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Bad Times at the El Royale- Karl Sides (the Flick Fanatics)

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BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE

Starring:

Jeff Bridges- Father Daniel Flynn/ Dock O’Kelly

Cynthia Erivo- Darlene Sweet

Jon Hamm- Laramie Seymore Sullivan/ Dwight Broadbeck

Dakota Johnson- Emily Summerspring

Chris Hemsworth- Billy Lee

Bridges, Hamm and Johnson “check in” to a new thriller from Director Dwight Goddard, “Bad Times at the El Royal”.

A priest, a vacuum salesman and a hippie check into a hotel…. sounds like the set up for a off color joke, but instead it is the set up for the new thriller from Director/Writer Dwight Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) called “Bad Times at the El Royale”.

The El Royale hotel is a unique establishment located outside Lake Tahoe straddling the state line between California and Nevada. Miles Miller (Lewis Pullman), the El Royale front desk clerk, explains to guests that they have the choice to stay in the rooms located in California and take advantage of the amenities there or stay in Nevada and enjoy the slot machines locate on the opposite side of the lobby.

The first guest to arrive are a priest Father Flynn (Bridges), an aspiring singer Darlene Sweet and the first one in line requesting the honeymoon suite Laramie Seymore Sullivan, a vacuum salesman.  As Miles assigns the rooms a fourth guest comes in, a hippie named Emily Summerspring. Everyone adjourns to their rooms and the secrets of the El Royal begin to reveal themselves.

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Night School- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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NIGHT SCHOOL

Starring:

Kevin Hart- Teddy Walker

Tiffany Haddish- Carrie

Romany Malco- Jaylen

Rob Riggle-Mack

Taran Kilam- Stewart

Tiffany Haddish sends Kevin Hart to class in the new comedy “Night School”.

Teddy Walker (Hart) is a kid with multiple learning disabilities that walks out on his high school placement test and drops out of school. This pleases Stewart the class president and Teddy’s rival. Teddy is a self-proclaimed graduate of the school of life and uses his fast-talking personality to succeed in the sale if BBQ grills.

Teddy is also dating Lisa (Megalyn Echikunwoke) a beautiful, successful interior designer. Teddy spends all his money on his Porsche and Lisa trying to show her he is also a success. Marvin (Ben Schwartz), Teddy’s best friend since high school and his financial advisor, tells Teddy to quit picking up the checks and paying for everything or he will go broke. During a work dinner with Lisa’s co-workers, Teddy does it again and tries to look important by picking up the check. Lisa’s boss lets him and then he is stuck with a $800.00 bill. Marvin distracts the table while Teddy reaches down to snag a few pubic hairs and places them on his dessert. Teddy then starts a screaming match with the waiter (Al Madrigal) only to have the Chef comp the check.

Teddy takes Lisa back to his work for a candle lit romantic evening where he proposes to his beautiful girlfriend, and she said yes! Following her answer Teddy pops the cork on some bubbly that knocks a propane line loose filling the store with gas. As Lisa exits the propane ignites and Teddy is blown out the building landing on his car windshield! Teddy’s boss takes the insurance money and runs off to Florida leaving Teddy unemployed and not able to make his Porsche payments.

Marvin tells him he can get Teddy a job if he gets his GED, So Teddy heads back to his old high school to meet with the principal to try to talk him into giving him a GED. BAD IDEA, the school principal is Teddy’s old rival Stewart! Teddy must go to Night School!

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The House with a Clock in its Walls- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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The House with A Clock in Its Walls

Starring:

Jack Black- Jonathan Barnavelt

Cate Blanchett- Florence Zimmerman

Owen Vaccaro- Lewis Barnavelt

Kyle McLachlan- Issac Izard

Jack Black is back as a crazy wizard raising his nephew in a magical house in the new kids’ comedy “The House with a Clock in its Walls”.

