Ghostbusters 2020 Follows The Descendants Of Original Ghostbusters, Dan Aykroyd Confirms

Fans of the Ghostbusters franchise have been excited that a new movie is on the way that is set to continue the original franchise. However, it has yet to be officially revealed exactly how the new movie plans to do that. The details of how the new movie will tie into the original pair has not been confirmed but now producers Dan Aykroyd and Ivan Reitman have added fuel to the idea that the film is set to follow the family of Egon Spengler.

The concept was born a couple of months ago, when a photo surfaced from the production of the new Ghostbusters movie, which showed the family that the film will focus on. Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, and McKenna Grace were together, and Grace especially, with her wire rim glasses, looked like a child version of Harold Ramis’ character from the first two Ghostbusters films.

Recently, while checking out the new Ghostbusters attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights (via Fox News), Dan Aykroyd confirmed part of this theory, as the new movie will absolutely deal with descendants of the original Ghostbusters. According to Aykroyd…

While Dan Aykroyd doesn’t go so far as to confirm that the DNA in question belongs to Harold RamisGhostbusters character, this statement., combined with the other evidence we have, would seem to strongly point things in that direction.

Of course, there was no indication that Egon Spengler, or any of the Ghostbusters had kids, but it’s been 30 years since Ghostbusters 2, so it’s certainly possible they all settled down after the last movie. It’s possible the new movie could introduce us to the children, or even the grandchildren, of several of the original characters. While the movie might focus on the Spengler family, perhaps we could meet new generations of Stantz, Venkman, or Zedmore as well.

If not, it’s fitting that Egon’s family will be our POV characters. Since he’s the one member of the original Ghostbusters who can’t appear in the new movie himself, this will be a logical way to see his character represented.

The director of the first two Ghostbusters movies, and father of Jason Reitman, who is directing the new film, also went far enough to confirm the familial connection, but wouldn’t go further than that.

The new Ghostbusters film is set for release in 2020.

Taika Waititi Clarifies Chris Hemsworth’s Thor: Love And Thunder Role

Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe ended masterfully, with Avengers: Endgame encapsulating every installment in the massive franchise, and Spider-Man: Far From Home revealing how Earth recovered from Thanos’ assault on the galaxy. Fans are eager to see Phase Four kick up, especially after the myriad exciting announcements that came with San Diego Comic-Con and D23 Expo. One of these includes Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder, which will mark the first time a Marvel hero got a fourth solo movie.

Love and Thunder has quickly become one of the most highly anticipated installments coming in Phase Four, after Thor: Ragnarok and Taika Waititi breathed new life into the franchise. The upcoming sequel will also bring Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster back into the franchise, and will see her become Mighty Thor. But does that mean Chris Hemsworth’s character will be stripped of his abilities as the God of Thunder? Waititi recently offered a clarification on this matter, saying:

Well, that’s one way to clear up rumors. Because despite Jane’s transformation as the Mighty Thor, the OG Avenger will still be the primary protagonist, and maintain his powers in the upcoming fourth movie. Just how that’ll balance with Mighty Thor remains to be seen.

Taika Waititi’s comments to MTV News helps clear up one of the endless questions currently surrounding Thor: Love and Thunder. Since the movie was only recently announced, Marvel Studios and Taika Waititi have been keeping the upcoming movie’s contents under wraps. And since the movie isn’t expected to hit theaters until 2021, we should expect the secrets to be kept for the near future.

Narratively, it seems like Taika Waititi could go anywhere with Thor: Love and Thunder. The title character is almost unrecognizable from the hero we met in Thor, having lost his home and everything that previously defined the God of Thunder. Asgard itself was destroyed, with Thor giving the role of King Of New Asgard to Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie. All of Thor’s family also perished throughout the first three MCU phases, so he’s in the position to go anywhere in the cosmos in his fourth movie.

When we last saw Thor in Avengers: Endgame, he was struggling with a serious case of depression, and drowning his guilt and existential dread with alcohol. He was able to speak with Frigga during the Time Heist, and got a perspective that inspired him to take to the cosmos and find who he truly was.

