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NOSTALGIA- Karl Sides

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NOSTALGIA

Starring:

Jon Hamm – Will

Catherine Keener -Donna

John Ortiz – Daniel

Ellen Burstyn – Helen

Burstyn and Hamm star in a new drama on how people deal with loss in the new film “Nostalgia”.

Nostalgia is a film made up of several stories that intertwine and show how people deal differently with loss. The film opens with Daniel, an insurance agent, meeting with a man (Bruce Dern) who was looking for appraisals on his antique tools and equipment then follows Daniel to meet with Helen who lost everything in a fire.

Helen, a widow, who survived a fire only coming out with some jewelry and her husbands signed baseball. Her son urges her to sell the ball but doesn’t think she will because it is all she has left from his father.  Helen does decide to sell the ball and contacts a dealer in Las Vegas and agrees to fly out and show him the baseball.

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GAME NIGHT- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatic.com)

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GAME NIGHT

Starring:

Jason Bateman – Max

Racheal McAdams – Annie

Kyle Chandler – Brooks

Jesse Plemons –  Gary

Bateman and McAdams “roll the bones” in the new comedic thriller “GAME NIGHT”

Max met Annie at a trivia night as opposing team captains, a highly completive pair who fell in love and married in an arcade. Max and Annie continued their rivalry with their friends hosting a weekly game night.

Gary, the next door neighbor who previously was on the invite list to game night, fell off when his wife Linda left him. Max and Annie were creeped out by Gary so they tried to avoid inviting him to game night. They would tell their friends to park down the street and sneak in to the house so not to let Gary know there was a game night going on.

Max was also competitive with his brother Brooks. Brooks was the better athlete, had the coo job on Wall Street, was rich and the worst……..Brooks was better at games! Brooks was in town and came to game night ignoring the instructions rolling up in a classic corvette with the radio blaring raising Gary’s suspicion there was a game night happening.

Brooks told Max he wanted to host next weeks game night. Kevin and Michelle, Ryan and new girlfriend Sarah join Max and Annie at Brooks’ game night. This time game night was a mystery night, someone was going to be kidnapped and there were clues to come save him. The winner would get Brooks’ corvette!

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12 STRONG- KARL SIDES (The Flick Fanatic.com)

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12 STRONG

Starring: Chris Hemsworth- Capt. Mitch Nelson

Michael Shannon- Hal Spencer

Michael Pena- Sam Diller

Navid Negahban- General Dostum

HEMSWORTH LEADS A GROUP OF SOLDIERS ON AMERICA’S INTIAL RETALIATION FOR THE 9/11 ATTACKS IN THE NEW FILM “12 STRONG”

My favorite thing to see in a film is the line “Based on a true story”, so I was anxious to see the new film “12 Strong” which is base on the covert mission by the United States to retaliate following the 9/11 terrorist attacks by the Taliban.

Immediately following the twin towers tumbling, Capt. Mitch Nelson returns to his base to get his unit back together only to be told his unit has disbanded and he is riding a desk. Communications officer Hal Spencer retracts his retirement for one more mission with Nelson.

Once the unit lands in Afghanistan, Nelson is briefed by Col. Mullholland (William Fichtner) informing the captain he is going to lead his team to join Afghan rebels in the mountains to target Taliban camps for airstrikes. Nelson tells the colonel his team will complete the mission in 3 weeks with no casualties.

Nelson’s group lands in country and meets with General Dostum, leader of the Afghan rebels and hater of the Taliban, who has little respect for Nelson because “he doesn’t have killer eyes”. Nelson promises a 3-week time table only to find out they are going to do the mission on horseback and there are only 12 horses. Now with his unit split in half and outnumbered 100 to 1, Nelson begins his campaign with a reluctant General to destroy the Taliban.

Nelson and his unit target the first Taliban outpost and bomb it. When he sends in the soldiers his unit is ambushed by Taliban re-enforcements coming in from a road in the south. Nelson has it out with Dostum demanding all the information he has so not to be ambushed again. Nelson splits his unit again sending Sam Diller and 3 other men across the desert to flank the Taliban and cut off the re-enforcements coming down the valley leading to the city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

The film is very good and as I said based on actual events, that being said it is dialogue driven and slow at times. The battle scenes are great and I really liked the bond developed between Dostrum and Nelson that continues to this day. It was also very cool during the credits to show the actual soldiers who received no credit for the mission, but recently had a statue dedicated to their bravery at the Ground zero memorial.

 

Rating 4/6 horses

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The Commuter- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatic.com)

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THE COMMUTER

Starring: Liam Neeson- Michael MacCauley

                   Vera Farmiga- Joanna

                   Patrick Wilson- Alex Murphy

Liam Neeson has a $100k if he can track down a person on a crowded commuter train!

Michael MacCauley walked away from his job as a Chicago detective to sell insurance and enjoy life with his wife and sons. On the same day they took out a second mortgage on their house so their son can go to Syracuse University, MacCauley is fired from his job.

Michael meets an old police buddy Alex Murphy for beers. MacCauley explains his unemployment, no savings and that he has not told his wife, Murphy tells him to catch his train and go home and tell his wife.

Michael runs to met his commuter train and as he boards he is pick pocketed and loses his cell phone. Michael sits down in a front car and begins to read a book when a strange woman named Joanna sits down in front of him and begins to ask him Hypothetical questions. Joanna next tells MacCauley that she knows he was a detective and it should be easy for him to find the one person on the train that doesn’t belong (not a daily commuter) and tag them with a GPS tracker then he gets $100,000.

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All the Money in the World- Karl Sides (The FlickFanatic.com)

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ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD

Starring: Christopher Plummer- John Paul Getty

Mark Wahlberg- Fletcher Chase

Michelle Williams- Gail Harris

Charlie Plummer- John Paul Getty III

Romain Duris – Cinquanta

Greed is not always good, when you can’t spend to save your family.

All the Money in the World is the new film by Ridley Scott based upon the actual events surrounding the kidnapping of John Paul Getty’s grandson in Rome.

John Paul Getty is the richest man in the world. He explains to his head of security Fletcher Chase,” If you can count your money ..YOU ARE NOT RICH”. Getty is constantly asked for donations from strangers, including his son John Paul Getty II, his wife Gail and their kids ask Getty for an opportunity to work. The old man puts his son in charge in Europe and has his grandson John III help opening his mail.

Gettys son becomes a drug addict doing heroine with the Beatles in India and his wife Gail files for divorce. Getty and a team of lawyers comes after her and plans to buy her off. Gail takes nothing but her kids. Getty hates to lose and especially doesn’t like to lose family.

The mobs in Rome view kidnapping as an industry and see the Getty grandson as a way to make money. A group led by an Italian named Cinquanta takes the boy one evening and drives him to southern Italy. Cinquanta’s demands Millions for the safe return of the boy. Gail calls Getty to beg her father in law for the money to save her son. Getty is asked on the news “How much would you pay for the return of your grandson?” only to have the old man reply “NOTHING.”

Getty does care for his grandson and sends his head of security to monitor Gail and handle the negotiations with the kidnappers. The negotiations drag on and Cinquanta sells the boy to an investor that decides to move things along by sending the boys ear to his mother.

All the Money in the World is a fantastic film, telling the story of the world’s richest man and how he choses not to spend his fortune, not even to save his family. Michelle Williams and Christopher Plummer are locks for awards this winter. This is also one of Wahlberg’s best performances.

Go see All the Money in the World this week and learn about how greed is not always good!

Rating 6/6 bags of money