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AVENGERS: ENDGAME review

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We’re in the Endgame Now

In May of 2008, I was a young kid finishing-up my sophomore year in high school.  This is the same time the Marvel Cinematic Universe kicked-things-off with its groundbreaking superhero film, “Iron Man”.  Over the next eleven years, Marvel would give us endless new characters to know and love, tons of enemies, and nothing but fun.  Sure, some of the Infinity War Saga had higher and lower points than others, but they all served a purpose.  Over the course of a 22-film catalog, Marvel constructed a never-before-seen orchestration Continue reading

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AVENGERS ENDGAME – Karl Sides (The Flick fanatics)

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AVENGERS ENDGAME

Starring:

Chris Evans          Scarlett Johansson     Robert Downey Jr.

Mark Ruffalo       Chris Hemsworth     Jeremy Renner

Every Journey has an end and Marvel brings our 11-year thrill ride with “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” to an epic and proper conclusion with the film AVENGERS ENDGAME!

Everything has been building toward this moment in time……from the first suit of armor that Tony Stark made when confined to the cave in the desert…. to a war hero frozen in ice…. a GOD from another universe who fell to Earth, a couple of spies with deadly aim and a scientist with some anger management issues that would become the team we call THE AVENGERS!

Last year we saw our defenders fall to the “Mad Titan” Thanos (Josh Brolin) who snapped his fingers and erased half of the galaxy’s population and we lost heroes like Falcon (Anthony Mackie), the Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and the king of Wakanda- Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). Endgame opens with fallout around the world with people mysteriously disappearing, society spirals down not being able to cope with the loss.

The Avengers that are left try to move on and locate the missing team members that weren’t in the battle of Wakanda, with Black Widow coordinating the search teams. Steve Rogers leads therapy sessions for people trying to move on from the “event”.

While they put up a strong front, the Avengers also are still trying to figure out where Thanos went and how to get the gauntlet to possibly use it to get their friends back. Dr. Banner explains that they are short-handed this time if they face Thanos, only to be corrected by newcomer Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) aka Capt. Marvel “No this time you have me!”

If you are looking for spoilers and answers to those questions that have been burning in your soul, you won’t find them here! You need to get one of the few available tickets left and GO SEE AVENGERS ENDGAME this weekend!!!

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HAIL CAESAR!-Karl “The Flick Fanatic” Sides

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George Clooney leads an All – Star cast in a comedic look at Hollywood in the late 50’s with the film from the Coen Brothers, “HAIL CAESAR!”

It is Hollywood’s “golden age” and everyone is going to escape life at the movies. Joel and Ethan Coen wrote and directed a comical look at the Hollywood movie studio and its stars in their new comedy “Hail Caesar!” Caesar has a VIP cast led by George Clooney and also stars Scarlett Johansson, Josh Brolin, Jonah Hill, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand and Channing Tatum in a screwy comedy surrounding a mysterious kidnapping.

Eddie Mannix (Brolin), is the head of Capitol Pictures movie studio. Mannix spends long hours at the studio making sure all the pictures stay on track and checks in nightly with the church for a confession because he is stealing cigarettes and lying about it to his wife. Capitol pictures is hanging everything on their big picture, a roman epic with leading man Baird Whitlock (George Clooney). Mannix get a religeous group comprised of a rabbi, irish Catholic priest, minister and Orthodox Jew to cover the studio on the scenes with God. Mannix hoped to prevent protests and instead got a roundtable discussion on views of God and instead of objecting to the religeous content, they all had notes on ways to film the movie better. This meeting brought a chuckle to the crowd.

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