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ANGEL HAS FALLEN- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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ANGEL HAS FALLEN

Starring:

Gerard Butler- Mike Banning

Morgan Freeman- President Alan Trumbull

Danny Huston- Wade Jennings

Nick Nolte- Clay Banning

Gerard Butler is back as CIA agent Mike Banning and tasked to save a new President in the new action flick “Angel has Fallen”

Mike Banning, CIA agent in charge of the presidential detail and goes by code name “Guardian Angel”. Banning is battling age, migraines and dizzy spells the side effects of his past on the job. We join Mike trapped in a building surrounded by gun men, turns out it is a training run at his friend Wade Jennings special forces training center. Jennings explained to Mike he was forced to open the facility when work for mercenaries dried up under the new President Trumbull. Banning told Wade he would put in a word with the CIA to possibly have the agents train there.

President Trumbull takes some time away fishing outside DC. The lake is surrounded by agents and Banning is on the boat with the president. Trumbull asks Banning if he is willing to take the position of head of the CIA. Banning agrees but wants to discuss it with his wife Leah (Piper Perabo). Banning has a migraine attack noticed by the president and asks to be relieved. As Banning boats back to shore with Agent Murphy now guarding the President, he see a large group of flying objects that turn out to be drones that attack all the agents and secret service details killing all of them and a few are heading for Trumbull’s boat. Murph throws the President in the lake and Banning is speeding back to Trumbull’s boat. As Mike arrives Murphy and the boat explode and Banning dives in the water to make sure the president survives.

The President arrives at the hospital in a coma and Banning wakes up to find himself handcuffed to his hospital bed. Vice President Kirby (Tim Blake Nelson) is sworn in as acting President and Banning is questioned by FBI agent Thompson (Jada Pinkett Smith) and charged with the attack on his fellow agents and attempted assassination of the President Trumbull.

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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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Going In Style- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatic.com)

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GOING IN STYLE

Crime does pay when Michael Caine, Alan Arkin and Morgan freeman are pulling to heist in “Going In Style!”

Joe (Michael Caine), Willie (Morgan Freeman) and Albert (Alan Arkin) are retired factory workers that are living on their pension. When his direct deposits stop coming and he gets a foreclosure notice on his house, Joe goes to the bank to find out why. Joe is being robbed by the bank on a balloon intrest rate on his house tripling the payments and no pension payments for the last 3 weeks. Joe isn’t the only one getting robbed, as he witness a team of masked men come in and rob the bank.

Joe tells Willie and Albert about the robbery and the pension payments. These guys live on the pension. They go to the plant only to find out that it has been sold and their pension is going to be used to pay debts by their own bank!

Willie who has failing kidneys and only a few months to live, has nowhere to turn and is receptive when Joe tells them they are going to rob the bank. The other guys got away with it, why can’t they do it? They decide to do a test run at the supermarket where Albert’s girlfriend Annie (Ann Margret) works. Security spots them stuffing groceries in their pants and the chase begins with Joe and Willie on a scooter and the security officer on foot. Albert left the getaway car and was in talking to Annie.

The store was a setback so the boys get some help from Joe’s son-in-law who sells medicinal marijuana and hangs out with criminals. Jesus (John Ortiz) runs the pet store and is also a criminal and helps the guys plan the bank robbery. First they come up with an air-tight alibi. They plan it around their Knights of Columbus carnival. Check! They do walk throughs and get their time down under 3 mins, Jesus tells them, “Hopefully the Cops are slow that day”.

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London Has Fallen

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London Has Fallen posterPrepare for Bloody Hell

“London Has Fallen” bring-us back to the World where Mike Banning is the head of the Secret Service for President Benjamin Asher.  The film opens with a drone strike by U.S. Forces, in-which they were trying to take out an enemy named Aamir Barkawi.  Flash-forward two years.  President Asher has continued to form his friendship with Mike after the events of “Olympus Has Fallen”.  The British Prime Minister has died Continue reading