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While all your friends are out playing Pokemon Go this weekend, you can live through an ice age (again, again, again, again, again), learn why you should always sleep with the lights on, or explore the galaxy. Sounds why more fun than staring at your phone right? Here's what's new in theaters for the July 22 weekend.

The one that will make you wonder why in the world the ice hasn't melted yet: "Ice Age: Collision Course"

The wait is finally over! After four years, the fifth (1,2,3,4,fifth) installment in the "Ice Age" franchise finds our heroes dealing with a thing that forces them to move and adapt to a new place that we will then have to see them leave when we get the sixth installment in 2020. All of the original cast is back (Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary) proving once and for all that money can't buy me love, but it can convince people to return to dried up franchise.

I am really trying to hide my true feelings for this movie, but I feel like it is representative of all the complaints people have about Hollywood. It is another summer sequel that probably will avoid interesting and ground breaking things in favor of the tried and true money making formula. Collision Course is currently sitting at a 13 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, the lowest of any of the films in the franchise.

Will this movie make money? Probably, it is a children's movie in the summer season, and those always tend to do well. Will children like it? Probably, its got bright colors and zany characters. Do they deserve better? Probably, but as long as they make money this is what we will continue to get.

The one that will finally vindicate your fear of the dark: Lights Out

I am normally terrified of movies that have sub 90 minute run times (this one clocks in at 81 minutes) but this movie has some pretty good buzz behind it. The film follows a family haunted by a supernatural being that sticks to the shadows, just like those bills you get in the mail and never open. Just remember, if you don't open the envelope, the bill doesn't count. 

The film is also being lauded for its use of practical special effects, and old school in camera tricks to illicit scares from the audience. The more I read the more it reminds me of films like "The Omen" and "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" which are two of my favorite horror films. If you are in the mood for a classic, back to basics horror flick, this film was made just for you.

The one that boldly goes where many movies have gone before: "Star Trek Beyond" 

The third installment in the J.J. Abrams' reboot franchise sees Kirk (Chirs Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Bones (Karl Urban), Uhura (Zoe Saldana) and the rest of the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise as they are stranded on a remote planet after being attacked by Krall (Idris Elba) a villian with a mysterious connection to Starfleet.

There is a lot to like in this film. The cast is suburb, and have spent enough time together that the interpersonal relationships between the characters feel very organic. This is also hands down the most fun of the reboot films, that sometimes toes the line between enjoyably silly and groan inducing.

The film does not however have a lot going for it in terms of plot, and relies on one action scene to another to get it to its grandiose final act. Their are subplots, but none of them really feel like they have enough drama to be compelling, and all of their resolutions are exactly how you would predict them to be.

Idris Elba is neck in neck with Oscar Isaac for most talented actor with the most underdeveloped villain role. He does the best he can with what he has, but his plan never feels well formed and his motivations are murky at best.

As a Star Trek fan, I feel like I need to give this film another try. Bright lights and loud noises are entertaining for a time, but I really expect more substance out of a Star Trek movie.

I always encourage you, my readers to see these films and form your own opinions. Whether you agree or disagree with my statements leave a comment below and let me know what you think!

 

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