By: Kimberly Donahue


News On the March

It’s the movie weekend everyone’s been waiting for: Rogue One premieres. It’s hard to believe that there’s been eight Star Wars films, but this is the first spin off.

Patrick believes an interesting feature of Rogue One  is that there are none of the famous credits and that the viewer had to try to figure out where this film fits into  the entire Star Wars story.

Mandella thinks this was an interesting choice for actress Felicity Jones , who made her big break in The Theory of Everything. 

The trailer for Spiderman: Homecoming has been released.


The crew thinks there were lots of different issues with the film series.

Mandella believes Toby Maguire was too old to play Spiderman in the original series.

Hayley likes the fact that this series looks like it will focus on Spiderman as a teenager, which he is in the comic books. She found that in The Amazing Spiderman series

Hayley thinks that the problem with the Spiderman movies was that the films didn’t know how they wanted to be shot. The first installments with Toby Maguire were very comic book like, which was cool and then the second installment was more of a romantic comedy featuring Spiderman.

Rolland Emmorick is in talks to produce a film adaptation of the book,  Dark Matter.


The new sequel to the 2014 Godzilla reboot will be called Godzilla: King of Monsters.


The trailer  for Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s World War II drama, has been released.


Featured Interview

Eric Davis is a Hofstra Alumni who sits on the Critic’s Association as well as the Managing Editor for

What are some award show nominees that could win as big surprises?

It’s all about La La Land, it’s the movie to beat except for the ensemble  category at the SAG awards because it’s a two person show. We should expect a lot of talk in terms of:

Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea. There’s a few movies Davis is curious about like Martin Scorcese’s Silence and Hidden Figures

Moonlight is the indie film of the year.

Manchester by the Sea is a strong film for awards, though not too likely to win best picture.

Casey Affleck is likely the key nominee for Best Actor.

Kenneth Hunt could win Best Director.

Music is playing a larger role of movies than it has in the past because movies really taken advantage of music. There’s 31 songs on short list for best song for the Oscars, largely because of La La Land

Have awards succeeded in bringing more diversity?

Yes, we’re seeing a turn around from last year and diversity will grow and there will be more female driven films within the next five years.

This year we have Fences, Hidden Figures and Moonlight for the Golden Globes. At the Globes, there’s tied a record for  six records for African Americans in the top categories.

Moana and Zootopia are nominated for best motion picture, what’s going to take the cake?

It’s interesting because there’s no Pixar movie in the conversation and there usually is but  Zootopia will probably win off over Moana and it’s got a good script and story and is very topical to what’s happening in the world right now. However, Moana definitely has its music over Zootopia will win i think the jungle book will be a big topic in terms of special effects.

Lin-Manuel Miranda could sneak in and win best song over one of the songs from La La Land.  The Best Song Category is closer than the best animated picture category


Favorite movie this season? La La Land and he wants to watch it a few more times. Davis is a fan of jazz and loves a love story of jazz. He likes movies that use music in fun ways.

Least favorite of the year? Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. It really bothered him  because the comedy was regurgitated with the best bits of that movie being from other movies and only the massage scene was good.


What are some movies that will be big next year? In terms of big pictures, Logan of the Wolverine series is really great. We can also look forward to: Beauty and the Beast, the next Fast and Furious, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, Wonder Woman, Spiderman: Homecoming, Alien: Covenant , Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, Dunkirk, Bladerunner sequel, the next Star Wars story, Justice League and many more.



Rogue One


The rebel alliance makes a plan to take over the death star setting up the premise for the saga to come. It feels like Star Wars almost immediately despite the lack of an opening crawl and no jedis. Mandella didn’t like a lot of the characters like Forrest Whitaker. Patrick thought it was pretty hit or miss until the last 40 minutes  and like something was missing from Felicity Jones’s character. It took Will 30 minutes to figure out what was going on in the movie but once act 2 and 3 kick in, it’s top of the line. It’s interesting because it was kind of like a war film it feels like the old movies but it feels very authentic. It’s very fast paced sometimes at points where it felt rushed. Darth Vader should’ve been the villain because this one was very basic. There were many clever points and the film ties together a lot of things together that normally went unnoticed. This is a far cry from The Force Awakens, but see it!

La La Land

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Photo credit: Lionsgate Movies

A jazz pianist falls for an actress in Hollywood. This is worth all the praise. It feels very like classic Hollywood films like Singing in the Rain, it’s very jazzy and Ryan Gossling really gives the spirit of a jazz pianist, who actually learned how to play piano for the film.  You feel his passion for jazz. Emma Stone has a really amazing voice that shocked the gang. It’s beautifully directed it’s very joyful. See it as many times as you want.

Collateral Beauty

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Photo credit: Movieclips Trailers

Retreating from life after a tragedy, a man begins writing to different emotions and once they come to visit him, he realizes how they all work together. Will loves all the cast, but the movie was terrible and disappointing. There’s no authenticity to anything and it’s very cheesy. This is another version of Will Smith Oscar bait and shows Smith was trying too hard. It’s really bad and  the first flop for most of this cast. The film went through so many changes as well. Skip it.





This Week at the Box Office


1.Rogue One $71 million 

2.Moana $3 million

3.Office Christmas Party $2.6 million

4.Collateral Beauty $2.4 million

5. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them $1.3 million

That’s all for this semester on The Screening Room! Tune in after the holidays at 88.7 FM, Radio Hofstra University.