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Will Ferrell as Sherlock, Jumanji Sequel, Clue Reboot, Preview Review for Arrival

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The hosts are finally reunited on this week’s episode of GeekScholars Movie News! There’s lots to discuss including Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly starring in a comedic Sherlock Holmes movie, a Big Lebowski spin-off, a Jumanji sequel, a Clue reboot and much more! To close things out, the GeekScholars weigh in on the first preview for Arrival, an upcoming alien thriller from Denis Villenueve (Sicario, Prisoners).

August 2016 Preview – Rotten Tomatoes and Box Office Predictions!

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Summer 2016 is about to conclude, and GeekScholars Movie News dives into its August preview where the hosts reveal their Rotten Tomatoes and Opening Box Office predictions for:

  • Suicide Squad
  • Pete’s Dragon
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Ben-Hur
  • War Dogs

Suicide Squad Kills It with Characters; Almost Dies of Incoherence

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From left to right: Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnoye-Agbaje), Katana (Karen Fukuhara), Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), Deadshot (Will Smith), and Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) assemble to take down an evil magical presence that threatens the city in Suicide Squad.

Suicide Squad is a story of anti-heroes. “The worst of the worst” as director Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) describes them—a woman who self-admittedly specializes in “getting people to act against their own self-interests.” When Waller perceives a gap in her nation’s ability to address threats from meta-humans (i.e. individuals with extraordinary abilities like being able to fly faster than a speeding bullet), she proposes Task Force X: a pet project that would unite incarcerated felons into a disposable team, controllable under threat of death. A threatening situation arises necessitating the specific skills of these villains, and thus the Suicide Squad is called into action.

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What to Watch This Weekend: Barbershop: The Next Cut

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BONUS EPISODE! We watched Sing Street and Barbershop: The Next Cut and enjoyed them both so much, we had to do two episodes!

On this episode, the GeekScholars host a spoiler-free discussion and review of Barbershop: The Next Cut. In the latest installment in the popular franchise, Calvin (Ice Cube) finds himself struggling with conflicting interests. As the neighborhood around him begins to succumb to violence, should he uproot his family and his shop, or stay and fight for his home?

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.

Green Room’s Suspense Will Make You Go Pale

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Reece (Joe Cole) attempts to hold a captor at bay while Pat (Anton Yelchin, right) assess the horror of the situation.

Green Room is the ultimate story of being in the (very) wrong place at the (very) wrong time. The punk rock band The Ain’t Rights is having financial woes, and in dire need of gigs. Out of desperation, they agree to play an off-the-beaten club in the woods—the meetup and favored watering hole of a local white supremacy hate group. When band inadvertently stumbles upon a murder scene, they become the prey in a cat and mouse game as they try to negotiate leaving the premises unharmed. Continue reading Green Room’s Suspense Will Make You Go Pale

What to Watch This Weekend: Sing Street

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On this episode, the GeekScholars host a spoiler-free discussion and review of Sing Streeta musical coming-of-age story about a teenage living in 1985 Dublin, Ireland who decides to start a 80’s rock band to impress a girl, and escape from some of the personal drama clouding his life.

What to Watch This Weekend is a weekly podcast from GeekScholars Movie News. Each week, 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.

Batman: The Killing Joke Stays Alive Thanks to Mark Hamill

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Batman (Kevin Conroy) attempts to further understand, if not reason with, The Joker (Mark Hamill) who has unleashed a new deadly scheme focused on the Gordon family in Batman: The Killing Joke.

Batman: The Killing Joke is the adaptation of the wildly popular and critically successful graphic novel written by Alan Moore in 1988. The central story revolves The Joker, following his most recent escape from Arkham Asylum, seeking to prove that all people can devolve to the level to insanity and depravity where he currently, knowingly, resides. To test this theory, The Joker captures and psychologically tortures Commissioner Jim Gordon, taunting him using lurid imagery of his daughter, Barbara Gordon (aka Batgirl).

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2016 San Diego Comic-Con International Recap, Star Trek Beyond Reviewed

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We have an exceptional episode of GeekScholars Movie News this week, as the hosts provide a recap of one the geekiest events of the year–the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International! Learn all of the exciting developments announced (or confirmed) by Marvel, and what the GeekScholars thought of all the new trailers including footage for: Justice League, Wonder Woman, Kong: Skull Island, and Arthur: Legend of the Sword, among others!

The GeekScholars wrap things up with a review of the fantastic new Star Trek Beyond. Enjoy!

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).