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ROCKETMAN- Karl Sides (The FlickFanatics)

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ROCKETMAN

Starring:

Taron Egerton- Elton John

Jamie Bell- Bernie Taupin

Richard Madden- John Reid

Egerton is Captain “Fantastic” in “Rocketman”, the new musical based on the life of Elton John.

Director Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle) followed up his successful completion of Freddie Mercury’s life in the rock biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” with “Rocketman”, a musical based on the life of Reginald Dwight…better known as the musical genius Elton John!! Fletcher placed a familiar face in Taron Egerton in the lead as the flamboyant piano man Elton John! Egerton is flanked by Jamie Bell as his brother in music Bernie Taupin and Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) as Elton’s slimy manager John Reid.

I walked into Rocketman expecting another rock biopic, but was pleasantly surprised when young Reginald Dwight (Matthew Illesley) broke into a rendition of “The Bitch is Back” letting the crowd know this is a musical. Its amazing that young Reggie made it out with such a dysfunctional family with a mother, Sheila (Bryce Dallas Howard), who is out with a different guy each night and Stanley (Steven Mackintosh) a military father that showed his child no love. Young Reggie sat down at the piano and played exactly what he heard on the radio prompting his grandma (Gemma Jones) to get him lessons that eventually ended him up at the London music conservatory. Dwight’s introduction at the scholl had the boy play a classical piece from hearing the instructor just playing it having her ask the prodigy “Why didn’t you finish it?” Reggie replied, “That’s where you stopped”. WOW!

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Review- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Starring:

Chris Pratt- Owen Grady

Bryce Dallas Howard- Claire Dearing

James Cromwell- Benjamin Lockwood

B D Wong- Dr. Wu

Rafe Spall- Eli Mills

Life Finds Another Way in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom!

Its been over 3 years since the Events in Jurassic World and InGen has paid millions in damages for those injured in the Dinosaur attacks on the island. InGen is attempting to salvage DNA from the Endomyxan Rex that was dragged into the lagoon. With the presumption that the lagoon was clear they salvage a tooth from the Rex’s skeleton and send it to the surface just before the entire underwater pod is swallowed whole by the Mosasaurus that is still patrolling the lagoon.

There is a new wrinkle on the island, an active volcano is about to erupt and threatening to again make the dinosaurs extinct. The Congress held a hearing on what action to take on rescuing the animals from the Island only to have Prof. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) remind them that the dinosaurs were here before us and if we bring them of the island there is a great chance they will be here after us! Congress decides to take no action to save the dinosaurs.

This news comes as a disappointment to Claire Dearing (Howard) who heads up a dinosaur activist group now. Claire is contacted by Benjamin Lockwood (Cromwell), John Hammonds partner and the co-founder of Jurassic Park, asking her to come meet with him about saving the dinosaurs. Claire is greeted by Lockwood’s assistant Eli Mills (Spall) and introduced to Iris (Geraldine Chaplin) the nanny that cares for Lockwood’s granddaughter. Lockwood wheels in and greets Claire explaining he wants to fund her on a rescue mission to save 11 species of Dinosaurs of the island to yet another island that was set up just to let the animals live in piece…no fences, no people.

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