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The Curse of La Llorona- Karl Sides ( The Flick Fanatics)

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The Curse of La LLorona

Starring:

Linda Cardellini- Anna Tate-Garcia

Raymond Cruz- Rafael Olvera

Roman Christou- Chris

Jaynee-Lynne Kitchen- Samantha

The Mexican legend of La Llorona tells of a woman who married the man of her dreams and had two children. She finds her husband in the arms of another woman and goes crazy and gets back at him by drowning his sons. When she realizes what she has done she is overcome with grief and kills herself. Then the spirit of La Llorona weeps as she searches for children to sacrifice.

Michael Chaves brings us another tale from the Conjuring Universe called “The Curse of La Llorona” that has a spirit searching for children to kill in south central Los Angeles.  La Llorona stars Linda Cardellini (Green Book, Freaks and Geeks) as Anna, a widowed mother of two that burns the candle at both ends working as a social worker for the Dept. of Family Services.

Anna lost her husband, a policeman, to the job killed in action. Anna gets a lead from her boss that one of her clients, Patricia Alverez’s (Patricia Velasquez) boys have not been in school for a week. She goes for an in-home visit where she finds a terrified Alverez and searches the apartment for the boys. Anna finds a closet with a pad lock on the outside and some weird drawings on the door. Inside the closet were the boys were being hidden by Patricia so they weren’t taken by La Llorona (Marisol Ramierez).

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ISN’T IT ROMANTIC- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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ISN’T IT ROMANTIC

Starring:

Rebel Wilson- Natalie

Liam Hemsworth- Blake

Adam Devine- Josh

Rebel Wilson takes aim at Rom-Coms in her new comedy “Isn’t it Romantic”.

Natalie (Wilson) grew up fantasizing about a romantic love affair like the ones she watch in movies like “Pretty Woman”, only to be told by her alcoholic mother (Jennifer Saunders) that “girls like us don’t get guys like that (Richard Gere), we don’t look like her (Julia Roberts)”. So grown up Natalie is now an architect and doesn’t believe in romance and kills all rom-com stereotypes in the real world.

Natalie is one of the best architects at her firm but is invisible to all the executives and the rest of the staff treat her like a coffee girl. Natalie joins a meeting to pitch a new client (Hemsworth) only to be asked to get him coffee. Natalie does have two friends at the firm, Whitney (Betty Gilpin) her assistant that spends her entire day watching romantic comedies on her computer and Josh who is Natalie’s positive re-enforcement at the office and has a crush on her. His approach is muted when Natalie gets on her soap box explaining to Whitney how desperate she is to believe the false stereotypes that Rom-Coms sell to people.

Natalie is mugged in the subway and runs face first into a steel girder fleeing the robber knocking her out. She wakes in a hospital being examined by a gorgeous doctor and realizes she is in a Rom-Com fantasy world! Natalie is given the “Pretty Woman” outfit by the hospital to go home in and she is almost hit by a limo with Blake, the firm’s new client inside. Blake is smitten immediately by Natalie and offers to take her home. Natalie’s apartment is triple its size, she has a supermodel waredrobe and her dog is clean and actually minds her.

 

Natalie is in Romantic-Comedy Hell! How does she escape back to the real world?

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MORTAL ENGINES- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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MORTAL ENGINES

Starring:

Hugo Weaving- Thaddeus Valentine

Hera Hilmar- Hester Shaw

Robert Sheehan- Tom Natsworthy

Jihae-Anna Fang

Peter Jackson goes from Middle Earth to a Post-Apocalyptic version of the earth in his new Sci-Fi drama “MORTAL ENGINES”

Hugo Weaving and Peter Jackson must have caught a ride on an elven ship out of middle Earth to a new world torn by destruction from quantum weapons known as “Medusa” in the 60 second war. Cities that survived the bombings were forced to evolve and become mobile on large tank like tracks to roam the land in search of smaller cities to engulf and take their supplies and use the city to feed the enormous engines powering the cities.

Weaving plays Thaddeus Valentine, an archaeologist turned visionary aboard the City of London, who is developing a new type of energy source using found tech from the ancients back in the 21st century. London ran down a smaller German mining city capturing it and allowing the citizens to join the people of London. A mysterious woman hiding scars on her fac with a red scarf made her way through the crowd and pulls a knife stabbing Valentine while yelling, “This is for murdering my mother!” Hester Shaw, orphaned at the age of 8 and left to fend for herself in the wasteland had been trying for years to get aboard London.

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A Star is Born (2018)- Karl Sides ( The Flick Fanatics)

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A STAR IS BORN (2018)

Starring:

Bradley Cooper- Jackson Maine

Lady Gaga- Ally

Sam Elliot-Bobby

Andrew Dice Clay- Lorenzo

 

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga make a “Dynamic Duo” in the new updated musical classic, “A Star is Born”.

Jackson Maine is a singer on the downhill side of his career, having to get drunk and pop pills to make it through a show. Jackson’s brother Bobby, also a country singer, gave up his career to serve as road manager for his younger brother and to look out for Jackson.

Following a show, Jackson not ready to call it a night, grabs a bottle of gin and hops in his limo and tells the driver to find a place to grab a drink. Maine jumps out of the car and walks into a bar that turns out to be a gay bar having a “drag queen” show. Jackson is mesmerized as this singer belts out a song in French ending the song right in front of him.

Jackson makes his way to the dressing room and is introduced to Ally and invites her out. While she changes Maine plays a tune for the drag queens, Ally ends up catching the end of it. The two make their way around town and end up in the parking lot of a supermarket where Ally explained how she wrote songs but never sang her own music. She did sing part of a song she had begun writing that day to Jackson and he love it. Ally had always been told she had a great voice, but she didn’t have the looks to sing. Jackson told her she was beautiful, and he loved her nose and as he dropped her off at home yell out to Ally saying,” I just wanted to get another look at you”.

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Venom- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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VENOM

Starring:

Tom Hardy- Eddie Brock/ Venom

Michelle Williams- Anne Weying

Riz Ahmed- Carlton Drake/Riot

 

Tom Hardy lets loose his inner demon in the New film “Venom”

 

Eddie Brock, after failing to make it as a photographer in NYC, lives with his girlfriend Anne in San Francisco and makes his living as a TV “gonzo” journalist that excels in getting the truth and uncovering all the dirt in the world. Anne is a corporate lawyer and represents millionaire philanthropist Carlton Drake.

Drake is head of Life-force, a company that researches cures for disease and improving the human condition. Drake is now exploring space to find cures for cancer and ways to extend human existence, possibly on another planet. Life-force’s rocket is returning from a mission carrying a payload of 10 samples found on a comet. As the ship enters Earth’s atmosphere the ship begins to come apart. The ship crashes in Malaysia, as Drake and the Life-force scientists watch. Four of the 10 samples survive the fiery impact and one lone astronaut survives the crash. The astronaut was infected by one of the specimens and when a paramedic comes in contact the sample transfers to her.

Lifeforce recover the rest of the space samples that Drake explains they are symbiotes and he is going to join them with humans to make it possible for people to live longer and possibly on other planets. Dr. Dora Skirth (Jenny Slate), Drake’s chief scientist successfully joins the symbiotes with a rabbit when Drake orders human testing to begin.

Brock lands an interview with Drake and the Network wants a puff piece, but Eddie wants to expose him for the criminal he really is and finds a confidential email on Anne’s laptop that gives him the line of questioning he wants. Brock sets Drake up with some questions on Lifeforce’s space program but quickly turns to accusations about testing drugs on the homeless and killing them. Brock is thrown out and fired from the TV station. Anne is also fired from her firm and labeled and accomplice.

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