Trailer Snark (November 13, 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: James Bond shakes and stirs the box office with a mighty $73M in receipts to take the top spot this week (greater than the combined box office of all top ten movies from last week).  The Peanuts Movie came in second with $45M.  The Martian held onto the third place spot ($9.3M/$197M).  Goosebumps was fourth ($$6.9M/$66.4M), and fifth place belonged to Bridge of Spies ($6M/$54.9M).  The rest of the top ten were as follows: Hotel Transylvania 2 ($3.5M/$161.2M), Burnt ($3M/$10.2M), The Last Witch Hunter ($2.6M/$23.5M), The Intern ($1.8M/$71.4M), and Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension ($1.6M/$16.2M).  And now let’s look at this week’s new box office entries……

By the Sea (Universal) – Drama/Romance
Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity, and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt
Plot: Set in France during the mid-1970s, Vanessa, a former dancer, and her husband Roland, an American writer, travel the country together. They seem to be growing apart, but when they linger in one quiet, seaside town they begin to draw close to some of its more vibrant inhabitants, such as a local bar/café-keeper and a hotel owner.
Running Time: 132 minutes

Jessica: I have no opinion on this one other than to say it looks like Bradgelina’s version of Eyes Wide Shut (not the story, the couple doing a film together that’s “edgy” and blah blah blah) though Angelina is a talented writer/director this just doesn’t appeal to me much.
Chris: I don’t know.  That was a strange trailer.  And it made me wonder how difficult it is for a real life married couple to act out such obvious marital angst?
Ken: Hilarious. It’s a dark comedy… No? No. Then it looks terrible.
Jim: Not sure how the movie will be, but the trailer is certainly well done. Moody and leaves me asking questions.

The 33 (Alcon) – Biography/Drama/History
Rated PG-13 for a disaster sequence and some language
Tag Line: Hope runs deep.
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Lou Diamond Phillips, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin
Plot: Based on the real-life event, when a gold and copper mine collapses, it traps 33 miners underground for 69 days.
Running Time: 127 minutes

Jim: Looks good, I’m a sucker for disaster movies. The fact that it’s based on a real incident only adds to my interest.
Jessica: Looks good, not sure how accurate it is but it’s a home viewer.
Chris: I am with Jess on this one.  Disaster films are more home fare for me.  This one does look good, and retells a real event, which makes it a cut above the average disaster flick.
Ken: Well of course they’re going to make it out alive. It’s a movie. Duh. I’ll watch this at home where no one will see me cry.

Love the Coopers (CBS Films) – Comedy
Rated PG – 13 for thematic elements, language and some sexuality
Tag Line: You can’t regift family.
Starring: Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Marisa Tomei, Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde
Plot: When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday.
Running Time: 107 minutes

Ken: “Love” may be a bit strong. The Coopers are alright.
Jim: Love the cast, but not the trailer.
Jessica: Ugh. I love me a good Christmas movie but this does not really look like that. I’ll stay home and re-watch “The Ref” or “Christmas Vacation” thanks.
Chris: I am not sure I would cough up the $10 to see this one in the theater, but I am intrigued.  The cast is great.

James White (The Film Arcade) – Drama
Rated R for drug use, some sexuality/nudity, and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Cynthia Nixon, Christopher Abbott
Plot: James, a 21-year-old New Yorker, struggles to take control of his self-destructive behavior in the face of momentous family challenges.
Running Time: 85 minutes

Chris: Looks unwatchable to me….and that is saying something.
Jessica: Don’t care at all about this one.
Ken: You guys are crazy, I thought this looked very good. Not go to the movies and pay $20 good, but good enough that if it was on TV on a Tuesday night I’d give it a watch.
Jim: Looks like a good, solid film, but I’m not sure if I want to do gritty and realistic this holiday season.

Entertainment (Magnolia Pictures) – Drama
Rated R for language, crude sexual material, a disturbing image and brief drug use
Tag Line: None
Starring: Greg Turkington, Tye Sheridan, John C. Reilly, Dean Stockwell, Michael Cera
Plot: En route to meet his estranged daughter and attempting to revive his dwindling career, a broken, aging comedian plays a string of dead-end shows in the Mojave desert.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Jim: Pretty weird. I dunno.
Chris: I wanted to reach through my laptop and stick a gag in Turkington’s mouth.  Not a good sign. Michael Cera only makes strange movies these days it seems.
Ken: That was so weird and I loved every minute of it. The sad clown humor totally tickles me.
Jessica: I was annoyed at the “existential masterpiece” comment and then clicked off when it started go nowhere. When I can’t bother with the trailer that’s a BIG miss for me.

My All American (Clarius Entertainment) – Drama
Rated PG for thematic elements, language and brief partial nudity
Tag Line: Hope never quits.
Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Finn Whitrock, Robin Tunney
Plot: Freddie Steinmark, an underdog on the gridiron, faces the toughest challenge of his life after leading his team to a championship season.
Running Time: 118 minutes

Jessica: Football true stories are usually good, inspiration viewing.
Jim: No sports movie cliché left unturned.
Chris: Rudy for a new generation?
Ken: America loves an inspiring football story and this one’s all heart. It’s crazy to think that just 50 years ago there were no black players in college football.  

Kilo Two Bravo (Honora) – Drama/War
Rated R for disturbing and graphic depiction of war injuries, and for pervasive language
Tag Line: A film about bravery, courage, heroism and the ultimate sacrifice.
Starring: David Elliot, Mark Stanley, Scott Kyle
Plot: Kajaki Dam 2006. A company of young British soldiers encounter an unexpected, terrifying enemy. A dried-out river bed, and under every step the possibility of an anti-personnel mine. A mine that could cost you your leg – or your life.
Running Time: 108 minutes

Ken: A group of soldiers watching their friends getting blown to bits in a minefield. No thanks, not my idea of entertainment.
Jessica: A group of soldiers watching their friends getting blown to bits in a minefield. No thanks, not my idea of entertainment.
Jim: Looks intense, but I’ve seen this too many times before (The Hurt Locker, Survivor, etc).
Chris: The trailer did not do much for me in spite of my love for military flicks, but the buzz is pretty great which makes me think twice.

Tickets Purchased: One for The 33 (Jim), one for Entertainment (Ken), one for Love the Coopers (Chris), and Jessica stays home to watch Christmas Vacation on a constant loop.

Now, that's entertainment!
Now, that’s entertainment!
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