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MARSHALL- Karl Sides (the Flick Fanatic)

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Starring:

Chadwiick Boseman- Thurgood Marshall

Josh Gad- Sam Friedman

Kate Hudson- Eleanor Strubing

Sterling K. Brown- Joseph Spell

James Cromwell- Judge Foster

Chadwick Boseman delivers an award-winning performance as Thurgood Marshall, the civil rights attorney who won a landmark case in the new Film “Marshall”.

Thurgood Marshall, an attorney for the NAACP (National Assoc. for the Advancement of Colored People) who travel to represent black people accused of crimes just because of their color. Marshall a graduate of Howard University Law program, who very promptly sued the University of Maryland for discrimination and not allowing him to attend school there because of his color.

 

Marshall is sent to Connecticut to represent Joseph Spell, driver that the Strubing household, accused of raping and attempted murder of Mrs. Eleanor Strubing. Thurgood enlists the help of Sam Friedman, local tax lawyer, since he must be recommended by a local attorney to practice law in Connecticut. Marshall and Friedman draw Judge Foster who denies Marshalls request to represent Spell, and demands Friedman try the case and instructs Marshall “If you say one word I will hold you in contempt of court!”

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Deepwater Horizon- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatic)

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Wahlberg and Russell bring the greatest oil disasters in US history to the big screen in “Deepwater Horizon”

Peter Berg directs this tale of the crew of the BP oil drilling platform “Deepwater Horizon” with corporate cost cutting, accelerating timelines and faulty/failing equipment as the platform fails. Mark Wahlberg stars as Mike Williams, the crewmember that is responsible for patching the equipment and keeping the station working. The captain referred to as “Mr. Jimmy” is Jimmy Harrell played by Kurt Russell, who calls the BP officials on their negligence and insists on test before the DWH moves on to a new drilling location.

April 2010, Mike Williams (Wahlberg), Mr. Jimmy (Russell) and Andrea Fleytas (Gina Rodriguez) are aboard a helicopter in route to their job, a crew on the BP Oil drilling platform Deepwater Horizon. The Deepwater Horizon is located about 10 mile of the Louisiana coast and is in the final stages of drilling out the mud from the ocean floor before it moves on to a new location. Jimmy finds out the BP executives cancelled a concrete test, a test crucial to the stability of the station, and he is furious. Jimmy insists on a negative pressure test to see if the concrete base on the ocean floor is going to hold. Mike Williams (Wahlberg) agrees and begins to rifle off all the things broken at the station when asked by Vidrine (John Malkovich) as the BP folks thinks the crew were just dragging their feet. There is cautious and then there is careless.

The crew does the negative test and the results show pressure, but no mud is coming up the pipe. So Vidrine is satisfied, but Jimmy is not. Vidrine agrees to run another pressure test on the auxiliary line. As the test is being done, there are ripples on the ocean floor and the pressure red lines and mud is spewed out of the pipe all over the DWH. The crew tried to shut down the pipes and normalize the pressure, but there are gas alarms everywhere just as the plat form explodes.

Now the crew is on a Oil rig, 10 miles into the ocean and it’s on fire. Jimmy, who was in the shower at the time of the explosion, trying to feel his way to the command center with glass in his face and one eye swollen shut. Mike and the surviving crew try to get to the lifeboats. Mike gets an injured crewmate on the boat and goes back for Jimmy and Andrea. When he returns to the launch area, he sees that the boats have left him and Andrea on the burning rig.

Deepwater Horizon is an exciting thrill ride and should be seen on the big screen, I even recommend spending the big bucks for the IMAX version. Deepwater Horizon also stars Kate Hudson as Williams wife (in a film with her step-father for the first time). All the monitors and equipment in the film are accurate and Mike Williams and Jimmy Harrell themselves were on set to consult.

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I am Karl the Flick Fanatic, and I am telling you to catch the adrenaline rush that is Deepwater Horizon this weekend!

5.5/6

 

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Mother’s Day-Karl “the Flick Fanatic” Sides

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Director Garry Marshall gets the calendar out for another “holiday” film, “Mother’s Day”

Garry Marshall (New Years Eve, Valentines Day) got the calendar out and made another multi arc romantic comedy full of A-list Hollywood stars for “Mother’s day”. Mothers Day stars Jennifer Aniston, Timothy Olyphant, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Hector Elizondo Margo Martindale and Jason Sudeikis in a look at the different versions of family’s celebrating Mother’s Day.

Sandy and Henry (Aniston & Olyphant) are the friendliest divorced couple you would ever meet. They are parents of two boys. Sandy is shocked when she learns Henry has secretly remarried a woman half his age and now may be splitting time with her boys on Mother’s Day.

Jesse (Hudson) is married to an Indian doctor and has a young son Tanner. She is estranged from her mother Flo (Martindale) who didn’t approve of Jesse dating an Indian man. Jesse sister and next door neighbor Gabi (Sarah Chalke) also hiding the fact that she is gay and is married to a woman. The big surprise happens when Flo and Earl (Robert Pine) roll up in their RV to surprise the girls for Mother’s day!

Bradley (Sudeikis) is struggling with the upcoming holiday. Bradley is a widower after his wife was killed in action overseas and now trying to cope with grief and raise two girls on his own. He tells his daughters that there will be no Mother’s Day celebration, a mistake for girls missing their mother.

Finally, Miranda (Roberts) is a celebrity host on HSN pushing mood necklace as the perfect gift for Mother’s day. Miranda claims she is not a mother until her agent Lance (Elizondo) brings her a girl that claims to be her daughter.

All these stories end up intersecting in this predictable holiday tale. As with Marshall’s previous attempts at holiday bliss, some of the stories hit but most just miss and are boring.

Mother’s day is the gift you don’t want to give to your mother this May! Do the right thing and get her some flowers or candy, both are better options than this bad romantic comedy.

Rated PG-13 (Language, Sexual References)

Rating 1/6

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