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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms 

Disney Brings a Holiday Classic Ballet to the Big Screen in “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”

Starring:

Morgan Freeman- Drosselmeyer

Mackenzie Foy- Clara

Keira Knightley- Sugar plum

Helen Mirren- Mother Ginger

Disney has adapted an 1816 story by E.T.A. Hoffman, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” that became the holiday classical ballet “The Nutcracker” in 1892 into a fantasy adventure called “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.

Clara (Foy), is the more inquisitive of her other siblings Fritz (Tom Sweet) and Louise (Ellie Bamber) taking after her late mother. Mr. Stahlbaum, the still grieving widower, tries to maintain composure as he gives his kids Christmas presents purchased by his wife prior to her passing. Louise got a dress and Fritz some toy soldiers leaving Clara with a silver egg with a note “everything you need is inside”. The problem is the egg is locked and Clara doesn’t have the key!

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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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