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ONWARD- The Flick Fanatics (Karl S)

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ONWARD

Starring:

Chris Pratt- Barley Lightfoot

Tom Holland- Ian Lightfoot

Julie Louis-Dreyfus – Laurel Lightfoot

Octavia Spencer- The Manticore

Chris Pratt and Tom Holland reunite to voice elven brothers who embark on a great quest in the new Pixar animated film “ONWARD”.

Once upon a time there was a world of mystical creatures living in harmony. Creatures help each other with the use of magic. Some were better at casting spells and were called wizards others struggled with magic and just relied on Wizards to help them, until some smart elves turn to technology over magic to make their lives easier. Soon technology overtakes magic and wizards are relegated to folklore.

Ian Lightfoot (Holland) is a nerdy elf who just with the flow and tries not to make waves and avoids confrontation. His older brother Barley (Pratt) is the exact opposite, a boisterous elf the thrives on causing trouble and lives by his mystical role-playing games. Laurel Lightfoot (Louis-Dreyfus) is a single mother raising both her boys after their father Wilden (Kyle Bornheimer) died prior to Ian’s birth. Ian only knows of his father through photos, audio recordings and memories passed on by his brother Barley. Ian is turning 16 today and his mother has a special gift for him and Barley from their father, a wizard’s staff!

The staff was for the boys and included a special stone called a phoenix gem and a spell that will allow the boys to bring back their father for one day! Ian is ecstatic with the chance to meet his dad and Barley who lives for the magical old ways grabs the staff and recites the spell only to have it not work. Ian tries it next and the phoenix gem begins to glow and magically blasts the boys backward. Assuming the spell didn’t work again Ian is sad only to see a twitching foot in his closet. The boys excited at the thought of seeing their dad but Ian spell only resurrected half of Wilden, the bottom half.  Barley explains they just need another Phoenix gem and can complete bringing their dad back. The problem facing the boys is phoenix gems are rare and the spell Ian cast only lasts one day.

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MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL REVIEW by Karl Sides (The FlickFanatics)

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MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL

Starring:

Angelina Jolie- Maleficent

Elle Fanning- Aurora

Michelle Pfeiffer- Queen Ingrith

Harris Dickinson- Prince Phillip

Angelina Jolie and Michelle Pfeiffer battle of the bridal bouquet in the Sleeping Beauty sequel “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”

It has been 5 years since Princess Aurora was woken from her sleep spell by Prince Phillip and she left to live with her godmother Maleficent in the Moors. Now Aurora is Queen of the Moors and the mystical creatures and fairies that inhabit the land. Humans from the nearby kingdom across the river have been invading the Moors poaching fairies and glowing plants bringing them back to the castle.

Prince Phillip, with the help of Thistlewit, Flittle and Knotgrass (Juno Temple, Lesley Manvile and Imelda Staunton) Aurora’s fairy protectors, makes his way to the Moors and meets Aurora then drops to one knee and asks the queen to marry him. This union would join the two kingdoms along with their two families. King John wants the union along with Phillip, but his wife Queen Ingrith is not overjoyed with Aurora or her Godmother Maleficent.

Diaval (Sam Riley), while in crow form, over heard the proposal and flew to the dark Fey, Maleficent immediately to inform her. Maleficent forbids Aurora to marry the human until her goddaughter reminds her she is human. King John invites Aurora and her godmother to the castle for dinner, where Queen Ingrith unloads on the bride to be and enrages Maleficent. King John slips into the same sleep that Aurora just woke from, Queen Ingrith blames Maleficent again for the spell and as the fey escapes the castle she is shot dropping her into the river.

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DUMBO (2019)- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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DUMBO (2019)

Starring:

Colin Ferrell: Holt Ferrier

Michael Keaton: V.A. Vandevere

Danny DeVito- Max Medici

Tim Burton brings the Disney animated classic “DUMBO” to life on the big screen.

Holt Ferrier (Ferrell), a circus star specializing in trick riding, returned home from the war leaving his left arm back in Europe. Holt finds his kids Milly and Joe (Nico Parker, Finley Hobbins) at the train station where Max Medici was getting the circus ready to roll out. Holt was told how his wife had gotten sick and eventually passed away. Max and the performers hit hard times with acts leaving, so he sold Holt’s horses and brokered a deal for a pregnant female elephant.

Holt and the Kids were put in charge of the Elephant and cleaning up after it. While Max and the show made their way through the Midwest, Mrs. Jumbo the elephant gave birth to a baby elephant with giant ears. Milly and Joe instantly began to work with the baby elephant attempting to train it. Holt was told by Max to hide the ears and get it in the show with the clowns. Joe fed a peanut to the baby elephant and Milly introduced har trained mice to him. The elephant inhaled a feather by accident and sneezed. The power of the sneeze cause the elephant to get airborne and flew for a few seconds flapping his giant ears.

In Joplin Missouri, the baby elephant made his debut with the clowns and it was a mess with the little guy trashing the set and ending up getting the name Dumbo. Max returned Dumbo’s mother but kept the baby. Milly and Joe continued to work on Dumbo’s flying and finally showed their father and Max.

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RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET review

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He’s Gonna Wreck-It, Again!

It’s taken 6 years for them to return, but Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) are back in Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet”!  Still at Litwak’s Arcade, their days are filled with repetition: players during operating hours, evenings spent in the power strip terminal followed by root beers at Tapper’s.  Wishing, craving for more, Vanellope gets her wish when a good gesture leads-to the unimaginable; the Sugar Rush console’s Continue reading