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jack-reacher-never-go-back-600x936He’s the Guy you weren’t Counting On

In 2012, a dark and intense action thriller by the name of “Jack Reacher” hit theaters during a difficult time in our country and the film mostly flew-under the radar, but it introduced us to a no-holds-barred military hero named Jack Reacher.  Four years later he’s back in “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back”; our retired military Major Jack Reacher has been Continue reading


The Accountant- Karl Sides “The Flick”

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The Accountant



Affleck, Simmons, Bernthal and Kendrick all “add up” to a great film in “The Accountant”

Ben Affleck directs and stars in the new film surrounding a boy with a form of autism that also allows him to be a mathematics expert and would grow up to be ‘The Accountant”. Affleck has surrounded himself with a stellar supporting cast of J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal and Anna Kendrick in this tale of mathematical justice.

Christian Wolff (Affleck) was born with a form of autism that made him susceptible to loud noises, lights and would infuriate him if he isn’t able to finish what he started. Christian had a younger brother Brax (Bernthal) who was his only friend growing up in a military family. After speaking with a therapist that explained Christian’s ticks to his parents and how he could grow to lead a normal life. While this was going on young Christian was putting a complex jigsaw puzzle together upside-down in minutes! After his mother abandoned the family Christian’s father took the army way to raising the boys. Loyalty, family and honor first.

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The Girl on the Train- Karl Sides “The Flick Fanatic”

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Emily Blunt is an emotional “train wreck” as she rides the train every day and ends up in the middle of a murder investigation in the new thriller, “Girl on the Train”.

Rachel (Emily Blunt), a recently divorced unemployed alcoholic, who rides the train into NYC each day stalking her ex-husband’s new wife and child and watches the picture perfect couple a few houses down. Tom (Justin Theroux) and Rachel failed at having a child, and Rachel turned to the bottle to cope with the failure to conceive. Her alcoholism cost Rachel her marriage, Tom his job, and eventually her job. Tom fell in love with Anna (Rebecca Ferguson), a real estate agent, whom he had been cheating with for two years while dealing with Rachel.

Rachel would constantly call Tom and even showed up at his house one day and was walking away with his child when Anna woke up. Rachel would fantasize about the other couple who were in love as she rode on the train and doodled in her book. One morning Rachel saw the blonde woman on the balcony of her home kissing another man. After downing a lot of booze, an infuriated Rachel made an abusive video for Tom and rode the train home…..this time though she got off at her old neighborhood to set this woman straight.

Megan (Haley Bennett), the woman Rachel was watching, was not happily married. She was faking her way through.  Megan explained how she really wasn’t in love with her husband, thought of herself as a whore, and had no desire to be a mother. Megan’s husband arranged for her to help Anna and Tom with their baby in hopes she would change her mind about getting pregnant. Megan would flirt with her therapist (Edgar Ramirez) and he was the one Rachel saw kissing Megan from the train!

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Birth of a Nation- Karl Sides “The Flick Fanatic”

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Nate Parker stars, directs and even wrote the screenplay for the new film about the slave rebellion in Virginia led by Nat Turner called “Birth of a Nation”

Years before the civil war erupted, a young boy named Nat Turner was growing up on the Turner plantation (slaves took the last name of their owner as they were property). Nat was raised by his mother after his father ran off to avoid being lynched after killing a slave hunter when he was caught stealing food. Nat would also take books from the main house and taught himself how to read. Elizabeth Turner (Penelope Ann Miller) found out about Nat and instructed his mother to send him to the main house and he would be taught properly. Mrs. Turner gave Nat a bible to read and study.

Nat grew into a young man and began to preach to the other slaves on the plantation. Following his father’s death, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer)took over the farm. Mrs. Elizabeth left to live with her daughter Catherine and her new husband on a neighboring property. As a gift Samuel, after being prodded by Nat, bought a slave girl Cherry (Aja Naomi King) to serves as a house girl for Catherine (Katie Garfield). Nat was infatuated with Cherry and would take every opportunity to go to see Cherry. Nat would eventually marry Cherry as they jumped the broom. Cherry still remained at the other farm with Catherine.

Word got out about the Turner farm and how there was never any issue with the slaves there. Rev. Zalthall (Mark Boone Jr.) suggested to Samuel that he take his slave preacher to other farms to help get their slaves in line. This would generate the much needed money for Samuel to keep the farm. Drought was keeping crop numbers down and putting the crunch on the farmers. Nat agreed and then got his first look at what slave life was like at other farms under abusive owners.  One such farm had a slaver force feeding his slave who had refused to eat by chiseling out his teeth and putting a funnel down his throat.  I could barely watch parts of this film because there were brutally gruesome. There were whippings, beatings, rape and murders, this all before Nat decides to rebel.

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deepwater-horizon-posterWhen Faced with Our Darkest Hour, Hope is Not a Tactic

On April 20th of 2010, an oil rig, named the Deepwater Horizon, located just-off the coast of Louisiana suffered a major blowout and erupted into a major oil spill, spilling over 200 million gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico.  Over the days that followed, most of the story centered-around the oil, but the real story is what happened on the Deepwater Horizon.  The film follows the crew from Transocean as they arrive for their three-week stint on the vessel.  Upon arriving, a few issues Continue reading