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GRINGO review

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Chances Are This Won’t End Well

Nash Edgerton’s directorial debut, “Gringo”, follows a middle-level pharmaceutical representative as he attempts to give his all for his company.  Stuck in a rut, Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) sees his life as he knows it crumbling around him.  His wife, Bonnie (Thandie Newton), is becoming increasingly-distant and his company looks to be merging with another conglomerate.  After an unsuccessful trip to their manufacturer in Mexico Continue reading

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RED SPARROW-Karl Sides

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RED SPARROW

Jennifer Lawrence- Dominika Egorova

Joel Edgerton- Nate Nash

Matthias Schoenaerts- Vanya Egorova

Jeremy Irons- General Lorchnoi

 

Jennifer Lawrence goes ballet to lethal killer in the new espionage thriller, Red Sparrow!

Dominika Egorova was the prima ballerina in the Bolshoi ballet. The Bolshoi paid for apartment, medical expenses for her disabled mother pretty much everything. She had everything until a horrific accident happened during a performance when the male lead landed on her leg, snapping it and ending her dancing career.

 

Dominika has no choice but to meet with her slimy uncle Vanya Egorova, commander of Russian intelligence, and offering her a way out. He also brought her a resent, giving Dominika a file with pictures and recordings of her understudy at the Bolshoi plotting with her lead to take her out. Dominika goes off sneaking into the theater and catching the two having sex in the steam room.  Dominika beats them senseless with a broom handle’

The next day she accepts her uncles offer to join “sparrow” school to work with Russian Intelligence. Young people are stripped of the morals and trained to do anything to get the job done at sparrow school. Dominika did well executing a young man with a faucet when he tried to rape her. She impressed the Matron (Charlotte Rampling) of the school who informed her uncle of her progress. Vanya reported back to General Lorchnoi that they have an asset now.

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NOSTALGIA- Karl Sides

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NOSTALGIA

Starring:

Jon Hamm – Will

Catherine Keener -Donna

John Ortiz – Daniel

Ellen Burstyn – Helen

Burstyn and Hamm star in a new drama on how people deal with loss in the new film “Nostalgia”.

Nostalgia is a film made up of several stories that intertwine and show how people deal differently with loss. The film opens with Daniel, an insurance agent, meeting with a man (Bruce Dern) who was looking for appraisals on his antique tools and equipment then follows Daniel to meet with Helen who lost everything in a fire.

Helen, a widow, who survived a fire only coming out with some jewelry and her husbands signed baseball. Her son urges her to sell the ball but doesn’t think she will because it is all she has left from his father.  Helen does decide to sell the ball and contacts a dealer in Las Vegas and agrees to fly out and show him the baseball.

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GAME NIGHT- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatic.com)

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GAME NIGHT

Starring:

Jason Bateman – Max

Racheal McAdams – Annie

Kyle Chandler – Brooks

Jesse Plemons –  Gary

Bateman and McAdams “roll the bones” in the new comedic thriller “GAME NIGHT”

Max met Annie at a trivia night as opposing team captains, a highly completive pair who fell in love and married in an arcade. Max and Annie continued their rivalry with their friends hosting a weekly game night.

Gary, the next door neighbor who previously was on the invite list to game night, fell off when his wife Linda left him. Max and Annie were creeped out by Gary so they tried to avoid inviting him to game night. They would tell their friends to park down the street and sneak in to the house so not to let Gary know there was a game night going on.

Max was also competitive with his brother Brooks. Brooks was the better athlete, had the coo job on Wall Street, was rich and the worst……..Brooks was better at games! Brooks was in town and came to game night ignoring the instructions rolling up in a classic corvette with the radio blaring raising Gary’s suspicion there was a game night happening.

Brooks told Max he wanted to host next weeks game night. Kevin and Michelle, Ryan and new girlfriend Sarah join Max and Annie at Brooks’ game night. This time game night was a mystery night, someone was going to be kidnapped and there were clues to come save him. The winner would get Brooks’ corvette!

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ANNIHILATION review

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Fear What’s Inside

Alex Garland’s second directorial effort, “Annihilation”, comes-off the immensely successful “Ex Machina”; which took the World by storm back in 2014.  The film opens as our main character, Lena (Natalie Portman), is being-questioned by a scientist in full protective gear named Lomax (Benedict Wong).  Left with many questions, we flashback to Lena working as a biologist and college professor.  As we quickly discover, she Continue reading