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CATS- The Flick Fanatics (Karl)

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CATS

Starring:

Idris Elba- Macavity

Judi Dench- Old Deuteronomy

Francesca Hayward- Victoria

Laurie Davidson- Mr. Mistoffelees

Steven Spielberg and Director Tom Hooper bring the long running successful musical about some “funky” felines to the big screen with “Cats”.

Cats is the award-winning Broadway Musical that has been a fixture on the great white way and now executive producer Steven Spielberg and Director Tom Hooper (Chicago) bring it to the masses on the big screen with an A-list of stars singing and shaking their CGI tails.

The story is that an abandoned house cat named Victoria (Hayword) is befriended by a group of Jellicle cats and told that is was the night of the annual ball where a cat will be chosen for a new life. All the Jellicle cats will sing for the opportunity to be renewed. That is, all except the mysterious Macavity (Elba) a magic cat that is abducting cats so they miss the ball and makes his odds better to be chosen.

The cat population in this film is very prestigious and diversified from a fat house cat Jennanydots (Rebel Wilson) to an elder actor named Gus the Theater Cat and a little minx named Bombalurina (Taylor Swift). Victoria also not6iced a Cat that has been scorned by the others, Grizabella (Jennifer Hudson), a rich cat that is now down and out.

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JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL REVIEW

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JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL

Starring:

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson- Spencer/Fridge

Kevin Hart-Fridge/Eddie

Jack Black- Bethany/Fridge

Karen Gillan- Martha

Kevin Hart and “The Rock” are going to welcome audiences and greet them with “Welcome Back to Jumanji!”

Director Jake Kasdan (Freaks and Geeks) has brought everyone back to reprise their roles in the next level of the video game movie “Jumanji: The Next level”. Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black and Kevin Hart return as the in-game avatars that must navigate the game and win to get the real kids out of the game.

Martha (Morgan Turner), Fridge (Ser’Darius Blain), Bethany (Madison Iseman) and Spencer (Alex Wolf) are heading home after their first year in college and set up to meet at a local eatery for brunch to catch up. Spencer is not feeling confident and is meeting with Martha for the first time since they broke up. Spencer arrives home and is greeted by his mom (Marin Hinkle) and his uncle Eddie (Danny DeVito) who is rehabbing from hip surgery. Eddie is also hiding out from his longtime fiend Milo (Danny Glover) who has been reaching out to him.

 

Bethany, Martha and Fridge all meet up but Spencer is mysteriously absent, so the gang goes to his house and meet Uncle Eddie. Eddie also answers the door to find Milo there. The estranges friends and co-workers trade verbal jabs as milo tries to make a mend. Fridge and the girls discover what they feared, Spencer went back into the game and is back in Jumanji! The kids quickly decide to go save Spencer and activate the game and are drawn back in but this time Bethany is left behind and when they appear as their avatars only Martha (Gillan) is the same one. Fridge is now the zoologist (Hart), Uncle Eddie (Johnson)and Milo (Black) were sucked into Jumanji as well and are completely confused.

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THE IRISHMAN- The Flick Fanatics (Karl S.)

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The Irishman 

Starring:

Robert De Niro- Frank Sheeran

Al Pacino- Jimmy Hoffa

Joe Pesci- Russell Bufalino

Martin Scorsese brings his mob epic & theory on the death of Jimmy Hoffa to the big screen with “The Irishman”.

Frank Sheeran (De Niro) is a local deliveryman in the Philadelphia area bringing sides of beef to restaurants until his truck broke drown on the highway and he meets with mobster Russell Bufalino (Pesci). Frank also known as “The Irishman” and a hard worker to the business owners. Felix “Skinny Razor” DiTullio (Bobby Carnavale), the nickname comes from Felix using a straight razor when it comes to his competition, meets with Frank who explains he can get him better steaks cheaper. Sheeran manipulates the truck inventory and the beef that “falls off the truck” is brought to DiTullio.

