The National Organization of Theater Owners (NATO) wants to limit movie trailer times to two minutes. I understand the reasons they give, that movie fans complain trailers give away too much and to give exhibitors more control. But, you know, if you want to cut down on wasted time before movies, GET RID OF THE COMMERCIALS. The trailers are among the best parts and, as the six minute trailer for “Cloud Atlas” showed, sometimes you need a long trailer.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at