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ANT MAN AND THE WASP- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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ANT-MAN AND THE WASP

Starring:

Paul Rudd- Scott Lang/ Ant Man

Michael Douglas- Dr. Hank Pym

Evangeline Lilly- Hope Van Dyne/ Wasp

Michael Pena- Luis

Hannah John-Kamen- Ava/ Ghost

Ant Man returns, this time with the sting of the Wasp, but more is not always better in the new film “Ant Man and the Wasp”.

It is almost 2 years since the events in “Captain America: Civil War” and Scott Lang aka the Ant Man is under house arrest and on the outs with Dr. Hank Pym and Hope. Pym is furious he went off to Germany to fight with Captain America and implicated all of them by violating the Sokovia accords making Dr. Pym and Hope criminals on the run.

Hope Van Dyne is working with her father to construct a bridge to the Quantum realm in hopes to save his wife that is trapped there. Hope is double crossed by a crooked arms dealer Sonny Burch (Walter Goggins) when she tries to purchase the final piece Dr Pym needs for the tunnel. As she becomes the Wasp and beats Sonny’s henchmen a mysterious figure shows up and tries to steal the component as well. This “ghost” can phase in and out and avoid hopes stings.

 

Scott is a few days from freedom of house arrest when he is grabbed by Hope since he holds the key to the location of Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) in the Quantum realm. Dr. Pym, Hope and Scott hide in the woods to finish the bridge and locate Janet. Scott calls Luis and tells him where he is so that they can finish a bid for their new security company to stay in business. Burch shows up and gets the info from Luis and makes a call to the FBI. Scott races home to beat the FBI there and Hope and Dr. Pym are taken into custody while the Ghost makes off with Pym’s lab and the Quantum tunnel.

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TOMB RAIDER 2018- The Flick Fanatics

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TOMB RAIDER (2018)

Alicia Vikander is the video game inspired adventurer Lara Croft in the new action film “TOMB RAIDER’.

Starring:

Alicia Vikander-Lara Croft

Walter Goggins- Mathias Vogel

Dominic West-  Lord Richard Croft

Alicia Vikander has taken over the mantel of Lara Croft in this prequel/reboot of the video game inspired film franchise. This time we are introduced to a younger Lara who has denounced her family fortune out of spite for her father leaving her for an adventure and never returning. Croft pays the bills being a bike messenger. She accepts a challenge of a “fox hunt” where she has to elude the other messengers until a paint bucket runs out to win money to pay her rent. It was a good plan and she was about to win when she ran into a police car landing her in jail.

 

Ana Miller (Kristin Scott Thomas), family friend running the Croft Foundation since Richard’s disappearance, walks in to bail Lara out. Lara agrees to come and sign the papers the transfer the company to her so that the family doesn’t lose everything. Part of Richard’s will was a puzzle the Lara solved releasing a key. The key opened a secret room under the family crypt where Richard had been working on solving the mystery of Himiko.

Himiko was the Japanese goddess of death, reportedly able to kill with a touch. She was buried alive in a tomb that was hidden from the world on an uncharted island in the far east. Richard had tapes, maps and journals documenting his research and the location of the tomb. On his video he tells Lara to destroy all his notes so they don’t fall into the hands of the evil corporate raiders of Trinity. Lara combs through the research and sets off to Japan to find out what happen to her father.

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Hateful Eight by Karl “The Flick Fanatic”

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Tarantino brings us a western classic for Christmas in the “Hateful Eight”

John Ruth (Kurt Russell) is a bounty hunter riding on a stage through snowy Wyoming transporting a killer named Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason-Leigh) when they come across a traveler in the road. Maj. Marques Warren (Samuel L Jackson) fellow bounty hunter and acquaintance of Ruth, manages to talk his way on the stage a get a ride to town.
Warren and Ruth have a difference in philosophy; Warren brings all his bounties in dead while Ruth likes to see them hang. A few miles down the road our group is joined by the new town sheriff Chris Mannix (Walter Goggins) and are hit by a blizzard.

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