The mystery is how exactly this will happen. Thor was last seen with the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Marvel fans are eager to see them crossover in either Guardians 3 or Thor: Love and Thunder. Jane will also obviously be brought back into the narrative, so it’s unclear how much of the story will be Earth based versus space. Also, will he keep his Bro Thor appearance from Endgame?

All will be revealed when Thor: Love and Thunder hits theaters November 5th. 2021. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

The Terrifying Way Naomie Harris Prepared For Black And Blue

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Actors who take on roles that have little to do with what they’ve experienced in their own lives usually go to great lengths to research those parts, and make sure they’re bringing as much authenticity to the part as possible. This is especially true for many of them when they sign on to portray first responders, which is why, when Naomie Harris was looking to prepare for her part as a rookie cop in Black and Blue, she did what many actors do and shadowed some officers as they did their jobs. But, it turned out to be somewhat of a terrifying experience.

Naomie Harris (along with some of her fellow cast members and the director) sat down with CinemaBlend and other outlets during a break in filming Black and Blue, and when asked how she prepared for her role, revealed that some aspects didn’t go quite as smoothly as one would hope.

I was able to draw on a lot of stuff I’d done before. [But] I did lots of undercover work, so I was out with police doing raids. I was actually part of a real drug sting; it was really exciting… Terrifying, we got the wrong guy.

Well, Naomie Harris’ time getting ready to play New Orleans rookie cop Alicia West quickly went from sounding easy, to a bit intense to downright scary fairly quickly, didn’t it? She’s had roles in several films that already required work in action scenes and possibly even weapons training like 28 Day Later, the most recent Bond films and Rampage, but she wanted to really get into the in-depth day to day work of being an officer of the law, so she went along on some police raids.

I can easily admit that just typing the phrase “police raids” made me nervous enough, so, many props to Naomie Harris for toughing it out in what must have been some pretty difficult situations even in the best circumstances. Unfortunately, things got way more complicated in one such raid when the cops she was with picked up the wrong man.

I’m guessing that being in a location that gets raided by the police is never fun (not for the cops or the perpetrators), but at least the officers have a firm handle on who they’re looking for and why, and also have a basic understanding of what might go wrong when they’re about to apprehend a suspect. But, can you imagine the kind of chaos that would be likely to erupt when you burst into a home or business and actually arrest the wrong person?

I, for one, am getting chills. And not the good kind.

While Naomie Harris was able to relay the experience without breaking out in a cold sweat, she did label it “terrifying,” so we all know where she stands on how it felt to be a part of this event in the moment. She didn’t spell out how this particular drug sting went down, how they figured out they had the wrong man or what happened after, but it’s at least good that this did not turn into something way more unfortunate.

Harris’ role in Black and Blue sees her Alicia go on the run after witnessing a group of dirty cops murder a drug dealer. The crime was caught on her body cam, so Alicia is trying to get the footage uploaded so she can expose the cops. But, she has all the dirty cops of New Orleans after her, along with every criminal, because they’ve told everyone that she actually did the deed. She joins forces with childhood friend Mouse (Tyrese Gibson) to try to survive long enough to make sure the actions of the bad cops come to light.

You can watch the full trailer right here, and have a look at the awesome poster for Black and Blue below:

In case you were wondering, it wasn’t all bullet proof vests and riot helmets (or whatever other gear Naomie Harris had to wear to protect herself during raids and stings) for the Oscar nominee as she prepared to play Alicia. She did get a chance to do my favorite kind of research: the kind where you sit on the couch in your pajamas with a hot cup of coffee and watch TV…

So, I got a lot of research from that, and then it was a lot of watching real-life cop programs. I found this amazing program on YouTube and it was mainly women cops, and they were just following them around, showing their day, and that was fascinating.

Yeah, that’s much more my speed. Of course, it’s a very good thing that Harris stepped out and took the opportunity to participate in some very real and scary police proceedings. This means that Black and Blue will be even more informed by what actual officers go through on a daily basis, and Harris has some very real memories of just how terrifying the work can be.

