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: Who can beat the Hunger Games? Apparently no one. Mockingjay took the top of the box office again this week with $51.6M to add to their $198M domestic haul. This week’s highest debut was driven by the kiddie factor as The Good Dinosaur came in second with $39M ($55M overall since it came on a few days earlier in the week). Creed also fared well with a third place showing and hopeful that strong word of mouth could keep it from slipping too much next week. It took in just a hair over $30M during the weekend and now has $42.6M overall. The rest of the list played out like this: Spectre ($12.8/$176M), The Peanuts Movie ($9.7M/$116.7M), The Night Before ($8.2M/$24.1M), The Secret in Their Eyes ($4.5M/$14M), Spotlight ($4.4M/$12.3M), Brooklyn ($3.8M/$7.2M), and The Martian ($3.3M/$218.6M). Let’s check out this week’s new contenders……..
Krampus (Universal) – Comedy/Horror
Rated PG-13 for sequences of horror violence/terror, language and some drug material
Tag Line: ….Is Coming to Town.
Starring: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner
Plot: A boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a Christmas demon to his family home.
Running Time: 98 minutes
Chi-Raq (Lionsgate) – Drama
Rated R for strong sexual content including dialogue, nudity, language, some violence and drug use
Tag Line: This is an emergency!
Starring: Samuel Jackson, Wesley Snipes, Nick Cannon, John Cusack, Angela Bassett
Plot: A modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago.
Running Time: 118 minutes
Macbeth (The Weinstein Company) – Drama/War
Rated R for strong violence and brief sexuality
Tag Line: All hail!
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard
Plot: Macbeth, a Thane of Scotland, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.
Running Time: 113 minutes
Ken: This looks like a proper adaptation of one of the Bard’s darkest and most relevant tragedies. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.
Jim: I’m usually up for a good Shakespeare adaptation, but this looks like a case of been there, done that. Pass (even though, yes, Fassbender rules!).
Chris: I was preparing to yawn my way through the trailer, but those were some riveting and beautiful shots. Fassbender rules too.
Jessica: I love Macbeth and this looks well done and intriguing but def a home viewer for me.
Youth (Fox Searchlight) – Drama
Rated R for graphic nudity, some sexuality, and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel
Plot: A retired orchestra conductor is on holiday with his daughter and his film director best friend in the Alps when he receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip’s birthday.
Running Time: 118 minutes
Christmas Eve (Unstuck) – Comedy
Rated PG for some peril, thematic elements and language
Tag Line: They’ll be home for Christmas…if only in their dreams.
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Jon Heder
Plot: Hilarity, romance, and transcendence prevail after a power outage traps six different groups of New Yorkers inside elevators on Christmas Eve.
Running Time: 95 minutes
A Royal Night Out (Atlas) – Drama/Romance
Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and brief drug elements
Tag Line: None
Starring: Sarah Gadon, Bel Powley, Rupert Everett
Plot: On V.E. Day in 1945, as peace extends across Europe, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret are allowed out to join the celebrations. It is a night full of excitement, danger and the first flutters of romance.
Running Time: 97 minutes
Chris: Not a night out for me. Pass.
Tickets Purchased: Three for Krampus (Jessica, Chris, and Jim) and one for Macbeth (Ken)