need to learn how to be single in a world filled with ever-evolving definitions of love.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Jim: She was amusing enough in Bridesmaids, but now it’s become obvious that Rebel Wilson’s repeating that schtick in every movie that she’s in. I liked Dakota  Johnson in the otherwise forgettable 50 Shades of Grey. If she had a better co-star here, I might’ve been  interested.
Chris: Not even sure I’d see this on the small screen.  Pass.
Ken: Rebel Wilson is a riot. Not a big screener for me though, probably a small.
Rob: Looks like a rental to me.  No real big screen potential even with the Valentine’s Day weekend release.
Jessica: It’s a total cliche but I really do enjoy Rebel Wilson so I’d watch this at home.

Where to Invade Next (IMG Films) – Documentary
Rated R for language, some violent images, drug use and brief graphic nudity
Tag Line: Michael Moore’s most dangerous comedy
Starring:  Michael Moore
Plot: To learn what the USA can learn from other nations, Michael Moore playfully “invades” them to see what they have to offer.
Running Time: 119 minutes
Jessica: I enjoy Moore’s movies. While I realize his is just one side of a bigger story, he makes movies that are easily digestible and make you think. Definitely something I’ll check out.
Jim: Not my wallet.
Chris: Michael Moore’s finest contribution to cinema is still Team America….&^%$ Yeah!
Ken: Moore’s previous movies were huge downers, exposing how prevalent injustice and tragedy has become in America. I liked this trailer because he’s going out and finding the good and righteous that currently exists in the world.
Rob: Michael Moore documentary.  Pass.

Of Mind and Music (Monterey Media) – Drama/Music
Rated PG – 13 for thematic elements, drug references and some suggestive material
Tag Line: None
Starring: Joaquim de Almeida, Ruth Negga, Bill Cobbs
Plot: A story about a beautiful street musician suffering from memory loss and a disheartened neuroscientist intent on helping her, bringing together the city of New Orleans and the jazz that made it famous.
Running Time: 98 minutes

Rob: Looks like it has some soul.  Will check it out down the road from RedBox.
Jessica: Interesting, I’d watch this at home.
Jim: Looks heartfelt and well-made, worth a rental.
Chris: I wasn’t expecting much, but I was quite taken by the trailer.  Absolutely will check this one out…just not on the big screen.
Ken: this movie hits pretty close to home for me. Losing my memory is one of my greatest fears. My memory is already atrocious but somehow I am capable of memorizing music and lyrics easily.

Providence (Mainstreet Productions) – Drama/Romance
Not Rated
Tag Line: A love story forty years in the making
Starring: Juli Tapken, Rich Swingle, Jenn Gotzon
Plot: Rachel Cartwright and Mitchell Little both grow up in the small town of Providence, Tennessee. Their paths keep crossing and at one point it looks like they’ll finally get together. But the opportunity slips away and they go their separate ways. It takes a tragedy many years later before they’re reunited.
Running Time: 79 minutes

Ken: Silent yet charming. And Christian. Very, very Christian.
Rob: Sap alert.  Chick Flick.  Run away…
Jessica: Ugh. This is a cliche’ I’m not interested in watching.
Jim: Nicely done trailer, but…nah.
Chris:  Props to the people behind the appealing trailer, but it still isn’t getting me to watch the movie.

Touched with Fire (Roadside Attractions) – Drama/Romance
Rated R for language, a disturbing image, brief sexuality and drug use
Tag Line: None
Starring: Katie Holmes, Luke Kirby
Plot: Two manic depressives meet in a psychiatric hospital and begin a romance that brings out all of the beauty and horror of their condition.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Chris:  Life is crazy enough to have to share in this humanary stew of lunacy.
Ken: Congrats to Katie Holmes, for escaping the “church” of Scientology.  But glamorizing mental illness by linking it to artistic creativity is putting me off. So pass.
Rob: Didn’t even make it through the trailer.  Pass.
Jessica: Left me feeling touched by snow. All set with never seeing this one.
Jim: Yet another trailer that reminds me that the February-April months are a dumping ground for movies that studios don’t have a lot of faith in. Thanks, but no thanks.

Purchased Tickets:  Ding Ding Ding…we have a Great Stories unanimous winner.  Wade Wilson and his multiple personality disorder anti-hero Deadpool get the big Great Stories seal of approval with five tickets!

It doesn't have to go that far!  Take our money!
It doesn’t have to go that far! Take our money!
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Trailer Snark (December 25, 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:  Who would’ve thunk it (sic)?  Our prediction of Star Wars owning the box office came true.  Pats on the back all around for our deft forecasting and dark horse pick!  LOL.  OK, now we can get serious.  The Force Awakens shattered records far and wide with $238M.  Incredible.  Hard to believe that there were still enough other movie-goers left to give any biz to the other films that had the misfortune of competing, but there were.  Two other films debuted in the top five this week including Alvin and the Chipmunks at number two ($14.4M) and Sisters at number three ($13.4M). Not much else to note about the rest of the list, so lets move on to this week’s Christmas releases!

The Hateful Eight (Weinstein Company) – Drama/Thriller
Rated R for strong bloody violence, a scene of violent sexual content, language and some graphic nudity
Tag Line:  No one comes up here without a good damn reason.
Starring:  Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Plot: In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception. Will they survive?
Running Time:  168 minutes

Chris:  Kurt Russell is the man.  ‘Nuff said.
Jessica: I am A HUGE QT fan so I am there. I. Am. There.

Joy (Fox 2000) – Comedy/Drama
Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro, Bradley Cooper
Plot: Joy is the story of a family across four generations and the woman who rises to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty.
Running Time:  124 minutes

Jessica: Eh. I like the people in it but the story does nothing for me.
Chris: Yawn……next!

Point Break (Warner Bros) – Action/Crime
Rated PG-13 for violence, thematic material involving perilous activity, some sexuality, language and drug material
Tag Line: No rules.  No limits.
Starring: Edgar Ramirez, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer
Plot: A young FBI agent infiltrates an extraordinary team of extreme sports athletes he suspects of masterminding a string of unprecedented, sophisticated corporate heists. “Point Break” is inspired by the classic 1991 hit.
Running Time: 113 minutes
Chris: No Dead Presidents?  No spendo cashola!
Jessica: I found the original boring and this looks even more boring (if that’s possible). I think I fell asleep in despair watching this trailer. All set.

Daddy’s Home (Paramount) – Comedy
PG-13 for language and suggestive material
Tag Line: Family is worth fighting for.Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, Thomas Hayden Church
Plot: A mild-mannered radio executive strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids.
Running Time: 96 minutes

Jessica: Eh. It had it’s funny moments but not one I’d rush to see.
Chris: OK, I laughed most the way through this one.  Just might have to check this one out.

Concussion (Columbia) – Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic material including some disturbing images, and language
Tag Line: Even legends need a hero.
Starring: Will Smith, Alec Baldwin
Plot:  In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play.
Running Time: 123 minutes

Chris: Will Smith plays world reknowned pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, and comes across pretty convincing.
Jessica: This, this looks FANTASTIC. Will Smith looks dynamic and convincing and it’s a compelling story about fighting for what you believe. I’d see this in the theater but Hateful Eight comes first for me.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for The Hateful Eight…another unanimous, even if under-represented, decision!

Not everyone approves of this year's Christmas Carolers.
Not everyone approves of this year’s Christmas Carolers.