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Trailer Tuesday-Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Pre-Trailer Thoughts: The Force Awakens attempted to usher in a new generation of Star Wars fans while trying to appeal to the die hard audiences that fell in love with the franchise but needed to feel comfortable retiring to the saga after the prequels let them down. It played it safe, but when all was said and done, it was able to recapture the magic that was necessary to move forward. Now it’s up to to director Rian Johnson to move past the comfort zone and hopefully deliver a successful f
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Blockbuster Night Episode 33- Happy Gilmore

Welcome back to Blockbuster Night! We’re continuing the Short Summer of Sandler with 1996’s Happy Gilmore. In this film: Adam Sandler stars as...Happy Gilmore, wannabe hockey player who finds out that he has a killer drive! He joins the P.G.A. tour to make some money to save grandma's house. The downside, however, is that his hockey player mentality doesn't really go on the P.G.A. tour. Especially with the favorite to win the championship,Shooter McGavin. Big Daddy Stars: Adam Sandler, Chris
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Trailer Tuesday-Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales

Pre-Trailer Thoughts: The Pirates series had an incredibly strong first entry before devolving into one of the most unnecessarily confusing, tonally disparate, and overly long films series ever (still raking in billions of dollars all the while). And yet, the fanbase for these films remains about as strong as when the series began 14 years ago. The addition of Javier Bardem as a new adversary at least gives me some hope for a reason to go watch a series that I gave up on over a decade ago. – JTM
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Trailer Tuesday-Alien: Covenant

Pre-Trailer Thoughts: I actually got around to watching the Alien franchise late in my life. My first experience with the film series was Alien: Resurrection, which I did happen to see in theaters. I didn’t watch the trilogy of movies until my late twenties, but the original and Aliens easily went on to be classics in my eyes. I didn’t hate Prometheus as much as a lot of others did, That being said, while Ridley Scott managed to salvage the abruptly sinking ship, that being the Alien series, one
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Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Pre-Trailer Thoughts: The first Kingsman film was surprise hit thanks to it’s stunning action sequences and clever use of dark humor courtesy of director Matthew Vaughn. Luckily Vaughn is back directing this sequel, which will now be an original story instead of something based off of Mark Millar’s original Secret Service comic. The surprising return of Colin Firth, by far one of the best parts of the first film, is an excellent addiction to a cast that has already brought on Julianne Moore, Hal
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Trailer Tuesday: The Circle

Pre-Trailer Thoughts: I had only seen a trailer for The Circle on a recent theater outing. It’s cool to see some up and comers in the Hollywood game (Watson and Boyega) and a bankable star in Hanks go toe-to-toe in a technological thriller. -LJF Pre-Trailer Thoughts: In an age where we seem to give away most of our life’s information to a phone company, a thriller about the dangers of cyber-surveillance definitely piques my interest. The “conspiracy thriller” is a genre that seems to have died
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Trailer Tuesday: Despicable Me 3

Pre-Trailer Thoughts: I’ve enjoyed the first two Despicable Me movies, but not Minions. I thought the spin off of the pill shaped comedic relief was a poor attempt to cash in on the most favorite part of the Despicable Me movies, but I cannot fault Illumination Animation for doing so. While the first film in the series was a surprise hit, there’s no doubt the second one was less than memorable. Still, I’m curious to see where this franchise goes, as both the original and second movies have en
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Trailer Tuesday- Thor: Ragnarok

Director: Taika Watiti (Hunt for the Wilderpeople, What We Do in the Shadows) Pre-Trailer Thoughts: The character of Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is probably the hardest to work with. He’s a demi-god who can fly and has an unstoppable hammer as a weapon. His appearance in two solo feature films and two Avengers films has been half good, half bad. He’s not much to do in Age of Ultron, and The Dark World had moments but didn’t really have enough to stand out. With a third Thor movie on t
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Trailer Tuesday-Transformers: The Last Knight

Pre-Trailer Thoughts: I’m someone who actually enjoyed the first and third Transformers movies. I hated Revenge of the Fallen, and I had no desire to check out Age of Extinction. Truth be told, this franchise went on way too long, but here we are with another incoming summer and another Transformers film at the ready. Supposedly this is Michael Bay’s last time being associated with the franchise as a director, and maybe that’s a good thing. I think these movies could use some fresh blood if they
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Trailer Tuesday-King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Director: Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels) Pre-Trailer Thoughts: Guy Ritchie has gained some director credentials with stuff like Snatch, Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, and two solid Sherlock Holmes films. However, while Ritchie can present a stunning visual film, a few of his efforts have been less than stellar, including a Madonna flop and the recent Man from U.N.C.L.E. Now Ritchie aims for the medieval with
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Trailer Tuesday: Baby Driver

Director: Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) Pre-Trailer Thoughts Edgar Wright is, without a doubt, my favorite director. He’s given me two films that I hold near and dear to my heart with Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. The rest of the “Cornetto Trilogy” is also fantastic, and his tv show Spaced deserves a watch. I could go on. Anyway, while I would’ve loved to have seen his version of Ant-Man, perhaps it was best that he
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Trailer Tuesday: Power Rangers

Pre-Trailer Thoughts: I was the wrong side of the Power Rangers phenomenon, age wise. While my geeky nature has tapped into many facets of pop culture, Power Rangers was never something that caught on with me. There’s a possibility that I caught a few segments (the TMNT crossover was a pretty deal), but at the end of the day, it’s just not for me. It’s understandable that company Saban wants to find a new audience with the franchise, as well as please die hard fans, but will both parties be sati
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Trailer Tuesday-Smurfs: The Lost Village

Pre-Trailer Thoughts: I watched some of the Smurfs cartoons when I was younger, had some toys, but that was about it. I didn’t latch onto the franchise like other 80’s properties, but I’m aware of its existence. I never watched the live action/CGI movies but I’ve heard they are awful. The attempt to go fully animated is a nice choice, but can Smurfs: The Lost Village finally do the old school cartoon justice? -LJF Pre-Trailer Thoughts: I was surprised to find out that this was not the third ins
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