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47 METERS DOWN- Karl Sides (the Flick Fanatic.com)

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47 METERS DOWN

Mandy Moore is human chum in the new shark movie, “47 Meters Down”!

Mandy Moore (Lisa) stars with Clair Holt (Kate) as a pair of sisters that vacation in Mexico to help Lisa get over a break up. After a few drinks and fun on the beach, the girls meet Benjamin and Javier (Santiago Segura, Chris Johnson), a couple of local boys who offer to give the girls an experience of a lifetime……swim with Great White Sharks!

Lisa is apprehensive about the idea, but Kate talks her into it. The girls meet up with Ben and Javier on the dock the next morning. The Boys introduce the girls to the boat’s captain, Taylor (Matthew Modine). Taylor briefs the girls on diving protocol and shows them the rusted shark cage they will go down in. Finally, he tells them it is safe.

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Wonder Woman- Karl Sides (the Flick Fanatic.com)

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WONDER WOMAN

Gal Gadot is back as the Amazonian Princess and is ready to lasso the bad guys in “Wonder Woman”!

Gal Gadot stars in the new “Wonder Woman” film that picks up where last years “Batman vs. Superman” left off. Diana, an Amazon princess, is working in Paris at the Luv when a shipment from Wayne Enterprises arrives. Bruce located the original picture of Wonder Woman and the soldiers in WW1 and sent it to her with a note “You’ll have to tell me about this”. This was a fantastic way to transition to the Wonder Woman origin story.

Diana, daughter of Queen Hyppolyta (Connie Nielsen) was a gift from Zeus for her to raise on the island of Themiscyra. Themiscyra is an island in the Atlantic Ocean but is hidden from site to keep intruders away and keep the Amazons hidden from Aries, the god of war who is bent on their destruction. The Amazons are charged by Zeus to protect the world from evil. Diana is eager to learn to fight as her sisters do, but her mother forbids it. Diana’s aunt Antiope (Robin Wright), the general of the Amazon army, agrees to secretly train the girl to protect her if Aries does return. The Princess becomes the best fighter on the island as she gets older.

 

Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) is shot down by the Germans as he was escaping with a notebook that can end WW1 quickly. Trevor is just off the coast of Themiscyra and is trapped in his plane as it sinks. Diana dives from a cliff and rescues the soldier. She is amazed as he is the first man she has seen. The German ships are close behind him looking for the plane and find the island. The Germans land on the island and battle with the Amazons. The women are victorious with Trevor’s help. Queen Hyppolyta agrees to help Steve return to London with the information to stop the war, but is saddened to find that Diana has chosen to go with him.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Review- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatic.com)

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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES

“Captain” Jack Sparrow is back with his hapless crew of misfits in yet another backwards attempt to save the world in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”.

Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), Gibbs (Kevin McNally) and the rest of the crew are left penniless after a botch bank robbery. They pull a “Fast n Furious” style job dragging a huge safe through town destroying almost every building, Jack hiding in the safe and leaving the door open so that the money spills out during the chase. Gibbs and the crew have had enough and mutiny their captain and desert him.

Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) is still fulfilling his duty as Captain on the Flying Dutchman while his son Henry makes repeated attempts to drown and join him there. Will tells him never to return to the Dutchman. 15 years later Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites), now a British seaman, sails in search of Poseidon’s Trident, the only item that can save his father and Jack Sparrow, the only man that can get him to it.  Henry is aboard a ship chasing down pirates and is about to follow a ship into “The Devils Triangle”.

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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword- Karl Sides (The Flick Fantic.com)

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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Review

Charlie Hunnam brings “Anarchy” to medieval England in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

Charlie Hunnam is Arthur Pendragon, son of the king who was sent away by his father just as he was killed by an evil monster. Arthur was found and raised in a brothel in Londinium. As Arthur grew he and his gang became the group that ran the town.

Vortigern (Jude Law) assumed the thrown when his brother was killed by the mage (magic) monster, but couldn’t pull “Excalibur” his brother’s sword from the stone. Vortigern sends out his troops to find all the boys that fit the age of what Arthur would be so he can find him and kill him.

Arthur is captured and he does pull the sword from the stone. The “born king” is saved from the executioner by a band of rebels and a mage named (Astrid Berges-Frisbey). Arthur battles monsters in a forbidden land in order to master the use of his sword. He returns and tells the men he is going to kill Vortigern and take the castle.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is the most convoluted version of this story I have ever seen. This is more Lord of the Rings meets Sons of Anarchy than King Arthur and his knights of the round table. A big loss in this film is there is no Merlin! Guy Ritchie directs and continues to over use the slow motion action scenes he made famous in his Sherlock Holmes films.

I would not recommend a trip to this Camelot, if you are missing Charlie Hunnam catch a rerun of Sons of Anarchy.

Rating 1/6

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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