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An Anti-Hate Satire

The incomparable Taika Waititi delivers his fiercest, ferociously-funny offering yet in the charming “Jojo Rabbit”.  Following the life of young ten year old Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis), the film takes place in Nazi Germany towards the end of the Second World War; and his imaginary friend just happens to be Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi).  In-love with the Nazis and the Third Reich, young Jojo more than anything wants to be a part of Hitler’s Youth.  After an unfortunate accident involving a grenade, Jojo finds himself Continue reading

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HARRIET review

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Be Free or Die

Following the journey of real-life hero Harriet Tubman (Cynthia Erivo), “Harriet” begins with her still a slave on a plantation in Maryland.  Her husband (Zachary Momoh) and father (Clarke Peters) live down the road as a free man, while her mother and siblings live on the plantation.  Fed-up with her situation, Harriet takes the trail to freedom, as she evades capture from her owner’s son (Joe Alwyn) and slave catchers.  Encountering rugged terrain, dangerous conditions, and hostiles all around, Harriet’s journey is grueling and uplifting.  As she finally reaches Philadelphia Continue reading

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Keep Pullin’ on that Thread

Taking place in the dreary 1950’s New York City, “Motherless Brooklyn” follows Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton), a young man suffering from Tourette syndrome.  Working for Frank Minna (Bruce Willis) as a private investigator, his World is turned upside-down when the man who’s been looking after him for so many years is murdered.  Caught-up in the case Frank was on, Lionel is determined to get to the bottom of why he was killed and what exactly he found.  His investigation leads him right to the Continue reading

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The Truth Made Her a Target

Back in the hometown of her youth, Alicia West (Naomie Harris) is surviving as a rookie police officer in New Orleans.  “Black and Blue” follows her third week of duty, as she rides along through the 9th Ward with her partner Kevin (Reid Scott).  Taking one for the team, she picks-up her first night shift alongside Officer Deacon Brown (James Moses Black) as she sees a whole different side of her city.  Towards the end of the morning, a suspicious, impromptu meeting unknowingly puts her life in extreme danger.  West witnesses Continue reading


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

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The Current War: Director’s Cut 


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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