One of the biggest films currently lighting up the big screen is Kong: Skull Island. Nerd Nation Magazine was in attendance for the early press screening courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures, Allied Marketing, and Regal Cinemas. Due to a few delays around the office, namely, our editor being out of town as convention season kicks off, this review (originally written March 10, 2017) has been held until now.

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First off, Kong: Skull Island really is a movie that is actually about the monster, mainly featuring the monster. Unlike some other recent monster movies that shall remain nameless (I’m staring hard at you Godzilla 2014). Sure, there are humans in it for half of the movie, but we get to see the title character equally, and that makes me a happy kitty. (Seriously, don’t call it a monster movie if all I get to see of the creature is bits and pieces or five minutes of actual monster time!)

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CLEVELAND, OH: Halloween and horror music legends Midnight Syndicate will bring their critically-acclaimed concert experience, Midnight Syndicate Live!, back to the world famous amusement park, Cedar Point this fall. The horror-themed multimedia concerts blending live music, theatre, and film will run Friday nights, Saturdays, and Sundays from September 15 through October 29 in the Jack Aldrich Theater at Cedar Point’s 21st annual HalloWeekends event.

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(image courtesy of Midnight Syndicate)

“We’ve developed a new, even better show that we can’t wait to unleash on audiences,” said Midnight Syndicate’s Edward Douglas. “Our new venue, the Jack Aldrich Theater, is a perfect fit for what we want to do. It will allow us to create an intimate and thrilling experience that guests won’t soon forget.”

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Every late February, the Nerd Nation team makes our annual trek over the Great Smoky Mountains and down into the Tennessee Valley to invade one of our absolute favorite conventions… the one and only Con Nooga.

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Held annually at the Chattanooga Convention Center and Chattanooga Choo-Choo Hotel in Chattanooga, TN, this marked the tenth consecutive year of the three-day multi-fandom convention, and ninth consecutive year that Nerd Nation has been a part of it.

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Without a doubt, one of (if not the) most talked about films currently in theaters is 2017’s Logan. Due to previous engagements on the convention circuit, Nerd Nation was initially unable to attend the early press screening, however, we did attend opening night.

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(image courtesy of 20th Century Fox)

The film, which stars Hugh Jackman and Sir Patrick Stewart, reprising two of their most iconic roles as Logan/Wolverine and Professor Charles Xavier, respectively, is the tenth in the X-Men film franchise, and third to solely focus on Wolverine. Being the first X-Men film to sport an R-rating (well, unless you count Deadpool, which is somwhat debatable), and rumored to be Jackman‘s final performance as Wolverine, how did this one measure up? Check out the full SPOILER-FREE review at the link below!

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As we reported on back in June of 2016, former ‘Carolina Ghostbusters’ cosplay fan group leader Michael ‘Doc’ Robert Geressy has been convicted of child solicitation.

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Geressy and his ECTO-1 replica car (fair use/public domain)

Geressy, 37, of Gastonia, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to solicitation of a child by a computer Monday at the Lincoln County (NC) Courthouse. He will serve 75 days in prison followed by four months of electric monitoring. Geressy will then be required to register as a sex offender for 30 years.

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Multi-award winning independent filmmaker Jaysen P. Buterin returns with The Corner – the latest horror short from Mad Ones Films. Following a recent streak of horror hits on the film festival and convention circuits, how did this latest effort measure up? Read on to see for yourselves!

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(image courtesy of Mad Ones Films)

** WARNING: MAY CONTAIN MINOR SPOILERS!**
As with all short films, it is very difficult to outline plots without giving away at least something. We always strive to never give any MAJOR spoilers in our reviews here at Nerd Nation, and I assure you, I will do my best here as well, but I digress. You’ve been warned! 

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Friday, February 24, 2017 marked the official US theatrical release of Get Out – the new psychological horror film from Jordan Peele and Blumhouse Productions. Nerd Nation was in attendance for the early press screening the week before its release, courtesy of Universal Pictures, Allied Marketing, and Regal Cinemas. Due to our guest appearance at Con Nooga 2017 this past weekend, this review (written Thursday, February 23) was delayed in its publishing until today.

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It might just be impossible to state how much of a surprise Get Out turned out to be. Jordan Peele’s directorial debut and his first footing into more serious subject matter is, in a word; outstanding. Get Out may actually prove to be one of the best psychological horror films of the decade. But it provides something that all the other films in its category simply does not provide; a new perspective. Not necessarily a new perspective of the mind-bending variety, but a social one. Get Out provides what may well be the first high concept psychological horror movie told for a black audience, where it excels is that it tells that story within enough of the accepted tropes that a greater audience can approach it with ease.

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Every now and then a film comes along that just completely manages to fly under my radar. Despite my admittedly enthusiastic, if not outright obsessive, consumption of all things cinema – particularly in the horror, sci-fi, and fantasy genres – for whatever reason, I just never see or hear anything about some films until they suddenly pop up on my press screening invites list. This was absolutely the case with 2017’s A Cure For Wellness.

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(image courtesy of 20th Century Fox)

I’d like to take a quick moment and apologize to you dear readers out there on my delays in reviewing A Cure For Wellness, as it has been a couple weeks since I’ve seen it. I assure you, this wasn’t done intentionally, I just found myself particularly busy, and didn’t quite know what to say about this one. Quite frankly, I still really don’t, but I’ll try my best. So, that being said, let’s get to it!

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February 10, 2017 marked the official US release of John Wick: Chapter 2, the new action movie starring Keanu Reeves and the sequel to 2014’s John Wick. Nerd Nation Magazine was in attendance for the early press screening courtesy of Summit Entertainment, Allied Marketing, and Regal Cinemas.

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As the title suggests, this is only the second installment in what promises to be an action packed franchise. Thank goodness for that, because, after watching the first two, I personally have a need for more.

Keanu Reeves (The Matrix Trilogy, 47 Ronin, Constantine) reprises his role as John Wick, a contract killer trying to retire. The last movie left us off with John avenging his puppy’s murder. This movie starts us just after that. Peter Stormare (The Penguins of Madagascar, Constantine) plays what is left of the Russian mob family that Wick took out in the first movie. The two come to an understanding, and Wick goes back to his retirement.

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One of the big-studio films out there that has absolutely flown right under the radar here at Nerd Nation (which, to be fair, isn’t so much an actual radar device as it is just an obsessive gorging on film news by a handful of geeks) is 2016’s The Comedian. However, thanks to the fine folks at Allied, who always keep us well-stocked in things to watch, I can now absolutely say that I’ve seen it. The studio was even nice enough to send me a digital link so that I could watch it during the wee hours of the morning/middle of the night… which, as any cinemaphile will tell you is absolutely the best time to watch anything!

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Now, before I get into the review, let me clairfy something for you dear readers out there. Sometimes, these advance press screeners we get for films are outstanding treats, and we feel like royalty getting to watch all the best things before other people, it’s true; but there’s a big trade-off. You see, sometimes we’re more like the crew on the Satellite of Love on MST3K, being held prisoner and forced to watch the worst movies they can find. Ultimately, for all our perks, there’s always the hindrances to counter-balance that. This is of course important to point out, because while not quite a fit for the category of the worst movies, The Comedian definitely doesn’t fit into the category of the best, either.

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