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ONWARD- The Flick Fanatics (Karl S)

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ONWARD

Starring:

Chris Pratt- Barley Lightfoot

Tom Holland- Ian Lightfoot

Julie Louis-Dreyfus – Laurel Lightfoot

Octavia Spencer- The Manticore

Chris Pratt and Tom Holland reunite to voice elven brothers who embark on a great quest in the new Pixar animated film “ONWARD”.

Once upon a time there was a world of mystical creatures living in harmony. Creatures help each other with the use of magic. Some were better at casting spells and were called wizards others struggled with magic and just relied on Wizards to help them, until some smart elves turn to technology over magic to make their lives easier. Soon technology overtakes magic and wizards are relegated to folklore.

Ian Lightfoot (Holland) is a nerdy elf who just with the flow and tries not to make waves and avoids confrontation. His older brother Barley (Pratt) is the exact opposite, a boisterous elf the thrives on causing trouble and lives by his mystical role-playing games. Laurel Lightfoot (Louis-Dreyfus) is a single mother raising both her boys after their father Wilden (Kyle Bornheimer) died prior to Ian’s birth. Ian only knows of his father through photos, audio recordings and memories passed on by his brother Barley. Ian is turning 16 today and his mother has a special gift for him and Barley from their father, a wizard’s staff!

The staff was for the boys and included a special stone called a phoenix gem and a spell that will allow the boys to bring back their father for one day! Ian is ecstatic with the chance to meet his dad and Barley who lives for the magical old ways grabs the staff and recites the spell only to have it not work. Ian tries it next and the phoenix gem begins to glow and magically blasts the boys backward. Assuming the spell didn’t work again Ian is sad only to see a twitching foot in his closet. The boys excited at the thought of seeing their dad but Ian spell only resurrected half of Wilden, the bottom half.  Barley explains they just need another Phoenix gem and can complete bringing their dad back. The problem facing the boys is phoenix gems are rare and the spell Ian cast only lasts one day.

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DOLITTLE- The FlickFanatics (Karl S.)

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DOLITTLE 

Starring:

Robert Downey Jr- Dr. John Dolittle

Harry Collett- Tommy Stubbins

Emma Thompson- Poly (voice)

Tom Holland- Jip (Voice)

Robert Downey Jr. brings the quirky physician that talks to animals to the big screen in the new family film “Dolittle”.

Dr. John Dolittle (Downey Jr.) is a very unique physician, he treats animals and is able to communicate with them, he talks with animals. The Queen of England rewarded the doctor with an estate where he could live and treat his menagerie of patients. Dolittle doesn’t have an assistant per say, he has a parrot named Poly that helps him and keeps the animals in line.  John met his sole mate in a global explorer named Lily (Kasia Smutniak) whom he married and moved her into the estate.

Lily left for an around the word adventure only to have her ship capsize, but in the final moments she sends Poly back to John with her wedding ring. Dolittle gets the ring and knows Lily is gone. Dr. Dolittle becomes a recluse and shuts down his practice and only living with his animals and avoiding humans. That is until the Queen of England is stricken with a mysterious illness and Lady Rose (Carmel Laniado) seeks out the only doctor the Queen trusts…. Dolittle.

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INSTANT FAMILY- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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Instant Family

 

Starring

Mark Wahlberg- Pete

Rose Byrne- Ellie

Octavia Spencer- Karen

Isabela Moner- Lizzy

Wahlberg and Byrne decide to “Flip” their lives by fostering three kids in the new Comedy-Drama “Instant Family”.

Director Sean Anders (Horrible Bosses, Daddy’s Home) gives us a glimpse into fostering children based on his own experience and that of others he met as he went through the process in his latest Comedy/Drama “Instant Family”.  Anders brings back Wahlberg from his Daddy’s Home films and puts him opposite the hilarious Rose Byrne as a couple that strive to be the next Chip and Joanna Gaines (Fixer Upper) flipping houses and doing home remodel.

Ellie (Byrne) is happily married to Pete (Wahlberg), they make a living flipping houses, enjoy free time on the golf course and is in constant competition with her younger sister Kim. Kim is trying to have kids and throws it in Ellies face that she will have the perfect kid and Ellie doesn’t even consider starting a family. That was until Pete makes a sarcastic comment on the golf course of adopting kids to have them be the perfect age in relation to their own. Pete doesn’t want to be the grandpa playing catch with his teenager.

Pete and Ellie assume that child adoption is as easy as flipping a house, so they decide to “flip” their lives and adopt a child. Pete and Ellie meet with Karen (Spencer) and Sharon (Tig Notaro), adoption councilors, that explain they must take classes and be evaluated and go through the Fostering process before they can adopt a child. Pete and Ellie’s first group session has everyone explain why they want to adopt, with the answers range from providing a loving home for a child from the gay couple to the woman that wants a boy she can mold into a football superstar that the class refers to as “Blindside”.

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The Divergent Series: Allegiant-Part 1

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Allegiant posterWhat Makes Us Different Ties Us Together

“The Divergent Series: Allegiant-Part 1”, from the best-selling Divergent series, marks the third film out of the planned four.  When we left our heroes, they had just taken-down Jeanine and discovered that it is safe to leave the walls.  As the people of Chicago attempt to leave, they are quickly subdued and are told they are not allowed to leave.  As executions of Jeanine’s conspirators Continue reading