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PET SEMATARY review

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Sometimes it’s Best to Stay Dead

Stephen King’s bestselling “Pet Sematary” first hit theaters in 1989, but it never fully hit with audiences.  This time around, directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer have a few tricks up their sleeves to entice a brand new audience.  Having just moved from Boston to a small town in Maine named Ludlow, the Creed family settles into their new surroundings.  Not long after arriving, they witness a group of masked people parading their dog in a wheelbarrow in a procession-like formation.  While Louis (Jason Clarke) and Rachel (Amy Seimetz) attempt to explain death to their daughter Ellie Continue reading

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HOTEL MUMBAI review

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The Gripping True Story of the Attack on the Taj Hotel

In November 2008, India was hit with a multi-point, coordinated attack on Mumbai by a terrorist cell; targeting 13 locations, including train stations, restaurants, and the Taj Motel.  “Hotel Mumbai” recreates those fateful days as it shows us how the events transpired.  As the film opens, we see the terrorists arriving in Mumbai and following strict instructions as they carry-out their plan.  Arjun (Dev Patel), a young waiter supporting a family, arrives late to the Taj for his shift.  As he does, we witness the first attack as terrorists open fire on civilians in a crowded train station.  While news begins to travel slowly, more and more Continue reading

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DUMBO (2019)- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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DUMBO (2019)

Starring:

Colin Ferrell: Holt Ferrier

Michael Keaton: V.A. Vandevere

Danny DeVito- Max Medici

Tim Burton brings the Disney animated classic “DUMBO” to life on the big screen.

Holt Ferrier (Ferrell), a circus star specializing in trick riding, returned home from the war leaving his left arm back in Europe. Holt finds his kids Milly and Joe (Nico Parker, Finley Hobbins) at the train station where Max Medici was getting the circus ready to roll out. Holt was told how his wife had gotten sick and eventually passed away. Max and the performers hit hard times with acts leaving, so he sold Holt’s horses and brokered a deal for a pregnant female elephant.

Holt and the Kids were put in charge of the Elephant and cleaning up after it. While Max and the show made their way through the Midwest, Mrs. Jumbo the elephant gave birth to a baby elephant with giant ears. Milly and Joe instantly began to work with the baby elephant attempting to train it. Holt was told by Max to hide the ears and get it in the show with the clowns. Joe fed a peanut to the baby elephant and Milly introduced har trained mice to him. The elephant inhaled a feather by accident and sneezed. The power of the sneeze cause the elephant to get airborne and flew for a few seconds flapping his giant ears.

In Joplin Missouri, the baby elephant made his debut with the clowns and it was a mess with the little guy trashing the set and ending up getting the name Dumbo. Max returned Dumbo’s mother but kept the baby. Milly and Joe continued to work on Dumbo’s flying and finally showed their father and Max.

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GLORIA BELL- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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GLORIA BELL

Starring:

Julianne Moore- Gloria Bell

John Turturro- Arnold

Michael Cera- Peter

Julianne Moore shows the pitfalls for divorced women over 50 looking for love in the new drama “Gloria Bell”.

Julianne Moore is Gloria Bell, an insurance broker and divorced mother of two, that spends her time searching local dance clubs looking for a man and trying to find out how the neighbors cat keeps ending up in her apartment. Gloria is not the only one with her life messed up, her son Peter (Cera) is basically raising his daughter by himself with his wife absent for weeks “trying to find herself” just making the occasional call to check on the baby. Gloria’s daughter Anne (Caren Pistorius) runs a yoga studio and is dating a surfer from Sweden. Dustin, Gloria’s ex-husband, is remarried (Rita Wilson) b ut maintains a friendship with Gloria and tried to keep up with his kids.

Gloria is trying to find a relationship in this modern age with techniques she used back in the 80’s. Gloria combs the nightclubs running into old fiends and sometime makes new ones. Gloria was at the bar nursing a drink when she is approached by Arnold (Turturro), a recently divorced father of two girls. Arnold explains he doesn’t know how to date and asked Gloria how she does it. Following a few dances the two go back to Gloria’s apartment where they have sex.

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US- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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US

Starring:

Lupita Nyong’o- Adelaide Wilson

Winston Duke- Gabe Wilson

Shahadi Wright Joseph- Zora Wilson

Evan Alex- Jason Wilson

Jordan Peele follows up his 2017 smash hit “Get Out” with a horror tale of demented doppelgangers called “US”.

Adelaide Wilson celebrated her 7th birthday at the boardwalk in Santa Cruz California with her mom and dad. While her dad was busy at whack-a-mole and mom was in the restroom, little Adelaide wandered off and ended up on the beach in front of Merlin’s Forest a house of mirrors. Adelaide went in and half way through the power went out and she was stopped staring at her reflection…..until it moved!

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