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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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DOWNHILL review

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A Different Kind of Disaster Movie

Based off the Swedish film “Force Majeure”, this re-imagining follows a family during their vacation in the Alps.  In “Downhill”, Billie (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and Pete (Will Ferrell) are enjoying their stay at a luxurious ski resort, along with their two boys.  After their first day of fun, the rest of their week becomes much more than they bargained for.  During their lunch atop the mountain, a controlled blast sends snow hurtling towards them like an avalanche as they Continue reading