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!
Doctor Strange (Disney) – Action/Fantasy/Adventure
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action throughout, and an intense crash sequence
Tag Line: Open your mind. Change your reality.
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton
Plot: A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts.
Running Time: 115 minutes
Jessica: HECK YEAH!!! This is what Im seeing this week, no question. I know nothing of the source materials, but it looks amazing and Marvel has a stellar track record in my book!
Jim: Not being a comic book follower, I don’t get the chills from this that fans have been getting, but it looks intriguing. That, and Benedict Cumberbatch rocks!
Chris: It’s a Marvel movie….of course I want to see it. And though Ken and Rob are absent from this week’s trailer reviews, It would be safe to speak for them as well.
Trolls (Dreamworks) – Family/Animation
Rated PG for some mild rude humor
Tag Line: Find your happy place
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Russel Brand
Plot: After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends.
Running Time: 92 minutes
Chris: I knew it…Russel Brand is a troll! Pass.
Jessica: Good lord no.
Jim: Despite the surfeit of animated flicks, this looks amusing enough to be watchable. Have to admit I like the Timberlake tune.
Loving (Focus Features) – Biography/Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements
Tag Line: All love is created equal.
Starring: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton
Plot: Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, are sentenced to prison in Virginia in 1958 for getting married.
Running Time: 123 minutes
Jim: Looks well-acted and absorbing.
Chris: One of the most important civil rights cases in our nation’s history. How can that not be compelling fare for the big screen?
Jessica: This looks truly amazing and I have definite plans to check this out.
Hacksaw Ridge (Summit Entertainment) – Biography/Drama
Rated R for intense prolonged realistically graphic sequences of war violence including grisly bloody images
Tag Line: When the order came to retreat, one man stayed.
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Teresa Palmer, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington
Plot: WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to be awarded the Medal of Honor.
Running Time: 131 minutes
Jessica: This looks intriguing, I’d watch this at home.
Jim: Wow. This looks incredible. Interesting that Mel Gibson isn’t mentioned by name.
Chris: This has to be one of the most unique war stories I have ever heard of…..and the fact that it is based fully on the real life story of this incredible young man. Count me in!
Peter and the Farm (Magnolia Pictures) – Documentary
Tag Line: None
Starring: Peter Dunning
Plot: A documentary on Peter Dunning, the proprietor of Mile Hill Farm in Vermont who has isolated himself away from his family and often suggests to the filmmakers to make his own suicide a narrative device.
Running Time: 91 minutes
Chris: An exploration of mental illness or an indictment of society? I am not really sure, but the trailer managed to grip me hard.
Jessica: Well then, this looks…interestingly intense. I’m curious.
Jim: Ohhhh-kaaaay. I dunno…
Tickets Purchased: Two for Doctor Strange (Jessica and Chris) and One for Hacksaw Ridge (Jim)