Sheeran keeps supplying the mob with meat until he is bringing an empty truck to the warehouse and claiming ignorance on where the beef went. The union protected Frank who was an exemplary employee and therefore unable to be terminated by the company. Frank’s union lawyer way Bill Bufalino (Ray Ramano) celebrate their victory with dinner where they run into Bill’s brother Russell, whom Frank had already met. Russell who was not a Mob boss but he was Angelo Bruno’s (Harvey Keitel) right hand and knew everything that was going on in the family. Russell throws some work Sheeran’s way but like any mobster Frank also took on some side work for extra cash. One such job was to blow up a rival cleaner for a friend of the family but it turns out that the rival cleaners was owned by Bruno. Bruno explains to frank and asks him to make it right and Sheeran shoots the guy who hired him for the laundry job in the head.

Frank is now entrenched in the family and is also known to paint houses which is mob speak for a hitman. Frank moved up in the family quickly and was assigned to protect a union leader named Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino) who had been getting death threats. Sheeran and Hoffa were quick friends and their families became close. Frank’s daughter even did a report in school on Uncle Jimmy. As Hoffa’s popularity with the Labor unions grew, so did his ego thinking he was bigger than the law and the mob. Jimmy paid back Frank by making him the leader of a teamster local.

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“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” Review- The Flick Fanatics (Karl Sides)

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Starring:

Tom Hanks- Fred Rogers

Matthew Rhys- Lloyd Vogel

Chris Cooper- Jerry Vogel

Tom Hanks becomes one of the most beloved TV icons in his new film “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”.

Tom Hanks stars as TV icon Fred Rogers in the new film “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”. Mr. Rogers brought children into his imaginary neighborhood everyday to teach them morals and values in his own kind way.

Lloyd Vogel is an investigative journalist and uses the pen to exposes people and businesses creating a reputation for the writer that has people not wanting him to interview them. Lloyd is married and has a newborn baby and is facing the possibility of a job change. Vogel is called into see his editor and is given the assignment of a lifetime; he is to interview Fred Rogers for the “hero” edition of GQ magazine.

Vogel reluctantly takes the assignment and decides to find out who is the “real” Fred Rogers and his wife Andrea (Susan Kelechi Watson) tells Lloyd, “Don’t ruin my childhood”. Vogel sets up an interview with Mr. Rogers in Pittsburgh in his TV studio that is home to his imaginary neighborhood. Fred introduces Lloyd to everyone as a journalist and Roger’s friend. Vogel is treated to a behind the scenes look at Mr. Roger’s neighborhood, it was like looking behind the curtain in OZ.

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FORD V. FERRARI REVIEW- FLICK FANATICS (K. Sides)

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FORD V. FERRARI

Starring:

Christian Bale- Ken Miles

Matt Damon- Carroll Shelby

Jon Bernthal- Lee Iacocca

Bale and Damon race to theaters with the new drama “Ford V. Ferrari” that tells the true story of how Ford Motor Co. enters the world of racing.

Carroll Shelby (Damon) was the best US driver and the only American to defeat Ferrari in the rugged road race the 24 hours of LeMans. Shelby was driving an Aston Martin on an English racing team. That race proved to be Shelby’s last as he retired and began a career in Car design. Enzo Ferrari is the king of racing in Europe and never lost the race at LeMans, except to Shelby.

 

Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts) walks into his factory’s assembly line hitting the emergency stop button and announced to the floor, “Walk home. Tomorrow bring me a new idea or don’t bother coming in ever again!”  Ford executive Lee Iacocca (Bernthal) takes the challenge on and tells Mr. Ford that they need to develop a sports car to entice teens and enter the racing game. Ford agrees and Iacocca lands Carroll Shelby to design the car that Ford would race at LeMans and beat Ferrari. Shelby agrees to get the car ready and race team together in less than a year to go to the 24 hours of Lemans.

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