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SNATCHED review

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This is the Closest They’ve Been in Years

“Snatched” unites the comedic duo on the legendary Goldie Hawn and the up-and-coming Amy Schumer as a mother-daughter misadventure as all goes wrong on a vacation in Ecuador.  Emily is a typical, everyday woman, working at a local department store.  One day, everything in her life goes to shambles as she not only loses her job, but her boyfriend as well.  This leaves Continue reading

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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword- Karl Sides (The Flick Fantic.com)

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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Review

Charlie Hunnam brings “Anarchy” to medieval England in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

Charlie Hunnam is Arthur Pendragon, son of the king who was sent away by his father just as he was killed by an evil monster. Arthur was found and raised in a brothel in Londinium. As Arthur grew he and his gang became the group that ran the town.

Vortigern (Jude Law) assumed the thrown when his brother was killed by the mage (magic) monster, but couldn’t pull “Excalibur” his brother’s sword from the stone. Vortigern sends out his troops to find all the boys that fit the age of what Arthur would be so he can find him and kill him.

Arthur is captured and he does pull the sword from the stone. The “born king” is saved from the executioner by a band of rebels and a mage named (Astrid Berges-Frisbey). Arthur battles monsters in a forbidden land in order to master the use of his sword. He returns and tells the men he is going to kill Vortigern and take the castle.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is the most convoluted version of this story I have ever seen. This is more Lord of the Rings meets Sons of Anarchy than King Arthur and his knights of the round table. A big loss in this film is there is no Merlin! Guy Ritchie directs and continues to over use the slow motion action scenes he made famous in his Sherlock Holmes films.

I would not recommend a trip to this Camelot, if you are missing Charlie Hunnam catch a rerun of Sons of Anarchy.

Rating 1/6

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2- Karl Sides (the Flick Fanatic.com)

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2

The Peter Quill aka Starlord and his rag tag family of criminals are back to save the galaxy from some new bad guys in “Guardians of the Galaxy 2”.

Director James Gunn has re-assembled his cast from Marvel’s smash hit Guardians of the Galaxy and joining Chris Pratt, Dave Battista, Zoe Saldana, Michael Rooker are Pom Klementief, Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell! Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper also return as the voices of Groot and Rocket.

The sequel opens with “Brandy” by Looking Glass playing the car stereo as a teenage Meredith Quill (Laura Haddock) and her spaceman boyfriend Ego (Kurt Russell) cruise down the highway in Missouri. Ego shows Meredith a plant he is planting on worlds throughout the galaxy and then professes his love for her.

Then the film jumps back to the future to find the Guardians of the Galaxy on a planet inhabited by the Sovereign who hired them to protect their batteries. This power source brings a lot of units on the open market. The Guardians are there to protect from a space slug like alien. The battle serves as a back drop to a fabulous dance number by “baby” Groot to “Mr. Blue Sky” by ELO. Gamora (Saldana) slices the alien open and frees Draxx who dove into the alien’s mouth thinking the beast’s skin is thinner from the inside.

The Guardians are paid with the Sovereign’s hostage, Nebula (Karen Gillian) who had tried to steal the batteries herself. Nebula still wants to best Gamora and eventually kill her. The team takes off only to be chased down by a fleet of remote ships piloted by the sovereign. Quill asks “Why are they after us?” only to find out Rocket stole some of the batteries!

 

The Guardians Ship sustains a lot of damage, but before they can finish it an egg shaped ship appears and destroys the Sovereign fleet. Quill crashes their damaged ship onto the closest planet. The Mystery man follows them and introduces himself as Ego, Peter’s dad! Ego is accompanied by his assistant Mantis (Pom Klementeif), an empath that Ego employs to help him rest. Ego brings Quill, Gamora and Drax to his planet (yes he has a planet) and explains to Peter that he is a celestial or immortal to most in the galaxy. Rocket, Groot and Nebula stayed behind to repair the ship. Quill happy to finally meet his father, but thinks something is wrong with Ego.

The Guardians aren’t the only ones with turmoil. Yondu (Michael Rooker) and the Ravagers are on a pleasure planet shacking up with escort robots when the leader of the Ravagers Stakar Ogord (Sylvester Stallone) shows up and disses them. Yondu and his crew had been banished when Stakar when he found out they were dealing kids. The Sovereign show up to hire Yondu and his crew to find and kill the Guardians. The Ravagers show up only to be beat down by a crafty Rocket. Yondu gets the drop on the raccoon with his mental arrow, only to have his crew mutiny when he decides to let the guardians go.

After Groot helps Rocket and Yondu escape, they take off to save Quill. They have to save Peter from his father?

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is just as much fun as the first film and features an even better soundtrack with tunes by George Harrison, Cat Stevens, Fleetwood Mac and Cheap Trick! The original crew gave a great performance but Stallone’s ravager leader Stakar is great surprise in the film. I was also impressed by Mantis and her hilarious interaction with Drax. Baby Groot steals the show! Guardians 2 answers a lot of the questions about Quill’s dad, Yondu and Nebula. Also when you go see it keep an eye out for Stan Lee’s cameo that will explain all the other cameos he has had in the MCU. Howard the Duck appears and sit tight there are numerous post credit scenes!

Rated PG-13 (sci-fi violence and language)

RATING- 6/6

 

 

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THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS review

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Never Turn Your Back on Family

“The Fate of the Furious” is the latest journey with our favorite street racing crew; Dom is on his honeymoon with Letty in Cuba.  Soaking-up the culture, food, and scenery and, of course, the cars.  All seems to be well in his World, until one day he encounters a woman on the street.  She blackmails him into helping her, as she Continue reading

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Going In Style- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatic.com)

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GOING IN STYLE

Crime does pay when Michael Caine, Alan Arkin and Morgan freeman are pulling to heist in “Going In Style!”

Joe (Michael Caine), Willie (Morgan Freeman) and Albert (Alan Arkin) are retired factory workers that are living on their pension. When his direct deposits stop coming and he gets a foreclosure notice on his house, Joe goes to the bank to find out why. Joe is being robbed by the bank on a balloon intrest rate on his house tripling the payments and no pension payments for the last 3 weeks. Joe isn’t the only one getting robbed, as he witness a team of masked men come in and rob the bank.

Joe tells Willie and Albert about the robbery and the pension payments. These guys live on the pension. They go to the plant only to find out that it has been sold and their pension is going to be used to pay debts by their own bank!

Willie who has failing kidneys and only a few months to live, has nowhere to turn and is receptive when Joe tells them they are going to rob the bank. The other guys got away with it, why can’t they do it? They decide to do a test run at the supermarket where Albert’s girlfriend Annie (Ann Margret) works. Security spots them stuffing groceries in their pants and the chase begins with Joe and Willie on a scooter and the security officer on foot. Albert left the getaway car and was in talking to Annie.

The store was a setback so the boys get some help from Joe’s son-in-law who sells medicinal marijuana and hangs out with criminals. Jesus (John Ortiz) runs the pet store and is also a criminal and helps the guys plan the bank robbery. First they come up with an air-tight alibi. They plan it around their Knights of Columbus carnival. Check! They do walk throughs and get their time down under 3 mins, Jesus tells them, “Hopefully the Cops are slow that day”.

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