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BUMBLEBEE review

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Every Hero Has a Beginning

All I could think when a new “Transformers” movie was announced for Christmas 2018 was “oh no, here we go again!”  After the massively-successful “Kubo and the Two Strings”, Paramount placed Travis Knight at the helm; and man are they happy they did!  “Bumblebee” follows our titular hero (voiced by Dylan O’Brien) after escaping from Cybertron, being sent to Earth by Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen) as the only hope of the Autobots’ chance of survival.  Once on Earth, he encounters a sergeant (John Cena) and his platoon during a Continue reading

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BEN IS BACK review

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A Shocking, Realistic Portrait of Drug Addiction

Over the next few weeks, the box offices will be flooded by numerous films; plenty of them filled with cheer and joy.  However, “Ben is Back” follows a much different path entirely.  Ben (Lucas Hedges) surprises his family by coming home on Christmas Eve without any prior warning.  His mom, Holly (Julia Roberts), is beyond excited, but seeing the reaction from his sister, Ivy (Kathryn Newton), and his step father, Neal (Courtney B. Vance), clearly this is a dark and troubling past to Ben.  As it slowly comes into-focus, we learn that Ben is a recovering addict and was given Continue reading

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Aquaman- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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AQUAMAN

Starring:

Jason Momoa- Arthur Curry/ Aquaman

Amber Heard- Mera

Willem Dafoe- Vulko

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II- Manta

Jason Momoa dives back into the role of the king of the seas in the new film “Aquaman”

Director James Wan (Furious 7, Saw) assembles an all-star supporting cast to help Jason Momoa show us the origin story of the Aquaman. Tom Curry (Temuera Morrison) is a lighthouse keeper and he discovers a body washed up on the rocks below. Queen Atlanna (Nicole Kidman) injured as she escaped Atlantis running from an arranged marriage. Tom nurses her back to health and the two eventually fall in love. Atlanna gives birth to a boy, Arthur, the prince that will unite the undersea and above ground worlds. The King sends soldiers after Atlanna, but they fail to bring her back…instead she elects to return on her own to save Tom and Arthur from further attacks. Arthur develops the ability to talk to fish and when his is picked on at the aquarium, a great white shark tries to break through the glass and come to his rescue!

An adult Arthur as the Aquaman is back home following the events of Justice League protecting people from evil. Pirates land on a submarine led by a man called Mantis and his father Jesse (Michael Beach), killing the captain and some of the crew before the sub is forced to surface. Aquaman drops in and wastes the pirates before battling Manta. Arthur traps Jesse under a torpedo and beats down Manta as the sub takes on water. Manta pleads for help, Aquaman tells them” You killed innocents, ask the sea for help”. Manta escapes just as his father sets of an explosion.

Arthur has been secretly schooled in the ways of Atlantis by Vulko, friend of Atlanna and right hand to King Orm (Patrick Wilson), Arthurs younger brother. Vulko sends Mera from Atlantis to bring Arthur to Atlantis so he can explain Orm’s plans to unite the kingdoms of Atlantis and conquer the surface world as Ocean Master. Vulko tells Arthur to find the trident of King Atlan in the desert kingdom because only the true heir of Atlantis can wield the trident and the Atlantean people will follow the heir.

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MORTAL ENGINES- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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MORTAL ENGINES

Starring:

Hugo Weaving- Thaddeus Valentine

Hera Hilmar- Hester Shaw

Robert Sheehan- Tom Natsworthy

Jihae-Anna Fang

Peter Jackson goes from Middle Earth to a Post-Apocalyptic version of the earth in his new Sci-Fi drama “MORTAL ENGINES”

Hugo Weaving and Peter Jackson must have caught a ride on an elven ship out of middle Earth to a new world torn by destruction from quantum weapons known as “Medusa” in the 60 second war. Cities that survived the bombings were forced to evolve and become mobile on large tank like tracks to roam the land in search of smaller cities to engulf and take their supplies and use the city to feed the enormous engines powering the cities.

Weaving plays Thaddeus Valentine, an archaeologist turned visionary aboard the City of London, who is developing a new type of energy source using found tech from the ancients back in the 21st century. London ran down a smaller German mining city capturing it and allowing the citizens to join the people of London. A mysterious woman hiding scars on her fac with a red scarf made her way through the crowd and pulls a knife stabbing Valentine while yelling, “This is for murdering my mother!” Hester Shaw, orphaned at the age of 8 and left to fend for herself in the wasteland had been trying for years to get aboard London.

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