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SPIDERMAN FAR FROM HOME- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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SPIDERMAN FAR FROM HOME

Starring:

Tom Holland- Peter Parker/Spiderman

Zendaya- MJ

Jake Gyllenhaal- Quentin Beck/ Mysterio

Jon Favreau- Happy Hogan

Peter Parker goes on a European vacation and Spidey ends up battling Monsters in Venice!

Spiderman Far from Home picks up immediately after the events of Endgame with a melancholy Peter Parker still reeling from the death of Tony Stark. Tributes and images of Iron Man are throughout the city and the question keeps being asked of Spiderman “Are you the new Iron Man?”  Parker decides to take a vacation to Europe with his class and leave the suit behind.

Happy Hogan is now a regular fixture in Peter’s life, mainly because he is seeing Aunt May (Marissa Tomei). Happy reminds Peter that Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. is trying to get ahold of him and Peter is avoiding him. Peter tells Happy, “I’m on vacation” and the teen has plans to have a romantic trip and tell MJ he likes her. Peter lands in Venice and his plan is progressing until he and Ned get back to their room and Ned is shot with a tranquilizer gun. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is holding the gun and explains,

“You are a hard person to contact Spiderman”.

Fury and Agent Marina Hill (Cobie Saunders) have been in Mexico investigating villages demolished by a sand monster. Fury explains that Spiderman is needed and he is coming with him. Peter tries to explain and asks if there is any other Avenger available, Fury says No. Nick introduces Peter to Quentin Beck and explains he is from Earth just not this one. Peter is exuberant over the idea that there is a multiverse.

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CAPTAIN MARVEL- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics.com)

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CAPTAIN MARVEL

Starring:

Brie Larson- Carol Danvers/ Vers/Captain Marvel

Samuel L Jackson- Nick Fury

Jude Law- Yon-Rogg

Ben Mendelsohn- Talos

Brie Larson goes from test pilot to interstellar warrior in the latest Marvel epic, Captain Marvel.

By now everyone should have seen Avengers Infinity Wars (numerous times) and saw Nick Fury signal a pager before he was dusted by Thanos. Now Marvel is explaining what that Star symbol on the pager means……he called Captain Marvel!

Vers (Brie Larson) is a Cree warrior hero that has been assigned by her commander Yon-Rogg (Law) to a rescue mission to extract a spy before their mortal enemy, the Skrull, discover him. The Skrull are green skinned aliens that have the ability to shape shift into any person down to the person’s DNA. They only retain short term memories of the being the copy, so an older question can expose them. The mission turns out to be a Skrull trap and they capture Vers and begin examining her mind for clues to a power source that will provide the Skrull with a light speed engine.

Vers has no past but does get glimpses of a history that involves the Cree’s leader, the Supreme Intelligence (Annett Bening) and flying a plane on a strange planet. Vers also has a unique ability with photon blasts that come from her hands. The Skrull tap into her mind and discover that Ver’s dreams are actually bits of her real past on Earth! Her name is Carol Danvers, a test pilot working with Mar-Vell a Cree scientist working with the Tesseract as a power source for light speed engine.

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GLASS- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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GLASS

Starring:

Bruce Willis- David Dunn

James McAvoy- Kevin Wendell Crumb/ Beast

Samuel L Jackson- Elijah Price/ Mr. Glass

Sarah Paulson- Dr. Elle Staple

M. Night Shyamalan’s 19 year journey through comic book lore comes to a climactic conclusion in his new film “Glass”.

M. Night Shyamalan has brought together David Dunn, security guard turned vigilante with the ability of knowing people’s thoughts just by touching them and Kevin Wendell Crumb, an abused child who has developed multiple personalities including one called the Beast that kills young girls. The ringmaster for this battle between good and evil is the Mastermind Mister Glass, a genius obsessed with comic book lore that killed hundreds of people in terrorist acts to prove David Dunn can’t die. Mr. Glass is going to turn the beast loose on David.

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THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD review

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His New Client: His Worst Enemy

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” opens as a flawless, AAA-rated executive protection agent named Michael Bryce is completing one of his jobs.  Having never lost a client, he plans-ahead and prepares for everything.  Unfortunately, this time he can’t plan for the unexpected and his client is assassinated.  Two years later, his life is in shambles.  After a leak in Interpol allows for sabotage on a hitman’s transportation to the International Court of Justice (to put-away the former president of Belarus), our protection agent’s ex-girlfriend is left on-the-run with the most notorious hitman of all time: Darius Kincaid.  With no one to trust, she calls Michael and as he arrives, we see an old rivalry reignited.  With the prospect of ending the reign of Vladislav Dukhovich, Michael and Darius must come-together to take down their enemy and get to the International Court of Justice before it’s too late or Dukhovich will walk away as a free man.

Ryan Reynolds stars as the former AAA-rated executive protection agent, Michael Bryce.  Samuel L. Jackson stars as Darius Kincaid, the most notorious hitman of all time.  Gary Oldman plays the evil former-President of Belarus on-trial for his crimes, Vladislav Dukhovich.  Élodie Yung plays Interpol agent and Michael’s ex, Amelia Roussel.  Salma Hayek plays Darius’ wife, Sonia Kincaid.  Michael Gor plays Dukhovich’s lawyer, Livitin.  Tine Joustra and Joaquim de Almeida plays two top Interpol officials, Renata Casoria and Jean Foucher.

