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The Founder Weaves Together a Fascinating Narrative About the American Dream

Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) gets his first taste of McDonalds’ possibilities in THE FOUNDER.

The Founder is the story of Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), the man who discovered the potential of a small hamburger joint in San Bernardino, California. It is the origin story of McDonalds. Having mild to moderate success as a salesman for various goods, Kroc finds himself both amused and intrigued when he receives an order for five multi-mixing milkshake machines. Perplexed at how one restaurant could ever such a need, he drives to the first ever McDonalds run by a pair of brothers, Dick (Nick Offerman) and Mac (John Carroll Lynch). Continue reading The Founder Weaves Together a Fascinating Narrative About the American Dream

What to Watch This Weekend: Hidden Figures

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On this episode, the GeekScholars host a spoiler-free discussion and review of Hidden Figures, a serious awards contender this season that tells the true story of three amazing women who worked at NASA during the height of space race in the 1960s.

What to Watch This Weekend is a weekly podcast from GeekScholars Movie News. Each Friday, the GeekScholars present a spoiler-free review of a  film that has just become available in the past week to watch by renting, streaming, or purchasing.

 

 

20th Century Women Educate on the Female Experience

Dorthea (L-Annette Benning) attempts to pass on some maternal wisdom to her son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) in 20th CENTURY WOMEN.

20th Century Women is a narrative of growing—older, wiser, and up. The story focuses on Dorthea (Annette Benning), a single mother living in Santa Barbara, California during 1979. Dorthea raises her son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) in a bed and breakfast style house which is also frequented by Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a budding photographer and feminist, Julie (Elle Fanning) a precocious young adult finding her way through life, and William (Billy Crudup) the maintenance man with ambition to do more with his career. Feeling the burden of raising a young man on her own, Dorthea enlists the help of these residents to help Jamie learn about the world. Continue reading 20th Century Women Educate on the Female Experience

What to Watch This Weekend: La La Land

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On this episode, the GeekScholars host a spoiler-free discussion and review of La La Land (a presumptive Academy Award nominee for best picture) an original movie musical that tells the story of a jazz musician and aspiring actress who strike up a romance in Los Angeles.

What to Watch This Weekend is a weekly podcast from GeekScholars Movie News. Each Friday, the GeekScholars present a spoiler-free review of a  film that has just become available in the past week to watch by renting, streaming, or purchasing.

 

Silence Speaks Volumes About Faith and Culture

Martin Scorsese (left) directs Andrew Garfield as Father Sebastião Rodrigues in SILENCE.

Silence is the story of resilience in the face of persecution. Based on true events, director Martin Scorsese’s latest epic chronicles the tale of two Portuguese Catholic Jesuit priests, Sebastião Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Francisco Garrpe (Adam Driver), as they travel to Japan in the 17th century. There, the two men of God hope to find their long lost mentor, Father Cristóvão Ferreira (Liam Neeson), and continue his work of spreading Christian to the country’s inhabitants. Continue reading Silence Speaks Volumes About Faith and Culture

Most Anticipated Films of 2017!

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This week’s episode of GeekScholars Movie News is one of our most popular every year as the hosts each reveal their most anticipated films of 2017! While most of the releases are big, listen in to learn which smaller films made the cut as well as Fox’s bonus round where he asks Jill and Chris to comment on some of the more intriguing movie currently on the calendar!

Manchester by the Sea Explores the Tumultuous Tides of Grief

Joe (Kyle Chandler-L), discusses options with his brother Lee (Casey Affleck-R) on a chilly in MANCHESTER BY THE SEA.

Manchester by the Sea is the story of Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck), a man who has experienced loss in a nearly unimaginable way. At the film’s opening, Lee is living in Boston working as a maintenance man for several apartment complexes where he is mostly unappreciated. His is a solitary life, typically avoiding human contact and interaction as much as possible. One routine day, Lee receives a call he appears to be both expecting and dreading—his brother, a man he loved, has passed. Continue reading Manchester by the Sea Explores the Tumultuous Tides of Grief

What to Watch This Weekend: The Magnificent Seven

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On this episode, the GeekScholars host a spoiler-free discussion and review of The Magnificent Seven, a remake of a remake (Seven Samurai) of seven highly skilled men who are tasked with defending a sleepy town from a evil despot in the old west.

What to Watch This Weekend is a weekly podcast from GeekScholars Movie News. Each Friday, the GeekScholars present a spoiler-free review of a  film that has just become available in the past week to watch by renting, streaming, or purchasing.

Golden Globe Nominations, a Trio of Trailers, Rogue One Spoiler-Free Review

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Happy Holidays from GeekScholars Movie News! In their last episode of the year, the hosts start off with a discussion of the 2017 Golden Globe Nominations, then weigh in on the quasi-sequel to Suicide Squad which will focus on Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy. From there the GeekScholars share their thoughts on three new trailers for: Despicable Me 3, Fate of the Furious, and Dunkirk.

To close things out, Fox, Jill, and Chris talk about the awesomeness of Rogue One, completely spoiler-free!

Miss Peregrine Soars, but in a Jumbled Flightpath

Seated on the floor: the twins (Thomas and Joseph Odwell), Fiona (Georgia Pemberton) and Hugh (Milo Parker), Left to right: Emma (Ella Purnell), Jake (Asa Butterfield), Horace (Hayden Keeler-Stone), Miss Peregrine (Eva Green), Enoch (Finlay Macmillan), Claire (Raffiella Chapman), Bronwyn (Pixie Davies) and Olive (Lauren McCrostie) – are the very special residents of MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN. Photo Credit: Leah Gallo.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is the adaptation of the popular young adult novel by Ransom Riggs which chronicles the tales of people, particularly youngsters, with extraordinary abilities. Such gifts might include the ability to control air, water, time, or even reanimate the dead or lifeless. When Jake (Asa Butterfield) discovers this hidden world of remarkable individuals, his life changes forever.

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What to Watch This Weekend: Southside With You

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On this episode, the GeekScholars host a spoiler-free discussion and review of Southside With You, the romantic lighthearted drama recounting Michelle Robinson’s  first date in Chicago with Barack Obama, the man she would eventually marry.

What to Watch This Weekend is a weekly podcast from GeekScholars Movie News. Each Friday, the GeekScholars present a spoiler-free review of a  film that has just become available in the past week to watch by renting, streaming, or purchasing.