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We give movies second chances. Did the weekend's lowest-grossing film fare deserve a little more love? That's what we're here to find out. Join the three of us as we see the lowest-grossing new movie from each weekend and give a full rundown and review, helping you sort the clunkers from the hidden gems. Reel Underdogs are John Battiston, Karlyn Chen and Trent Neely. Catch a new episode every Thursday!

We give movies second chances. Did the weekend's lowest-grossing film fare deserve a little more love? That's what we're here to find out. Join the three of us as we see the lowest-grossing new movie from each weekend and give a full rundown and review, helping you sort the clunkers from the hidden gems. Reel Underdogs are John Battiston, Karlyn Chen and Trent Neely. Catch a new episode every Thursday!
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We give movies second chances. Did the weekend's lowest-grossing film fare deserve a little more love? That's what we're here to find out. Join the three of us as we see the lowest-grossing new movie from each weekend and give a full rundown and review, helping you sort the clunkers from the hidden gems. Reel Underdogs are John Battiston, Karlyn Chen and Trent Neely. Catch a new episode every Thursday!

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TOLKIEN

5/16/2019
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Tolkien tells the story of the young man who would become the acclaimed author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Orphaned at a young age, J.R.R. Tolkien’s vast imagination and love for language, as well as the influences of friendship, romance and war, combine to birth his vision for the now-classic tales of Middle Earth. Does Tolkien do its subject justice for both fans and newcomers to his work? Reel Underdogs are John Battiston, Karlyn Chen and Trent Neely. Catch a new discussion...

Duration:00:58:36

EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE and New Trailer Rundown

5/9/2019
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Zac Efron, once a teen heartthrob featured in movies like High School Musical and 17 Again, takes a drastic turn for the sinister as famed serial killer Ted Bundy in Netflix’s new original biopic: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. We watch through the eyes of both Bundy and his longtime girlfriend over a span of two decades as the list of accusations against him grows too long to ignore. Does the film do justice to the sensationally horrifying true story? Plus, we discuss the new...

Duration:01:01:45

AVENGERS: ENDGAME (Spoiler Discussion)

5/2/2019
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Movie lovers, Avengers: Endgame is finally here, and it gave us a ton to talk about. We’re going to do things a little differently and dive deep into spoiler territory, so if you haven’t seen Endgame, please come back when you have. For everyone else, enjoy our in-depth discussion of the massive conclusion to Marvel’s Infinity Saga! Reel Underdogs are John Battiston, Karlyn Chen and Trent Neely. Catch a new discussion every Thursday! Reel Underdogs on Twitter: @ReelUnderdogs John Battiston...

Duration:01:13:40

BREAKTHROUGH

4/25/2019
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Breakthrough follows the true story of fourteen-year-old John Smith, who miraculously showed signs of life after falling into a frozen lake and drowning. As John fights for his life, his mother, Joyce, endures a test of faith as she hopes for God to restore her comatose son back to health. Does Breakthrough do its source material justice, and is it a worthwhile watch for anyone from any religious background? The Best of Enemies documents the historic rivalry between an African-American civil...

Duration:01:02:39

MISSING LINK and This Week's News

4/18/2019
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The Oscar-nominated animators at Laika have returned with Missing Link, a stop-motion adventure tale. Despite its top-notch visuals and voice talent, it came in ninth during a very disappointing weekend at the box office. We’re here to find out: Does Missing Link have the substance to match its style? Plus, we discuss this week in entertainment news, including new details about Disney+ and the new trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker! Reel Underdogs are John Battiston, Karlyn Chen...

Duration:01:01:33

THE BEST OF ENEMIES

4/11/2019
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The Best of Enemies documents the historic rivalry between an African-American civil rights advocate and the local President of the Ku Klux Klan in 1970s Durham, North Carolina. Though it struggled at the box office, we gave the story of Ann Atwater and C.P. Ellis a shot — but does it get our vote of confidence? Reel Underdogs are John Battiston, Karlyn Chen and Trent Neely. Catch a new discussion every Thursday! Reel Underdogs on Twitter: @ReelUnderdogs John Battiston on Twitter: @JB3Writes...

Duration:00:49:43

THE HIGHWAYMEN and Our Favorite Streaming Underdogs

4/4/2019
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We decided to do things a little differently this week. Instead of our usual trip to the theater, we spent a night watching The Highwaymen, @Netflix’s new film starring Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson as the Texas Rangers who tracked down Bonnie and Clyde. Listen on to our thoughts on the new crime drama. Plus, we give our recommendations for under-appreciated films available for you to stream right now. Featuring guest panelist Justin Redman (@Young_JRed). Reel Underdogs are John...

Duration:01:14:27

US (Includes Spoiler Discussion)

3/28/2019
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Us, Jordan Peele’s follow-up to the 2017 smash-hit Get Out, follows a family whose summer vacation is thrown out of control when they are harassed by their malicious doppelgangers. It was the only new movie given a wide release over the weekend, making it this week’s underdog by default. We’re here to find out: what’s all the fuss about Us? (SPOILERS begin at 35:20) Reel Underdogs are John Battiston, Karlyn Chen and Trent Neely. Catch a new discussion every Thursday! Reel Underdogs on...

