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Hands of Stone- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatic.com)

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HANDS OF STONE

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Edgar Ramirez is Roberto Duran in the new Bio pic “Hands of Stone!

Roberto Duran was raised on the streets of Panama stealing mangos and fighting for money to feed his family. Duran also had a hatred for Americans due to the taking of the Panama Canal. Duran would grow up and become one of the greatest fighters in history and world champion in the welterweight class.

Edgar Ramirez (Point Break, The Bourne Ultimatum) is Roberto Duran, welterweight fighter from Panama that earns the nick name “Hands of Stone” because of the viscous way he would knock out his opponents. Following a 13 round TKO of Ken Buchanan, Duran’s manager Carlos Eleta (Ruben Blades) introduces Roberto to the great Boxing trainer Ray Arcel (Robert DeNiro). The meeting was as cold as the Baskin Robbins Ice cream Duran was eating. Duran still hate Americans and didn’t want one training him.

Ray Arcel was a boxing legend having trained numerous World Champions and being a visionary in the sport wanting to bring it to TV and viewed by the entire nation. That idea almost got him killed by the mob, who were protective of the sport they were running. Arcel made a deal when he left the hospital that he would not make a dime from Professional boxing or he and his family would be killed. So Ray could only train Duran for free!

Eleta convinced Duran to bring on Arcel and the two had more friction that the speech barrier. But soon Duran adopted Arcels way of psychological boxing, making your opponent think the way you want him to. This would be especially clear on the first legendary fight with Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher). Leonard was a faster fighter and also undefeated, so Duran meets him in public and insults his manhood and his wife. Duran gets in his head and Leonard doesn’t dance in the fight, it is fought toe to toe Duran style. Roberto Duran wins the fight Arcel’s way!

The film chronicles the rest of Duran’s career and is a very good look at what the flip side of the Leonard/Duran coin was like.

“Hands of Stone” is an entertaining and captivating fight film. Usher is magnificently cast as Sugar Ray and has the signature smile down pat! DeNiro is amazing opposite Ramirez in the title role. There is also a cameo by John Turturro as mob boss Frankie Carbo.

I am Karl, the Flick Fanatic and I am rating “Hands of Stone” a KNOCKOUT!!!

Rated R (Nudity, Drugs, Violence)

 

5/6

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Ben Hur (2016)- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatic)

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BEN HUR (2016)

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Jack Huston stars as the prince turned slave in the biblical remake Ben Hur!

Hollywood believes that today’s youth won’t go past the new release rack, so they feel the need to remake all the classic films. The latest target is the biblical classic that had Charlton Heston racing chariots against the Romans in the 1959 epic Ben Hur. The updated version stars Jack Huston as Judah Ben Hur and Morgan Freeman as gambler IIderim as the pair that take down the Romans in a race that will leave you breathless.

Judah Ben Hur (Huston) , Prince of Jerusalem, was raised by his family with his step brother Messala Severus. Messala was an roman orphan after his family stood up against Caesar and they were crucified. Judah  and Messala were normal brothers, they raced horses and were very competitive. Messala joined the Roman army to see the world and step out of Juddah’s shadow and prove himself to Tirzah (Sofia Black-D’Elia).

While Messala was away Judah married servant girl Esther (Nazanin Boniadi) and Jerusalem has had zealots making attacks against romans. The zealots are led by a spiritual man named Jesus of Nazareth (Rodrigo Santoro) and Judah discovers Tirzah is helping them. Messala returns home as a commander of Caesars army telling Judah to speak to his people so there is no uprising when Roman leader Pontius Pilate (Pilou Asbaek) leads the legion through town.

An arrow nearly misses Pilate hitting a soldier in the throat. Judah and his family are arrested by Messala as traitors. Esther escapes, but Tirzah and her mother are imprisoned and Judah is sent to the ships to row until he dies. During a battle with the Greeks, Judah’s ship is sunk and he is the only survivor and washes up on shore, found by an African gambler IIderim. IIderim tells Judah he his heading to Jerusalem to race chariots in the games. Judah is brought along to take care of the horses and sees this as the opportunity to seek revenge on Messala.

Ben Hur is a biblical story and is very slow paced until you get to the chariot race. Huston and Freeman are great in the film as well as Santoro as Jesus. The story is the same as the 1959 epic but done much better in 3D and has better special effects in the race.

