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THE CURRENT WAR: DIRECTOR’S CUT- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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The Current War: Director’s Cut 

Starring:

Benedict Cumberbatch- Thomas Edison

Tom Holland- Samuel Insull

Michael Shannon- George Westinghouse

Nicholas Hoult- Nickola Tesla

Benedict Cumberbatch “Shines a light” on a historic battle between the men who would power America in the drama “The Current War: Directors Cut”

Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon assembles an all-star cast to tell the tale of the battle between inventor Thomas Edison and industrialist George Westinghouse in the race to see who would illuminate America in his new film “The Current War: The Director’s Cut”. Benedict Cumberbatch is Thomas Edison, inventor who brought us the light bulb, voice recorder, phonograph, motion picture camera and the first method to deliver electricity to people a mile away from the generator. George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) a business man who wants to work with Edison on improving the delivery of electricity by using direct current (DC) that will power homes father away and require less generators.

The film opens with Edison and his assistant Samuel Insull (Holland) unveiling their incandescent light bulb and a delivery system using AC (Alternating Current) to power numerous bulbs in a large circle, Edison lit the night and asked the business men, “Did you boys bring your check books?” J.P. Morgan did and paid Edison to develop a power grid for the country starting with New Jersey. George Westinghouse who also developed an incandescent bulb, inferior to Edison’s, but able to light up a room. Westinghouse set a dinner meeting with Edison to discuss a partnership with Edison and his bulb and Westinghouse’s delivery system using DC current. Edison had no desire to use the dangerous DC current that can kill if a person came in contact with the wires. So, a battle between the two men was born and they raced toward the World’s Fair in Chicago and to see who would “light up America”.

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MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL REVIEW by Karl Sides (The FlickFanatics)

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MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL

Starring:

Angelina Jolie- Maleficent

Elle Fanning- Aurora

Michelle Pfeiffer- Queen Ingrith

Harris Dickinson- Prince Phillip

Angelina Jolie and Michelle Pfeiffer battle of the bridal bouquet in the Sleeping Beauty sequel “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”

It has been 5 years since Princess Aurora was woken from her sleep spell by Prince Phillip and she left to live with her godmother Maleficent in the Moors. Now Aurora is Queen of the Moors and the mystical creatures and fairies that inhabit the land. Humans from the nearby kingdom across the river have been invading the Moors poaching fairies and glowing plants bringing them back to the castle.

Prince Phillip, with the help of Thistlewit, Flittle and Knotgrass (Juno Temple, Lesley Manvile and Imelda Staunton) Aurora’s fairy protectors, makes his way to the Moors and meets Aurora then drops to one knee and asks the queen to marry him. This union would join the two kingdoms along with their two families. King John wants the union along with Phillip, but his wife Queen Ingrith is not overjoyed with Aurora or her Godmother Maleficent.

Diaval (Sam Riley), while in crow form, over heard the proposal and flew to the dark Fey, Maleficent immediately to inform her. Maleficent forbids Aurora to marry the human until her goddaughter reminds her she is human. King John invites Aurora and her godmother to the castle for dinner, where Queen Ingrith unloads on the bride to be and enrages Maleficent. King John slips into the same sleep that Aurora just woke from, Queen Ingrith blames Maleficent again for the spell and as the fey escapes the castle she is shot dropping her into the river.

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GEMINI MAN- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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Gemini Man

Starring:

Will Smith- Henry Brogan/ Junior

Mary Elizabeth Winstead- Danny Zakanewki

Clive Owen- Clay Verris

Will Smith does “Double-Duty” in the new action film “Gemini Man”.

Will Smith is Henry Brogan an ex-marine and aging black ops assassin that is the man you call to get rid of a target the first time. Brogan is in Brussels to kill a scientist that engineers biological weapons. Henry makes the shot from over 200 meters away with the target on a moving train. Brogan hits him in the neck and kills him, only problem is Henry was aiming at his head. Brogan knows his skills are slipping and decides to walk away and retire.

