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XXX:THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE- KARL SIDES “the Flick Fanatic.com”

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XXX: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE

Vin Diesel is back from the dead as adrenalin junkie Xander Cage in XXX:The Return of Xander Cage!

“X takes care of it’s own”

Augustus Gibbons (Samuel Jackson) is back at it again recruiting extreme athletes to work in his covert special forces team, XXX. While having lunch with soccer star Neymar, a satellite crashed into the restaurant supposedly killing them both.

Jane Marke (Toni Collette), head of the CIA, briefs her team that they are dealing with “Pandora’s box”, a device that locates satellite orbiting the earth and crashes them to earth to a precise location like a missile. The meeting is disrupted by a team of extreme athlete’s (Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone and Tony Ja) that take the box. Marke has to find someone that can walk through a hurricane and can get the box back and avenge Gibbons’ death.

We find Xander Cage (Diesel) laying low in the Dominican Republic stealing electronics for the local bar to get satellite feeds for the locals to watch soccer. Cage is XXX, so his escape is breath taking, from down hill skiing through the jungle to break neck skateboarding down the crowded highways. Marke tries to set him up, only to have Cage laugh at the attempt. She tell him Gibbons is dead and the mission is to get Pandora’s box back.

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THE FOUNDER- Karl Sides “The Flick Fanatic.com”

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THE FOUNDER


Michael Keaton is Ray Kroc, the “Big Mac” in the story of a fast food legend in The Founder.

Ray Kroc (Keaton), a traveling salesman trying to sell mix-master shake machines to restaurants in the midwest. That is until he gets a sale from a burger stand in California for 10 machines! Kroc travels down route 66 to meet the McDonald brothers (Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch) at their restaurant where they have perfected the hamburger and serve hundreds in minutes.

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SILENCE review

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Sometimes Silence is the Deadliest Sound

In 1966, Shūsaku Endō published his critically-acclaimed novel “Silence”.  For the last 30 years, Director Martin Scorsese has been attempting to faithfully-adapt the source material and he has finally achieved his great mission.  “Silence” follows the story of two Portuguese, Christian missionaries in 17th Century Japan as they attempt to find their long, lost priest, Father Ferreira, who has allegedly Continue reading

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HIDDEN FIGURES review

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Based on the Untold True Story

Everyone knows about NASA’s (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) history and how they progressed to be the first space program to put a human on the moon.  What you may not know, is that there are a few, influential women that had a dynamic impact in NASA’s success (including one in-particular).  “Hidden Figures” brings their Continue reading

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A MONSTER CALLS review

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Stories are Wild Creatures

Based on the novel of the same title, “A Monster Calls” follows Conor O’Malley, who is a young boy in England, making his way through school as he battles his demons.  Constantly being bullied at school, he also has to deal with his mother who is battling a terminal disease at home; her health always bouncing back-and-forth.  One night, Conor Continue reading