Black and Blue will hit theaters on October 25, so we can all see how Naomie Harris employs her hard won knowledge in a little over a month. To see everything else that’s coming to the big screen through the end of the year, be sure to check out our new movie release schedule.

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Why Tyrese Was Ready For A Movie Like Black And Blue After Doing So Many Franchise Films

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Tyrese Gibson is best known for his time on screen in big actions movies; mostly franchises like the Transformers films and much of the long-running Fast & Furious series. But, the actor has a new film, Black and Blue, starring Oscar nominee Naomie Harris (Moonlight), coming out next month that will show a different side of the performer that many of us haven’t seen in theaters for a while. While Black and Blue is an action movie, the focus is on the characters who drive the story forward, more than how many things get blown up.

When the cast and director of Black and Blue sat down with CinemaBlend and other outlets during a break in filming, Gibson spoke about why he was ready to step away from the big budget action franchises again, and why Black and Blue was the perfect vehicle (no pun intended) for a change. And, it turns out that hearing from director Deon Taylor that Naomie Harris was attached to star helped Gibson make his decision.

Literally on our first conversation he mentioned Naomie Harris, who was the only one attached at the time. And I was saying to Deon, and he knows this from real conversations, when you’re a part of big franchises, it’s a gift [but] sometimes it can work against you. Because, these dramatic, dark, uncomfortable roles that really require you to go there and peel back the layers – nothing blowing up, no cars turning over, no big explosions and CG – you get overlooked sometimes as an actor. They’ll say, ‘Oh, he’s that guy from that thing.’ And, so, the seriousness of a Naomie got me in the game off top, because I was ready to make this type of statement.

Tyrese Gibson is certainly correct about Black and Blue being “dramatic, dark” and “uncomfortable.” The movie focuses on Harris’ rookie New Orleans cop, Alicia West, who’s out on the job when she sees some of her fellow police offers murder a drug dealer. While she manages to get away from them, they realize that not only did she see the entire incident, but everything was captured on her body cam.

So, this group of crooked cops is after Alicia, but they also decide to tell every criminal in the city that she’s the one who killed the dealer and have a kingpin (played by Luke Cage‘s Mike Colter) put a price on her head. While she’s being pursued by dirty cops and all the enterprising criminals in New Orleans, she relies on her reluctant old friend Milo “Mouse” Jackson (Gibson) to help her evade capture so she can upload the body cam footage and expose the crime.

Black and Blue is a “run all night” kind of movie, so while there are certainly impressive stunts, fights and action sequences, as he said on set, the point of those scenes isn’t having the biggest explosion or the most realistic CGI. Every moment is about exploring police corruption and the responsibility we all have to do the right thing, sometimes no matter the cost to ourselves. And, as Gibson was ready to have a role really make a statement again, knowing that someone of Naomie Harris’ caliber involved sealed the deal for him.

Obviously, the story of Black and Blue is pretty deep, and while Gibson was looking for a film role where he wouldn’t get lost in all the noise of busy action scenes so his talents would be appreciated, he also said that the way Black and Blue plays out also attracted him:

It’s layered, it’s real, it’s dark. It’s got the grit of a Training Day. It’s not cheesy; it ain’t no corny little one-liners. It doesn’t warrant a chuckle. It keeps you vulnerable and it stays intense the entire time. There were certain names being thrown around on a casting level, and I was just grateful it didn’t work out for certain people because I wanted it to stay as intense as it is, and that’s real. It’s a space that I’ve been praying to get back into.

There is certainly a part of me that’s dying to know who Tyrese Gibson didn’t want in Black and Blue, but since he can sometimes get into intense public conversations with actors that he is co-starring with, it’s best that he kept mum on those details.

Black and Blue, which also stars Frank Grillo (The Purge: Election Year), Beau Knapp (Destroyer), Nafessa Williams (Black Lightning) and Reid Scott (Why Women Kill), is due in theaters October 25. For more on what you can see on the big screen in 2019, check out our new movie release guide.

