Trailer Snark (September 18 2015 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: It was a dogfight for the top spot at the box office this past weekend but in the end, The Perfect Guy ($26.7M) edged out The Visit ($25.6M).  While these are not staggering numbers, both films have already turned big profits thanks to their low budgets.  War Room, last week’s number one, dropped to number three with $7.4M in receipts ($39M overall).  The rest of the field scored under $5M in box office and landed in the following order:  A Walk in the Woods, Mission Impossible Rogue Nation, Straight Outta Compton, No Escape, The Transporter Refueled, the debuting 90 Minutes in Heaven, and the foreign film Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos.  There is no doubt, however, that by next week we will be crowning a new box office champion with some serious contenders vying for the honors.  Let’s take a look!

Everest (Universal) – Adventure/Drama/Thriller
Rated PG-13 for intense peril and disturbing images
Tag Line: Never let go
Starring:  Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, Keira Knightley, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sam Worthington, and Emily Watson.
Plot: A climbing expedition on Mt. Everest is devastated by a severe snow storm.
Running Time: 121 minutes

Jessica: I have a mild to moderate obsession with Mt. Everest so I actually have seen another movie (though the name eludes me) about this exact Everest disaster – it’s a very compelling story and a very tragically sad one. This looks really good, great actors (I love me some Brolin) and hopefully does a good job with respecting the individual stories of that day on the mountain. Either way, it’s right up my Everest alley.
Ken: I’m petrified of heights. I get vertigo watching this trailer on my laptop screen. Windowed. The effects look insane, this might be the one to watch in theaters.
Rob: One of the penultimate man versus nature tales, and it looks like a good one.
Chris: My life group is discussing pushing the limitations of what we believe possible, and I can think of no better physical example than those that brave the perilous journey to the top of Mount Everest.  The movie looks beautiful, terrifying, and riveting.  Can’t miss it.

Maze Runner:  The Scorch Trials (Twentieth Century Fox) – Action/Drama
Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of violence and action, some thematic elements, substance use and language
Tag Line: The maze was just the beginning
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Plot: After having escaped the Maze, the Gladers now face a new set of challenges on the open roads of a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles.
Running Time: 131 minutes

Ken: Never read the books, didn’t watch the first movie, wasn’t planning on seeing the second one either but the trailer for Scorch Trails was entertaining. I’ll give it a look down the road when it comes to homes.
Chris: The first movie was decent enough, especially when measured against its teen drama contemporaries, but it is just not my choice cup of tea.  Particularly in the face of such other strong competition this week.  Consider it a rental for me.
Jessica: I read the series that these books are based on and I’ll say this, they were wickedly entertaining and the first movie did a bang-on job with getting the story right. i have a lot of faith that this one will follow its lead.

Black Mass (Warner Bros) – Biography/Crime/Drama
Rated R for brutal violence, language throughout, some sexual references and brief drug use
Tag Line: Based on the true story of one of the most notorious gangsters in U.S. history
Starring: Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Johnson, and Joel Edgerton.
Plot: The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.
Running Time: 122 minutes

Chris: Looks well-acted.  Its a dark story for those of us who have grown up in the Boston area.  Movies such as this run the risk of glamorizing the monster, which I hope the filmmakers manage to avoid.
Jessica: Oh man, there aren’t enough excited adjectives to express how excited I am about this movie. I have total faith that Johnny Depp is going to rock this role, can’t wait!
Ken: Before Disney and that unfortunate late Burton phase, Johnny Depp was considered one of the great American actors of our generation. He’s back to playing serious character roles and the results look spectacular. Black Mass has the makings of a classic gangster film.

Sicario (Lionsgate) – Action/Crime/Drama
Rated R for strong violence, grisly images, and language
Tag Line: The border is just another line to cross.
Starring: Josh Brolin, Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, and Jon Bernthal
Plot: An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by an elected government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.
Running Time: 121 minutes

Jessica: I was pleasantly surprised that this trailer looks actually quite interesting (and can we say Brolin again!?!?!). I love Del Toro and Emily Blunt is also a fave of mine. I say this looks like a total win.
Ken: Watched the trailer twice and still have no idea what this is going on, other than drug cartels are crazy. Great cast, but is all that star power enough to get me to lay down cash for this movie? As they say in Mexico, no.
Chris: Which Josh Brolin film do I want to see this week?  Sicario looks like incredible cinema to me.  Going to be a tough choice.

Captive (Paramount) – Crime/Drama
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving violence and substance abuse
Tag Line: Faith. Redemption. Survival.
Starring:  Kate Mara, David Oyelowo, and Mimi RogersPlot: A single mother struggling with drug addiction is taken hostage in her own apartment by a man on the run after breaking out of jail and murdering the judge assigned to his case.
Running Time: 97 minutes

Ken: A formulaic movie that pulls double duty as marketing vehicle for Rick Warren’s devotional, self-help book, The Purpose Driven Life.  
Chris: They should have called the movie by another version of the word.  Captivating.  Two broken people…will they be saved?  I’ll be tuning in.
Jessica: Hmmm … I’m back and forth on this one. Partly sickly sweet, party interesting. I’ll probably catch it online after it’s release.

Pawn Sacrifice (Bleecker Street Media) – Biography/Drama
Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexual content and historical smoking
Tag Line: In 1972, Bobby Fischer faced the Soviet Union in the greatest chess match ever played. On the board he fought the Cold War. In his mind he fought his madness.
Starring:  Tobey Maguire and Liev Schrieber
Plot: Set during the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer finds himself caught between two superpowers and his own struggles as he challenges the Soviet Empire.
Running Time: 114 minutes

Chris: I wonder at how closely the story follows reality.  Color me intrigued. Big fan of Liev Schrieber.
Jessica: I have a massive case of Toby McGuire dislike. I don’t know if it’s because he was Spiderman and I hate spiders and therefore am not a huge fan of Spiderman (yeah, I know it makes no sense, shush) or what but this one kind of leaves me feeling blah. Could be it’s about chess and I could not possibly care less about chess and Bobby Fisher.
Ken: Might ‘check’ it out.

About Ray (Weinstein Company) – Drama/Comedy
Not Rated
Tag Line: A family in transition.
Starring: Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, and Susan Sarandon
Plot: After Ray decides to transition from female to male, Ray’s mother, Maggie, must come to terms with the decision while tracking down Ray’s biological father to get his legal consent.
Running Time: 87 minutes

Jessica: I LOVE that they are making more movies about transgender and a transgender teen? Awesome on top of awesome. This has a powerhouse cast and looks uplifting and sad and everything it should be. I’ll watch it on DVD or on Amazon or Netflix.
Ken: Pass. But I’m rooting for it.
Chris: Seems like a pretty heartfelt movie.  Not my typical style, but I will check it out when it hits the small screen.

Tickets Purchased: 3 for Everest (Ken, Jessica, and Rob), 1 for Sicario (Chris), and 1 for Black Mass (Jessica on double movie duty).

Ken braves the heights and bumbles on his way to Everest's peak!
Ken braves the heights and bumbles on his way to Everest’s peak!
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