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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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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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JOHN WICK CHAPTER 3: PARABELLUM

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John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum

Starring:

Keanu Reeves- John Wick

Halle Berry- Sofia

Ian McShane- Winston

Laurence Fishburne- Bowery King

Reeves and Berry team up to take down the High Table in John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum!

“Parabellum in Latin- Prepare for war”

We join Keanu Reeves as the assassin John Wick in the next chapter of his story immediately after he and “dog” leave central park in Manhattan NY, racing the clock on his 1-hour grace period given to him by Winston (McShane). Wick races to The NY Public library to retrieve some items hidden in a Russian novel sending his dog along in the taxi to the Continental so Charon (Lance Reddick), the concierge, to take care of him while he runs. Wick runs into Ernest (Boban Marjanovic) at the library and even though he still has time Ernest attempts to collect the 14-million-dollar contract only to have John kill him with a book!

John next navigates the streets of New York as his grace period expires and must kill assassins on his way to the Russian Theater. Wick takes out 3 Asians on motorcycles while he is on horseback! Wick meets with The Director (Angelica Huston) who directs ballet dancers as a front for training assassins for the Russian mafia just like she did with John Wick! The Director explains she is loyal to the High Table and asks John, “All of this over a puppy?” John adds,” and a car!”. John shows her the medallion and says he has a ticket and she is bound to honor it.  The Director punches Wick’s ticket that gives him safe passage to Casablanca.

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POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU

Starring:

Ryan Reynolds- Detective Pikachu

Justice Smith- Tim Goodman

Bill Nighy- Howard Clifford

Who would’ve thought that Ryan Reynolds’s “soft spots” were a furry yellow video game character? Find out in the new animated comedy flick “Pokemon Detective Pikachu”.

Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) brings video game character Pikachu to the big screen in the animated comedy “who dunnit” Pokemon Detective Pikachu”. Ryan Provides the voice, attitude and wit for the furry yellow star opposite Justice Smith who plays Tim Goodman, a boy who grew up loving Pokemon, only to let them go following his mother passing away.  Tim chose to live with his grandmother instead of his father the police detective in Ryme City.

Tim is called back to Ryme city after learning his father passed away in a suspicious car accident. His Pokemon partner manage to survive but Tim’s father’s body was never found. Tim visited his father’s boss Lieutenant Hide Yoshida (Ken Wantenabe) to get the story and then went to his dad’s apartment to gather his things only to find Pikachu (Voice of Ryan Reynolds) hiding in the apartment. Tim and Pikachu are both stunned when they learn Tim understands Pikachu and can hear him. Pikachu tells Tim his father faked his death (he thinks) and they have to find him and who did it!

Howard Clifford (Bill Nighy) founded Ryme City, a place where Pokemon and man live together in unity. Together with his son Roger (Chris Geere) they are readying the city for the big Pokemon parade.

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