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Joaquin Phoenix’s Time Playing Joker Wasn’t As Intense As You Might Think

As you would expect from a movie that features a clown slowly going violently insane, Todd Phillips’ Joker is an intense experience. It’s the kind of film that requires you to take a moment to yourself to recover as the end credits play, as Joaquin Phoenix delivers a powerful and disturbing performance as the film’s lead character, Arthur Fleck. Watching it, you can’t help but think of all the dark places that the lead actor must have gone to in order to properly evoke such a performance… but it may surprise you to learn that the reality of the situation doesn’t match up with that thinking at all. In fact, Phoenix’s time playing Joker wasn’t nearly as intense as you might think.

Last month I had the pleasure of attending a pre-Venice Film Festival premiere screening of Joker in Los Angeles with both Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix in attendance, and it was at this event that the actor discussed his time getting into the skin of the project’s titular role. Phoenix was asked about how he went about getting into a proper mindset to find the right energy for the part, but rather than revealing some kind of intense preparation process he said that none of it was really an emotionally taxing experience – but instead actually a pretty damn fun one. He explained,

Evidently, though, there are no Joaquin Phoenix stories that add to this particular legacy. The Academy Award-nominated actor certainly has an appreciation for those kinds of behind-the-scenes stories and performers that go the extra mile, but that wasn’t really something that he felt was required to fuel his performance in Joker. Instead, he was able to just really enjoy himself on set, apparently laughing quite a lot when the cameras weren’t rolling, and the end result is that his name is already swirling around in the award season conversation.

It’s a scenario that reminds one of a famous story from the making of John Schlesinger’s The Marathon Man, which has a scene for which Dustin Hoffman prepared by not sleeping for three days. When Hoffman’s legendary co-star Laurence Olivier learned of this, his reported response was simple: “My dear boy, why don’t you just try acting?”

Based on this story alone, one could imagine Joaquin Phoenix and Laurence Olivier getting along quite well.

For now, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker performance is a marvel that only a select number of people have seen following showings as the Venice and Toronto film festivals… but it won’t be long until audiences worldwide get to witness it for themselves. One of the most anticipated releases of the fall, the movie is set to hit theaters in just a few weeks on October 4th. We’ll have plenty more coverage of the film coming your way between now and then, so be sure to stay tuned here on CinemaBlend.

Why Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Does A Surprising Amount Of Dancing

There are many reasons why Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker is different than any previous interpretation of the legendary DC Comics villain, but one aspect is the way in which he moves – or, more specifically, the way he dances. Obviously this isn’t the first big screen version of the character to show off some steps, as Jack Nicholson’s take from 1989 was memorably a big Prince fan, but what we see in director Todd Phillips’ new movie is very different than what has been portrayed before.

Without getting too deep into details pre-release, Joker a.k.a. Arthur Fleck is a guy who dances as a method of outward expression of his thoughts and feelings, which is significant given that he bottles so much of himself up when out in regular society. When he has the chance to really be himself, which is something that usually happens in his solitude, his energy comes out in the form of deliberate steps and flowing arms. It’s a fantastic mix of elegance and creepy, and Todd Phillips recently explained how it came to be a part of the character:

One of the earliest things [Joaquin Phoenix and I] spoke about was that Arthur had music in him. Like it just existed in him. Some people that you might know personally have that feeling, and I always thought that about Arthur; but it was sort of kept in and trapped, and there was something about that evolving.

Last month, Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix reunited for a special post-screening Q&A session following an early screening of Joker in Los Angeles, and one of the first subjects that was covered in the conversation was the way in which the titular character expresses himself through dance. It’s an element of Arthur Fleck that develops slowly over the course of the story in the film, and it became a part of who he is because of talks that the filmmaker and the actor had about the performance in the lead up to production.