Duration:01:10:03

CAPTIVE STATE and New Trailer Rundown

3/21/2019
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Captive State, the new science fiction film from director Rupert Wyatt, takes place in a futuristic Chicago ten years into a totalitarian alien occupation, and follows mankind’s attempt at an uprising. It didn’t exactly rise up against the box office competition, opening at number seven. We’re here to find out: Does Captive State captivate, or will it leave you itching for escape? (SPOILERS from 30:15 to 43:06) Plus, we discuss the new trailers released this week for Stranger Things, Once...

Duration:01:06:03

Spring Break Special: The Streaming Debate

3/14/2019
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We here at Reel Underdogs are currently on spring break, which means we won’t be discussing a new movie today. Instead, we decided to turn our attention to a topic that has been subject to recent debate within the film community: streaming. We discuss the effects the streaming revolution has on cinema and television, and ask the big question: Is it helping or hurting? Reel Underdogs are John Battiston, Karlyn Chen and Trent Neely. Catch a new discussion every Thursday! Reel Underdogs on...

Duration:00:49:53

GRETA

3/7/2019
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It’s a tale as old as time: Girl finds purse, girl returns purse to elderly owner, elderly owner turns out to be a maniacal stalker. That’s right, I’m talking about this week’s underdog, Greta, the chilling new thriller starring Isabelle Huppert and Chloe Grace Moretz. It had a weak start in the U.S. box office last weekend, coming in at number eight, and we’re here to find out: Will you regret-a seeing Greta? Reel Underdogs are John Battiston, Karlyn Chen and Trent Neely. Catch a new...

Duration:00:37:07

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD (Spoiler Discussion)

2/28/2019
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If you’ve seen How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, you know that the ending gave us plenty to talk about. We advise that those of you who haven’t seen the new film go listen to our spoiler-free discussion, because we won’t only talking about the eventful end of a movie; we’ll be talking about the emotional end to a beloved film trilogy. But if you’ve seen it, listen on! Reel Underdogs are John Battiston, Karlyn Chen and Trent Neely. Catch a new discussion every Thursday! Reel...

Duration:00:20:46

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD

2/28/2019
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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World was the only new movie given a wide release this weekend, so it’s this week’s underdog by default! We all grew up watching and loving the original How to Train Your Dragon and its sequel, and we’re here to find out: Does the new film do justice to its predecessors, and does it make for a worthy conclusion to an awesome series? Reel Underdogs are John Battiston, Karlyn Chen and Trent Neely. Catch a new discussion every Thursday! Reel Underdogs on...

Duration:00:27:29

HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U (Spoiler Discussion)

2/21/2019
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As you might expect, Happy Death Day 2U had plenty of twists, turns and surprises that we couldn’t resist talking about...so, we did! If you have yet to see the movie, we would advise that you listen to our spoiler-free discussion; otherwise, enjoy our spoiler-filled conversation about the delightful new horror film. Reel Underdogs are John Battiston, Karlyn Chen and Trent Neely. Catch a new discussion every Thursday! Reel Underdogs on Twitter: @ReelUnderdogs John Battiston on Twitter:...

Duration:00:21:17

HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U

2/21/2019
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Happy Death Day 2U, the sequel to the surprise comedy-horror hit Happy Death Day, was released during a busy Valentine’s Day at the box office. Ultimately, it was commercially slashed by the week’s other new releases, Alita: Battle Angel and Isn’t It Romantic. We’re here to find out: Does this frightening follow-up have power to please like the original did? Reel Underdogs are John Battiston, Karlyn Chen and Trent Neely. Catch a new discussion every Thursday! Reel Underdogs on Twitter:...

Duration:00:23:04

THE PRODIGY (Spoiler Discussion)

2/14/2019
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So it turns out one discussion of The Prodigy just wasn’t enough for us. We decided to record a shorter bonus episode for those of you who have seen the new horror film and wanted to hear our take on that remarkable ending. If you haven’t seen the movie, we’d encourage you to listen to our spoiler-free discussion, but otherwise, enjoy this extra bit of content. Reel Underdogs are John Battiston, Karlyn Chen and Trent Neely. Catch a new discussion every Thursday! Reel Underdogs on Twitter:...

Duration:00:22:34

THE PRODIGY

2/14/2019
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The Lego Movie 2 led the charge of last weekend’s four new movie releases, while The Prodigy was left trailing at number six. We shook off our inhibitions and braved the new supernatural horror film; is it as smart and effective as its title suggests? Reel Underdogs are John Battiston, Karlyn Chen and Trent Neely. Catch a new discussion every Thursday! Reel Underdogs on Twitter: @ReelUnderdogs John Battiston on Twitter: @JB3Writes Trent Neely on Twitter: @TrentNeely1 Visit us on Facebook or...

Duration:00:30:52

MISS BALA

2/7/2019
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Miss Bala, the new crime thriller starring Gina Rodriguez, was the only new film given a wide release in the U.S. last weekend. Still, it couldn’t climb its way to number one at the box office, as Glass and The Upside continue to reign at the top. We’re here to find out: Does the gun-toting Gloria Fuentes have what it takes to shoot her way into our hearts? Reel Underdogs on Twitter: @ReelUnderdogs John Battiston on Twitter: @JB3Writes We are now available to stream on Apple Podcasts and...

Duration:00:36:00

SERENITY

1/31/2019
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Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey reunited over the weekend in Serenity, a seaside suspense thriller that isn't all that it seems. It couldn't quite dethrone The Kid Who Would Be King at the U.S. box office, so we're here to find out: Does Serenity hold water, or was it doomed to sink from the beginning?

Duration:00:46:16