Trailer Snark (June 19th 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!

Dope (Open Road Films) – Comedy/Drama
Rated R for language, drug content, sexuality/nudity, and some violence-all involving teens
Tag Line:  It’s hard out here for a geek.
Starring: Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons
Plot: Life changes for Malcolm, a geek who’s surviving life in a tough neighborhood, after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a Los Angeles adventure.
Running Time: 103 minutes

Rob: I’m down with OPP, but what the hell is this movie even about.  Complete trailer failure.  Looks like there’s a second trailer but I can’t bring myself to bother clicking on it.
Chris: Shameik Moore sounds exactly like Don Cheadle.  I am liking the off-beat and not so typical characters that have been written into this script.  Could be a fun go at the theater!
Jessica: I’ve seen this trailer a few times now in the theater and I was unimpressed because it gave no sense of a story. I’ve seen the longer trailer now and it seems…interesting but overall I’ll forget about it after I write this.
Jim: Looks funny and intelligent. Very refreshing for a mainstream comedy these days.

Inside Out (Disney/Pixar) – Family
Rated PG for mild thematic elements and some action
Tag Line: Meet the little voices inside your head.
Starring: The vocal talents of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, and Diane Lane
Plot: After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
Running Time: 94 minutes

Jim: Pixar movies are almost always worth seeing. This looks like a good one. Funny that my 12 year old doesn’t have any interest in it, and maybe this is one time that the adult will have to drag the kid to see the kid’s movie.
Jessica: I don’t have any interest. In fact, once I realized which movie this was I said, “Ugh. I don’t want to see this trailer again,” that’s how much I don’t want to see this movie. It looks boring.
Rob: So that’s what all those voices in my head are…….  I had been wondering about that….until they told me not to. Disney and Pixar rarely disappoint.  Especially if you’re a fan of animation and quality storytelling.  This one’s clearly a winner, and I don’t need to watch any other trailers before telling you which one movie I would see this week.
Chris: The wife would be all over this one, and I would too if the kids were younger.  Guaranteed to be in our Blu-Ray library upon release.  

Burying the Ex (Image Entertainment) – Horror/Comedy
Rated R for sexual content, partial nudity, some horror violence, and language
Tag Line: Some relationships just won’t die.
Starring: Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene, and Alexandra Daddario
Plot: A guy’s regrets over moving in with his girlfriend are compounded when she dies and comes back as a zombie.
Running Time: 89 minutes

Chris: The bad relationship that just won’t die….literally.  Looks like a fun low budget affair.  And my man Anton Yelchin deserves a shout-out after his criminally overlooked turn as Dean Koontz hero Odd Thomas.
Jim: Wow. The trailer doesn’t make it look that great, but seeing Joe Dante’s name on it gives me hope. Maybe worth a rental.
Jessica: Looks okay. I like the lead kid there, can’t remember his name, but it’s not a theater pick, MAYBE a rental or maybe a Netflix pick.
Rob: Mildly amusing.  Zombie Ex.  This one has DVD at best written all over it.

The Overnight (The Orchard) – Comedy
Rated R for strong sexuality, graphic nudity, language and drug use
Tag Line: Pucker up
Starring: Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, and R.J. Hermes
Plot: Alex, Emily, and their son, RJ, are new to Los Angeles. A chance meeting at the park introduces them to the mysterious Kurt, Charlotte, and Max. A family “playdate” becomes increasingly interesting as the night goes on.
Running Time: 79 minutes

Jessica: I enjoy Adam Scott and Schwartzman so I would give this a watch, but not in the theater and who doesn’t enjoy a good sex comedy once in awhile?
Rob: Looks somewhat funny and the cast has talent.  Could be a complete trainwreck though…
Jim: Have to admit, the trailer makes it look interesting. Could be good, could be terrible.
Chris: I’d rather watch the undead girlfriend eat her man than these weirdo neighbors. Mercifully short at 79 minutes, so that is a plus.

Manglehorn (IFC Films) – Drama
Rated PG-13 on appeal for some sexual content and language, and for accident and surgery images
Tag Line: N/A
Starring: Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, and Chris Messina
Plot: Left heartbroken by the woman he loved and lost many years ago, Manglehorn, an eccentric small-town locksmith, tries to start his life over again with the help of a new friend.
Running Time: 97 minutes

Chris: Al Pacino seems to be on a comeback (between this and Danny Collins, released earlier this year).  Not sure it would be my pick for the cineplex, but the trailer cut makes it worth a look!  
Jim: Interesting title. Al Pacino has been coasting for awhile, but this great actor is always worth watching. Still, this trailer doesn’t pique my interest all that much.
Jessica: Looks interesting and with talent like Pacino it deserves a watch I think.
Rob: Mime in trailer.  Alert.  Alert.  Mime alert.  You have been warned.  Pacino is looking venerable, but still shows his skills.  This one’s too melancholy for me though.

Infinitely Polar Bear (Sony Picture Classics) – Comedy/Drama
Rated R for language
Tag Line: N/A
Starring: Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana
Plot: A manic-depressive mess of a father tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don’t make the overwhelming task any easier.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Jessica: I already love this movie because Mark Ruffalo is in it.
Rob: Mark Ruffalo in a green polo and all I want to hear is HULK SMASH!  At any rate, this one looks good and how could it not with Zoe Saldana starring?  It looks to be a heartfelt story of an imperfect family tackling the world.  Something so many of us can easily relate to.
Chris: Mark Ruffalo as a bi-polar outcast forced into a heroic role…this time he is not big and green though.
Jim: It’s got Mark Ruffalo in it. Worth seeing, ’nuff said.

Gabriel (Oscilloscope Pictures) – Drama/Thriller
Not Rated
Tag Line: N/A
Starring:  Rory Culkin, Emily Meade, and Lynn Cohen
Plot: A troubled young man searches obsessively for his first love, risking everything in an increasingly desperate pursuit.
Running Time: 85 minutes

Rob: Looks like some strong acting by Culkin and I’m somewhat intrigued.  Possible Redbox pick down the road.
Jim: No thanks.
Chris: Rory Culkin stars in this moody thriller about a disturbed young man who seeks first love.   Could be one of those diamonds in the independent film rough.  
Jessica: I’m left feeling very “eh” about this. I’m sure I’ll check it out when it’s out of theaters but I have low tolerance for “moody, haunting, blah, blah, blah” movies.

Tickets Purchased: 2 tickets for Inside Out (Jim, Rob), 1 ticket for Burying the Ex (Chris), and 1 ticket for Infinitely Polar Bear (Jessica)…..Ken sleeping off the jet lag.  😉

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What will you be watching this week?
-The Great Stories Team

2 thoughts on “Trailer Snark (June 19th 2015 Theatrical Trailers)

  1. I am thrilled for Inside Out! Actually, I might go see it tonight.

  2. Btw- I love this new format for the movie blog! Thanks, crew.

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