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CATS- The Flick Fanatics (Karl)

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CATS

Starring:

Idris Elba- Macavity

Judi Dench- Old Deuteronomy

Francesca Hayward- Victoria

Laurie Davidson- Mr. Mistoffelees

Steven Spielberg and Director Tom Hooper bring the long running successful musical about some “funky” felines to the big screen with “Cats”.

Cats is the award-winning Broadway Musical that has been a fixture on the great white way and now executive producer Steven Spielberg and Director Tom Hooper (Chicago) bring it to the masses on the big screen with an A-list of stars singing and shaking their CGI tails.

The story is that an abandoned house cat named Victoria (Hayword) is befriended by a group of Jellicle cats and told that is was the night of the annual ball where a cat will be chosen for a new life. All the Jellicle cats will sing for the opportunity to be renewed. That is, all except the mysterious Macavity (Elba) a magic cat that is abducting cats so they miss the ball and makes his odds better to be chosen.

The cat population in this film is very prestigious and diversified from a fat house cat Jennanydots (Rebel Wilson) to an elder actor named Gus the Theater Cat and a little minx named Bombalurina (Taylor Swift). Victoria also not6iced a Cat that has been scorned by the others, Grizabella (Jennifer Hudson), a rich cat that is now down and out.

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BOMBSHELL review

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Exposing the Disgusting Antics of an Icon

One of the more powerful and grotesque films of 2019 is the sharply-directed and brilliantly-acted “Bombshell”.  Based on the true story of Roger Ailes (John Lithgow) and the downfall of his legacy at Fox News, the film focuses on Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron) during the time of her sparring with then-Presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Fox News Debate; fresh off of his controversial remarks about women.  Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman) soon after is Continue reading

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STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER review

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An Epic Conclusion to the Skywalker Saga

As all things must end, it was an odd feeling in my chest as I sat down in the theater seat before the lights dimmed and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” began.  Lucasfilm flashes on the screen, then bam!  The music blares, the crawl begins and I was instantly transported back to my childhood.  Our heroes are still on the run from the First Order.  Rey (Daisy Ridley) continuing her Jedi training with Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac) on a mission of their own, as Supreme Leader Kylo Ren Continue reading

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JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL REVIEW

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JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL

Starring:

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson- Spencer/Fridge

Kevin Hart-Fridge/Eddie

Jack Black- Bethany/Fridge

Karen Gillan- Martha

Kevin Hart and “The Rock” are going to welcome audiences and greet them with “Welcome Back to Jumanji!”

Director Jake Kasdan (Freaks and Geeks) has brought everyone back to reprise their roles in the next level of the video game movie “Jumanji: The Next level”. Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black and Kevin Hart return as the in-game avatars that must navigate the game and win to get the real kids out of the game.

Martha (Morgan Turner), Fridge (Ser’Darius Blain), Bethany (Madison Iseman) and Spencer (Alex Wolf) are heading home after their first year in college and set up to meet at a local eatery for brunch to catch up. Spencer is not feeling confident and is meeting with Martha for the first time since they broke up. Spencer arrives home and is greeted by his mom (Marin Hinkle) and his uncle Eddie (Danny DeVito) who is rehabbing from hip surgery. Eddie is also hiding out from his longtime fiend Milo (Danny Glover) who has been reaching out to him.

 

Bethany, Martha and Fridge all meet up but Spencer is mysteriously absent, so the gang goes to his house and meet Uncle Eddie. Eddie also answers the door to find Milo there. The estranges friends and co-workers trade verbal jabs as milo tries to make a mend. Fridge and the girls discover what they feared, Spencer went back into the game and is back in Jumanji! The kids quickly decide to go save Spencer and activate the game and are drawn back in but this time Bethany is left behind and when they appear as their avatars only Martha (Gillan) is the same one. Fridge is now the zoologist (Hart), Uncle Eddie (Johnson)and Milo (Black) were sucked into Jumanji as well and are completely confused.

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THE AERONAUTS review

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Reach for the Open Sky

How did weather forecasting get its start?  Well, 2019’s “The Aeronauts” gives us a glimpse at forecasting’s birth as well as the remarkable, courageous scientists that paved the path for the luxuries we enjoy today.  The film opens as James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) and Amelia Rennes (Felicity Jones) are about to set sail in a weather balloon high up-into the sky; on a journey that will, hopefully, be filled with Continue reading