Lewis Barnavelt is an orphan after his parents were killed in a car accident forcing him to go live with his sole surviving relative Uncle Jonathan Barnavelt. Jonathan is the black swan of the family and explains to Lewis there is only one rule, “Don’t open the cabinet in the library”. Johnathan house is loaded with clocks and resembles a haunted house. Lewis wakes in the middle of the night to find his uncle searching the house for something “secret”.

Lewis makes a friend at school, Tarby Corrigan (Sunny Suljic) who tells him the guy that lives there is an axe murderer and the place is haunted.  That night as Lewis followed his uncle though the house he saw him taking an axe to the wall of the house! Lewis freaks out and grabs his stuff and runs for the door! Before he can escape, Lewis is stopped by the HOUSE!

Jonathan Barnavelt is a wizard and his house is magical! Uncle Johnathan explains it all to his nephew and agrees to train him as a magician. Jonathan introduces Lewis to his best friend Florence, a cookie pushing witch that lives next door. Jonathan and Florence explain to Lewis that there is a clock hidden in the walls of the house by Issac Izard, the original owner, also a wizard and Jonathan’s former partner.

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Lizzie- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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Lizzie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starring:

Chloe Sevigny- Lizzie Borden

Kristen Stewart- Bridget Sullivan

Kim Dickens- Emma Borden

Jamey Sheridan- Andrew Borden

 

Chloe Sevigny takes on the roll of the infamous Ax murderer Lizzie Borden in “Lizzie”.

Director Craig William Macneill has brought a different spin on the unsolved murders of the Borden family to the big screen in the new film “Lizzie”. Chloe Sevigny stars as Lizzie opposite Kristen Stewart as Bridgett the Irish maid.

In Lizzie, The Borden sisters Lizzie and Emma live with there overbearing father Andrew and their step mother Abby (Fiona Shaw) and are joined by the new maid, Bridgett Sullivan. Lizzie is constantly defiant of her father and refuses to call Abby mother. Lizzie strikes up a friendship with the new maid and it eventually turns into a romantic affair.

Mr. Borden also took a liking to Bridgette and advised her to leave the door to her room open to avoid the extreme heat that collects upstairs. The real reason for the advice was to make it easier for him to enter her room and sexually assault the girl.

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WHITE BOY RICK- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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WHITE BOY RICK

Starring:

Matthew McConaughey- Richard Wershe Sr.

Richie Merritt- Rick Wershe Jr.

Bel Powley- Dawn Wershe

Jennifer Jason Leigh- FBI Agent Snyder

“White Boy Rick” is the story of how a teenager goes from FBI informant to Drug Kingpin in Detroit.

Director Yann Demange brings the story of Rick Wershe Jr. aka “White Boy Rick”, a teenager who navigates from selling illegal homemade silencers for his dad (McConaughey) to becoming an informant for the FBI to finally becoming the drug lord in Detroit in 1985.

14 yr. old Rick Wershe, a high-school drop out that lives in the Detroit suburbs with his sister Dawn and works with his father buying guns and retro fitting them with home-made silencers then re-selling them for a major profit. Dawn (Powley) is dating a drug dealer and is strung out on crack cocaine, but finally has it out with her dad and runs away from home to her boyfriend’s apartment.

Rick sells some AK-47 rifles with his dad’s silencers to the local drug dealer Johnny ‘Lil Man’ Curry (Jonathan Majors) and is welcomed in to the group that includes Rick’s best friend Boo (RJ Cryer) who happens to be Lil Man’s brother. FBI Agents Snyder (Leigh) and Byrd (Rory Cochrane) pay a visit to the Wershes and explain that they have evidence of the illegal silencers, but they want the “big fish” Lil Man Curry.

Rick agrees to help the FBI to keep his dad out of jail. Rick takes money from Detective Jackson (Brian Tyree Henry) to make buys from Lil Man’s drug houses to gather evidence. Jackson also gives rick a brick of drugs to sell so not to raise suspicion that he is working with the Feds and he gets to keep the cash from the sale of the drugs. The FBI has Rick dealing drugs.

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