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American Made- Karl Sides “The Flick Fanatic”

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AMERICAN MADE

Tom Cruise flies a dangerous path between the CIA and the Colombia Drug Cartels in the New film “American Made”.

Barry Seal (Tom Cruise) is a TWA pilot in the early 80’s, crisscrossing the nation and even smuggling some Cuban cigars on occasion. On one such trip, Barry is approached by Monty Schafer (Domhall Gleason) who is recruiting him for the CIA to fly recon missions over Colombia to spy on the rebels. Barry keeps his new job from his wife Lucy (Sarah Wright), who believes he still works at TWA.

Barry got some of the best intelligence photos the CIA had seen. Flying in and out of Columbia hadn’t gone unnoticed by the drug cartels. Pablo Escobar “hired” Barry to fly cocaine into Louisiana swamps to avoid DEA complications. Barry made regular trips for the Cartel and made so much money he ran out of room to hide it.

Agent Schafer learned about Barry’s supplemental income source, but instead of arresting him, the CIA wanted him to bring weapons to the Contra rebels. Seal now delivered guns and brought back cocaine on the return trip. The CIA moved the Seal family to a wooded retreat in Alabama where Barry virtually bought up the town with drug money and hired more pilots to help with the merchandise.

American Made is based on a true account of Barry Seal who walked a tight-rope between the CIA and the deadly drug cartels. This is one of the best Cruise films as he plays the scheming pilot that thinks he can outsmart the law and the criminals.

If you are looking for a fun entertaining film this weekend, fly into the theater and check out “American Made”!

Rating 5/6 jets

Rated R (Language, drugs, violence, brief nudity)

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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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GOON: The Last of the Enforcers by Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatic)

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Sean William Scott is back as hockey fighter Doug Glatt in the sequel to the 2011 underground hit with GOON: LAST OF THE ENFORCERS

Doug Glatt is Back!

It’s a new season and Doug Glatt and the Highlander hockey team is fighting for the playoffs again. But the new group of fighters is you

 

nger and Glatt (Sean William Scott) is older and injury riddled from all the beatings he took last season. The Highlanders has a new owner Hyrum Cain (Callum Keith Rennie) that has a win at all cost plan. Doug is the same goon as last season and picks a fight with the owner’s son playing on a rival team, and gets his head handed to him.

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Patti Cake$ by Karl Sides (www.theflickfanatic.com)

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Danielle Macdonald will rhyme her way into your heart in the new film “Patti Cake$”

New comer actress Danielle Macdonald stars as Patti Dombrowski, a bartender and part time caterer with hopes of being the new hit rapper in the film “Patti Cake$” Patti, aka Killa P aka Patti Cake$, with her band made up of her best friend and pharmacist Jheri (Siddharth Dhnanjay), homeless Satanist Basterd (Mamoudou  Athie) and her grandma Nana (Cathy Moriarty) have dreams of making it big and getting out of New Jersey.

Patti is not the prototypical rapper, a white heavyset girl that reminds us of a female Eminem that the town ridicules calling her “Dumbo”. Patti is also taking care of her drunken mother who lives for her 80’s glory days singing on karaoke night at the bar where Patti works. Patti’s best friend and fellow rapper in their group PBNJ (Patti, Basterd, Nana, Jheri) Jheri believes in her and lines up a recording studio in the basement of a pet shop, but it all goes south when Patti freaks out after smoking some pot.

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