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Guardians of the Galaxy 2- Karl Sides (the Flick Fanatic.com)

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2

The Peter Quill aka Starlord and his rag tag family of criminals are back to save the galaxy from some new bad guys in “Guardians of the Galaxy 2”.

Director James Gunn has re-assembled his cast from Marvel’s smash hit Guardians of the Galaxy and joining Chris Pratt, Dave Battista, Zoe Saldana, Michael Rooker are Pom Klementief, Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell! Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper also return as the voices of Groot and Rocket.

The sequel opens with “Brandy” by Looking Glass playing the car stereo as a teenage Meredith Quill (Laura Haddock) and her spaceman boyfriend Ego (Kurt Russell) cruise down the highway in Missouri. Ego shows Meredith a plant he is planting on worlds throughout the galaxy and then professes his love for her.

Then the film jumps back to the future to find the Guardians of the Galaxy on a planet inhabited by the Sovereign who hired them to protect their batteries. This power source brings a lot of units on the open market. The Guardians are there to protect from a space slug like alien. The battle serves as a back drop to a fabulous dance number by “baby” Groot to “Mr. Blue Sky” by ELO. Gamora (Saldana) slices the alien open and frees Draxx who dove into the alien’s mouth thinking the beast’s skin is thinner from the inside.

The Guardians are paid with the Sovereign’s hostage, Nebula (Karen Gillian) who had tried to steal the batteries herself. Nebula still wants to best Gamora and eventually kill her. The team takes off only to be chased down by a fleet of remote ships piloted by the sovereign. Quill asks “Why are they after us?” only to find out Rocket stole some of the batteries!

 

The Guardians Ship sustains a lot of damage, but before they can finish it an egg shaped ship appears and destroys the Sovereign fleet. Quill crashes their damaged ship onto the closest planet. The Mystery man follows them and introduces himself as Ego, Peter’s dad! Ego is accompanied by his assistant Mantis (Pom Klementeif), an empath that Ego employs to help him rest. Ego brings Quill, Gamora and Drax to his planet (yes he has a planet) and explains to Peter that he is a celestial or immortal to most in the galaxy. Rocket, Groot and Nebula stayed behind to repair the ship. Quill happy to finally meet his father, but thinks something is wrong with Ego.

The Guardians aren’t the only ones with turmoil. Yondu (Michael Rooker) and the Ravagers are on a pleasure planet shacking up with escort robots when the leader of the Ravagers Stakar Ogord (Sylvester Stallone) shows up and disses them. Yondu and his crew had been banished when Stakar when he found out they were dealing kids. The Sovereign show up to hire Yondu and his crew to find and kill the Guardians. The Ravagers show up only to be beat down by a crafty Rocket. Yondu gets the drop on the raccoon with his mental arrow, only to have his crew mutiny when he decides to let the guardians go.

After Groot helps Rocket and Yondu escape, they take off to save Quill. They have to save Peter from his father?

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is just as much fun as the first film and features an even better soundtrack with tunes by George Harrison, Cat Stevens, Fleetwood Mac and Cheap Trick! The original crew gave a great performance but Stallone’s ravager leader Stakar is great surprise in the film. I was also impressed by Mantis and her hilarious interaction with Drax. Baby Groot steals the show! Guardians 2 answers a lot of the questions about Quill’s dad, Yondu and Nebula. Also when you go see it keep an eye out for Stan Lee’s cameo that will explain all the other cameos he has had in the MCU. Howard the Duck appears and sit tight there are numerous post credit scenes!

Rated PG-13 (sci-fi violence and language)

RATING- 6/6

 

 

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Going In Style- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatic.com)

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GOING IN STYLE

Crime does pay when Michael Caine, Alan Arkin and Morgan freeman are pulling to heist in “Going In Style!”

Joe (Michael Caine), Willie (Morgan Freeman) and Albert (Alan Arkin) are retired factory workers that are living on their pension. When his direct deposits stop coming and he gets a foreclosure notice on his house, Joe goes to the bank to find out why. Joe is being robbed by the bank on a balloon intrest rate on his house tripling the payments and no pension payments for the last 3 weeks. Joe isn’t the only one getting robbed, as he witness a team of masked men come in and rob the bank.

Joe tells Willie and Albert about the robbery and the pension payments. These guys live on the pension. They go to the plant only to find out that it has been sold and their pension is going to be used to pay debts by their own bank!

Willie who has failing kidneys and only a few months to live, has nowhere to turn and is receptive when Joe tells them they are going to rob the bank. The other guys got away with it, why can’t they do it? They decide to do a test run at the supermarket where Albert’s girlfriend Annie (Ann Margret) works. Security spots them stuffing groceries in their pants and the chase begins with Joe and Willie on a scooter and the security officer on foot. Albert left the getaway car and was in talking to Annie.

