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LATE NIGHT review

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They’re Giving Comedy a Rewrite

“Late Night”, written by Mindy Kaling, follows an aging late night television host that has captivated the World and won countless Emmy’s, SAG’s, and Golden Globes’ over the course of her career.  Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) is nothing like her television persona however.  She doesn’t know her writers, she has no desire or care for her audience, and she’s quite stubborn in her ways.  As a new staff writer with diversity is needed, a young girl named Molly (Mindy Kaling) with no experience in the industry finds-herself in Continue reading

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TOY STORY 4 REVIEW- Karl Sides (The FlickFanatic.com)

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TOY STORY 4

Starring:

Tom Hanks- Woody

Tim Allen- Buzz

Annie Potts- Bo Peep

Keanu Reeves- Duke Caboom

Woody, Buzz and the gang head out for a road trip in Toy Story 4!

Toy Story 4 opens after the events of Toy Story 2 and Bonnie is growing up and decides she doesn’t need her Little Bo Peep lamp so her Mom sells it to an antique dealer. Woody says a tearful goodbye as he felt the need to stay with Andy.  9 years has passed and Andy is in college and Bonnie is about to start elementary school.

Woody faces the hard truth that he isn’t the favorite toy any longer when Bonnie leaves him in the closet at play time. Woody sneaks out and hides in Bonnies backpack when she leaves for school. Bonnie is shy and doesn’t fit in at school. Woody helps her covertly and watches Bonnie make a new friend.

 

Back in Bonnie’s room Woody tells the gang about school and they are all happy she made a new friend, then Woody explains Bonnie “MADE” a new friend and introduced Forky (Tony Hale). Bonnie crafted Forky from a spork and he’s her new favorite toy. Forky is confused thinking he is trash and must find the wastebasket.

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MIB International – Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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MIB International

Starring:

Chris Hemsworth- Agent H

Tessa Thompson- Agent M

Liam Neeson- Agent High T

Emma Thompson- Agent O

Hemsworth and Thompson team up again to save the world from a new alien in the new comedy MIB International

Molly (Thompson) has always been fascinated with space and it got ramped up when she came face to face with a blue furry alien hiding in her stuffed animals.  Two mysterious men in black suits showed up to questions her parents and ending up zapping them and wiping their memories of the visit (they were neutralized). Molly was not affected and help the creature escape. Now Molly made it her goal to be the best and find the Men in Black and join them.

Molly applied to the FBI and the CIA only to be told there was no secret agency. Molly also hacked a NASA satellite to monitor alien activity and monitored the gossip papers for Alien Arrivals and departures so to trail the MIB to the base. Her plan worked and she walked in like she worked there only to be held for Agent O to interrogate.

Agent O is taken with Molly and agrees to a probationary period and makes her Agent M. Agent M is sent to London because there is a mole in MIB and she might be able to help find it.

Agent H (Hemsworth) and Agent High T (Neeson) were partners working on an Alien invasion by the Hive at the Eiffel Tower. After Agent H is blasted, he returns to Help Agent T defeat the Hive, an alien species that infiltrates the hosts body. Agent T is promoted to head of MIB London and Agent H becomes the MIB party animal instead of the ace agent he was before battling the Hive.

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X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX by Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX

Starring:

James McAvoy- Charles Xavier

Sophie Turner- Jean Grey

Jennifer Lawrence- Raven/Mystique

Michael Fassbender- Magneto

Sophie turner completes her metamorphosis in the latest X-Men film “Dark Phoenix”

X-Men: Dark Phoenix starts out with the origin story of Jean Grey, a child born with extreme telekinetic abilities and unable to control them. Young Jean argues with her parents about the music playing in the car, then a rush of voices fill her head and she yells,” Quiet!”. This command renders her mom unconscious, and she was driving, causing them to hit a truck head on. Jean’s parents were killed but she emerges unharmed.

The doctors call in Charles Xavier to take the young girl to his school for “gifted” kids so that Jean may learn to harness her abilities.

A flash forward brings us to the events that immediately followed the X-Men taking down Apocalypse and saving the world.  Charles Xavier, relishing in the new found acceptance of mutants, is dispatching his team of heroes on more and more dangerous missions at the behest of the President and other World Leaders. The latest such mission was to save some astronauts on a shuttle disabled by a solar flare. The X-Men, led by Mystique and Beast (Nicholas Hoult), save the crew but on the last rescue Jean is forced to absorb the power of the solar flare to save the team. The power from the flare further complicates her ability to control her powers.

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THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 review

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The Pets are Back

Since we last left Max (Patton Oswalt) and Duke (Eric Stonestreet), a lot has changed in their lives.  Their owner, Katie (Ellie Kemper), has met a guy, fallen in-love, and had a baby.  As “The Secret Life of Pets 2” opens, the adorable and lovable dog/baby interactions are plentiful.  As he ages, Max becomes anxious with every step Liam takes.  One day, the family takes Max and Duke on a trip to the countryside; and Max leaves his favorite toy with Gidget (Jenny Slate) for safekeeping.  In the country, Max and Duke are Continue reading