That being said, not all of the boogying featured in Joker was actually a part of the script – and there is legitimately a lot of it over the course of the film. According to Phillips, there were some sequences where it was definitely in his pre-arranged plans, such as the in-costume moves the eponymous villain performs on the stairs captured in the image at the top of this article, but initially the idea was to keep the dancing limited to just a pair of scenes (the other being a bit of sign-spinning that is performed in the first act). But that changed as filming continued. Said the director,

The only dancing in the script was the dancing, obviously, as a clown in the beginning, which isn’t really much of a dance; it’s a performance. But the dancing on the stairs was there. Other than that, we didn’t do it, but when we start talking about Arthur, we started talking about music and having music in him and that kind of thing.

Without getting into too many details pre-release, it’s really when Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck starts to tune into his internal music that he starts to travel down the road transforming into one of the most iconic villains in pop culture history. There is one particular incident that happens to set him down this path, and while dancing wasn’t featured in the script, Phoenix apparently doing a bit of improv on set led to the character’s physicality being defined in a very special way. Said Phillips:

The scene in the bathroom where he just starts dancing, that’s not in the script; that’s not in the thing. That’s just something that kind of evolved like ‘Oh, this is a moment where we can show that it’s kind of fighting to get out.’ But I love the dancing in the movie. I think we should have more of it.

From that point forward, you’ll notice watching the movie that Arthur primarily dances whenever he is feeling most comfortable in his own skin. At first this is mostly a private thing, as he moves his hips in the living room or swings around his long hair in the mirror, but it’s when this part of his persona becomes more public that things get really, really scary.

The trailers we’ve seen from Joker thus far have actually offered a nice taste of what to expect in this arena – but it’s really something that needs to be seen within the full film to grasp its full weight. Fortunately, audiences everywhere won’t have to wait too much longer to do just that. The film, which co-stars Frances Conroy, Zazie Beetz, Brett Cullen, Bill Camp, Shea Whigham, Brian Tyree Henry, Marc Maron, and Robert De Niro, will be in theaters everywhere on October 4th.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Says You’ll ‘Feel Worry’ For T-800 In Terminator: Dark Fate

Arnold Schwarzenegger has been playing the Terminator for 35 years and for pretty much all of that time, the character has been an unstoppable killing machine. However, in the new movie, Terminator: Dark Fate, Arnold Schwarzenegger says that fans will likely be worried about what the fate of the T-800 will actually be. He’s in for the fight of his life, but also fans are apparently going to want to see him destroyed.

Schwarzenegger’s T-800 will be going up against an all new model of Terminator, played by Gabriel Luna. With all of the new models abilities, including being able to duplicate himself, it seems the deck is stacked against the classic model. Schwarzenegger tells’ Men’s Health that there should be serious concern as to whether or not the T-800 will survive, saying…

While we know that Arnold and the T-800 will be back in Terminator: Dark Fate, the trailers have been careful not to reveal the circumstances of exactly how that’s going to work.

The more interesting aspect of the actor’s comment here may be the idea that fans are going to hope the T-800 gets destroyed. While the details are unclear, the character will certainly be joining our other heroes, but while he may be fighting against the bad guys, it seems there may still be a reason we will want to see him destroyed.

The most recent trailer for Dark Fate does include Sarah Conner saying that she’s going to kill the T-800 when it’s all over, and the Terminator seems to understand that, so perhaps the rest of us will as well. There may be a good reason, something minor like the fate of humanity, which necessitate the need to destroy the T-800. It’s happened before.

While we might all be ok with Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s Terminator being destroyed, that will only be after the job is done, and we’ll still want to see our favorite Terminator destroy this new model if he can.

Also, of course, there’s the fact that the first two Terminator movies are the only ones that are universally loved, so it allows the franchise to relaunch from a point where things are still positive.

The new movie will also see Linda Hamilton’s return to the franchise, and it has to be said that she was a common thread those first two movies had which all the other sequels lacked, so perhaps she has been what the franchise has needed all along.

Terminator: Dark Fate hits theaters November 1.