The store was a setback so the boys get some help from Joe’s son-in-law who sells medicinal marijuana and hangs out with criminals. Jesus (John Ortiz) runs the pet store and is also a criminal and helps the guys plan the bank robbery. First they come up with an air-tight alibi. They plan it around their Knights of Columbus carnival. Check! They do walk throughs and get their time down under 3 mins, Jesus tells them, “Hopefully the Cops are slow that day”.

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Kong : Skull Island- Karl Sides (the Flick Fanatic.com)

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KONG :SKULL ISLAND

Kong is forced to defend his turf in the new action flick Kong : Skull Island.

John Goodman and Corey Hawkins lead an all star cast on a journey to explore an uncharted island only to find that monsters are real! Kong : Skull Island also stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson and John C Reilly in this latest entry into the giant gorilla tale.

Bill Randa (Goodman) and Houston Brooks (Hawkins) work for Monarch, a company that explores areas in search of the unexplained and to prove the existence of monsters. Rand convinces the US government to fund an exploration to an uncharted island known as Skull Island, an island in the south pacific that is surrounded by a perpetual hurricane. Randa and Hawkins hire Mason Weaver (Larson) a wartime photographer, James Conrad (Hiddleston) a tracker and requisitioned a military escort led by Sgt. Preston Packard (Jackson).

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FIST FIGHT- Karl Sides (the Flick Fanatic.com)

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FIST FIGHT 

Charlie Day and Ice Cube go to blows on the last day of school in the new comedy “Fist Fight? 

Andy Campbell (Charlie Day) is an English teacher at the local high school, married with a daughter and expecting his second child in a few months. Andy is stressing on his way in for the last day of school about his interview and if he will be retained for the next year. Andy’s fellow teachers also trying to survive the final day with Coach Crawford (Tracy Morgan) supervising some students lining the soccer field to look like a penis ejaculating on a women’s breasts, while Holly (Jillian Bell) tries to sleep with the star quarterback.

Strickland (Ice Cube) is a no nonsense teacher that has no time for pranks and intends to teach his students through fear until the final bell. Strickland catches Campbell in the hallway and has him come help him with an antique VCR so he can show a civil war film to his class. Andy realizes Strickland is being pranked by his class and tells him only to have strickland take an axe to the students desk!

Principal Tyler (Dean Norris) brings in Campbell and Strickland and tells them, ”Someone is getting fired for this, and if no one steps up….I will fire you both!” Andy Immediately rats on Strickland andTyler fires him. As the teachers leave Strickland tells Campbell “3pm….parking lot…..IT’S ON!” The teacher fight immediately goes viral and is the buzz of the town. Andy can’t make the fight because his interview is at 2:15 and his daughter’s talent show is at 2:30, there is no way to make the fight.

The kids continue to spend the last day pulling senior pranks like parking the principal’s car in the school and painting it pink, glue teacher’s desks upside down, rig the halls with paint bombs and baby oil, they even let a horse loose!!!

The big payoff of the film is the fight that does happen in the end, but Ice Cube and Day take us through the longest school day in history to get there. With this cast and Tracy Morgan is the only funny person in the film is troubling. Jillian Bell is just a waste in the film and her character is simply stupid. Cube and Day have both been better in comedic roles but this one will leave audiences in detention. The best scene in the film is when Day and Alexa Nisenson (his daughter Ally) perform Big Sean’s song “I Don’t F**k With You” to a horrified audience at the elementary school!

I am Karl the Flick Fanatic giving “Fist Fight” an F! Not even the child rapping and stupid pranks can get this film a passing grade!

Rated R (Language, drugs, violence and brief nudity)
Running time 91 mins

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FIFTY SHADES DARKER- Kathy Kaiser (Matinee Chat)

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FIFTY SHADES DARKER

Fifty Shades Darker

Rated R (1hr 58 min)

Starring Jamie Dorman, Dakota Johnson, Marcia Gay Harden, Kim Bassinger and Eric Johnson

Back for the next installment in this Fifty Shades ménage a trois – it seems that Christian Grey (Jamie Dorman) and his lost love Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) have decided to rekindle their romance, but with a few new rules that must be abided by.

When Anastasia starts working for a totally hunky new boss by the name of Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson), Christian’s jealous ways appear, forcing her to reevaluate their relationship yet again.

As Christian and Anastasia wade through the trials and tribulations of their new sorted relationship, it seems that while Christian tries to uphold the “good guy” persona Anastasia prefers, it might just be that Ms. Steele is becoming more intrigued by, and available to Christian’s sadistic tendencies after all.
But what about all those women from Christian’s past that keep appearing back in his life? It seems they all want to make sure that this passionate love affair these two love birds have rekindled, might just not play out in the end.

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