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Trailer Snark (May 20, 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: Disney continued its box office dominance by taking the top two slots.  Captain America: Civil War racked up another $72.5M for a total of $295.8M in overall domestic receipts.  Jungle Book was able to break $300M with its $17.7M weekend.  Clooney and Roberts’ Money Monster premiered in third place with $15M, while the Kevin Bacon horror, The Darkness, managed only $5.1M in its fourth place debut.  Mother’s Day finished out the top five ($3.2M/$28.7M).  The rest of the top ten were as follows:  Zootopia ($2.8M/$331.8M), Huntsman ($2.5M/$44.5M), Keanu ($1.9M/$18.6M), Barbershop ($1.6M/$51.3M), and The Boss ($1.1M/$61.1M).  Let’s take a look at this week’s new entries into our cineplexes.

Angry Birds (Sony) – Family
Rated PG for rude humor and action
Tag Line: Meet Bomb
Starring:  The voice talents of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Sean Penn, and more.
Plot: Find out why the birds are so angry. When an island populated by happy, flightless birds is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to three unlikely outcasts – Red, Chuck and Bomb – to figure out what the pigs are up to.
Running Time: 97 minutes

Ken: This movie should have been made years ago, if it should have been made at all.  
Chris: Not a chance.
Jessica: I don’t get it. I played the game, why is there a movie?
Jim: I’ve seen these trailers too many times, but I’ve never needed one to tell me I’m definitely not seeing this movie.

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (Universal) – Comedy
Rated R for crude sexual content including brief graphic nudity, language throughout, drug use and teen partying
Tag Line: New neighbors.
Starring: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron
Plot: After a sorority moves in next door, which is even more debaucherous than the fraternity before it, Mac and Kelly have to ask for help from their former enemy, Teddy.
Running Time: 92 minutes

Jim: The first was only mildly amusing, but…yeeeaaaaah, I think I’m still in for the second.
Ken: I couldn’t sit through the first one, not even going to attempt the sequel.
Chris: I actually thoroughly enjoyed the first.  Hope to laugh my way through a second installment.
Jessica: I love Seth Rogen to pieces but the first one bored me, I turned it off near the end I was so un-amused by it. I think it’s really only funny to folks who have to learn to be parents after being partygoers, etc. Not being a parent, this really just fell flat with me.

The Nice Guys (Warner Bros) – Action/Comedy/Crime
Rated R for violence, sexuality, nudity, language and brief drug use
Tag Line: Nice pair.
Starring: Russel Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice
Plot: A mismatched pair of private eyes investigate the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in 1970s Los Angeles.
Running Time: 116 minutes

Jessica: This movie looks great, I love Gosling and Crowe and this looks like a quirky little comedy that’s smart, but also totally ridiculous.
Jim: Looks like fun, reminds me of Shane Black’s other action comedy Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Love the ’70s-style graphics and voice-over.
Ken: Looks like a fun, buddy cop, action flick in the vein of Lethal Weapon.
Chris: Agree with the crew on this one.  Throwback buddy cop film with a bit of quirkiness thrown in.  Entertainment looks promising.
Weiner (Motto) – Documentary
Rated R for language and some sexual material
Tag Line: None
Starring: Huma Abedin
Plot: An examination of disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner’s mayoral campaign and the landscape of today’s political landscape.
Running Time: 96 minutes

Chris: The only good weiner is a grilled one….who wants some BBQ?
Jim: The current campaign has driven out of me any interest in seeing a documentary about one.
Ken: A hysterical look at how the weiner gets made.

Holy Hell (CNN Films) – Documentary
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Will Allen, Dimitrius Pulido
Plot: An inside look at a West Hollywood cult formed by a charismatic teacher in the 1980s that eventually imploded.
Running Time: 100 minutes

Ken: Hell no.
Chris: The Age of Aquarius gets a rebirth in the 80’s?  That dude is creepy looking.  Rental.
Jim: Looks interesting, possible rental.

Tickets Purchased:  Three for The Nice Guys (Ken, Jessica, and Jim) and One for Neighbors 2 (Chris)

The original nice guys....Alice Cooper and Dave Mustaine!
The original nice guys….Alice Cooper and Dave Mustaine!
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Trailer Snark (August 28th 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!