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” struggles with action movie clichés, but it’s a fun, explosive throwback to the action buddy comedies of the ‘80s that provides plenty of laughs and entertainment!  It is abundantly clear that Ryan and Sam are having the time of their lives here.  The two form an excellent team, bouncing jokes and one-liners off each other with ease and the payoffs are great!  Reynolds is obviously trying to walk that fine line without falling into “Deadpool” territory, but keeping up with Jackson at the same time.  While only two characters, the stars that play them steal the show and carry the movie for much of its run time.  The supporting cast is strong as well, with Hayek stealing the show in her few scenes as Kincaid’s loving, but just-as-crazy wife.  The film uses its story to film some beautiful locales as well, such as Amsterdam and London that appear-beautifully on the screen.  “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” has plenty of action sequences for all to enjoy, each of them inventive and incredibly entertaining.  While the car and boat chases are extremely entertaining, it does showcase one of the film’s glaring problems.  The visual effects certainly leave more to be desired; there is a bright-hue throughout the film (which may have just been our projector) and so many of the fast-paced sequences are clearly fake.  I’m not sure if they just ran-out of money or if it’s intended for the ‘80s “feel, but it is a bit distracting at times.  The film also has some very predictable plot elements, but as the film never takes itself too seriously, it doesn’t take anything away from the story.  “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” has a run time of 118 minutes, moving at a swift pace and remaining explosive from start to finish.  The film does have a few missteps, but you can’t help but to have a great time as the two main characters badger one another through each adrenaline-fueled sequence.  “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is a filled with plenty of fun and hilarity, making it thoroughly-entertaining and a great late-summer surprise!

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” follows a former AAA-rated executive protection agent as he takes-on his first client in years: the World’s most notorious hitman.  The film features plenty of hilarious jokes and one-liners, a handful of fun, inventive action sequences, and a story that is a beautiful throwback to the ‘80s.  If you are heading to the movies this weekend, make sure “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is on your radar!!

4/5

THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD is rated R for strong violence and language throughout, in theaters AUGUST 18TH!

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Legend of Tarzan- Karl Sides “The Flick Fanatic”

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THE LEGEND OF TARZAN

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Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie swing into theaters this weekend with a new take on the classic tale of Tarzan in “The Legend of Tarzan”.

John Clayton (Alexander Skarsgard) the Lord of Greystoke, after being orphaned in the jungles of Africa and raised by apes, he has finally become acclimated to life as an aristocrat in England. His wife Jane (Margot Robbie), missing her friends back in the Congo spends her time teaching children about animals. An offer for John to return to the Congo arrives to see what King Leopold of Belgium has done with his old homeland, inspecting railroads, housing and see how the natives are being treated. Clayton will be accompanied by Jane and American war veteran George Washington Williams (Samuel L. Jackson).

Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz), Leopold’s liaison to the Congo and leader of a mercenary army ready to strip the region of its diamonds and enslave its population. Rom makes a deal with local Chief Mbonga (Djimon Hounsou) to deliver Tarzan to him in exchange for a case of diamonds that King Leopold needs to pay the army and bail out Belgium. Mbonga’s son killed an ape as a right of passage, unknowingly it was the same ape that raised Tarzan from a baby. Tarzan retaliated and killed the boy. Now Mbonga wants revenge.

Rom lays a trap for the returning hero of Africa only to be out smarted by Tarzan. John, Jane and George jumped ship early to make their way to the old village where Jane grew up and first met the boy from the jungle. Greeted by their friends and welcomed back into the tribe that Jane taught to speak English, they are informed all is not well in the Congo. Clayton and Williams learn about natives abducted into slavery to build bridges for the railroad and others murdered.  Rom and a group of soldiers invade the village, setting fire to the huts and murdering the Chief. He captures John/Tarzan and takes Jane as well. George, a crack shot is able to get the soldiers dragging Tarzan to the boat, but Rom escapes with Jane. Rom confronts Jane with a carefree attitude explaining, “He is Tarzan, you’re Jane…He’ll come for you.”

Tarzan goes native and decides to cross through the Congo to intercept the boat carrying Jane and will take him through the mountains we he lived with the apes. Tarzan is confronted by his “brother” now leader of the apes and ready to fight for dominance. Tarzan is beaten and bloody, but survives to continue tracking Rom. Next Williams and Tarzan come face to face with Mbonga and a hundred tribesmen ready to kill Tarzan. Rom takes the Diamonds and Jane down the river to meet his mercenary army and take over Africa. Tarzan beats half the tribe single handed with George covering with a rifle. Mbonga knows he is beaten when Tarzan’s apes show up as reinforcements. Tarzan explains that Rom is the enemy to all of Africa and he will kill Mbonga’s tribe and take your land and diamonds.

Will Tarzan stop Rom from paying the army and conquering the Congo? Will Jane survive? You will have to go to the theater this weekend to find out!

I enjoyed this version of Tarzan. It was nice to tell the back story in flashbacks during the film and starting Clayton in England. This is like the Tarzan Homecoming. The other aspect of the film I really enjoyed was using two characters out of history that were actually part of the Belgium expansion into the Congo (Rom and George Washington Williams). The movie is breathtaking and features some great fights and animal scenes. The amazing thing is that it is almost completely done with special effects, green screen with the African village filmed off the sound stage. You can see that it is set up to be seen in 3D, we were treated to the 2D version and it was great. The only thing I can say negatively about The Legend of Tarzan is it is a bit too long and would be perfect with about 15 mins trimmed from it. That being said, The Legend of Tarzan is still a great film and should be seen on the big screen.

Swing into theater this weekend and go ape over this latest version of Tarzan!!!

Rated PG-13 Violence

Running Time 109 mins

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RATING 5/6