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Vin Diesel is back from the dead as adrenalin junkie Xander Cage in XXX:The Return of Xander Cage!

“X takes care of it’s own”

Augustus Gibbons (Samuel Jackson) is back at it again recruiting extreme athletes to work in his covert special forces team, XXX. While having lunch with soccer star Neymar, a satellite crashed into the restaurant supposedly killing them both.

Jane Marke (Toni Collette), head of the CIA, briefs her team that they are dealing with “Pandora’s box”, a device that locates satellite orbiting the earth and crashes them to earth to a precise location like a missile. The meeting is disrupted by a team of extreme athlete’s (Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone and Tony Ja) that take the box. Marke has to find someone that can walk through a hurricane and can get the box back and avenge Gibbons’ death.

We find Xander Cage (Diesel) laying low in the Dominican Republic stealing electronics for the local bar to get satellite feeds for the locals to watch soccer. Cage is XXX, so his escape is breath taking, from down hill skiing through the jungle to break neck skateboarding down the crowded highways. Marke tries to set him up, only to have Cage laugh at the attempt. She tell him Gibbons is dead and the mission is to get Pandora’s box back.

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THE FOUNDER- Karl Sides “The Flick”

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Michael Keaton is Ray Kroc, the “Big Mac” in the story of a fast food legend in The Founder.

Ray Kroc (Keaton), a traveling salesman trying to sell mix-master shake machines to restaurants in the midwest. That is until he gets a sale from a burger stand in California for 10 machines! Kroc travels down route 66 to meet the McDonald brothers (Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch) at their restaurant where they have perfected the hamburger and serve hundreds in minutes.

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Allied- Karl Sides (the Flick

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Pitt and Cotillard are spies in WWII taking on Nazis in the new thriller “Allied”.

Max Vatan (Pitt) is an army intelligence officer in 1942 that is sent to Nazi occupied North Africa to meet with a French resistance fighter and assassinate a Nazi general. Max is tod by his local contact to look for the woman in a purple dress that will be his wife.
Vatan walks in to the club and sees Marianne Beausejour (Cotillard) and walks up and she kisses him! Marianne greets this stranger as her husband on vacation from his job in Paris, there to spend 5 weeks with his wife. Vatan and Beausejour have a drink, dance and make their exit as Max explains it has been awhile since he has been with his wife.

When Max and Marianne arrive at her apartment and she explains how things work in Casablanca. Married couples make love in the apartment and then the man goes up and sleeps on the roof where its cooler. Marianne joins him up on the roof for a goodnight kiss to show anyone watching that they are indeed a married couple in love. This way they don’t blow their cover and endanger their mission.
Marianne and Max succeed with their mission and kill the Nazi general and a few soldiers as well and get away. Max asks Marianne to come back to London with him and they get married for real. Beausejour agrees but has to stay behind for a few weeks until she is cleared to come to England. Max married Marianne and they have a child together. Everything is going well and Vatan goes in to meet with his supervisor about a promotion only to be thrown into an interrogation!

Vatan is told by a section leader that his wife is believed to be a Nazi spy!

Max is aggravated by the accusation after Marianne cleared all the government background checks. He also pointed out she help him kill high ranking Nazi leaders, only to have the army tell him Hitler wanted them dead. Vatan is ordered to plant some false intelligence and see if it shows up in Nazi radio broadcasts over the weekend. Max is ordered to kill Marianne if she is found to be a Nazi spy!
Allied is a good suspense tale of wartime espionage. Cotillard is sold as always in her role of the supposed spy. Pitt was good but his appearance is n issue, as he looks like his face was either botoxed or computer age corrected….either way he looks bad. Allied story is solid but the pace is as slow as the war!

I am Karl the flick fanatic, your mission is to go to an early matinee and enjoy “Allied”.

Rated R (Language, Violence. Sexual Situation)

Running Time: 124 mins

Rating: 3/6





Edge of Seventeen- Karl Sides (the Flick Fanatic)

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Hailee Steinfeld gives us a look back to the “good ole” days in high school in her new film Edge of Seventeen.

Nadine (Steinfeld) always did things her way, dressed the way she liked and this made her an outcast in school. After another round of mean girls picking on her, Nadine runs into another loner named Krista. The two were instant friends and this continued through high school. At home Nadine had a ally in her father while her mother favorited her older brother Darian (Blake Jenner). Nadine and Darian are constantly at it since he is the popular jock and she is the school anti social kid.

Nadine’s dad decides to treat his daughter to a late night cheeseburger after a fight with her brother. The evening turns out to be the worst of Nadine’s life when her Dad has a massive heart attack on the way home. Now Nadine is stuck with Darian and her mother.
Mona (Kyra Sedgwick) goes away for the weekend on a date, so Nadine and Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) decide to have a party with just the two of them. Nadine gets drunk and passes out in the bathroom. Nadine staggers to Darian’s room only to see Krista and her brother having sex. Nafine goes off the deep end feeling her BFF has betrayed her with Darian. She asks Krista to choose and she says she is going to prom with Darian.

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Doctor Strange- Karl Sides (the Flick Fanatic)

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Marvel gets “mystical” with Benedict Cumberbatch as the sorcerer supreme in Doctor Strange!

As Marvel studios prepares us for the coming of Thanos and The Avengers: Infinity Wars, they introduce one of their most important characters, Dr. Stephen Strange. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the title role with Rachel McAdams as his head nurse and girlfriend Christine Palmer. Dr. Stephen Strange, an accomplished surgeon specializing in spine reconstruction, is forced to look inside himself when a horrific car accident takes away his career after his hands are crushed in the car. Strange was a very arrogant man, now exhausting every avenue to try to regain use of his hands and begin practicing medicine again.

Strange’s travels take him to Katmandu to find a temple where the ancient one has been know to heal people with broken backs. As Strange wanders the crowded streets he is mugged by 4 street punks who want his watch (given to him by his girlfriend Christine Palmer), only to be rescued by a strange man named Mordo (Chiwetel Edjiofor). Mordo introduces Dr. Strange to the ancient one (Tilda Swinton). Strange is skeptical about the spirituality and her healing practices until she shoves him and separates him from his mystical self. Stephen responds with “Teach Me!”

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