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: Finding Dory took first place for the third week in a row! The popular sequel made another $41.9M for a total domestic haul of $372.2M to date. The next three spots were occupied by films making their debut. The Legend of Tarzan was the runner-up with $38.1M, followed by The Purge: Election Year at $30.8M and The BFG at $19.5M. Independence Day 2 closed out the top five with another $16.5M to add to its $72.6M total. The rest of the top ten was as follows: Central Intelligence ($12.3M/$91.7M), The Shallows ($9M/$35.2M), Free State of Jones ($4.1M/$15.1M), The Conjuring 2 ($3.8M/$95.2M), and Now You See Me 2 ($2.9M/$58.6M). Let’s take a look at this week’s new entries.
The Secret Life of Pets (Universal) – Family/Comedy
Rated PG for action and some rude humor
Tag Line: Ever wonder what your pets do when you’re not home?
Starring: Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Albert Brooks, Lake Bell
Plot: A terrier named Max regularly invites his friends to hang out at his place while his owner is gone, but his quiet life is upended when said owner also takes in Duke, a stray mutt whom Max instantly dislikes.
Running Time: 90 minutes
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (20th Century Fox) – Comedy
Rated R for crude sexual content, language throughout, drug use and some graphic nudity
Tag Line: They needed hot dates. They got hot messes.
Starring: Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza
Plot: Two brothers place an online ad to find dates for a wedding and the ad goes viral.
Running Time: 98 minutes
Captain Fantastic (Bleecker Street Media) – Drama
Rated R for language and brief graphic nudity
Tag Line: He Prepared Them For Everything Except The Outside World
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Steve Zahn
Plot: In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent.
Running Time: 118 minutes
Cell (Saban Films) – Horror/Thriller
Rated R for disturbing violent content, terror, brief sexuality and language
Tag Line: When everyone is connected, no one is safe.
Starring: Samuel L Jackson, John Cusack
Plot: When a mysterious cell phone signal causes apocalyptic chaos, an artist is determined to reunite with his young son in New England.
Running Time: 98 minutes
Tickets Purchased: Three for The Secret Life of Pets (Ken, Jim, and Chris) and One for Captain Fantastic (Jessica)