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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

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GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS review

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Long Live the King

After Godzilla’s destruction of San Francisco back in 2014, millions of lives were forever changed.  The World learned of the Titans’ presence on Earth and began forming their own opinions about their intentions.  Five years later, Monarch is using Government resources to study and protects more than a dozen other creatures across the globe.  Dr. Emma Russel (Vera Farmiga) is with her daughter Madison (Millie Bobby Brown) in the jungles of China at a Monarch Outpost, testing her invention; the Orca.  A sound-wave device that Continue reading

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ROCKETMAN- Karl Sides (The FlickFanatics)

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ROCKETMAN

Starring:

Taron Egerton- Elton John

Jamie Bell- Bernie Taupin

Richard Madden- John Reid

Egerton is Captain “Fantastic” in “Rocketman”, the new musical based on the life of Elton John.

Director Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle) followed up his successful completion of Freddie Mercury’s life in the rock biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” with “Rocketman”, a musical based on the life of Reginald Dwight…better known as the musical genius Elton John!! Fletcher placed a familiar face in Taron Egerton in the lead as the flamboyant piano man Elton John! Egerton is flanked by Jamie Bell as his brother in music Bernie Taupin and Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) as Elton’s slimy manager John Reid.

I walked into Rocketman expecting another rock biopic, but was pleasantly surprised when young Reginald Dwight (Matthew Illesley) broke into a rendition of “The Bitch is Back” letting the crowd know this is a musical. Its amazing that young Reggie made it out with such a dysfunctional family with a mother, Sheila (Bryce Dallas Howard), who is out with a different guy each night and Stanley (Steven Mackintosh) a military father that showed his child no love. Young Reggie sat down at the piano and played exactly what he heard on the radio prompting his grandma (Gemma Jones) to get him lessons that eventually ended him up at the London music conservatory. Dwight’s introduction at the scholl had the boy play a classical piece from hearing the instructor just playing it having her ask the prodigy “Why didn’t you finish it?” Reggie replied, “That’s where you stopped”. WOW!

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BOOKSMART- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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BOOKSMART

Starring:

Kaitlyn Dever- Amy

Beanie Feldstein- Molly

Jessica Williams- Miss Fine

Jason Sudeikis- Principal Brown

Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein discover there is more to high school than good grades in the new comedy “BOOKSMART”

Director Olivia Wilde (House) brings us the latest teen angst comedy about best friends that have their futures all planned out until they find that they are missing out on all the fun of growing up.

Amy (Dever) and Molly (Feldstein) have been friends forever and now as they are about to make the jump to college from high school, they find out they have been missing out on life experience having their heads buried in books. Molly is the class president and is trying to transition student council business with Principal Brown (Sudeikis) who is just happy to have survived the year! Amy is getting ready to spend the summer in Africa on a mission before college. Amy and Molly are both accepted by Ivy league colleges and are progressing on their path that leads to political and successful careers.

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