Suicide Squad Director David Ayer Is Psyched About James Gunn Doing The Sequel

The DC live-action universe has had a bumpy tenure in theaters, full of peaks and valleys. While Warner Bros.’ massive franchise seems to have found its stride with the most recent releases, some of the earlier installments failed to impress critics and fans. David Ayer’s Suicide Squad is one of those movies, alongside Justice League and Batman v Superman. David Ayer won’t be back to helm The Suicide Squad, with Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn taking over. And it looks like Ayer is psyched about that choice in replacement.

David Ayer has always made his feelings known about his work on Suicide Squad, and the blockbuster’s various accomplishments and missteps. Because despite the movie’s mistakes, it ultimately earned money at the box office, began a franchise, and even won an Oscar in the process. Ayer recently spoke to his frustrations about the film’s bad reputation, but also clarified that the property is in great hands with James Gunn. Check it out below.

David Ayer might not be happy with everything about Suicide Squad, but he’s sure James Gunn will do great work with his upcoming DC blockbuster, featuring a handful of characters that made their debut in the first film.

These new comments come from David Ayer’s Twitter, which the filmmaker regularly uses to directly communicate with fans. The director recently went on the social media platform to complain about the bad rap Suicide Squad has. Specifically, he doesn’t want his blockbuster blamed for the way the DCEU has pivoted its new releases away from crossover-heavy movies and onto characters-driven stories. But that doesn’t mean he’s unhappy with how The Suicide Squad is shaping up, especially where James Gunn is concerned.

Like it’s predecessor, The Suicide Squad will focus on a motley crew of villains, who are forced together to form Task Force X. This is a type of superhero movie that James Gunn is all too familiar with, given his outstanding work with the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. Gunn took a relatively unknown group of heroes, and quickly made them the stars of a fan favorite property within the massive MCU. So he’s seems to have the perfect skill set to bring The Suicide Squad to life.

James Gunn’s involvement in The Suicide Squad happened during the interim months where he was temporarily fired by Marvel Studios. Prior to starting up production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, controversial tweets by Gunn resurfaced from a decade ago, and the filmmaker was promptly canned. While he was eventually reinstated, he nabbed the gig directing The Suicide Squad during that time, and therefore we’ll get his DC debut before he pivots back to Marvel for the Guardians threequel.

It should be interesting to see what James Gunn does with The Suicide Squad, and how he establishes a film that isn’t too familiar to his work on Guardians. And since David Ayer is so open about his feelings, we’re sure to get a candid response on Twitter once the movie arrives in theaters.

The Suicide Squad will hit theaters on August 6, 2021. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

See Jurassic World’s New Short Film Battle At Big Rock

It’s going to be almost two years before we see the the next full chapter in the Jurassic World story, but a new short film has just given us a first look at what a world filled with dinosaurs and humans together would look like. Battle at Big Rock debuted last night on television and is now available online. It gives us a glimpse into what the world is like following the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and, as you might expect, dinosaurs living among humans doesn’t go all that well for the humans.

At the end of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom dinosaurs are released into the forests of Northern California. While the creatures are not exactly ubiquitous, humanity has now begun to try and figure out how to deal with this new existence. Check out the complete Battle at Big Rock below.

Battle at Big Rock opens with the sound of news reports. We learn that dinosaurs have been among humans for some time, and they’ve even begun to multiply. However, for one family on a camping trip, it seems there’s no expectation that they might run in to dinosaurs. When the campground goes quiet nobody is quite expecting a Triceratops family to come wandering through.

And yet, that’s what happens. At first its not necessarily that big a deal, these dinos don’t eat meat and so the family we’re watching all this with just has to wait it out. But then, an Allosaurus appears and the humans find themselves in the middle of a battle for survival.

The finale of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom created a new status quo for the universe, and one that the Jurassic Park franchise as a whole likely should have explored much sooner. What happens when dinosaurs truly begin to roam the earth once again?

This is a great addition to the Jurassic World franchise as it gives us a glimpse of the world that we’re going to be jumping into when Jurassic World 3 arrives in a couple years. One of the news reports we hear asks the question if this is the “new normal” and it seems quite likely that the answer to that question will be yes.

