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Trailer Snark (May 27, 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: It may be shocking to some, but Angry Birds took perch at the top of the box office with $39M last weekend.  Captain America: Civil War was bumped to second with $33.1M and now $347.9M overall. Two other debuts occupied the third and fourth slots with Neighbors making $21.7M and The Nice Guys taking in $11.2M.  Jungle Book closed out the top five with $11M and $327.4M overall.  The rest of the top ten went like this:  Money Monster ($7M/$27.1M), The Darkness ($2.3M/$8.4M), Zootopia ($1.7M/$334.4M), The Huntsman ($1.1M/$46.6M), and Mother’s Day ($1.1M/$31.2M).  This week is a light schedule but a very hefty entry……

X-Men:  Apocalypse (Twentieth Century Fox) – Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi
Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, action and destruction, brief strong language and some suggestive images
Tag Line: Destroy
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult
Plot: With the emergence of the world’s first mutant, Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan.
Running Time: 144 minutes

Jim: It’s an X-Men movie. Of COURSE I’m gonna see it. Even the weaker ones (The Last Stand, First Class) are worth seeing.
Ken: I’d never miss an X-Men movie, and my excitement has been growing exponentially with each new trailer. Rumors are the Apocalypse movie will setup my favorite X-Men story of all time, the Dark Phoenix Saga.
Chris: Like I would miss a Marvel-related film?  The only big question for me is, “do we get to see Old Man Logan?”
Jessica: A big pass from me. Not a huge fan of what Singer has done in the X-men universe and this one looks pretty blah to me. Which stinks because you know  I LOVE a Marvel movie! I’ll check this one out at home when it’s cheaper and/or free!

Alice Through the Looking Glass (Disney) – Adventure/Family/Fantasy
Rated PG for fantasy action/peril and some language
Tag Line: This spring, it’s time for a little madness.
Starring:  Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter
Plot: Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.
Running Time: 113 minutes

Jessica: I liked the first one, not love, and this one is only okay looking. An at-home viewer for sure.
Jim: The first, Tim-Burton directed Alice in Wonderland was a charmless CGI snooze. He’s not directing this one, but it doesn’t look much different than the first.
Ken: Burton really missed the mark with the Alice remakes. I enjoyed his adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory because it was true to the source material. Not the case with Alice, which only superficially resembles the Lewis Carroll classic, trading in the whimsy and wonder for slapstick and CGI.
Chris: I didn’t see the first, and I am not likely to see this one.  I still prefer Tom Petty’s iteration.

The Ones Below (Magnet) – Thriller
Rated R for language, some sexuality and nudity
Tag Line: How well do you know your neighbors?
Starring: Clemence Poesy, David Morrisey
Plot: A couple expecting their first child discover an an unnerving difference between themselves and the couple living in the flat below them who are also having a baby.
Running Time: 87 minutes

Chris: After seeing The Burbs this week, my appetite for crazy neighbors has suddenly sky-rocketed.  I’ll check it out!
Jessica: Looks interesting!
Jim: Looks good and Roman-Polanski creepy.
Ken: Ick, creepy, There’s something about babies in peril that immediately ramps up the anxiety level to eleven.

Tickets Purchased:  Three for X-Men: Apocalypse (Ken, Jim, and Chris) and Jessica takes in another viewing of Civil War.

Apocalypse...the first mutant...done by the legendary Skotty Young
Apocalypse…the first mutant…done by the legendary Skotty Young