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BOMBSHELL review

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Exposing the Disgusting Antics of an Icon

One of the more powerful and grotesque films of 2019 is the sharply-directed and brilliantly-acted “Bombshell”.  Based on the true story of Roger Ailes (John Lithgow) and the downfall of his legacy at Fox News, the film focuses on Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron) during the time of her sparring with then-Presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Fox News Debate; fresh off of his controversial remarks about women.  Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman) soon after is Continue reading

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY (2019)- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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The Addams Family 

Starring Vocal talents of:

Oscar Issacs- Gomez Addams

Charlize Theron- Morticia Addams

Chloe Grace Moritz- Wednesday

Finn Wolfhard- Pugsly

The 60’s TV classic is getting “animated” for a new generation with “The Addams Family”.

Villagers with pitchforks and torches run the Addams family out of Europe just as young Gomez was marrying Morticia. Gomez promises to find them a place that will be safe for them to raise their kids. Gomez (Issacs) and Morticia (Theron) make their way to New Jersey and hit an escaped mental patient with their car. Gomez hands him the bags and the Addams move into the haunted asylum on the hill. The patient is Lurch who becomes the Addams butler.

13 years later, Morticia and Gomez are joined by Uncle Fester (Nick Kroll) and Grandma (Bette Midler) to help raise their kids Wednesday (Moritz) and Pugsly (Wolfhard) who must prepare for the mamushka, an Addams family right of passage. Gomez’s right hand is literally a hand called “Thing” rounds out the Addams family. Gomez tries to teach his son sword play but Pugsly is all about explosives. Wednesday spends her day with her pet octopus and shooting her crossbow at Uncle Fester. Wednesday wonders what lies beyond the mist down the hill.

 

Margaux Needler (Allison Janney) is the town DIY TV host that wants to renovate everyone’s house flip the town and make herself rich. Margaux’s plan is working until the Addams make a visit to town. Wednesday makes friends with Margaux’s daughter Parker and decides to go to public school with Parker. Margaux makes a trip to the Addams house to try to renovate it but the house is haunte and the spirits have other plans.

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LONG SHOT- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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Long Shot

Starring:

Charlize Theron- Charlotte Field

Seth Rogan- Fred Flarsky

Bob Odenkirk- President Chambers

Andy Serkis- Parker Wembly

Theron and Rogan are a very “Odd” couple in the new romantic comedy “Long Shot”

Fred Flarsky is an independent “gonzo” journalist with great writing skills and a habit for finding trouble. One such story had Flarsky undercover inside a white supremacist group doing a story when his real ID is discovered so he had to jump out a second-floor window to escape.

When Fred turns in his story the next day, he is told that the publication has been bought by a crooked media mogul Parker Wembly. Flarsky did numerous stories about Wembly, but was still able to keep his job if he would “tone down” his stories. Fred quit, not able to work for Wembly.

Fred’s best friend Lance takes him out on the town to cheer him up and they find themselves at a swank party with Boys to Men providing the entertainment. Fred sees a familiar face in the crowd, Charlotte Field, the Secretary of State. Fred tells Lance about when he was 13 and Charlotte babysat him. Fred had a crush on her and he kissed her causing his body to sported a massive erection. He was embarrassed and never saw her again until tonight. Just then secret service walks up asking Fred to meet with the Secretary of State.

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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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The Huntsman: Winter’s War-Karl “the Flick Fanatic” Sides

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Hemsworth and Chastain look in the mirror and see likeness of Charlize Theron in the Chilly film “The Huntsman: Winter’s War”

Chris Hemsworth (Erik) and Charlize Theron (Queen Ravenna)return in “The Huntsman: Winter’s War”, the sequel to the 2012 film Snow White and the Huntsman. There is no trace of Kristen Stewart (thank goodness!), but we are introduced to some new characters played by Emily Blunt (Queen Freya), Jessica Chastain (Sara), Nick Frost (Nion) and Rob Brydon (Gryff).

Winters War picks up after Erik and Snow White have defeated Ravenna, and supposedly killed her, leaving the magic golden mirror in the castle slowly killing Snow White. A small group of soldiers were sent with the mirror to store it away in sanctuary and never to be seen again. The mirror never made it there. Erik is commanded to find the mirror and with dwarves Nion and Gryff get it to the safety of santuary.

This is when we get the back story on the huntsman. We learn about Freya, Ravenna’s sister who fell in love only to have her beau burn their child alive. This sends Freya reeling and she spurns love and releases her icy powers. She leaves for the north, setting up her kingdom and begins to conquer the north. She steals children and trains them to be her huntsman army. To fall in love is forbidden. Erik and fellow huntsman Sars are Freya best warriors and as the grew older they grew closer and secretly marry. Freya sees this with her spying ice owl and pits the lovers against each other telling them, “If you can get to each other you can leave.” They are then surrounded by the other huntsman and the battle begins. Sara and Erik beat the other and just before joining hands Freya erects a wall of ice between them. Erik is beaten and thrown in the river, left for dead. Not before he sees Sara stabbed and killed.

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