When Jurassic World 3 hits screens we’ll have a film that once again focuses on characters played by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, the people best equipped to deal with dinosaurs, having been part of Jurassic Park. This short film shows us how everyday people are dealing with this new threat. Not well.

Also, if you didn’t already, make sure you watch through the credits of Battle at Big Rock, as they include brief clips of home video style footage showing more everyday people dealing with dinosaurs. These bits are more humorous than dangerous, which is a nice pallet cleanser following the terror of the film itself.

We’ll see the nextrchapter of the story, assuming there aren’t any more secret short movies waiting in the wings, when Jurassic World 3 hits theaters in 2021.

This Rotten Week: Predicting Ad Astra, Rambo: Last Blood, And Downtown Abbey Reviews

Just remember, I’m not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they’ll end up on the Tomatometer. Let’s take a look at This Rotten Week has to offer.

There’s always a place on the big screen for an epic space odyssey and that very much looks like what we’re getting from Ad Astra. It’s a story about an astronaut (Brad Pitt) going on a mission in space to find his father (Tommy Lee Jones) and stop him from utilizing a technology that is threatening life in the universe. It simultaneously looks like a psychological thriller and wide-ranging sci-fi movie all wrapped into one. And critics are loving it.

From director James Gray (The Lost City of Z – 86%, We Own The Night – 57%), Ad Astra is currently sitting at 84% with 44 reviews posted. Most are praising all aspects of the movie from the visuals, to the tone, to Brad Pitt’s acting. It’s logically (at least from the scope) drawing comparisons to Interstellar (72%), and I think ultimately it falls right in that range.

Sylvester Stallone and my father are both 73 years old. My dad is retired and mostly just reads books on his Kindle these days. Stallone? He’s about to reprise one of his most iconic roles as a savage soldier who fights for those marginalized or just flat out in trouble. Oh, and he does it with the use of basically every weapon in the killer elite pack: machine guns, bow and arrows, knives, explosives. They’re all there at his disposal in Rambo: Last Blood.

This time he’s up against the Mexican cartel, who almost certainly didn’t know what they were getting into when they took Rambo’s niece hostage. It sure looks like they’ll come to regret that decision. This is the fifth, and likely final, installment in the Rambo franchise, and it looks like they are going out with a bang. I can’t imagine critics love it, but I don’t suspect that’s really the point.

While we’ve seen many examples of television shows turned into movies, or movies turned into television shows, it isn’t often we get those versions with the original casts. Entourage did it with not so great results disaster, and Breaking Bad has an offshoot coming soon with Jesse Pinkman. But recently there aren’t too many other examples. Now we have a new addition to that list

Downton Abbey finished its six season on PBS in 2015, but the story continues on in movie form this weekend. Set in 1927, it takes place two years after the series finale and focuses on a visit from the King and Queen of England to the Downton Abbey estate. Director Michael Engler helmed four Downton Abbey episodes including the finale. Early opinions are very strong with the Tomatometer sitting at 80% through 55 reviews. Critics appreciate the carryover and most seem to think it’s a worthy follow up to the award-winning show.

It’s mea culpa time in the recap. Last week I had some pretty bad reads on both Hustlers (Predicted: 85% Actual: 87%) and The Goldfinch (Predicted: 45% Actual: 25%) before editor Eric Eisenberg stepped in and saved the day letting me know that after the reviews embargoes had lifted my original thoughts on each were wrong. He graciously allowed me to not completely screw the pooch and helped tick both scores closer to reality. I’ll take a firm “L” on each movie even though the published predictions ended up much closer to the final scores.

Critics really took to Hustlers, embracing crime story and scheme following a group of strippers taking advantage of their Wall Street clientele. While professionals seemed to love nearly every aspect of the film, Jennifer Lopez’s performance stands out as the most talked-about.

Meanwhile, The Goldfinch wasn’t able to capitalize on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel’s material. Critics saw it as an epic missed opportunity, citing a confusing and overdone narrative that wasn’t in any way able to capture the artistic ideals of Donna Tartt’s book. This lands as a massive disappointment.

Next time we’ve got Abominable. It’s gonna be a Rotten Week!