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Movie Review: Ice Age: Collision Course Signals the Franchise’s Creativity is Extinct

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Ice Age: Collision Course reunites the stars of the franchise, new and old, as they set off on a journey to save their planet from annihilation, and learn what means to trust in another.

In Ice Age: Collision Course, the 5th entry in animated franchise which first debuted 2002, the central characters once again find themselves in extreme peril and reacting to it in kind. Manny the mammoth (Ray Romano), overly worries, his best friend—the sabertooth tiger Diego (Denis Leary)—attempts to keep him grounded through reason, and Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo) continues to irk everyone around him with potty humor and occasionally screeches in distress.

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Movie Review: Paul Feig Calls Upon Nostalgia in Ghostbusters Remake

Bustin’ makes em feel good! Kristin Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones suit up to battle the paranormal activity plaguing New York City in the remake of Ghostbusters

The 2016 iteration of Ghostbusters serves as a remake of its 1984 predecessor (note: most decidedly not a reboot or sequel in any sense). Those who recall the now iconic and beloved previous films will find the premise here familiar—three scientists (Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and Kate McKinnon) whose interests focus on the occult band together as they are shunned and disregarded by the mainstream academic community. When they experience a supernatural encounter, and learn of a grander sinister plot in the works, they band together with a mass transit worker (Leslie Jones) and form the Ghostbusters. Continue reading Movie Review: Paul Feig Calls Upon Nostalgia in Ghostbusters Remake

Movie News: Pokemon Movie, Saw 8, Community Film; Preview Reviews for La La Land, A Monster Calls

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After a small summer break, GeekScholars Movie News is back! The crew returns with some interesting developments to report on including a possible Pokemon movie, Saw 8, Community getting its own movie, and will Javier Bardem (Skyfall) play Frankenstein’s Monster?

Plus, Preview Reviews for La La Land, a movie musical from the genius behind Whiplash, and for A Monster Calls, which may end up being one of the most stunning films of the year (think The Iron Giant meets Pan’s Labyrinth).

A Half-Hearted Vote for The Purge: Election Year

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In The Purge: Election Year, Sergeant Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) returns for the third installment of the horror-action franchise about a world where one night a year all crime, including murder, is legal. Tasked with protecting an upstart politician (Elizabeth Mitchell) who wants to end The Purge for good, Barnes must keep her alive if her policies are ever to come to fruition.

For the third night of this franchise, The Purge: Election Year blends new and familiar to create an uneven concoction. Writer, director, and overall mastermind of the series, James DeMonaco, sits at the helm once again, but one can’t wonder if even he is wishing this franchise will end soon on the highest note possible before falling into farce like so many other series—this is particularly notable considering the protagonists of the story are in essence trying to halt what would be the likely topic of future installments.

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What to Watch This Weekend: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

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On this episode, the GeekScholars host a spoiler-free discussion and review of Whiskey Tango Foxtrotthe adventure a war correspondent (Tina Fey) has when she volunteers for reassignment in Afghanistan. Based on a true story.

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.

Movie News: July 2016 Preview, Darth Vader’s Return, and Ready Player One

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It’s the middle of the summer, which means lots of big budget blockbusters are about to hit screens! As such, GeekScholars Movie News is ready to reveal their Rotten Tomatoes and Box Office Predictions for July 2016 including:

  • The BFG
  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • Ghostbusters
  • Star Trek: Beyond
  • Jason Bourne
  • Bad Moms

Plus, the hosts discuss whether or not Darth Vader returning in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a good thing, and if Steven Spielberg should reference his own movies in Ready Player One.

Movie News: Fast 8, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Tonya Harding, Wicked, Beverly Hills Cop 4, Stargate, Shrek 5

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There is a lot to cover on this week’s episode of GeekScholars Movie News—everything from sequels, to reboots, to biographies of disgraced figure skaters. The show begins with Script Doctor where the hosts shared their thoughts on Helen Mirren (The Queen, RED) joining Fast 8, Donald Glover (Community, The Martian) joining Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Margot Robbie (Wolf of Wall Street, Suicide Squad) being cast as Tonya Harding.

From there, it’s Never Tell Me the Odds, where the question is whether these long-gestating films will finally get made: Beverly Hills Cop 4, Wicked, Shrek 5, a reboot of Stargate, and The Greatest Showman on Earth.

What to Watch This Weekend: Zootopia

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On this episode, the GeekScholars host a spoiler-free discussion and review of Zootopia, a family animated film about a world of evolved animals living together in harmony which finds a young naive bunny cop teaming up with a conniving fox in order to solve a crime.

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.

Movie News: Captain Marvel Casting and Director, Rogue One Re-shoots, Batman v Superman

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It’s a short and sweet show this week, but filled with some really amazing analysis and conversation. Things start with Never Tell Me the Odds where the hosts discuss the possibility that Brie Larson (Room) may play Marvel’s Captain Marvel in Captain Marvel, and some potential directors emerge. The GeekScholars then talk about what re-shoots for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story means for the final product (should we be worried?), and whether an “ultimate edition” of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will appease fans disappointed by the theatrical cut.

Movie News: Yoda in Star Wars: Episode VIII, Harley Quinn Film, Tetris Movie

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Some fun topics for this week’s snappy episode of GeekScholars Movie News. The show starts with a round of Script Doctor as the hosts comment on Captain America: Civil War grossing a billion dollars worldwide, DC films getting a leadership change, and the Tetris moving getting fast-tracked.

After that, it’s time for ‘Never Tell Me the Odds’ as the GeekScholars give the probability of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson appearing in a Predator sequel, Yoda appears in Star Wars: Episode VIII, Harley Quinn getting a spin-off movie, and Fantastic Four 2 getting made at 20th Century Fox.

Movie Rumors: Black Panther Casting, Black Widow Movie; Preview Reviews: Billy Lynn, and Assassin’s Creed

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A very fun show this week on GeekScholars Movie News which kicks off with a round of Never Tell Me the Odds! Will Lupita Nyong’o (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) join Black Panther? Will a Black Widow ever get made? Will Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road) appear in Star Wars: Episode VIII?

From there, the GeekScholars review the first trailers for Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and the film adaptation of Assassin’s Creed.