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The Upside- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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THE UPSIDE

Starring:

Kevin Hart- Dell

Nicole Kidman- Yvonne

Bryan Cranston- Phillip

It’s all UPSIDE for Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston in their new movie!

Director Neil Burger has assembled an A-list of actors to put an American spin on the fabulous 2011 French Comedy “The Intouchables” with Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston in the lead roles of “The Upside”. The Upside is based on a true story of two men from different walks of life that have a life long effect on each other that manifests into an unbreakable friendship.

Dell, an armed robber and deadbeat dad out on parole needing to find a job or end up back in prison. The only issue is Dell has no idea what he wants to do, so he purposely blows his job interviews just to obtain a signature for his parole officer. Dell stumbles into a job interview for a caretaker for a rich businessman that was injured and left a quadriplegic and stuck in a wheel chair.

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WELCOME TO MARWEN- Karl Sides (the Flick Fanatics)

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WELCOME TO MARWEN

Starring:

Steve Carell- Mark Hogankamp

Leslie Mann- Nicol

Merritt Wever- Roberta

Diane Kruger- Deja

Steve Carell invents a fantasy land to escape his nightmare in his reality in the new film “Welcome to Marwen”.

Director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future) brings the true story of artist Mark Hogankamp, the victim of a terrible hate crime that left him a shell of his former self but finds a new way to express his artist view and heal himself through photography in the new drama “Welcome to Marwen”.

Mark Hogankamp is an accomplished comic book artist with an attraction to women’s shoes. He collects them and wears them. After a few too many drinks at the local bar Mark announced it and it provoked a group of Arian thugs to beat him to an inch of his life and leave him for dead in the street.

Mark had to endure physical therapy to repair his body but was left barely able to write his name and never to draw again. Hogankamp created a new vehicle to express his artistic vision and help himself heal mentally through his action figures and WWII era model town of Marwen he erected in his backyard. Hogankamp brings a new “person” into Marwen for every real person who he is helped or befriended by in life and they become the women of Marwen.

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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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