Trailer Snark (July 17th 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:  There were a 115 minion reasons (sorry, had to do it) an animated feature was tops at the box office last week, and Rob’s small concern they may not be able to carry a movie seems to have been dispelled.  The Gallows, in spite of the bad reviews, debuted at number 5 with $10 million (with a $0.32 budget, it is a huge hit!).  Meanwhile Self/less appears to have suffered from it’s non-traditional summer themes coming in at number 8 with only $5 million.  Jurassic World is still making lunch meat of the box office by staying at number two and it has taken in $590 million domestically…astounding!  Inside Out was right behind it at number three with it’s overall box office take now at $283 million. Terminator: Genisys held the number four position, but has failed thus far to meet its $155 million budget with only $68 million so far.  And now onto this week’s debuts!

Ant-Man (Marvel) – Action/Sci-Fi
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence
Tag Line: This July, summer has no bigger hero.
Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michael Pena, and Corey Stoll
Plot: Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Running Time: 117 minutes

Ken: This touches on all the summer feel-good buttons. Action, humor, heists, an reformed convict trying to do right by his kid. I think it could be a surprise hit.
Rob: Even the Mighty Marvel cant hit a home-run with every at bat.  Might be ok for Blu-Ray.  I’d almost go just for the Deadpool trailer and Stan Lee cameo if I thought we would get a trailer.
Chris: Much like Guardians of the Galaxy, nobody is expecting much from this one.  But I have a feeling, this is going to be one of the most fun rides at the theaters this summer.
Jessica: Going this Friday to see it! CAN’T WAIT. Besides having a lady crush on Paul Rudd, it has Michael ‘Freakin’ Douglas in it – I feel this is going to be a great flick and have high hopes for it.

Trainwreck (Universal) – Comedy
Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use
Tag Line: We all know one.
Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Tilda Swinton and Lebron James
Plot: Having thought that monogamy was never possible, a commitment-phobic career woman may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy.
Running Time: 125 minutes

Jessica: Can’t wait for this one, it looks funny and Amy Schumer is hilarious.
Chris:  I think this film has been aptly named.
Rob: Looks mildly amusing at best.
Ken: Amy Schumaker is a rude, classless **, and it’s hysterical. Amy aside, this looks like a formulaic rom-com with a dash of role reversal. And LeBron James. And was that John Cena at the movies? The champ is here!

Mr. Holmes (Roadside Attractions) – Mystery/Drama
Rated PG for thematic elements, some disturbing images and incidental smoking
Tag Line: The man behind the myth.
Starring: Sir Ian McKellan, Laura Linney, and Hiroyuki Sanada
Plot: An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes looks back on his life, and grapples with an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman.
Running Time: 104 minutes

Rob: Looks entertaining but not amazingly so.  Sir Ian McKellan certainly knows how to select a good script though, so it may well be better than the trailer makes it appear.
Ken: Yes! Finallly, someone doing a proper Sherlock Holmes story.  Conan Doyle Sherlock, not RDJ’s gun toting, pit fighting abomination. Somewhere, some young kids are disappointed with how Hollywood has ruined Sherlock Holmes for this movie.
Chris: Going to agree with Ken here all the way.  Looks like Sherlock Holmes as I believe Sir Arthur Conan Doyle may have intended.  Sir Ian McKellan is fantastic with everything he does, so expect a winner!
Jessica: I love Sir Ian McKellan and I love Sherlock Holmes, totally in for this one.

Irrational Man (Sony Picture Classics) – Mystery/Drama
Rated R for some language and sexual content
Tag Line: N/A
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, and Parker Posey
Plot: A tormented philosophy professor finds a will to live when he commits an existential act.
Running Time: 96 minutes

Chris: It’s a Woody Allen film.  I don’t support creeps.
Jessica: Won’t watch the trailer, I detest Woody Allen’s films (I know, I know) and I KNOW I won’t go see it. Unless I am tricked, like my friend Tara did to me once, she tricked me by saying Woody Allen did not direct “Vicky Christina Barcelona” – that is, to this day, the only WA film I’ve seen in recent years.
Ken: There’s something unsettlingly meta about Woody Allen’s latest. film Rent you later.
Rob: Doesn’t look very good.  The rational and irrational will both be skipping it methinks.

The Stanford Prison Experiment (IFC Films) – Drama/Thriller
Tag Line: N/A
Starring: Ezra Miller, Billy Crudup, and Tye Sheridan
Plot: Twenty-four male students out of seventy-five were selected to take on randomly assigned roles of prisoners and guards in a mock prison situated in the basement of the Stanford psychology building.
Running Time: 122 minutes

Ken: Truly disturbing look into prisoner/guard psychology and the darkness of the human heart. Don’t think I’d subject myself to this as entertainment though. The guy who conducted these real life experiments did a TED Talk about the experience and it’s pretty remarkable.
Jessica: I watched another version of this with Adrian Brody and Forrest Whitaker, it’s a terrifying true story and I will see this film because it looks well-done and creepy as heck.
Chris: Compelling docu-drama.  Guaranteed viewing on Netflix/Blue-Ray when it is available.
Rob: Dark and depraved.  An experiment gone horribly wrong or exactly as intended?  Could be interesting.

Tickets Purchased: 3 for Ant-Man (Jessica, Ken, and Chris) and Rob stays home with a good book.

After this weekend, everyone will know how Ant Man does it!
After this weekend, everyone will know how Ant Man does it!

What will you be seeing this weekend?
-The Great Stories Team

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