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The Shallows Offers Deep Dives into Suspense

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Nancy (Blake Lively) holds onto hope and an old buoy to survive a shark attack in THE SHALLOWS.

The Shallows is a terrifying tale about a young woman in the wrong place at the wrong time. Seeking a journey of self-discovery Nancy (Blake Lively) has ventured out to a secret beach to surf—a place whispered about by her recently deceased mother. Upon finding the locale, Nancy enjoys a day of riding waves, and even makes a few friends. However, when the beach empties and Nancy decides to go out for one last ride, a shark attacks leaving her wounded and stranded on a rock roughly 200 yards from shore. With high tide impending, Nancy must find a way to survive if she hopes to stay alive. Continue reading The Shallows Offers Deep Dives into Suspense

Morris from America Arrives with Heart and Humor

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Morris (Markees Christmas, left), playfully challenges his father’s (Craig Robinson, right) taste in rap in MORRIS FROM AMERICA.

Morris from America is a coming of age story about a young black teenager growing up in Germany. Morris (Markees Christmas) has been transplanted to a small suburban town when his father, Curtis (Craig Robinson), takes a job as a local soccer coach. Curtis is a widower and as his son moves through adolescence as a precocious 13-year-old, he finds himself struggling to connect with Morris as both wrestle with being foreigners trying to make their lives work. Continue reading Morris from America Arrives with Heart and Humor

What to Watch This Weekend: Popstar Never Stop Never Stopping

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On this episode, the GeekScholars host a spoiler-free discussion and review of Popstar: Never Stop Never Stoppinga mockumentary focused on a wildly famous (and ridiculous) music sensation who made it big after leaving his former band and friends behind.

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.

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Matt Damon stars as the title hero in JASON BOURNE, which finds the former assassin emerging from solitude to learn more about his past.

Jason Bourne is the fifth film in the action-spy thriller series, and the fourth to star Matt Damon in the titular role. In this outing, Bourne-the-assassin is in self-inflicted exile where by night he battles post-traumatic stress disorder (which manifests through nightmares replaying previous sins), and by day he battles amateur boxers for cash. His old handler, Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) contacts Bourne after learning more information about the partial-amnesiac, specifically about his CIA training and some familial connections. Continue reading Jason Bour-ing

What to Watch This Weekend: Love & Friendship

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On this episode, the GeekScholars host a spoiler-free discussion and review of Love & Friendshipan adaptation of a Jane Austen novel about a widow (Kate Beckinsdale) who seeks wealth through marriage for her daughter, and through her own possible remarriage, during the late 18th century.

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.

Sully Offers Audiences an Exhilarating but Repetitive Ride

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Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) instructs the passengers and crew to brace for impact as he attempts to land his damaged airplane in the Hudson River in SULLY.

Sully is the true account of a miraculous forced water landing that occurred in January 2009 on the Hudson River in New York, after dual engine failure occurred on a commercial airline flight shortly after takeoff. The captain of the flight, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) made a split-second decision to ignore the advice to return to a runway, and his course of action resulted in the successful saving of 155 lives (every individual on board) upon splashdown. Continue reading Sully Offers Audiences an Exhilarating but Repetitive Ride

Movie Review: Now You See Me 2

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From left to right: Merritt (Woody Harrelson), Jack (Dave Franco), Lula (Lizzy Caplan), and Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg) listen to the crazy heist proposition that Walter (Daniel Radcliffe) has cooked up for The Four Horsemen in NOW YOU SEE ME 2.

Now You See Me 2 is an action adventure sequel following (mostly) the band of magicians known as The Horsemen from the first film who perform a series of stunts and tricks in order to further their Robin Hood motivated agenda of exposing the corrupt. In the second film of the series, the team has been in isolation for a year, a status that is starting to grate on these personalities who live for the limelight. Particularly frustrated is J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), who resents the detached leadership of Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) and brashly accepts a shady heist job. The task is to steal a computer chip with ridiculous powers and abilities from an impenetrable facility at the behest of Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe) a young tech genius who threatens death lest The Horsemen fail. Continue reading Movie Review: Now You See Me 2

Movie News: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Ghostbusters Extended Cut, Warcraft II

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Lots of fun news to cover on this week’s edition of GeekScholars Movie News. The show starts with a round of Script Doctor where the hosts comment on a Harry Potter and the Cursed Child film, Jackie Chan receiving an Oscar, Ghostbusters Extended Edition, Deathstroke appearing in Justice League, and some musings on Warcraft 2. After all of that, Chris and Fox go head-to-head for a Casting Competition Challenge of Clue, given the recent announcement of a remake.

What to Watch This Weekend: The Jungle Book (2016)

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On this episode, the GeekScholars host a spoiler-free discussion and review of The Jungle Book, the 2016 live-action adaptation of the Walt Disney musical classic about a young boy named Mowgli who grows up in the jungle as a wolf cub, but one days finds his life in danger as a tiger demands his expulsion.

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.

The Legend of Tarzan: A Refreshing Tale with Stale Visuals

Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard) returns to the jungle to save the woman he loves in The Legend of Tarzan.

 

The Legend of Tarzan is a sequel. When it begins, the film assumes the audience knows the basics of the classic tale (although a series of brief summative flashbacks also serve as a reminders)—Tarzan was an affluent infant after his family survived a shipwreck, only to succumb to the dangers of the jungle shortly after his birth. Raised by apes to speak the language of the wild, Tarzan grew into a man, met Jane, fell in love, and became both myth and legend in the process. Continue reading The Legend of Tarzan: A Refreshing Tale with Stale Visuals

Angry Birds’ Missed Opportunity is Maddening

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Chuck (Josh Gad) inquires if Red (Jason Sudeikis) has any more birdbrain ideas for saving the day in The Angry Birds Movie

The Angry Birds Movie is an animated tale of flightless fowl who find themselves prey to a bunch of green sea-faring pigs seeks to steal their eggs. Based upon the immensely popular mobile game, which has been downloaded over 2 billion times, the story focuses primarily on three heroes-by-accident: Red (Jason Sudeikis), a once-bullied bird known for passive aggressiveness, Chuck (Josh Gad) an overly-social speedster, and Bomb (Danny McBride) who sporadically combusts. When their happy home is duped by the invading swine, the trio hatch a plan to save the day. Continue reading Angry Birds’ Missed Opportunity is Maddening