Trailer Snark (September 11th 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: In a bit of a shock, the faith-based power of prayer movie War Room took the number one spot at the box office in its second week in release, finally knocking Straight Outta Compton from the summit.  It was a relatively weak ticket sale weekend where the top dog took in just under $10 million.  Straight Outta Compton took about $8.8 million bringing its total domestic haul to $147.7 million.  The highest debut came from third place A Walk in the Woods with $8.4M in receipts.  Mission Impossible held in the top four ($7.1M/180M) and The Transporter Refueled managed a top five finish with $7M.  While the rest of the top ten did anemic box office numbers, Jurassic World and Ant-Man finally dropped from sight.  What movies are debuting that could possibly jump-start the sagging theater business?  Here are your candidates…..

The Visit (Universal) – Comedy/Horror
Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material including terror, violence and some nudity, and for brief language
Tag Line:  Nobody loves you like your grandparents
Starring: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunegan, and Peter McRobbie
Plot: A single mother finds that things in her family’s life go very wrong after her two young children visit their grandparents.
Running Time: 94 minutes

Jessica: I saw this trailer awhile back and thought two things, first thought was, oh cool, looks fun and creepy and then … M. Night Shymalan – oh crap no. I have absolutely NO faith in his writing or directing abilities after the horrible “Village” and that suck-fest, “The Happening.” I’ll pass on this.
Chris: Like fools, we all keep trying.  Yeah, that is me every time there is a new M. Night Shymalan movie.  I just want to recapture all of the things I liked about The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs.  Come on brother…I know you have it in you to thrill me again, in spite of a parade of disappointments!
Ken: Like the boss man, I just don’t know how to quit Shyamalan.  It would be an amazing twist if this film doesn’t end up a mediocre load of garbage.  Looks creepy but the M Knight needs to regain my trust before I plunk down money to watch his films in the theater.
Rob: Creepy ass grandparents and kids in jeopardy.  No thanks.

The Perfect Guy (Screen Gems) – Thriller
Rated PG-13 for violence, menace, sexuality and brief strong language.
Tag Line: Trust one, fear the other
Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Morris Chestnut, and Michael Ealy
Plot: After breaking up with her boyfriend, a professional woman gets involved with a man who seems almost too good to be true.
Running Time: 100 minutes

Rob: Next up, creepy ass stalker guy flick.  No thanks.
Jessica: Saw the “twist” coming a mile away. Trite nonsense that has been done to DEATH. I’ll admit it had a few creepy moments so perhaps I’ll catch it on streaming or DVD.
Chris: Looks like an entertaining enough thriller.  Don’t expect any twists or air of mystery though.
Ken: So spoiler alert, turns out the guy’s actually not perfect. Shocking, I know. A movie so bad they had to put a twist into the title. They should have called it “A Good Movie”.

90 Minutes in Heaven (Samuel Goldwyn Films) – Drama
Rated PG-13 for intense accident and injury images
Tag Line: Hope lives
Starring: Hayden Christensen and Kate Bosworth
Plot: A man involved in a horrific car crash is pronounced dead, only to come back to life an hour and a half later, claiming to have seen Heaven.
Running Time: 121 minutes
Ken: This movie wouldn’t have been as interesting if the guy had been miraculously saved by doctors and medical science.
Rob: Guy “died” and “went to Heaven” after horrific car accident.  Based on a “true” story…  Mhmm…
Jessica: I couldn’t even get through the trailer. It was simply too sickly over the top for me. Great that it’s a true story but I’m all set with this one.
Chris: There is a place in our world for powerful spiritual messages.  Especially in a world that is so obsessed with tragedy.  Triumph may not be as chic, but it is good for the soul.

Sleeping with Other People (IFC Films) – Comedy
Rated R for strong sexual content, language including sexual references, and some drug use
Tag Line: A romantic comedy with commitment issues
Starring: Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis
Plot: A good-natured womanizer and a serial cheater form a platonic relationship that helps reform them in ways, while a mutual attraction sets in.
Running Time: 95 minutes

Chris: For me it is more like Sleeping Next to Other People in the theater.  Skip.
Ken: I wanted to dislike the trailer when I heard the hook but I’ll admit it, Sleeping with Other People looked like good, raunchy fun to me.
Rob: A couple of sex addicts fall in love.  Might have a few good laughs, but I want more from a flick.
Jessica: Jason Sudekis is funny, sure, but he seems to play the SAME guy in every movie. This might have some laughs, it might not. Not going to risk my money on it though. This is an at-home viewer.

A Brilliant Young Mind (Samuel Goldwyn Films) – Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line: Is there a formula for love?
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, and Sally Hawkins
Plot: A socially awkward teenage math prodigy finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad.
Running Time: 111 minutes

Jessica: Loved this trailer, maybe because I know a kid on the spectrum so it meant something more to me than others but seems like a solid cast, good story and I had some feels while watching the trailer. Not all the feels, but some of them.
Chris: Movies such as these help us to understand those that are different.  Probably the best lessons we can take away from such art.
Rob: Looks like it has some heart, but not my cup of tea either.
Ken: Yup.

Time Out of Mind (IFC Films) – Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Richard Gere, Jena Malone, and Steve Buscemi
Plot: George seeks refuge at Bellevue Hospital, a Manhattan intake center for homeless men, where his friendship with a fellow client helps him try to repair his relationship with his estranged daughter.
Running Time: 120 minutes

Ken: Great track, Nick Cave and the Bad Seed’s Far From Me.  Numbers vary, but it’s estimated that somewhere around 25% of persistently homeless adults suffer from some form of mental illness. Trailer looked pretty good too.
Jessica: Sigh. I mean … sigh. I just don’t know, the trailer depressed me.
Chris: This movie trailer makes me sad.  It would make me sadder to lighten my wallet to only increase my depressive state after watching it.
Rob: Richard Gere as a drunk homeless man.  Looks pretty damn depressing.  Why would anyone pay to go be depressed?

Tickets Purchased:  One for A Brilliant Young Mind (Ken) and one for The Visit (Chris).  Jessica and Rob, once again, home on the couch counting their money saved.

This week proves that all Grandparents are so innocent and loveable!
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