Lucasfilm announces an upcoming Obi Wan Kenobi film! Finally!

Apparently the details are still sparse as they are working on assembling their team. As of right now it looks like Stephen Daldry is in early negotiations to direct.

The BIG question is… Will Ewan McGregor be in it?!!!!

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He is arguable one of the best parts of the prequel trilogy and it would be a huge missed opportunity if he wasn’t asked to come back and play the part.

I’ve been championing this idea since it hit the rumor mill what seems like years ago! If they can place the story sometime between EP. 3 and 4, it would be perfect! There are basically decades of stories worth to tell, until we see him in A New Hope.

How pumped are you?!!!

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature

I’m not sure if it is what they intended, but the animated film “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature” can easily be considered a “must-see” summer film for children under the age of 5.
Other filmgoers will, in general, likely find the 1.5hr film to be filled with flat, obvious puns and jokes, bland voice acting, and plot developments that go about as deep as you’d expect from a kids/family film about furry animals trying to find food and a home.

The rag-tag team of animals, led by a slightly surly at best, cocksure squirrel named Surly (Will Arnett), are in danger of being homeless after the loss of their current home, a nut shop. In their efforts to find a new hogar dulce hogar at the nearby city park, they come into conflict with the cities evil, self-serving, ham-it-up-for-the-camera mayor (Bobby Moynihan), complete with Texan accent.

The mayor plans to build a shoddy amusement park over the park for the sake of adding to his already significant coffers, while the animals must build their resolve enough to be led by Surly to stand up for themselves and stop him.

At one or two points, the plot attempts to introduce the concept of getting in touch with ones “animal instincts,” but this is quickly dismissed in lieu of time for inserting bland and needless buffoonery.

Additionally, the romantic sub-plots in the film – one between Surly and Andie (Katherine Heigl), the moralizing, voice of reason squirrel just waiting to learn to loosen up, and Frank (Bobby Cannavale), a dimwitted French bulldog who falls in love with the precocious pug Precious (Maya Rudolph) – felt like they could have aided in fleshing out the story and adding a bit of thematic depth, but were unfortunately wasted and served only very minor importance.

Mr. Feng (Jackie Chan), the leader of a Chinatown mice gang, also felt like a potential highlight, but ended up being wasted due to limited screen time.

The animation, generally something that even the worst reviewed, major studio animated film releases seem to be doing at least well with (e.g., “The Boss Baby,” “Smurfs: The Lost Village”) also felt overly simplistic and as though the characters were sometimes lacking in proper CGI physics. This despite the over-the-top, slapstick style.

Additionally, “The Nut Job 2” could have used a giant pacing shift into a slightly lower gear to slow things down, and one talented joke writer (instead of the 5 lesser so it had) to provide fresh, and more and less nutty (less flat, fewer puns, pun intended) humor.

Director Cal Brunker (previously a storyboard artist for “Despicable Me”), does not bring anything near the enjoyment, sincerity, or the warmth of that film to this effort, and the score by Ella Louise Allaire, felt bland, repetitious, and unsupportive to the tone and pacing of the film.

This film could maybe not have been beloved, but potentially have been a fun, silly romp to take the kids to and zone out during. Unfortunately, it ended up feeling much more like the feature film version of the romantic regurgitation technique employed by the dogs towards each other.

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature” – D+/68

Joel Cunningham
Co-Host of The Reel Review

Director: Cal Brunker
Stars: Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Jackie Chan, Isabela Moner
Rating: PG
Running Time: 1h 31m
Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy,Family

Movie Reviews & “Tube Talk” – The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, & Annabelle: Creation, Game of Thrones, & Master of None (Part 2)

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In this episode, Matt & Joel provide reviews for the films The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, & Annabelle: Creation.

Then, in the “Tube Talk” portion, Matt and Joel discuss the most recent episode of Game of Thrones (S7E5), and Joel provides his final thoughts on season 2 of the Netflix original series, Master of None.

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Who’s Who in the Movie Credits

Ever wondered how they organize those long end credits in major motion pictures! Well wonder no more!

Check below for an awesome video guide by the team over at Filmmaker IQ.

Check out the rest of their channel as well on YouTube for some great film-making guides!

“Coming Soon” & News – Annabelle: Creation, & The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, & Upcoming Film News

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In this “Coming Soon” episode, Matt & Joel discuss the upcoming releases for the films Annabelle: Creation, & The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature coming out on August 11th, 2017.

Then they discuss some news, including:

  • First look at Cable (as played by Josh Brolin) in Deadpool 2

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Movie Reviews & “Tube Talk” – The Dark Tower, Game of Thrones, & Master of None

In the first half of the film review portion of this episode, Joel & Matt discuss their thoughts and provide a spoiler free-review for the film The Dark Tower. Then, in the second half, they provide a spoiler filled review of the film.

***Spoiler film review goes from 15:25 to 20:08***

In the “Tube Talk” episode, Joel & Matt discuss their thoughts on the most recent episode of Game of Thrones (S7E4), and the newly released second season of the Netflix original show, Master of None.

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“Coming Soon” & News – The Dark Tower, & Detroit

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“Coming Soon” & News – The Dark Tower, & Detroit

In this “Coming Soon” episode, Matt & Joel discuss the upcoming releases for the films The Dark Tower, & Detroit coming out on August 4th, 2017.

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Movie Reviews & “Tube Talk” – Atomic Blonde, The Emoji Movie, & To the Bone, Game of Thrones, & Ozark (Part 2), & Rick & Morty

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In this episode, Joel & Matt discuss their thoughts and provide reviews for the films Atomic Blonde, The Emoji Movie, & To the Bone.

Then, in the “Tube Talk” portion, Joel and Matt discuss the most recent episode of Game of Thrones (S7E3). Then Joel provides his final thoughts on the Netflix original series, Ozark, and gives a brief rundown for the much anticipated season 3 of the Cartoon Network show, Rick & Morty.

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