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SWISS ARMY MAN review

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swiss-army-man_key-art_600We All Need Some Body to Lean On

“Swiss Army Man” focuses on Hank, a young man lost on a deserted island, ready to end it all.  Through an opening montage, we learn he had a boat that was destroyed and marooned him on the island.  As he has the noose around his neck, he spots a dead body that’s washed ashore.  As he struggles out of the noose Continue reading

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THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR review

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The Purge Election Year posterPurge and Purify for a Better America

“The Purge: Election Year” opens as a family is being brutally tortured and murdered on Purge night.  Flash-forward 17 years, the lone surviving family member, Sen. Charlie Roan, has done everything she can to end the Purge; as she is running for President and her first order of business would be to abolish the abomination they call “Purge Night”.  It’s been two years since Continue reading

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THE SHALLOWS review

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The Shallows posterWhat Was Once in the Deep Is Now in The Shallows

“The Shallows” follows a young woman named Nancy, as she is trying to find a secret beach that her mother found some years ago.  As we learn more about Nancy, we realize her mother passed away from cancer and she’s visiting the beach in-memory of her.  However, her friend Continue reading

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Free State of Jones- Karl Sides “The Flick Fanatic”

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FREE STATE OF JONES

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Matthew McConaughey rebels against the Confederate army in the new film based on actual events during the Civil War called “Free State of Jones”

Newton Knight (McConaughey), a soldier in the Confederate Army, charged with bringing injured soldiers to the field hospital. Newton was loyal to the cause until the Rebels dragged his young nephew Daniel (Jacob Lofland) out of his sister’s house to fight the Union army. Daniel ran and made his way to find Newton and his regiment. Knight has a plan to get his kin back home as the fighting is going on they are going to make a break for the woods. Daniel catches a bullet and dies in front of Newton, who leaves his company to go home and bury his family.

Knight learns that a few Confederate soldiers are taking advantage of the farmers in Jones County Mississippi stealing crops, live stock and money. Newton decides to stay and protect his kin. Lieutenant Barbour (Bill Tangradi) and his band of soldiers ride up to steal all the pigs from a farm, only to be greeted by Knight, his sister and her three daughters all holding loaded guns and pointing them at his head. Barbour rides away empty handed, but vows to return with more soldiers to arrest Newton.

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Finding Dory- Karl Sides “The Flick Fanatic”

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FINDING DORY

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Ellen DeGeneres is back as the forgetful fish we loved in Finding Nemo, only this time the waters she’s swimming in are a lot murkier.

Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks), Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolance) and Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres) are all back from their adventure across the ocean saving the young clown fish. Now Dory, who suffers from short term memory loss, is getting flashes from her past. Dory knows she had a family, her parents (voiced by Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy) that marked their home by placing shells around it so Dory could remember her way home. They also warned Dory to avoid the undertow that eventually swept her away and ended up bring her to Marlin and Nemo with no idea what she had left behind.

Dory, realizing her parents are out there wants to take another trip across the ocean to find them. Marlin is reluctant and hopes she will forget this idea like she does everything else, but Nemo agrees with Dory and the trio set out with the sea turtles across the ocean to California’s Monterey Marine Life Institute. Dory is grabbed by workers as they get to the coast (just lie Nemo was in the original) and taken into quarantine. Marlin and Nemo make new friends with sea lions Rudder (voice of Dominic West) and Fluke (voice of Idris Elba). Fluke calls down a quirky sea bird to carry the father and son into the institute to find Dory.

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