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THE CURRENT WAR: DIRECTOR’S CUT- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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The Current War: Director’s Cut 

Starring:

Benedict Cumberbatch- Thomas Edison

Tom Holland- Samuel Insull

Michael Shannon- George Westinghouse

Nicholas Hoult- Nickola Tesla

Benedict Cumberbatch “Shines a light” on a historic battle between the men who would power America in the drama “The Current War: Directors Cut”

Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon assembles an all-star cast to tell the tale of the battle between inventor Thomas Edison and industrialist George Westinghouse in the race to see who would illuminate America in his new film “The Current War: The Director’s Cut”. Benedict Cumberbatch is Thomas Edison, inventor who brought us the light bulb, voice recorder, phonograph, motion picture camera and the first method to deliver electricity to people a mile away from the generator. George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) a business man who wants to work with Edison on improving the delivery of electricity by using direct current (DC) that will power homes father away and require less generators.

The film opens with Edison and his assistant Samuel Insull (Holland) unveiling their incandescent light bulb and a delivery system using AC (Alternating Current) to power numerous bulbs in a large circle, Edison lit the night and asked the business men, “Did you boys bring your check books?” J.P. Morgan did and paid Edison to develop a power grid for the country starting with New Jersey. George Westinghouse who also developed an incandescent bulb, inferior to Edison’s, but able to light up a room. Westinghouse set a dinner meeting with Edison to discuss a partnership with Edison and his bulb and Westinghouse’s delivery system using DC current. Edison had no desire to use the dangerous DC current that can kill if a person came in contact with the wires. So, a battle between the two men was born and they raced toward the World’s Fair in Chicago and to see who would “light up America”.

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CHECK OUT THE FINAL TRAILER FOR “STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER”!

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This December, the Saga ends…

On December 20th. over 40 years since it was established, Star Wars will come to its epic culmination in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”!  Yesterday evening, audiences tuning-in to the ESPN Monday Night Football game between the New England Patriots and New York Jets were treated to the World Premiere of the final trailer!  Check it out below, as well as some additional stills and be sure to act fast; TICKETS ARE ONSALE NOW!

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FLICKANALYSIS

MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL REVIEW by Karl Sides (The FlickFanatics)

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MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL

Starring:

Angelina Jolie- Maleficent

Elle Fanning- Aurora

Michelle Pfeiffer- Queen Ingrith

Harris Dickinson- Prince Phillip

Angelina Jolie and Michelle Pfeiffer battle of the bridal bouquet in the Sleeping Beauty sequel “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”

It has been 5 years since Princess Aurora was woken from her sleep spell by Prince Phillip and she left to live with her godmother Maleficent in the Moors. Now Aurora is Queen of the Moors and the mystical creatures and fairies that inhabit the land. Humans from the nearby kingdom across the river have been invading the Moors poaching fairies and glowing plants bringing them back to the castle.

Prince Phillip, with the help of Thistlewit, Flittle and Knotgrass (Juno Temple, Lesley Manvile and Imelda Staunton) Aurora’s fairy protectors, makes his way to the Moors and meets Aurora then drops to one knee and asks the queen to marry him. This union would join the two kingdoms along with their two families. King John wants the union along with Phillip, but his wife Queen Ingrith is not overjoyed with Aurora or her Godmother Maleficent.

Diaval (Sam Riley), while in crow form, over heard the proposal and flew to the dark Fey, Maleficent immediately to inform her. Maleficent forbids Aurora to marry the human until her goddaughter reminds her she is human. King John invites Aurora and her godmother to the castle for dinner, where Queen Ingrith unloads on the bride to be and enrages Maleficent. King John slips into the same sleep that Aurora just woke from, Queen Ingrith blames Maleficent again for the spell and as the fey escapes the castle she is shot dropping her into the river.

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LUCY IN THE SKY review

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How Does it Feel to be Home?

In 2007, headlines were dominated by an interesting love triangle involving multiple NASA astronauts.  “Lucy in the Sky” recounts the events that transpired in a brand new story, beginning as internally-motivated Lucy (Natalie Portman) arrives back on Earth following her trip to space.  Suffering and attempting to find her footing back on the ground, she finds herself lost and searching for something; longing to return to space where things seemed much simpler.  During her struggles, she sparks an affair with Continue reading

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GEMINI MAN- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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Gemini Man

Starring:

Will Smith- Henry Brogan/ Junior

Mary Elizabeth Winstead- Danny Zakanewki

Clive Owen- Clay Verris

Will Smith does “Double-Duty” in the new action film “Gemini Man”.

Will Smith is Henry Brogan an ex-marine and aging black ops assassin that is the man you call to get rid of a target the first time. Brogan is in Brussels to kill a scientist that engineers biological weapons. Henry makes the shot from over 200 meters away with the target on a moving train. Brogan hits him in the neck and kills him, only problem is Henry was aiming at his head. Brogan knows his skills are slipping and decides to walk away and retire.

 

Back in the states, an old marine buddy Jack Willis (Douglas Hodge) meets with Brogan to explain that the information was doctored and Henry killed a “loose end” that could inform on the Gemini program run by another ex-marine they know Clay Verris. The dead scientist was actually working for Verris cloning soldiers. The discovery was heard by the CIA who have Brogan under surveillance and know must eliminate him.

All Brogan’s partners are killed and they try to kill him and the CIA agent Danny the girl undercover at the marina. Henry saves her and the two make a run for it in his boat. Henry contacts another marine buddy known as Baron (Benedict Wong) and has him take them to Columbia to get off the grid.

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