 

Back in the states, an old marine buddy Jack Willis (Douglas Hodge) meets with Brogan to explain that the information was doctored and Henry killed a “loose end” that could inform on the Gemini program run by another ex-marine they know Clay Verris. The dead scientist was actually working for Verris cloning soldiers. The discovery was heard by the CIA who have Brogan under surveillance and know must eliminate him.

All Brogan’s partners are killed and they try to kill him and the CIA agent Danny the girl undercover at the marina. Henry saves her and the two make a run for it in his boat. Henry contacts another marine buddy known as Baron (Benedict Wong) and has him take them to Columbia to get off the grid.

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY (2019)- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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The Addams Family 

Starring Vocal talents of:

Oscar Issacs- Gomez Addams

Charlize Theron- Morticia Addams

Chloe Grace Moritz- Wednesday

Finn Wolfhard- Pugsly

The 60’s TV classic is getting “animated” for a new generation with “The Addams Family”.

Villagers with pitchforks and torches run the Addams family out of Europe just as young Gomez was marrying Morticia. Gomez promises to find them a place that will be safe for them to raise their kids. Gomez (Issacs) and Morticia (Theron) make their way to New Jersey and hit an escaped mental patient with their car. Gomez hands him the bags and the Addams move into the haunted asylum on the hill. The patient is Lurch who becomes the Addams butler.

13 years later, Morticia and Gomez are joined by Uncle Fester (Nick Kroll) and Grandma (Bette Midler) to help raise their kids Wednesday (Moritz) and Pugsly (Wolfhard) who must prepare for the mamushka, an Addams family right of passage. Gomez’s right hand is literally a hand called “Thing” rounds out the Addams family. Gomez tries to teach his son sword play but Pugsly is all about explosives. Wednesday spends her day with her pet octopus and shooting her crossbow at Uncle Fester. Wednesday wonders what lies beyond the mist down the hill.

 

Margaux Needler (Allison Janney) is the town DIY TV host that wants to renovate everyone’s house flip the town and make herself rich. Margaux’s plan is working until the Addams make a visit to town. Wednesday makes friends with Margaux’s daughter Parker and decides to go to public school with Parker. Margaux makes a trip to the Addams house to try to renovate it but the house is haunte and the spirits have other plans.

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DOWNTON ABBEY- Karl Sides “The Flick Fanatics”

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DOWNTON ABBEY

Starring:

Lady Mary Talbot- Michelle Dockery

Earl of Grantham- Hugh Bonneville

Lady Grantham- Maggie Smith

Mr. Carson- Jim Carter

The Crawley open the doors to their Yorkshire countryside Estate known as “Downton Abbey” to the Royal family in this continuation of the hit BBC series that will be enjoyed in theaters worldwide!

Julian Fellows has penned a grand conclusion to the Crawley family drama and the interactions with the staff that made Downton Abbey a monster TV series and the real estate Highclere Castle that served as the set for 6 seasons and now for the first feature film. Another amazing feet nowadays, Fellows has assembled 99% of the original cast that fans fell in love with in 2010 that includes Allen Leech (Tom Branson), Joanne Froggatt (Anna Bates), Brendan Coyle (Mr. Bates), Kevin Doyle (Mr. Moesley) and Phyllis Logan (Mrs. Hughes) along with all the rest of the familiar faces from the 6 seasons of the TV series.

Downton Abbey the film opens four years after the series ended with the Town of Yorkshire growing and becoming modernizing with car shops and trolleys running threw town and Lady Mary Talbot (Dockery) and the Earl of Grantham (Bonneville) continue to try to keep Downton afloat with full service staff, a leaky roof but mostly because the times are changing and the Large English estates are disappearing. A royal correspondence is delivered to Downton Abbey to the shock of Mr. Barrow (Robert James-Collier) who gives it the Earl…..The Royal Family is coming to Downton Abbey!

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