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Preview: Ghostbusters & Star Trek Beyond

October 10, 2016

written by Brian Shesko

Student Activities is well aware what month it is, and so we know full well what holiday dominates that month. That’s why our next Double Feature Movie Night, taking place on Friday, October 14 in the Vines Center, is a great way for you to mentally prepare for your All Hallows’ Eve costume options as we present:

  • Star Trek Beyond – starting at 8 PM
  • Ghostbusters (2016) – starting at approx. 10:10 PM

If there is one thing sci-fi movies that prominently feature aliens have taught us, it is that if we ever encounter hostile aliens anywhere in the universe, they will likely underestimate the plucky underdog-ed-ness of humanity, probably resulting in many laser deaths and spaceship explosions.  As with the other installments in the franchise, Star Trek Beyond exemplifies this in the most blockbuster-y, popcorn action movie way possible. There aren’t many pluckier underdogs in any movie than Captain James T. Kirk, and Chris Pine has shown that he fits the role quite well: he is strong and determined, yet shows a mischievousness that borders on recklessness, a necessary trait if you and your crew are going to get into any kind of interstellar hijinks. Pine, along with the rest of that crew, is what really makes this new J.J. Abrams led Star Trek series; Zachary Quinto’s Spock, Zoe Saldana’s Uhura, Simon Pegg’s Scotty, and Karl Urban’s Bones work so well together we should probably expect to see no less than seven of these movies. Abrams, however, steps aside from directing in this one, passing the clapperboard to Justin Lin, director of several of the Fast & Furious movies. It might be exactly what you expect from a Star Trek movie, but in this case, that is a very fun and good thing.

Following Star Trek Beyond will be one of 2016’s most talked about movies, the semi-reboot* of Ghostbusters. Though it came close, it could only get to third on the all-time list of Movies That Ruined People’s Childhoods, unable to unseat either Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace or Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, numbers one and 2 on that list. ***Viewer warning: It is possible that you “ain’t afraid of almost no ghosts”, but cannot go so far as to say you “ain’t afraid of no ghosts.” If this describes you, we recommend caution as this movie features many types and sizes of ghosts, and so we cannot guarantee that you ain’t not be afraid of some of them. Otherwise, we would like to reiterate that Kate McKinnon is the greatest, and when paired with Kristen Wiig, it can almost only result in good things (not to take anything away from Melissa McCarthy or Leslie Jones, or Chris Hemsworth for that matter). And if you really needed your nostalgia to be more heavy-handed than it already is, most of the prominent characters from the original Ghostbusters appear at various points throughout. 

It’s two of this summer’s biggest blockbusters, played back to back for your convenience. Of course, this event is free to attend, and there will be FREE popcorn and cheap concessions available. If you have any questions, email us: studentactivities@liberty.edu

Watch Star Trek Beyond Trailer

Watch Ghostbusters (2016) Trailer



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