Trailer Snark (June 5th 2015 Theatrical Releases)

Welcome to our newest column, Trailer Snark, which will be a weekly column that will be published on Thursdays 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!

Entourage (HBO)Comedy
Rated R for pervasive language, strong sexual content, nudity and some drug use
Starring:  Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly, Jessica Alba, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, and Jerry Ferrara
Plot:  Movie star Vincent Chase, together with his boys Eric, Turtle, and Johnny, are back – and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold on a risky project that will serve as Vince’s directorial debut.
Running Time:  104 minutes

Jessica:  “No interest, the show looked dull and the trailer does nothing for me.”
Ken:  “It’s been five years since my last episode of Entourage. Aside from skinny Turtle, the movie looks exactly the way I remember the show. Which ain’t saying a lot. I’m sure fans of the HBO series will dig it, but this is a pass for me.”
Chris:  “Never seen the TV show, so I will be skipping this one.  Trailer looks intriguing, but having missed out on eight seasons of character development, I have some catching up to do.”
Jim: “N
ever watched the show , so it doesn’t mean as much to me as it would to some. But I’ll say that Kevin Dillon looks like a cross between his brother Matt and Ethan Hawke and that Jeremy Piven absolutely rules.

Rob:Never saw the show, but was intrigued by the trailer.  If I do eventually see it, I’ll catch it on HBO.”

Love & Mercy (Roadside Attractions)Biographical Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, drug content and language
Starring:  John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, Paulo Giamatti, Paul Dano, Jake Abel, and Dee Wallace
Plot:  In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy.
Running Time:  120 minutes

Chris:John Cusack in the role of Brian Wilson of Beach Boys fame.  The lovely Elizabeth Banks is the female lead with Paul Giamatti in support.  A look into the professional and private life of a talented and disturbed man.  Looks FANTASTIC!”
Rob: “Cusack doesnt look very much like Wilson, but Dano seems to fit the mold.  Looks promising, but it’s one of those times where a lesser known actor would improve immersion.”
Jessica: “Eh. This trailer didn’t tell me much other than it looks like a blah fest of sadness and all that. I do love John Cusack but I won’t be rushing to check this one out. If the trailer bores me I don’t have much hope for the actual movie.”
Ken: “Brian Wilson is one of the greatest American song writers of all time. The movie looks great but I might wait to watch this one at home.”
Jim: “Great cast, love the Beach Boys, looking forward to this one!

Spy (20th Century Fox)Comedy
Rated R for language throughout, violence, and some sexual content including brief graphic nudity
Starring:  Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, and Morena Baccarin
Plot: A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster.
Running Time: 120 minutes

Rob:I saw the movie poster and I didn’t even want to watch the trailer.  I watched it anyways.  That was a mistake.  Spy looks to be a generic attempt at mixing comedy and the spy genre.  Verdict:  Skip this and hold out for Spectre in November.
Ken:This movie looks dumb as hell but Melissa McCarthy is a damn funny broad.”
Jessica: “Oh my goodness, this one made me CRACK up. I admit to having mad love for McCarthy and this just looks like a lot of fun. I don’t know if I’ll catch it in the theater but I’ll most certainly be seeing it at some point.”
Jim: “Looks funny, another great cast!

Chris:Melissa McCarthy might be the new First Lady of Comedy, and Jason Statham is along for the ride, which makes it intriguing.  Mildly amusing trailer, but I am not a big fan of humor on the big screen.”

Insidious: Chapter 3 (Focus/Blumhouse)Horror
Rated PG-13 for violence, frightening images, some language and thematic elements
Starring: Lin Shaye, Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Leigh Whannell, and Angus Sampson
Plot:  A prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family that reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.
Running Time: 97 minutes

Jim:I love horror movies, but I’ve grown to hate the clichés of horror movie trailers.  And why do they have a trailer for this on ABC Family?
Chris: I must admit, this one looks pretty spooky from the trailer, and Insidious has been one of the stronger horror franchises out there.  Lin Shaye is quickly becoming a horror icon, and not just because of There’s Something About Mary!”Ken:Went to Avengers 2 with the girlfriend. She shrieked in terror during this trailer. Without a doubt, going to see this.
Jessica:I AM IN. It looks delightfully creepy and fun. I enjoyed the first two, though by far the first one was the best. I can only hope this one will be a lot of fun. I love being scared but it’s hard to do (so far the only movie that STILL scares this lady is the original Poltergeist- silly but true).
Rob:Generic supernatural horror movie.  Meh.”

The Nightmare (Gravitas Ventures)Horror Documentary
Not Rated
Starring: Yatoya Toy, Steven Yvette, and Siegfried Peters
Plot: A look at a frightening condition that plagues thousands; sleep paralysis.
Running Time: 94 minutes

Chris:Listed as a documentary about sleep paralysis but definitely going for a theatrical dramatic twist in a low budget way.  The subject matter is of interest to me, but I can’t help but feel that the filmmaker is going more for scare tactics than an actual study of the phenomena.”
Rob: “Watching this “documentary” would be a nightmare.  Luckily, I’m wide awake.”
Jim: “Can probably do without seeing this one, I do like to sleep at night.

Tickets Purchased:  2 tickets for Love & Mercy (Chris, Jim), 1 ticket for Insidious: Chapter 3 (Ken), 1 ticket for Spy (Jessica), and 1 ticket for Entourage (Rob)

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