I would recommend checking out Ben Hur at a matinee to save a few bucks, but then take that savings to the DVD store and rent the original.

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Rating 3.5/6

 

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Jason Bourne- Karl Sides “The Flick Fanatic”

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JASON BOURNE

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Bourne is back to clean up the CIA again!

Matt Damon is back in the role he made famous as the soldier turned black ops assassin, Jason Bourne. After ridding the CIA of their latest super secret assassin program “Blackbriar” with the help of Pamela Landy and Nikki Parsons (Julia Stiles), Bourne disappeared of the grid. Parsons left the agency as well and turned computer hacker with the aim of taking down the rest of the agency assassin programs.

Bourne surfaced in the beginning of the film in Greece in a sort of “fight club” making money and self punishment for all those he killed for Treadstone/Blackbriar. He was keeping a low profile until Parsons shows up at one of Jason’s fight with agency operatives right behind her.

The CIA is headed up by new director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones) and his prodigy, a cyber expert named Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander)who planted a virus in the files Nikki stole and manage to track her to the meeting with Jason Bourne. Dewey is lit up and calls out his “asset” (Vincent Cassel) to go after Parsons and Bourne.

Nikki explains to Jason he is still missing things in his past including his father being the one that started Treadstone. The Asset kills Parsons during a Greek protest riot as her and Jason tried to escape. Jason grabbed a locker key that held the drive with the stolen CIA files.  Jason digs into them and begins to remember his past and discovers that he was recruited for the program and his father was killed when he opposed his son being brought in. Dewey was the one responsible and now the target for Bourne.

“Jason Bourne” is a very good ending for the franchise, really how many evil CIA directors are there? Bourne features one of the best hand to hand fights in any of the films between Damon and Cassel. There is a side story featuring an app launch that the CIA wants to use to spy on people that is just a distraction to all the action that is Jason Bourne!

If you are a fan of the franchise, go see Jason Bourne this weekend and have a fun thrill ride that Damon and director Paul Greengrass planned for everyone! I hope this is where the story ends….all his past is revealed and he is vanishing for good. Bourne goes out on top!

Running time 134 mins.

Rated R (Violence, Language)

Rating: 4.5/6

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie-Karl Sides “The Flick Fanatic”

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ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS:THE MOVIE

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England’s stylish duo move from the BBC TV to Big Screens around the world in “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie”

Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley are once again Edina and Patsy, England’s stylish duo that make the fashion world queasy. Edina, a public relation specialist, concerned with landing the next big client. Patsy running a fashion magazine and lives for the party 24/7. After stumbling their way through fashion week, Edina finds all her credit cards are cancelled and now must find a way to keep her and Patsy on the A-list. Edina learns that Kate Moss is looking for new representation and she sees it as her way back to the top.

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The Infiltrator- Karl Sides “The Flick Fanatic”

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THE INFILTRATOR

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Bryan Cranston follows the money and takes down the drug Kingpin Pablo Escobar’s operation in The Infiltrator.

Robert Mazur (Cranston) an undercover agent in the US Customs agency decides to take on one more case before he retires and it ends up being Pablo Escobar! Following getting burned (literally) by a defective wire he was wearing, Mazur is offered early retirement but elects to stay on for one more case and help a young gun Emir Abreu (John Leguizamo) by infiltrating the Medellin cartel.

Abreu has been targeting dealers in Miami trying to work their way up the chain to Escobar but never gets close to him. Mazur brings him the idea to follow the money and cut off the finances to the cartel, somewhat suffocating it and bringing down the leaders and the bankers laundering the money. Mazur poses as a banker and begins to move millions in drug money, but tells the informant they won’t take any more money until he sits down with the boss.

Mazur gets a sit down with Roberto Alcaino (Benjamin Bratt) the cartels money man and becomes friends and more important Mazur is trusted. Mazur starts moving more of the cartels money and the US government sets up the sting to bust all the cartel players. Escobar sends Mazur a message in the mail, a bloody coffin! Is Robert in too deep? Is the last job going to kill him and his family?

The Infiltrator is based on actual events and very entertaining. If you are a fan of Miami vice, this is the real deal in south Florida. Cranston is amazing; Leguizamo is perfect in the film. The Infiltrator has the colorful nightlife of Miami, drugs and guns that you would expect in a film about Pablo Escobar.

I loved this film, and recommend going to the cinema and checking out the Infiltrator this weekend!

Rated R (drugs, violence, nudity)