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LAST CHRISTMAS review…BROUGHT TO YOU BY KATHY KAISER!

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LAST CHRISTMAS – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 42 mins.

DIRECTOR:  Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy, A Simple Favor, Ghostbusters)

WRITERS:  Emma Thompson, Greg Wise and Byrony Kimmings 

STARRING:  Henry Golding, Emilia Clarke, Emma Thompson, Michelle Yeoh and Lydia Leonard

Kleenex in your pocket?  Check.  Ready to catch the first Christmas film of the year?  Check.  Now get ready to settle into that comfy reclining seat as we meet Kate (Emilia Clarke), basking in a life of making all the wrong choices, especially for a 20-something that not long ago, was very, very ill.  But, as they say, when you’re young, you think you have all the time in the world Continue reading

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MIDWAY review

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The Turning Point

Roland Emmerich returns with a bang, as he gives us a glimpse at the Pacific Theatre and the events that transpired to bring us into World War II.  “Midway” follows a cocky, arrogant Lieutenant Dick Best (Ed Skrein) as he serves as a pilot on the USS Enterprise.  On the morning of December 7th, the attack on Pearl Harbor is carried-out, bringing the Navy back to the shore.  After learning of his friend’s heroic death, his focus is on only one thing: revenge.  Edwin Layton (Patrick Wilson), Intelligence Officer, tried to Continue reading

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DOCTOR SLEEP- The Flick Fanatics (Karl)

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DOCTOR SLEEP

Starring:

Ewan McGregor- Danny Torrance

Kyliegh Curran- Abra Stone

Rebecca Ferguson- Rose the Hat

McGregor “shines” as Danny Torrance in “Doctor Sleep”, the sequel and ending to the great horror film “The Shining”.

Director Mike Flanagan (Ouija: Origin of Evil) has penned and directed Doctor Sleep, a screenplay to close out the story of Danny Torrance and his mother Wendy (Alex Essoe) following the events at the Overlook (The Shining). Ewan McGregor is an adult Danny Torrance that is still haunted by the ghosts of the Overlook Hotel and tries to negate his special ability aka “Shine” in bottles of booze and strange women.

Dan Torrance now in his mid-30’s still remembers the days after they escapes the Overlook hotel with his mother. In a flashback, young Danny refuse to talk, except to the ghost of his friend Hallorann (Carl Lumbly) who was killed by his father at the hotel. Hallorann shows Danny a special box and has him study it so he can recreate it in his mind. Danny uses the box to capture the Overlook spirits. Once the ghosts are gone Danny opens up and talks to his mother.

 

Dan tired of drifting from town to town, settles in a New Hampshire town and makes a friend Billy Freeman (Cliff Curtis) who sets him up in an apartment and a job at a hospice clinic. Dan notices the clinics cat visits a patient’s room when they are in there final hours. Torrance also keeps them company and helps ease them into the afterlife with his “Shine”. This earns him the nickname Doctor Sleep. Back at Dan’s apartment, one of the walls in the room is slate lie a chalkboard. Dan starts getting mysterious messages from another person who also “shines”.

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TERMINATOR: DARK FATE- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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Starring:

Linda Hamilton- Sarah Connor

Arnold Schwarzenegger- T-800/ Carl

Mackenzie Davis- Grace

Natalia Reyes- Dani Ramos

James Cameron has brought back Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger to complete his version of the Terminator story arch he began in 1984 with the new film “Terminator: Dark Fate”.

Mexico City 2019.

A ball of Lightning appears on a bridge, then a naked woman falls from the bridge. “Grace”, a time traveling soldier, takes out some federales and steals clothes from the teenagers that helped her. Dani Ramos (Reyes) is a young woman who works with her brother Diego (Diego Boneta) at the auto plant and also takes care of him and her father. Another ball of lightning appears above an apartment building and a man falls to the ground; another Terminator is here. The Terminator is a Rev-9 and shows up at the Ramos home hunting Dani.

Grace, tracks down Dani at the auto plant and tells her and Diego to come with her or they will die in 30 seconds. The Rev-9 aka Gabriel (Gabriel Luna) also appears at the plant as Mr. Ramos in an attempt to kill Dani. Grace get Dani and Diego out and a car chase begins through the streets of Mexico City ending at a bridge where the Rev-9 corners Grace and the kids. The Rev-9 is a different type of Terminator, the 9 is made of both liquid metal and a steel skeletal form that are able to separate and work in tandem as a team. Just as the Terminator charges a truck pulls on to the bridge and a woman with a bazooka gets out and blasts both halves of the Terminator. It is Sarah Conner.

Sarah Conner, the original Terminator target, appears on the bridge just in time to save Dani and Grace. Diego was impaled in the chase and was killed by the Terminator. Sarah explained she is wanted across the country so she is off the grid hunting Terminators. Sarah explained that she gets mysterious texts with coordinates that a Terminator will appear. Grace shows Sarah a set of coordinates that were tattooed on her in case she needs help keeping Dani alive, it is the same location that is texting Sarah.

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JOJO RABBIT review

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An Anti-Hate Satire

The incomparable Taika Waititi delivers his fiercest, ferociously-funny offering yet in the charming “Jojo Rabbit”.  Following the life of young ten year old Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis), the film takes place in Nazi Germany towards the end of the Second World War; and his imaginary friend just happens to be Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi).  In-love with the Nazis and the Third Reich, young Jojo more than anything wants to be a part of Hitler’s Youth.  After an unfortunate accident involving a grenade, Jojo finds himself Continue reading