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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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RED SPARROW-Karl Sides

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RED SPARROW

Jennifer Lawrence- Dominika Egorova

Joel Edgerton- Nate Nash

Matthias Schoenaerts- Vanya Egorova

Jeremy Irons- General Lorchnoi

 

Jennifer Lawrence goes ballet to lethal killer in the new espionage thriller, Red Sparrow!

Dominika Egorova was the prima ballerina in the Bolshoi ballet. The Bolshoi paid for apartment, medical expenses for her disabled mother pretty much everything. She had everything until a horrific accident happened during a performance when the male lead landed on her leg, snapping it and ending her dancing career.

 

Dominika has no choice but to meet with her slimy uncle Vanya Egorova, commander of Russian intelligence, and offering her a way out. He also brought her a resent, giving Dominika a file with pictures and recordings of her understudy at the Bolshoi plotting with her lead to take her out. Dominika goes off sneaking into the theater and catching the two having sex in the steam room.  Dominika beats them senseless with a broom handle’

The next day she accepts her uncles offer to join “sparrow” school to work with Russian Intelligence. Young people are stripped of the morals and trained to do anything to get the job done at sparrow school. Dominika did well executing a young man with a faucet when he tried to rape her. She impressed the Matron (Charlotte Rampling) of the school who informed her uncle of her progress. Vanya reported back to General Lorchnoi that they have an asset now.

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47 METERS DOWN- Karl Sides (the Flick Fanatic.com)

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47 METERS DOWN

Mandy Moore is human chum in the new shark movie, “47 Meters Down”!

Mandy Moore (Lisa) stars with Clair Holt (Kate) as a pair of sisters that vacation in Mexico to help Lisa get over a break up. After a few drinks and fun on the beach, the girls meet Benjamin and Javier (Santiago Segura, Chris Johnson), a couple of local boys who offer to give the girls an experience of a lifetime……swim with Great White Sharks!

Lisa is apprehensive about the idea, but Kate talks her into it. The girls meet up with Ben and Javier on the dock the next morning. The Boys introduce the girls to the boat’s captain, Taylor (Matthew Modine). Taylor briefs the girls on diving protocol and shows them the rusted shark cage they will go down in. Finally, he tells them it is safe.

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The Accountant- Karl Sides “The Flick Fanatic.com”

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THE ACCOUNTANT

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Affleck, Simmons, Bernthal and Kendrick all “add up” to a great film in “The Accountant”

Ben Affleck directs and stars in the new film surrounding a boy with a form of autism that also allows him to be a mathematics expert and would grow up to be ‘The Accountant”. Affleck has surrounded himself with a stellar supporting cast of J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal and Anna Kendrick in this tale of mathematical justice.

Christian Wolff (Affleck) was born with a form of autism that made him susceptible to loud noises, lights and would infuriate him if he isn’t able to finish what he started. Christian had a younger brother Brax (Bernthal) who was his only friend growing up in a military family. After speaking with a therapist that explained Christian’s ticks to his parents and how he could grow to lead a normal life. While this was going on young Christian was putting a complex jigsaw puzzle together upside-down in minutes! After his mother abandoned the family Christian’s father took the army way to raising the boys. Loyalty, family and honor first.

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10 Cloverfield Lane- Karl “the Flick Fanatic” Sides

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John Goodman is savior then psycho in the creepy “10 Cloverfield Lane”

JJ Abrams reminds us of his last thriller “Cloverfield”(2008), but luckily in title only! Abrams’ new film “10 Cloverfield Lane” is a thriller starring John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher Jr. that will have you guessing until the final minutes of the film. JJ shows he is a fan of the classic Twilight Zone series with this new film that is character driven with a strong twist.

Michelle (Winstead), running away from a troubled relationship (boyfriend’s voice is Bradley Cooper) packing her stuff and leaving behind keys and an engagement ring. Michelle is hit from behind driving her car off the road. She wakes up in a concrete room with a cut on her forehead, an IV in her arm and a brace on her knee that is handcuffed to the wall!

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