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Trailer Snark (December 16, 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!

Rogue One (Disney) – SciFi/Action
Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of sci-fi violence and action
Tag Line: Save the rebellion. Save the dream.
Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Forrest Whitaker
Plot: The Rebellion makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow.
Running Time: 134 minutes

Rob: #$%^ yeah baby!  Finally!!!  It doesn’t take a Jedi Master to recognize that The Force will be strong with this one.  I have secured two sets of tickets for sneak previews to kick off the viewings.  I am upset at the quantity of reshooting that is rumored to have taken place because the film was allegedly too dark.  We need a dark Star Wars film.  This film screams out for the Dark Side.  The Empire has the galaxy in a death grip during this particular period of time.  It’s time for the bothan bodies to hit the floor!  Fear.  Anger.  Hate.  Suffering.  And, yes….a sliver of hope, the spark of Rebellion.
Jessica: Yes. Yes. YES! Im seeing this in IMAX as a birthday gift. I cannot wait and I am super super duper stoked!
Chris:  Adventure. Excitement.  A Jedi craves not these things.  I ain’t no Jedi.  Bring it on baby!

Collateral Beauty (Warner Bros) – Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong language
Tag Line: We are all connected.
Starring: Will Smith, Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley
Plot: Retreating from life after a tragedy, a man questions the universe by writing to Love, Time and Death. Receiving unexpected answers, he begins to see how these things interlock and how even loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.
Running Time: 97 minutes

Chris: A fantastic cast and a pull at the heartstrings won’t prevent me from staying on target.
Rob: It’s not Rogue One.
Jessica: This looks like a really lovely, heart-warming story, but it’s got nothing on Rogue One! I would watch this at home though.

A Kind of Murder (Magnolia) – Drama/Thriller
Rated R for language and some violence
Tag Line: None
Starring: Haley Bennett, Jessica Biel, Patrick Wilson
Plot: In 1960s New York, Walter Stackhouse is a successful architect married to the beautiful Clara who leads a seemingly perfect life. But his fascination with an unsolved murder leads him into a spiral of chaos as he is forced to play cat-and-mouse with a clever killer and an overambitious detective, while at the same time lusting after another woman.
Running Time: 95 minutes

Jessica: Can’t even deal with this, it’s not Rogue One.
Chris: Meh…..maybe on Netflix.  A less thrilling thriller it would seem.
Rob: This is also not Rogue One.

Solace (Grindstone Entertainment) – Crime/Drama/Mystery
Rated R for violence and bloody images throughout, sexuality, nudity and language
Tag Line: How do you stop a killer who can read your mind?
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Abbie Cornish, Colin Farrell
Plot: A psychic works with the FBI in order to hunt down a serial killer.
Running Time: 101 minutes

Rob: Also a movie not worthy of my attention this week because it’s not Rogue One…  But wait!  Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins), Detective Velcoro (Colin Farrell), & $%^*ing Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan)!?!?!? Ok, you have my attention for a couple minutes.  Looks decent I suppose.  A possible rental down the road.
Jessica: Oh Dr. Ford, love you, but not Rogue One, don’t care.
Chris: This movie has been sitting on a shelf for over a year looking for a distributor.  Not sure how this bodes for the film, especially since they are dumping it into the same release week as the new Star Wars.

Tickets Purchased: It’s unanimous, as if you thought any different!

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Trailer Snark (August 5, 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:  Jason Bourne took the box office crown with $60M, proving the franchise is still alive and well with Matt Damon back in his famous role.  Star Trek Beyond was second place with $24M and $105.7M overall.  Bad Moms debuted at number three with $23.4M.  The Secret Life of Pets held fourth place ($18.2M/296.1M).  And Lights Out rounded out the top five ($10.8/$42.8M).  Ice Age:  Collision Course ($10.5M/$42.1M), Ghostbusters ($9.8M/$106.1M), Nerve ($9M/$15M), Finding Dory ($4.2M/$469M), and The Legend of Tarzan ($2.4M/$121.8M) rounded out the top ten.  We are one day into the new weekend already, but here is what premiered across the USA last night!

Suicide Squad (Warner Bros) – Action/Adventure/Comedy
Rated PG – 13 for sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language
Tag Line: Worst. Heroes. Ever.
Starring:  Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto
Plot: A secret government agency recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency.
Running Time: 123 minutes

Jim: Two Words: Margot Robbie. Definitely this weekend.
Jessica: I’m excited for this one. As I’ve said before I enjoyed Superman v. Batman so I am hopefully this will be as good, or better than that one. It looks crazy and fun!
Rob: Normally I land solidly on the Make Mine Marvel side of the fence, but this looks like a fun & frenzied flick.  Heck, Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Harley Quinn  alone looks to be worth the price of admission.  Plus, I kinda dig the whole comic genre.
Chris: After Batman v Superman, I was a bit deflated on DC’s movie offerings, but this one has the potential to change my tune.

Nine Lives (EuropaCorpUSA) – Comedy/Family
Rated PG for thematic elements, language and some rude humor
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Christopher Walken
Plot: A stuffy businessman finds himself trapped inside the body of his family’s cat.
Running Time: 87 minutes

Chris: A bit shocked that Kevin Spacey is doing something like this.  I was getting a Gremlins vibe for a moment there.
Jim: Kevin Spacey, why? Jennifer Garner, why? Barry Sonnenfeld, from Men in Black to this?
Jessica: Oh Kevin. What the heck?
Rob: Ok, I think Kevin Spacey is one of the most talented actors around, but this is most certainly an odd choice of roles for someone so skilled…absolute pass.

Little Men (Magnolia) – Drama/Family
Rated PG for thematic elements, smoking and some language
Tag Line: Be on each other’s side.
Starring:  Greg Kinnear, Alfred Molina
Plot: A new pair of best friends have their bond tested by their parents’ battle over a dress shop lease.
Running Time: 85 minutes

Rob: Looks like a decent film, just not a big screen type for me.  Netflix queue.
Chris: Not my cup of java.
Jim: Looks interesting, rental.
Jessica: Looks sweet, I’ll probably never remember it though. But if I ever do see it, I’d watch it at home.

Five Nights in Maine (FilmRise) – Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: David Oyelowo, Dianne West
Plot: A young African American man, reeling from the tragic loss of his wife, travels to rural Maine to seek answers from his estranged mother-in-law, who is herself confronting guilt and grief over her daughter’s death.
Running Time: 82 minutes

Jessica: Holy cow this looks intense!
Rob: Like the rest, I was left wondering what is going on after the last few seconds of this trailer.  That’s not quite enough to pull me out to the theatre, but it was a finely crafted trailer.  Hopefully the film fits the same mold and its worth checking out down the road.
Chris: The trailer has me intrigued, and wondering what the mystery is.
Jim: This one of the best trailers I’ve seen in a long time. What the heck is going on?

Front Cover (Strand Releasing) – Comedy/Drama/Romance
Not Rated
Tag Line: Love is always in style.Starring: Jack Choi, James Chen
Plot: When a gay fashion stylist works with a renowned foreign actor, they both embark on a journey of self-discovery.
Running Time: 87 minutes

Jim: Looks well-made, but nah.
Jessica: I love the message, but the trailer left me feeling kind of blah.
Rob: Looks mildly interesting.  Pass.
Chris: I give this movie two snaps, a twist, and a kiss….my butt goodbye…pass.

Tickets Purchased: Unanimous Decision for Suicide Squad!

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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.