What to Watch This Weekend: Fences

On this episode, the GeekScholars host a spoiler-free discussion and review of Fences, an adaptions of the August Wilson play, which tells the story of a black family’s internal and external struggles in 1950’s Pittsburgh

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.

 

Get Out – Meeting the Parents Is No Fun At All!!

DANIEL KALUUYA as Chris Washington in Universal Pictures’ “Get Out,” a speculative thriller from Blumhouse (producers of “The Visit,” “Insidious” series and “The Gift”) and the mind of Jordan Peele. When a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation.

Jordan Peele’s first effort as a writer/director fairly simmers with rage – not at the clichéd southern-fried racist rednecks of most horror movies that have discrimination at their root, but at white liberals who have all the right friends and say all the right things (or what they think are the right things).

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The Batman Has Its Director!

Batman – Photo by Zack Snyder/Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Matt Reeves has signed on the dotted line and will direct the next standalone Batman film, The Batman, starring Ben Affleck.

It’s an excellent choice as Reeves can handle horror-suspense (Let Me In), and big budget action-adventure (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes).

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13 Visions of Sense8 Season Two!

Sense8: Season Two – (L-R) Wolfgang Bogdanow (Max Riemelt), Capheus (Aml Ameen), Lito Rodriguez (Miguel Ángel Silvestre), Riley Blue (Tuppence Middleton), Kala Dandekar (Tina Desai), Sun Bak (Doona Bae) and Will Gorski (Brian J. Smoth) – Photo by Jane Ackroyd/Courtesy of Netflix

Netflix’s science fiction series Sense8 is about to premiere its second season of unique adventures as the Sensates work to stay out of the clutches of the mysterious Mr. Whispers – while struggling to figure out their identity – individually as well as a cluster.

Before season two premieres – on May 5th – Netflix has released thirteen photos from the series that may/may not be spoilery, but are definitely intriguing (as always, double click to embiggen).

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Matthew Broderick Signs On for Katrina: American Crime Story

Matthew Broderick has been cast Federal emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director Michael D. Brown in Katrina: American Crime Story – the second installment in Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story anthology series.

Brown was in charge of the federal disaster response to Hurricane Katrina.

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TCM Gets Dark and Twisted – Launches Noir Alley!

The Maltese Falcon – Humphrey Bogart – Written and directed by John Huston from the novel by Dashiell Hammett – Warner Bros. Pictures

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is launches a new programming franchise – Noir Alley.

Hosted by Eddie Muller (The Czar of Noir), Film Noir Foundation founder and president, Noir Alley will screen noir classics every Sunday at 10 am/9C.

TCM and Muller will launch the franchise with The Maltese Falcon (1941) – widely credited as the first film noir on Sunday, March 5th.

Other films in Noir Alley’s inaugural month are: Detour (1945), Act of Violence (1948) and Tension (1949).

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Anthony Andrews To Television’s First Ever Oscars® After Party!

There’s something new at ABC, home of the 89th Academy Awards® – a live after party hosted by black-ish’s Anthony Anderson.

Host Anthony Andrews will be joined by Good America America’s Laura Spencer and special contributors Joe Zee and Chris Connelly as the official post-Oscars® show will be backstage with all the winners.

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Video: Netflix Announces Premiere Date for The Get Down – Part II!

The Get Down – Photo courtesy of Netflix

The Get Down – Baz Lurmann’s epic tale of the birth of hip hop in a time of turmoil – is focusing on young lovers Books and Mylene as Season One: Part Two premieres on Netflix in April – the premiere date was announced today in one of the best announcement videos yet.

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First Look: The World’s First Detective Returns in Britannia: We Who Are About To Die!

After his debut series sold out ten printings, Antonius Axia, the world’s first detective, returns with a new case in Britannia: We Who Are About To Die.

Upon returning to Rome, Axia is called upon to investigate a series of murders that appear to have been committed by the god Apollo!

The first issue of the four-issue mini-series – written by Peter Milligan and illustrated by Juan Jose Ryp – will be in stores on April 26th. Eclipse has first look…

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Tune In Alert: The Blacklist/The Blacklist: Redemption Two-Hour Event Is Tonight!

THE BLACKLIST — “The Apothecary #59” Episode 415 — Pictured: James Spader as Raymond “Red” Reddington — (Photo by: Will Hart/NBC)

There’s a new crime fighting team in town tonight!

Tonight’s episode of NBC’s The Blacklist – The Apothecary #59 – leads into the premiere of The Blacklist: Redemption – Leland Bray.

Where The Blacklist follows an FBI team acting on intel from world-class criminal Raymond Reddington, The Blacklist: Redemption follows a team of former criminals seeking redemption by tackling cases in which even governments might be unwilling to meddle.

The evening’s fun begins with The Blacklist at 9/8C and continues with The Blacklist: Redemption at 10/9C. Sneak peek videos follow…

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American Gods: The War Begins In April!

Courtesy of Starz Entertainment, LLC

Starz has announced the premiere date for its epic original series adapted from Neil Gaiman’s much loved novel, American Gods.

American Gods – which follows bodyguard Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) and his employer, Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) – posits a coming war between the Old Gods and the New.

The series will have its World Premiere at SXSW before debuting on Starz on Sunday, April 30 (9/8C).

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