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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