Last Week:  Without any true strong competition from the new releases, Straight Outta Compton and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation continued to occupy the top two spots at the box office this past weekend, with $26.7 million and $11.7 million respectively.  Compton has taken in $111.7 million since its debut two weeks ago, while the latest Tom Cruise action sequel has gone to $157.7 million domestically.  The top debut last week was the horror sequel Sinister 2, which took $10.6 million for a third place showing.  Of course, it cost less than $10 million to make, so it is still a success.  Hitman: Agent 47, meanwhile, opened to a disappointing $8.2 million in fourth. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. took in $7.4 million which was good for fifth place, but it has only taken in $26 million against its reported $75 million budget.  The rest of the top ten were as follows:  American Ultra (debut at $5.5M), The Gift ($4.3M/$31M), Ant-Man ($4M/$164.5M), Minions ($3.7M/$319.9M), and Fantastic Four ($3.6M/$49.6M).  And now for this week’s new entries….

We Are Your Friends (Warner Bros) – Drama/Music
Rated R for language throughout, drug use, sexual content and some nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Zac Efron, Wes Bentley, Emily Ratajkowski
Plot: Caught between a forbidden romance and the expectations of his friends, aspiring DJ Cole Carter attempts to find the path in life that leads to fame and fortune.
Running Time: 96 minutes

Ken: We live in an age where any clown with a Macbook can  call themself a DJ. Given enough money and minimal talent, all it takes is lights, loud music and lots of pretty people to throw a good party. Can the same be said about movies?
Rob: A movie about a DJ trying to make his mark.  Pass.
Chris: Rave music DJ movie….about the antithesis of my core interests at this age.

No Escape (Weinstein Company) – Action/Drama
Rated R for strong violence including a sexual assault, and for language
Tag Line: Survive together or die together
Starring: Lake Bell, Pierce Brosnan, and Owen Wilson
Plot: In their new overseas home, an American family soon finds themselves caught in the middle of a coup, and they frantically look for a safe escape in an environment where foreigners are being immediately executed.
Running Time: 103 minutes

Chris: I remember being pleasantly surprised by Owen Wilson’s serious acting turn in the action movie Behind Enemy Lines, and I look forward to his return to the genre.
Ken: Well wasn’t that a pleasant surprise? I saw Owen Wilson’s dumb face and my brain automatically thought “rom-com” and went into hibernation mode but that got real, real quick. Rescue copter? Nope, machine gun copter!
Rob: A family in jeopardy trying to escape Asian war and get to the US Embassy. Pass.

Z for Zachariah (Grindstone Entertainment Group) – Drama/SciFi/Thriller
Rated PG – 13 for a scene of sexuality, partial nudity, and brief strong language
Tag Line: After the end of the world she thought she was alone. She was wrong.
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Pine, Margot Robbie
Plot: In the wake of a disaster that wipes out most of civilization, two men and a young woman find themselves in an emotionally charged love triangle as the last known survivors.
Running Time: 95 minutes

Rob: A Post-Apocalyptic Love Triangle.  Pass.
Chris: I saw apocalyspe movie, and I immediately thought another zombie movie. Thankfully it was not.  And it actually looks like it could be a diamond in the rough.
Ken: Z for zzzzzzzzzzz….

War Room (Sony) – Spiritual Drama
Rated PG for thematic elements throughout
Tag Line: Prayer is a powerful weapon
Starring: Priscilla Shirer, T.C. Stallings, and Karen Abercrombie
Plot: A seemingly perfect family look to fix their problems with the help of Miss Clara, an older, wiser woman.
Running Time: 120 minutes

Ken: Is it just me or did that feel a little bit churchy? Dear lord, deliver me from this movie.
Rob: Religious Schlock.  Pass.
Chris: The trailer does not delve into too much except about the plot except that its about the power of prayer, but if you have seen Courageous, you know that the filmmaker’s can make a truly inspiring movie.

Queen of the Earth (IFC Films) – Drama/Thriller
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Katherine Waterston, and Patrick Fugit
Plot: Two women who grew up together discover they have drifted apart when they retreat to a lake house together.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Chris: With the throw-back 1970’s style trailer, I don’t know if I am supposed to take the subject matter seriously or not.  Creepy, quirky, and exploitive…words that come to mind.
Ken: Holy crap that was so unsettling for so many reasons. Foremost being the narrator’s voice.
Rob: A very crappy looking psychological thriller.  Pass.

Tickets Purchased:  2 for No Escape (Ken and Chris) while Rob stays home to re-enact Billy Madison scenes in his bath tub.

Escape is apparently futile
Escape is apparently futile