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INSTANT FAMILY- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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Instant Family

 

Starring

Mark Wahlberg- Pete

Rose Byrne- Ellie

Octavia Spencer- Karen

Isabela Moner- Lizzy

Wahlberg and Byrne decide to “Flip” their lives by fostering three kids in the new Comedy-Drama “Instant Family”.

Director Sean Anders (Horrible Bosses, Daddy’s Home) gives us a glimpse into fostering children based on his own experience and that of others he met as he went through the process in his latest Comedy/Drama “Instant Family”.  Anders brings back Wahlberg from his Daddy’s Home films and puts him opposite the hilarious Rose Byrne as a couple that strive to be the next Chip and Joanna Gaines (Fixer Upper) flipping houses and doing home remodel.

Ellie (Byrne) is happily married to Pete (Wahlberg), they make a living flipping houses, enjoy free time on the golf course and is in constant competition with her younger sister Kim. Kim is trying to have kids and throws it in Ellies face that she will have the perfect kid and Ellie doesn’t even consider starting a family. That was until Pete makes a sarcastic comment on the golf course of adopting kids to have them be the perfect age in relation to their own. Pete doesn’t want to be the grandpa playing catch with his teenager.

Pete and Ellie assume that child adoption is as easy as flipping a house, so they decide to “flip” their lives and adopt a child. Pete and Ellie meet with Karen (Spencer) and Sharon (Tig Notaro), adoption councilors, that explain they must take classes and be evaluated and go through the Fostering process before they can adopt a child. Pete and Ellie’s first group session has everyone explain why they want to adopt, with the answers range from providing a loving home for a child from the gay couple to the woman that wants a boy she can mold into a football superstar that the class refers to as “Blindside”.

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Lizzie- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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Lizzie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starring:

Chloe Sevigny- Lizzie Borden

Kristen Stewart- Bridget Sullivan

Kim Dickens- Emma Borden

Jamey Sheridan- Andrew Borden

 

Chloe Sevigny takes on the roll of the infamous Ax murderer Lizzie Borden in “Lizzie”.

Director Craig William Macneill has brought a different spin on the unsolved murders of the Borden family to the big screen in the new film “Lizzie”. Chloe Sevigny stars as Lizzie opposite Kristen Stewart as Bridgett the Irish maid.

In Lizzie, The Borden sisters Lizzie and Emma live with there overbearing father Andrew and their step mother Abby (Fiona Shaw) and are joined by the new maid, Bridgett Sullivan. Lizzie is constantly defiant of her father and refuses to call Abby mother. Lizzie strikes up a friendship with the new maid and it eventually turns into a romantic affair.

Mr. Borden also took a liking to Bridgette and advised her to leave the door to her room open to avoid the extreme heat that collects upstairs. The real reason for the advice was to make it easier for him to enter her room and sexually assault the girl.

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WHITE BOY RICK- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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WHITE BOY RICK

Starring:

Matthew McConaughey- Richard Wershe Sr.

Richie Merritt- Rick Wershe Jr.

Bel Powley- Dawn Wershe

Jennifer Jason Leigh- FBI Agent Snyder

“White Boy Rick” is the story of how a teenager goes from FBI informant to Drug Kingpin in Detroit.

Director Yann Demange brings the story of Rick Wershe Jr. aka “White Boy Rick”, a teenager who navigates from selling illegal homemade silencers for his dad (McConaughey) to becoming an informant for the FBI to finally becoming the drug lord in Detroit in 1985.

14 yr. old Rick Wershe, a high-school drop out that lives in the Detroit suburbs with his sister Dawn and works with his father buying guns and retro fitting them with home-made silencers then re-selling them for a major profit. Dawn (Powley) is dating a drug dealer and is strung out on crack cocaine, but finally has it out with her dad and runs away from home to her boyfriend’s apartment.

Rick sells some AK-47 rifles with his dad’s silencers to the local drug dealer Johnny ‘Lil Man’ Curry (Jonathan Majors) and is welcomed in to the group that includes Rick’s best friend Boo (RJ Cryer) who happens to be Lil Man’s brother. FBI Agents Snyder (Leigh) and Byrd (Rory Cochrane) pay a visit to the Wershes and explain that they have evidence of the illegal silencers, but they want the “big fish” Lil Man Curry.

Rick agrees to help the FBI to keep his dad out of jail. Rick takes money from Detective Jackson (Brian Tyree Henry) to make buys from Lil Man’s drug houses to gather evidence. Jackson also gives rick a brick of drugs to sell so not to raise suspicion that he is working with the Feds and he gets to keep the cash from the sale of the drugs. The FBI has Rick dealing drugs.

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The Infiltrator- Karl Sides “The Flick Fanatic”

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THE INFILTRATOR

the infiltrator poster

Bryan Cranston follows the money and takes down the drug Kingpin Pablo Escobar’s operation in The Infiltrator.

Robert Mazur (Cranston) an undercover agent in the US Customs agency decides to take on one more case before he retires and it ends up being Pablo Escobar! Following getting burned (literally) by a defective wire he was wearing, Mazur is offered early retirement but elects to stay on for one more case and help a young gun Emir Abreu (John Leguizamo) by infiltrating the Medellin cartel.

Abreu has been targeting dealers in Miami trying to work their way up the chain to Escobar but never gets close to him. Mazur brings him the idea to follow the money and cut off the finances to the cartel, somewhat suffocating it and bringing down the leaders and the bankers laundering the money. Mazur poses as a banker and begins to move millions in drug money, but tells the informant they won’t take any more money until he sits down with the boss.

Mazur gets a sit down with Roberto Alcaino (Benjamin Bratt) the cartels money man and becomes friends and more important Mazur is trusted. Mazur starts moving more of the cartels money and the US government sets up the sting to bust all the cartel players. Escobar sends Mazur a message in the mail, a bloody coffin! Is Robert in too deep? Is the last job going to kill him and his family?

The Infiltrator is based on actual events and very entertaining. If you are a fan of Miami vice, this is the real deal in south Florida. Cranston is amazing; Leguizamo is perfect in the film. The Infiltrator has the colorful nightlife of Miami, drugs and guns that you would expect in a film about Pablo Escobar.

I loved this film, and recommend going to the cinema and checking out the Infiltrator this weekend!

Rated R (drugs, violence, nudity)

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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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