ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE || Having only seen the first “Ice Age,” I can say I’m not completely caught up with all the characters, but none of that really matter here as “Collision Course” is painfully the epitome of franchise fatigue, delivering some of the worst plot devices and character progressions of any animated film I’ve ever seen. The squirrel in space causing havoc storyline is agonizingly overused and none of the characters or the voice actors bring anything new to this absolutely unoriginal animated fare.
LIGHTS OUT || Just from the trailer alone, you can tell this is going to be something special, not just because it has an exceptional cast in Teresa Palmer and Maria Bello, but because it’s look truly terrifying in the best of ways. With good reviews and the box office working in its favor, this exploitation of the fear of the dark provides exactly what horror lovers want, a reason to see a good horror film in the theater.
STAR TREK BEYOND || With J.J. Abrams handing off his rebooted Star Trek series to director Justin Lin (the latest “Fast and the Furious” films) many wondered if this franchise would reach its fatigue as well, but it’s safe to say “Star Trek Beyond” honors the legacy and delivers a new and exciting installment into the series. As long as the cast continues to return and the characters are developed in a new and interesting ways, there’s no telling where this franchise will reach its limits.