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Darkest Hour Review- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatic.com)

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DARKEST HOUR

Gary Oldman is amazing as the British Prime minister responsible for holding back the Nazi invasion in the new war drama “Darkest Hour”.

It is the early days of WWII, Hilter and his Nazi soldiers are invading France on their way to England. The Governing body has lost faith in the Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain (Ronald Pickup) and plan to appoint the stern cigar smoking, drinking politician Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman).

Churchill is trust into leadership with Hitler preparing to kill the entire English army on the shores at Dunkirk. He must also deal with a monarch King George VI (Ben Mendelsohn) who doesn’t trust him and placed Viscount Halifax in his war council to keep tabs on Churchill.

The only support Winston has is from his wife Clementine (Kristin Scott Thomas) and his new secretary Elizabeth Layton (Lily James) and the people of England. Two of my favorite scenes from “Darkest Hour” are the mission Churchill has to save the English army from Dunkirk using local fisherman and the other was Winston jumping on the underground and talking with the locals on his way to Buckingham Palace. It was charismatic as Churchill met with each person and gauged their fears and concerns about the war. Churchill then blindsides Halifax and talks of peace, with a rousing speech to the house that has England ready to fight!

Oldman and Thomas are spectacular and will be brought up during award season for the roles of Winston and his wife Clementine. Darkest Hour is a fabulous war drama and is a must see this winter!

Rated PG-13 (Language, smoking)

Running Time 125 mins

Rating 6/6 flags

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KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatic)

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KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

Starring: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Julianne Moore

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Eggsy and the Kingsmen are reloaded to save the world again!

Eggsy (Egerton) is a Kingsman agent after taking down Valentine and his killer cell phones, Eggsy is accosted outside the Kingsman shop that serves as a secret base by a familiar face. Charlie (Edward Holcroft), a Kingsman recruit that washed out and was working with Valentine, shows up with some goons to take out Eggsy. A car chase ensues and runs through London to Hyde Park where Merlin (Strong) tells Eggsy to take them out. Eggsy beats Charlie, crashes his car throwing Charlie through the front windshield leaving only a mechanical arm.

Charlies mech arm plugs into the car and downloads all the Kingsman information. Charlie is now working for a new psycho, a drug kingpin named Poppy that runs the golden circle. Poppy brands her people with a 24-karat circle hence “the Golden Circle” name, she puts her enemies through a meat grinder. Poppy’s plan is to lace her drugs with a disease that will kill the users in a few days without the antidote. Poppy also attacks all the Kingsman agents and bases killing everyone except Merlin and Eggsy who were not at their homes.

 

Merlin and Eggsy launch disaster protocol that takes them to Kentucky and recruiting their fellow agents called the Statemen. Tequila, a problem agent smokes some pot and comes down with Poppy’s “blue rash”. The Statesmen also had another surprise, Galahad (Firth) is alive and after Eggsy triggers a memory, he is back in action. Galahad and Eggsy must find the antidote before millions die.

 

Just like the 2014 original, The Golden Circle features a ton of action and jaw dropping special effects. The opening car chase and a sky tram used in a downhill ski slope are just a couple of examples of the action in this installment. Moore is great as the homicidal drug dealer. There are supporting roles by Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Channing Tatum as the Statesmen that are very good. The best highlight is a cameo by Elton John who plays himself, a captive of Poppy that is there to play for her and help the Kingsman.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a fun follow-up to the original. It is easy to see it is based on a graphic novel, but has enough action and humor to entertain for 3 hours.

Rating 4/6 umbrella guns!

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IT (2017)- Karl Sides (the Flick Fanatic)

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IT (2017)

Pennywise, the dancing clown, is creeping back into theaters in the reboot of the Stephan King Classic “IT”!

Derby, Maine is like any other small town in America. Kids hang out in clicks, people pick on the nerdy ones and call them losers and the town bully spends all his time beating on the weakest ones. Derby does lead the nation on mysterious child disappearances.

Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Lieberher) suffers from a stutter when he speaks, so he and his friends are labeled “losers” by the kids at school. Bill in bed sick on a rainy day, but was still able to make his little brother Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott) a paper sailboat that he can sail down the street in the puddles. Georgie is unable to keep up with the boat that sails down the sewer. As Georgie peers down looking for the boat he sees a red balloon held by a clown who also has his boat.

Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard) the dancing clown lives in the sewer and bites Georgie’s arm off and drags him in the sewer leaving only a puddle of blood. Other children around Derby begin to go missing. Bill won’t stop looking for his little brother and with the assistance of his friends Ritchie (Finn Wolfhard), Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer) and Stanley (Wyatt Oleff) continue to search the sewers in hopes of finding a clue.

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John Wick: Chapter 2- Karl Sides (the Flick Fanatic.com)

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JOHN WICK CHAPTER 2

Keanu Reeves is back as “the boogeyman”, John Wick and the bullets are flying!!!

Back in 2014, a hit man known to the underworld as “the Bogeyman” aka John Wick began his retirement. Wick grieving over the loss of his wife who died from cancer, set to live alone with his dog until the Russian mob killed his dog and stole his car. Wick eliminated them all. John Wick: Chapter 2 picks up right where the first left off. A man on a motorcycle is being chased by a Chevy SS and ultimately crashes and out of the car emerges John Wick! He takes a key card from the biker and takes it to a cab warehouse. Abram Tarasov (John Stormare), brother to the late Viggo who was killed by Wick, answers the phone in the warehouse and hears the bogeyman say, “I’m here for my car.”

Wick gets hid car and kills a lot more Russians in the process. Aurelio (John Leguizamo) stops by and tells John he can have the car fixed in 2020. Later that evening John has another guest, Santino D’Antonio (Ricardo Scamarcio), Santino came to have Wick honor his marker. Wick made a blood oath in order to “get out” of the business and live with his wife. D’Antonio told Wick he would have left him alone if he had stayed retired. Santino wants John to kill his sister Giana (Claidia Gerini) so he can become the head of the family.

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